Virtual Schoolbag (VSB)

21 Jan 2019
Teachers and teaching assistants of all secondary schools
Non-priority
Information
23 Jan 2019
2019/028
CyberFirst Girls Competition 2019,

Registration for which is now open for the 2019 CyberFirst Girls Competition

Over the past two years, 12,500 girls in schools across the UK have participated in this annual competition of problem-solving and code cracking challenges to crown the UK’s most cyber-capable young women.

CyberFirst Girls Competition is an exciting national contest for girls in Year 8 (12-13yrs of age). This age group has been deliberately chosen to give as many girls as possible the opportunity to find out more about cyber security with a view to potentially influencing the subjects they choose at GCSE. Only 11% of the global cyber workforce is made of women, so our ultimate aim is to inspire the girls into a career in cyber security.

Teachers, of any subject, can register a team of (up to 4) girls. Schools may enter as many teams as they wish. It is completely free to register and take part.

The competition begins on 21 January with an online round of codebreaking challenges. Challenges can be completed in school, during lunch, in lessons or in the evenings, by logging onto their CyberFirst Girls Competition account (set up during registration).

The competition’s Grand Final will be taking place in Edinburgh on 24-25 March 2019. Winners receive £1,000 towards school computing equipment and a host of individual prizes too.

For more information, to enter and if you would like any marketing material, please contact Sophie at the National Cyber Security Centre at sophie.e@ncsc.gov.uk

Laura Harris
Sophie E
Strategic Communications Officer

Phone: 07468 830 398
Email: sophie.e@ncsc.gov.uk