Break the cycle of poverty through education


Cyber Security Hackathon

Cyberathon Stats


May 14 - Cyberathon Preparation Events

Kick Off Events

Cyber Security Concepts Webinar

Cybersecurity Panel

Team Formation

Thank you Keynote Speakers!

Speakers provided insight on Cybersecurity and their experience in the field

Our Judges

Professionals from various technology areas

Our Mentors

Prizes and Awards

Advanced Category

#1 – First prize - $1000 Award

(award split amongst team)

Internship / Placement  (interview 3rd/Final year students)

#2 – Second Prize - $500 Award

(award split amongst team)

Internship / Placement (interview 3rd/Final year students)

Beginners Category

#1 – First prize - $400 Award

(award split amongst team)

Internship / Placement  interviews (3rd/Final year students)

#2 – Second Prize - $200 Award

(award split amongst team)

Internship / Placement (interview 3rd/Final year students)

All participants were awarded certificates of completion

Survey Raffle and Feedback Video Prizes

Some Participant Highlights:

  • The highlight of my experience was getting real time knowledge about security protocol, presenting our project in front of judges, and the hands on coding and error solving and patching issues. – Shivraj, (BS Engineering) India, Cyberathon Participant
  • I enjoyed the supportive mentorship, insightful talks from maestros in the field, and of course, the adrenaline rush throughout the 24 hour period! – Akshat, (BS Computer Applications) India, Cyberathon Participant
  • My favorite part was being able to interact with career and academic professionals, while presenting the work we’d accomplished as a team, was especially valuable. I appreciated being able to hear their thoughts on our work, as well as the questions they posed; at times, they were quite thought-provoking. – Stamesha, (MS Computer Science)US, Cyberathon Participant
  • I really enjoyed trying the challenges, the panel of speakers, the learning process as a whole – Delroy, (Computer Engineering) Zimbabwe, Cyberathon Participant

Some Participant Highlights:

Thank You

Board Member

Jayashree Sundaresan

Jayashree Sundaresan is a Senior Technology leader with 24+ years of experience. A servant leader at heart, she strongly believes in creating positive impact to transform people beyond who they think they are and what they think they can achieve. Jayashree is very passionate about empowering women, guiding children, giving back to society and focusing on wellness as a priority. She is also a die-hard sports enthusiast and a singer. She thoroughly enjoys coaching & mentoring people to share and learn. Jayashree holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University, USA.

“I am thrilled to join the Board of Directors at SSF and impact lives by helping with the education of underprivileged, deserving, bright, and passionate students. The vision and mission of SSF aims to pull families out of generational poverty through the skill building, mentoring, training and sponsorship of scholars. This energises me and resonates with my values and beliefs to lead change in communities through working with children, educating them and helping them gain confidence, perspective and a lifelong desire to be a force of positive impact.”

Advisor & Board Observer

Uma Meyyappan

SVP, Head of Digital Innovation, LPL Financial

“Uma is an Innovation Technology Executive with over 20 years of experience in the Financial services industry where she accelerates business value with the use of emerging technology.

Uma’s extensive research in financial technologies such as digital payments, biometrics, augmented reality, and Internet of Things (IoT) has resulted in over 35 issued US patents to her name.

Uma is a Founding LP in Neythri Futures Fund and Founding circle member in Neythri, an organization that promotes south asian women. Being a strong believer of child literacy and education Uma is delighted to assist Shooting Stars Foundation eradicate generational poverty through STEM education.”

Board Member

Kevin Lee

Program Manager at NVIDIA

“Kevin has over 10 years experience in leadership roles in the Finance and Technology sectors. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Kevin taught at University of California, Berkeley and helped the school transition from in-person learning to online learning.

Kevin is passionate about learning, teaching, and fostering innovation from future generations. Having witnessed first-hand the positive impact education can have on his students’ career prospects, Kevin is excited to contribute to Shooting Stars Foundation and its mission to break the cycle of poverty through STEM education. “

Advisor & Board Observer

Brian McCann

President, Security Solutions at Neustar, Inc.

“High-energy business leader with passion for driving growth in organizations and cyber security technologies – and education foundations!

SSF’s founder and mission are rooted in empowering others to take control to improve their future. STEM education is a proven and scalable path to break generational poverty.”

Board Member

Dawna Taylor

Regional Director with the Global Services Department for Cognia,

“Dawna L. Taylor is the Regional Director with the Global Services Department for Cognia, the largest School Improvement organization globally. Before joining Cognia, Ms. Taylor served as the Assistant Vice President of K-12 programs for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She also led, designed, and oversaw an out-of-school STEM program for middle and high school students in Baltimore, MD, and Vicksburg, MS. She has been an elementary teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, and principal in traditional public schools and charter schools.

Ms. Taylor served as Director of Blended Learning Programs for one of the nation’s largest public cyber schools. Her professional expertise is in developing, managing, and consulting for charter schools and STEM Outreach programs across the country. Ms. Taylor has a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida A&M University in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Supervision, and Administration from Jones International University. She is the proud mother of two adult children, Raleigh and Morgan.”