2019 Competition & Workshops


Cyber Security Competition

Coordinator – Chris Humphreys (The Anfield Group)

In 2019 the Rising Stars planning committee along with the assistance of Chris Humphreys will host a cyber security competition to test real-world security skills against similar threats faced by companies, governments, and individuals. The competition this year will rely less on leveraging technology, and more on organizing good responses to cyber threats and utilizing teamwork to tackle complex problems.

Teams of 4-5 participants will be given details of a simulated real-world cyber event that poses a threat to one or more essential services and infrastructures. Teams will be evaluated on several criteria including but not limited to: problem solving ability, use of security concepts, and teamwork. Prizes worth $1,500 will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes.

Additional information regarding the competition and preparation guides will be posted in the coming months. Just as with the competition last year, victory favors the prepared! Students and young professionals in all majors are welcome to participate. Just indicate that you are participating in the competition when you register for the conference!


Resume Building Workshop

Coordinator – Michael Andres (Andrews Associates) and Carolyn Andrews (Inspired Leaders Now)

Creating a better resume, targeting the right employers and having more effective interviews are all elements of finding that ideal next job. Your resume is one critical element to a successful job search strategy. Having a resume that places you on the top of the list and on the forefront of a prospective employer’s memory increases your opportunities for a remarkable professional adventure.

In the Resume Development Workshop, you will:

  • Review your existing resume
  • Identify and analyze your attributes, interests, skills and accomplishments and the impact you can make on an organization
  • Develop a competency based resume
  • Develop a companion introduction letter
  • Create a strategy for making effective contacts and distributing your materials

Participants must bring an existing resume and current work history (soft copy and hard copy). You should also bring a personal computer.


Arduino/Hardware Workshop

Coordinator – Natalia Baklitskaya (Intel) and Bryan Cover (Intel)

A Maker’s World: Getting Hands-on with Arduino and Wearables – Many of us may already have the skills needed to dive into the maker’s world of embedded electronics, but have trouble getting started. In this workshop, we will get hands-on with several projects that have been created using a few platforms available for makers, such as Arduino and Adafruit micro controllers, in order to get a taste of the making process and the tools involved. We will review more of the available platforms for makers, and perform some of the more advanced steps in the project creating and building process.

In groups of 3-4, participants will be guided to:
– Explore the wiring and composition of the sensory, IoT and wearable projects set up at their desks
– Modify and upload the opened example programs to the assembled circuits
– Share ideas with each other of what they would like to build themselves
At the beginning of the workshop, Natalia will welcome the participants to the Maker’s World workshop, a 1-hour session in which they will get to familiarize themselves with some of the microcontrollers used for assembling embedded electronic circuits, as well as platforms used for wearables. In Part I of this workshop, participants will be working with an Arduino Uno. They will be guided to complete a few wiring steps for an assembled project (a light theremin), and to add a few lines of code to program Arduino Uno to get the project working. Reference packet: ‘A Maker’s World: Arduino Uno’.
In Part II of this workshop, participants will be working with an Adafruit Circuit Playground. They will be guided to attach this wearable, washable, miniature microcontroller to a tester circuit, and to modify default code to program Arduino Circuit Playground to get the wearable example circuit working. Reference packet: ‘A Maker’s World: Adafruit Circuit Playground.

1. Workshop materials: https://github.com/electronat/A-MakersWorld-Workshop-Materials
2. Maker’s World workshop listing for IEEE FLF: https://futureleaders.ieeeusa.org/sessions/makers-world-wearables-workshop/
3. Maker’s World workshop listing for IEEE Rising Stars (2 sessions taught): http://sites.ieee.org/risingstars/program/
4. Maker’s World workshop listing for WIE ILC: http://ieee-wie-ilc.org/agenda/
5. IEEE wearable+connected circuit shirt demo: https://youtu.be/Y5TgYmtRcI8
6. GHC hair bow demo: https://youtu.be/9PKsSn2-l44


RISC-V Workshop

Coordinator – Ihab Hamadi, Engineering Fellow of Western Digital

Details of the RISC-V workshop will be posted soon…


Young Professionals Leadership workshop

Coordinator – Abdur Rehman, IEEE Membership development

YP Workshop Vision: Facilitate a strong YP-driven culture in Region 6 that resonates globally.

YP Workshop Mission: Develop, foster, and train YP section leaders.

Workshop: How to start and grow an incredible IEEE YP Team that provides lasting value to IEEE Sections

Date: Sunday Jan 6th 2019

Time: 1-4pm (3 hours)

Region 6 Workshop to attend the Region 6 Rising Stars Conference and accompanying leadership workshop. More specifically, the workshop is run by & designed for Young Professionals. YP Leaders across R1-7 with a successful track record of reinvigorating affinity groups will be invited to present on their experience, tips, and tricks (aligning with the theme).  This is an excellent opportunity for YP Leaders and an excellent investment for IEEE Sections. Having a thriving YP Affinity Group in each section is part of the long-term Membership Development plan for R6.

Comments and Remarks

  • IEEE Region 6 has always been a strong supporter of Young Professional affinity group and we thank the region for providing the opportunity.
  • The Workshop is hosted immediately after the Rising Star 2019 conference. Anyone attending the workshop, should naturally attend Rising Stars as well.
  • We have received a confirmation from the 2019 Rising Star Committee for date/time.
  • PACE Funding may be available with section support. See details here