Newsletter Week 1

Newsletter Week 1!

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Upcoming Events
    • First BBQ
    • Installfest (with Pizza)
    • Jane Street - Estimathon
    • CSSA and ESA Present: Monthly Munchies!
  • Other Events
    • Meet and Meat (COMP1100/COMP1130 Students Only)
    • ANUSA First Year Science and CECS Camp
    • J.P. Morgan Tech careers talk
    • CECS HDR Camp: Kioloa
    • Cyber Security Challenge Australia Roadshow Information Session
    • PARSA and CECS Welcome Afternoon Tea
  • Other News
    • IT employment possibility
  • Regular Events
  • Our Sponsors

Upcoming Events

2014 BBQ, the first!

Free BBQ for members, drinks available for purchase! We will be experimenting with dietary requirements hopefully. Come and enjoy some time with friends, strangers and food! If you can’t find the area, there’ll be maps on the signs up around the CSSA, or you can attach yourself to a friendly later-year.

Time: Thursday, 20th February 2014, 12:00
Location: CSIT BBQ Area

Installfest (with Pizza) alt "Facebook"

We’ll have a team of experienced people ready to set up your personal computers for the next semester of COMP courses. Afterwards you can choose to come to ANUbar or stay in CSIT for Minecraft.

NOTE: If you’re coming planning to set up another OS on your computer, make sure you backup your computer first! We can’t promise everything will go smoothly with some computers.

Time: Friday, 28th February 2014, 14:00 - 18:00
Location: Ian Ross R221

Jane Street - Estimathon (RSVP required) Webpage

Jane Street is a proprietary trading firm that operates around the clock and around the globe focusing primarily on equities and equity derivatives. Founded in 2000, Jane Street employs over 360 people in offices in New York, London and Hong Kong.

The environment at Jane Street is open, informal, intellectual and fun. You can wear a t-shirt and jeans to the office every day, the kitchen is stocked, and discussions are always lively. Teaching and learning are central activities through classes, mentoring and discussion.

Event Description

We will be running an Estimathon on Monday March 17 from 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Hanna Neumann Seminar Room.

“What’s an Estimathon” you ask?! It’s a team contest where the goal is to create confidence intervals to difficult math and science questions. e.g., what’s the volume of the earth’s oceans (in cubic km); or, how many prime number contain strictly increasing digits. It’s a very interactive game, and focuses on some ideas that are central to what we do at Jane Street: thinking about hard problems, assessing confidence levels, trying to strike a balance between quick-and-rough estimates versus more refined solutions. The game is pretty mathematically driven, but we welcome anyone interested in giving it a shot!

Spaces are limited so please RSVP soon if you’re interested. The details of the event and confirmation of attendance will be sent via email closer to the event. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Trading Information Session

Time: Monday, 17th March 2014, 12:00
Location: Hanna Neumann Seminar Room

Technology Information Session

Time: Tuesday, 18th March 2014, 12:00
Location: Hanna Neumann Seminar Room

CSSA and ESA Present: Monthly Munchies!

The regular Monthly Munchies postgrad event will be happening on the 21st of March, so pencil it in!

Come and catch up with other students and enjoy FREE finger food, cakes and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) in a relaxed atmosphere. Vegetarian options available.

Stay tuned for more info!

Time: Friday, 21st March 2014, 16:00
Location: TBA

Other Events

Meet and Meat (COMP1100/COMP1130 Students Only)alt "Facebook"

Right after your friday lecture we are holding a FREE BBQ for you to come and eat meat while meeting people who are taking the course with you. Feel free to come along.

We will have some people hang back for the end of the lecture to make sure that you know where to go.

Note: There will be vegetarian options avaliable.

See you there!

Time: Friday, 21st February 2014, 14:00
Location: CSIT BBQ Area

ANUSA First Year Science and CECS Camp Webpage alt "Facebook"

Come along to the ANUSA First Year Camp for combined Science and CECS to get to know your fellow first years! There’ll be activities and social experiences.

ANUSA First Year Camps promote integration between both local and interstate students, students in different residential/virtual halls and colleges, and domestic and international students within each academic college’s first year cohort. New students meet one another in a friendly, relaxed and safe environment. These initial social experiences foster an academic culture of strong peer mentoring, collaboration and communication.

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Price: $60. sales end Wednesday the 19th February
Time: Friday, 21st February 2014, 12:00 - Saturday, 22nd February 2014, 17:00

J.P. Morgan Tech careers talk Webpage

Discover what makes us a world-leading tech house.

Millisecond trading capability. Billion-dollar security systems. Information retrieval algorithms spread over networks of tens of thousands of nodes. If you think financial services is just for bankers, think again. In our industry, success means being quicker and smarter - and technology can make all the difference.

Join us for an inspiring careers talk, and discover a technology career in a world you may have never considered.

This event for penultimate and final year students. Space is limited and admittance is on a first-come, first served basis.


  • Rajini Carpenter: Executive Director, Corporate and Investment Bank Technology, J.P. Morgan
  • Ray Godfrey-Yik: Analyst, Corporate and Investment Bank Technology, J.P. Morgan

Time: Tuesday, 25th February 2014, 17:00 - 17:20
Location: CSIT N101

Cyber Security Challenge Australia Roadshow Information Session Webpage

CySCA is Australia’s only national cyber security competition. It’s designed to excite, inspire, attract and help Australia’s talented people to become our next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

The Australian Government in cooperation with Telstra and PricewaterhouseCoopers will hold information presentations on the Cyber Security Challenge Australia 2014 at selected universities around Australia. These presentations will provide more information about the competition and possible future employment opportunities for cyber professionals. This will be a valuable opportunity to ask competition designers and organisers about the Challenge.

See more details at

Time: Tuesday, 4th March 2014, 14:00
Location: CSIT N101

PARSA and CECS Welcome Afternoon Tea alt "Facebook"

CECS Postgrads, welcome to 2014!

CECS and PARSA take great pleasure in inviting all CECS postgraduates to: PARSA + CECS Welcome Afternoon Tea

Come by for FREE scones, cakes, sandwiches, spring rolls, tea, coffee, juice, etc.

This is great opportunity to meet other postgraduate CECS students, staff members from CECS and PARSA Representatives.

Don’t forget about the fortnightly PARSA Drinks happening straight afterwards!

Time: Friday, 7th March 2014, 16:00 - 17:00
Location: Vivaldi’s @ ANU Union Court

CECS HDR Camp: Kioloa Webpage

The retreat provides sessions aimed to give you information to succeed as a research student (PhD or MPhil) in CECS.

Are you a first year PhD or MPhil student? The retreat will give you valuable information on succeeding in your research degree and you’ll get to make friends at ANU.

Are you a second year/third year or above PhD or MPhil student? It’s likely you’ll still learn something from the camp even if you’ve got some publications under your belt already. Come join us for a great social experience!

We are planning some awesome events as part of the retreat including a trivia night, games and drinks and plenty of time at the beach, so don’t miss out

The retreat is just $20, which includes everything: transport, accommodation and food. We must have solid numbers by the end of the week so register and pay today!

If you have any questions, email, or ask us on facebook

Time: Wednesday - Friday, 12th - 14th March 2014
Location: Kioloa

Regular Events

Wednesday Night Board Games alt "Facebook"

Take a Ticket to Ride and Come Settle in our Dominion at CSSA board games night! CSSA board games night is Articulate. Other board game nights are Absolute Balderdash.

Time: Wednesdays, 19:00 - Late
Location: CSIT N101

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