2014 Freshers’ Fair!

Welcome old and new to the ’14-’15 season for GeekSoc!

We’ve got an ambitious new schedule coming up over the next couple of months, and things are a’changing with everything we do.

First though, check out and drop by to visit us today at our stall in The Barony, Students Union today. We’ll be talking to new and old students and hopefully getting your sponsorship as well. Then, check out the calendar for the upcoming meeting dates and other cool events around the city, and country.

Finally, keep an eye on your email that you registered with our mailing list, we’ve got a lot coming early this year, and that’s one of the best ways of staying informed and on top of things, in particular about our upcoming hackathon in December. If you haven’t joined the mailing list before, just click on ‘Join’ under the Members tab of our menu.

Summer fun!

Hi folks!

Sorry for the comms silence, things are pretty busy with exams – hopefully those of you that had them have been getting on well!

A few things have been happening: we had our AGM and our new committee elect starting in September is: Rob Wilson as President, Eimantas Peckys as Treasurer and Craig Morrison as Secretary/Comms. Congrats to them and thank you to everyone that came along to our AGM. If you couldn’t make it, the minutes are available for any member read – just send a message to president@geeksoc.org or support@geeksoc.org

Next up we have an event being hosted by SIE from the 6th – 8th June. He has some freebies/discounts for students so if you’re interest in another hackathon it’s definitely worth a look! It’s based in Edinburgh and there will be food etc provided. The information can be found here: https://www.eventjoy.com/e/crossover-edinburgh-product-forge-219937 but like I said, SIE have organised a special discount for GeekSoc members so please contact me if you would like to go – if there are 8 or more people from GeekSoc going then it’s free for all!

Glasgow Science Festival – Raspberry Pi Jam
One of the lecturers in CIS at Strathclyde, Duncan Smeed, is hosting a day event on the 14th June which will run various workshops and events around the Raspberry Pi. He’s looking for volunteers to help with demonstrating and general tasks on the day. it runs from 10am til 4pm but I imagine there will be some setup and take down. Again please please email me if you want to help out. It will be based in Livi Tower – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glasgow-science-festival-raspberry-jam-and-coderdojo-scotland-tickets-11220756585 is the eventbrite which has some more information on the event. DO NOT SIGN UP HERE. This is purely for informational purposes.

If anyone here’s of any exciting tech events coming up that I haven’t let you know about, email me and I can forward it out to the mailing list!

Many thanks,

Fiona


president@geeksoc.org

Hackathons and Meetings

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the lack of comms recently but things are really busy with all the awesome things coming up!

Our next meeting is tomorrow and hopefully we’ll be able to run a little tutorial session for you – if you’ve got a laptop bring it along and we can also do some gaming after! If you don’t have a portable machine why not pop along/grab a friend who does!

This weekend is the second in the Future City Glasgow Hackathon and GeekSoc have managed to get an esteemed group of members into the event – fingers crossed for the guys! The next Future City’s hack sign up will open after this weekend so keep an eye out for that – First prize is £20,000!

And finally the most important announcement.. The International Space Apps challenge is coming BACK to Strathclyde and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! ISAC is a hackathon style event where over the course of 36 hours you’ll team up with people locally or around the globe to complete exciting challenges relating to space and exploration. This event is NOT just for coders! Many of the events can be solved with design, craft, filming/editing, art and even electronics! We’re lucky enough to have sponsorship from MAKLab so there may even be the opportunity to delve into the world of electronics and robotics – I’ve done it before and it’s awesome fun!

The event takes place on the weekend of 12th-13th April on Lvl 11 of Livingstone Tower, you’ll be fed and watered for the weekend with a variety of goodies and there will be plenty of prizes to go round! With the best of the bunch being put forward for GLOBAL recognition and judging!

The challenges and registration for the event are now LIVE so go ahead and register, then sign up for the Glasgow Location!

https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/location/glasgow/

https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org/challenge/

Finally, please take a new look round the website as we’ve added lots of pictures, media and information over the last couple of weeks.

Adios,

Fiona

Technical Issues and Important Dates

Hi there!

Apologies for the lack of information from me as of late… after getting our servers back in service I belatedly realised my announce list wasn’t functioning meaning the information I sent out about our out of sync meeting last week didn’t reach the masses. I was left heartbroken and lonely! (Almost…).

We have NO meeting tonight I’m afraid (room booking clash) so our next meeting will be on Feb 20th at 6pm in the Lounge, the Union. There will be cans of juice and crisps that weren’t finished off last week =] We’ll have lots and lots to discuss and let you know about but some of it you can find below (and on the website when I get time to put it up).

Gaming (hopefully), possible the new Thor film if someone has bought it on DVD already then bring it along but I suspect I will be investing in that soon! And of course, much discussion on upcoming events.

Dates for the Diary:

Monday 10th Febraury: Physics Soc are holding a pub quiz in the upstairs function room Committee Room No. 9 and GeekSoc have been invited! Event starts at 5:30pm: feel free to arrange teams before hand with friends or they have said they are a social bunch and will make sure everyone gets into a team for the evening. Free Entry afaik!

Tuesday 11th February: Mobile Apps Meetup: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iv-mobile-apps-meetup-glasgow-2-registration-9921138392?aff=erelexporg details at the link, definitely worth a visit if you’re keen on mobile app dev or just interest in the industry… a chance to network and meet like minded bods.

Friday 14th February: Valentines Day and your esteemed president’s birthday.

February: The Lego Movie is out this month!! Totes worth a watch for any geek growing up the 90s ;)

February 20th: As above, GeekSoc Meeting 6pm onwards in the Lounge, the Union.

February 27th: ScotLUG! 2nd Floor, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD from 7:15 for a 7:30pmish start. Various exciting talks on up and coming technologies from some people you may already know! Get your bodies along to this!

24th February – 21st March(?): Morgan Stanley Coding Challenge: https://www.morganstanley.com/progcontest/public/webapp/index.jsp Looks interesting and definitely worth the time – if you’re still looking for internships/jobs this could be a great way to show off your skills and win yourself some shiny kit along the way!

12-13th April: ISAC! International Space Apps Challenge will hopefully return to Glasgow again this year and WE will have the pleasure of hosting and taking part =D More info to come in the future but save the date!

5th-15th June: Glasgow Science Festival: Not much info yet but save the date as Strathclyde have secured some events which will need able and willing helpers to make it happen! More to come in the future.

Hope that’s enough to wet your appetites. Don’t forget about the regular meet ups of Glasgow Tech Meetup (4th Wednesday of the month), Rookie Oven etc.

Remember if you ever want to get more involved in GeekSoc, learn more about the systems or learn about something techie in general don’t hesitate to ask!

Cheers,

Fiona

Fiona MacIsaac
GeekSoc President