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ACM 2015 First Meeting!

Hello ACM Members!

We’re officially kicking off the University of Arizona ACM for the 2015-2016 school year! Our first meeting will be on the 10th of September in Gould-Simpson Rm. 942 at 7:00PM. The first meeting will serve as an official introduction to the club. Additionally, we’re going to have some of our fellow ACM members discussing the internships that they took part in during the 2015 summer. If you would like to talk about your internship during the meeting, feel free to send an email to the ACM officers!

Speaking of officers, I would like to officially introduce the ACM officer team for the 2015-2016 school year:


We’re really excited to be kicking off the club! Feel free to drop us a line on Facebook or email the officersif you have anything that you would like to give a talk on or have a particular topic that you would be interested in hearing a talk on!

ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition

Hey guys! It’s that time of year again.

That’s right, the ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition is upon us! Join us November 1st in GS 228 from 8:45am - 2pm for a few hours of programming, fun, and (of course) free food! Microsoft will be sponsoring the event, and the top four teams get to participate in the Regional ICPC, and have a chance to go to the World Finals in Morocco in May.

You can sign up at the link below, space is limited so sign up quickly! Entrants will consist of teams of 3, but if you can’t find a full team, sign up anyways and we’ll group you up with other interested parties on the day of the competition.

Also, please see the rules page linked below for entry requirements. Any UA student can participate in this contest. To advance to the Regional contest, all members of the team must be eligible to participate in the Regional contest. Please see the link below and indicate your standing on the application.

For more details, see the links below:

READ THIS before you sign up

Sign up form (must be logged into UA account)

ACM-ICPC website

Complete list of rules for participants

Last year’s problems and solutions

Google Comes to ACM

Google developers and recruiters will be meeting with ACM on Wednesday AT 5:30pm in Gould-Simpson 942.

The event will be informal, where members of ACM will have the chance to network with and ask questions to Google representatives. This is a good opportunity if you are curious what its like to be a developer at Google, and why you might want to work there.

Coffee and snacks will be provided. Hope to see you all there.

Fall 2014 Kickoff

Welcome (back) everyone! We are looking forward to another exciting semester with the ACM club.

Here are some of the things we do throughout the year:

This first meeting we will be introducing the club and what we do.

Furthmore, we will discuss potential topics to serve as the focus of one of our weekly tech talks. If you have anything in particular you want to speak about, or wish to request a talk on a particular topic, please feel free to let us know.

Join us for dinner on University after the meeting.

ACM Hackathon Signup!

Signups for the 2014 ACM Hackathon are now open! Click the link below to fill out the form and that is it.

Please remember, the event is on Friday, February 28th through Saturday, March 1st and it will be going from 6pm on Friday to 1pm on Saturday. Friday will be highlighted by a social hour, introductions for our sponsors, followed by a set of presentations on different technologies and how to go about using them to make stuff during the hackathon. We want to know the talks that YOU want to hear at the event so please, post to the Google Group (linked above), the Facebook page, or contact an officer directly and let us know what you would like to see!

Signup Form

uofa-acm on Freenode

We now have our own channel on Freenode for any and everyone to join, chat with each other, ask for help, provide help – all without the burden of Facebook. The motivation behind this was that we wanted an informal place for people to be able to socialize and talk shop and get to know each other without the sometimes awkward step of becoming friends on Facebook/G+/Twitter or having to exchange email addresses.

For those of you who are not familiar with IRC (Internet Relay Chat), it is a means of communicating in a chatroom-style environment with others. It is 100% free for anyone to use and can be accessed on any platform.

To Join:

Download an IRC client (Windows: mIRC, Linux: XChat, OSX/iOS: Colloquy, etc).

Server: chat.freenode.net Channel: #uofa-acm

Please stop by and say hi!

(I encourage everyone to configure their various clients to join automatically when your computer wakes up, it makes life a lot easier.)

New ACM Presenter Rules

We are announcing a new rule for everyone who is presenting to the club this semester and that is: at some time before your talk, you MUST submit a pull request to the uofa-acm GitHub repository with a post describing the talk you are giving. There are examples already on the website and a description in the README.

This allows us to keep the website updated with summaries of your talks and advertise them appropriately. If you have any questions or run into any, please contact one of the club officers.

ACM Hacakthon

On February 28th thru March 1st, we will be hosting our very first Hackathon event at Elegant Thought. The event will take place from 6pm on Friday, to ~1-2pm on Saturday, with the competition itself ending at noon.

So, in order to encourage as many people as possible, we will be spending Friday night hosting a variety of workshops on topics that you want to hear and learn about. This competition is open to any UA students with any degree of programming experience.

Right now, we have a handful of sponsors including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Roey Chasman, and Elegant Thought. This means we will have a few categories for participants to compete in, with each sponsor providing the prizes for a category.

Because the event will be about 18-20 hours long, food will be provided, as well as transportation for the duration of the event so that people can go home and rest, take a break, etc. This will be handled by volunteers from the ACM officership and other ACM members. This being said, we encourage people to carpool but if you cannot, or do not have a means of transportation, you will not be excluded from the competition.

More to come soon!

Racquetball Social

As it turns out, a majority of our active members have played racquetball up 5 times or more. (yes, that is mathematically ambiguous, and potentially annoying)

Therefore, after a brief tech talk, we will all walk over to the rec center to play a little bit of racquetball together. Whether you are a racquetball novice or expert, there will be someone there that is on the same level as you are.

While the rec center allows you to check out gear, please bring any racquets you may have, as sometimes the racquets all get checked out.

If you are curious about the rules, the wikipedia rules are comprehensive enough.

We hope you take this opportunity to blow off steam and hit stuff really hard. It should be fun.

ACM Annual Programming Competition

October 12th, 9am - 2pm, Gould Simpson 2nd Floor Computer Lab. Sign up here.

The ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition is coming up. Start thinking about teams of exactly 3.

Microsoft will be sponsoring the event, with an engineer being responsible for scoring. Additionally, lunch will be provided.

There are rules about the teams, which we are still clarifying with Dr. Homer and consulting the official rulebook. If you have team that does not consist only of undergrads, keep posted for rules clarifications.

Otherwise, you can fill out the entry form If there are any problems, we will let you know.

WICS-sponsored Bowling at Lucky Strike

WICS is sponsoring a bowling night at Lucky Strike following the ACM competition. Join ACM, GameDev, and WICS for a moment of fun outside the realm of the university. Contact Justin Van Horne, Katie Cunningham, or Ami Buczek for sponsor information.

ISTA 420/520 Applied CI Concepts

This class will count towards a CSc tech-elective and is three units. It aims to provide topics on large data storage, analysis, distribution, and visualization. You will get hands-on experience with tools that power many CI projects, as well as collaborate with other students to solve interesting case-dilemmas in class. If you’re interested, then apply online.

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