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CS/Data Science/Digital Hardware option transfers NOW OPEN

The CS Undergraduate Advising Office has opened applications for CS transfers for Fall 2017. The online application is available at will be open from Tuesday, December 5 until Sunday, December 31, 2017, at 11.59 p.m.

We're accepting applications for:

Transfer from Math to CS - at a minimum, must have taken CS 136 or be taking it in Fall 2017.Transfer from CS to BCS (Data Science) - must have taken STAT 231 or be taking it in Fall 2017.Transfer from CS to CS/Digital HardwareAdding a Joint CS to an out-of-faculty planTransfer from outside of Math to CS (pending approval from Math)Answers to common questions about the transfer process can be found in the CS FAQs (particularly #2 and #151).

50th anniversary lecture - Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow, a blogger, journalist and science-fiction author, will be giving a free public lecture as the last event of our 50th anniversary celebrations.

Dead canary in the coalmine: We just lost the web in the war on general purpose computing

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. Location:The Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building (ML 135)

This event is free, but you must order tickets to attend.

Spring 2018 Co-op Job - Farallon Capital Management LLC in San Francisco

For those of you are thinking about spring 2018 co-op jobs, Farallon Capital Management LLC in Silicon Valley is looking for Data Science interns to work on a paid internship. 
Please go to for more details. Questions can be sent to Hannah Siegel hsiegel at faralloncapital dot com.

Communications Security Establishment Jobs

CSE is hiring mathematicians with a strong research and development background to work on teams solving challenging applied problems in the fields of cryptology, data mining and computational statistics. They are looking for creative people who have graduate degrees in a science discipline (mathematics, computer science, physical science, life science, applied science, engineering, etc.) and have demonstrated the skills necessary to use both sophisticated mathematical techniques and state-of-the-art computers to perform innovative applied research and development. There are also opportunities for undergraduate students either for co-op terms or full-time positions. Areas of mathematical expertise which are particularly applicable include group theory, finite field theory, data mining/machine learning, linear algebra, combinatorics, number theory, probability and statistics.

All jobs are located in Ottawa and applicants must be Canadian citizens.

You can find more information at at https…

Hackathon for Global Cyber Challenge Competition (GCCS) 2017 in India

You're invited to participate in the Global Cyber Challenge Competition being held as part of Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), 2017 being held in New Delhi from November 22 to 24. GCCS, which is the biggest ever Event of its kind anywhere in the world.  
Global Cyber Challenge is one of the most important part of this Conference.  It compromises 2 parts:  Peace-a-thon (application development on any of the 13 given topics.Capture the Flag.1. It was planned to close Peace-a-thon event at midnight on November 12. However, in view of the fact that some students could not participate in this event due to examination and other administrative reasons, it has been decided to extend the submission date till 08:30 hours IST on November 16, 2017. The earlier requirement of submission of a Concept Note before actually taking part in coding has been dispensed with.  Now, a team of up to 3 members can participate in this contest directly from anywhere by registering on following 2 URLs:

MIT Masters Info Session - Friday Nov 10 at Noon

Are you interested in doing a deep dive in Data Analytics or Finance

Join an MIT Sloan admissions representative and learn about two of our specialized masters programs. These programs are tailored for highly quantitative students interested in pursuing graduate education and careers in data science, analytics or finance. Hear how innovation, collaboration, and global impact are at the heart of the MIT Sloan mission. Learn about MIT Sloan, program components, and the application process for each program.  

Please register in advance for the event here!

Date:  Friday, November 10, 2017
Time:   12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
University of Waterloo Tatham Centre
Room 1112

Feel free to reach out to Kimberly Ebeling with questions.
Note:  This event is for Waterloo students only.

Job Posting: Web Designer

A Web Designer is needed for a contract position to create a user-friendly website. The ideal candidate would be able to manage this project while attending school or while on a co-op work term. The Web Designer must be experienced and be able to show examples of their work. This position is not a co-op position.

Although there are many qualified Web Designers who have graduated from the University of Waterloo, this contract position is intended to assist current students by providing them additional experience in web designing as well as to provide them additional income while they are enrolled at the University of Waterloo.

The fee is to be negotiated after the scope and performance criteria have been established. There will be limited travel and only within Kitchener-Waterloo. The length of time for the project will be decided after the scope and performance criteria have been established.

Please contact, if you are interested in this position.

Societal Computing Ph.D. program at Carnegie Mellon University

A unique Ph.D. program in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon
Computing technology is changing us. We are creating a computational environment that is shaping our society. But are these the changes we want? Do we just stand back and watch, as commercial interests and governments build technologies around us?

The faculty and students in the Societal Computing Ph.D. program in the School of Computer Science answer decisively that waiting passively is not an option. Building on a decade of world-leading research, we are shaping a new scientific discipline that is changing the world.

We are asking the right questions. We are finding answers.

Societal Computing is the branch of computer science that designs computational technology to shape tomorrow’s digital world and uses computational methods to understand the societal challenges a digital world poses.
Our field is defined by the fundamental question it seeks to answer:
How can we design computing technologies to address societa…

Google Scholarships 2018

Google has a number of scholarship programs aimed at students who are underrepresented in computing. Their objective is to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. If selected, scholarship recipients will each receive a $5,000 CAD scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year and be invited to attend the annual Google Scholars' Retreat at the Googleplex next summer.See below for a list of open scholarships:

Women Techmakers Scholars Program(formerly known as the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship)
Scholarship)is open to current female undergraduate or graduate students who will be studying at a university in the United States or Canada graduate students who will be studying at a university in the United States or Canadafor the 2018-2019 academic year. Deadline: December 11, 2017

Generation Google Scholarshipis open to current undergraduate or graduate students from an unde…

Get Consent #ASKatUW - Monday October 23 3:45-5:30 p.m.

