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Yelp Dataset Challenge Round 3 and New Data- July 31, 2014

The third round of the Yelp Dataset Challenge is now open, giving students access to our massive Phoenix Academic Dataset, with reviews and businesses from the greater Phoenix metro area. This round runs through July 31, 2014 (23:59:59 UTC). Use our data and submit your project for a chance to win a $5,000 award! Just show us how you use Yelp data in insightful, unique, and compelling ways. A team of our data mining engineers and data scientists will read each paper and select the winner(s) (we are also hiring for both roles!).
We are also excited to announce that we have updated and extended the original Phoenix Academic Dataset! The original dataset, released in March 2013, has been well-received by the academic community, and has already been cited in papers and included in presentations around the world. For more information on past winners and their papers and to download the dataset, please check out the Yelp Dataset Challenge site.
The new dataset builds upon this f…

Nspire Innovation Network: Promoting NBTC14

Attention students! Does the prospect of taking charge of your career and destiny sound appealing to you? Have you ever thought of possible products and services but didn’t know what to do with these million dollar ideas? Has the prospect of becoming an entrepreneur or being part of a start-up ever crossed your mind?
Nspire presents to you, the National Business and Technology Conference, a two-day conference promoting student entrepreneurship in the business and technology space.
Currently, the Computer Science department has agreed to subsidize the first 10 CS students that apply for the subsidy in the amount of $50. This $50 will help to offset the cost of registration to NBTC14 as well as possible hotel costs.
To learn more about Nspire click: To learn more about NBTC14 click: To apply for the subsidy click: and click the “Waterloo” button which will outline the instructions to apply for the subsidy To regist…

Take the first step towards earning an MBA from Queen's

Information Session: Tuesday March 11, 2014Queen's Graduate Diploma in Business:
The first step in your journey towards a Queen's MBA

Have you ever considered complementing your engineering education with an understanding of business fundamentals?  If so, you will be pleased to hear about Queen's Graduate Diploma in Business; an innovative new 4-month summer program, designed to provide recent graduates with the business knowledge that recruiters are looking for in this competitive job market. The completion of this program also represents a significant step towards earning your Queen's MBA, as each of the credits can be applied towards a variety of Queen's School of Business Masters programs in the future. On March 11th, join us for an information session at the University of Waterloo, hosted by Program Manager Dan McBride.  During the short presentation, you will learn how the knowledge and skills acquired in this program will prepare you for a broad ra…

Professional M.Sc. Program in Big Data

The School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the brand new Professional M.Sc. program for admission to the Fall 2014 semester (starting in September 2014).
Application deadline: The application deadline is April 1st, 2014. We will keep admissions open until we fill available slots for the Fall 2014 cohort. We aim to notify students of acceptance by May 1st, 2014.
To apply: First read about the application process:

Note that you do not need to find a supervisor or contact any faculty from the department. A supervisor will be assigned to you when you are admitted into the program.

Then go to the online application system:

You will have to create a new account by supplying a password and security question.

Enter the following details to apply for the Profession…

BlackBerry Q&A session (General Interview)

Prior to the Blitz on Feb 11 and 12, BlackBerry Campus Ambassador, Sajjad Mosharraf, will represent the company to meet with students and answer any question you may have about the interview and application process at BlackBerry.

 *** Attending this event won't have any impact on your hiring decision; however, you will have a chance to talk with our former co-ops and find out about their interview and co-op experience at BlackBerry. Bring your resume and stand out in the crowd!

Date: February 10th, 2014
Location: RCH 306
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Microsoft Lunch & Learn

Marc Gagné
Senior Developer Evangelist Cloud

Wednesday, Feb 12th 11:30am-1:30pm Fishbowl - DC 1301
You may have heard about Windows Azure (you know Microsoft's cloud offering) but wrote it off because you don't do .NET or even use Windows. Well in this lunch and learn you'll see how wrong you are. Windows Azure has support for Node.js, php, python, Linux VMs and more. You'll be shown quick and practical demos on using git to deploy your sites, how to setup a Linux VMs with SSH key authentication and more. You'll also learn about BizSpark, a program from Microsoft for all tech startups that includes free software, $150 a month for 3 years in hosting and even a one-time $5,000 a month for a year offer for select startups.

Oh and there will be pizza too!

Volunteer opportunity! MARCH OPEN HOUSE

Spread your love for Waterloo Computer Science to future students! Sign up to be a volunteer!
Event details: Saturday, March 1 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Volunteers will receive a free lunch and t-shirt!
A volunteer orientation session will take place on Wednesday, February 26 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in DC 1304.
For more information, please contact Sumair Ali.

BlackBerry Campus Ambassador

Sajjad Mosharraf, our campus ambassador is available to answer any question you may have about the resume, application process and co-op/ summer internship position ‎ at BlackBerry. You may contact him via email at (( smosharr-at-uwaterloo-dot-ca)) or just simply BBM him at ((2FFFAC2C)).

Technology Internship

The Security Governance Group (SGG), an international affairs consulting firm, is offering a four-month internship for technology experts with an interest in global politics. The firm’s clients in this dynamic industry include the United Nations, the US government, and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

The SGG is hoping to hire a Technology Intern to support its e-conferencing efforts, which include high profile virtual events and seminars. While the position is unpaid, our internship program will introduce you to the world of international affairs, state building and post-conflict reconstruction. Interns are expected to devote 10 hours to the position each week.
Desired Qualifications Bachelor’s degree or current student in the field of information technology or computer science. Web design skills required.Knowledge of e-conferencing or e-learning systems is a strong asset.Graphic design skills are an asset.Knowledge of political science or internat…