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Bowling event with CougarCS and Andarko 4/9

Come and let out all that built up stress from school at the UH Game room with CougarCS and Anadarko Petroleum.

When: Wed, 4/9/14 6-8pm
Where: UH Game Center @ the UC (basement level)

About Anadarko:

Committed to safely producing the energy we all need in a manner that protects the environment, public health and supports our communities. Energy is fundamental to modern existence. It is as important as clean air, water and affordable food. Anadarko takes this responsibility seriously to safely deliver resources to our energy-hungry world, and they hold true to their core values of integrity and trust, servant leadership, commercial focus, people and passion, and open communication in all of their business activities.

Anadarko is among the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies, with 2.79 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BBOE) of proved reserves at year-end 201

This will be an excellent opportunity to meet the members/officers and network with the company in a fun and relaxed environment before your next wave of exams! Free Food (Pizza) will be provided for, so I see no reason why any of y’all would not be here!

Update:
Anadarko is in fact looking for some CS students for Internship for the Summer of 2015.


Microsoft 2 Day Hackathon

We’re having a 2 Day hackathon with Microsoft, AITP UH, CS Girls, and ISACA! Details on when it is and how to prepare are below. RSVP here and join the Facebook event and Meetup event to keep up to date.

20140220_MicrosoftPoster_HackathonSpring PDF of poster

Prize Goes To The Best Idea!!!

So come prepared, bring your best idea, and execute it. You’ll have 28+ hours,
to build it! Earn points to towards prizes including t-shirts, gift cards, Xbox
games, phones, and devices for each successfully published app!

Don’t Know Where To Begin?

No frets! We will provide you with multiple templates to get you started! If
you don’t have a development machine, 10 units will be provided on a first
come, first served basis.

Install Mixer Event (If you wish to develop on your own device)

February 27th, 2014 from 5-8pm

PGH 563

Workshops & Hackathon

February 28th at 10am through March 1st 5:00 PM

Heyne Building H43

Get Your Development Environment Installed, Attend The Install Mixer!

RSVP Here

Participation will require the following”

  • Windows 8 Pro 64bit – Get through Dreamspark Premium from Laura Miller in PGH527.
    (If your machine can only install 32-bit, please use that, although you will not be able to use the Windows Phone emulator. We can still build you app to a device or on another machine)
  • Visual Studio 2012 Pro or higher – https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=44
  • Visual Studio Update 3 – https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=51
  • Windows Phone SDK – https://www.dreamspark.com/student/Windows-Phone-8-App-Development.aspx

All of these are available through Dreamspark (with exception of Windows 8 Pro 64Bit) and instructions on installing them are contained in the above linked video. If you require Direct Links to where to get this software, see the Readme at the bottom of: https://github.com/winappkits/XPlatformCloudKit

If you need Windows 8, please see Laura Miller in PGH527 so she can register you for a premium dreamspark account so you can get it free as a Computer Science student at UH. This is different than the regular dreamspark at Dreamspark and is the only known way to obtain a free copy of Windows 8.

Laura is a very busy person so please be sure to do this earlier rather than later.

Last but not least, everyone need to have a Windows 8 & Phone developer account as well as Azure; so be sure to register at the following, you can obtain free access to the Windows 8 and Windows Phone stores through Dreamspark:

  • Access code available @ https://www.dreamspark.com/student/Windows-8-App-Development.aspx
  • Register for Windows 8 App Development Access @ http://dev.windows.com
  • Map your account as a student for free access @ https://www.dreamspark.com/student/Windows-Phone-8-App-Development.aspx
  • Register for Windows Phone 8 App Development Access @ http://dev.windowsphone.com
  • Register for Windows Azure free trial @ http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/. No code needed

It is important that you try to set these accounts up as soon as possible, the reason being that live support is not available on weekends so if there are any blockers, you may have to wait until Monday to contact support in the event that you receive a blocker.

We will go over all of this in more detail during the Hackathon, but the more prepared you come, the sooner you can jump into the fun!

