4th Annual Women in Tech Symposium:

4th Annual Women in Tech Symposium - Reimagining Cybersecurity for All

Reimagining Cybersecurity for All
Friday, March 6, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley
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The 4th Annual Women in Tech Symposium is one month away. Join CITRIS and the Banatao Institute on Friday, March 6, for a day filled with keynote speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. Be a part of #Cybersecurity4all. See you there!

Keynote Speakers

  • Window Snyder
    Chief Security Officer at Square
    Fireside chat with Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean of the College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • Wendy Nather
    Head of Advisory CISOs, Duo Security, Cisco Systems
    Keynote: “Democratizing Security: From Control to Collaboration”


  • What’s at Stake? Global and Systemic Cyber Threats – Cybersecurity is no longer just a concern for the IT department — vulnerabilities in our digital services and infrastructure could create havoc for all of us.
  • Platforms and Personal Risk: Protecting our Identities and Assets from Stalkers, Trolls, and Hackers – What happens when digital technology is used to threaten our individual identities?

Breakout Sessions

  • Cyber Career Tips & Tricks
    Led by Kavya Pearlman, Cyber Security Strategist, Wallarm & Deidre (Day-Dree) Diamond, CyberSN/Secure Diversity
  • Tools and Tech for Cybersecurity
    Led by Gio Kao, Research and Design Manager, Sandia National Laboratories and Ervinna Lim, VP Global Customer Success, Jumio
  • Cybersecurity and the Health Sector
    Led by Heather McPherson, Kaiser Permanente & Serena Villalobos, Senior Consultant, Quasar I.T. Solutions
  • Cyber and Blockchain/Fintech
    Led by Karin Bauer, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative & Lauren Weymouth, Senior Manager, University Partnerships, Ripple

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Athena Award Winners

  • Executive Leadership:
    Rama K. Akkiraju, IBM Fellow and Distinguished Engineer at IBM
  • Academic Leadership:
    Alice Agogino, Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley
  • Early Career:
    Joy Buolamwini, Founder, Algorithmic Justice League
  • Next Generation Engagement:
    Girls Who Code


Following the event, join us for a reception in Sutardja Dai Hall’s Kvamme Atrium. An art installation of the CLTC Cybersecurity Arts Contest winners will be on display in the CITRIS Tech Museum.

Aging in a Digital World Conference, April 1-2


Due to coronavirus travel restrictions, the conference has been postponed.  New dates will be announced shortly.

Join UC Davis Health, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, and the Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network for the Aging in a Digital World Conference on April 1-2, 2020 at Betty Irene Moore Hall, 2570 48th St., Room 1000.

The two-day conference brings together international thought leaders in aging, technology, and health care policy research, with the common goal of identifying gaps in these areas that delay the adoption of innovations to support aging in a digital world.

Keynote speaker Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor of California, will discuss California’s commitment to care for an aging population.

Conference Topics
This interactive forum and networking opportunity will focus on:

  • Understanding the current challenges of implementing new models of health promotion and care for older adults and family caregivers.
  • Exploring novel methods for connecting clinical research and tech innovation.
  • Examining the barriers to deploying evidence-based digital health solutions to older adults in all care settings, including the home.
  • Discussing forward-thinking public policy that addresses the complex demands of an aging world.

Registration Information

$75 (UC Davis Health Faculty and Staff)
$25 (UC Student)
$275 (Early Bird Rate, ends February 15)
$400 (General Admission)


2020 Call for Proposals: CITRIS Seed Funding now accepting applications!

CITRIS Seed Funding Program

The CITRIS Seed Funding Program invites Principal Investigators at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz to apply for seed funding that advances CITRIS and the Banatao Institute’s research thrusts, strengthens UC campus connections, and drives novel technology applications.

  • $500,000 in awards available
  • $40,000 to $60,000 per project
  • Funded projects have attracted more than $60 million in follow-on support from federal, state, industrial, and private sources including the NSF, NIH, DOE, Intel, Microsoft, Mellon Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Areas of Interest

  • Sustainable Infrastructures
  • People and Robots
  • Health
  • Tech Policy
  • Future of Work
  • Women in Technology

Application Deadline

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM (PDT) via the application portal: https://citris.smapply.org/prog/2020_citris_seed_funding/


At least 2 Principal Investigators (PIs) per proposal. Each from a different CITRIS campus (UC Berkeley, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis).

Need help making cross-campus connections? Please complete the CITRIS Seed Funding Team Formation Support form to receive help locating a co-PI: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3vG1Cp3yb6gDmmBLVvDmpIsbKpLuDVNaIydeOrX8MTu_AFw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Info Sessions

Upcoming info session locations and dates will be posted on the CITRIS Seed Funding webpage.

More information

To download the RFP, view detailed areas of interest, eligibility, requirements, and FAQs, please visit the 2020 CITRIS Seed Funding webpage: https://citris-uc.org/core-seed-funding/

Contact seeds@citris-uc.org with questions.

CITRIS Tech For Social Good Program – Faculty and Staff Info Session

Speaker Organization: CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Start Time: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 4:00pm

End Time: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 5:00pm

Location: E2- 180

Organizer: Michael Matkin

This Fall term, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and co-sponsor the Institute for Social Transformation are launching a new program, Tech for Social Good (TSG), to sponsor student research projects and events here on UC Santa Cruz campus.
All faculty and staff are invited to an information session on September 18th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in Baskin Engineering 2, room 180. The purpose of the session is to give you a clear understanding of the program in order to promote and encourage your students to apply – we’ll also have coffee and snacks. Please click here to RSVP if you can attend in person or via Zoom or can’t attend and would like more info.
TSG is open to teams of graduate and undergraduate students and has two competitive tracks, one that supports technology development and the second to support student-led events on campus. Through the technology track, students can apply for funding of $500 – $5,000 for tech-focused projects that promote social good by supporting healthy, sustainable, prosperous, and equitable livelihoods in the United States and abroad. Through the events track we provide between $200 – $1,000 for UC Santa Cruz individual students, student organizations or student groups to develop events or programming that improve and support technological innovations that support healthy, sustainable, and connected communities.
TSG is a program that CITRIS has successfully run on the UC Berkeley and Davis campuses for several years, funding and supporting a wide range of successful student-led projects and events – examples of which you can review here: