The Inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference, instantly tagged as BITCON2018, is a 3-day interactive platform for professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, subject matter experts, students, and thought leaders who share a common goal... increasing the visibility and representation of black men and women in the tech industry.  As we seek to further our mission of establishing a practice of world class excellence, BIT has crafted a stimulating and engaging program that intertwines and encompasses the Twin Cities educational, business, political and tech communities. Utilizing forums such as tech exhibits, career fairs, pitch competitions, networking parties, city innovation tours, lightning talks, and panel discussions, BIT invites you to redefine your career in tech…
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Faisal Kaleem

MN Cyber
Executive Director
St. Paul, MN
Faisal Kaleem received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL. Since 1998 he has served as an educator in different institutions. Currently, he is serving as a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity at Metropolitan State University as well as a Senior Fellow at the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kaleem is an experienced lifelong cybersecurity practitioner. His current research work is to identify critical characteristics of cybersecurity learners through the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in addition to identifying AR’s privacy issues. His other research interests include multiple aspects of cybersecurity including cybersecurity and forensic curriculum development, Computer and Network Security, mobile device security and forensics, and mobile malware analysis and attribution. He is the recipient of many grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Security Agency (NSA) and Intel Corporations, as well as awards from the state of Minnesota. Dr. Kaleem has also established MN Cyber—a statewide institute for Cybersecurity and forensics research and education. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of MN Cyber. He is also the co-founder and executive member of the Minnesota Cyber Career Consortium (MNC3) whose mission is to address Minnesota’s cybersecurity workforce needs and to help assist Minnesota businesses in handling cyber risks.
Dr. Kaleem has established a solid track record in teaching and has received numerous awards including the best professor and the best course awards (cybersecurity) from various graduating cohorts. In recognition to his teaching, he has also received university-wide Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Kaleem also serves as an advisory board member to various organizations as well as the faculty advisor for the Cybersecurity and Forensics Students Organization (CSFSO) at Metropolitan State University. He also leads the university’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) at Metropolitan State University. During his free time, he also provides various Internet Safety workshop for parents and children. He continually appears on different local news channels discussing various issues in the area of cybersecurity and currently holds multiple industry certifications such as CISSP, CEH, Security+, MCT, CCLO, and CCPA.