Wednesday, January 7, 2015

great cybersecurity opportunity for MIS student women


Here's a chance for MIS student women interested in Cybersecurity to gather with other women students, faculty and professionals in the field at a national event, sponsored by the National Science Foundation this spring in Atlanta. It's during spring break (March 27-28) so you wouldn't even have to miss classes! They did this for the first time last year (page thru the pics above) and it was a big success so they're doing it again this year.

In their blurb (pasted in below), they say that you can get a free shared hotel room if you sign up ASAP. You would still have to pay your own transportation and a registration of $50 but you would get free meals there. It looks like the airfare would be around $450 but if you're really interested, I think I could probably find some funds to help pay your way! Don't let the cost stop you. If you're interested, please let me know and I'll do my best to find a way to minimize your out-of-pocket cost, ok? But we have to move quickly.

Check out the blurb below with all the links for more info and let me know ASAP if you're interested.

The 2nd National Women in Cybersecurity conference will be held on March 27-28, Atlanta, GA.


With support from National Science Foundation, Award #1303441 (Capacity Building in Cybersecurity: Broadening Participation of Women In Cybersecurity through the Women in Cybersecurity Conference and Professional Development), WiCyS is an effort to bring together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring. Any individual or organization interested in supporting recruiting and retention efforts for women in cybersecurity is encouraged to participate.

The 1st WiCyS conference was held in Nashville, TN, April 2014. Here are some pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123349473@N04/sets/72157644386289971/

Although scholarship deadline has passed and scholarships awarded, we can still provide some shared lodging for March 27th at the conference hotel (free of cost) to a limited number of students and faculty who will register ASAP (student rate; $50 and faculty rate: $100). Lodging will be awarded first-come-first-serve basis until capacity is reached.
All attendees will receive free meals for the  reduced subsidized registration fee.
All sponsoring partners receive free conference passes (with lodging) based on level of partnership.

We have limited capacity of 500 attendees: 50% students (at all college levels), 25% educators, 25% professionals.
 The WiCyS conference  will offer:
•             Distinguished speaker sessions        •             Technical presentations
•             Technical workshops                             •             Poster competitions  
•             Birds-of Feather discussions              •             Speed mentoring and networking session
•             Panel discussions                                    •             Lightning talks
•             Career and graduate school fair

We have some excellent speakers lined up and with your participation, we hope to orchestrate a program that will be beneficial to students, educators, researchers and professionals.
Here is a draft outline of the program:

New this year:
·         WiCyS-Facebook travel scholarships for students (up to $500 for 10 students) to defray cost of travel to WiCyS 2015. Only open to WiCyS scholarship receipients.
·         Speed mentoring and networking session
·         Career fair on 1st  day with interview opportunities on 2nd day
We have limited capacity and therefore, please reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Please pass this to peers, help support our cause and spread the word.

Important Links:
Sponsoring Partnership Opportunities: http://www.csc.tntech.edu/wicys/sponsor/

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