GO-Biz Hosting Inaugural California Cyber Innovation Challenge at Sacramento City College
Eight Teams of High School Students from Sacramento Valley, Los Angeles, San Diego and the Bay Area Set to Showcase Their Expertise in High Pressure Cybersecurity Challenges

Sacramento, Calif. – As part of California’s continued leadership in cybersecurity, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting the first-ever California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC) at Sacramento City College.  In this demonstration event, eight teams of high school students will complete a series of timed cybersecurity challenges, defend the integrity of computer networks and crack complex codes.

“California students will be on the front lines of defending our state’s cybersecurity,” said GO-Biz director Panorea Avdis. “This challenge showcases California’s commitment to proactively addressing the global cybersecurity skills gap.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822

Agenda
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Morning competition w/ Cyber Patriot Challenge (Cafeteria)
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Media Availability, Competition Viewing (Cafeteria)
12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Facebook Capture the Flag Cyber Challenge (Cafeteria)
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony and Media Availability (Room Pac 106)

Media Availability and Visuals: Reporters can film the competition in the morning which is set up to look like a “Cybersecurity War Room,” interview the students and representatives from GO-Biz and film the final awards ceremony at 5:45 pm.

Background: GO-Biz is leading this inaugural challenge through the CyberCalifornia network, in partnership with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the California Workforce Development Board.  CyberCalifornia is a coalition of businesses, state agencies, and educational partners dedicated to reinforcing California’s leadership position in cybersecurity.  This challenge showcases CyberCalifornia’s commitment to innovative education and workforce development programs.  Sacramento City College is hosting the event on campus and other coalition leaders include the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, Los Angeles Unified School District, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and Pomona, the Securing our eCity Foundation, the Air Force Association, CyberWatch West, Dun and Bradstreet, ForeScout, Facebook, and Cisco.

Participating Teams:

Sacramento Valley

  • Elk Grove High School
  • Casa Robles High School
  • Luther Burbank High School

Bay Area Region

  • Irvington High School (Fremont)

San Diego Region 

  • Ramona High School
  • Westview High School

Los Angeles Region

  • Los Angeles Teacher Prep Academy (at Royal High School)
  • North Hollywood High School

About GO-Biz
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as California’s lead entity 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. For more information visit: www.business.ca.gov.