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Calling All High Schools: Last Chance to Apply to Compete in the 2017 California Cyber Innovation Challenge

The competition allows high schools to demonstrate their expertise in cybersecurity. Apply to compete by April 26, 2017. 

Sacramento, Calif. – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is encouraging all California high schools to apply to compete in the 2017 California Cyber Innovation Challenge, a statewide cybersecurity competition. Up to 16 high school teams will qualify to compete against each other at the championship round, June 23-25th at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

The competition allows high schools to demonstrate their expertise in cybersecurity, while encouraging students to explore new career pathways in the cybersecurity industry. GO-Biz and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are leading this event on behalf of CyberCalifornia, which is a coalition of businesses, academic institutions, and state agencies, all of whom understand the need to proactively address the cybersecurity concerns and opportunities associated with next-generation technologies.

2017 California Cyber Innovation Challenge
June 23-25, 2017
California Cyber Training Complex
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Application Deadline: April 26, 2017 (Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received.

For more information and to apply visit the GO-Biz Cybersecurity 2017 California Cyber Innovation Challenge page.  

Application Information

The application form will allow high school level cybersecurity competition teams to apply to the statewide championship round. If you know of high school level cybersecurity teams that are interested in applying, please encourage them to fill out this application by April 26, 2017. You can also email GO-Biz for more information: gobiz.innovation@gov.ca.gov

Overview of Rules

  1. It is the responsibility of each team to ensure that each participant meets any specific travel and supervision requirements of the school or school district or other applicable laws or regulations related to participating in the event. 
  2. During the final championship round, each team may only have 5 competitors at a time. Teams may also have two substitute members (for a total of 7 student competitors per team). Students participate at their own risk.
  3. Applications received by April 26, 2017 will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of industry, academic, and government leaders.
  4. Upon selection by the committee, each team will be responsible for completing a waiver and release form for each participant.

Note:

  • All types of high school level cybersecurity competition teams are encouraged to apply. 
  • The application may be filled out by students, parents, teachers, or any individual associated with the applicable cybersecurity competition team. Please only submit ONE application for each team. 

Regional Cybersecurity Competitions

In addition to the application process described above, up to eight teams will qualify through regional cybersecurity competitions.  The list below provides more information on these regional competitions.

Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond the Bell Cyber Cup 
This competition will take place on April 22, 2017 and the top two teams will advance to the statewide championship round. Interested teams should contact event coordinator Carey Peck at carey.peck@lausd.net.

Sacramento Mayor’s Cyber Cup 
This competition will take place on May 6, 2017 at Sacramento City College, and the top two teams will advance to the statewide championship round. Interested teams should contact event coordinator Steve Linthicum at slinthicum@sierracollege.edu.

SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge
This competition took place on March 25, 2017, at the San Diego Computer Center at the University of California San Diego Campus. The top two high school teams gained automatic entry to the statewide championship. Those interested in learning more should contact event coordinators Liz Fraumann (lfraumann@securingourecity.org) and Lillian Maestas (lmaestas@knowledgemade.com).

Bay Area Cyber Patriot Program
The top two Bay Area schools in the CyberPatriot Program earned entry to the statewide challenge. Those interested in learning more should contact Richard Grotegut at rgrotegut@gmail.com
 

About Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Established in 2012 by Governor Brown, GO-Biz serves as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.

About CyberCalifornia
CyberCalifornia is a cybersecurity initiative focused on educating California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources and connect California’s robust workforce development system with the needs of California employers. CyberCalifornia is organized in conjunction with the Innovation Hub (iHub) Network, a program administered by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

About Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It’s a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today’s scientific and technical world. Cal Poly is consistently ranked a top university for academics, value, and graduate’s salaries.



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