ACM Weekly — Week of 12/11/2017

Good day, ACM! The end is nigh, and Christmas Break is almost upon us! Just a few announcements for the last week of the semester:

-Last week, we elected ACM officers for next semester, and the results are listed below. Congratulations to those who were elected!

Chair: Julien Legault

Co-Chair: Brandon Morris

Secretary: Jeromy Swann

Treasurer: Matt Bonsall

-If you’re looking for a cool project to work on over the break, Amazon has launched a competition called the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids! This is a cool contest with some great prizes, so consider entering! Details are below:

Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids
Build Alexa skills that educate, entertain, and engage kids under the age of 13.
  – Prizes: $250,000 in cash and non-cash prizes; includes a $10,000 university student bonus prize
  – Deadline: January 10, 2018
  – Learn more and register at alexakidskills.devpost.com

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma Goldberg’s on Thach:  Come celebrate the end of the semester with your pals over at ACM this Thursday night! Food and friends are the best ways to forget the horrors of finals week!

That’s all for this semester! Have a great break! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and we’ll see you next semester!

ACM Weekly — Week of 12/4/2017

Good day, ACM! The end is nigh, and Christmas Break is almost upon us! Just a few announcements for the last week of the semester:

-Last week, we elected ACM officers for next semester. The results are listed below. Congratulations to those who were elected!

Chair: Julien Legault

Co-Chair: Brandon Morris

Secretary: Jeromy Swann

Treasurer: Matt Bonsall

-If you’re looking for a cool project to work on over the break, Amazon has launched a competition called the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids! This is a cool contest with some great prizes, so consider entering! Details are below:

Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids
Build Alexa skills that educate, entertain, and engage kids under the age of 13.
  – Prizes: $250,000 in cash and non-cash prizes; includes a $10,000 university student bonus prize
  – Deadline: January 10, 2018
  – Learn more and register at alexakidskills.devpost.com

 

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma Goldberg’s on Thach:  

That’s all for this semester! Have a great break! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and we’ll see you next semester!

ACM Weekly — Week of 11/27/2017

Good afternoon, ACM! We hope you all had a deliciously filling Thanksgiving! The break certainly ended well, with an even more delicious victory! Here are our announcements for this week:

-Amazon has launched a competition called the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids! This is a cool contest with some great prizes, so consider entering! Details are below:

Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids
Build Alexa skills that educate, entertain, and engage kids under the age of 13.
  – Prizes: $250,000 in cash and non-cash prizes; includes a $10,000 university student bonus prize
  – Deadline: January 10, 2018
  – Learn more and register at alexakidskills.devpost.com

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, TigerDev will be holding an election to replace our graduating secretary, Elijah Holt. Afterward, we will discuss our plans for next semester and provide our project teams with some time to devote to their projects in preparation for next week’s final presentations! 

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 2117:  This week, the Ethical Hacking Club will be doing cool hacker things. What else do you need to know? Come on out and learn some neat stuff about cybersecurity!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma Goldberg’s on Thach:  Finals are quickly approaching, and many of us have the end-of-semester blues! As we all know, the best cure for the blues is to talk about your blues over dinner with friends, so come on out to Tea Time this Thursday night!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  ICPC has passed, but the Programming Team is still practicing! Come join the mock programming competition this Sunday afternoon and get some competitive programming practice!

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 11/13/2017

Good afternoon, ACM! Hope is on the horizon as Thanksgiving break approaches! Here are our announcements for this week:

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, TigerDev Vice President Adrian Eves will give a presentation on the video game development process. The presentation will cover the entire lifecycle of game development. Come on out and learn how a game is made from start to finish!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  On Saturday, the Programming Team competed at ICPC. This Wednesday, they will go over the problem set from the competition. We can learn a lot from looking at actual programming competition problems, and covering the problems from this competition will help our Programming Team to recognize their strengths from Saturday and improve upon their weaknesses.

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Before you head home for the break, join your fellow ACM members at Little Italy Thursday night for a bite to eat in celebration of the coming week off!

That’s all for this week! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!

