Monday, 17 July 2017

ArchHacks 2017 - Washington University's Student Hackathon

ArchHacks 2017 is Washington University in St. Louis' hackathon, taking place October 27-29th on WashU's campus. We are so excited to be bringing together over 350 students from across the US and Canada for a weekend of innovative and creative problem-solving. Our theme is HealthTech, but we welcome students who are interested in all areas of CS and innovative thinking. 

We would love to have a strong student presence from Waterloo again! We are planning on sending 4 buses, to the 4 schools with the most number of applications. We also have a referral raffle and competition. If you refer someone or are referred by someone to apply, you will be entered into a raffle to win an Amazon Echo! Additionally, the student with the most referrals will win a special prize for them and their team at ArchHacks! Apply now here!

The hyperlink is 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Building a Technology-powered Trading Startup

“Building a Technology-powered Trading Startup”
5-6pm: Presented by Radix

Discussion and Q&A with Radix co-founder, Michael Rauchman -- previously lead architect and CTO of GETCO, one of the first titans in electronic trading (later acquired by KCG)

Also, hear from one of our new hires, Pratheek Nagaraj -- MIT CS & Math '16, previously interned at Facebook and Snapchat



To help us order enough, PLEASE RSVP at  

Learn about....

- tech skills required to be successful in trading
- why Michael chose to lead his own startup instead of joining an established trading firm
- how we built a trading firm with collaborative environment
- how tech within trading firms compares to Silicon Valley giants
- new hire projects from Pratheek

about RADIX 
Radix is a research-driven, proprietary trading startup in Chicago led by Michael Rauchman and Ben Blander.

> Michael Rauchman- formerly GETCO's CTO and lead architect, head of Americas equities, and global head of ForEx. As a hands-on leader Michael was instrumental in the development of many trading strategies as well as the underlying architecture and code.

> Ben Blander - former head of Citadel’s high frequency group and a key contributor in growing their P&L from $75 million in 2005 to $1.15 billion in 2008 (Source:  Previously Ben earned a PhD in Math from the University of Chicago.

We’re building a new type of trading firm dedicated to research through open, collaborative innovation. 

We're looking to add new graduates as Software Engineers: Your goal is to enhance alpha generation and improve the research infrastructure through technology innovation. You’ll also be expected to have a strong interest in understanding and contributing to our trading strategies.

If you want to work on cutting-edge technology to solve really tough problems, while getting near-immediate feedback on your best ideas, the trading industry is hard to beat. Every day we’re competing with some of the smartest, most driven people in the world trying to take your money -- and if you don’t stay at the very top of your game in research, technology, and economics, they will.

And while the highly-publicized wave of high-frequency or “flash” trading based on sheer speed of execution might have reached its limit, we see continued opportunities with our strategy of using statistical research to outsmart the competition. 

QUESTIONS? Contact us at

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Radix on campus July 5 and 6

Radix is a research-driven trading startup (~35 people) led by Michael Rauchman (former CTO and lead architect of GETCO), and Ben Blander (UChicago math PhD and former head of Citadel's high-frequency group). 

Over the past two seasons, we've added 12 graduating students from Princeton, Harvard, UPenn, MIT, Columbia, and UChicago, and we’re excited to expand our efforts to Waterloo!

Having a technologist as an equal partner in the firm gives us an appreciation and understanding of how much impact technologists can have to the bottom line, so we're excited to throw a ton of responsibility at new grads, provide complete access to our entire stack, mentorship from industry leading technologists, and top tier compensation. 

We’re visiting campus next week (Wednesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 6) to meet students interested in full-time opportunities in 2018 and beyond (even if you're already committed to fall and winter internships).

Below is when we’re available to meet, followed by more info about Radix. If you’d like to join for coffee or a meal, contact Quentin with some times you’re available.


Weds (7/5)
2-7p: coffee (half hour slots)
7:30p: dinner (limited capacity)

Thurs (7/6)
9-11:30a: coffee (half hour slots)
12:30p: lunch (limited capacity)
2-7p: coffee (half hour slots)
7:30p: dinner (limited capacity)

Radix Trading is a research-driven, proprietary trading startup (~35 people) in Chicago led by Michael Rauchman and Ben Blander.

> Michael Rauchman ( - formerly GETCO's CTO and lead architect, head of Americas equities, and global head of ForEx. As a hands-on leader Michael was instrumental in the development of many trading strategies as well as the underlying architecture and code.

