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2020 Volatility Plugin Contest (Volatility 3)

The contest is straightforward: Create an innovative and useful extension to Volatility 3 and win the contest!


For more information about the Volatility 3 Public Beta, read the announcement blog post and view the recent presentation.

Contest Results

Rules of Engagement

  1. The goal of the contest is to create innovative, interesting, and useful extensions for The Volatility Framework. While extensions written in Python are preferred, extensions written in other languages will also be considered.

  2. The submitted extensions should work with the Volatility 3 Public Beta (1.0.0-beta.1 release).

  3. The top 5 winners of the contest will get the prizes mentioned above.

  4. Volatility core developers are not eligible.

  5. Submissions should be sent to The submission should include the source code, a memory sample demonstrating the capabilities, description of how the extension is used, a write up describing the motivation for the work and why it should win the contest, and a signed "Individual Contributor License Agreement" (please request a copy prior to your submission).

  6. If you submit multiple plugins, please specify if they should be evaluated as an individual or multiple entries.

  7. By submitting an entry, you declare that you own the copyright to the source code and are authorized to submit it.

  8. All submissions should be received no later than October 1, 2020. The winners will be announced before November 1, 2020. We recommend submitting early. In the case of similar submissions, preference will be shown to early submissions.

  9. The Volatility Project core developers will decide the winners based on the following criteria: creativity, usefulness, effort, completeness, submission date, and clarity of documentation.

  10. In order to collect the cash prizes, the winner will need to provide a legal picture identification and bank account information within 30 days of notification. The bank transfer will be made within two weeks after the winner is authenticated.

  11. Group entries are allowed; the prize will be paid (or seat will be registered, if the training option is desired) to the person designated by the group.

  12. Upon approval from the winners, their names/aliases will be listed on the "Volatility Plugin Contest" web page for the world to admire.

  13. Selected contestants may also be asked to present their work at a future Open Memory Forensics Workshop and/or have their research featured on the Volatility Labs Blog.



Frequently Asked Questions

Does my submission have to be a "plugin"?

No, your submission does not need to be implemented as an actual Volatility plugin that executes through For example, you can submit a tool that imports Volatility as a library and performs various tasks, one of which includes memory forensiscs using the Volatility APIs.

Will my submission still be considered if it was previously released?

Yes, as long as the submission is your original creation, you can submit it to the contest. It doesn't matter if you've previously released the code, presented the topic at a conference, etc.

My submission requires a capability similar to one found in Volatility 2.6, when will that capability be added to Volatility 3?

If you have questions about the current state of Volatility 3 development and when specific features will be added, feel free to engage the core development team on the Volatility Slack server. As always, we are happy to work with people looking to contribute to the project.

Can I (or my company) donate to the contest?

Yes, we (and the participants) would be grateful to receive donations. The Volatility Foundation is a 501(c)(3) so your donation is tax deductable. The amount you donate will be divided among the first, second, and third place winners. Your donation will increase the currently advertized prizes - it will not be used to substitute the values we've already pledged. To make a donation, contact us.

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