Creating the Next: Cybersecurity Ideas Can Win VC Cash

Atlanta, GA

OK. Admit it. Cybersecurity has crossed your mind at least once this week, even today, perhaps in the last hour. Can you trust that link? What else is in this download? Will this security update actually make a difference?

Let’s solve it together.

The Institute for Information Security & Privacy invites students of any major, any year to bring cybersecurity research ideas to Fall ’16 Demo Day. Projects may be ideas in formation, research underway or completed projects.

Students will display a poster about their idea on Sept. 28 at the Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit, where audience vote by 300+ attendees determines which ideas will be invited back to the Spring ’17 Demo Day Finale. At that point, students deliver a 5-minute presentation about their idea for a chance to win up to $7,000 from venture capitalists. Everyone walks away with generous advice from seasoned business investors. Someone walks away with cash to launch the next cybersecurity solution.

"The Institute for Information Security & Privacy wants to move good ideas to market," says Wenke Lee, co-director. "We know industry leans on academic researchers to raise new ideas and we lean on industry to take solutions to the public. Our hope is that by introducing students to business mentors early in the research timeline that we can help them naturally build productive relationships and reduce time to market. All students participating in Demo Day will benefit from the insight and critique of those closest to industry needs today."

Projects in the areas of public policy, business risk management, cyber-physical systems, privacy, or computer science are welcome. Deadline to register is Sept. 19. All students or teams must complete the registration form by Sept. 19.

Last year’s winner of the IISP Demo Day, Musheer Ahmed (Ph.D. CS ’16) has since collected more than $400,000 for his idea – FraudScope, a software algorithm for healthcare fraud detection. Ahmed continues to work with his Ph.D. advisor Mustaque Ahamad, professor of computer science, on the idea.

All students who enter Fall ’16 Demo Day also will be eligible for another exciting prize -- an all-expense paid trip to the RSA Conference in Silicon Valley (Feb. 13-18, 2017). Only students who participate in Demo Day will be considered to go.

Hurry, the deadline is Monday, Sept. 19! Walk-ins cannot be accepted.


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Last revised August 1, 2017