Upcoming Cafes

November 2017 Cafe: White Hats vs. Black Hats – Inside the Mind of a Hacker

Cafe Topic:

Join us as we explore the dark world of computer hackers and learn how we can best defend our privacy against unwanted invasion. Our speaker, Alexander Jones is a Cyber Security Architect working on the front lines of the battle to protect computer systems and data from cyberthreats.

About the Presenter:

Alex Jones is a lifelong music enthusiast and Audio Engineer turned Cyber Security Architect. From an early age, Alex was a tinkerer who loved to break and fix things. From taking apart computers and stereo systems to building a recording studio, Alex has always been interested in the underlying technology that makes the world work. Alex now applies his engineering background to a career in the fast growing cyber security industry.

IMG_3094            After graduating from Lebanon High School in 2001, Alex pursued his dream of working in the music industry. Alex went through Southwestern Illinois College’s music program, and started to gain experience as an audio engineer to supplement his background in deejaying. Alex also attended the prestigious Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix Arizona to further develop his audio and sound engineering skills.

Alex worked at two recording studios, including a recording school in St. Louis, for several years. With over ten years experience working as a DJ, Audio Engineer, Music Producer and consultant Alex decided to make a career change in 2010. Due to a major downturn in the music industry, Alex went back to school in 2010 to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Security.

Alex has worked for several large and small companies in his Security career. Starting out at HBC in 2013, as an Associate Security and Compliance Analyst, Alex was quickly promoted, and worked on PCI Audits and securing a large retail environment. In 2015 Alex did a short term contract at Express Scripts, and joined Gainsight as a Senior Security Engineer. Alex left Gainsight in 2017 to join Cognizant as an Associate Director, Digital Cybersecurity Architect. Alex is passionate about security, multi-media, technology, and still runs a music business as a side project. An avid technologist, and a lifetime learner, Alex is still expanding his skills every day.


3 Cafe Dates, Times & Locations!

RSVP to YOUR cafe below.


Cahokia High School Teen Science Cafe

Wednesday, November 8th

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cahokia High School
800 Range Ln
Cahokia, IL 62206

This event is free, but registration is required.
RSVP to Annamary King @akingwx@gmail.com

Saint Louis Science Center Teen Science Cafe – CANCELLED

Tuesday, November 14th- THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Will post rescheduled date when possible. 

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Dinner
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Presentation & Activities

Taylor Building
4900 Manchester Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63110.

This event is free, but registration is required.


Academy of Science – St. Louis Teen Science Cafe

Thursday, November 16th

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities

St. Lous Community College at BRDG Park
1005 N Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132

This event is free, but registration is required.