UAS Hack 2024 – Registration Open

The first ever UAS Hack, a hands-on event dedicated to exploring the intersection of cybersecurity and drone technology, will take place from August 19 to 23, 2024, in Rome, New York.

Over the course of five days, university-aged students and industry experts will revolutionize the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) landscape by fostering collaboration, creativity and critical thinking while addressing pressing cybersecurity challenges. AIS subject matter experts will be providing instruction and curriculum for this event.

Taking place at the ORION at NTROPEE facility, UAS Hack is set against the backdrop of New York’s 50-mile UAS corridor. This provides an ideal environment for a practical, real-world learning experience for students to develop crucial technical and problem-solving abilities. Participants will engage in hands-on challenges where they identify vulnerabilities in drone systems and develop effective countermeasures against potential cyber-attacks.

“UAS Hack is designed to put students in front of industry professionals and industry-relevant platforms to give them an opportunity to grow their skills and learn more about what a security-related career would be like,” said Eric Thayer, Chief Engineer at AIS. “During the event, students will be mentored and trained on how to evaluate the security of UAS, identify potential threats and provide feedback to vendors and manufacturers.”

Registration is now open for the event!

If you’re interested in participating or being a sponsor, please visit Participants should be nominated by a professor and enrolled in a computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer security or UAS design/maintenance college program.

UAS Hack is sponsored and driven by the Open-Architecture Resilient IoT for Operational Networks (ORION) ecosystem, which is spearheaded by the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, AIS, Quanterion Solutions Incorporated, Griffiss Institute, NYSTEC and Cisco. ORION offers comprehensive cyber assurance, customized testing and seamless integration solutions for IoT ventures. To learn more, visit

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