ACM Weekly — Week of 11/6/2017

Good morning, ACM! Here are our announcements for this week:

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today will be TigerDev’s second project update meeting of the semester. Come check out the hard work our teams have put into their projects so far!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 2117:  This week, Ethical Hacking Club will be doing cool hacker things. What else do you need to know? Come on out and learn some neat stuff about cybersecurity!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  ICPC is on November 11th, so this week is the final stretch! This Wednesday night, the Programming Team will discuss linear algebra, along with logistics for the ICPC trip. Best of luck to the Programming Team at the competition this weekend!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma Goldberg’s on Thach:  Come out to Tea Time Thursday night for some delicious food and fun times with friends! Or for some delicious friends and fun times with food. To each his own, as they say.

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 10/30/2017

OOoooOOOooooo, it’s the spookiest time of year! Here are your spooky announcements for this week:

-Workiva has two open intern positions for the coming summer! If you’d like to apply, you can do so at this link: http://bit.ly/2z0fQED.

-Don’t forget to sign up for an advising appointment! Registration starts in just a few weeks, and advising is required before you’re eligible to register! If you don’t sign up for an appointment, the ghost of Clint Lovelace Past will haunt you until you do!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, the teams from our Game Jam will be presenting the games they made, and we’ll announce a winner. Then, TigerDev Vice President Adrian Eves will give a presentation on how to craft a good character-driven story for your game. A few ghosts may join us today, but don’t mind them; they’re friendly!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 2117:  We’ll be continuing on our discussion on binary exploitation, this time with some demos and more white boards. Feel free to come if you missed the first week of it; you can be caught up quickly!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will cover how to represent geometric constructs and operations in code. Some specific concepts will be finding the area of a polygon, finding intersections, and finding a convex hull of a set of points. It’s cool stuff, so come learn about it!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Come enjoy a delicious meal with your fellow ACMers! But Little Italy is particularly haunted during this time of year, so be careful!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  The Programming Team will hold another mock competition this Sunday, so come out to get some great practice with solving problems quickly!

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 10/23/2017

Salutations, ACM! Here are our announcements for this week:

-TigerDev will be holding a Game Jam this weekend! It will start at 5pm on Friday, at which point the theme will be given. Teams will have until Sunday at 11:59 PM to turn in their submissions. If you’d like to participate in the Game Jam, you can sign up at this link: https://goo.gl/X9wL9s.

-Don’t forget to sign up for an advising appointment! Registration starts in just a few weeks, and advising is required before you’re eligible to register!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today, TigerDev member Noel Shorts will be giving a presentation on 3D modeling. He’ll introduce basic 3D terminology and give a demonstration of how to use 3D modeling software to create a 3D model. Modeling is the most common method of making video game art today, so come to TigerDev to find out how it’s done!

Tuesday: Tech Talk — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Brian Bolton, an employee at Workiva, will be coming to give a Tech Talk on cloud computing. This is a great opportunity to learn about how the cloud can be used in the industry and to network with a potential employer, so come check it out!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 2117:  This week, the Ethical Hacking Club will be covering a variety of topics and will offer demos of any topics attendees are interested in. If there’s any topic in cybersecurity you’d like to know more about, come ready to ask about it!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  The Programming Team will be discussing flow networks, a more advanced graph theory topic. Come on out to get your weekly dose of Programming Practice with a splash of camaraderie!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma Goldberg’s on Thach:  Fancy a spot of tea with your fellow ACM members? Then come to Tea Time this Thursday night instead of sitting in your dark bedroom alternating between doing homework and watching YouTube videos like you usually do! That’s right, we know.

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  The Programming Team will be holding another mock competition this Sunday. Come spend a few hours getting some great problem-solving practice!

That’s all for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 10/16/2017

G’day, ACM! We hope you all had a relaxing Fall Break! Here are our announcements for this week:

-Don’t forget to sign up for an advising appointment! Registration starts in just a few weeks, and advising is required before you’re eligible to register!

