Monday, April 1, 2019

BloomCON 2019

Over 500 people participated in BloomCON this past weekend at Bloomsburg University.  BloomCON is Bloomsburg University’s annual digital forensics, cybersecurity, and hacking conference. The conference hosts a variety of speakers and features unique workshops and cybersecurity challenges. This year there were speakers and workshops at all levels, including lock picking, hardware hacking, drone hacking, numerous competitions and villages, plus Dual Core performing at the networking party.   The competitions included the second annual Drone Wars in partnership with the US Army, wireless hacking, open source intelligence, capture the flag, forensics, and more.

The keynote speaker was Mike Daugherty, who gave a talk entitled "Cybercriminals, Politicians and Bureaucrats: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"  Mike Daugherty is the CEO of LabMD, a cancer testing laboratory and Founder of The Cyber Education Foundation.

BloomCON was also held in conjunction with Hak4Kidz, co-sponsored by the Bloomsburg Children's Museum , which involved around 250 kids this year.

Drone Wars Results High School Division
First Place: à WIFI Pirates from West Side Career and Technology Center
Team Members: Adam Frederick , Matt Jones, Gage Wilison
Advisor Dr. Gary Miller

Drone Wars High School Division Winners
Second Place: à Game of Drones from West Side Career and Technology Center
Team Members : RJ Salvo, Derek Keeler, Rich Zimmerman
Advisor Dr. Gary Miller Open Division

Open Division
First Place: à ROCK from Slippery Rock University
Team Members: Dante Cicco, Dante Zitello, Jacob McMahon
Advisor: Dr. Nitin Sukhija

Drone Wars Open Division Winners (3 in the center)
Second Place: à CHADHACK from Slippery Rock University
Team Members: Chad Dewing, Adam Davenport, Kunj Champaneri
Advisor: Dr. Nitin Sukhija

Third Place: à Bubble’s Bros from Bloomsburg University
Team Members: Adrian Perez, Nicholas Senske, Austin Pasquel, Bryan Iadisernia
Advisor: Dr. Diane Barrett

Congratulations to Dr. Phil Polstra and the Digital Forensics Club for providing an outstanding conference this past weekend.

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