SAE CyberAuto Challenge™

July 22-27, 2018 │ Detroit, MI, USA

In its seventh year, the 2018 SAE CyberAuto Challenge™ is a groundbreaking event in automotive cybersecurity. The Challenge is a five-day practicum-based workshop where teams comprised equally of students and professionals, including automotive engineers, government engineers, and ethical “white-hat” hackers, work on real cars to find real answers to the challenges posed by cybersecurity in automobiles. Teams work to identify automotive cybersecurity trends and develop talent in a new technical discipline in a high-tech industry.

An interactive learning format, the Challenge is a series of instructor-led, practical learning sessions and discussions alternating with hands-on work. It fosters collaboration and creativity amongst different cross-sectors of the automotive and cybersecurity industries. Industry professionals benefit from the fresh perspectives offered by high-performing high school and college students. Students gain exposure to industry experts and hands-on learning you can’t find anywhere else. All parties benefit from mentorship relationships and the powerful connections formed at this event.

The Challenge demonstrates that the automotive community:

  • Is keeping the core auto engineer connected to the cyber community
  • Is prioritizing cybersecurity and mitigating potential risks from cyber/auto development
  • Is developing a common “community of interest” around the cybersecurity issue
  • Is developing a cyber/auto talent “pipeline” amongst high school and college students.

Join the 2018 SAE CyberAuto Challenge™ and ignite interest in the automotive industry among the best and brightest college and high school students—forging the next generation of cyber-auto engineers. Support the Challenge and create an immersive, collaborative community vested in the advancement of the cyber-auto industry.

Note: Participants that have attended the CyberAuto Challenge in any previous year are prohibited from participating again.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Students should go to and create an account.
  • Step 2: Students will need to send the link to two individuals (teacher, school administrator, coach, pastor, scout leader, etc.) for a reference.
  • Step 3: Students complete the preparatory educational screening sessions online (during April-June). Pre-work includes subjects such as cryptography, automotive communications protocols, and programming basics.
  • Step 4: Sign the non-disclosure agreement and get your parent's signed permission.
  • Step 5: Score at the top of the applicant pool to win a slot and be selected.
  • Step 6: Come to Detroit—the automotive center of cybersecurity—to join The Challenge.

The Challenge is free for students, and attendance is merit based. Students are responsible for getting to either to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), where they will be picked up by shuttle, or to the selected location. Guests and parents are welcome to attend the social activities Tuesday and the graduation ceremonies Friday.

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