Thursday, 29 September 2016

We are looking for Math Faculty HeForShe Student Volunteers!

Each Faculty at UWaterloo is running activities and events that focus on issues of gender equity that are specific to that Faculty’s disciplines. The Math Faculty is planning the following student-initiated activities:

1) Gender Equity Hackathon - a weekend hackathon centred on projects that promote gender equity (planned for Spring 2017)

2) Math Faculty Student Survey - on opinions about gender equity and inclusivity in the Math Faculty (planned for Fall 2016)

3) HeForShe Awareness - awareness events, communications, readings, social media (ongoing)

We are currently seeking volunteers to help develop and deliver each of the above events and activities.  (Even the Hackathon, which is not scheduled until Spring 2017, needs to be worked on this term.)  As a student volunteer, you would help in the development and delivery of one of the above events or activities, under the leadership of a Student Action Leader. 

To volunteer, send email to mathhefo@lists.uwaterloo.ca, and include your name, your UW email address, and which event/activity you are most interested in working on.

So, come on out and help!  “Many hands make light work.” (John Heywood)

Jo Atlee, Computer Science
Francis Poulin, Applied Mathematics
Math HeForShe Faculty Advocates

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HeForShe is a global effort to promote gender equity by removing the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential. As part of this initiative, HeForShe launched the IMPACT 10x10x10 framework that involves 10 Heads of State, 10 CEOs, and 10 University Presidents to advance gender equity. The University of Waterloo is one of the IMPACT 10x10x10 partners and, in fact, is currently the only Canadian organization involved in the IMPACT 10x10x10 framework. More here:https://uwaterloo.ca/heforshe/about-heforshe-impact-10x10x10.


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Learn what a graduate degree in Engineering can offer you!

Thinking about graduate studies in engineering? Come meet representatives of top schools from across Canada to talk about opportunities to pursue Masters and PhD degrees. Schools include the University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, McGill University, the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.

Join us at the Waterloo event:  
Thursday, October 6, 2016
5:00 – 7:30 PM

Engineering 5 (E5), Sedra Student Design Centre

Hear from our keynote speaker, Amir Abd El Halim, Managing Principal at Stantec, about the benefits of a graduate studies degree in engineering.

You will be able to speak with a faculty member or current grad student from each engineering department, as well as the Conrad Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology. This is your opportunity to ask questions.

Food and beverages will be provided. All undergrads and grads are welcome!


Register today! We look forward to seeing you on October 6th!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Volunteers for study

Hello,

We are Alberto Mora (Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Joan Arnedo Moreno in IT, KISON Group at Open University of Catalonia and Dr. Carina Gonzalez in the ITED Group at University of La Laguna) and Gustavo Tondello (Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Lennart Nacke in the HCI Games Group and Dr. Daniel Vogel in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo).

We are looking for volunteers to take part in an exploratory study of user types of gameful digital applications and personalization of gameful design elements. This research intends to explore how different user types would prefer to personalize their gameful digital applications in different ways. If you decide to volunteer, you will be asked to complete a 10-15 minute online survey that is completed anonymously. Survey questions focus on your preferences while using digital applications and games and your preferences when gameful design elements are proposed in a different way.

In appreciation for your time, you can enter your name into a draw for two 50 virtual Visa gift cards (or equivalent in another currency, aprox. $74 CAD).

We would like to assure you that the study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Ethic Committees of the involved Universities. However, the final decision about participation is yours.

If you are interested in participating, please visit the study website at:


or contact us.

Sincerely,

Alberto Mora CarreƱo
KISON Group | IN3
IT, Multimedia and Telecommunications Studies Open University of Catalonia

Gustavo Fortes Tondello
HCI Games Group | The Games Institute
Cheriton School of Computer Science

University of Waterloo

Monday, 19 September 2016

University of Guelph, College of Physical and Engineering Science Graduate Open House

  • Event Name: University of Guelph, College of Physical and Engineering Science Graduate Open House
  • Event Date: Saturday October 1st, from 10AM to 2PM
  • Event location: Summerlee Science Complex Atrium, University of Guelph
  • Event Details:


FREE:
  • Registration
  • Food & refreshments
  • Parking for those who drive/carpool. We will reimburse fuel expense with a VISA giftcard
  • Bus travel – both GreyHound and Go Transit come directly to the University of Guelph. We will reimburse your travel costs with a VISA gift card


Learn more about:
  • City of Guelph and why it is a great place to live
  • Our programs: Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Computational Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Toxicology
  • Our faculty, research and labs
  • Funding and job opportunities

Conestoga's Doon campus (Kitchener) - Hackathon

September 30 - October 2 we are organizing a hackathon at Conestoga's Doon campus. 

