Cyberwars @ UVA

- A GenCyber Camp -

June 18-22, 2018

Welcome to the Cyberwars at uva - gencyber Camp

We are excited to announce the Cyberwars at the University of Virginia GenCyber Camp happening this summer June 18-22, 2018. Our goal is to help high school teachers learn about the Cybersecurity First Principles and experience several ways of maintaining those principles through hands-on activities and experiences. This is a week full of exciting collaborative and real-world learning which will include working with experts in the field as well as current cybersecurity professionals. You will compete in a Capture the Flag Competition (CTF) during camp and develop a CTF to host in the 2018-2019 school year. We hope that you will join us for the amazing experience.

Where is the Cyberwars @ UVA Camp?

The Cyberwars @ UVA Camp will be in Rice Hall at the University of Virginia. The physical address is 85 Engineer's Way, Charlottesville, VA 22904.

What are participants required to do after the camp?

After you finish the camp, you will also be committing to (4) virtual meetings during the 2018-2019 school year, teach a unit (approximately 3 weeks or 8-10; 90-minute classes) on cybersecurity to a minimum of one course section of students in the 2018-2019 school year, and host a Capture The Flag (CTF) competition at your school during the 2018-2019 school year, finally you will report data on your students for 2018-2019 and student recruitment for the 2019-2020 school year as requested.

How much does it cost to participate in the Cyberwars @ UVA Camp?

There is no cost or fee to participate in the Cyberwars at UVA camp. 

In addition to having no fee, the following will be provided:
- Free Lodging for 6 days / 5 nights
- Free Breakfast and Lunch
- Free Swag (GenCyber T-shirt, Flash Drive, ...etc)
- A certificate of participation upon the completion of the camp
- A $1000 stipend per participant upon the completion of the program
   ($750 after completing the camp and $250 after completing the program requirements)

The Cyberwars at UVA camp is funded by the GenCyber program. 

What is the maximum number of participants?

The camp has a cap of 25 high school teachers in order to make it more realistic for teachers to have plenty of hands-on experience with all of the technology presented as well as a wide range of voices and experiences to be expressed.

How to apply for the Cyberwars @ UVA camp?

All participants must reside in the United States and be a high school teacher or plan to become a high school teacher at a school in the United States. 

If you meet the above-mentioned criteria, you can apply here.

The application consists of four sections. We wish we can accept everyone but in case we can't, acceptance decisions will be made according to answers to questions X and Y (section 3) in the application. Experience is not the main factor in acceptance decisions. 

But I still have more questions!

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Ahmed Ibrahim at or call 434-924-8284.

Meet The Team

Ahmed Ibrahim
Program Director
David Evans
Lead Instructor
Buffie Hollie
Program Facilitator
Jeffery Collyer
CTF Lead

What is the Cyberwars @ UVA Camp?

The Cyberwars Camp is a residential camp, sponsored by the GenCyber program, for 25 high school teachers who are interested in providing their students with exposure to cybersecurity in their classes, and to provide opportunities for deeper exploration for interested students. 

The camp is designed to introduce the Cybersecurity First Principles and Cybersecurity Ethics & Privacy Laws. In addition, participates will actively engaging in many hands-on activities that convey important concepts, and have opportunities to interact with the technology necessary to support a deeper understanding of the curriculum.

When is the Cyberwars @ UVA Camp?

The Cyberwars @ UVA Camp will be during the period of June 18-22, 2018.

Why participate in Cyberwars @ UVA Camp?

Besides learning the Cybersecurity principles and having the opportunity to perform hands-on cybersecurity exercises, participants will spend some time working together as a team while participating in a Capture the Flag (CTF) competition.

The topics covered include:
  - Developing a Security Mindset
  - Cybersecurity First Principles
  - Web Apps and Databases
  - CAD and 3D Printing
  - Computer Networks
  - Cyber Attack Phases and Defenses
  - Introduction to Cryptography
  - Introduction to E-mail Security 

We will have guest speakers including academic security researchers and practitioners from industry, who will be able to give the participants a real-world view of the current threats related to cybersecurity. There will be additional evening events including; “An Evening with the Experts”, where we will invite the participants to attend dinner with several cybersecurity professionals, facilitating personal connections with industry leaders.

We want participantes to be able to share what they learn from the camp with their students and colleagues. We will work closely with you during the camp on the topics and material you can utilize at your school.


Participants will form working groups with a primary goal of using what they are learning in their classroom by hosting an online cybersecurity Capture the Flag competition to their school's students. We have dedicated sessions during the camp to work with you towards achieving that goal.

Ahmed Ibrahim
David Evans
Buffie Hollie
Jeffery Collyer
Program Director
Lead Instructor
Program Facilitator
CTF Lead