Paul
Paul DeCarlo | Technology Evangelist
Central Region DPE | Microsoft Corporation


Wed 2/12 CougarCS Meeting, 2/15 Code Retreat Event

We’ll be holding two events this week:

## CougarCS meeting

Where: PGH 563
When: Wed (tomorrow) 2014-02-12 530pm (17:30 – 18:00)
Description: Joel Loucks is going to be giving a talk about test driven development
(TDD) and talking about the upcoming Code Retreat event that we will be
holding this Saturday (2014-02-15).

If you don’t know about TDD, check out http://martinfowler.com/bliki/TestDrivenDevelopment.html .

RSVP on Facebook!.

## Code Retreat

Where: PGH 563
When: Sat 2014-02-15 10am – 4pm (10:00 – 16:00)
Description: Software Developers honing their craft together.

We’ll be doing round-robin pair programming to solve Conway’s Game of
Life http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway’s_Game_of_Life with different
people. Come learn from each other! Discussion, TDD, and food!

RSVP on Facebook!


Wed 1/29: Meeting tonight 530pm

CougarCS will be meeting tonight at 530pm in PGH 563 to introduce the topic of Regular Expressions. Join learning a bit about how they work, and more about what work they can do for you. Come in from the cold, and we look forward to seeing you!

CougarCS meeting
Wed 1/29/14 5:30 pm
PGH 563


Wed 1/15: CougarCS Meeting and Career Fair Prep

Prep Help for Career Fair

Handouts/Copies of Materials (pdf) from meeting:

CougarCS is the computer science organization at University of Houston and an official ACM student chapter. ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest education and scientific computing society. Every year we provide a career fair, events, and meetings to help develop computer science students for careers in the industry.
Come to our first meeting of the semester on Jan. 15th @ 5:30 pm in PGH 563. 
Our Career Fair will be on Jan. 21st in the new UC ballrooms from 10am to 2pm. Dress business formal is required.
You can stay up to date by visiting our Facebook page www.facebook.com/CougarCS or our website at www.cougarcs.com
Gabriel Ohlson
CougarCS President
Department of Computer Science
University of Houston | Houston, TX 77204

Spring Career Fair: Participating Companies List

COMPUTER SCIENCE CAREER FAIR – Spring Semester

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

10:00am – 2:00pm

University of Houston Main Campus:

University Center Ballroom

We look forward to see everyone and welcome the following companies that have RSVP’d to attend the Career Fair:

Pariveda Solutions
Pariveda Solutions is a national consulting firm focused on career development while operating within a local-office project delivery model. At Pariveda Solutions we Deliver at the Edge SM, helping our clients improve their bottom line through technology strategy and solutions. Our technology solutions include custom software & mobile application development, BI, portals & enterprise content management and cloud computing. Our focus is simple: build long-term relationships with clients where partnership is a centerpiece by incubating, developing and deploying world-class talent and service to our clients.

Schlumberger
Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Employing more than 120,000 people representing over 140 nationalities and working in approximately 85 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry’s widest range of products and services from exploration through production. This year, the company is recruiting more than 5,000 graduates in: Engineering, Science, Geoscience, Business and Finance, and HSE. Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston and The Hague, and reported revenues of $42.15 billion in 2012.

Hewlett Packard
At HP, we believe in the power of ideas. From cutting edge personal digital equipment to the most powerful IT solutions, we use ideas to put technology to work for everyone. And we believe that ideas thrive best in a teamwork culture. That is why everyone at every level in every function is encouraged to have original ideas, to express them and to share them. We believe anything can be achieved if you really believe in it, and we will invest in your ideas to change lives and working practices. It is all to do with what sets us apart as a company. At HP we work across borders, and without limits. Global virtual teams share resources and pool their brainpower to solve business issues and meet personal goals. Each individual is valued for the unique skills, experiences and perspective they bring. That’s how we work at HP. And it’s how ideas – and people – grow.

