Shmooze a Student

Update to the update:  Notifications will go out on the 29th.  Sorry for the delay.

UPDATE:  Students will be notified of acceptance by November 28th.  
Shmoozers will be contacted as positive responses from students are received.

Want to sponsor a student to attend ShmooCon? Want a chance at purchasing a ticket to attend without the F5 rush?


Once again attendees will have a chance to Shmooze a Student. For $400 you can provide the opportunity for a deserving student to attend ShmooCon as well as get a ticket for yourself. 

You and ShmooCon will be sponsoring up to 25* students to attend the conference. Your $400 will be combined with $100 of ShmooCon funds to purchase a ticket for yourself, a deserving student, and provide a $200 stipend to offset the student’s travel costs and meal expenses.  (This stipend will be delivered to the student upon arrival at the con).

Deadline for all applications is November 24, 2014.  We will notify all students and purchasers of status before or by November 28.  

*Subject to ShmooCon's discretion and number of student applications received. 


If you are interested in Shmoozing a Student, e-mail with answers to the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in sponsoring a student?
  • Is it okay to list your name in the program as a student sponsor?
  • Would you be willing to meet up with the group of students if time allows?


Are you a student interested in attending ShmooCon but are unable to afford the trip? Students (high school and college level) interested in applying for this unique opportunity will need to provide proof that they are an active student at an educational institution.

Students need to provide:
  • A picture of themselves at school with a student ID (make this fun - here's your chance to entertain us)
  • A letter of recommendation from an instructor at your institution.
Students should submit the above information along with answers to the following questions to
  • Why do you want to come to ShmooCon?
  • What do you hope to learn?
  • Have you been to any other information security conferences? Which ones?
  • What career and/or degree are you pursuing?  "Not sure” is fine, but let us know what type of technical pursuits you enjoy.
  • If a minor, you will need to be accompanied by a supervising adult over the age of 21 and provide a letter from your guardian providing contact information and consent to attend.

Accepted students might be asked to complete a questionnaire at the end of the conference.