The Venture Center’s 8th Annual JOLT Cyber Challenge: Elevating Cybersecurity Skills with Vintage Gaming Flair

Posted on September 5, 2023
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A blend of classic gameplay with modern cybersecurity training is set for October 6-8 at the

UALR campus in Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept. 6, 2023) – The Venture Center today announced the return of the JOLT Cyber Challenge, marking its eighth year by blending classic video game nostalgia with cutting-edge cybersecurity challenges. This Jeopardy-style event is scheduled for October 6th to 8th on the UALR campus.

Teams of four are now invited to sign up for this immersive experience at and dive into a realm where the iconic vibes of Mario, Sonic, and Castlevania merge seamlessly with real-world cyber expertise.

Having drawn over 130 competitors in its last competition, the JOLT Cyber Challenge is projected to host over 150 enthusiasts this year. Facilitated by expert game makers, including lead game maker Christopher Wright of Sullivan Wright Technologies, this event will deliver challenges that cater to participants across various technical proficiency levels.

“We are proud to have grown JOLT into Arkansas’ flagship cybersecurity gaming event,” said Wright. “Our aim has always been inclusivity, ensuring participants from different technical backgrounds feel welcome, while also fostering lasting professional connections.”

Mimi San Pedro, chief strategy officer of The Venture Center, added, “JOLT remains an event close to our hearts, bridging students and tech professionals while nurturing Arkansas’ burgeoning tech talent. It epitomizes our commitment to fortify the state’s tech ecosystem through innovative job-training opportunities.”

Competitors can expect to grapple with challenges from web vulnerabilities, reverse engineering, code-breaking, and more. This year’s participation fee is $75 per team member ($50 for students), and early registrants will receive an exclusive JOLT T-shirt.

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About The Venture Center
The Venture Center is a globally recognized Arkansas-based Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO) that helps entrepreneurs turn their start-ups into viable, high-growth businesses. By leveraging the expertise of a world-class team of mentors, intensive programming, and introductions to the investor community, The Venture Center serves as an engine for economic growth in Arkansas and beyond. Learn more at Follow The Venture Center on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter(@VentureCenter), and Instagram.