[SUBMISSIONS CLOSED] Community Challenge: Brecht’s API Scavenger Hunt

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Congratulations to our challenge winners (randomly selected from those who had all of the below correct answers): @RSG and @NathanG


UPDATE: this challenge has ended! We are so thrilled at the response for this challenge, huge thanks to everyone who participated. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun with it 😊. We will review all the submissions and announce the challenge winners tomorrow (August 27th). We will also share the answer key at this time!


In the meantime, we're pleased to award a special challenge badge to everyone who participated:




If you don't see your badge awarded in the next 24 hours, please reach out to community-help@meraki.com.

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Welcome to the API scavenger hunt! It consists of 10 questions that need answers. You’ll have to crawl through the catacombs of the configuration of a dummy network using the Meraki dashboard API. Please keep in mind that I used the new APIv1 to test these myself, but v0 should work too.


If you don't know how to use the dashboard API I recommend you look into this tutorial on using Postman and Meraki APIs:



Note that that tutorial was written for v0 of the API. If you need more info on APIv1, have a look at the official docs here:



The new Postman library for APIv1 can be found here:



Feel free to use whichever method you prefer to gather the necessary data. Whichever way you choose, you'll need the following info:


API key:






You only have read-only access and only to the Sub-Etha network.


In case you run into issues, don't hesitate to open a topic in the community so we can help out. It seems obvious but please don't share the answers with anyone, nor post them in the community; it kind of spoils the fun. If you see a return code of "429: Too Many Requests" that means that we've run into the API rate limiter. It may very well happen as everyone will be using the same API key, if it does, lay back and try again later, you've got plenty of time!


Without further ado, here are the questions (also, don't forget your towel):


  1. We are looking for a radio station. Switch Eddie's geographic location (address).
  2. We are looking for a date. Have a look at VLAN 1525 in the MX. It'll provide hints.
  3. We're looking for a well known attack used by hackers. A hint can be found in the raspberrypi client's notes.
  4. We're looking for a motto, and even a rule. Don't ... SSID 15's name says the rest.
  5. This question can be found on the splash page settings for the same SSID.
  6. We're looking for one of my favorite characters. The Total Perspective Vortex MV camera's tags are all hints.
  7. We're looking for some kind of big calculator. Port 6 on switch Eddie links up to it.
  8. We're looking for the artist of a song. You'll need to use the snapshot API to know which one. Make a snapshot of the Total Perspective Vortex camera. I shone some light at the exact timestamp of 18/08/2020 16:12:00 Belgian time (Note that Belgian time is at +02:00 at the moment). If your timestamp is correct, you'll see the title of a song that's also the name of a spaceship, if not you'll see only darkness.
  9. Who is informed when someone violates their geofencing policy?
  10. By now the central theme of the questions should be clear. But the next question isn’t: oaniemmsbuhpvzkbzptgsilyzskjoticnmk? It's Vigenère encoded, the keyword for deciphering it can be found in a pointless MX L3 firewall rule.

How to win

There will be two winners for this challenge. In order to win, you must have answered all 10 questions correctly in a comment on this post by August 26th at 11am PDT. In the likely event that multiple submissions contain all 10 correct answers, we will randomly select 2 winners from that group of respondents. Winners will receive Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack!


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Comments will remain hidden throughout the contest. On August 26th, we’ll announce the winners and share the answer key.



Note: Meraki Employees are permitted to participate! Complete rules and eligibility can be found here.

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