The key differences from the previous GGCS program are as follows:

  • Boys can play too!
  • There are more rewards and prizes to play for, with $2 million in scholarships available through the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation
  • Eligible participants start playing CyberStart Game straight away, rather than having the “Assess” stage first.
  • Students sign up and play as individuals, rather than as part of a club - although clubs are still encouraged for collaboration and support! They will need to nominate a teacher/other school contact who can verify their eligibility on request, but the school contact doesn't need to do anything for the student to start playing.
  • Gameplay starts earlier (October 30, 2020) and runs for longer
  • Gameplay starts earlier (October 30, 2020) and runs for longer (the deadline to qualify for the Competition has been extended from March 8 2021 to March 15 2021, so students must reach the qualifying level in Game by the end of the day on that date to qualify for the National Cyber Scholarship Competition, although Game will remain open for a few weeks after that to allow students to continue practicing until just before the Competition).