Are you interested in helping teens develop coding skills?

There are several high schools in our area that would like to offer computer programming clubs for their students but need help. They have a teacher who is willing to handle the administrative aspects* of running a club, but need somebody with programming expertise to teach coding skills.
We are running a pilot project this fall to connect volunteers and schools.
If you have programming skills and would like to volunteer, please come to our information session:
When: October 18. Tour of Google at 6pm, information session at 7pm.
Where: Google - 51 Breithaupt Street, Kitchener Ontario
What: Discussion between volunteers, teachers, and students including those that have participated in programming clubs.
Who: Prospective volunteers, teachers, and students that are interested in running or participating in programming clubs in high schools.

Let us know you’re coming - sign up here:

Interested, but can't make it to the info session? Sign up and let us…

Job Opportunity - Python Developer in Brazil

Do you love technology? Do you have fun solving problems? Do you believe that programming is more than just a job?
If your answer is yes to the above questions, we would like to invite you to meet Geru.
A Geru, a fintech [1], and is looking for Python developers.
How about joining our team in Brazil?
Experience a new culture and be part of an exciting fintech company that since 2015 is disrupting Brazil´s personal loan market through modern technology. 
If you are talented, curious, and believe in and love technology, we want you!
We develop financial products and have many new projects to evolve our systems (micro-services architecture). Our main platform is based on Python / Pyramid, but we have systems on many other platforms.
Are you a geek in love with programming?
Some technologies used in our stack: Python, Services AWS (Elastic Beanstalk, EC2, etc), MongoDB, Celery, PostgreSQL, Docker, CircleCI, Jenkins, etc. We use agile development practices an…

Thales Canada Innovation Championship

Innovate in cybersecurity for a chance to win $20,000.Gain real-world experience during this three-week challenge by stepping outside of the classroom with your student-led team to tackle a unique technical challenge.
DETAILS: Teams must register by October 13, 2017 Free to participate. For details on the competition and to sign-up your team, contact:

Upper Year CS Information Session - October 16 at 3.30 p.m.

Computer Science Upper Year Course Information Session
Information on all fourth-year and optional third-year courses.Differences among courses explained.Advice on preparation for upper-year specialization (e.g. what courses to choose to prepare for graphics, AI).
Monday, October 16, 2017 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. DC 1302
*Refreshments will be provided*

AI, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity Online Conference - October 14 & 15, 2017

The world’s largest online conference kicks off this fall stronger than ever by assembling the best industry leaders, disruptive minds, and visionaries. You’ve read their books and applied their work - now it’s time to ask them questions, talk to them individually, accept their challenges, and get their feedback! 300 speakers interact with you through live talks, Q&A’s, forum and 1-to-1 video calls. Topics range from ML to cyber intelligence to industrial IoT.

Confirmed speakers for October 14&15th:
Ian Goodfellow - Research Scientist, Google Brain
Hugo Larochelle - Research Scientist, Google
Sandy Carter - VP, Amazon Web Services
Louis Monier - Head of AI, AirBnB
Tim Abels - Director of Server Architecture, Intel
Ashok Banerjee - CTO and VP Engineering, Symantec
Andreas Mueller - Lecturer in Data Science, Columbia University
Roman Yampolskiy - Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
Patrick McDaniel - Distinguished Professor, Penn State

Nicolas Papernot - Google PhD Fellow in Secu…

The Horizons Fellowship

The Horizons Fellowship supports 150 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. Our tuition-free programs provide immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Our curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhD candidates in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications.

Horizons students have gone on to receive offers from firms such as Google, Slack, Yelp, Amazon, BCG, Visa, J.P. Morgan, and more 

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, 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, talent…

Next local ACM-style programming contest Sept. 30 2017

The next Waterloo-local ACM-style programming contest will be held on Saturday, September 30 in MC 3003. All members of the UW community are invited to try their programming skill in Racket, C, C++, Java, Pascal, Python, or Scala. The results of this local contest will be used to select the UW teams for the international ACM competition. We will send three or more teams of three students each to the East Central North America Regional in Windsor on October 27-28. If we do well there, one team will advance tothe World Finals in Beijing, China in April 2018. For full details and online registration, please see: The contest will run from 1 pm sharp until 4 pm, and will be followed by pizza. There will be a practice contest in the morning to allowcontestants, especially those competing for the first time, to gettheir account setup and become familiar with the contest environment. Contestants participating in the practice contest should arrive by 10:…

StarCon Conference - Call for proposals closes Sep. 15

StarCon, a conference running at the University of Waterloo next January, has opened its call for proposals! They’re looking for folks who have a passion for technology, learning, and sharing to submit 15 minute talks about their favourite piece(s) of technology.
Submit anything technology related, from projects to bugs to something interesting you’ve learned. The call for proposals is open until September 15.
You're especially encouraged to apply if: You are a first time speaker.You are a member of an underrepresented group in technology.You’ve hesitated to apply to speak at conferences in the past because you think that you have nothing to contribute or you feel less qualified than your peers. 
Speakers will be compensated to recognize the time and effort that they put into working on their talks. Learn more and submit your talk at

Discount Code for AndroidTO Conference

AndroidTO-North America's largest Android Developer's conference will take place at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto on September 20th, 2017. In addition to amazing content, the conference will feature free lunch, a connected car, and an aerial android performance! 
This year's event features speakers from Google, Uber, The New York Times and more (the full lineup and talk topics can be seen on our site).
There is a 75% off discount code that you can use for the conference.  Please use the discount code ATOSTUDENT75 upon checkout to receive your discount.