CyberSmart Youth Summit coming up in Fredericton May 29

Article Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Over 50 middle and high school students from ASD-W will attend a CyberSmart Youth Summit on May 29 in Fredericton as part of the CyberSmart 2019 Conference.

"Students will have the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity, careers and educational programs," said Brian Facey, ASD-W's subject coordinator for technology. "They will also participate in the main keynote address delivered by Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a veteran astronaut and former Director of the NASA Johnson Space Centre (Houston, Texas​)." 

Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Dominic Cardy and Assistant Deputy Minister Chris Treadwell will welcome students to the summit.

There will be networking activities, workshops and exhibits on display for students as well as a NB Cyber Defense League Championship. Competitors will be addressed by IBM representatives throughout the day by appointment. Awards for the top competitors will be presented during closing ceremonies. 

A full day of events take place at the Fredericton Convention Centre and the Crowne Plaza in downtown Fredericton. The summit is being sponsored by CyberNB. 

CyberNB is a government mandated agency focused on growing the province's cybersecurity ecosystem.

Another event, CyberDay for Girls,will also take place in Fredericton on May 30.

Shown in the photo below are Carleton North High School CyberTitans who placed first ASD-W in the district cybersecurity competition. They will be participating in the summit on May 29 in Fredericton. Left to right: Jasmyn Bear, Grade 12, Delaney Kilfoil, Grade 11, Alex Colbourne, Grade 9, Tomas Valencia Ortega, Grade 9, and their cyber coach Brian Muise. Absent from the photo is Colby Harrington, Grade 10. Other Carleton North High School cybersecurity teams also placed second and third in the district competition.