Columbia ACM “Robofest” Speaker Series – Steven Johnston (Microsoft Research)

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Microsoft Fridays

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Introducing Microsoft Fridays!

Microsoft in Partnership with Columbia University’s ACM Chapter is pleased to announce the launch a series of events in the CS Lounge every week on Friday.

Come meet your New York Technical Evangelists and learn how to develop for Windows 8, Phone and Games!

 

Schedule

3/22/2013  – Microsoft Fridays

3/25/2013 – Robofest Talk  and AppMadness

 

The series of AppLabs are designed to get you building applications on the Windows 8 platform.

ChallengeAppMadness! Build an app to earn $100 for each app you submit to the Windows 8 Store, and possibly a holiday.  Information and resources for this challenge are available here.  App Madness is a great way for you and your friends to gain experience with the process of building an app and submitting it to the Windows store before your big project, and for your novice  developers to come up to speed in the App Market.

Resources for the challenge

  1. Use an AppFrame work tool such as Scirra (Construct2)(fun for new developers and new game developers)
  2. Use the Windows 8 Templates available here (perfect for your team to get started for your Windows 8 project)
  3. Resources for art and sound:

Resources:  Columbia has a  premium account so students have access to all of Microsoft’s premium tools for free!  Below are the things your team would need to do.  Go to bit.ly/dreamtools for more details. (Please reach out if you have any issues)

  1. Get your Windows 8 Development
  2. Builds and Test your App
  3. Sign up for a Windows store developers account.

Here are the details to the  deadlines

App Sprint I App Sprint II App Sprint III App Sprint IV
Start Date Feb 12th, 2013 Feb 26th, 2013 Mar 13th, 2013 Mar 28th, 2013
Stop Date Feb 25th, 2013 Mar 12th, 2013 Mar 27th, 2013 Apr 11th, 2013

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ACM Elections!

It’s that time of year again to apply for positions on the ACM Board! This is your chance to help out and contribute to the CS community both on campus and in the greater New York area!

If you or anyone you know is interested in serving on the executive board, please visit http://goo.gl/9cmQf by 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 17. Elections will be held at 8 PM in 613 Hamilton on Monday, April 18.

And here’s a blurb for some job opportunities.

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Job Opportunities at Macquarie

I wanted to reach out and inform you that Macquarie still has excellent Full Time Opportunities in our Information Technology Group for developers in New York, Philadelphia and Houston, and for infrastructure interns in NY or Philadelphia!

To provide you with more information, Macquarie is a global provider of a full range of investment banking, financial markets and retail financial services to institutional, corporate and retail clients that it is headquartered in Australia. We have a very unique Technology team that is responsible for the management of Macquarie’s global technology infrastructure, the support and development of existing business systems and the delivery and development new systems, technologies and services. We are currently looking for Computer Science/Computer Engineering Majors with an interest in application development & infrastructure opportunities.

If you are interested, please email me directly with your resume and the preferred role in the subject line (ex. Macquarie IT- Infrastructure Intern, NY). Kindly also apply directly to our website at www.macquarie.com/graduatecareers/americas

Best,
Alisa

Alisa Badiner
Macquarie
Human Resources, Information Technology Group
125 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
Email: alisa.badiner@macquarie.com
Phone: +1 212 231 0769

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Don’t forget to apply for a position on the board! And hope you were all able to enjoy the beautiful weather today :)

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Announcements 2/9/2011

1. Lunch with OMGPOP on Friday!
2. Join ACM and watch IBM’s Watson’s showdown with Jeopardy Champs on Valentine’s Day!
3. Jane Street Technology Division Recruiting Event4. ACM Trivia Contest – WIN A KINDLE!
5. NYC Turing Fellowship Opportunity6. Digital Media MBA “Find a Co-founder!”

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1. Lunch with OMGPOP on Friday!
Come have lunch at one of NY’s hottest startups. You’ll learn about startup culture and what makes a social gaming company like OMGPOP tick.
RSVP at http://bit.ly/e1UjjB to reserve your spot. It will be first come first serve.

Come if you are:
- interested in social gaming
- interested in startup culture
- looking for a job/internship at a startup

Meet at Broadway Gates at 11:15 on Friday, February 11th.
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2. Join ACM and watch IBM’s Watson’s showdown with Jeopardy Champs on Valentine’s Day!
IBM’s Watson knows how to beat Jeopardy champions, but does it know how to love?

