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Exploring Blockchain in Waterloo Region

Earlier this year, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) created the IEEE Blockchain Initiatives (BCI) to be the hub for all blockchain projects and activities. On October 25, IEEE BCI will be in Waterloo Region to launch their first Canadian group with a networking event at Catalyst137. This event forms the first gathering of the new IEEE Blockchain Initiatives Group by local IEEE members. Your attendance will help support the development of the speakers bureau on blockchain applications and technologies in Waterloo Region. Attendees will hear from academia and industry speakers, followed by a networking reception. Speakers include Bridget Moloney, Corporate Research Partnerships, University of Waterloo | Co-founder, Bitforest Justin Eichel, Technical Director, Miovision Technologies Nigel Gopie, Global Marketing Leader, IBM Food Trust, IBM Blockchain Ramesh Ramadoss, Co-Chair, IEEE Blockchain Initiative | CEO, BitCasas Inc. Srinivasan Keshav, Professor, Cheriton Sc…

Coopérathon Innovation Competition

While the world’s challenges are costly to nations and communities that are impacted, the drive for social impact through innovation has fueled successful health track Canadian startups like Mr Young (, a conversational companion with artificial intelligence that helps young people cope with anxiety and connect them with mental care professional.  On the education track, Embrace The Life ( is an interactive virtual reality to aid people in wheelchairs become familiar with new environments and increase autonomy, mobility and reinforce motivation, and improve their daily lives. Both of these applications were finalists in previous Coopérathon competition. 
Now in its third year, Coopérathon has already become the world's largest open innovation platform, a unique pre-incubation challenge, it brings together students, experts, mentors, strategists, developers, designers, socio-preneurs and partners to collaborate on projects that provide meaningfu…

Radix Trading - opportunities

WaterlooWorks ID: 78067
Deadline 11PM FRIDAY, SEPT 21

Radix Trading is a research-­driven, proprietary trading startup (~50 people) in Chicago and Amsterdam led by Michael Rauchman and Ben Blander.  -------------------------- Michael Rauchman - formerly GETCO's CTO, 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.
Our culture of openness (you'd have complete access to our code, data, and strategies) enables fast turnaround from idea inception to execution, and continuous enhancement of our cutting-edge pro…

Department consent removed - CS 343 and 480

Please be aware that department consent has been removed today (September 14, 2018) for CS 343 and 480 for Fall 2018 as per the information on the course selection page.

If the class is full then you will need to wait for students to drop the course before you could add the course for Fall 2018. Please note that the deadline to add courses is Wednesday, September 19 at 11:59 PM (EST).

Department consent removed - CS 349

Please be aware that department consent has been removed today (September 14, 2018) for CS 349 for Fall 2018 as per the information on the course selection page.

If the class is full then you will need to wait for students to drop the course before you could add the course for Fall 2018. Please note that the deadline to add courses is Wednesday, September 19 at 11:59 PM (EST).

Winter 2019 NSERC USRA available

The NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) is a great opportunity for undergraduates to work with a researcher and carry out full-time research for a term.  You will be paid least $7840 per term with a 35-40 hour work week spread over 16 weeks. At this time, there are three USRA available for Winter 2019.
What are the application deadlines to have a NSERC USRA for Winter 2019?
Co-op deadline - Monday, September 17, 2018 - If you want to use the NSERC USRA as a co-op placement, then your application must be processed before co-op interviews. If you are a co-op student that wants to apply after the co-op deadline, this may be possible but you will need to contact your CECA advisor to ensure that you can use the USRA as your work term placement.Final term deadline - Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Final deadline for all regular and co-op students (see note above regarding co-op student). What do I need to do? Ensure you are eligible. Find a supervisor that you would like to work…

Reserve on courses will be removed on the 13th

For Fall 2018, the majority of reserves are lifted on September 13, 2018. The remaining space will be available on a first-come-first-served basis only if the class section isn't already at its enrollment capacity. Wait listed course will continue to have department consent until otherwise announced.

CS Upper Year Info Session

The CS Upper Year Info Session will be held on Wednesday, September 26th from 3:30-4:30pm in DC 1302.
It is an opportunity for students to come out and discuss the opportunities available to them through third-year and fourth-year courses. Differences among the various courses will be explained and you'll get advice on preparing for upper-year specialization — e.g., what courses to choose to prepare for graphics, AI, etc. Refreshments will be provided.

Waterloo ACM-style programming contest September 30th

The next Waterloo-local ACM-style programming contest will be held on Sunday, 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 November 9-10. If we do well there, one team will advance to the World Finals in 2019.

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 allow contestants, especially those competing for the first time, to get their account setup and become familiar with the contest environment. Contestants participating in the practice contest should arrive by 10:30 am in MC 3003. For…

Submissions for the 2018-2019 issue of the Review of Undergraduate Computer Science (RUCS) are now open!

Review of Undergraduate Computer Science (RUCS) is an open-access journal based at the University of Toronto. We feature the best of undergraduate computer science research at home and abroad. RUCS publishes extended abstracts (650–1050 words) rather than full papers. The deadline for submissions is October 5th. Please visit for more information.