The Corn Matrix: CornCon Cybersecurity Conference at the Davenport RiverCenter -- September 30 and October 1.

Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1

Davenport RiverCenter, 136 East Third Street, Davenport IA

Founded in 2015 by the Quad Cities Cybersecurity Alliance and presented by the Docent Institute, the eighth-annual CornCon – an event designed to raise community awareness and provide business solutions for dealing with cybersecurity threats – will boast breakout sessions, expert speakers, panels, tutorials, vendors, a tech expo, children's activities and more on September 30 and October 1, this year's Davenport RiverCenter event titled The Corn Matrix.

The Docent Institute is 501(c)(3) registered charitable non-profit educational institution based in Iowa, and is designed to provide technology outreach, inclusion, and STEM education for the betterment of society. Docent organizes STEM camps for K-12 students, cybersecurity challenges for college students, and the Midwest's premiere annual cybersecurity conference, CornCon. Docent provides college scholarships, mentoring, and performs other public outreach related to cybersecurity, technology, and the ethical use of technology, its founder Dr. John D. Johnson having taught and developed numerous cybersecurity graduate courses for St. Ambrose University, Excelsior College, and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges from 2003 to 2019.

Among those tentatively scheduled to speak at this year's CornCon are: Charles Paker of Stephenson Technologies Corporation; Ken Rowe of Infragard Springfield Members Alliance; Stulkumar Gaikwad of Salesforce; James Niven of Recorded Future; Aaron Turner of Vectra AI; Winn Schwartau of SchwartauHaus; Rich Greenberg of Security Advisors LLC; Cherie Burgett of Mining and Metals ISAC; Harshit Agrawai of Boston University; Bobby Kuzma of ProCircular; Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility; Aaron Lint of Archorage Digital; Tellis Williams of Dream Exchange; Kevin Novak of Breakwater Solutions; Parker Schmitt of NetThunder; Ira Winkler of Walmart; Richard Marshall of Cinturion Group; Rich Lindberg of JAMS; Bruce Norquist of Large Financial Organization; Chris Roberts of Boom Supersonic; Paul Groisman of FuboTV; Fred Kwong of DeVry University; Brook Schoenfield of True Positives; Raf Los of ExtraHop; Shawn Anderson of Bostn Meridian Partners; Shaun Cavanaugh of the National Park Service; and Kathryn Brett Goldman of Cybermaniacs.

In addition to two days of workshops, lectures, and breakout sessions for adults, The Corn Matrix will host CornCon's annual “Children of the CornCon” on October 1 – a kids' hacker camp and STEM festival for grades kindergarten through 12. With activities running from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., students can work with electronic kits, soldering, computer builds; play games of Electronic Graveyard, Capture the Flag, and PVC Marshmallow Guns; enjoy games and puzzles; and take part in the Hacker Jeopardy 4 Kidz competition. All ages, meanwhile, are invited to “the Bill Murray After Party” from 7 to 10 p.m. that evening, which features live music and (for the adults) an open bar.

For more information on, and to register for, The Corn Matrix: CornCon Cybersecurity Conference and its correlating events, visit

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