Today, Bugcrowd is excited to start a new chapter of recognition and friendly competition. We are proud to announce new leaderboards and achievement badges on the platform!

Since the early days of Bugcrowd, we’ve hosted a leaderboard that researchers compete to top each month. The monthly leaderboard rankings have changed over the months and years, shining the spotlight on and recognizing the exceptional work and perseverance of the Crowd.

What became apparent, though, was the limitation of a single leaderboard system and the impact it could have on our community. When the leaderboard focuses on limited metrics, it creates a massive emphasis on those couple, and might tend to benefit particular skills or researchers.

Enter, Our New Leaderboards and Achievement Levels!

The new Bugcrowd leaderboards* display the Top 25 researchers for an achievement (reflected as badges), and their obtained level for that badge, while also displaying the researchers near your rank. We’ve also added achievements and badge level to your researcher profiles!

Achievement Levels

Researchers can now earn three new achievements: Submission Shogun, Collaboration Crusader, and Bounty Bee. As a researcher continues to submit valid submissions over time, their level for various achievements will increase, and their badge icons will also change to reflect each new level.

Achievements include:

Collaboration Crusader achievement example:

Get Points for Collaboration!

As a very wise drummer once said, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” and that is indeed true on Bugcrowd. We’ve found the hackers that collaborate with others are more successful. That’s why Bugcrowd’s new leaderboards and achievements will also recognize researchers for submissions that leverage our collaboration feature.

We are looking forward to seeing the new types of competition amongst friends, personal goal setting, and accomplishments in the community with the launch of the new leaderboards and achievement badges! If you have any feedback or questions, please email us at We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Interested in learning more about this update? Read more in Bugcrowd’s Researcher Docs.