Cyber Switch Up is a digital & cyber skills competition aimed at young people aged 11-16 years in Key Stages 3 & 4 who are attending schools in the Yorkshire & Humber region.

About Cyber SwitchUp 2023

  • Open to pupils in all secondary schools across Yorkshire & the Humber

  • Open exclusively to pupils in Key Stages 3 & 4 (as of April 2023)

  • Free to participate On-line qualifier can be completed in school or at home

  • Chance to compete in an in-person finals event on 8 August 2023

  • Chance of winning trophies and prizes for participants and their school

Competition Format

  • On-line qualifier (open to all) – a series of short exercises/puzzles based on digital and cyber themes (one entry per person) – e-certificate awarded to all participants

  • In-person one day finals event for highest performing participants – series of hands-on fun and challenging exercises/puzzles in a ‘gaming arena’ format based on digital and cyber themes – merchandise, trophies and prizes on offer to all participants

Key Dates

  • On-line registration opens – 27 January 2023

  • On-line qualifier – 24-30 April 2023

  • In-person finals event – 8 August 2023

Live in person finals day 8th August 2023

  • Venue – Pavilions, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

  • Best performing participants in the April on-line qualifier in both Key Stage age groups will compete for trophies and prizes

  • Exhibition hall and keynote talks on a range of cyber and digital themes including education and career opportunities and pathways for young people

Key Information

  • Participants must have the express support of their Teacher and Parent or Care Giver in order to compete in Cyber Switch Up 2023

  • Participants must have access to a computer/device with internet access to compete in the on-line qualifier

  • Participants and a responsible adult must be available on 8 August 2023 to attend the in-person finals event in Harrogate if successful in the on-line qualifier

  • Showcase the digital and cyber skills & talent of young people across Yorkshire & Humber

  • Educate and promote digital & cyber pathways for higher and further education

  • Raise awareness of the diverse digital & cyber career pathways available to young people

  • Promote Cyber Choices messaging – encourage positive and lawful cyber behaviours in young people

Designed and delivered by Yorkshire & Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit in conjunction with our Partners, Cyber Switch Up 2023 aims to:

The Online Qualifier has now closed.

Participants that qualified for the live finals will be notified via email by May 9th, 2023.

Marketing Resources

Printable Cyber SwitchUp Poster