Friday, 16 June 2017

Geek Week in Ottawa - October 19 to 27, 2017

The Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre and Public Safety Canada (CCIRC) and Public Safety Canada would like to extend an invitation to current students or recent graduates of Computer Engineering, Computer sciences, Information Technology and /or any related program to participate in our annual event, GeekWeek (https://g33kw33k.ca). The event is held from October 19 to 27 2017 in Ottawa at the Library and Archives building. This is not an internship offer as participation is not remunerated. However, it is an opportunity for students to work with cyber security experts and build their network in the field, as well as displaying their skills and potential to many employers on the lookout for new talent. The previous edition of GeekWeek welcomed more than 100 participants from Canada and six other countries representing no fewer than 60 companies in varying sectors.

The Canadian Cyber Incident Response Center, wishes to contribute to the training of the next generation of cyber security experts by enabling students and former students to put into practice learning acquired through their education. By participating in GeekWeek IV, students and former students will have the opportunity to learn from cyber security professionals and assist them with their projects.

For all students or former students who wish to participate, we ask that candidates be present at least four (4) days throughout the event, which includes the weekend of October 21-22. GeekWeek takes place during the fall break of several Quebec and Ontario Universities, and as such allows students to attend the event without hampering their academic career. We are committed to working with universities to offer flexibility to students who wish to participate. However, even before the selection process has begun, there are certain prerequisites for participation in the event:
•             The student must bring his or her personal laptop
•             The student must have his or her own working tools.
•             Students must be able to travel to Ottawa on their own and at their own expense.

We ask students and former student to send us their resume and a letter explaining their motivation and interest to participate in the event to geek.talent@ccirc-ccric.ca. If the student is selected for an interview, a transcript may be requested. Interviews will be done through Skype. Following the interview, the selected candidates will receive an official invitation as well as all the necessary documents and information to attend the event. For more event details, please visit our website at https://g33kw33k.ca.

Monday, 12 June 2017

OpenText Future Forward Conference

SOLVE BIG PROBLEMS

OpenText Future Forward Conference
July 13, 2018
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

FREE with Student ID

Hear from and connect with enterprise software though leaders, subject matter experts, partners, startups, and professionals solving big problems for big companies.

Free PAID Internship Opportunities
Free Alienware Hardware Drawing
Free Professional Profile Photo
Free Food/Refreshments
Free Transportation from Waterloo.

For more information, go to opentext.com/futureforward

Registration for the Canadian Undergraduate Computer Science Conference is now open!

CUCSC is an academic conference bringing students from across Canada together to engage with the latest in undergraduate computer science research. The three-day event invites discussion and collaboration between Canada’s brightest computer science undergraduates and experts from academia and industry. 

For more details, visit cucsc.ca/en/about and fb.com/cucscccei.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Horizons One Fellowship

The Horizons One Fellowship
The Horizons One Fellowship supports 15 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. The program provides immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. It also provides Fellows a full-year of industry experience as a software engineer at a high-growth company.

Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhDs in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications. We have 2-year, 4-month and 3-month programs in cities across the U.S.

Our Horizons Speaker Series brings in successful founders, investors, and technologists into the classroom. You'll hear from some of the industry's foremost experts. We've had some amazing speakers like the founders of Zenefits, Coinbase, Digital Ocean, Andela, x.ai, Shapeways, and more.

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We've welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort.

Application Process/Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in (or recently graduated) an undergrad or graduate university program
  • Submission of resume and standardized test scores on joinhorizons.com
  • Series of fit and logic interviews
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Google's #StudentServe and The Actions Challenge

  • #StudentServe: How we’re celebrating social impact and all the ways students                across the world are giving back in their local communities.
  • The Actions Challenge: Develop an app for the Google Assistant to win a trip                          to I/O 2018 and more than 20 other prizes.
Read on to learn more. Hope to see you at our upcoming YouTube Live event 
Save the Date: June 5) and on social media.

Happy summer,
Caitlin, on behalf of Google's University Programs Team

#StudentServe: How are you giving back this summer?