> Ben Blander - former head of Citadel’s high frequency group and a key contributor in growing their P&L from $75 million in 2005 to $1.15 billion in 2008 (Source:  Previously Ben earned a PhD in Math from the University of Chicago.

We’re building a new type of trading firm dedicated to research through open, collaborative innovation. 

We're looking to add new graduates as Software Engineers: Your goal is to enhance alpha generation and improve the research infrastructure through technology innovation. You’ll also be expected to have a strong interest in understanding and contributing to our trading strategies.

If you want to work on cutting-edge technology to solve really tough problems, while getting near-immediate feedback on your best ideas, the trading industry is hard to beat. Every day we’re competing with some of the smartest, most driven people in the world trying to take your money -- and if you don’t stay at the very top of your game in research, technology, and economics, they will.

And while the highly-publicized wave of high-frequency or “flash” trading based on sheer speed of execution might have reached its limit, we see continued opportunities with our strategy of using statistical research to outsmart the competition. 


Monday, 26 June 2017

OpenText Future Forward Conference - July 13 2017

OpenText is inviting Waterloo students (as well as staff and faculty) to a really great (really free) event this summer called Future Forward.  If you’re able to, you should take advantage.

The event, which is akin to TedX, is designed to help post secondary students explore a career path in Enterprise Software.  Talks are followed up with access to the Expo Hall floor, a fantastic networking opportunity including booths, pods, and demos.  They have several U of W speakers including President Hamdullahpur and Larry Smith.  Future Forward is part of OpenText’s annual user conference.  This year, it’s occurring at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, July 13 (10am-5:30pm).  There’s even free travel from Waterloo (and back)!  Not to mention:
       FIVE Paid Internship Opportunities
       FREE Alienware Machine Drawing
       FREE Food/Refreshments Served
       FREE Professional Profile Photo

See the agenda below, and join us for this unique opportunity!

10:30am, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
Introduction | Adam Howatson, OpenText
A brief introduction outlining OpenText, as well as the purpose of Future Forward.

10:50am, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC 
Welcome To Your Future | President Feridun Hamdullahpur, University of Waterloo
The role of entrepreneurship, co op programs and transformational research in preparing the next generation of technology & business leaders.

11:25am, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
Quantum is Coming | Martin Laforest, The Institute of Quantum Computing
Martin explores what Quantum Computing means to information technologies, and what that will mean to the world.  It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of “when.” It’s not just a shift in technology, it’s a shift in thinking…

12:00-1:15pm, location TBD

1:15pm, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
Shopify Goes BIG | Mark Bergen, Shopify Plus
Mark tells the story of how Shopify grew from an entrepreneur helping small companies, to a big company helping both small companies, and with Shopify Plus, big companies. Large merchants, as they start to build infrastructure, often lose the ability to be flexible and remain entrepreneurial. Shopify Plus explores the opportunity for large companies to act big, but remain fast and nimble.

1:50pm, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
Innovation Activation | Craig Haney, Communitech
Craig explores “entrepreneurship” vs “intrepreneurship.”  How are they similar?  How are they different?  What are the strategies large organizations use to decide which to use, and when?  Drawing on his experience as Director of Corporate Innovation at Communitech, Craig answers these questions and describes what it takes to help big companies launch products like small companies.

2:25pm, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
The Artificially Intelligent Enterprise | Stephen Piron, Deep
Stephen Piron will share how his Toronto-based startup helped one of the world’s largest banks successfully incorporate deep learning into its complex organizational network. From GPUs to customized machine learning training, Mr. Piron will uncover the toolkit making deep learning transformations possible for the world’s largest organizations.  

3:00pm, John Basset Theatre, North Building MTCC
Why Big Problems Are The Only Problems Worth Solving, And Why You Will Fail To Solve Them | Larry Smith, University of Waterloo
Larry is a Professor of Economics at the University of Waterloo, and an effective speaker and storyteller.  He has mentored many of his students on start-up business management and career development. He is author of the book No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need To Do To Have A Great Career.  In this talk, he outlines what it takes to understand and solve big problems, and challenges the audience’s thinking on what it will take to have a great career solving them.

4:00pm, Exop Hall, MTCC
Pods, Demos, and Networking

Future Forward attendees will rub shoulders with Enterprise World attendees (customers, partners, staff) while they check out booths, pods and demo presentations.

