Student registration for the Cybersecurity Community Challenge is now open!

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Cybersecurity Community Challenge

November 8-16, 2021

Campus Greensboro is excited for our 2nd annual Community Challenge to be held in November 2021. During this virtual week-long event, student teams from colleges and universities statewide will tackle cybersecurity issues provided by local nonprofits. All activities will be completely virtual.

During this event:

  • Student teams will choose from two community challenges provided by local nonprofits who face cybersecurity issues.
  • Industry experts will provide 3 different virtual workshops in a variety areas of cybersecurity.
  • Students will be provided a “Success Squad” of coaches and mentors to help them.
  • Teams will compete to come up with the best ideas to assist our nonprofit partners. The winning teams will earn up to $2,500!

We are looking for sponsors and workshop speakers. Position yourself as a dynamic tech leader in front of next generation tech talent.

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All events are virtual via Zoom. Student teams are required to attend opening and closing ceremonies and for at least two team members to attend each workshop. Bonus cash can be earned based on increased team member attendance to the events.

Workshops marked with an asterisk (*) are free and open to the public!

Registration for each workshop will be available starting September 2021.

CYBERSECURITY COMMUNITY CHALLENGE
NOVEMBER 8-16, 2021

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8
12:00 PM: Opening ceremony including a keynote presentation on the future of cybersecurity*

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9
12:00 PM: Challenge FAQ: Students network with our challenge partners and ask questions to guide them as they are formulating their ideas
6:00 PM: Industry expert workshop on a hot topic in cybersecurity (speaker and topic TBD)*

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
6:00 PM: Industry expert workshop on a hot topic in cybersecurity (speaker and topic TBD)*

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11
12:00 PM: Challenge FAQ: Students network with our challenge partners and ask questions to guide them as they are formulating their ideas

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Working Days

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15
9:00 AM: Video Pitch Deadline

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
6:00 PM: Awards Ceremony*

Student registration for the Cybersecurity Community Challenge is now open!

Register as a team or individual here!

During this week-long virtual event, your team will be introduced to a challenge posed by nonprofit community partners in Greensboro around cybersecurity. As a team, you will select the challenge you are interested in solving. These challenges will be real issues that these partners need help with – great ideas could be implemented to help the Greensboro community!

Throughout the week, you will:

  • Meet your “Success Squad” – a team of mentors and coaches to help you formulate your ideas and create your pitch
  • Attend an Opening Ceremony to learn about the posed challenges (all team members must participate)
  • Engage in provided workshops presented by industry experts in cybersecurity (at least 2 team members must attend each workshop; more team member participation will lead to a larger cash prize for the winning team)
  • Join two Challenge FAQ sessions where you are able to ask questions of the community partners who are posing the challenge you selected
  • Submit a 3-minute video presentation showcasing how your team would “solve” the challenge
  • Attend a Closing Ceremony where we will showcase all team presentations and announce the winner

The winning team for each challenge will win $1,500 with the opportunity to win a bonus $1,000 depending on team member participation throughout the week.

That means there will be two winning teams that will win up to $2,500 for each team!

Every team member will:

  • Gain experience and knowledge in cybersecurity
  • Have the opportunity to network with industry leaders
  • Receive a swag box including a t-shirt
  • Earn a participation badge to showcase on your LinkedIn and resume to share your experience with employers

Teams:

  • Teams may consist of 3-5 members; all team members must be currently enrolled in a college or university in North Carolina
  • Team members can be any level in school (freshmen-graduate level) and any major; however, it is to your advantage to have team members studying computer science, information sciences, engineering, law/ethics, and other related fields

Questions/concerns? Please reach out to campusgso@actiongreensboro.org.

Each student team in the Cybersecurity Community Challenge will be provided a Success Squad, which includes a Cybersecurity Industry Professional and a Pitch Coach. We need dedicated community members to volunteer in this roles!

To serve on a Success Squad, you do not need to have a certain level of experience. Our only requirements are:

  • You relate to one of the roles detailed below
  • You live in the Triad area
  • You enjoy working with college students
  • You are available and willing to communicate with and assist your student team throughout the challenge from November 8 through November 16, 2021

This week-long event is completely virtual.

Cybersecurity Industry Professional: A person who works in a field related to cybersecurity and can guide student teams as they formulate ideas/concepts for the community challenge.

Pitch Coach & Motivator: A person who has experience helping others with presentations and public speaking skills and can assist student teams with creating, practicing, and recording their 3-minute solution pitch that will be presented to the judges. This role will also act as the “motivator” throughout the week – keeping the teams on track and engaged.

To learn more, check out our Success Squad FAQs!

Questions? Please contact Mayeesa Mitchell at mmitchell@actiongreensboro.org.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: VF Corporation!

Thank you to our workshop sponsors: Kontoor and Old Dominion!

We still have sponsorship spots open! Check out ways you can support: Cybersecurity Community Challenge Sponsorship Levels

What is the Campus Greensboro Cybersecurity Community Challenge?

The Cybersecurity Community Challenge is a virtual, week-long event in which college students studying computer science, information sciences, analytics, engineering, and law/ethics will work in teams to solve a community-minded Greensboro challenge.

This virtual event will be held November 8-16, 2021. See the full schedule of events for details. This is our 2nd annual Community Challenge. Last year’s topic was FinTech (financial technology). See our impact report to learn more.

Why are we doing this?

After surveying local employers, we found that cybersecurity talent is in demand, but can be difficult to find. This event will engage students statewide interested in cybersecurity and introduce them to local employers while showcasing Greensboro as a place to launch their careers.

Tell me about the students.

Student teams can be made up of 3-5 students. Students can sign up as a team or sign up as an individual to be put on a team. Students of all majors and levels are encouraged to participate. The only requirement for participation is that students must be currently enrolled in a college/university in North Carolina. We anticipate approximately 25 teams (~100 students).

What are the challenges?

Student teams will select one of two challenges: one with the City of Greensboro around smart transportation and one with Guilford County around a hypothetical hack emergency in the Public Health Department. Teams will receive details the first day of the challenge on November 8. Students will come up with concepts to solve their selected challenge and create a 3-minute video pitch detailing their idea. Panels of judges will select two student teams – one from each challenge – to win up to $2,500.

What is a Success Squad Volunteer?

Every student team is assigned a Success Squad – a Cybersecurity Industry Expert and a Pitch Coach & Motivator. These volunteers will serve as support to their team throughout the Community Challenge.

Cybersecurity Industry Expert: A person who works in a field related to cybersecurity and can be a sounding board for students to bounce ideas when they are integrating cybersecurity solutions into their concepts.

Pitch Coach & Motivator: A person who has experience helping others with presentations and public speaking skills and can assist student teams with creating, practicing, and recording their 3-minute solution pitch that will be presented to the judges. This role will also act as the “motivator” throughout the week – keeping the teams on track and engaged.

How can I participate?

Students: Registration will open in September 2021. Let us know you’re interested by signing up for our email list!

Community leaders: Sign up to be on a Success Squad!

Employers: Consider becoming a sponsor to meet talented students in the IT/cybersecurity space!