2019 - 2020 Marks the Fourth Year of the IISP Cybersecurity Demo Day Program.

Discover the Impact of Your Research & Prepare to Compete in the Demo Day Finale in April                                            
Students Explore Moving Research from the Lab to the Market

The IISP Demo Day Program introduces students to business mentors and new methodologies early in the research process to help drive long-term market impact. Open to Cybersecurity students with both nascent and near-ready ideas.​

Program Kicks Off In January

Thursday, Jan. 9th: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: KLAUS, 3rd floor loft area
& room 3100
(Students can register to complete their first workshop at this time)


Wednesday, Jan. 15th: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Location: CODA 9th floor common area

How The Demo Day Program Will Benefit You
  • Evaluate the impact of your research.
  • Create compelling ways to present your research.
  • Become eligible to attend an all expenses paid cybersecuirty conference of your choosing, upon approval.
  • Get matched with an industry mentor.
About The Demo Day Program Workshops

(Workshops offered throughout the semester, dates and times to come) 

  • Workshop I – Learn how to assess the value of your research and sign-up for a cybersecurity conference of your choosing, upon approval. 
  • Workshop II – Learn how to conduct customer discovery & requirements gathering.
  • Workshop III - Gain market insights about the potential impact of your research and prepare a presentation.
The Demo Day Grand Finale – April 2020
  • Entrepreneurial strategies
  • Coaching by industry leaders
  • Communication & business skills
  • Measurable impact of your research

Compete for over $100,000 in project funding and market recognition.​

  • Funding from NSF I-Corp Grants
  • Create-X LAUNCH Seat (with funding and services)
  • Cash Prizes from the IISP​


Sign up today for more information contact gloria.griessman@gatech.edu


Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be presently enrolled in a degree program at Georgia Tech and are in good academic standing.
  • Research projects must revolve around cybersecurity and/or related field.
  • Participation must be endorsed by the research principal investigator (or, if not applicable, a faculty sponsor or lab director) from Georgia Tech.
  • Registration and Public Disclosure form must be returned to IISP prior to the Demo Day Finale in April 2020. 
  • This program is open to all majors and all classes, however undergraduates must have at least one graduate student on the team in order to qualify for NSF funds.

More Info about the Demo Day Grand Finale in April 2020

Each fall, students bring cybersecurity research ideas to the Georgia Tech Cybersecurity Summit. Students then attend evidence-based entrepreneurial coaching and return six months later to 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 critique students and award prizes valued at $100,000.

Typically research demonstrating the greatest impact towards an unmet need is the most captivating to the judges. The Demo Day Coaching Program is designed to help students discover the potential impact of their research and how to convey that to the audience.

"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."

*For those who cannot participate in the Demo Day Coaching Program we encourage you to learn about how to participate in the Demo Day Research Track. Please email gloria.griessman@gatech.edu for more information.


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