CyberSEED 2016

Emerging Cybersecurity Trends in Cloud, IoT and Beyond

October 10-11 at UConn


Hosted by the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation at the University of Connecticut (CSI), CyberSEED brings together top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best strategies for tackling current and future threats. In the same academic setting, dozens of universities and colleges compete in unique cybersecurity challenges for prizes.






James Trainor

2016 Featured Keynote Speaker

James Trainor

Assistant Director of Cyber Division, FBI

 2016 speakers to be announced soon.  >> View speakers from 2015


 2016 schedule to be announced soon. View the 2015 schedule below.


CyberSEED is happening in the Rome Commons Ballroom at the UConn Storrs Campus.

626 Gilbert Road Ext.

Storrs, CT 06269



Getting here

Nearby hotels

Route from airport

Flying: Bradley International Airport (BDL) serves the greater Hartford area.


Parking: If you're staying at the Nathan Hale Inn, there is available parking adjacent to the hotel after you check in. Otherwise, the South Garage (paid parking) is within a 5-minute walk.

  • Nathan Hale Inn (On-Campus)
  • Best Western Regent Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express Vernon-Manchester
  • Quality Inn Vernon
  • Baymont Inn & Suites Manchester
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester

Take S-91 toward Hartford. Take exit 35A I-291E toward Manchester. Follow signs for I-84E/Boston. On I-84 take exit 68 CT-195 toward Tolland/Mansfield. Turn right onto CT-195S/Merrow Rd. Follow for 7 miles. Turn right onto Bolton Road. The Rome Commons Ballroom is on the right.






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Past events photos

Are you prepared for CyberSEED? View video from CyberSEED 2015.

The 2nd annual CyberSEED Conference and Hackathon was in 2015.

  •                About the Cybersecurity Challenges

    The security of computer systems, relying on all the components in the system, including hardware, software, and network among them, is as strong as the weakest link. For this year's CyberSEED competitions, Comcast is sponsoring a series of cybersecurity challenges that address various parts of the computing infrastructure, including network, software, hardware, and - possibly the weakest link of all - humans.


    Please note: Students are advised to sign up for either the Capture the Flag Challenge, the Secure Coding Challenge or the Social Engineering Challenge. We recommend not signing up for multiple challenges as they are strenuous competitions.

  •                Capture the Flag Challenge

    The Capture the Flag Challenge is an immersive, interactive competition that uses realistic IT infrastructure to simulate the current threat landscape. Designed for many levels of technical skill and experience, the competition puts participants in the hackers’ shoes to understand their technology and thought processes.


    The Capture the Flag Challenge asks teams to attack a virtual corporate network in a series of progressively more difficult penetration exercises.  The competition is intended for high-school and college teams.


    Participants have the opportunity to:


    • Sharpen security skills such as forensics, penetration testing, and more
    • Expand security awareness
    • Learn and try new techniques
    • Compete against their peers for prizes and bragging rights


  •                Social Engineering Challenge

    According to Social Engineer, Inc., 66 percent of all attacks by hackers, hacktivists and nation states include a social-engineering-attack vector. In this competition, teams will employ some of the most common tools and techniques of social engineering in order to gain access to the computing systems of a fictitious company. This challenge is a "capture the flag" style competition where flags are distributed online as well as on virtual computers and servers. Teams should be familiar with common tools and techniques of social engineers and bring with them one to three laptops capable of connecting to a Gb Ethernet switch, including any necessary dongles or Ethernet cables. Laptops should come configured with any preferred tools prior to the competition.

  •                Secure Coding Challenge

    Writing secure and trustworthy applications is not as easy as it sounds. This hackathon-style competition takes you through the implementation of security layers on top of a provided client-server source-code base to find assess and eliminate vulnerabilities in the code. You will be working on a Java code base and using industrial-strength software from Veracode. It's time to sharpen your coding skills and freshen up on your secure design acumen. Seating is limited for this challenge, so register now!

  •                Travel Awards and Prizes

    Travel Awards


    Each team that is accepted into the competition will be granted a travel award to help cover travel expenses. The amount is a fixed stipend dependent on the location of the team. For teams within driving distance (PA, MD, DE, NJ ,NY, and New England), a stipend of $750 per team, and for teams outside the northeast, a stipend of $1500. Teams will make their own travel arrangements and will be given the stipend at the close of the competition.




    CSI will be providing $100K in cash and prizes for all three challenges.


    Secure Coding Challenge:

    First Place - $10,000

    Second Place - $7,500

    Third Place - $5,000


    Social Engineering Challenge:

    First Place - $10,000

    Second Place - $7,500

    Third Place - $5,000


    Capture the Flag Challenge:

    First Place - $10,000

    Second Place - $7,500

    Third Place - $5,000

  •                Important Dates and Information

    Registration Deadline: September 30, 2016


    Notification of Acceptance: Within 48 hours after the registration is received.


    Event: October 10-11, 2016


Share your experience at CyberSEED 2016 and win prizes. We are looking for attendees to create a short video documenting their experience at CyberSEED 2016. In order to enter you must:


     1. Create a short video documenting your experience at CyberSEED

     2. Upload your video to YouTube

     3. Post the link to the video on the CyberSEED Facebook page


Please note that all submitted documentaries should be no longer than 10 minutes. CSI will reward the top three documentaries with cash prizes! Need inspiration? Watch last year's first-place doc by Bloomsburg University.

2015 Competition Winners

Social Engineering


  1. University of Central Florida
  2. U.S. Air Force Academy
  3. Yale University
  4. Brown University
  5. University of Washington

Capture the Flag


  1. University of Central Florida
  2. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  3. University of Delaware
  4. Brown University
  5. University of Washington

Internet of Things


  1. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  2. University of Central Florida
  3. University of New Haven
  4. University of Washington


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Rome Commons Ballroom

626 Gilbert Road Ext.

Storrs, CT 06269

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