Innovation Sound Bytes - Volume 3
Driving CYBER & STEAM Innovation Globally
April 2019
Trailblazers and Thought Leaders Paving the WAY!
2019 Maryland Cybersecurity Awards

Cybersecurity Woman of Year
Diane M. Janosek , commandant of the NSA’s National Cryptologic School, which leads five colleges that educate the intelligence workforce. Janosek previously served as chief of staff in the NSA Technology Directorate, as well as in legal, policy and executive management. She’s also involved in NSA’s GenCyber summer camp program.
People's Choice Award
Dr. Loyce Pailen  was chosen by popular vote from a field that included all finalists. Pailen is a professor of cybersecurity technology at University of Maryland University College and the director of the university’s Center for Security Studies. Pailen has held director-level information technology positions at the Washington Post, Graham Holdings and UMUC.
Join Us in Reaching our BIG Audacious Goal of Serving 1,000,000 Students, Practitioners, and Veterans in every country of the WORLD!
Bringing Value and Opportunity to Members Worldwide
Are you a student , practitioner , or veteran looking for professional development, mentoring, networking, scholarship, volunteering, or industry recognition opportunities? Would you like to have access to a broad global membership base to collaborate and communicate with? Interested in speaking or writing opportunities? Do you need technological infrastructure to support your nascent group ? Then this is the place for you! Join Us as we build and nurture innovation-oriented activities empowering, encouraging, and enriching the lives of CYBER, STEAM, and INNOVATION students, professionals, and veterans globally.

Local Conferences and Special Events
The DC STEM Fair is the premier student competition in the District of Columbia. This event brings together students from all eight wards to create, problem-solve, and innovate.The STEM Fair is open to all students enrolled in public charter, parochial, private schools, and home school students.

2019 IEEE Region 2 Conferences

  • 2019 Cloud Summit 8 - 10 August 2019  |  Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Game Changers
Why are some organizations more innovative than others? How can we tap into, empower, and leverage the natural innovation within our organizations that is so vital to our future success? Now more than ever, companies and institutions of all types and sizes are determined to create more innovative organizations. In study after study, leaders say that fostering innovation and the need for transformational change are among their top priorities. But they also report struggling with how to engage their cultures to implement the changes necessary to maximize their innovative targets.

In  Innovation by Design , authors Thomas Lockwood and Edgar Papke share the results of their study of some of the world's most innovative organizations, including:
  • The 10 attributes leaders can use to create and develop effective cultures of innovation.
  • How to use design thinking as a powerful method to drive employee creativity and innovation.
  • How to leverage the natural influence of the collective imagination to produce the "pull effect" of creativity and risk taking.
  • How leaders can take the "Fifth Step of Design" and create their ideal culture.

Innovation by Design  offers a powerful set of insights and practical solutions to the most important challenge for today's businesses--the need for relevant innovation.
CSTGIA and its ALLIANCE partners strive to provide unique opportunities to positively impact youth, students, professionals, and veterans, providing interactive, impactful, engaging programming and a plethora of advocacy activities across the GLOBE within the CYBER , STEAM , and INNOVATION realms.

UMD-College Park's 2019 Engineering Sustainability Day - Towards Zero & Beyond Exhibitor

Monday, April 22, 2018   Clark Hall Forum
University of Maryland, College Park

Full Agenda Here
STEM Trek 2019

Date :   Saturday, May 4, 2019 
Time:    2 – 5 p.m.
Who :   Girls in grades 6-12
Place The Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering (Directions will be emailed to registration contact info)
Cost :   $5 deposit that you can use onsite to buy 3 raffle tickets!

Register today!

Women in Technology - Girls in Technology

Girls in Technology is led by a committee of Women in Technology (WIT) members. We offer educational and hands-on STEM programs that promote creativity and innovation, and inspire girls to pursue STEM-related careers.

GIT programs reach over 500 girls in the DC metropolitan area. Our programs help girls identify pathways to careers in STEM through engagement with women executives in STEM-related fields and STEM experiences provided by companies in the District, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Girls in Technology programs are made possible through the generosity of corporate sponsorships, Women in Technology and STEM for Her . Program speakers, mentors and committee members volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives of the future generation.
A nnual Leadership Awards - May 09, 2019
The Annual Leadership Awards are a highlight for WIT members and the larger DC technology community. Drawing 500+ attendees, the awards program honors women succeeding in their careers while also mentoring the next generation of leaders.

Want to get your organization involved in our annual Leadership Awards program? Not into sponsoring but want to buy tickets for your colleagues and friends? We have a number of sponsorship opportunities available for purchase and are also selling half and full tables! Location: Sheraton Tysons Hotel .