In June, Googlers will join together to give back in their local communities as part of 

our 10th annual “GoogleServe.” We know many of you will be doing service in your 
communities, too—and we’re excited to celebrate the impact you’re making. Share 
your stories of service in #StudentServe:

  1. Spend time volunteering and take photos (selfies? why not ;))
  2. Share them by tagging @googlestudents
    using #StudentServe
    (don’t forget to include your location and how you gave back)
  3. Join our YouTube Live event on Monday,
    June 5 @ 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT
    to learn more about giving at Google and tips for volunteer management and charitable giving from Diane Sollinger, Director of Google Engagement at Google.org
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Remember to join the YouTube Live event on June 5 @ 11:00  a.m. PT, follow 
the hashtag #StudentServe, and stay connected with @googlestudents across 
Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, G+ and our Blog. Learn more here.

The challenge is on…

Turn inspiration into action by building apps for the Google Assistant on Google 
Home, select Android devices, and the iPhone. Enter to win more than 20 prizes 
including a trip to Google I/O 2018. Your app must be approved by August 31 to be
 eligible, so start building! Entry info and contest guidelines are at g.co/actionschallenge.

Friday, 19 May 2017

IDEAS Mentor Hiring

Marketing and Undergrad Recruitment is hiring mentors to help run the IDEAS Summer Experience for international high school students. This month-long job runs from July 10th to August 4th.

We are looking for energetic and highly motivated students with experience volunteering or working in roles such as dons, ambassadors, orientation leaders or camp counselors. Leadership or mentorship experience at the University of Waterloo and in the student community is considered an asset for this role. More details including compensation and responsibilities can be found at https://uwaterloo.ca/careers/temporary-opportunities.

Please forward this opportunity on to any students you feel would excel in this role. Any questions can be sent to either Megan or myself via ideascoordinator@uwaterloo.ca.

Interested applicants can apply directly to ideascoordinator@uwaterloo.ca with their resume.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Open Challenges in Data Science

Eugene Wen, David Kierstead, Amir Hejazi, and Albert Hoang
Manulife Corp.

3:45pm May 10th
MC 5501

The talk will be followed by a networking reception in MC 5501.

Abstract:

Manulife’s Advanced Analytics teams translate complex data into insights. We use machine learning and other predictive modelling techniques to predict the likelihood of future events and optimize outcomes. Four use cases we believe data science can improve the customer experience are: 

1)      Predictive Underwriting - Buying a life insurance product can be a lengthy and time-consuming process. How can predictive analytics improve the underwriting approval process?
2)      Fraud Detection – The daily volume of insurance claims is extremely large and identifying fraudulent claims can be a very challenging task. How does supervised machine learning and anomaly detection techniques play a role in identifying such fraudulent claims?
3)      Speech Analytics - We have billions of customer voice recordings. How can we use this data to improve the customer experience?
4)      Image Analytics -  Our life insurance applicants must provide a lot of information to be underwritten for a policy. Can we improve this process by extracting features from a photo?
          
We will discuss our approach to solving these challenges and facilitate an open discussion with attendees to create an engaging and productive seminar.

Speaker Bios:
Eugene Wen, VP Group Advanced Analytics
Eugene is leading a data science team for Group Functions and building Center of Expertise (COE) for Advanced Analytics. He has Doctor of Public Health (D.Ph.) from University of Texas.   

Dave Keirstead, AVP, Advanced Analytics, Canadian Division
Dave is a University of Waterloo alumnus and a passionate leader of the Canadian Division Advanced Analytics team. He has gained a wealth of experience in various analytics-related roles over his 10-year tenure with the company.

Amir Hejazi, Data Scientist, Group Advanced Analytics
Amir holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of Toronto. He has published several research papers in areas of Speech (ISPACS’08) and Image Analysis (ICIP’08), Financial modeling and Communication Networks. He has several years of experience working in startups as well as mid to large size companies.  

Albert Hoang Duc, Senior Data Scientist, Group Advanced Analytics 

Albert holds a PhD in Machine Learning from University College London, UK. His work is focused on analyzing unstructured data such as text and images. Prior to Manulife, Albert has spent several years in academia, contributing to the fields of neuroscience and medical image computing.