Come to the Broadway Room on Monday, February 14th at 7:00 PM to see Watson go up against some of Jeopardy’s best know champions with Columbia’s ACM!
Learn whether Watson is a love machine or better left alone like HAL. There will be valentines candies galore, so come with your sweetheart or get some here.
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3. Jane Street Technology Division Recruiting Event
Jane Street Technology Division Recruiting Event
Thursday Feb. 17th 2011
6pm Lerner Rm. 569

Free Pizza!
Jane Street is a proprietary trading firm that operates around the clock and around the globe. We bring a deep understanding of markets, a scientific approach, and innovative technology to bear on the problem of trading profitably in the world’s highly competitive financial markets.

Founded in 2000, Jane Street employs over 220 people in offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. We are always recruiting top students and invite you to learn more about a career at Jane Street.

The environment at Jane Street is open, informal, intellectual and fun. You can wear a t-shirt and jeans to the office every day, the kitchen is stocked, and discussions are always lively. Teaching and learning are central activities through classes, mentoring and discussion. Salaries are competitive and advancement is rapid for those who excel.

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4. ACM Trivia Contest – WIN A KINDLE!
ACM Trivia Contest
Saturday, February 19th
7pm – 9pm
Satow Room, Lerner Hall 5th Floor

Want to win prizes….including awesome stuff from ASUS and an Amazon KINDLE!?  Want to test your knowledge of anything and everything against your fellow Columbia students including questions on pop culture, technology, brain teasers, and anything else we can trick you with!  You DO NOT need to have a computer science background.  Teams of four people will compete.  Come as a group or make one on the spot!

RSVP here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dF9Xb3hVaGpOaXF6eTVRdnlWMll1cWc6MQ

Free pizza and Refreshments will be provided.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169348129778598&pending


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5. NYC Turing Fellowship Opportunity

The goal of this program is to attract top computer science and engineering students from around the country to work with the best startups in NYC for a summer.  I’ve included a brief blurb below, as well as links to the website. This will be a one of a kind experience for selected winners to see entrepreneurship firsthand, and see what it takes to build a successful product or service.

We’ve gotten great response from schools like Princeton, Stanford, Purdue, Cornell, Caltech, and others… I’d love to see if we can attract some more strong local applicants from Columbia as well. The original deadline was Monday Feb 7 at midnight. However, due to increased demand, we have decided to extend the deadline to February 11th and to increase the number of Semi-finalist slots from 15 to 25.

We have also added another half a dozen of the best startups in NYC to the fellowship program, bringing the total number of participating companies to 25. These startups have collectively raised over $650 million in venture capital over the past few years and are well-recognized leaders in their respective markets.

Apply Here: http://nycturingfellows.org/howtoapply

New York City is a growing center for technology, media, and entrepreneurship. The NYC Turing Fellows Program seeks to match outstanding computer science, engineering, and mathematic students with paid summer internships at leading NYC startups. In addition, these students will benefit from a summer curriculum consisting of networking and mentoring events and be entitled to receive a $5,000 fellowship prize upon completion of the program. An exclusive group of NYC startups – including Foursquare, Tumblr, Squarespace,blip.tv, SecondMarket, Yipit, and others – are supporting and participating in this program.

Interested students should apply at www.nycturingfellows.org/howtoapply. The application deadline is February 11, 2011. A group of up to 25 Semi-Finalists will be invited to NYC on March 4th and 5th to explore different summer internship opportunities with participating startups. Students will be reimbursed for travel expenses and housing will be provided.

To learn more, please view our websiteFAQ, or press release
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6. Digital Media MBA “Find a Co-founder!”
If you have a startup idea kicking around, or are planning ahead, this is for you. Digital Media MBA, Entrepreneurs Roundtable and Startup One Stop are hosting a  ”find a co-founder ” event on Tuesday Feb. 22.
Come find the partner that “completes you”, or just check out the panel and network!
Panelists include: Somak Chattopadhyay, Principal at GSA Venture Partners, Mike Hudack, Co-founder and CEO of blip.tv, and Matt Meeker, Co-founder of Meetup.com and Executive in Residence at Polaris Ventures. 
Follow http://dmmbafebruary11hh-CUCompSci.eventbrite.com for details and to register.

