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 during April 1 & 2, 2017.

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

If you really want to participate, but can't find a team, we've set up a form here. This does not guarantee you will be put on a team, but we will try our best.


Subject to change

Saturday, April 1, 2017

  • 9AM - Registration
  • 9:15AM - Opening remarks & keynote speaker
  • 10AM - Competion Begins!
  • 12 - 1PM - Lunch and Meet & Greet with Sponsors
  • 6PM - Competition ends for the day
  • 7PM - Optional off-campus gathering

Sunday, April 2, 2017

  • 9AM - Breakfast
  • 10AM - Competition Resumes
  • 12PM - Lunch
  • 3PM - Competition Ends
  • 3PM - Tech talk & scoring
  • 3:30PM - Awards & 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.


There will be a variety of prizes for the top teams (how many has yet to be determined). Prizes to be announced.

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We need your help!

Looking for RIT students to help us organize and run this awesome event.