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Cyber Conference A Hit

Kids learning about technology

October 2015


In an all-day conference held at St. Ambrose on Saturday, Oct. 3, parents and children both learned that cybersecurity isn't just for the experts.

CornCon, a security conference, is the first of its kind in the QuadCities.

Parents were informed about topics including privacy, social engineering, threats and adversaries. Children learned about Minecraft programming, soldering, lock picking and cryptography.

The event was organized by John Johnson, an adjunct professor at St. Ambrose and chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society. Nearly 75 adults and 40 children attended.

From KWQC6
"The conference is called 'Corn Con.' The goal is to bring like-minded people together to talk about cyber security. That included a conference for kids with an interest in the field.

'Being a technology expert is kind of a superpower,' said John Johnson, Corn Con conference chair.

But with great power comes great responsibility.

'We think these kids should be using that superpower for good and not going over to the dark side,' he said."

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To read the Quad City Times' story about the event, click here.
To watch CBS4's video on the event, click here.

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