Cal Sophomore Veeral Patel Places 2nd at UK-US Cyber Security Competition

Veeral Patel receiving 2nd Place and a £1500 prize for the Leidos Individual Award
Veeral Patel receiving 2nd Place and a £1500 prize for the Leidos Individual Award. (Photo by Cambridge2Cambridge)

On July 26, Veeral Patel, a current UC Berkeley sophomore majoring in Computer Science, took home 2nd Place at Cambridge2Cambridge, a UK-US university cyber competition. Patel took home a £1,500 prize (roughly $1,800) in the individual competition and was also a team captain for the team competition.

The event consisted of a series of hacking challenges, including defending a vulnerable switch against cyber attacks from security professionals, remotely hijacking a drone, and breaking out of restricted computer environments.

The competition was created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Cambridge (UK) in hopes of fostering collaboration and teamwork among talented students and inspiring students to pursue the cyber security path. It was formally announced by US President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015. Competition website.

Among the 110 students representing the top 24 US and UK universities, Veeral successfully established himself as a skilled competitor. Congratulations again to Veeral for proudly representing UC Berkeley! If you have great student news like Veeral’s, please contact us here.