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

Thurs 21st : Tech Talks with SIE and GCU

This Thurs we present with Glasgow Caledonian Computer Soc and Scottish Institute for Enterprise an evening of Tech Talks from recently graduated students in the workplace, some who’ve started their own companies.

This is a really good chance to network, to meet students from other universities, and to ask questions of the speakers. SIE will also be on hand to answer questions.

Details:1800, 303 McCance, Strathclyde Uni, Richmond Street
21st Nov, 2013

Speakers:

CEO of Swarmly Marco De Nichilo
CEO of Insight Arcade Allan C. Lloyds
CEO of Lodger Ashley Baxter
COO of Mallzee Callum Stuart

Space has gotten limited, so register, for free, asap at:

http://sie-tech-talks.eventbrite.co.uk

EXTRA MEETING: How to build your own server!

Hi peeps!

An extra wee tutorial evening for you this week: how to build your own server!

We won’t be starting til 7pm, sorry for that, but we look forward to seeing you there. Feel free to bring phones to record bits and pieces if you wish ;)
Please keep an eye on your emails as we’re still waiting on the odd part coming in so there may be a last minute change of plans.
A quick reminder as well if there are any projects you’d like to get involved in (such as Rob getting involved with setting up Sun equipment for us to use) please don’t hesitate to contact gsag@geeksoc.org as we’re always looking for willing hands to learn the ropes. If any of you would also like to help me more with promotions and other communications work then feel free to ask about that too. Email me at president@geeksoc.org.
See you on Thursday.
Cheers,
Fiona