ROCU's Matrix Challenge 2020
The ROCU’s are running a National Cyber Game called the Matrix Challenge.
The top 40 will compete in a semi-final in March at Treforrest University with 6 children (3 from age group 11-14 and 3 from 15-17) going to the national final in London on 4th July (travel and accommodation will be paid for 1 adult 1 child for those selected). Prizes have yet to be confirmed by the sponsors but is usually iPads, etc.
Matrix Challenge 2020: What is it?
Matrix Challenge is a FREE cyber security challenge organised by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit (YHRCCU), and is available to all 11-17 year olds residing in the United Kingdom. The competition is split into two age groups – 11-14 years and 15-17 years.
The initial challenge is via an online platform. Participants will be able to compete in the challenge from Monday 20th January to Friday 14th February 2020. The game should take around 45 minutes to complete. There will be 5 elements tested: The Computer Misuse Act 1990, staying safe online, steganography, python coding and a cipher. The challenge is designed to test digital skills and encourage the development of abilities that would enable a career in the cyber security landscape.
Successful participants from the online competition will be invited to a regional semi-final that will take place by the 30th March 2020. This will test further practical skills – likely to involve capture the flag style competitions, team building exercise and puzzle solving skills.
Participants successful at regional semi-finals will be invited to compete in a national final – venue and date to be confirmed (likely July 2020). Various skills will be tested with previous finals incorporating capture the flag, open source social media, drone capture, lock picking and team events.