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CyberThon Funds Available for College Scholarships


Local high school students pursuing advanced education in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) are now eligible for new funding in the form of AFCEA scholarships. The AFCEA Blue Angels Pensacola Chapter is making $10,000 in college funds available to local high school graduates as a result of generous sponsor support of CyberThon 2016. CyberThon, hosted in January at the National Naval Aviation Museum and the National Flight Academy, gave high school and college students hands-on experience in cyber defense and engagement procedures. Cybersecurity professionals from the Department of Defense, Industry and Academia collaborated as team members to mentor students in the education and awareness showcase event created to grow Pensacola’s IT and cybersecurity workforce.


“CyberThon is a partnership between business, education and military leaders and gives students a glimpse of the real-world application of cybersecurity skills. This really is at the heart of the AFCEA mission,” said chapter president Randy Ramos. “One of the primary goals of AFCEA Pensacola is to help build an employable workforce and advance the education of our community, which is why we work so hard to raise support for events like CyberThon and make scholarships possible. The Pensacola tech community has really stepped up in recent months, and we’re thrilled to be helping students in partnership with their generosity,” Ramos said. One of the key contributors making the scholarships possible is the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, which donated $25,000 to CyberThon 2016. “By supporting these students we are developing a cyber-skilled workforce prepared for high demand careers in law enforcement, the military and in the private sector,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.


Additional contributing sponsors of CyberThon included AMTIS, AppRiver, COLSA, Dynetics, Hixardt Technologies, H2PC, Innovation Coast, Gulf Power, GBSI, Northrop Grumman, Navy Federal Credit Union, Tech Soft, VOR Technologies, SCSS, The University of West Florida Innovation Institute, The UWF Center for Cybersecurity, Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill, Florida West, Pensacola State College, and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


CyberThon 2016 participation included: thirty-seven high school students representing seven high schools and one home school across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties; the event’s first-ever collegiate team of eleven members representing three post-secondary schools; and the first cyber security elementary school initiative inspired thirty-three 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from Santa Rosa schools to enhance their cybersecurity knowledge and skills.


While the success of CyberThon was a catalyst for these scholarship awards, students who apply are not limited to cybersecurity studies. Any local high school senior bound for college in a science, technology, engineering or math track is eligible to apply. The AFCEA Pensacola Board of Directors will award up to 10 scholarships of $1,000 each. Additional information, application documents and submission instructions are available at http://afceapensacola.org/scholarships. The deadline for application submission is May 20, with awards announced by June 1.


In addition to these scholarships, CyberThon funds will support cybersecurity summer camps hosted by the AFCEA Pensacola Chapter and other cybersecurity student initiatives to be announced soon. The AFCEA Blue Angels Pensacola Chapter is extremely thankful for the tremendous support shown by the sponsors of CyberThon!


AFCEA Pensacola on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/afceapns

CyberThon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CyberThonPcola/

Twitter: @CyberThonPcola


Additional Media Inquiries:

Tony Ferguson

AFCEA Pensacola VP, Awards and Education

tferguson@gbsi.com

850-944-7579



In case you missed the
March, 29th Lunch And Learn

 

"Robotics Revolution"


I.T. Gulf Coast would like to thank Konica Minolta and TJ Edwards for presenting and Southern Light for the catered lunch.

 

To view the material you missed, you may view TJ's presentation by following this link.

 

Synopsis: Robots have been a reality on factory assembly lines for over twenty years. But now the technology has become advanced enough to penetrate into home and office settings. As a total solutions provider, Konica Minolta is installing and servicing the most innovative robots around the world in the security and hotel industry. In the session today, you will see and hear how robots are making parking lots and malls more secure, assisting the hotel industry to become more customer service friendly and how robots are turning the document imaging industry into a manufacturing style environment of back file conversion.

