Cybersecurity Workshop for Undergraduate Women

March 16 – 19, 2020

Our objective is to encourage undergraduate women majoring in computer science to participate in cybersecurity research using artificial intelligence and visualization. We will encourage them to think about graduate school as part of their career plan while providing participants the opportunity to present their research at the end of the workshop. This workshop will build a bridge between undergraduate students and graduate students, research faculty, and women in the computer science industry.

CyfHER Mission

Our mission is to enhance the undergraduate experience and increase women’s motivation to pursue graduate study and research careers in computer science and cybersecurity. We look to

  • Foster a sense of community and support from peer groups and faculty mentors.
  • Instill confidence that comes from knowing women have the skills to contribute to problem-solving beyond the classroom.
  • Provide practical skills and know-how to help women succeed both in their undergraduate program and beyond.
  • Motivate, inspire and challenge women through exposure to real-world research in computer science.

Research Tracks

The CyfHER workshop will consist of two tracks both using the same real-world data sets.  Participants in the Visualization Research Track will explore real-world cybersecurity data sets using various visualization techniques to gain insight into cybersecurity events. Participants in the Artificial Intelligence Research Track will apply artificial intelligence algorithms to detect events in real-world cybersecurity data sets.

Workshop Schedule

March 16 – 19, 2020

Day 1: Registration, Keynote I & Research Track Intro

Day 2: Keynote II & Research Track Groups

Day 3: Graduate Panel & Research Track Groups

Day 4: Research Track Group Presentations

Workshop Application

Please follow this link to apply for the workshop. We will be reviewing applications over the winter break and preliminary notifications will be sent out by mid-January.

Game Jam!

What is a game jam?

The term Game Jam is a way to describe the collaborative act of producing something with no prior preparation in an effort to develop new game material or simply to practice the art of coding. The goal is to come together and make a videogame with your friends and/or fellow students! Participants are encouraged to rapidly prototype game designs and inject new ideas to help inspire and grow the global game community. We will ask participants to create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed amount of time (48 hours). The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking which results in small but innovative and experimental games.

What is the WiCS | Cybersecurity Game Jam?

This game jam brings together the NMT student community to work over a weekend to make video games. It is a unique opportunity for students to create, collaborate and practice their game-making skills, and we invite every one of any skill level to participate.

We rally around a central theme – Cybersecurity Awareness – and teams will have 48 hours to create a game. It’s our hope to see some interesting and experimental prototypes that you can continue to work on well after the jam has finished.

The Game Jam is hardware and software agnostic, and we encourage participants to try out new ideas and push themselves, within reason of course! We also strongly encourage participants to be aware of their mental and physical wellness during the event (to eat, sleep … and shower!), so that they can stay at their creative best!!!

Why Participate in the Game Jam?

Prizes!!! The Cybersecurity Centers have secured prizes for the top team in each of three categories – Cybersecurity, WiCS, & Crowd Favorite. In addition to prizes, teams designing games for Cybersecurity outreach and education might be eligible for funding to further develop and polish their game!

When is Game Jam?

The Game Jam will start at 6PM in Cramer 213 on 22 November 2019 and go for around 48 hours through 24 November 2019. Teams will show off their creations at 2PM on Sunday the 24th, with judging and awards following soon after. Pizza will be provided Friday and Saturday evenings, and snacks and drinks will be plentiful as well. Participants should feel free to come and go as they please during the Game Jam.

Sign Us Up!!!

Teams/Individuals interested in participating in the Game Jam please follow this link to register for the event.