Matrix Challenge - Winners Announced

On Saturday July 6th, the live final of the Yorkshire and Humber’s Matrix Challenge took place at York Racecourse.


Over 9100 children, aged 11 to 17 year old participated in this year’s challenge and the top 60 competed at Saturdays final.


The finalist took on a number of challenging activities designed by BT, BAE Systems, Krash Labs, Drone Major Group, Leeds Beckett University and North Yorkshire Cyber Crime Team.

Speakers included Kerensa Jennings the CEO of iDEA, Robert Garbett from Drone Major Group and the FBI.


Detective Sergeant Shelton Newsham from the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit, who led this year’s Challenge said, “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 extremely proud of the results”


Joe Calvert From West Yorkshire was the winner of the 15 to 17 yr. old category said “The challenge was a lot of fun, I had a laugh with the people in my group all day and there was a great range of activities. The atmosphere there was brilliant and winning was a great finish to top it all off - I'm pretty proud of myself.”


Jacob Newby from north Yorkshire was the winner in the 11 to 14yr old category 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!”


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