-Next Tuesday, Workiva will be giving a Tech Talk on cloud computing. Make sure your schedule is free, because you won’t want to miss it!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  TigerDev member Ethan Lindblom will be speaking about the history of video game music and the theory behind what makes the most memorable video game music great. Then, he’ll give a live demonstration of how to create a music track for a video game. We all know video game music is some of the coolest music there is, so come check out the talk and learn more about how it’s made!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Ethical Hacking Club will be talking about KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks) and why almost all devices connected to a WPA2 router are vulnerable right now. If that sounds slightly concerning, come out Wednesday night to learn about the problem and how to fix it!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will discuss some logistics for ICPC next month, including the rosters for the teams that will be competing. Following that, they’ll discuss some more graph algorithms, including Dijkstra’s and Tarjan’s algorithms. Think about how disappointed Dijkstra would be if you missed practice this week!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Momma G’s on Thach:  Come on out to Tea Time Thursday night and have a delicious dinner with your fellow ACMers!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  The Programming Team will be holding another mock competition this Sunday. Come compete and get some great problem-solving practice!

That’s it for now!

ACM Weekly — Week of 10/9/2017

Buongiorno, ACM! Congrats on surviving the semester so far! Hang in there; Fall Break is almost here! Here are our announcements for this week:

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Yesterday, eight members of TigerDev returned from SIEGE Con, the largest professional game development conference in the South. Today, they’ll briefly share with the club what they learned over the weekend. Then, we’ll have a discussion about the role of iteration in game development. The first prototype of a game is rarely good, so developers have to iterate on their initial ideas in order to create great games. Come on out and join our discussion on game development!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, we’ll have guest presentations from members of the hacking club on various topics in cybersecurity. Come on out and listen to what your fellow hackers have to say!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week’s Programming Practice will serve as the second qualifier for ICPC, so if you’re interested in competing in one of our teams next month, be sure to come Wednesday night!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Fall Break starts Thursday, but if you’re in town, we’ll still be having Tea Time! Come celebrate Fall Break with your fellow ACMers!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, we’ll be having our first team mock competition! Come on out and get some great practice solving problems with a team!

That’s all for this week!

ACM Weekly — Week of 10/2/2017

Greetings, ACM! Here are our announcements for this week:

-Advising has begun for the spring semester! Don’t wait to set up an advising appointment, because time slots are already filling up fast!

Monday: TigerDev — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  Today will be TigerDev’s first project progress update of the semester! Our four teams have been working hard on their semester-long game development projects, and today’s the day they get to show the club what they’ve accomplished thus far! Even if you’re not a regular TigerDev attendee, come check out our teams’ progress if you’re interested!

Wednesday: Ethical Hacking Club — 5:00 PM in Shelby 2117:  Hacking club will last from 5PM until our stomachs make us stop in Shelby 2117. We’ll be setting up IoT, Bluetooth, wireless, and network labs that people can try to exploit. It’s an open-ended session, so don’t worry about being late. It’s like a weekly hacking fest, so come have some fun!

Wednesday: Programming Practice — 6:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week, the Programming Team will be covering an introduction to graphs. Graph theory is important to many problems that pop up in programming competitions and in everyday applications, so come get a solid primer on it!

Thursday: TigerDev Guest Speaker — 6:00 PM in Lowder 129:  TigerDev will be hosting Todd Deery, the communication and admission director for UCF’s graduate game development program. He’ll speak about the video game industry in general and about UCF’s graduate program. In addition, he’ll be bringing in a fellow faculty member from UCF to talk about the game industry more in depth. This is an awesome opportunity for anyone interested in game development, so come check it out!

Thursday: Tea Time — 6:00 PM at Little Italy:  Tea Time, what a wonderful time! If you don’t plan on coming to TigerDev’s guest speaker event, come grab a bite to eat with your fellow ACMers!

Sunday: Mock Programming Competition — 2:00 PM in Shelby 3129:  This week’s mock competition will serve as the first qualifying round for the International Collegiate Programming Contest, which the Programming Team will attend in November. If you’re interested in competing at ICPC, be sure to come to the mock this week!

That’s all for this week!

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