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Skipton Student takes top spot in regional cyber challenge

Jacob Newby of Ermysted’s Grammar School wins category in Yorkshire’s first Matrix Challenge

60 young people from across Yorkshire travelled to York Racecourse on Saturday (7 July) to take part in the live final of the Yorkshire and Humber Matrix Challenge.

Led and managed by the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Cybercrime Unit, this is the first year that the initiative has taken place with all schools across the region invited to participate.

Over 9,100 young people took part in the Matrix Challenge online game which featured cypher, coding and steganography challenges, plus a section testing application of the Computer Misuse Act. The top 60 scorers attended Saturday’s final where they completed a number of challenging activities designed by BT, BAE Systems, Krash Labs, the Drone Major Group, Leeds Beckett University and the North Yorkshire Police Cybercrime team.

Jacob Newby of Ermysted’s Grammar School in Skipton took the top spot in the 11 – 14 years category. He said: “The Matrix Challenge provides a great opportunity for youth to showcase their talents. I think the various talks given to both adults and children alike allowed for a very fun day out. The activities were fun and engaging, as well as challenging too!”

Detective Sergeant Shelton Newsham from the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit, led this year’s challenge and was delighted with the success of the day, saying: “I was overwhelmed with the talent on show at Saturday’s final. The Matrix Challenge has been a brilliant competition and has enabled children throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region to display their skills on a national level. This is the largest law enforcement led initiative of this kind in the UK and I am extremely proud of the results”

Sergeant Gavin Mayes is part of North Yorkshire Police’s Cyber Crime Unit, he said: “It was fantastic to see so many young people at the final on Saturday and we were particularly pleased to see a North Yorkshire pupil take the top spot in the 11 – 14 years category. All of the activities and workshops seemed to be greatly enjoyed by everyone who took part and gave our participants chance to show their wealth of skills and talent, along with raising their awareness of cyber security and the law as it applies online.”

Seven North Yorkshire schools were represented at the final: All Saints Roman Catholic School, York, Millthorpe School, York, Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton, Skipton Girls’ High School, Risedale Sports Community College, Catterick Garrison, Selby High School and York High School.

Speakers at the event included Kerensa Jennings the CEO of iDEA, Robert Garbett from Drone Major Group and the FBI. Cloud Digital sponsored the prizes for the category winners and SBL sponsored the two special recognition prizes.

For more details and photographs from the day visit www.yhrocu.org.uk