A cyber security challenge for young people across the United Kingdom

The MAtrix Challenge 2020 is going national


Following on from the success of 2018 and 2019, the Matrix Challenge 2020 will be a national competition open to all 11 to 17 year olds across the United Kingdom.

The Matrix Challenge is an innovative cyber competition, designed and delivered by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit in partnership with our colleagues from the 11 regional organised crime units across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


The Matrix Challenge qualification game will be live in January 2020 and will run for 4 weeks. The top entries in each region will be invited to a regional semi final. The top 3 competitors in each age category will then be selected for a grand final in July 2020 where top technology prizes and the chance to be crown Matrix Challenge UK Champion will be up for grabs.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Matrix Challenge 2020 please email us to register your interest. You can use the button above or use the email address [email protected]

The Matrix Challenge will be available to all 11-17 year olds within the UK on the 20th January 2020. The game takes around 30 minutes to complete and covers 5 key topics, CMA 1990, staying safe online, steganography, fault finding in lines of code and cracking a cipher. The challenge will also include a timed multiple choice quiz. 

Check out our short highlight video from 2019's Matrix Challenge event

How is the programme structured?

Step 1


Officers will visit schools to give an online safety input!

Step 2


Online game to test your cyber knowledge

Step 3


Top scorers invited to an exciting cyber day!

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