The National Matrix Challenge goes live on Monday January 20th and is open to every 11 to 17 year old in the United Kingdom.

The Challenge consists of three stages, which will eventually lead to the crowning of a national champion in both the 11 to 14 and 15 to 17 year old age categories.

Stage 1 of The Matrix Challenge is a digital game that will help players to be safer online, understand the law and test their cyber skills. The highest performers will then go forward to stage two.

Stage 2 will provide those successful to take part in a regional live semi-final. Players will have the opportunity to take on activities designed and run by industry. The top three in each age category will go forward to the final stage.

The live final will take place on Saturday July 4th; the top 72 contestants from across the United Kingdom will compete to be crowned the Matrix Challenge National champion.

Detective Sergeant Shelton Newsham of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit designed the National Matrix challenge.

DS Newsham and his team are leading the National challenge, which has the support of all the Regional Cybercrime units, Police Scotland and PSNI.

DS Newsham said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for all 11 to 17 year olds in our region and nationally to test their cyber skills. Not only will those taking part learn how to be safer online but there is also the chance to display their talents to the industry.

“Our champions will go on and represent the Yorkshire and Humber region at the national final in July.”

Chief Constable Peter Goodman of Derbyshire Police and the NPCC Cyber Crime Lead, said

“The National Matrix Challenge 2020 is a fantastic opportunity for all 11 to 17 year olds in the United Kingdom to test and showcase their digital capabilities. Our young people will compete against a national virtual peer network when they experiment and test their abilities using online-connected technologies. They will learn to understand about the legal boundaries of cybercrime, enabling them to differentiate between what is a legal or illegal act.

“The regional winners of the first-stage online competition will go on to compete in a live national “champion of champions” event held in the summer of 2020 . The activities and tests will be designed and delivered by our partners in industry and academia, culminating in the best performers in each age group receiving recognition and awards to celebrate their success. This is a great opportunity to identify emerging digital talent for policing and our partners.

“I am proud as the National Police Chiefs’ Council Cybercrime Lead to support and endorse this innovative initiative, which is designed to provide the next generation with protection, awareness and opportunity.“

To take part in stage one of the National Matrix Challenge visit between January 20th and February 14th.