GirlsGoCyberStart is an online game created to let girls “try out” cybersecurity to see what it’s all about. CyberStart is a series of interactive challenges that explore exciting topics such as cryptography, penetration testing and digital forensics. Girls form teams of up to 4 members , then collaborate in person or remotely as the competition is completely online.
Who can play: females enrolled in 9th- 12th grade at a public or private school or the homeschool equivalent. High school must be located in one of these states or territories: American Samoa, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming .
Registration: open until 2/16/2018
Game Play: starts 2/20 – ends 2/25
Prizes: top 3 teams win all-expenses paid trip to Chicago for WiCyS conference. Top 3 in each state win prizes like Chromebook, Raspberry Pi with Touch Display, Beats Headphones and Cash. Each winning school also gets money to support their STEM program.
Where? GirlsGoCyberStart is an entirely online competition. All you need to play is an Internet connection and a browser on a computer. The team does not need to be in the same space physically and they don’t have to collaborate in real time.
Why? Computer security and coding can be a path to a powerful future for girls. Right now there are almost 300,000 unfilled jobs in the cybersecurity field with salaries of $85,000 and much higher. CTF events have been great way to attract students to explore these skills but, due mostly to inexperience, girls have been shut out of the high scoring groups and haven’t participated in prizes and recognition. Let’s change that! Girls want to change the world and make it a better place – GirlsGoCyberStart can help give them the tools to lead the way!