Goal: Bring together academia and industry to discuss workforce needs in the cybersecurity field and how educators and industry can work together to ensure academic programs are providing students with the necessary skills for employment in the region.
Hosts: Our preference is that a CyberWatch West member community college or university host the event.
Speakers: Industry representatives.
Facilitator: A CyberWatch West grant Co-PI can be present to facilitate the event.
Invitees: A good mix is a university and a couple of community colleges with faculty and students from each, along with about 20 industry people (or more). The local chamber of commerce or other regional economic development agency can be a good partner for encouraging industry attendance. The total number of invitees is typically about 50 people.
Format: A panel comprised of local industry representatives. The entire event can be about 2-3 hours long (including dinner). We have found that it works well to invite people to come right after work as long as you provide dinner.
Timeline: These events can take several months to plan. If you would like to work with CyberWatch West on this, we request that you contact us for assistance several months prior to the planned event date.
Requirements: CyberWatch West requires an opportunity to display informational materials at the event and that the CyberWatch West logo is included on all promotional materials. After the event, CyberWatch West must receive a list of Industry Night attendees and their contact information, plus copies of any photographs and/or notes taken at the event.
Return to the main Industry Night Events page for the online form to request event sponsorship.