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

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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April 23 Young AFCEAN Social

  Join the Young AFCEANs as we meet, greet, mix, and mingle with new and returning members of our Young AFCEAN family. Don’t miss this chance to expand your social and professional networks, and share your ideas with the group, all while enjoying drinks, snacks,...

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March 7th 2019 Mentor & Student Mixer

March 7th 2019 Mentor & Student Mixer

In partnership with HICTA and the AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation, AFCEA Hawaii will be holding a Student Networking Mixer on Thursday, March 7th, 2018 at Gordon Biersch.  We are looking for 10 professionals to attend and network with students from...

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Young AFCEA at Wetware Wednesday

Young AFCEA at Wetware Wednesday

Young AFCEA is teaming with Tech Jobs Hawaii and HTDC for the next Wetware Wednesday on January 30th @6pm at Aloha Beer Company to share our Spring 2019 event schedule. Wetware Wednesday is a monthly software development networking social and all AFCEANs interested in...

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Young AFCEA TechNet 2018 Primer

Young AFCEA TechNet 2018 Primer

Young AFCEA will be hosting an event at Dave & Buster's next Thursday (10/18) @6pm to share information about the upcoming AFCEA TechNet Asia Pacific Conference and have some fun. This is a great event for all (and it is free for Government, Military, and Academia)....

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Oct 2nd 2018 Student Mixer – 10 Professionals Needed

Oct 2nd 2018 Student Mixer – 10 Professionals Needed

     In partnership with HICTA,  AFCEA Hawaii  will be holding a Student Networking Mixer on October 2nd, 2018 at Gordon Biersch.  We are looking for 10 professionals to attend and network with the Students.  The event starts at 5 pm and will end at 7 pm....

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Young AFCEA Networking Social

Young AFCEA Networking Social

Calling all Young AFCEANs! Whether you're an experienced YAC excited to reconnect, a YAC new to the islands, or curious to learn what AFCEA is all about, you're welcome to join us. Friday, September 7th at 5pm at Honolulu Beerworks (328 Cooke St, Honolulu, HI 96813)....

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