Following on from the 2012 competition, the School of Mathematics atthe University of Manchester will again be running the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition in January 2013. The competition is aimed at secondary school pupils up to and including Year 11 or equivalent, and pupils should organise themselves into teams of at most 4 people.

The competition starts on Monday January 7th at 4pm. You can register here: http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/cryptography_competition

The story comprises of six chapters, following the exploits of two children, Mike and Ellie, who get involved in a cryptographic adventure involving a mysterious ancient artefact – the Egyptian Enigma! Every 2 weeks, starting on Mon 7th Jan, a new chapter of the story will be released on the website. Each of the 6 chapters contains a code to be solved. Teams have to solve these codes as fast as they can and submit their answers on the competition website.

There are some great prizes, sponsored by Skyscanner, for the three top-placed teams at the end of the competition. There will also be a prize for the first team to solve each chapter and a number of spot prizes awarded throughout the competition. See the website http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/cryptography_competition for

details.

For more information see the website or contact cryptography_competition@manchester.ac.uk