Indiana Students Sought For Tech Competition

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Governor Eric Holcomb is looking to grow interest in computer science and technology among female high school students through a national program. The governor is encouraging students to enter the Girls Go Cyberstart program, which features online challenges related to cybersecurity.

The program allows students to solve cybersecurity-related puzzles and includes information on topics such as cryptography and digital forensics. Holcomb's office says participants do not need knowledge or experience in cybersecurity or information technology to participate.

"Technology is transforming every sector of Indiana’s workforce, and today’s students need an education and experiences that will prepare them for the jobs of the future," Holcomb said in a news release. "This CyberStart competition is a fun way for young women to explore and learn about the high-tech, high-impact field of cybersecurity."

Girls interested in participating can do so alone or in teams of two to four. They will compete to win computers and other tech-related prizes. The grand prize includes a trip to the 2018 Women in CyberSecurity Conference and the winning girls' schools will receive a cash prize.

Indiana joins 17 other states, along with American Samoa, that are participating in the program. Registration runs through February 16 and the competition is limited to the first 10,000 female high school students.

You can find more information on the Girls Go CyberStart program by clicking here.

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