J.P. Morgan
J.P. Morgan is a leader in financial services, working in collaboration across the globe to deliver the best solutions and advice to meet our clients’ needs, anywhere in the world. We operate in 100 countries and hold leadership positions across our businesses. We have an exceptional team of employees who work hard to do the right thing for our clients and the firm, every day. This is why we are one of the most respected financial institutions in the world — and why we can offer you an outstanding career. Business Area: J.P. Morgan is a technology shop in its own right. There’s not a single part of our business that isn’t empowered and enhanced by the creative thinking of our technologists who develop solutions that impact our businesses. As a firm, we continue to make substantial investments in our technology platform — strengthening the very base of the infrastructure and creating some of the most innovative financial technologies available today. Our Technology team develops new products, drives efficiencies, improves our risk management and enhances our customer experience. The overall mission of our technologists is to turn our applications, systems and infrastructure into a competitive advantage for the firm.

The Reynolds and Reynolds Company
Reynolds and Reynolds is one of the top providers of premium software, business forms and supplies, and professional services that support all areas of automotive retailing for car dealers and automakers world-wide. In business since 1866, the company has evolved from a business forms manufacturer into one of the world’s leading information management companies serving the automotive retailing industry. We have locations in Dayton, OH, Houston and College Station, TX as well as a sales and consulting force nationwide. Positions we hire for include sales, consulting, software development, technical support marketing and more! For a full list of our open positions, visit our website at www.reyrey.com/careers. We are not currently considering applicants that require sponsorship.

PROS
PROS (NYSE: PRO) is a big data software company that helps customers compete and win more effectively by using their data. We apply 27 years of data science experience to identify opportunities that will close, offers that will sell, and prices that will win. PROS provides big data solutions to optimize sales, pricing, quoting, rebates and revenue management. Companies who want to OUTPERFORM in their markets rely on PROS to help them turn their big data into a strategic advantage. PROS has implemented over 500 solutions across a range of industries in more than 50 countries. Founded in 1985, PROS is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Today, PROS has over 700 employees, more than 100 with advanced degrees and over 25 with Ph.D.s. To learn more about PROS, please visit www.pros.com

TATA Consultancy Services
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. As a campus hire at TCS, you will have the opportunity to work for a global company at the forefront of a rapidly expanding field. TCS continues to grow faster than the industry average, ensuring that throughout your career, you’ll have constantly expanding opportunities for personal and professional growth. TCS offers an environment that allows you to explore and map out a dynamic career path tailored to your personal goals. You’ll also find a supportive community of colleagues working together to positively impact our company, our clients, and our careers.

Spectra Energy
Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), a FORTUNE 500 company, is one of North America’s premier natural gas infrastructure companies serving three key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering and processing, transmission and storage, and distribution. For nearly a century, Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies have developed critically important pipelines and related infrastructure connecting natural gas supply sources to premium markets.

P97 Networks
P97 Networks is developing a suite of the next generation mobile payments, digital offer, customer loyalty and point of sale products that will transform the buying experience for millions of users. These solutions are powered by software that runs on a range of mobile platforms and cloud based infrastructure. Mobile platforms include iOS (iPhone), Android and Windows mobile devices as well as vehicle telematics units that use geo-location technology to “find gas” and use highly secure identification and authorization technologies to allow for purchase transaction initiation and completion via the mobile device connected to the PetroZone™ cloud, onsite endpoints and payment networks. PetroZone’s mobile wallet also increases the speed, safety and security of fueling transactions as well as making available all services of the gas station and convenience store for mobile commerce.

Intergraph Corporation
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes and infrastructure better, safer, and smarter. The company’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

WhiteHat Security
WhiteHat ignited the web application security industry and continues to lead by transforming the way organizations master vulnerability management. Only WhiteHat Security offers a solution that combines an advanced, cloud security platform with the world’s largest force of web security experts.

MRE Consulting, Ltd.
MRE Consulting is a dynamic professional services firm that helps its clients by delivering flexible solutions using highly trained and experienced professionals to successfully blend technology and business strategy to consistently achieve results. Through our three lines of business – technology consulting and business consulting – we deliver innovative solutions that fully meet our clients’ business, technology and budgetary needs.

