SAE International to Host 7th Annual CyberAuto Challenge

SAE International announces it will once again host the SAE CyberAuto Challenge™. Now in its seventh year, the 2018 CyberAuto Challenge will take place in Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., at the heart of the U.S. automotive industry. The groundbreaking automotive cybersecurity event will be held July 22-27, 2018.

The Challenge is a five-day practicum-based workshop where students participate in a series industry professional led practical learning sessions and discussions alternating with hands-on work. Students are placed on teams comprised equally of students and professionals, including automotive engineers, government engineers, and ethical “white-hat” hackers. These teams work on real cars to find real answers to the challenges posed by cybersecurity in automobiles and thereby identify automotive cybersecurity trends and develop talent in a new technical discipline in a high-tech industry.

The Challenge fosters collaboration and creativity amongst different cross-sectors of the automotive and cybersecurity industries. As a result, Industry professionals benefit from the fresh perspectives offered by high-performing high school and college students and students gain exposure to industry experts and hands-on learning you can’t find anywhere else.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that an educated workforce is crucial to improving motor vehicle cybersecurity. In its Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicles document, NHTSA stated its support for educational competitions that contain cybersecurity elements such as SAE International’s CyberAuto Challenge.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers also mentioned the CyberAuto Challenge as one of three events that automakers go to understand cybersecurity.

In order to participate in the Challenge, Students will need two references from a teacher, school administrator, coach, etc. Students must also submit a resume or letter detailing their skills and interest and participate in online preparatory educational screening sessions. The top applicants will then be chosen and invited to attend the Challenge free of charge. Food, lodging, and local transportation are all provided.

For more information about the 2018 SAE CyberAuto Challenge™ and nominations, please visit As mentioned above, The Challenge is free for students to attend, but only through the support of our sponsors. Visit to find out how you can help support the automotive industry and forge the next generation of cyber-auto engineers.

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SAE International is a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners that advances self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society. SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Our core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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