A few weeks ago I took part in the Cyber Summit in Fredericton. My day started off at 5:30am so I could catch the bus to Fredericton. At about 8:30am I arrived at the Summit. It was held in a large room with round tables, a few podiums, and some screens. We got there when hosts were saying their opening remarks, and NB Power announced their new Internship program.
After the opening remarks the room was split in half, one half was Cyber Patriot and the other half were just students who wanted to attend the conference. I was one of the students who wanted to attend. Our half of the room started off with a Big Data workshop. I learned what big data is and its importance. The people presenting also gave a small demo on how you can collect data from Twitter to see what people are talking about.
Next up they gave us a small nutrition break where we could stretch out legs, and talk to some people with booths. Personally I started with NB Power and asked a few questions. Then I spoke to a few universities that were being represented there finishing up and prepared for the next workshop.
The next workshop was a lot more hands on then the Big data one was. We were programming LED's with Arduinos, which was pretty easy, but still pretty fun. We had to place wires into the correct spots on the bread board and make two LED's blink at different speeds. In the end a student beside me actually had managed to program a RGB LED to flash in many different colours. The workshop ended pretty fast and it was lunch time. Our lunches were boxed lunches provided by the event. Mine was a veggie rap with some cheese and crackers.
After lunch there was a panel with 5 or 6 people in it. I can't remember everyone but I know Jamie Rees from NB Power as well as Dennis Ryan from Bullet Proof solutions were there. People asked questions and they answered, as well as Bulletproof announced a internship program. This panel was quite informative and I feel It helped me strengthen my understanding of Cybersecurity.
The last event of the day was pitching ideas for a book. The idea was a children's novel for school students to teach them about cyber security at a young age. We had a professional artist in so we could mull over ideas with him. I found that was a fun activity, but didn't really help out with my understanding of Cybersecuity. Our group had to leave before we finished however and left the other groups to finish it up.