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Registration for the 2017 Alan Turing Cryptography Competition

30 Nov 2016

Registration for the School of Mathematics' 2017 Alan Turing Cryptography Competition is now open!

Now in its sixth year, the online competition is open to secondary school children up to Year 11 (England and Wales), S4 (Scotland) and Year 12 (Northern Ireland). Run by the School of Mathematics, it’s a great way for children to develop their mathematical and problem-solving skills while having fun. The competition will begin in January 2017.

And the best bit? There are lots of opportunities to win some great prizes, which have been sponsored by the flight search company Skyscanner. Skyscanner was set up by two former computer scientists from the University – two people who directly benefitted from Turing’s contributions to Manchester and computing.

This year’s theme is the medieval. Throughout ‘The Tale of the Medieval Manuscript’, new chapters of the story will be released every one to two weeks, each with a cryptographic code to solve. There are six chapters in total (plus an epilogue). Points can be earned by cracking each code and submitting the answers. The team that solves each chapter the fastest will win a prize, and there will also be five spot prizes chosen at random from all the correct entries.

At the end of the competition, the University will host the Alan Turing Cryptography Day at the beginning of May 2017. You will be able to register for this event when the first chapter has been released. We anticipate plenty of code-breaking action, from a live cryptography challenge to a prize ceremony for the competition winners. It’s not to be missed!

Further information

For more details, including how to register, please visit: