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The University of Warwick Computing Society is one of the largest and most active societies in the university. We organise both computer and non-computer based socials, academic talks and activities, and provide hosting for both our members and other University societies. The society is open to all members of the University, particularly if you have an active interest in computers and computing: whether academic or recreational. If you wish to find out more about us, please feel free to read this website or contact us.

Recent News items


AGM Results

The results of the AGM which took place today are:

Academic president: Christopher Leonard (veltas)
Gaming president: Maddy Young (metalgabu)
Tech officer: Rayhaan Jaufeerally (rayhaan)
Secretary: Tom Hoare (MisterMarmite)
Treasurer: Will Seymour (mcnutty)
Social secretary: Martin Dalzell (robot527)

Congratulations to all new exec!

We also decided to create a new marketing/publicity officer role. This role would involve creating posters and generally publicising the society better, and helping get the word out about all academic, gaming and social events. We will hold an election for this new role shortly, watch out for an email if you’re interested!

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Announcing the Annual General Meeting 2014

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Computing Society (UWCS) shall be held on the 5th of February at 3pm, in the Student Union HQ’s Central Meeting Area.

The AGM is the opportunity for members to vote on changes to the society’s constitution, and also the time for members to elect the new executives of the society.

Details about the event, as well as the election process, can be found on the event page.

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ProgComp Results!

Thanks a lot to everyone who took part in our speed programming competition yesterday evening, sponsored by Red Gate. I was really surprised with the number of people who had a solution to all four problems! The winner was David Purser, who solved all four problems, solving question 3 in O(n) time, who gets the fabulous prize! Most people who solved question x gave the minimax style solution, however a special mention goes to Alex Best who came up with the max flow style solution although unfortunately didn’t have time to implement it. All solutions emailed to me are uploaded here.

Thanks to everyone who took part!

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RedGate Lightning Talks & Progcomp #3 Results!

Announcing our lightning talks from RedGate next Wednesday, from 4:30-6pm in MS104.

RedGate will be coming in to give us 4 lightning talks on different topics:

Tom Smith (Software Engineer and former Intern) – ‘Programming in the real world’
Forbes Lindesay (Software Engineer and former Intern) – ‘Ventures’
Aegir Thorsteinsson (Web App Developer) – ‘Down Tools Week’
Chirayu Shishodiya (Software Engineer and former Intern) – ‘Developing at Red Gate’

RedGate are a very cool company – they have been announced as the best small software company to work for in Cambridge for 6 years in a row! So we are very excited for their talks.

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Secondly, announcing the results from this week’s progcomp!

In first place this week was Alex, a discrete maths student, who successfully managed to solve all questions! In second place was Ben (zed0) who solved the first 3 questions. People’s solutions are being uploaded as they are sent to me here. Thanks to everyone who took part!

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ComputerMinds Guest Talk & Progcomp.2 Results!

Announcing our guest talk from Steven from ComputerMinds next Wednesday. The talk will take place from 1-2pm in LIB2.

Title: Do IT projects always fail, go over budget, and disappoint?

Abstract:
Between the theoretical dream of Agile software development and fixed price waterfalls of project management there is the hard reality of delivering a IT project with a fixed budget but changing requirements. We explore some real world examples of how software projects have run and what compromises have had to be made to deliver on time and on budget.

ComputerMinds are a small software company with offices in Bristol and Coventry, specialising in Drupal based websites. Their portfolio includes BCS, UCAS and the Sainsbury’s website (so big clients!).

Some of you may remember Stephen from last term when we came in to give us a talk on Drupal. It was a really good talk and this is a great opportunity to find out about Computing in industry (the real world, shocker)! There will also be an opportunity to ask about jobs and internships in ComputerMinds.

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Secondly, announcing the results from this week’s progcomp!

In first place this week was Daulet Zhalpakov, who successfully managed to solve the first 3 problems and had a good go at question x! This week quite a few people managed to solve the first 3 problems so 2nd and 3rd place are quite unclear! People’s solutions are being uploaded as they are sent to me here. Thanks to everyone who took part!

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ProgComp Results!

This evening we ran our first speed programming competition of the term. This was the first of a series of fortnightly programming competitions we are running, which will hopefully have a sponsored prize for the best overall competitor at the end of term! Stay tuned for more details on this.

The competition was won by Thomas Kiley, a third year Discrete Maths student who managed to successfully answer the first three questions and had a go at the fourth. In second place with Richard Townsend who got question 1 right and nearly almost the next 2. Special mentions go out to Matt Dawson, whose answers in Java had a fantastic UI, and to Estel for his enterprise answer to question 1 (code here).

The questions and solutions can be found here.

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New Socials Officer

Congratulations to our new Socials Officer hir142.

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Welcome, freshers!

Welcome, freshers, to UWCS. I’m sending out a newsletter that you’ll receive by email (or can view on the website if not a member) later in the week detailing what’s going on in the next fortnight or so.

For this week, at least, we have the first gaming session on Friday. Details in the 'Events’ section of the website, as always!

You can join the society at your leisure here: http://www.warwicksu.com/societies/computing/

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Election of new Socials Officer

Greetings compsoc,

Unfortunately our current social sec runite will be unable to carry on with his role this academic year, so we will need a new Socials Officer, to run from now until the coming AGM half way through term 2, and to help in the transition period until the end of term 2 if need be.

The election meeting for the new Socials Officer will occur next week, on Wednesday 9th October at 5pm in MS.04.

To stand for the role you must be a member of the society, eligible for being an executive of a University of Warwick student society (current student etc.), and you must go to the election meeting.

You may also wish to write a manifesto, which you may send to me (secretary@uwcs.co.uk) to have posted in the website event details. This is usually a short text about you, why you would be good for the role, and any ideas you have for the role.

You can vote either remotely on the website, or in person at the meeting. Candidates will be asked to give a short speech before the attendees cast their votes.

For a short description: “The role involves planning and communicating the social activities of the society, including weekly pub events and special socials for LANs.” The exec hold roughly weekly meetings, usually you would attend or at least catch up with the minutes if you miss one. Like anyone who attends the public meetings you would be able to help influence the decisions of the society.

Regards,
Veltas
UWCS Secretary

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SIBE Hackathon

The hackathon we ran in collaboration with SIBE last weekend was a success, with some students staying up the entire night to create their solution!

The competition was won by a team from Sheffield University, who created a web platform for campaign organisations using Twitter Bootstrap, winning £250. CompSoc came second place, with a competing web platform winning £200. Third place was Adam Roberts, an independent developer from Liverpool who created an iOS app.

An article about the hackathon was published in The Boar and can be found here.

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