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 ( 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 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

Monday, 12 June 2017

OpenText Future Forward Conference


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

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 and

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,, 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
  • 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
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

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

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

Interested applicants can apply directly to 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.


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.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Microsoft Student Summit

Microsoft has organized a Student Summit during the Canada Finals to provide an opportunity for all students attending to engage with Microsoft and industry recruiters, mentors, and network with other like-minded students. Bring your resume, your curiosity and your questions. We have a packed agenda with workshops about the latest and greatest in tech, some tips for your career development, and access to some of the industry’s best and brightest.  Register here to attend!<>


Saturday, May 27th, 2017


8:30am – 4:30pm
•      Competition at 1:00 – 3:00pm
•      Announcing our winners at 3:30pm


Bahen Centre for Information Technology
University of Toronto
40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 2E4


Please register by Friday, May 12, 2017
by clicking RSVP<>.

Agenda :
8:30am - 4:30pm

Interactive Lounge – all day!

8:30am - 10:00am

Breakfast & Networking

10:00am - 11:00am

Welcome to the Imagine Cup Finals & Student Summit

  *   Keynote speaker – “Future of Technology”
  *   Keynote Speaker – “Recipe for success – Student to Startup Story”

11:00am - 1:00pm

Career & Technology Workshops & Insights
Topics like:

  *   Mixed Reality Spectrum (Tech)
  *   Conversation as a Platform (Tech)
  *   Bots 101 (Tech)
  *   LinkedIn for Career Development (Career)
  *   Growth Mindset (Career)

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch & Networking

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Imagine Cup Competition

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Workshops & Insights continued

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Awards Ceremony & Closing Remarks

Thursday, 20 April 2017

NORAD needs your help!

NORAD Tracks Santa (NTS) is a holiday program administered by the NORAD Public Affairs Office. The key tenet of the program is to spread goodwill and cheer during the holiday season while informing the public of the missions of NORAD and subsequently, USNORTHCOM. The NTS website, which had 78 million page views last year, is one key resource we have to provide this information. In addition to providing links to the NORAD mission, the site also features a library of holiday traditions and an online arcade that unveils a new game for children to play each day. It is the development of these games that I wish to solicit your help with.

We are seeking creative, non-violent games for our NORAD Tracks Santa website and mobile applications that go live on Dec 1.  NORAD uses very little tax dollars to run the NTS program. Instead, NTS partners with a variety of organizations to help bring the program to the world. As a government agency, NORAD cannot provide, or be perceived as providing, endorsement of any particular company or product. But we do recognize all of our contributors in press releases, on the NTS website and social media so your will receive widespread recognition for your efforts.

If you are interested in participating in this very unique opportunity, please
contact Mr. Preston Schlachter (<>) and cc Ed Campbell (<>) and Andrea Charron (<>) they will direct you to the appropriate points of contact to help you get started.

RBC Research Junior Developer Summer Intern

Title: RBC Research Junior Developer Summer Intern
Location: Toronto OR Edmonton
Length of term: 4 months (also open to longer term)
Application instructions:
*       Please submit your resume, including a link to your portfolio/github, here:
*       Application deadline: 11:59 PM May 3rd, 2017

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Thank you,

Alyssa Citrigno | Senior Recruiter, Talent Acquisition, T&O Campus Recruitment | RBC Recruitment
Royal Bank of Canada | 416-974-7712 |<>

*For all coffee or meetup requests, please find me on

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

New virtual hackathon

On behalf of the Amazon Alexa Development Team, I'd like to invite all of your students to come join a new virtual hackathon that we are hosting on our MindSumo innovation platform.

For this special competition, Amazon is asking students from all over the world to use technology for good by creating a new Amazon Alexa skill that improves the sustainability or accessibility of the world around us.

Amazon Alexa | Hack Your World Contest

For the official announcement from Amazon:
Calling All University Students to Hack Your World with Amazon Alexa

Students that participate will have a chance to earn cash prizes and an Amazon Echo for the best skill. Also, skills developed in this contest that pass the Alexa certification test w ill be available on the official Amazon Alexa store for anyone to download.

This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to apply the knowledge they are learning in your classroom towards an amazing cause and get recognized by one of the most important companies in the world.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Talk on machine/deep learning, CHI, eHealth Ontario, and Cancer Care Ontario

Upcoming one-day conference that may be of interest to those involved in UWaterloo’s Health Informatics Program. In particular, the talk on machine/deep learning as well as the ones from CHI, eHealth Ontario, and Cancer Care Ontario may be of particular interest to students. There is a special rate ($100) for students, and the location is less than a one hour drive from Waterloo.

