The most important factor in the contest besides basic web exploitation skills (cross site scripting (XSS), SQL injection, cross site request forgeries (CSRF), etc.) was speed. The top two contestants from each of the first two days competed at the end of the day in a best of three challenge for a spot in the finals on the third. The first day ended with myself and a technical staff member from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints--not exactly who you'd expect to end up competing at the end of the first day of the biggest security conference in the planet.
Way to go!