Good luck to Cyber Agent Charlie

Good luck to Cyber Agent Charlie from Waterloo Lodge School


A pupil from Waterloo Lodge School, Charlie, has been selected as one of the 400 best entries (from over 65,000 young people who entered) into the Matrix Challenge back in January 2020.  He has been invited to take part in the online final running over the weekend of the 16th and 17th January 2021.




The final will be an online capture the flag (CTF) style event in which our Agent needs to complete as many challenges as he can across the two days. Those who gain the most points over the 2 days will win the Matrix Challenge.

To reach the final Charlie had to compete within 5 elements being tested: The Computer Misuse Act 1990, staying safe online, steganography, python coding and a cipher. The challenge was designed to test digital skills and encourage the development of abilities that would enable a career in the cyber security landscape.

From all at Waterloo Lodge School we would like to wish Agent Charlie the best of luck in this endeavour.


What is the Matrix Challenge?

The Matrix Challenge is a FREE cyber security challenge created and organised by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit (YHRCCU), and is available to all 11-17-year olds residing in the United Kingdom.

The competition was split into two age groups – 11-14 years and 15-17 years.


History of the Matrix Challenge

Initially setup in 2018, utilising funds from the Proceeds of Crime Act, the Matrix Challenge was successfully made available to young people in the West Yorkshire region with finalists competing for technology prizes such as laptops, drones and tablets.

In 2019, the Matrix Challenge was broadened to the Yorkshire and Humber region – incorporating the assistance of West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Humberside Police Forces. The final was held at York Race Course with a number of nationally recognised businesses supporting the event.

In 2020, the YHRCCU were proud to announce that the Matrix Challenge was to be offered to all residents of the UK with the 12 regional organised crime units assisting in rolling out the event across the United Kingdom.