Supporting STEM Saturdays at The National Flight Academy




IT Gulf Coast is proud to partner with the National Flight Academy to support its STEM Satiurday program. This donation was made possible through the proceeds received from last year’s ITEN Wired summit. IT Gulf Coast is committed to supporting educational initiatives that will foster the growth of the future STEM workforce. The programs offered by the National Flight Academy are truly unique in their approach to teaching these disciplines using an immersive and fun environment. More information about the STEM Saturday program can be found here.

IT Gulf Coast Opens 2016 Lunch and Learn Series


IT Gulf Coast held its first Lunch & Learn of 2016, giving the forty attendees a better understanding of the world of commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS’s), more commonly known as drones.


Alan Gray and Chris Tonn, owners of Pelican Drones, gave an engaging presentation on the application, restrictions and potential for UAS’s in supporting the ever-changing business environment. Because their use by the public is relatively new a lot of mysteryAlan Gray (left) and Chris Tonn of Pelican Drones. still surrounds the issue. Alan, a certified community planner, and Chris, an entrepreneur and drone enthusiast, started their venture in January 2015. At that time, Pelican Drones was the only Federal Aviation Administration certified commercial use drone providers from New Orleans to Tallahassee. Since then, the number of drone service providers has exploded over 25 in the Pensacola region alone.


Training and a respect for the rules is foundational to running a UAS-based business. Early on, Chris went through rigorous instruction similar to pilot training. Adhering to the “rules of the road” for flying were paramount: Stay below 400 feet, do not fly at night, no flying over people and no flying through airport control zones.


Although never an issue with their company, the growing popularity of drone technology and several high profile near misses with commercial aircraft brought about a move late last year by the FAA to register all drones sold. Chris and Alan pointed out that the industry had already been moving to develop better firmware that would limit the chance for airborne encounters by incorporating, amongst other things, restricted airspace programming.


Used properly, drones have opened a new world of visual imagery and commercial application. In one example, Alan showed an 18 acre construction site. High resolution cameras allows the client to see detailed tractor treads in the dirt. What’s more, using digital elevation modeling, clients can analyze the slope of a property or the quantity of landfill brought on site.


“By identifying dimensions of a mound and applying simple volumetric calculations, the client can determine if, for example, the 410 trucks of fill were deposited on site or if it was 205,” noted Alan Gray. “There is also the ability to overview the work site progress on a regular basis defined by the client.”


By far, the most interesting aspect of drone services is the ability to provide more visually stimulating video for production and advertising. An excellent example shows the stunning beauty of Pensacola Beach, a production that has been viewed over half a million times and shared by over 7,000 Pensacolians.


Both owners pointed to a future that is wide open. “Companies are experimenting with delivering products to the home using barcode technology. In Germany, there is a move underway to ship emergency medical supplies, such as blood, using drones. Their use avoids the problems of being stuck in ground traffic when moments count.” Other applications are being considered every day.


Although the weather did not cooperate for a short demonstration, the presentation was a rousing success to the audience. Special thanks to Southern Light for its generous donation in covering the cost of lunch for the attendees and the Argo Athletic Club for use of their facilities.




Thank You, From The National Flight Academy


Sharing a letter of thanks from our friends at the National Flight Academy for the scholarship donation made by IT Gulf Coast from proceeds from last year's ITEN Wired Summit.






Early Bird Registration For ITEN WIRED '16 Is Now Open!


Early bird registration is now open for the Gulf Coast's premiere technology summit. This year's event has been expanded to 3 days, October 12-14th. As always, expect a stellar lineup of speakers, opportunities to network with peers and our great sponsors, IGNITE ITEN, and a few new additions to this year's program. Oh, did we mention that this is all happening at the Hilton on beautiful Pensacola Beach?


Charter, Gold, and Student members receive $25 off their admission. Look for the discount code in a special email sent out to paid members on May 16th.


Not a member of IT Gulf Coast? Consider joining today. The membership almost pays for itself immediately with the discount you receive on your ITEN WIRED admission.


Sign up for the ITEN WIRED newsletter and stay updated on the latest announcements as we draw closer to the October 12th kick-off.


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