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And that’s it! Looking forward to seeing you all at the Valentine’s Day Jeopardy viewing! :)

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Announcements 2/5/11

Contents

1. ACM Trivia Contest – Date fixed and RSVP link included!
2. Google Associate Product Manager Info Session
3. HotStorage ’11 Call for Papers
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1. ACM Trivia Contest – Date fixed and RSVP link included!

ACM Trivia Contest
Saturday, February 19th
7pm – 9pm
Satow Room, Lerner Hall 5th Floor

Want to win prizes….including awesome stuff from ASUS and an Amazon KINDLE!?  Want to test your knowledge of anything and everything against your fellow Columbia students including questions on pop culture, technology, brain teasers, and anything else we can trick you with!  You DO NOT need to have a computer science background.  Teams of four people will compete.  Come as a group or make one on the spot!

RSVP here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dF9Xb3hVaGpOaXF6eTVRdnlWMll1cWc6MQ

Free pizza and Refreshments will be provided.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169348129778598&pending

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2. Google Associate Product Manager Info Session
Google Associate Product Manager Info. Session – Tuesday, 2/8 @ 6:00

Every year, Google searches the globe looking for highly technical, passionate, and motivated new grads for the Google Associate Product Manager program. The APM program is an elite two-year rotational program, consisting of two one-year rotations, designed for top recent computer science graduates who are interested in exploring product development and leadership opportunities. This select group is given access to unparalleled resources within Google to define new products, work closely with creative and prolific engineers, interact with executives to influence the business, and develop both personally and professionally. Come meet recent Columbia graduate APMs and hear more about their experiences in this unique role at Google.

We’ll have pizza and Google swag. What more could you want?

Davis Auditorium
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Pizza @ 6:00pm; Talk begins @ 6:30pm

Google is recruiting APM full time and intern candidates!

For more information about the role please see:
http://www.google.com/students/apm

For inspiration:
http://www.newsweek.com/2007/11/03/google-goes-globe-trotting.html
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3. HotStorage ’11 Call for Papers
On behalf of the 3rd Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems
(HotStorage ’11) program committee, I would like to invite you to submit
papers that present a fresh look at file and storage technologies.

Storage systems continue to present important research challenges and
opportunities today. The rapid increase in the volume and variety of
digital data, the trend toward using commodity components rather than
custom-built hardware, the ability to insert new filesystem
functionality transparently in hypervisors, the emergence of persistent
storage memory technologies, the challenges of “big data,” the rise of
distributed key-value stores (such as nosql), and the proliferation of
storage devices in consumer electronics all offer exciting opportunities
and new challenges.

We expect the workshop submissions to advocate fresh, unorthodox
approaches advancing the state of the art in file and storage systems
design. Ideas presented in the workshop should provide a new look at
storage technologies and eventually lead to work that will likely appear
in top-tier systems conferences. The HotStorage workshop aims to bring
together researchers interested in presenting their thoughts and
engaging in discussions with their colleagues.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
* Cloud storage
* Storage for virtualized datacenters
* Clustered storage architectures
* Storage for mobile and embedded systems
* Key-value and “nosql” storage
* Solid-state storage
* Archival storage
* Storage at home
* Search and data retrieval
* Storage security
* Caching, replication, and data consistency
* Interactions of storage systems and databases
* The challenges of “big data”
* Storage system performance modeling and prediction

Submissions are due Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. PST.

For more details on the submission process, please see the complete
Call for Papers at http://www.usenix.org/hotstorage11/cfpa

HotStorage ’11 will be part of the USENIX Federated Conferences Week,
which will take place June 12-17, 2011.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Irfan Ahmad, VMware
HotStorage ’11 Program Chair
hotstorage11chair@usenix.org

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DevFest this Week

ADI’s DevFest just kicked off this weekend! Check out the events calendar here. Join a team if you haven’t already and start hacking! ACM will be hosting office hours on Wednesday, February 2 from 8 PM to 10 PM in the CS Lounge on the 4th floor of Mudd. Stop by to get help with the technical details of your project.

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Welcome to Our New Blog!

This is our inaugural post on our new website!

CU ACM is dedicated to serving the Columbia community by hosting events and providing other services to students interested in Computer Science. To learn more come to our meetings in room 613 Hamilton on Mondays at 9 PM or contact us at acmofficers@lists.cs.columbia.edu.

Check back soon for updates!

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