1NTERRUPT was created to connect, share, and foster innovative communities. We have a passion for technology, design, and sharing what we love.
Marc Blackmer is a technologist, blogger, speaker, and product marketing manager for Cisco Systems where his focus is on cyber security for critical infrastructure and the Internet of Things. His start in technology came in his 20s when he and a friend’s father built Marc’s first computer. After that, there was no turning back. He graduated from Burncoat High School and is the third generation to own his home in Worcester. Marc is a father, musician, photographer, traveller, and the founder of 1NTERRUPT.
Jason Epstein is an educator with over 20 years experience with educational technology. Jason has worked in schools in California, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Currently he is the Chief Information Officer for Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA. Jason believes that students understanding the security side of technology is an essential skill they need to learn. No more is it for just the “computer folks”, but kids need to understand why their devices do what they do.
Dan Thiffault has over 10 years experience developing, architecting, an running large-scale web sites. He has built PCI compliant sites from the ground up while keeping 99.95% up times. Dan is currently working as a software engineer with Cambridge-based BookBub.
Michelle May is a graphic designer, artist, and founder of Cirque du Noir, a Worcester-based fund-raiser that celebrates Worcester’s creative culture. She is also the Manager of Design and Innovation at a Worcester staffing agency where she oversees projects their web presence, branding, and marketing.
Kiera Carman is a freelancer, tech enthusiast, and avid learner-of-skills with an ever-expanding multitude of interest areas. Her passions include digital and physical security, wearable tech, systems administration, music, and audio production, cooking, tea, and circus arts.
Sean W. Farren
Sean W. Farren has gained a wealth of IT experience working in the Commercial, Defense and Research sectors with over 30 years of experience. He is currently a Cyber Lead in MITRE Corporation‘s Cyber Threat Analysis Cell (CTAC), developing actionable Cyber Threat Intelligence, with a particular focus on threat actor infrastructure. Prior to joining MITRE he spent 14 years at L-3 Communications, where he was a senior member of their Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), performing threat, malware and network analysis.
Connor Quick is a freshman at Wentworth Institute of Technology currently pursuing a Computer Science degree. Connor was captain of his high school’s CyberPatriot team, which took both 2nd and 1st place nationally. He hopes to become a pentester or security consultant, and is also the co-founder of Nzen Mods (http://nzenmods.com/) which is a small company currently developing a handheld retro game emulator.
Alexander Commodore is a sophomore at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technology School (Monty Tech), where he studies Information Technology and is a member of the school’s cyber STEM team.
Alexander is a CyberPatriot competitor and a participant of many capture-the-flag (CTF) competitions. He is also an MCJROTC cadet, a volunteer for the Monty Tech middle school cyber camps, and an intern for Mission First Consulting – a woman-owned defense contractor.