Build an Infrastructure

From the ground up

NSIC is a competition for college students of all experience levels. Students get to build a corporate topology from the ground up.

Participants will be racing the clock, each other, and overcoming real world issues being thrown at them.


The details

NSIC is the Networking & Systems Infrastructure Competition hosted by RIT's Networking & Systems Administration club, NextHop. The event will be held at RIT in Rochester, NY on March 3rd & 4th, 2018.

Teams must have 5 members to compete. The only requirement is that all members must be current college students. The registration fee for each team will be $50. This includes participation in the event, t-shirts, four meals, and prizes for the winning teams.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

  • 8:30 a.m. - Check-in opens
  • 9:00 a.m. - Opening remarks
  • 9:30 a.m. - Competition begins!
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch / Meet & greet with sponsors
  • 12:45 p.m. - Clover Tech Talk
  • 1:30 p.m. - Competition resumes
  • 5:00 p.m. - M&T Bank Tech Talk
  • 6:00 p.m. - Day 1 ends
  • 7:00 - p.m. - Optional off-campus gathering

Sunday, March 4, 2018

  • 8:45 a.m. - Breakfast served / Meet & greet with sponsors
  • 9:30 a.m. - Competition resumes
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch / SMP Tech Talk
  • 1:00 p.m. - Competition resumes
  • 4:00 p.m. - Competition ends
  • 4:30 - p.m. - Awards and closing remarks

Focus Areas

What is this all about?


Routing & Switching

Hands on configuration and topology building with equipment from multiple vendors.

Systems Administration

Windows & Linux

Plan, design, implement, operate, and optimize network services based on business requirements.

Team Building

Work together to solve problems

Work with others to solve complex and quickly changing problems as the event progresses.

Creative Thinking

Adapt quickly to new problems

Just like in the real world, requirements are always changing and infrastrutures are ever elvolving. Work quickly to adapt to these changes.

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