TROOPERS for Students

TROOPERS19 Student Motivational Letters and Technical Challenge is opened

For TROOPERS18, we decided to do away with the Student Rates and instead asked all Students who were doing their Bachelor’s or Master's degree and wanted to come to TROOPERS to submit a motivational letter instead. This year we will continue with our new tradition for current Bachelor and Master degree students, but we have also added a technical challenge as well.

What needs to be included in your motivational letter:

  • Tell us about yourself!
  • Why are you interested in IT-Security?
  • Why do you want to come to TROOPERS?
  • What will you contribute to TROOPERS as an attendee?

A little bit of feedback on the letters from last year. The people who received tickets clearly spent a lot of time thinking about their answers to our questions. They did not give generic answers like, "IT is cool yo", but really gave us insight into themselves and their vision for their future within the IT Security community.

Give the technical challenge your best try. No one's submission will be disqualified from consideration if they cannot complete the challenge as long as the Motivational letter and the proof of student status have also been submitted. For the technical challenge, please head over to Make sure to read everything carefully. Try to get hold of the flags. Even if you are not able to solve the challenges but think you made progress, we appreciate your efforts, and would ask you to please submit a write up along with your motivational letter.

TROOPERS19 Student tickets will include free entry to our Next Generation Internet event on Monday and Tuesday, our Main TROOPERS conference on Wednesday and Thursday, and our Roundtable discussions on Friday. While we do not provide travel assistance at this time please refer to our travel page for information regarding where to stay and how to get here. If you have questions or need assistance you can always write us at

Although, even if you are not a student in a Bachelor or Masters program, we would really appreciate your solutions and technical write-ups sent to us at A littre reward may be given at TROOPERS19...

Student tickets include:

NGI Event
Main Conference

There will be one round for TR19 Student Motivational Letters and technical challenge submissions. The process opens on October 1, 2018 and closes on December 3, 2018. All students will be notified regarding decisions by December 10, 2018.

Please also include proof of your current Bachelor’s or Master's degree status*. This could be a valid student ID or official letter from your University. Motivational letters that do not include proof of active student status will not be considered for TROOPERS19 tickets.

*As Ph.D. students are typically employed by their university, we cannot accept Ph.D. applicantion for free tickets. Ph.D. students can however book with our Academic rate.

Btw, ERNW, ERNW Insight, ERNW Research, and ERNW SecTool are the companies behind this awesome conference, and we are hiring! Employees get to help out and attend TROOPERS for free :) .

We look forward to seeing you at TROOPERS19!

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