TBD, 2021

CODE @ TACC Cybersecurity is an innovative and exciting summer program that increases high school students' interest in cybersecurity careers and online safety. Students participate in fun, exploratory lessons and learn about online personal safety, computer networking, mobile security, cryptography, cloud computing, cyber crime and ethics.

All current 10th and 11th grade (rising 11th and 12th grade) high school students are welcome to apply. Students from diverse backgrounds are encourage to apply. Selected students will be housed in a campus dorm at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin at no cost.

Students are expected to participate in Code@TACC Cybersecurity until the conclusion of the program. All students will be invited to participate in quarterly STEM workshops upon completion of the program.

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TBD, 2021


Out of concern for the health and safety of our community, The University of Texas at Austin has cancelled all in-person Summer 2020 programs, including Code@TACC.



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Prospective Activities

  • Use a project based-learning approach to foster creativity and problem solving skills
  • Use hands-on technology to learn the basics of cybersecurity
  • Learn how a cybersecurity professional would apply software security to their code and data sets
  • Get a private tour at the TACC Visualization Laboratory (Vislab) and data center
  • Interact with TACC's cutting-edge technology systems
  • Collaborate with peers, college students, scientists, researchers and engineers

Camp Information


  • Shorts, T-shirts, jeans, pants, sneakers or sandals are acceptable
  • Accessories (Belt)
  • Umbrella (Rain or shine, we will walk.)
  • Backpack
  • Pens/Pencils
  • 1 small notebook
  • A list of questions that you want to ask current students and staff about UT Austin, or college life.


  • Weapons, explosives, candles, flammable materials
  • Expensive sports equipment or musical instruments
  • Illegal substances such as alcohol, tobacco, or drugs
  • Pets/Animals (with the exception of service animals)
  • A Bad Attitude


Required forms will be available soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: To be decided for 2021
A: Students will be housed at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin. Classes will be in the Texas Advanced Computing Center located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus.
A: During the summer program, participants will be rising juniors and seniors.
A: Parents are encouraged to attend final presentations on the last day of the program.
A: There is no cost. Housing, lunch and travel to activities are included.
A: Students will be supervised 24 hours per day by college counselors. Counselors have been background checked (also checked through the national sex offender registry) and have received child protection training.
A: Students will not need to bring laptops from home for this program.
A: Students will be housed in a campus residential hall (campus dorm). Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the UT campus at the start and conclusion of program.
A: Students will be provided with bed linen and pillows. Participants are responsible for bringing their own toiletries (deodorant, hair products, sunscreen, etc).
A: Student housing is separated by gender. There will be an all-male dorm and an all-female dorm.
A: The program is designed to prepare students for college life, including getting to know a new roommate.
A: Whitis Court Residential Hall requires key-card access to enter each building. Exits are alarmed and connected to University Police Department. Also, at least two counselors are assigned to sleep in each residential building.
A: Please let us know of any dietary restrictions. Food options will be offered to fit students' dietary needs.
A: For emergency treatment, students will be transported to St. David's North Austin Medical Center (12221 N. Mopac) when on JJ Pickle campus or UT Austin University Health Services -our on-campus health service for minor treatment (512-471-4955), Monday through Friday 8a – 5pm. For emergency or after hours treatment, students will be transported to St. David's Hospital on east 32nd street in Austin.
A: Participants will be able to wash and dry clothes in their residential halls. There is no cost to wash or dry clothes in their residential halls. Laundry detergent and softener will be provided by camp.
A: Participants will be able to wash clothes in their residential halls. Therefore, participants should bring one weeks worth of clothes. Participants are also encourage to bring comfortable shoes and "nice" dressy clothes for mock interviews.
A: During the week, students should bring comfortable and appropriate clothing for 90F during the day and 70F during the night weather. Also, participants should bring socks for bowling and walking shoes. Note, all casual-wear clothing must conform to school dress code standards.
A: Participants will not be allowed to leave campus during the program. Also, adults (including counselors) are never allowed to be alone with participants.
A: Participants will be unable to leave campus during the time of the camp.
A: Participants will be unable to have visitors. Adults with access to our campers require background checks (also checked through the national sex offender registry) and training on protecting children from abuse. Adults (including counselors) are never allowed to be alone with a camper.

TACC Dress Policy

Participants have the right to dress as they choose as long as their dress meets the approved dress and grooming regulations, does not disrupt activities, is not obscene or defamatory, and does not endanger the physical health or safety of themselves or others.

Participants have the responsibility to dress and groom in such a manner so as to reflect cleanliness, modesty, safety and good taste; become familiar with and adhere to approved dress and grooming expectations of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).

TACC's summer participant dress code standards are designed to promote an appropriate environment for individuals who are preparing themselves for life. We ask that students not wear the following:

If a student's personal appearance or form of dress violates these standards, the student will be allowed to correct the problem. Many details and styles of clothing cannot be covered in the dress code; therefore the administration (including counselors) of TACC reserves the right to make to final determination concerning appropriateness of a student's attire.

  • Any clothing that reveals undergarments including boxer shorts.
  • Skirts/Shorts that are not within 1 inch of the students fingertips when their arms are extended by their side.
  • Any clothing that reveals a student's stomach, torso, chest, breasts or cleavage.
  • Halter tops, tube tops, half shirts, see through blouses or backless apron garments.
  • Clothing, accessories, or tattoos with references to alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco, vulgar language, violence, gang related affiliations or other symbols that distract from the learning environment.
  • Clothing, jewelry, shoes, chains, or other accessories that would endanger student's safety or distract from the learning environment are not acceptable.
  • Any bedroom attire is prohibited outside of the dorms; pajama tops or bottoms, slippers, etc...


The camp was funded with the generosity from Cisco University Research Program Fund and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.