The general theme of the hackathon is accessibility and the bringing of people and technology together in the creation of human-computer interaction solutions that enhance and improve the quality of life for people.

For more information, please see our Web site: http://accessithon.com/

Thursday, 15 September 2016

BenchSci is on a mission to accelerate the pace of biomedical discoveries.
Today scientists are faced with a major challenge: up to 50% of their experiments fail because of the poor quality of biological compounds. Before using a compound, scientists review thousands of scientific papers in order to identify those that have been proven to “work” by the scientific community. This is a long, rigorous process, taking hours, sometimes even weeks.

Enter BenchSci. We are creating a cutting edge technology that automates this process and
allows scientists to achieve biomedical discoveries faster. Our technology decodes scientific
papers and extracts the crucial information that scientists need. With BenchSci, scientists can now find biological compounds that have been proven to work within seconds.
If you are excited about machine learning, science, marketplaces, startups, and building cool stuff, we want to talk to you!

What we are looking for
A talented, creative, and ambitious full stack developer who will be instrumental in the
development of our cutting edge machine learning search platform for scientific products.

Responsibilities include: UI development with ReactJS, and backend development with big data platforms such as Hadoop and Spark. As we are constantly evolving our technologically, comfort with fastpace changes in toolsets a must. Our ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science / computer engineering or higher , and possesses the following qualities:

● Comfortable with fast paced technology adaptation
● Innovative and proactive
● Expertise in Python, Javascript, Java
● Comfortable with functional programming and multiprocessing
● Comfortable with web programming using Django
● Comfortable with ReactJS and its ecosystem, such as webpack, babel, ES6, nodeJS
● Comfortable with SQL, NoSQL and graph databases
● Familiarity with Postgres SQL, DynamoDB, ElasticSearch, Neo4J a plus
● Knowledge of devop with AWS is an asset
● Background in statistics is an asset
● Interest in biological sciences is an asset
● Good intuition on UI/UX is an asset

Lastly, we hope you don’t take yourself too seriously!

What do you get
● Competitive salary and options at a wellfunded startup
● High growth position in the early stage of a promising startup
● To become our number 2 employee
● Freedom to help improve things
● Key placement with important responsibilities in the organization
● To participate in important decision making on system architecture
● To align your professional growth with our company growth
● To Work with doctorallevel colleagues
● To gain exposure to applied deep learning in the real world
● To Help transform and improve scientific research

How to apply?
Please submit a onepage resume and a short paragraph stating why you are interested in
applying to maurice@benchsci.com no later than October 7, 2016 . We will review applicants on an ongoing basis.

Computer Science projects from MindSumo

Dear Students,

Please review the latest Computer Science projects from MindSumo. MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. Questions can be directed to aaron@mindsumo.com

Analyze how channels can impact product usage - $10,000 and a trip to San Francisco as prizes (Advanced)

Make a portfolio builder web app - $1,600 in prizes (Beginner)

Direct Links:

https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/wells-fargo-2016

https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/cold-fusion-portfolio

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

CS undergrads planning to attend graduate school

CS undergrads planning to attend graduate school next year who are interested 
in applying for the NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship for Master's or the 
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)  or Queen Elizabeth 2 scholarship are 
invited to attend a scholarship information session:
  • September 15th  5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall
The GSO has updated their scholarship web pages for the upcoming external 
scholarship competitions.  Some deadlines are coming up very soon and many are 
earlier than last year.  The NSERC Doctoral application deadline is 8:00 pm on 
September 30, 206, including references.


