Fourth meeting notes 2014-10-23

We talked about a wide range of topics at this meeting. Here are links to the talks:

Check out photos from the meeting here.

Talk: Richard Stallman – “The Free Software Movement”

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Richard Stallman (rms) is giving a talk at the University of Houston. You can RSVP at the Free Software Foundation.

Richard Stallman’s speech will be nontechnical, admission is free of charge, and the public is encouraged to attend. The topics of free software, copyright vs community, and digital inclusion deal with ethical/political issues that concern all users of computers.

Title: “The Free Software Movement”.

Speaker: Richard Stallman

When: Sunday November 2nd, 2014 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

RSVP: Please register at Free Software Foundation (FSF). Registration is anonymous, but appreciated to help us accommodate the audience.

Where: University of Houston, SEC 100, Google Map.
University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd
(Large Auditorium near the Stadium and Stadium Parking lot off of Cullen Boulevard)

The Free Software Movement campaigns for computer users’ freedom to cooperate and control their own computing. The Free Software Movement developed the GNU operating system, typically used together with the kernel Linux, specifically to make these freedoms possible.

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Informational literature and small giveaway items will be available for the audience and there will be an opportunity to purchase various FSF merchandise.

The closest parking to the auditorium is Parking Lot 12B on Holman Street. A Google Maps is available here.

SEC and Holman parking

Third meeting notes 2014-10-09

Pariveda Solutions came out and spoke about their company. Then Kevin Moormann of Pariveda gave a talk titled “The Power of Connected Data” that he previously presented at Houston Techfest. He demonstrated how to use Neo4j to make graph queries that would be difficult to do with a relational database. The meeting’s pizza was graciously provided by Pariveda Solutions! Thank you for both the talk and the food!

CougarCS also discussed:

  • the new code review problem about word chains for the month of October,
  • signing up for the Code Day Houston hackathon (use the coupon code UOFH for 25% off),
  • and an upcoming initiative from CougarCS called “Mo’ Code Movember” — a month of software engineering. More info on that soon.

Photos from the meeting:

Second meeting notes 2014-09-25


Photos from the meeting:

Upcoming events: resume workshop, second meeting, and career fair

Both the resume workshop and career fair are coming up! Make sure you are prepared to show your best side. Find out more information about both in our Career fair post. Even if you are a freshman, you can still benefit by going to the career fair. And if you’re looking for internships for the summer, this is the career fair you want to go to.

Come by our second meeting as well. We’ll have more career fair tips and a representative from Schlumberger. It will be Thursday September 25th, 2014 at 5:30 PM in PGH 232.

Facebook event for the meeting is here.

First meeting notes 2014-09-11

Here’s the meeting notes for the first meeting of the year (on Prezi)!


  • Dr. Rakesh Verma talked about opportunities for doing cybersecurity research at UH. UH recently got a grant for cybersecurity from the NSF and work in an area that will only become more and more important in our increasingly connected world. Visit Dr. Verma’s office on the 5th floor of PGH if you’re interested.
  • Dr. Hesam Panahi talked about Houston’s startup community and the resources available right here at UH. These include 3 Day Startup and RED Labs, UH’s startup accelerator. You can learn how to work at a startup while still in school!
  • Jorge Revuelta and Daniel Romero from IEEE UH invited all computer science students to participate in the 8th IEEExtreme programming competition. This is a worldwide 24-hour programming competition. Here’s the info from IEEE UH:
    1. You can form a team up to 3 people to do Xtreme, also a team consisting
      of one person is also acceptable.
    2. Registration has just opened today (9/9/2014) and you have by Oct. 4th, 7
      p.m. (pacific time) to register your team.
    3. You must be a national IEEE member in order to participate, which is $32
      for a year. However, we are planning to reimburse half of the cost back to
      those that participate in Xtreme and we will keep you updated regarding the
    4. I would like you to fill out a survey regarding the teams, so we may know
      ahead of time on how many snacks to bring for Xtreme, the survey link is here.
    5. Food will be provided throughout the entire event. We reserve two rooms
      in the engineering building where all the teams will be at. You also
      receive a free t-shirt.
    6. Registration and information for IEEEXtreme can be found by clicking here.

    Contact IEEE UH for any questions and don’t forget to RSVP with IEEE UH and register with IEEExtreme.

  • Jared Bienz from Microsoft and Muhammad Naviwala (CougarCS’s webmaster) gave a demo of how to use the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with the Unity SDK for game development. Lots of people at the meeting had their first VR experience on Jared’s setup!

Check out some of the photos from the meeting:

First meeting and tailgate of Fall 2014

ATTENTION: The room for the meeting on September 11th has changed to PGH 232. Not the PGH 563 lab. Edited 2014-09-10.

Hello my friends in arms!

Welcome back to a new school year. We hope everyone has had a wonderful and epic summer.

First, CougarCS and the CS Alumni will have a booth at the tailgate this coming Friday (08/29) at our first football game in the new UH Stadium. Come enjoy FREE food and some socializing with the CS Alumni and your fellow students. Then top it off with one epic game!!! I say it’s the least we could do before you dwell back into the battlefield! Oh also did I mention the FREE food?? RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Second, First official Fall 2014 CougarCS meeting will be on September 11th, Thursday @ 5:30pm. We’ll go over all the new exciting things that’ll happen this year (like career fair, tailgate, etc.). We also have Dr. Hesam Panahi from Red Labs coming. He is in charge of the startup incubator (accelerator) over at the UH Red Labs. Here’s a link to their page: RED Labs.

So RSVP to the meeting and come enjoy some FREE food and socialize with your fellow comrades!

Jophy Johnson
CougarCS – Treasurer
University of Houston – Computer Science