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Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center – Georgetown, TX

Monday, June 17 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Lunch / Opening Session and Speaker: Kyla Guru - Tales of a Teenage Security Supergirl

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Conference kick-off session with WeTeach_CS Summit overview followed by speaker, Kyla Guru.

Kyla Guru is 17 years old, a rising senior at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, IL, by day and a security supergirl by night. The summer before her freshman year of high school, Guru discovered her unique passion for cybersecurity, fascinated by the task of protecting technologies of our future. With this discovery, she also learned that 90 percent of cyberattacks on national infrastructure were due to human error. In an effort to combat this vulnerability, Guru founded Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education (http://www.bitsnbytes.us.com), a national 501(c)(3) that now sustains 20+ national partnerships with school districts, corporations including Facebook and IBM, and educational platforms like Discovery Education, all in efforts to increase awareness, literacy, and fluency in privacy and cybersecurity. In her keynote at WeTeach_CS, Guru will share her story of being a social entrepreneur in the cybersecurity industry and what she believes is the power of the youth and the current educators. She will use her unique perspective of going through the education system to talk about what she sees for the future of the industry, and, of course, how we can make radical change to our current state of cyber-insecurity.

Presenters
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Carol Fletcher

Director, Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC), The University of Texas at Austin
carol.fletcher@utexas.eduDr. Carol Fletcher is the Deputy Director of the Center for STEM Education at UT Austin. In that capacity, she directs several statewide professional development programs for STEM teachers such as the TRC and WeTeach_CS, serving over 10,000 educators annually... Read More →
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Kyla Guru

Founder/CEO, Bits N' Bytes Cybersecurity
Kyla has always dreamed of being an influential figure in the field of STEM while inspiring others to do the same. Starting her tech-journey at the age of 7 by learning Scratch, Web Design, and Lego Mindstorms, Kyla instantly grew a curiosity to explore the possibilities with technology... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
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