Catalyst Cyber Camp is a high-quality, internet-based, virtual program that provides fun and interactive challenges designed to teach youth how to be cyber-safe and to introduce youth to cybersecurity as a potential career path. There are over 400 hours of programming to complete, as well as a friendly contest and prize opportunities!
Catalyst Cyber Camp will run ONLINE from July 15 – September 4, 2020. However, campers will have access to the programming and the CyberStart Game until November 30th.
The only criteria are that a camper must be:
There are a total of 500 spots available and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis; once the 500 places are filled, registration will close.
There is no cost to the camper.
At this time, Catalyst Cyber Camp is only open to residents within the City of Brampton! Check back soon, or connect with us on social media, for additional upcoming opportunities!
To participate, a camper needs only a computer with internet access.
Campers do not require any pre-existing technology knowledge or knowledge of cyber security. The unique, online delivery format provides a rich self-guided learning opportunity that keeps young people engaged and having fun.
To keep things fair for everyone, no individual hints or guidance on how to solve challenges will be provided, except where we do so in accessible places, like webinars and check-ins, which are open to all campers.
If you're stuck on a challenge in CyberStart Game, make sure to read through the Field Manual - it's a great resource!
You're also expected to make use of all the tools at your disposal... and that includes Google! Unfamiliar with a word or technical term? Do an internet search and see what you can learn - often just getting a little clarity on some unfamiliar language or new commands can get you unstuck.
The contest is based on the points collected from completing as many challenges as possible, as well as participation in additional events and activities, such as virtual webinars. The contest closes on September 4th. Students may continue to play CyberStart Game after that date until their licence expires, but will not earn points toward the contest.
All subdomains on joincyberstart.com and cyberprotection.agency should be whitelisted.
Additionally, the following challenge-specific domains will need to be whitelisted:
Additionally, you will need to allow Google's recaptcha API to run. Information on recaptcha and firewalls can be found here.
It is not possible to bypass or "turn off" the recaptcha as it is a protective security mechanism for CyberStart.
All students must have a unique email tied to their account in CyberStart, and they must be able to receive emails from our applications. This allows us to verify our users, and allows users to recover lost passwords safely.
The email opt-in and verification process is also used as a form of consent to participate in the program in addition to being important for privacy and identity validation.
If your school's email won't allow our emails through, we suggest students use personal email addresses or create single-purpose accounts for use with CyberStart through a free email service such as Gmail. All emails for the Catalyst Cyber Camp will come from either the catalystcybercamp.com domain or the joincyberstart.com domain.
You can re-request a verification email using the forgot password form. If you have't yet finished registration and you use this form, it will re-send the verification email so you can complete your registration.