6:00 - 6:45pm | Attendee Reception and Networking
6:45 - 9:00pm | Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Select Your Package Here.
Information Systems Security Association Northern Virginia Chapter (ISSA NoVa) Risk Management Framework (RMF) LifeBoat

Visit the meetup’s web site for the current topic description, the presenter’s bio, the meeting address, and simple logistics at URL:

For those who do not wish to join the meetup community, please send an email to and you will be placed on the blind copy distro list to receive meeting announcements. Non-Meetup members can RSVP for a meeting via this email address or by calling 703-402-4379.

Meetings Scheduled for: 04 May, 18 May, and 15 June, 2019.
Cyberjutsu GIRLS – DMV – Girls Academy Workshop
11 May 2019 0830 - 1430
Calling all volunteer mentors and sponsors !

Join Us for the 2019

  • 08 June 2019: Nysmith School for Gifted

  • 09 June 2019: Dulles Hilton Hotel
Women in Technology Summit
June 09-11, 2019

Innovation. Inspiration. Inclusion.
For 25 years running, the Women in Technology Summit has served as the premier gathering for more than 1,500 women and men from around the world, who converge in the Silicon Valley for three special days to build relationships, collaborate, and update their technical and leadership skills. #BetheVision
Register Here !

MGTA 2019 Spring NEWS & EVENTS
MGTA is part of the nationally acclaimed Mason Computer Game Design Program , and the interdisciplinary research institute and economic incubator , the Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI) . MGTA was founded in 2013 to provide students the opportunity to develop and cultivate new skills and knowledge in Game Design, Immersive Technology, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, and Game Programming.
MGTA provides students of all ages the rare opportunity to engage with university professors and graduate students, through challenging enrichment courses that combine all of the STEM core competences within immersive technology, the arts, and entrepreneurship. MGTA inspires students to pursue advanced studies in STEM fields of the future, and prepares them for success.

Read all about MGTA's competitions, summer courses, teacher training opportunities, and youth honors programs HERE !
Boolean Girl
A non profit corporation founded in 2014, is educating girls to code, build, invent, and animate. We provide enrichment classes, all-girl camps, special events, and partnerships - preparing girls everywhere to explore computer programming and engineering. Attend an after-school club , Summer Camp , or get started with a Boolean Box now.
For our partner members, enter discount code CSTGIA15 to receive 15% off your favorite kits.
Interested in being a CYBER advocate, champion, and youth mentor? Support the "Garfield the Matchmaker" program, "Connecting companies and schools for a safer cyber future".

K ids ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to receive  award-winning cyber safety educational materials  for FREE thanks to the generosity of companies looking to support students across the US to build a safer cyber world. This is a unique opportunity for companies committed to make a social change in our society and willing to invest in the future of our children.

Interested in being an advocate, champion, and mentor? Share the Center's Brochure , SAFE Program Overview, Child Internet Study, and the Center's 2018 Infographic Report .
Cyber FastTrack
Support Cyber FastTrack, one competition in the Governors’ Cyber Skills Program

27 states total are participating – Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Cyber FastTrack website:   Registration and competition started on April 5 th . Registration closes on May 10 th .
Girls Go CyberStart website:   Keep this on your radar for 2020!

Full Brochure Here.
5th Anniversary
November 21 – 23, 2019 Arlington, VA

Pentagon City, VA
Want to speak , sponsor , or volunteer ? We've got something for everyone!

For additional information visit us HERE.
Industry Collaboration & Awards Opportunities

NIST and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate invite smart city stakeholders to the Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge Expo at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, July 10-12, 2019 . The Expo will include representatives from other Federal agencies, industry, academia, cities and communities around the world. Registration is free, required for attendance, and instructions are online . A preliminary agenda is also online and will be updated.

The expo will showcase:
  • Best practices and exhibits from Global City Teams Challenge's Action Clusters and SuperClusters;
  • Exhibits from technology providers, working on smart city and Internet of Things solutions;
  • Keynotes addresses from leaders in government, industry and academia; and
  • Panel discussions.
Please visit the 2019 GCTC/SC3 Expo website or contact  Sokwoo Rhee for more information.
The Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Awards and Recognition Program is a vehicle where cybersecurity educators can share their advancements and innovations in their programs, accelerate adoption of new ideas throughout the academic community and receive proper recognition for their work.

We want to celebrate and promote you and your creative work, but can’t do it without receiving your submission. There are many great innovators in community colleges and universities across the country. Whether tenure track or not, we want you to get the recognition and national acknowledgement that you deserve.  Submit your innovation at the following location!

We will accept submissions for this year from February 1, 2019, to May 10, 2019
NOVA Cyber Training & Education Roadmap
Are you interested in joining a Cyber Training and Education “Community of Interest” (COI) , which will be keeping all interested parties informed of the Community, Military and Federal Facility Partnership of Northern Virginia plans, efforts and accomplishments. If you have interested in being part of this Community of Interest, please reach to Peggy Tedaj at and let her know of your interest.
Opportunities For Members to THRIVE
Conferences, Workshops, Webinars, and Networking Opportunities Abound.

Join Us for a Partner Event Soon!

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