Hello all, I hope that the weather hasn’t been affecting your busy school schedule too much. Luckily for us, coding can be done both at home and at school (oh joy). Something to remember if you think that you may be trapped by snow at the university, while the computing science labs may be warm at night, they are not very comfortable to sleep in.

First off, I would like to thank everyone who came for our ‘Why Py?’ event. I’m sure that those of you who went learned some very important things about Python that may be marginally useful in the years to come.

Alberta Collegiate Programming Contest
One nice thing about being in Computing Science is that we have a ton of contests to be a part of! Below is a contents that looks to be fairly interesting (and not just because there is an extravagant prize).

Registrations for the Alberta Collegiate Programming Contest for 2018 is now open, programmers of all skill levels are welcome!

And if you want more information about the rules, prizing, eligibility, time, location, and more, check out the main contest page at: http://cpc.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/contests/acpc/2018/
The contest will be held on October 27, 2018 from 10:00am-18:00pm, with prizing totalling over $2500! This is a team based contest, so find some friends and gather a team of up to 3 members for a better chance to win!
Like last year, the contest will have two divisions,
Division II: In order to be eligible for prizes, all team members must NOT have anyone who has taken/currently enrolled in a data structures and algorithms course(see the University of Calgary’s CPSC 319 or CPSC 331 for course descriptions).
Division I: Everyone else is eligible
Registration will close promptly at 16:00pm on Thursday, October 25, so make sure your team registers before then. Like last year there are also a limited amount of tickets (these spots fill fast), so make sure to claim your spot as soon as possible. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at cpc.uofc@gmail.com
We hope to see you at the contest and wish you the best of luck!

I wonder what the obsession with teams of three is all about? Anyways, it looks to be an interesting contest, so I would recommend forming a group of people who don’t rely on google to fix all of their problems (I know, it’s rare), and registering before time runs out!

Application Deadline: Thursday, October 25 at 16:00pm

Event Date(s): October 27, 2018 from 10:00am-18:00pm


IEEEXtreme 12.0 Programming Competition

Just to remind you all:

The IEEE UCalgary Computer, Robotics, and Automation Student Branch Chapter is hosting the IEEEXtreme 12.0 Programming Competition. It is a global challenge where teams of (up to 3) IEEE Student members compete to solve challenging programming problems in a 24-hour time span. There is a limit of two graduate students per team. Prizes include an all-expenses paid trip to any IEEE conference anywhere in the world for all members of the winning team, valued up to $10,000. The contest will start on Friday, October 19th at 18:00 p.m. in ICT 319/320.Food and drink will be provided during the event. We hope to bring in students from Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. All are welcome!
If you are interested, make a group of up to 3 people and register to compete at (details for registration can also be found here): https://goo.gl/forms/DOHzQYkDY7YxVOgE2
If you are not already an IEEE Student Member and would like to be, register here: https://www.ieee.org/
If you would like to hear about new events hosted by the IEEE Computer Society as well as updates to existing events, please connect with our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IEEEUofCSB/or visit our website at: http://ieee-ucalgary.ca/Thank you,
Salah Sheikh
Chair, IEEE UCalgary Computer, Robotics, and Automation Student Branch Chapter

If you still haven’t registered, you still have until October 6. If you have trouble finding someone, just mention to them that there are prizes involved, I’m am sure that they will help you due to the expensive prizes the challenge of working hard and doing well.

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/DOHzQYkDY7YxVOgE2

Date: October 19th, 2018

Time: 18:00 pm

Location: ICT 319/320


As stated in the last newsletter IgniteCS are still looking for volunteer mentors. They are a group of students that are passionate about technology and strive to teach others about this awesome world. As mentors, they aim to teach incoming students how to code in order to introduce them to software and cultivate the same passion that they have for it. If you have the passion, and the teaching skills, (if you can teach a friend to write assembly then you are a shoe in for this) then you should give it a shot!

Here is the link to the application formhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdslhpcisi186R5NeDKFkbAoNr5pPQ2Szgk0QovJq4yj-7unw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Applications close on December 18th at midnight, so you can still use it as an excuse as to why you haven’t signed up for any volunteer work yet.

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdslhpcisi186R5NeDKFkbAoNr5pPQ2Szgk0QovJq4yj-7unw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Application Deadline: December 18th

Innovation Reactor Program

Curious about innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Calgary?

Register today and become a part of the University of Calgary’s innovation community by participating in this year’s Innovation Reactor Program.

The Innovation Reactor Program has been designed to provide students (undergraduate, graduate and PhD), as well as post-docs, with an accessible and supportive environment to explore the world of innovation. 

The Innovation Reactor Program includes:

1.      Mixers where you can meet new people and explore ideas around innovation.

This social event provides a fun and easy going setting that lends itself to interesting conversations and eye-opening discoveries.

As a participant, you can expect to take part in engaging discussions about world challenges and new technologies and to learn about new programs and services that are available to support student learning and development.
Participants will also have a chance to begin forming teams for the month-end BIG IDEAS Hackathon – that offers a chance at $10K in innovation grants.


2.      Innovation Resources such as lab tours and guest speakers, give you access to some of the incredible innovation spaces on campus and expertise from innovative speakers.


3.      BIG IDEAS Labs are hackathon-type events which can help you to kick-start your ideas.

BIG IDEAS Labs provide students, from across campus, with a forum to share ideas, form interdisciplinary teams, and begin building out ideas with the help of mentors.
At the end of the event, teams will have the chance to pitch for up to $10K in innovation grants. The winners will also receive direct support from the Innovation Reactor partners to help with moving their projects forward.

Below is a list of upcoming events. Be sure to check them out, and to keep checking the Innovation Reactor webpage for updates.

Innovation Reactor Mixer

Date:Wednesday, October 17th, 2018.

Location:Last Defence Lounge – Red and White Rooms, 350 MSC

Time:17 – 20 pm

Food and drink will be provided.

The event is free. Registration is required. Register NOW!


Date:Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, 3rd, 2018.

Time: 17:00 pm (Friday); 19:00 pm (Saturday)

Location:Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking; MacEwan Student Centre 171

The event is free.  Registration required. Please Here.

Still not sure if this is for YOU?  Why not start by attending out October 17thInnovation Reactor Mixer and see if this program is a fit with your current goals?

If you decided to skip over the giant wall of text again, then you can attend the October 17th Innovation Reactor Mixer from 17:00 – 20:00 pm at the Last Defence Lounge – Red and White Rooms, 350 MSC.

Luckily for you guys, this newsletter is not as long as the other one, so you can go and get back to shovelling yourselves out of whatever place you got trapped in. Remember, while CSUS may sell hot pockets of the edible kind, we do not sell any that will keep your hands from freezing off.

Until next time Everyone!


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