Brand new competition for 11-17 year-olds in West Yorkshire

Posted — 25.05.2018

Super sleuths in West Yorkshire, aged 11 to 17 are being encouraged to enter the first-ever Matrix 2018 challenge which will focus on an online cyber / competition themed challenge from which the top 64 participants will go forward to a live final event.

The challenge has been funded by West Yorkshire Police’s Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) fund which takes money away from criminals and reinvests it back into the community. It is being delivered by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit in partnership with Cyber Security Challenge UK and Grillatech.

Jason Stanton, Schools Programme Manager at Cyber Security Challenge UK, said: “Competitions like this are great for raising awareness of cyber careers to young people and helping them to take their first steps into the field, if they haven’t already. The skills used to compete are also transferable to many other careers as they include teamwork, problem solving, strategic thinking and communication. Learning the basics also means that even if they do not pursue a career in cyber security, they are equipped with the knowledge to make them cyber savvy citizens in their chosen pathway – creating a much safer ecosystem for us all in future.”

During the final, which will be held on Saturday 18 August there will be a mix of open and closed scenario based questions with 32 finalists aged 11-14 and a further 32 finalists chosen from the 15-17 age range. All finalists will receive a certificate and there will be prizes for the winners.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster of West Yorkshire Police, said:

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit have been working with West Yorkshire Police and Cyber Security Challenge UK to arrange a series of roadshows in West Yorkshire during the week commencing 18 June.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is an innovative competition designed to capture the imagination of young people across the region. Tackling cyber crime will remain a focus for West Yorkshire Police and our partners with a key area being prevention. Young people are now exposed to technology at a far younger age than previous generations. Although on the whole this is a positive thing, there are inherent risks which is why raising awareness in new and engaging ways is so important.  I am happy to be able to support this competition and look forward to seeing the results later this year.”

Entries to the event close at 5pm on 29 June.