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The Annual Hack.INI Event

12th edition

Your Entry to hacking World!

December 14th-16th, 2023.

ESI, Oued Smar, Algiers.

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Our Sponsor

Keystone Group is a Major player in cybersecurity in MENA region, with valuable expertise in setting-up cyber defense programs covering strategic, tactical and operational levels. Keystone intervenes in the preventive, proactive and response aspects by offering a complete service list for multiple industries. Our expertise and our long experience is ensured by our internationally renowned experts. keystone Team brings together cybersecurity specialists to support business in their digital development and digital transformation.

about the event

Hack.INI is a well known event held by Shellmates club for many years which offers a great opportunity to get initiated into the cybersecurity field and learn from experts.
It stands for Hack Initiation, which means that it is intended for everyone interested in the cybersecurity field in order to initiate them into the world of cybersecurity and ethical hacking.
In this event, there will be many activities from conferences and workshops to a CTF competition, where participants will work in teams in order to solve several CTF challenges, such that the team that gets the greatest number of points in the shortest period of time wins.

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about shellmates

Shellmates club, is a group of highly motivated university students that are passionate about information security in general. Its diversity of members who are from different Wilayas & different universities is what makes it a special one. We strive to learn and develop our skills by working as a team in organized CTFs and creating our own CTFs for others to learn from our best members.

why participating ?

The key benefits of participating will be the great learning experience. You will surely get to learn pretty much new skills. So if you are a curious soul wanting to learn more about being a hacker, you should definitely join us.

Enhance your Skills

In an atmosphere full of skilled people that guarantee a maintained help and assistance, Shellmates club remains one of the best environments to develop and enhance your soft and hard skills.

Share knowledge

All driven by a common goal, sharing knowledge became one of Shellmates Club cultures. Thanks to this fundamental, our infoSec community kept growing day by day.

Beginner Friendly

as the name of the event illustrates, HACK.INI is addressed to anyone interested in the cybersecurity field regardless of their experience.

Compete & stand out!

Shellmates Club ensures a competitive yet motivational atmosphere to race , compete and stand out among many skilled hackers out there.


Discover the experts in the field of cybersecurity who will be sharing their knowledge and insights at our event. Explore the speakers section to get a sneak peek of what they'll be discussing and be ready to be educated and entertained.

Abdessamed Rezazi

Abdessamed Rezazi

Amdjed Zerrougui

Amdjed Zerrougui

Ghiles Mahleb

Ghiles Mahleb

event's agenda

Explore what's in store for each day of our event with our comprehensive agenda. From keynote speeches to workshops and networking sessions, there's something for everyone. Click on the date or day of the event to view the detailed schedule.

17:00 - 18:00 GMT +1


Check in


18:00 - 18:30 GMT +1


Openning ceremony


19:00 GMT +1


CTF start


21:00 GMT +1


Dinner break


00:30 GMT +1


Midnight break


event's location


École nationale supérieure d'informatique, Algiers

Formerly the National Institute for Computer Training (INI), is an Algerian higher education institution training state engineers in computer science. It is located in Oued Smar, about 15 km from the city center of the capital Algiers, in Algeria.


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Who can participate?

Are you a fan of cybersecurity or a professional in this field? or perhaps you are passionate about hacking or you are simply curious? Then Hack.INI 2023 is the opportunity not to miss to satisfy your curiosity, learn and also meet other people addicted to computer security.

What other activities do we have aside from the CTF competition?

There will be non-mandatory workshops about cyber security fields that will help you get along with the challenges!

How can I register?

Check the link in the home section, you may need to know that you can register either only for the CTF competition, or workshops or both!

How many members on a team?

5 members per team.

Is the CTF onsite or should it be played online?

At least one of the 5 participants of each time should be present onsite, the others are allowed to play online.

How about the snacks?

Thanks to our sponsors, Shellmates will provide two dinners, two breakfasts and one lunch for the whole event.

contact us

Feel free to reach us out via the form below. All you need to do is to send us an email or join us on site. You can also message us on one of our social media, we will make sure to answer your right away !