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I taught myself to code when I was eight years old. Later, I scraped together whatever money I made from part-time jobs and bought tools and tech to continue learning new programming languages. I even founded a cybersecurity club at my high school. Since then, I’ve placed in hackathons and have had the chance to participate in Carnegie Mellon’s PicoCTF hacking contest. Cybersecurity is my passion. I was challenged by the University’s GenCyber Academy and feel that it is my duty to give back to the field.Matt London, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Matt London participated in the University of New Haven’s GenCyber Agent Academy, a program designed for high school students that is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Hosted by the University’s Tagliatela College of Engineering, the camp is a comprehensive one-week, hands-on, intensive program designed not only to teach participants about cybersecurity, but also to have a long-term effect on their career goals and aspirations. It is the first camp of its kind in Connecticut and is open to 20 male and 20 female high school students throughout the country at no cost for participants.