An easy reference for the application and transcript ordering deadlines is on 
the CS Graduate web page:
https://math.uwaterloo.ca/computer-science/current-graduate-students

Applicants and referees can find details about each competition on the GSO 
external scholarships competitions web page:
https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies/awards-funding/external-awards


Students can find detailed information about ordering transcripts for these 
competition on a separate web page:
https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-studies/awards-funding/transcripts-scholarship-competitions
 
Please note that deadlines for ordering transcripts are not flexible and 
failure to meet these will result in disqualification from the competition.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Upcoming ACM programming contests

This announcement is about three related programming contests:

- Waterloo-local ACM-style programming contest on Saturday October 1
- ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
- ACM-ICPC North America Qualification Contest on Saturday September 24

The next Waterloo-local ACM-style programming contest will be held on Saturday, October 1 in MC 3022 and MC 2061. All members of the UW community are invited to try their programming skill in Scheme, C, C++, Java, or Pascal. The contest will run from 1 pm sharp until
4 pm (Eastern time), and will be followed by pizza. There will be a practice contest in the morning to allow contestants, especially those competing for the first time, to get their account setup and become familiar with the contest environment. 

Contestants participating in the practice contest should arrive by 10:30 am in MC 3022. For out-of-town participants, it is possible to participate remotely using a web-based system, but local participants are encouraged to attend in person if possible. For full details and online registration, please see: http://acm.student.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~acm00/

Each year, Waterloo participates in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. We will send three or more teams of three students each to the East Central North America Regional in Windsor on October 28-29. If we do well there, one team will advance to the World Finals in Rapid City, SD on May 20-25, 2017.

We will select the teams that will represent Waterloo in the international competition based on two contests: the Waterloo-local contest on October 1 described above, and the ACM-ICPC North America Qualification Contest on September 24 described below. Competing in both of these contests maximizes your chances of being selected for the international competition.

The ACM-ICPC NAQ contest is an online contest held on Saturday, September 24 from 12 noon to 5 pm, Waterloo (Eastern) time.

Contestants can compete from anywhere using a computer with an internet connection, a web browser, and any development environment they wish to use. To register for the NAQ contest, e-mail Troy Vasiga <troy.vasiga@uwaterloo.ca>.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Software engineer jobs and internships

Who is Factual and what do we do?

Factual is a data company with the mission of making data accessible to everyone. We believe that everyone should have access to data and data capabilities so that innovation isn’t hampered by a lack of access to data. We’re currently focused on location data, although the long-term vision of the company is to cover all types of data. Our core data asset is our Global Places data - a database of businesses and other points of interest covering over 100 million places in 50 countries.

We would love to speak to students with strong engineering experience and who could hit the ground running.

We’re hiring software engineers, data engineers, and Summer 2017 data and software engineer interns!

Please stop by our booth at the 2016 University/College Career Fair on September 28, 2016 at the Manulife Sportsplex at RIM Park.


Developer position

My name is Calin Ranger, I am a young entrepreneur in Sudbury who is the creator of TestMsg a new tech startup. My service is a website to help students study without having to take lots of time out of their lives. I’m looking for a web developer, student or alumni of the Waterloo computer science program. I’ll consider anyone who can prove to be a good developer. I’m willing to work with an individual or a team.


I need a dedicated developer/team that will help me get this service on the web as fast as possible and who will be available in the future for updates and fixes. User experience is a top priority, for this reason the service should be easy to use. If you’re interested please contact me at ccc.store@hotmail.com so we can set up a meeting.

Full stack developer or an app developer positioin

To all eager students wanting to be apart of an early stage startup, read ahead! 

I'm looking for a full stack developer or an app developer with experience or no experience, just talent (self judged). 

The concept revolves around mental health & improving the often traditional approach to seeking therapy & giving users the potential to have a consistent support network by their side although online. I'll expand on the idea once we get in contact.

Equity will be generously given to who works on the team & pay isn't guaranteed since I'm broke & looking to be the next Steve Jobs while trying to find Steve Wozniak. That said, sweat equity is the way we have to go.

Touch base with me by email or shoot me a text at 416-803-8241, feel free to call as well/leave a message.

Thanks, look forward to being in touch!


Kier