PDX Cyber Camp 2017 – Sponsored by PacStar

PDX Cyber Camp Logo_smallLincoln High School (Portland Public Schools) Coding Club and EnergySec are pleased to announce PDX Cyber Camp 2017 (formerly known as the “Portland CyberPatriot Camp”).  The camp is organized and managed by a team of high school students, educators and industry professionals, and will be held at three locations in the Portland- area.

Cybersecurity is one of today’s hottest technical fields, with some experts forecasting a shortage of up to 1 million of trained professionals in the coming years. Careers in cybersecurity can be incredibly rewarding, high paying, and are in demand worldwide in just about every industry.  See more about careers in cyber security here.

The camp’s goal is to provide motivated high school students with a hands-on, introductory experience to cybersecurity principles, including hands-on implementation of cybersecurity policies and practices in Windows and Ubuntu operating systems.  These are core skills applicable in any cybersecurity career, as well as providing students with an “on-ramp” to further high-school educational cybersecurity activities such as the “capture the flag” competitions.

The core curriculum and program design for this camp is from the Air Force Association CyberCamp Program, and will be supplemented with industry expert presentations.  Learn more about the core curriculum here.

*** New for 2017, the camp held at Lincoln High School will be “Girls Only”.  This session will provide a motivating and focused environment where girls can collaborate and hear from expert women in the cybersecurity industry ***

Camp Details:Smiling students sitting at desk using computer together in classroom

  • Date: Monday July 17th through Friday July 21st, 2017
  • Camp Times: 9 am to 4 pm, except Friday which completes at 1 pm.
  • Camp Reception: The program includes an evening reception (July 20th) for parents, students, instructors and sponsors.
  • Location #1, Girls Only, Lincoln High School,  1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205, Room #223
  • Location #2, Co-Ed, Center for Advanced Learning, 1484 NW Civic Dr, Gresham, OR 97030.
  • Location #3, Co-Ed, Mentor Graphics, 8005 Boeckman Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070.
  • Cost: $150.  Scholarships available based on financial need.
  • Food: Lunches provided.
  • Each camp facility supports a maximum of 25 students, and will be limited to that size so each student will have a dedicated computer system.

Curriculum and Highlights:

  • Introduction to cyber security and ethics
  • Introduction to VMware Player
  • Hands on security configuration of Windows and Ubuntu operating systems
  • Mock cyber competition
  • Guest speakers from industry leading cybersecurity companies
  • Networking reception with security business professionals

Social networking internet and cyber security conceptInstruction will be provided by industry cyber security experts, advanced students, and/or instructors from educational organizations. Each student will have their own dedicated high-performance computer during the class, which includes extensive labs.

The program will include guest speakers with deep experience in cybersecurity technologies and careers.   2016 speakers included cyber incident responders, malware analysts and cybersecurity researchers from Lockheed Martin (now Leidos), RSA, Intel Security, Galois, PacStar, and EnergySec.  2017 is shaping up to have even more speakers, including leading women in the cybersecurity industry.

The program includes an evening networking reception including industry sponsors and experts, where students and parents will have a chance to talk one-to-one with local cyber security professionals and businesses.

*** Students will receive valuable experience that can help them qualify for internships in cyber security.  Three students on the organizing team of the 2016 camp landed internships at cyber and network security companies in Portland. ***


The camp is designed for students interested in learning about cybersecurity, but who do not have experience or prior training in this field.  Prerequisites for the camp include demonstrated interest in computers or a strong teacher recommendation.

Application Process

*** Thank you for your interest in PDX Cyber Camp 2017.  The application processes is now closed and most camps are full.***

Use this form only if you’d like to be added to the wait list or mailing list for future events.


PDX Cyber Camp 2017 on TV

Camp co-founder Amelia Kawasaki’s appearance on KGW-TV’s Facebook Live feed:

Here is her on-air appearance, on KGW “Portland Today” show.

About the Organization

PDX Cyber Camp 2017 is strictly non-profit and volunteer driven. All proceeds and sponsorship funds go towards direct expenses such as curriculum, supplies, and outreach expense.  The camp is run by students and industry experts, on a volunteer basis.  See our organizing team.

More questions?  Contact us here and we will reply promptly.

Our 2016 Camp was a Huge Success!  We’ve Created a Summary Report Available : Here.

Special thanks to camp financial sponsors, making this camp possible.

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