Space Grand Challenge

Gamification and Esports for Space and Cybersecurity Skills Development

Include times and dates of exhibit booth (Zoom links will be inserted by the CubeSat Team): 

April 26, 2022 @ 9AM-5PM PT | April 27, 2022 @ 9AM-5PM PT | April 28, 2022 @ 9AM-2PM PT

California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI): Meet the Team

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Bill Britton

CCI Director, VP of Information Technology and Cal Poly Chief Information Officer


Martin Minnich

Program Manager

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Kayvan Chinichian

Senior Director of Development

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Henry Danielson

Technical Advisor


Makenna Downing

MarCom Coordinator

Danielle Borrelli

Operations Coordinator

About CCI

The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) brings academic and private sector know-how to bear on today’s pressing cybersecurity challenges, including workforce development and applied research. 

Space Grand Challenge (SGC)

The Space Grand Challenge, previously known as the CCIC, is an international competition open to middle and high school students from across the globe! Teams from all over the world will compete in a gamified satellite cybercrime scenario to help solve Mission Kolluxium Z-85-0. 

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CCI's Space Grand Challenge 2022: Mission Kolluxium Z-85-0

SGC 2022

Gamification & Esports for Space and Cybersecurity Skills Development

Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) introduces its new global Space Grand Challenge (SGC) to inspire and acknowledge the next generation of cyber professionals. Middle and high school students from across the globe will compete with their team to solve the fictional cybercrime and win the Space Grand Challenge! 

Event Details

  • What: The Space Grand Challenge is an annual cybersecurity competition hosted by the CCI. 
  • When: October 7-9, 2022
  • Where: The SGC is a virtual event. Zoom links and registration details are available on the CCI website. The event will also be live broadcasted on Twitch.
  • Who: middle and high school students from across the globe are encouraged to participate. 
  • For more information and to register, visit our website. 
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Mission Kolluxium Z-85-0

The SGC 2022 requires participants to compete in Mission Kolluxium Z-85-0. This cybercrime scenario is based on the breach of a network of satellites and involves analyzing puzzles, evidence, and digital forensics in order to solve the mission. Mission Kolluxium Z-85-0 is a gamified multi-layered satellite cybercrime plot written and designed by Cal Poly student employees, featuring complex characters and virtual-immersive environments. 


Virtual-immersive environments allow competitors to apply cybersecurity and digital forensics skills to solve intricate puzzles.

Each different scene includes flags and clues that lead competing teams to solving the fictional cybercrime scenario.

Complex Characters & Scenes

The Story Begins: Panic arises in the Moonshot Satellites Ground Control as the team discovers that a logic bomb was deployed in the code that connects the communications and controls that link Ground Control to the satellite network. Moonshot Satellites is working hard to identify the cause of this cyberattack. 

The future of the safety of this multi-billion-dollar company is at stake. Can you help Moonshot Satellites recover from this devastating blow before the deadline? 


With the help of Cal Poly student assistants and the application of the Cal Poly Learn by Doing pedagogy, the CCI aims to provide education opportunities to build a pipeline for future students interested in careers in technology. Along with SGC, the CCI’s Cyber to Schools initiative aims to provide unique pathways to careers in tech for non-traditional students and underserved communities.

Cyber to Schools

Pathways to Tech

Cyber to Schools an initiative led by CCI that prepares K-12 students for careers in the digital revolution through training and free industry-recognized certification programs with an emphasis on inclusivity and hands-on learning. 


In 2021, CCI ran a summer school program and three pilot programs around digital literacy trainings. Over 700 students were trained by three instructors on the following topics:

  • Digital Literacy
  • Splunk Fundamentals 1 & 2
  • AWS Academy Cloud Foundations

Traditional Students

  1. Space Grand Challenge
  2. Trainings and Certifications
  3. College or University
  4. Workforce and Careers

Non-Traditional Students

  1. Cyber to Schools
  2. Space Grand Challenge
  3. Trainings and Certifications
  4. Workforce and Careers