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Mission Accomplished! Space Grand Challenge 2024 was a huge success!

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Mission Statement: 

The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California, leads a state and national initiative to address cybersecurity challenges. By bringing together the tech community, government agencies, and educational institutions, the CCI is enhancing cybersecurity defense capabilities at Cal Poly, for the state of California, and across the nation.  


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Train to reskill, upskill, and build tech literacy across the State of California and communities around the country. Sessions are available virtually, both on demand and live. 

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Accelerate unique opportunities to advance the Cal Poly Learn by Doing pedagogy for students and faculty through internships, externships, research opportunities, and more. 

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Cal Poly computer science major Zahnae Aquino uses an HTC VIVE headset and controllers to navigate a virtual reality environment that she created with fellow student Josie Grundler.


Empower early education opportunities to build a pipeline for future students interested in careers in technology. 

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Space Grand Challenge 2024

The Space Grand Challenge (SGC) Program is a free virtual game-based cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students built by Cal Poly students—Learn by Doing in action.

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Isaac Rudnik

A Journey through Cyber Frontiers

Computer Science major, Isaac Rudnick, invites you into his cybersecurity journey, progressing from a GenCyber intern to actively contributing to projects in cyber forensics, cryptology, and the Space Grand Challenge.

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Benjamin Arts

Going from E-sports to Cyber

The CCI provided an opportunity for Benjamin use his past experiences in gaming and e-sports for cybersecurity education. 

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Gwen Danley

Leveraging an Interest in Technology

Gwen was drawn to come work at the CCI for two reasons: an interest in technology and something flexible that worked with her school schedule. 

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