Information Technology Competition

The Information Technology Competition (ITC) is a competition for teams of students (5 per team) to showcase what they know in the fields of computer forensics, web development, data analysis, penetration testing, and IT strategy. The competition itself usually starts in March, and is three weeks long (two weeks to go through the case study and prepare the proper files/evidence/reports, and one week to prepare a presentation), and culminates in a day of presentations held at the Bronco Student Center at Cal Poly Pomona, home of Dr. Dan Manson, Director of the Center for Information Assurance. The top three teams in each category win a cash prize.

Categories:

  • IT Strategy
  • It Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Application Development
  • Data Analytics

Experience of a Past Competitor:

Each year the case study is different, requiring a different set of skills. For example, in the forensics competition, new tools will be learned and used on the spot due to a piece of evidence that must be analyzed. Because of this, problem-solving and research skills are critical for this competition. This competition is difficult to prepare for, seeing as there have been previous forensics scenarios that the right evidence had been hidden, while there were other cases that all the evidence needed was easily found and the entire competition boils down to the presentation and report.

Registration Details:

  • $40 per team member plus processing fee
  • 5 members per team

Required Skills:

  • Dedication
  • A team-player attitude
  • The ability to self-learn on the spot
  • Problem-solving and research skills
  • The ability to work with deadlines and under stress

Check it out: http://www.calpolymissa.org/itc-3

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