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The Ultimate Guide to Bugcrowd Incentive Programs

The Ultimate Guide To Bugcrowd Incentive Programs

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Bugcrowd Incentive Programs! Ever wondered how you can get your hands on some Bugcrowd Swag? Well I’m here to break it all down for you. In fact, we have a number of ways that you – Yes, YOU! – can get your hands on some illustrious swag. 

Here you will find the definitive list of programs, both public and oh-so-secret, that provide opportunities for you to earn some Bugcrowd merchandise.

MVP Incentive Program

The grandfather of all Bugcrowd Incentive Programs is our MVP Program. Launched in 2019, this program is run on a 12-month basis, February through January. This program is a progressive rewards program. This means that the more quarters you qualify for during the year, the better your swag award. For example, if you hit MVP status for Q1 and Q3. You have qualified for 2 MVP quarters and will receive both Tier 1 and Tier 2 swag prizes. 

What are the MVP qualifications?

To qualify for the MVP Program a researcher must meet the following criteria

  • Maintain a minimum average Accuracy Rate of 90% for the quarter
  • Achieve a Priority Percentile for P1s above 80% – OR – Achieve a Priority Percentile for P2s above 80% for the quarter
  • Submit at least 4 qualifying P1 or P2, non-duplicate submissions
  • Have zero, significant platform infractions during the two preceding quarters

How and when we determine MVP winners

Two weeks after the close of each Quarter Period, we review all researcher reports that were submitted during the preceding quarter. All researchers who qualify for the MVP program will be contacted with status and next steps about a week after we review the data. A winner blog will then be posted a week after that, with a list of researcher handles that have a public profile.

Shorthand!

  • Bugcrowd reviews data 2-weeks after the close of the quarter
  • Bugcrowd contacts winning researchers 3-weeks after the close of the quarter
  • Bugcrowd will announce winners 4-weeks after the close of the quarter

P1 Warrior Incentive Program

Are you particularly skilled at exploiting Server-Side Injection or Security Misconfigurations? If so, this program is going to fit your hunting skills! This incentive program, launched in January of 2019, rewards researchers based on the total number of valid P1 submissions that they have found. 

What are the P1 Warrior qualifications?

This is a simple one, even if finding the vulns isn’t! To qualify for the P1 Warrior program, researchers need to submit valid P1 vulnerabilities. As you increase your count of valid P1 submissions you qualify for a progressive tier of awards. For a current list of tiers and awards check out our P1 Warrior: Researcher Documentation. Something important to note, this program started in January of 2019, and does not include reports submitted prior to that date.

How and when we determine P1 Warrior winners

Two weeks after the close of each Quarter Period, we review all researcher reports that were submitted during the preceding quarter. All researchers who qualify for the P1 Warrior program will be contacted with status and next steps about a week after we review the data. A winners blog will then be posted a week after that, with a list of researcher handles that have a public profile.

Shorthand!

  • Bugcrowd reviews data 2-weeks after the close of the quarter
  • Bugcrowd contacts winning researchers 3-weeks after the close of the quarter
  • Bugcrowd will announce winners 4-weeks after the close of the quarter

Bugcrowd Scholar Program

The Bugcrowd Scholar Program is an educational incentive program. Bugcrowd believes that education is a foundational element to the hacker journey. This program was created to help you build your career, gain real-world skills, and prepare you for in-demand certifications through courses, labs, and practice tests. The scholarships offered can range from educational resources, online courses, to financial aid for a security training program.

How and when we determine Scholarship recipients

The Bugcrowd Scholar Program has an open application period twice a year. Once at the start of Q1 and a second period at the start of Q3. The application period is open for 4 weeks. After that period closes, we will review all applicants and reach out to our scholarship recipients. 

Want to be sure you get your application in? Be on the lookout for the application period by following us on Twitter or through our Bugcrowd Newsletter

For more information on this incentive program, check out our Bugcrowd Scholar Program blog post

Surprise & Delight Program

Who doesn’t love a little Surprise AND Delight?! This wouldn’t be the Ultimate Guide to Bugcrowd Incentive Programs without telling you about this one! This program is the *shhh* super-secret incentive program we have at Bugcrowd. 

What are Surprise & Delight qualifications?

Simple! All you need to do is [[[ – – – REDACTED INFORMATION – – – ]]].

That’s the fun part of this program! The qualifications change often and can be anything from filling out your Skills Self-Assessment, hitting your first valid P3, or writing a particularly stellar report! We can’t tell you how to get it exactly, but we will provide hints occasionally of what will trigger us sending you some swag.

**Hint** Staying active on the platform is a good place to start **Hint**

Bugcrowd Challenges & Events

Throughout the year Bugcrowd runs special events, social giveaways, and program engagements that provide new and novel ways for you to earn swag. Each of these swag opportunities will be announced in advance so that you will know how to participate!

Here are a few examples of events that we have run in the past 

These challenges and events usually come with unique, limited-run swag that can only be obtained by participating. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled for upcoming announcements on Twitter or through our Bugcrowd Newsletter so you don’t miss out!

What’s Next?

Bugcrowd is always working on new, engaging opportunities to get swag out into the community. Since this is the Ultimate Guide to Bugcrowd Incentive Programs, be sure to bookmark this page so you can keep up to date with all of our existing programs!

Happy Hunting

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Michael Hamel

Manager of Strategic Initiatives

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