Automation Solutions, Inc
Automation Solutions (AutoSol) Inc. is a Houston-based company with a focus of remote data communications software and hardware products. Our cutting-edge products and designs have provided for 20 years of steady growth in the field of automation in the oil & gas, water/wastewater, manufacturing, and aviation industries. We are located in the Clear Lake area.

Softway Solutions & Aramco Services Company
Softway Solutions will be representing Aramco Services Company who is looking for a part-time intern. Softway Solutions is a strategic digital solutions provider that is consulting Aramco Services Company in their search for a software development position.

Gimmal
Gimmal is the world’s leading provider of solutions built on Microsoft SharePoint that extend and enhance its broad enterprise information management and governance capabilities and provide SAP content archiving and interoperability. With Gimmal’s ground-breaking and award-winning solutions you can easily transform SharePoint into a platform that consistently governs and manages all content, documents and records and maintains SharePoint as the single repository for all organizational information. Microsoft has recognized Gimmal as one of their top three global Enterprise Content Management Partners for 2012. Gimmal’s SAP-certified content archiving and application development software takes takes document and records productivity further through the enablement of composite business applications to deliver business efficiency in line with organizational and industry requirements. For more information, visit http://www.gimmal.com

CAPSHER Technology, Inc.
A software consulting company with a passion for excellence CAPSHER Technology has a 19 year history of delivering practical solutions for the scientific and engineering industries. We design and develop custom computer applications for professional use. Project teams create software that ranges from complete packages to interdependent modules to web applications. We uses a unique process to solve real world problems, build lasting relationships with clients, and create a positive experience during and after the project. Located in College Station. We are close to the University, but far away from your average student or graduate job. Best Place to Work in Texas. Texas Monthly magazine along with American Association of Business’s recognized CAPSHER with this title in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This award reflects the organization’s work environment, employee commitment, and opportunity for individual advancement. Established. The company was founded in 1994 by Kay Capps, Texas A&M ’82, and Kevin Sherry. Early on they began employing Aggie students and recent graduates, an approach that still keeps CAPSHER connected to the university and provides a constant influx of talent and ideas. Graduates with programming experience are eligible for full time Developer 1 and Developer 2 positions. Complete job descriptions are available online at capsher.com/careers.

NetIQ
Security and identity management software company

Smartbridge
Technology Consulting

 


Spring Career Fair Tue 1/21/14

COMPUTER SCIENCE CAREER FAIR – Spring Semester

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

10:00am – 2:00pm

University of Houston Main Campus:

University Center Ballroom

 

 

Our Career Fair is Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at the University of Houston – Main Campus

 

Set up:

Set up will begin at 9:00am in the UC (University Center) Ballroom – room 210. Tables and chairs will be provided for the event.

Heavy items may be unloaded at the front driveway of the UC for easier access to the Ballroom before parking.

 

Parking Information:

Parking tokens/passes will not be provided by CougarCS or the Department of Computer Science.  The most convenient place to park is the Hilton Underground Garage ($9/day).  The UH Welcome Center Parking Garage is next to the Hilton also ($9/day).  You may also stop at a drive-up visitor’s booth and purchase a day parking pass which is valid in all the student lots.  Due to construction, parking may be difficult to locate especially in the student lots and the Welcome Center Parking Garage.  Unfortunately, the University will no longer allow us to specifically reserve spaces for you. If you are having difficulty parking, please call us at 832-360-0641, and we will assist you accordingly.

 

Food:

Boxed lunches will be provided in room 210. This room can also be a place to store your extra materials.

 

Attendance:

Last semester, we had nearly 300 students pass through the career fair so prepare accordingly.

 

RSVP:

Businesses, if you would like to attend, registration is free. Please fill out the registration form.

 

If you have any questions you may email us at info@cougarcs.com.

Sponsored By CougarCS & the Dept. of Computer Science


Microsoft 3 Day Hackathon

We’re having a 3 Day hackathon this weekend with Microsoft, CS Girls, and AGAD! Details on how to prepare below. You can RSVP on Facebook. More info about the toolkit you’ll be using at the Channel 9 blog.

