Google Hash Code 2016 – team based programming competition

Could you come up with a way to optimise Internet coverage for Project Loon balloons, or route Google Street View cars through Paris?

Organised by Google, Hash Code  gives you an opportunity to step into the shoes of a Google engineer and tackle these types of challenges in a team-based programming competition for students and professionals. You pick your team and programming language, Google pick a real-life engineering problem to solve.

The competition is divided into two stages:

  • an Online Qualification Round on 11th February at 18:30 CET
    For this round, your team can participate from wherever you’d like, including one of our Hash Code hubs. Hubs allow for teams in the same location (e.g. city or university) to compete side-by-side in a more fun and exciting environment. The Oxford Hackspace is a hub.
  • a Final Round on 19th March
    Top scoring teams from the Online Qualification Round will be invited to Google Paris to compete in the Final Round of the competition.

For more information and to sign up!

IEEE John von Neumann – Medal

ieee_logo_mb_taglineThe IEEE John von Neumann Medal is named in honor of the eminent mathematician John von Neumann, whose work at the Institute for Advanced Study led to the building of the IAS binary stored-program computer in 1952.

Therefore this medal, sponsored by IBM, is awarded yearly for a individuals or a group of up to 3 people for outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology. The achievements may be theoretical, technological, or entrepreneurial. Subject areas cover computer architecture, base technologies, systems, languages, algorithms and protocols, and application domains.

The nomination deadline is the 1st July 2015, with successful nominees awarded the medal in November time.

To find out more and nominate – Click Here
To view the nomination guidelines – Click Here

UK ICT Pioneers 2015 – EOI Call

UK ICT Pioneers is a unique partnership between Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and key stakeholders that aims to recognise the most exceptional UK doctoral students in ICT-related topics who are able to communicate and demonstrate the excellence and exploitation potential of their research.

You may submit your application in up to two of the competition categories, listed below:
— Technology Everywhere
— Transforming Society
— Information Overload
— Future ICT

This exciting competition is open to all UK students in the final two years of their doctoral training. The prizes, like last year, will consist of the top 15 applicants showcasing their research potential in London, followed by a selection of 3 finalists gaining awards of £2000. After the final 3 are selected, an “Elevator Pitch” will take place to find a single winner, who will in turn gain an additional £1000.

The closing date for EOI submission is Thursday 16th April at 12pm.

To find out more – Click Here (PDF)
To send in the EOI – Click Here
To view the dedicated Facebook page – Click Here

BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium – Call for Abstracts


On the 9th of April 2015, in Edinburgh, it will be the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquim’s 8th event. To prepare for this, all women students of computing and related subjects are invited to enter one of the poster competitions. The categories are as follows:

  • Best first year poster for students who are in their first year of study at a UK university.
  • Best second year poster for students in their second year of study at a UK university (also those on an industrial year or 3rd year of a 4 year degree – basically this is for students between their first and final years).
  • Best final year undergraduate poster for students in their final year of study for a BA, BSc, BEng, or in the penultimate year of an MEng (this will often be the 3rd year, but may be the fourth or fifth year, if the student has taken a year abroad, year in industry, or is studying for a 4 year Scottish degree).
  • Best Masters student poster for students doing a taught masters degree, or who are in the final year of an MEng or similar integrated 4-5 year course resulting in a masters.

To enter the poster contest, write a 250 word abstract on the topic of your poster. The best 50 or so abstracts received will get travel bursaries, meaning that we’ll refund your transport costs, and an overnight stay if that’s necessary for you to attend (for example – if you’re coming from Southampton, we’ll pay for 2 nights accommodation, but if you’re coming from Glasgow we’ll only refund your train fare).

The deadline for submissions is the 28th February 2015.
To find out more – Click here
To submit your entry via the submission form – Click here