First re_b00tCMP in Northern Netherlands: learning about opportunities and risks of the digital world

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Sneek – Last Saturday, re_b00tCMP was organized for the first time in the Northern Netherlands, the ultimate experience for young hacking talent. Friesland kicked off the event and together with educational organization Firda, the police organized a day aimed at young people with an interest and skills in the field of ICT. ‘Cyber ​​Mayor’ of the province Jan Rijpstra opened the day.

Hundreds of students have been able to do an ‘online challenge’ in recent months, in the run-up to the event in Sneek. This way they, together with their parents, were able to obtain an invitation. A total of about 40 participants attended the re_B00TCMP on Saturday, which was opened by cyber mayor of the province Jan Rijpstra. A separate program has been put together for parents.

Pointing out risks and opportunities
The re_B00TCMP shows young people how to use their digital skills in a good way. André Laven, digital police officer of the Sneek basic team: “These young people have talent and interest in the field of ICT. In this way we can point out to them, in an accessible way, the risks and temptations surrounding cybercrime, but of course also the possibilities when it comes to the digital world. Just think of the opportunities available to them in the IT labor market, including within the police.”

Gaming against and with the police
On Saturday, young people and their parents met inspiring people from the cybersecurity industry and received interesting presentations from an ethical hacker and from the police’s Digital Platform Fryslân. In a case, a public prosecutor pointed out to young people the penalties for cybercrime. Not only did they listen, the audience was also allowed to ‘get involved’ by gaming against, among others, police colleagues from the Sneek basic team and doing a hack challenge with which they could win prizes.

Groningen and Drenthe
In the coming months, RE_B00TCMP will also be organized in the districts of Groningen and Drenthe. Knowing more? Visit

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