Pre-conference Workshops – January 9th

Come for these unique sessions and development opportunities. Stay for the conference! Registrations are separate from EdgeCon2019.

Pink Elephant – Organizational Change Management Workshop

Who Should Attend: Organizational Leaders who wish to develop skills needed to support digital transformation and change within their departments.

Time/Duration: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: Free with EdgeCon attendance. $750 if you wish to attend the workshop without attending the conference.

Pink Elephant - Organizational Change Management Workshop Description


Change is a constant in today’s dynamic and hyper-competitive business world.

Business leaders and line managers MUST be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to effectively lead transformational change.

What is often ignored or forgotten when leading a change initiative is the people and cultural side of change, resulting in 70% of change initiatives failing (according to the Kotter Institute). Don’t be on the wrong side of that statistic!

There are two major factors that contribute to change not being successfully implemented. The first is that the change process is not managed effectively, and the second is because people impacted by the change are not guided effectively.

The Organizational Change Management Foundation Workshop equips you with the knowledge and tools to understand transformational leadership and change, guidance on gaining employee commitment and overcoming resistance, and techniques to inspire your staff to embrace change and sustain it to keep your organization moving in the right direction.


During the workshop, there are four major areas covered to ensure that you understand the concepts, terms, principles, models and approaches for effectively leading and managing the people side of change:

  1. Change & The Individual
  2. Change & The Organization
  3. Communication & Stakeholder Engagement
  4. Change Management In Practice

Within these four major areas, there are several learning outcomes:

  • Understand how individuals process change
  • Identify key drivers of an organization’s culture, and recognize different types of change processes
  • Recognize the people and cultural side of change, and know how to help people deal more effectively with change, maintaining their commitment and bringing them successfully through the change process
  • Explain how individuals are impacted by change, different ways they may respond to change situations and how learning processes help them adapt
  • Understand how organizations work; how the process of organizational change occurs and the typical roles that collaborate to deliver successful change
  • Outline important aspects of how to build and equip a change team to improve effectiveness
  • Understand the key concepts of, and practices for unfreezing and refreezing change

Hands-On Cybersecurity Workshop

Who Should Attend: IT Networking and Security staff who wish to develop hands-on cybersecurity and ethical hacking skills.

Time/Duration: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: $100 with full-conference EdgeCon attendance. $200 with one-day EdgeCon attendance. $999 if you wish to attend the workshop without attending the conference. Attendees will leave the workshop with a STORM Mobile Security Toolkit device – a fully-loaded pen test platform which comes equipped with a customized distro of Kali loaded onto a portable Raspberry Pi-based touchscreen device – a $500 value on its own.

Hands-On Cybersecurity Workshop Description

The goal of this course is to help you master an ethical hacking methodology that can be used in a penetration testing or ethical hacking situation. You walk out the door with ethical hacking skills that are highly in demand, and also receive the STORM mobile device, a fully-loaded pen test platform equipped on a customized Rasberry-Pi touchscreen device.

Module 01: Technical Introduction to the STORM

  • Hardware Assembly and Chipsets
  • Imaging Techniques
  • Linux ARM Distro options
  • Management of Modules and Meta Packages
  • Industry tips and best practices
  • LAB: Backing up and restoring the STORM image

Module 02: Network Traffic Monitoring and Analysis

  • Network Traffic Monitoring and Analysis (Introduction)
  • Advantages of Network Traffic Monitoring and Analysis
  • Network Monitoring and Analysis: Techniques
  • SNMP Monitoring
  • Network Traffic Signatures (normal and attack)
  • Categories of Suspicious Traffic Signatures
  • Attack Signature Analysis Techniques
  • LAB: Using the STORM device for network traffic monitoring and analysis

Module 03 Hacking Concepts, Types, and Phases

  • What is Hacking
  • Who is a Hacker?
  • Hacker Classes
  • Hacking Phases
  • Ethical Hacking Concepts and Scope
  • Skills of an Ethical Hacker
  • The Hacking Methodology
  • Footprinting
  • Scanning
  • Enumeration
  • Identify Vulnerabilities
  • Exploitation
  • LAB: Using the Storm Device to perform the hacking methodology and penetration testing

Module 04: Exploring the Hacking Methodology

  • Footprinting Concepts
  • What is Footprinting
  • Objectives of Footprinting
  • Footprinting Methods
  • Overview of Scanning
  • Abstract Scanning Methodology
  • Live Systems
  • Ports
  • Services
  • Enumeration
  • Identify Vulnerabilities
  • Exploit
  • Introduction to System Hacking
  • Cracking passwords
  • Privilege Escalation
  • Rootkits
  • LAB: Gaining and maintaining access using your STORM device

Excellence in Managing the Nontraditional (online) Student Experience Through Digital Transformation

Who Should Attend: Department leadership from across the institution who wish to develop a plan for their teams to support digital transformation and nontraditional students

Time/Duration: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: Free with EdgeCon attendance. $500 if you wish to attend the workshop without attending the conference.

Excellence in Managing the Nontraditional (online) Student Experience Through Digital Transformation (Blackboard)

Jumpstart your EdgeCon experience with the “Excellence in Managing the Nontraditional (online) Student Experience Through Digital Transformation” workshop and lunch on Wednesday, January 9 10a-2p. Join other executive leaders and key institutional staff responsible for student access, enrollment, persistence, and overall student success for a candid conversation on these topics and explore how a digital transformation can fundamentally change the student experience. This workshop will consist of guided discussion and current-state mapping of programs and processes in focus areas including:

  • Measuring student success
  • Developing effective partnerships
  • Enabling a culture of innovation
  • Resourcing and planning for digital transformation in your department
  • & more

Edge is committed to identifying tools and services for your teams to leverage to meet today’s student expectations, including our partnership with workshop host Blackboard. You’ll walk away from this session with a thorough outline of current-state operations, and new ideas and self-assessment rubrics to help you in determining the essential next steps for digital transformation at your institution and in your department. Lunch will be served for attendees.

Accessibility & Compliance

Who Should Attend: Any staff member with an interest in advancing the cause of accessibility at their institution

Time/Duration: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free with EdgeCon attendance. $500 if you wish to attend the workshop without attending the conference.

Accessibility & Compliance Workshop Description

Join executive leaders and team members focused on accessibility for an immersive workshop delivered by Sina Bahram, accessibility consultant, researcher, speaker, and entrepreneur. Sina recently featured at the Edge Accessibility Leadership Summit to rave review, and will join us at EdgeCon for an immersive workshop detailing strategies, techniques, and tactics for:

  • Delivering accessibility content in a variety of content types
  • Delivering accessible content to students with a variety of accessibility needs
  • Accessibility compliance across the institution
  • Building awareness of and support for accessibility at all levels of the institution, from the C-suite to the classroom

This workshop will equip attendees with the tools and strategies they need to advance the mission of accessibility in their institutions. Additionally, this will be a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and develop a network for the advancement of accessibility practice in NJ.

Coffee and lunch will be served for all attendees.