3_day_hackathon_flyer

To all attendees of the Hackathon this weekend:

I am very excited to be hosting the largest Hackathon we have held to date at the University of Houston this weekend! The schedule will run as follows:

  • Friday November 8 – Install Mixer from 5PM to 9PM in SEC 100
  • Saturday November 9 – Day 1 of Hackathon begins @ 9AM in SEC 100 and will run for as long as students wish to stay
  • Sunday November 10 – Day 2 of Hackathon begins @ 9AM in SEC 100 and will run until 3PM. We will have prizes and do app judging on this day! Be sure to be on hand with your completed app(s)!

Please be prepared to install the following prerequisites before attending; if you need help, we will be running an install mixer on Friday from 5-9 in SEC 100. I have also included a link to video instructions, or email pdecarlo@microsoft.com if you have any questions:

Participation will require the following”

  • Windows 8 Pro 64bit – Get through Dreamspark Premium from Laura Miller in PGH527.
    (If your machine can only install 32-bit, please use that, although you will not be able to use the Windows Phone emulator. We can still build you app to a device or on another machine)
  • Visual Studio 2012 Pro or higher – https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=44
  • Visual Studio Update 3 – https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=51
  • Windows Phone SDK – https://www.dreamspark.com/student/Windows-Phone-8-App-Development.aspx

All of these are available through Dreamspark (with exception of Windows 8 Pro 64Bit) and instructions on installing them are contained in the above linked video. If you require Direct Links to where to get this software, see the Readme at the bottom of: https://github.com/winappkits/XPlatformCloudKit

If you need Windows 8, please see Laura Miller in PGH527 so she can register you for a premium dreamspark account so you can get it free as a Computer Science student at UH. This is different than the regular dreamspark at Dreamspark and is the only known way to obtain a free copy of Windows 8.

Laura is a very busy person so please be sure to do this earlier rather than later.

Last but not least, everyone need to have a Windows 8 & Phone developer account as well as Azure; so be sure to register at the following, you can obtain free access to the Windows 8 and Windows Phone stores through Dreamspark:

  • Access code available @ https://www.dreamspark.com/student/Windows-8-App-Development.aspx
  • Register for Windows 8 App Development Access @ http://dev.windows.com
  • Map your account as a student for free access @ https://www.dreamspark.com/student/Windows-Phone-8-App-Development.aspx
  • Register for Windows Phone 8 App Development Access @ http://dev.windowsphone.com
  • Register for Windows Azure free trial @ http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/. No code needed

It is important that you try to set these accounts up as soon as possible, the reason being that live support is not available on weekends so if there are any blockers, you may have to wait until Monday to contact support in the event that you receive a blocker.

We will go over all of this in more detail during the Hackathon, but the more prepared you come, the sooner you can jump into the fun!

If you absolutely can not install the prerequisite software, I will have spare machines on hand (at least 2, looking to get more) and they will be first come first serve!

PS: Those that build three phone apps that are accepted into the Microsoft Store will receive a brand new shiny Developer Edition Nokia Lumia Phone!! :D

Paul
Paul DeCarlo | Technology Evangelist
Central Region DPE | Microsoft Corporation


CougarCS meeting with Molecule Software

The next meeting will be on Thu Nov. 7th 5:30 PM in PGH 232. RSVP on Facebook here.

Molecule Software will be at the next CougarCS meeting. They are a really cool startup here in Houston that has their focus in energy trading software. Come out and hear about opportunities and the innovative technologies they are using.

molecule_software


1st Alumni/Community Mixer – Tuesday, October 29th

UH CS Alumni/Community Mixer

Tuesday Oct 29, 2013 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Stags Head Pub

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 22nd:

http://cruise.cs.uh.edu/limesurvey/index.php/295518/lang-en

 

University of Houston Computer Science Alumni, Students! Please join us for our First Alumni/Community Mixer on Tuesday, Oct. 29th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Stag’s Head Pub located in the Upper Kirby area. Again current CS students welcome to attend!

Stag’s Head Pub
2128 Portsmouth
Houston, TX 77098
http://www.stagsheadpub.com

Again, please RSVP by Tuesday, October 22nd at http://cruise.cs.uh.edu/limesurvey/index.php/295518/lang-en