This program is a series of creative
technology events for kids aged 7 to 10 and teens aged 11 to 15. We give
participants tools and materials to express their creativity in community with
others. Tools that allow young talent to be curious and compassionate towards
each other and the world around them. The program aims to empower young talent
to take control over their future and not just passively consume what someone
else has designed for them.
Our program is designed to be a fun series
of individual and group activities that brings together teams, novel ideas, and
an entrepreneurial spirit to dream up and build elegant new solutions to solve
everyday problems. It will provide a venue for critical thinking, creativity,
and self-expression through technology. We will be delivering activities which
help young talent make sense of today’s digital landscape. At the end of the
project, participants will brainstorm and create mini hands-on projects to
apply their learning to real-life problems - we want our teens to become savvy
tech prosumer who think for themselves!
Scope of the program
In the last decade, the growth of Internet
and other web technologies driven fast developments of various networking
technologies that are becoming primary parts of our daily lives. The Internet
of Things (IoT) is the technology, which forms the foundation of today’s smart
cities, self-driving vehicles, industrial automation, e-healthcare, intelligent
infrastructure, etc. The IoT is a network used to interconnect any
objects which are able to communicate and interact with the external environment,
all via the Internet. Examples of objects that can fall into the scope of IoT
include connected security systems, lights, thermostats, cars, electronic
appliances, in household and commercial environments, alarm clocks, speaker
systems, vending machines, smart watches and more.
Connecting objects around us to the
Internet introduces new opportunities for all that information to be
compromised. Not only is more data being shared through the IoT, among many
more participants, but more sensitive data is being shared. As a result, cyber
security breaches risks are exponentially greater. To illustrate, consider a
house entry system where the IoT-enabled smart garage door is equipped with
additional functionality to deactivate the home alarm upon entry. While this
feature is convenient to the homeowner, now the entire alarm system could be
deactivated by hackers when only the garage door opener is compromised. The
broad range of connected home devices offers many connection points for hackers
to gain entry into IoT ecosystems, access users information, or even penetrate
devices manufacturers’ back-end systems.
Who can participate?
Anyone aged 7 to 15 interested to explore
their talents in the field of cyber security and IoT and perhaps earning a
trophy for their skills! No prerequisite knowledge or technology experience is
needed. We will provide a laptop, IoT kit, food, prizes, and more for this
event! We understand that participants will need additional help and support,
and we have staff to make sure they can succeed.