Cybersecurity Demo Day

(From L to R) Judges Kevin Skapinetz of IBM Security and Blake Patton of Tech Square Ventures present the grand prize to 2018 Winners Ruian Duan and Ashish Bijlani, School of Computer Science, funded by Judge and Founding Donor of Create-X Christopher Klaus and IISP's Dr. Wenke Lee.


Industry wants new cyber solutions and Georgia Tech students have them!

The Institute for Information Security & Privacy's Cybersecurity Demo Day takes great ideas from lab to marketplace by helping Georgia Tech students assess whether research is ready for commercialization. Students can learn entrepreneurial skills throughout this program and contest.


Show Off Your Idea at the Cybersecurity Summit!

  • Register by September 24, 2018
  • Bring a Poster and Present a 2-minute pitch on October 4, 2018
  • Compete for a $500 "Perk Prize" at the Summit, based on audience vote

Students then have the option to continue in the Demo Day contest and gain from personalized entrepreneurial coaching. Presenting a poster at the Summit does not obligate you to enter the contest.

Register now to bring a poster and deliver a two-minute summary of your idea at the Summit -- telling the crowd what your cybersecurity solution could do for the world. Research may be nascent or nearly complete.


Thurs., Oct. 4, 2018

3 - 3:45 p.m.

GTRI Conference Center
250 Fourteenth St. NW, Atlanta

Questions? Contact Gloria Griessman.



Then Get Ready for Demo Day!

  • 3-month Commercialization Training that includes
    • how to perform customer discovery
    • how to prioritize and target the right market vertical
    • how to hone and deliver a compelling investor pitch
  • Available to all participants who delivered a 2-minute pitch at the Cybersecurity Summit
  • Compete for start-up cash and more prizes at IISP Cybersecurity Demo Day Grand Finale in Spring 2019. Gain exposure before experienced venture capitalists and technology investors. A panel of technology professionals chooses winners. More details to be announced...

If you presented at the Summit on Oct. 4, you're automatically eligible for Demo Day! (If you didn't, you may participate in a formal review process in order to continue. Contact Gloria Griessman for details.)


2018 Winner
2017 Winner
2016 Winner

About Demo Day

Each fall, students bring cybersecurity research ideas to the fall Georgia Tech Cybersecurity Summit. Students then attend evidence-based entrepreneurial coaching and return six months later at the IISP Cybersecurity Demo Day Finale for a TED-style talk about their project. A panel of business leaders and investors from across the United States critiques students and awards prizes from a pool (valued at more than $125,000 in 2017-18). Research with the best chance of commercialization or demonstrating the most impact toward an unmet need wins.

"The Institute for Information Security & Privacy wants to move good ideas to market," says Wenke Lee, co-director. "We know industry leans on academic researchers to raise new ideas and we lean on industry to take solutions to the public. Our hope is that by introducing students to business mentors early in the research timeline that we can help them naturally build productive relationships and reduce time to market. All students participating in Demo Day will benefit from the insight and critique of those closest to industry needs today."

The annual IISP Cybersecurity Demo Day program is open to all students who are enrolled in any degree program at Georgia Tech.


Eligibility Criteria
  • Presently enrolled in a degree program Georgia Tech and in good academic standing
  • Research project involves one of the core, cybersecurity areas at the Institute for Information Security & Privacy
  • Participation is endorsed by the research principal investigator (or, if not applicable, a faculty sponsor or lab director) from Georgia Tech
  • A signed Public Disclosure Acknowledgement and Waiver form has been returned to IISP prior to Oct. 4, 2018.
  • Must prepare a research poster and attend the Georgia Tech Cybersecurity Summit on Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.