What is Young AFCEA (YAC)?

Young AFCEANs are first and foremost AFCEANs – we strive to bring government, industry and academia together to collaborate, share technical expertise and address community needs. Anyone 40 and under that has interests in STEM, Cyber, or gaining a better perspective of the Armed Forces in the Pacific Rim is welcome to join their fellow Young AFCEANs. We welcome all military and young professionals in both industry and government, as well as students and their instructors in academia.

Connect and Engage

Connect with military, government and industry groups while networking one-on-one with other young professionals and senior leaders. Young AFCEA Hawaii hosts monthly events from Tech-on-Tap to student mentoring to networking socials – ALL FREE TO YACs!

Learn and Innovate

Attend thought-provoking and skill-building events. Join us for tech site visits and tech talks, monthly luncheons with local leaders, and our annual 3 day conference, TechNet Indo-Pacific (TIP) featuring premier keynote speakers and current-issue panel discussions.

Get Noticed

Gain visibility and enhance your resume through leadership opportunities at the Chapter, Regional, and International levels. Young AFCEA has a full complement of leadership roles designed to develop the next generation of leaders and communicators. 

Make a Difference

Do something bigger than yourself by becoming an AFCEA member; we offer opportunities for members to help the Hawaii community through Cyber, STEM, and Robotics mentoring, supporting the AHEF (AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation) and volunteering at community events.

Be Awarded and Rewarded

Receive international recognition through AFCEA’s Awards and Scholarship programs. Hawaii YACs have traveled to San Diego and Baltimore to receive awards which include the Distinguished Young AFCEAN of the Year, Emerging Leader, and 40-Under-40!

Network with Leaders

Young AFCEANs have access to events attended by leaders in both government and industry and allow networking opportunities with decision makers on both sides of the realm.   This exposure allows Young AFCEANs to have a better understanding of the “big picture” in their industry and, by making contact with these leaders, provides them valuable resources.

Plug In Globally

Join the Hawaii chapter and have a global network available to you. AFCEA has more than 120 Chapters world-wide and supports and participates in technical conferences in Hawaii, California, Georgia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Japan, Korea and various sites in Europe.

Have Fun

Make new friends, enjoy free food and drinks! Join us on an awesome adventure!

Capt “Gina” Evans
YAC VP – Government –
Coordinates with Government and Military Orgs


Brandon Lester
YAC VP – Industry –
Coordinates with Industry and Local Community

SRC Technologies, V.P. Security Engineering


AFCAHEFEA Hawaii Education Foundation (AHEF) Scholarships
The AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation works together with the AFCEA Hawaii membership and the community at large, both private, public and academia, to increase the investment in education in Hawaii.

AHEF Scholarship Website

AFCEA International ScholarshipsAFCEA International Scholarships
Our programs focus on information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications and electronics supporting the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. The foundation, in conjunction with AFCEA chapters worldwide, provides more than $2 million in scholarships a year

AFCEA International Scholarship Website

Hawaii Community FoundationHawaii Community Foundation
The Hawaii Community Foundation is honored to provide a wealth of financial support to qualified students and nonprofit organizations throughout Hawaii.

Hawaii Community Foundation Website

Cyber PatriotCyber Patriot

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative.

Friends of Hawaii Robotics

Recognizing the importance of promoting robotics at an early age, and sustaining students’ interest in STEM education, “Friends” supports Hawaii’s nine robotics programs in elementary, middle, and high schools statewide.



The GenCyber Hawai`i program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level.


High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) is a state agency established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1983 to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology industry


Comprehensive job board for tech jobs in Hawaii


Lists events and resources for all things tech in Hawaii

Additional Cyber Training Websites

AFCEA Hawaii

Young AFCEANs News and Events

AFCEA International CTF

AFCEA International CTF

Join AFCEA Hawaii to participate in the AFCEA International Midnight Sun Capture the Flag contest! Round 1 Qualifiers in April will have more than 1000 teams from across the globe. The highest scoring AFCEA team will have their travel and hotels covered for the finals...

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TechNet Indo Pacific 2019 in Review

TechNet Indo Pacific 2019 in Review

Didn’t get to attend TechNet Indo-Pacific this year?  Missed a session?  Want to relive every minute?  AFCEA SIGNAL articles → Photos, videos, presentation slides →...

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Oct 29th Resume Workshop by Young AFCEA

Oct 29th Resume Workshop by Young AFCEA

Young AFCEA Hawaii will be holding a Resume Workshop on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at Gordon Biersch.  We welcome all AFCEANs to join us - as resume authors, reviewers, or fans of fancy fonts! Please register below on Eventbrite.

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November 7 Student/Professional Mixer

November 7 Student/Professional Mixer

In partnership with HICTA and the AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation, AFCEA Hawaii will be holding a Student and Professional Networking Mixer on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 at Gordon Biersch.  We are looking for 10 professionals to attend and network with students...

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October 8th Cyber Intelligence Breakfast

October 8th Cyber Intelligence Breakfast

Time: Check-In and Breakfast 7:00am | Keynote and Panel 8:00am Join AFCEA Hawaii on Tuesday, October 8th at the Hawaii Convention Center for a Cyber Intelligence Breakfast. Tickets are limited for this special event! NOTE: This is a different time and place than our...

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June 26th WetWare Wednesday

June 26th WetWare Wednesday

WetWare Wednesday is a networking event targeting local software developers and system engineers, students and faculty. We are proud to co-sponsor the June 26th #WetWareWed along with ISC2 and Navy League. This is a great OPPORTUNITY to Connect with FREE Appetizers!...

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