Cyber Discovery launches the first CyberStart Elite Camp in Manchester

Last weekend our students descended on Victoria Warehouse in Manchester for the first of our CyberStart Elite Camps, the final stage in our Cyber Discovery programme.

Teams working through the Capture the Flag challenges

From thousands of participants, the students that attended the Manchester camp were amongst the top 170 who were invited to this final stage of the programme. Throughout the weekend, 57 students competed in a live Capture the Flag, worked as a team to Hack-the-Bot and listened to talks from industry professionals.

In this blog, we round up some of the highlights from the weekend. We are overjoyed that our very first Elite camp has been so well received!

Industry Talks

Freaky Clown teaching students to (ethically) rob a bank!

Participants listened to inspiring talks from industry experts which helped to show them what they can achieve in the industry in the future.

Samuel Leonard, aged 17, one of the Elite students at Manchester, said:

“Before Cyber Discovery I enjoyed computer science but wasn’t sure where to take it. After Cyber Discovery I have gone on to get a one-week internship with Embecosm this summer. I will definitely be applying to year 2 of this programme as I have gained such a huge amount from this year.”


The Hack-a-Bot

The Hack-a-Bot challenge required students to execute a number of different disciplines, break into a network of computers and hack a robot arm! They needed to combine the skills they had learnt in reverse engineering, forensics and exploitation in order to gain access to the device and win the challenge!

“It was incredible to be part of this weekend’s Cyber Discovery Elite Manchester event. The enthusiasm and the talent of the students there was so impressive, and we’ve been thrilled with the number of young people who have taken part in Cyber Discovery who have told us it’s really changed their minds about a career in cyber security.” — James Lyne, Cyber Discovery creator

Capture the Flag

Working hard during the CTF!

On the final day, a tense Capture the Flag (CTF) challenge was the pinnacle of our incredible journey. The CTF event saw students, in teams, bring together all the skills learnt in previous stages of the programme to attack systems against the clock. Our students encountered web attacks, digital forensics, cryptography and binary exploitation during the CTF, learning and testing skills needed in a real-life cyber security expert’s job.

Our Winners

Congratulations to Team Megasploit for winning the CTF!

We had a whole plethora of awards on our final day after the CTF. Congratulations to all our winners!

Best overall team: The Breachy Boys
Hack-a-Bot winners: Heap Purple
CTF winners: Megasploit
CTF 2nd place: The Breachy Boys
CTF 3rd place: Ramstein
Team communication: Ramstein

We also ran a social media competition which asked students who were attending to use the hashtag #CDEliteMAN. All those that used the hashtag would be entered into a prize draw.

We are excited to announce that the winner is…

Congratulations Ben! Please DM us on Twitter, and we can get your Raspberry Pi starter kit sent out to you.

Your Feedback

During the weekend we received so many amazing tweets and comments on how our students found the weekend. You can see a round-up of our weekend highlights here:

We can not wait to see what goes on at #CDEliteBRS!

If you think that you would like to take part in Year 2 of the programme and hopefully end up at one of our Elite camps in 2019 sign up for Y2 here!