Medical Imaging Informatics and Teleradiology (MIIT) focuses on emerging technologies and practices for acquiring, processing, managing, accessing, and sharing medical images, along with topics driving changes in relevant policies within Canada. This annual conference brings together experienced speakers to address challenging topics in the field of medical imaging informatics and provides a unique opportunity to approach the experts and find answers to questions and issues.

This conference is intended for an audience of professionals and students in engineering and computer sciences, health informatics (PACS Managers, DI Managers, IT Professionals, CIO/CTOs), healthcare provider (Radiologists, Technologists, Physicians), and industry roles.

When: Friday April 28, 2017
Twitter: @MIIT_Canada | #MIIT17

Annual Computer Science visitation day

Annual Computer Science visitation day for students interested in graduate studies.  We have seen a recent increase in interest from your students in our computer science programs, and I hoped you might inform them of this opportunity.

The event is geared for individuals who want to learn more about pursuing a doctoral program in Computer Science, and I'd greatly appreciate your sharing this information with your undergraduates.  Travel stipends are also available.

Computer Science Preview Day
Friday, May 5, 2017
University of Southern California campus - Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, 30 March 2017

New documentary course

We have a new course offered this spring – HIST 203 - In the Director’s Chair.  Students will have the opportunity to create a documentary using hands on teaching and learning techniques.  The course is offered on Monday evenings and is being taught by a real documentary producer - Craig Thompson.  

Director’s Chair is a project-based course that provides students with the skills and the foundation of knowledge required to conceive, develop, research, write, produce and exploit a personal or historically-themed documentary.

*This is a hands-on course with in-field, in-lab and in-class lecture components.
*Each student is required to create their own short documentary, under 10 minutes, where teamwork, collaboration and brainstorming are part of the process.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Computer Science Research Conference

CUCSC is an academic conference bringing students from across Canada together to engage with the latest in undergraduate computer science research.

You can find more information from our website ( 

This year, it will be held at the University of Toronto from June 15-17. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Women in STEM event

The University of Waterloo's Women's Centre is hosting a Women in STEM event on March 28th at the Grad House from 7:30pm-9:30pm. 

The event will be discussing social and structural stigmas that women in STEM face, and we will have graduate students from different faculties to share their experiences, as well as career aspirations that students can strive towards. Food will be provided. Students can also check out our Facebook page at to find out more about the event, and get in touch with us if they have questions. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Disrupt Climate Data Challenge!!

The 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium will be taking place at York University on May 11th and 12th

The theme for this year's symposium is "Just Transformations: The Next 150". At this event, we hope to encourage the development of positive narratives and visions of a just future - ones that cross boundaries between natural science, social science, law, humanities and the arts.

Alongside the symposium, OCC is also hosting its first-ever Disrupt Climate Data Challenge. We are looking for teams of students to code, solve and challenge the status quo for a real-world climate data problem: how to display or simplify uncertainty within climate data portals. Students will have the opportunities to work with mentors to craft their solution, and present their ideas to distinguished judges in the industry.

Benefits for student participants include:
· The opportunity to win a $5,000 prize;
· Networking opportunities with industry leaders, mentors, potential employers and other students; and,
· The opportunity for the winning team’s solution to be used and credited in real-world applications by the Government of Ontario.

Registration for the Disrupt Climate Data Challenge is free! If participants would also like to attend presentations, sessions and the poster competition taking place at the Ontario Climate Symposium, you can find Early-Bird Registration rates here.

Share your favourite work term experience

Share your favourite work term experience and you could win 1 of 3 $100 gift cards that you can use for textbooks, clothing, and more at Retail Services. 

Help students applying for admission to Waterloo learn what co-op students do on their work terms. Participate at

Friday, 10 March 2017

IBM Canada jobs

We are currently hiring Entry-Level Technical Consultants through the Consulting by Degrees program across various technical areas ranging from Mobile-Application development, IOT, Advanced Analytics, Data Science and many more next-generation technologies! Any undergrad/graduate student who have graduated post Jan 2015 or will be graduating anytime in 2017, are eligible to apply.

I have pasted the Job Posting below but students can always feel free to email me directly at to expedite the process as I am one of the hiring/staffing managers in my practice.

