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Utica College Hosts CNY Hackathon

Cyber, Computer Science, Digital Forensics College Students Compete

Written by: Briana Greco '18, PR Intern

The “CNY Hackathon” will take place at Utica College this weekend, giving students from cybersecurity, computer science and digital forensics programs around the state a chance to compete against the best student hackers from other schools. Participants will also hear about the latest advances in digital security, and meet recruiting representatives from top regional firms in the field. The two-day event will be held in the Utica College’s Library Concourse Friday, April 21, from 4 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will begin with a series of speakers and presentations on Friday, and continue with the competition portion of the event on Saturday. The speakers Friday evening will be John Cook, director of the Computer Network Tech Program at Herkimer College; Michael Moore, project manager at the Harris Corporation; and Jeanna N. Matthews, associate professor of computer science at Clarkson University.

The CNY Hackathon is a regional intercollegiate offensive/defensive cybersecurity competition held each fall and spring semester, designed to improve the state of cybersecurity education, and more closely align academia with Central New York industry partners. Students participate in challenges that task each team with penetrating a target to take control, or defending their systems from attackers in order to maintain control.

Students work throughout each semester on a number of “mini-hacks,” which prepares them for the Hackathon. Participating students are from Clarkson University, Hamilton College, Herkimer College, Le Moyne College, Mohawk Valley Community College, Morrisville State College, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University and host UC.

Ronny Bull, assistant professor of computer science at UC and Hackathon co-chair, said the event is so popular that all spots have been filled and registration is now closed.
For more information on the event and speakers, visit the CNY Hackathon website at cnyhackathon.org or contact Bull at 315-792-3356 or at rlbull@utica.edu.

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

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