GenCyber Day

NOTE: As of 03/10/17 the reservation system is closed. We are at our maximum capacity. 

The NSF-NSA GenCyber Day is designed to introduce high school students to the academic and professional world of cybersecurity. Students will learn strategies, concepts and tools needed to defend against cyber attacks from experts in the field.

GenCyber is being held on Thursday March 30, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the JW Marriott Starr Pass. 

It is being held in conjunction with the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) conference which is on Fri. March 31 - Sat. April 1, 2017 at the JW Marriott.

The MIS department at University of Arizona, Eller College and Tennessee Tech are coordinating and hosting the event.

We thank the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Security Agency (NSA) for their support of this event.

View the event brochure here.


Who is invited to attend?

High school juniors and seniors and their teachers/advisers are invited to attend GenCyber.

I am a high school teacher/adviser, can I bring a group of my students to GenCyber?

YES! We will contact you to discuss options for registration for all of your students. 

The teacher/adviser that brings the most students will receive a new Kindle!

How much does it cost?

GenCyber is free to attend. We thank the Women in Cybersecurity, National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their support to produce this event.

Where will GenCyber Day be held at?

GenCyber Day will be held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745.

Is transportation to/from the JW Marriott available?

No. Attendees must provide their own transportation.

What do I have to do to be accepted for the GenCyber Day?

Completion of the two steps noted below are needed to be accepted into GenCyber.

  1. Complete and submit the registration form below

  2. Submit parent signature forms (forms should be sent from parent's email address to

What forms do I need to provide?

There are three (3) forms we need of each high school student who attends.

Forms must be received no later than Monday March 20, 2017. Completed forms will be accepted ONLY if they are emailed from the parent's email address. Please send forms to

The forms needed are:

  1. Participant Form
  2. Student Behavior Expectations Form
  3. Image Release

The forms can be downloaded by clicking on the above links.

What is included with my free registration?

Registration includes attendance at the event, meals and a “goody bag.” Meals include a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshment break.

What's the agenda?

8:30 - 9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:50 am:  Welcome and Opening Remarks:

  • Welcome! Jennie Kam, Security Researcher, Cisco Systems
  • "10 in 10" Ten things you ever wanted to know about cybersecurity trends and career opportunities, Dr. Ambareen Siraj, Tennessee Tech 

9:50 - 11:50 am: Cyber Arcade Challenge, Dr. Pauline Helen Mosley and Dr. Li-Chiou Pace University

Challenge yourself in Cyber Arcade! Learn basic cybersecurity concepts by playing games and solving puzzles. Activities include encryption puzzles, cyber jeopardy, drone surveillance, Raspberry Pi challenge, and web security puzzles.

11:45 - 12:45 pm: Lunch

12:45 - 2:00 pm: Crypto and Lock Picking Village, CyFi, r00tz Asylum

Learn how to solve cryptography puzzles and the basics of lock picking. You will learn about the importance of encryption, privacy and physical security.

2:00 - 2:30 pm: Break with light refreshments

2:30 - 3:45 pm: Harry Porter and Cybersecurity, Amela Gjishti and Kathryn Burks, Tennessee Tech

Explore how cybersecurity concepts are hidden in Harry Porter adventures and experience them.

3:45 - 4:00 pm: Announcements and Prize Drawings, Dr. Janell Straach, University of Texas at Dallas and Anji Siegel, University of Arizona

Find out about upcoming 2017 GenCyber Programs and see if you have won FREE tickets to the Women in Cybersecurity Conference (WiCyS) - or - a Kindle for teachers!

Who is organizing this event?

GenCyber is being organized by the MIS Department at the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management and Tennessee Tech.

Organizer include

Dr. Ambareen Siraj
Director, Cybersecurity Education Research and Outreach Center
Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, Tennessee Tech

Dr. Hsinchun Chen 
Regents' Professor of MIS
Thomas R. Brown Chair of Management and Technology
Director and Founder of the Artificial Intelligence Lab, The University of Arizona

Dr. Janell Straach 
Senior Lecturer, Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas

Why is the registration form closed?

Due to the overwhelming interest, we closed the reservation form on March 10, 2017 due to the fact that we have reached our capacity.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Wendy Weinhoff, MIS Career Coordinator at or 520.621.5807