- Job Posting

- Learn more about the Consulting by Degrees program 

I highly encourage all students to apply by March 15th, 2017 at the latest.

Tad Chisti, CSM®, CSPO®
Senior Consultant | Project Manager 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Help develop the new generation of secure messaging!

Systems and Networks Group offers a USRA position for Spring 2017 (Contact: Prof. Raouf Boutaba - )

Job Description

In this role, you will help us to develop apps for iOS and macOS.
We are planning to build a new kind of end-to-end secure messaging app for multiple platforms. Most of the UI will be written in HTML and JavaScript. You will be expected to create a client application for Apple devices that wraps HTML content using web views or similar technology.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Undergraduate student in computer science meeting USRA eligibility
  • Experienced in iOS/macOS development in Swift or Objective-C
  • Experienced using Git (in particular GitHub)
  • Has an app published on Apple's App Store
  • Familiar with HTML/JavaScript/CSS
  • Nice to be familiar with
    • Apple app packaging processes (e.g. creating a proper DMG file)
    • Computer networks
    • Computer security
    • Hybrid app development
The server software is already ready; we only need help with developing platform-specific frontends.

You should bring your own devices for development and testing. We do not provide Apple devices.

National Princeton-Run Designation Conference

Empowering the next generation of thought leaders
  • 7 World Trade Center, NYC • April 9th, 2017 • All Expenses Paid
  • Hands-on workshops • Executive Seminars • Panels • Keynotes
  • You + Top 99 Design-Driven College Students in the Country

Design Drives Innovation

Practices rooted in design and Design Thinking are now catalyzing industry after industry. From building websites to manufacturing hardware to creating the perfect customer experience, great design is critical. 

If you're a design-driven leader at your university, we'll bring you to NYC to connect you with 99 other top students across the country and some of the most influential creative executives in the world. Learn more at

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Google’s March YouTube Live Event Opportunities

The Google University Programs team has some exciting YouTube Live events coming up in March and we would love for you to join us.

How do I tune in again?

  1. FILL OUT THIS RSVP FORM and select the events you’d like to attend
  2. Find the link to join in the email sent a few days before each event. Make sure to check your spam folder!
**Note: Please do not share these links outside your school’s community. These events are invitation-only in order to maintain a personalized and intimate forum for discussion.**

So what’s going on in March?

  • Technical Development for 1st and 2nd Year Students
    • Wednesday March 8th @ 3PM EST
  • Learn about Code Jam - Google's Largest Coding Competition
    • Tuesday March 14th @ 4:30PM EST

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Future Female Techmakers Conference

March 4-5, 2017
Davis Centre
University of Waterloo

The Future Female Techmakers Conference (FFTC) hopes to teach women how to be effective mentors, provide female role models to young women interested in the tech industry, and create lasting meaningful connections that will support all participants in their journey towards becoming female techmakers. 

FFTC will be accepting approximately fifty Grade 9 high school students and fifty undergraduate students. The attendees will attend a series of 90-minute workshops specialized for each stream, as well as joint sessions that promote mentorship. 

The conference is an exciting opportunity for the girls to participate in hands-on workshops, learn interesting computer science concepts (including UI design, databases, graph theory, algorithms, and artificial intelligence), discover real-world applications of technology that go beyond video games and hacking, and meet current students in computer science and engineering. 

Register online to participate. Full event details included. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Volunteers for a digital application survey

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study of user types of gameful digital applications. This research intends to validate a questionnaire to find out what is a user?s main type of interaction with gameful digital applications based on the HEXAD User Types framework. If you decide to volunteer, you will be asked to complete a 25-minute online survey that is completed anonymously. Survey questions focus on your preferences while using digital applications and games.

In appreciation for your time, you can enter your name into a draw for one of two USD $ 50 international Visa gift cards.

I would like to assure you that the study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE # 21354). However, the final decision about participation is yours.

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

Monday, 27 February 2017

Part-time job: Accessibility Editor (file conversion)

Looking for a student who might have expertise and interest in accessibility and who has experience converting DOC files into accessible HTML.

The Faculty of Arts provides funding support for the purpose of hiring an undergraduate student to assist with the production of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. The student will be involved in creating accessible HTML files for the journal. 

The work-load is not large. There are 3-5 issues a year, and students work approximately 20 hours each issue. The student is paid $800 a term for three terms — Winter, Spring and Fall 2017.