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Scholarship Initiative 2019

DEFCON Aug 8 -11


Women in Security and Privacy (WISP) works to advance women in the converging fields of security and privacy. We accomplish this by providing practical and technical workshops, TANDEM mentorship programs, leadership training, job board postings, Equal Respect speakers bureau, and conference and training scholarships.

Last year we sent 57 women to DEF CON as a part of our WISP DEF CON Scholarship Program! Thanks to hundreds of individuals and companies who donated $780/scholarship we were able to provide a free DEF CON badge ticket, a $500 stipend for travel/accommodations, and a community support system and events for our WISP DEF CON scholars.

This year we are starting even earlier to provide as many scholarships as possible for our WISP DEF CON program! Women can apply here for the scholarship (we are inclusive in our use of the word women and welcome women and non-binary people to apply. Trans women are welcome because trans women are women).

For 2019, our scholarship donation will be $900 which covers the rumored DEF CON ticket price increase, $500 travel/accommodation stipend, and community/support like last year! If you or your company is interested in providing a scholarship to send one or more women to DEF CON in our program you can donate here:

Steps to donate and an overview of our Sponsorship and Scholarship Levels and Offerings is attached. Those who contribute 1+ Scholarship will be thanked via social media (if they so choose).

Meet some of our WISP DEF CON Scholars from last year here: and learn more about our programs and the impact of WISP DEF CON in our 2018 Annual report here:

If you would like to read personal stories from women who were awarded the WISP DEF CON scholarship last year, check them out here:

Earlier Event: January 28
Data Privacy Day 2019