NextEarth and CodeCluster support metaverse growth with CCTF sponsorship

The term “hacking” may conjure up images of shadowy figures typing in darkened rooms, but the truth is that hacking can be a positive force.

As part of their ongoing efforts, CodeCluster and Next Earth will sponsor CCTF – the largest hacker competition for crypto and blockchain hackers. This year’s event will take place in May, but players be able to apply until April 7.

Crypto CTF is more than just a competition – it is also an educational event, teaching through hacking. The challenges are designed to be realistic and cover topics that cryptographers, auditors, pentesters and security engineers face on a daily basis, including hacking challenges related to Bitcoin, Ethereum and even Polkadot.

The sponsor Next Earth is the third largest metaverse project, with more than 30,000 virtual landowners, 180,000+ registered users and 2,500+ transactions. The platform was founded to become a self-sustaining, self-regulatory nonprofit that supports environmental causes on Earth, and has donated $1 million to environmental initiatives since its launch in the fourth quarter of 2021.

CodeCluster is a culture-first store for web and app development. The vision for Crypto CTF was conceived by Six in early 2019 and the first round was played at the BsidesBUD information security conference. Since then, each event has seen a greater number of participants and sponsors.

Teaching through hacking

As Next Earth wants to lead the metaverse payload with their innovative platform, they realize the importance of the next generation of talented developers. After all, if the metaverse is to become the next generation of the Internet, it needs the support of the next generation of programmers and developers.

Consider, for example, that an entirely new infrastructure is required to support the metaverse. Everything from the way data is stored and transmitted, to the way identities are verified and assets are managed needs to be built. That’s a lot of work and requires the skills of thousands of talented programmers and developers.

In addition, consider the need for interoperability between metaverse platforms. Users should be able to move their assets and data freely between different metaverse platforms without losing anything. That’s a huge challenge and one that calls for developers with an overview of the big picture.

The CCTF event is one way CodeCluster and Next Earth are working to create a pipeline of talented metaverse developers. By sponsoring the event, they are encouraging people to develop the skills needed to build the metaverse.

Past events have covered topics such as cryptography, blockchain, Proof of Authority, Smart Contract security, cryptocurrency infrastructure front running and vulnerabilities, weak crypto, misconfigurations, leaked wallets, BIP seeds, and incorrect RSA implementation.

With each event, the pool of talented programmers and developers grows, and a global metaverse moves one step closer to reality.

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