Innovation Sound Bytes - Volume 4
Driving CYBER & STEAM Innovation Globally
May - June 2019
Community Innovation - $1 Million Challenge
Ideas are bigger today—and they should be. Technology is progressing faster than ever before. IEEE members have always created advancements that allow us to keep up with the changing world. The IEEE New Initiatives Committee (NIC) is looking for your help with the next big idea.

Partner with an IEEE member unit today! Call for Proposals open until
01 Aug 2019
Sometimes you have to sit to take a stand. Sit With Me invites you to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action : sit in a red chair and share your story. Pull up a chair and listen to stories from others; men, women, technical and non-technical, as they sit in the red chair.

ISC 2 Women in Cybersecurity Report Results
Cybersecurity women broke out of the pack in 2018, moving from an 11% global workforce share to close to 24%.

Senior Titles include: Owner (10%), CIO (6%), CTO (7%), CISO (4%), VP of IT (9%), IT director (18%) and C-level/executive (28%).

Many are well educated (52% hold post-graduate degrees) and many entering the field are millennials (45%).

Read the entire report here .
Your VOICE matters. Take the WITI / IDC Survey

WITI has partnered with IDC , the leading technology market research firm, to conduct a research study about workplace environments. In this study, we are interested in attitudes regarding your job, career and employment. We are also interested in the attitudes and policies towards diversity at your organization.

Take YOUR Career to the Next LEVEL!
Innovative Business Model
Work Part Time or Remotely - Great for Re-entrants

Meet Ellen Grealish, the co-founder and co-owner of Flex Professionals , a flexible staffing company specializing in part-time and project-based placements. Since its inception in 2010, it has grown considerably, making Inc. 5000’s 2016, 2017, and 2018 fastest-growing company lists and has been highlighted most recently by the Today Show and covered in The Washington Post , The New York Times , and Forbes .
Cleared Cyber Professionals & Uncleared
Software Programmers
SoftwareAG is one of the only software companies to turn 50 years BOLD! The pioneering spirit of our people strongly contributes to its success. Each day we empower enterprises to achieve digital transformation success. Read the whole article here.
Interested in our Innovative Team? Contact Corporate Recruiter: Fran Gerrard
Join Us in Reaching our BIG Audacious Goal of Serving 1,000,000 Students, Practitioners,Veterans, and Entrepreneurs in every country of the WORLD!
Bringing Value and Opportunity to Members Worldwide
We know that innovation comes in many forms, using a myriad of delivery initiatives and ultimately touches people's lives in very transformational ways.

To facilitate innovation advancements world-wide, our goal is to serve 1,000,000 members and 10,000 partners globally, driving innovation and change across geographies and industries, especially within the STE"A"M and CYBER arenas.

Local Conferences and Special Events
The Maryland STEM Festival is a month-long celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that takes place every Fall. In 2019, we'll be bringing hundreds of events focused on fun, interactive science learning opportunities. Students, families, friends, STEM professionals, teachers, volunteers will all enjoy events taking place throughout Maryland.

This year events will be held from 11 October - 10 November 2019

2019 IEEE Region 2 Conferences

  • 2019 Cloud Summit 8 - 10 August 2019  |  Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2019 Game Changing Wisdom
Where does g reat culture come from? How do you build and sustain it in your group, or strengthen a culture that needs fixing?

In  The Culture Code,  Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations—including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs—and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation, and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind. Drawing on examples that range from Internet retailer Zappos to the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade to a daring gang of jewel thieves, Coyle offers specific strategies that trigger learning, spark collaboration, build trust, and drive positive change. Coyle unearths helpful stories of failure that illustrate what  not  to do, troubleshoots common pitfalls, and shares advice about reforming a toxic culture.

Combining leading-edge science, on-the-ground insights from world-class leaders, and practical ideas for action,  The Culture Code  offers a roadmap for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved, and expectations are exceeded.
CSTGIA and its ALLIANCE partners strive to provide unique opportunities which positively impact youth, students, professionals, veterans, and entrepreneurs, providing interactive, engaging, value-laden programming and a plethora of leadership and advocacy activities across the GLOBE within the CYBER , STEAM , and INNOVATION realms.

Go Virginia
Cyber Training Grant Program
Send a letter or email with the below info to Ms. Sandra Schneider at
Your Cyber Training Grant Program inquiry email or letter should include the following relevant information : (1)  Your full name; (2) a statement saying you are looking to advance your cyber career and are seeking cyber hands-on training and up-skilling opportunities; (3) a list of current certifications; (4) the name of your employer, address, contact info; (5) employer size – small, medium, or large business; and (6) your mailing address and any further contact information.
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 include: Continuous Monitoring Made Simple (15 June, 2019); Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) (29 June 2019)
SANSFire 2019 Community CONNECT Event
19 July 2019 5:15 - 9:15 PM (Eastern)
Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC  20008 US

Register as an individual ; or Register as a Partner with a marketing table .
Special cyber warrior coaching, speed mentoring, and networking reception . 5:15 - 6:15 PM (Vendor Fair); 6:15 - 7:15 PM (Connect Event); 7:15 - 8:15 PM (SANS@Night Sessions)
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 Summer 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.
Be an advocate for #digitalwellness at home and in the community. 'Adopt a School' by funding @Garfield 's Cyber Safety Adventures during #InternetSafetyMonth in June and receive FREE Garfield eLearning for employees. Email us at to get started!

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:   & Girls Go CyberStart website:   Keep this on your radar for 2020!

Full Brochure Here.
Quality & Change Mgmt Tools
The ASQ Innovation Division (TCC) has many tools to help our practitioners succeed! Add to Your Toolkit Here. ..
Women's Society of Cyberjutsu
August 8, 2019 | 6 - 8 pm | Las Vegas, NV

The Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) presents the 6 th  Annual Cyberjutsu Awards, celebrating #hiddenfigures leading change in cyber and their exemplary contributions to the field. These women serve as role models, mentors, advocates, educators and more to the next generation of cyber talent. Women are nominated by their peers at various stages in their career from Rising Star to Cyber Advocate and all those in between. 
5th Anniversary
November 21 – 23, 2019 Arlington, VA

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

For registration and additional information visit us HERE.
7 October 2019 | Washington, DC, USA

12 SEPT 2019


CISO Innovation Shipyard Alliance T echnology Showcase Forum & Luncheon , a C-level Executive Experience

Bringing together CISO's and Cyber Security Leaders to discuss the current cyber threats facing their organizations, and the role emerging technologies can help to combat them.

Info Here !
Tell Us How We Can Help Your Organization Grow!
If you are a CSTGIA Partner or are considering alliance partnership, please fill out our partner survey here ! We are seeking information as to member population segments, geographic scope, and scholarship and sponsorship funding levels.
We'd love to help your organization grow!
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.
Register for the reception here !
Celebrating Power Women in Code, Design & Data

June 17th, 2019 | The Hamilton Live | 6PM - 8:30PM

The DCFemTech Awards recognize Power Women in Code, Design, and Data based in the Washington, DC region. Nominated by their community, these women are working in the trenches of tech to help their company or organization achieve success, sometimes entirely behind the scenes.
What if we challenged our own assumptions about the next generation?

We believe in a world powered by curiosity. Our vision is big. Our mission is intentional.

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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!

Best Women in Tech Conferences
Learn to THRIVE !
Be a Thought Leader!
At Innovation Women , our mission is to help women succeed through speaking and media opportunities. Visibility = Opportunity! By connecting female subject matter experts to these opportunities, we offer a platform for speakers to build their brand, grow their business and advance their career.
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