Newsletter Week 4

Newsletter Week 4!

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Upcoming Events
    • CSSA BBQ
    • Jane Street - Estimathon
    • CSSA and ESA Present: Monthly Munchies!
    • CSSA Paintball
    • Palantir Technologies Information Session
  • Other Events
    • ESA Careers Fair
    • Cyber Security Challenge Australia 2014
  • Regular Events
  • Our Sponsors

Upcoming Events


First years! Didn’t get enough food at the last PAL BBQ? Come have more!
Non first years, free food! All welcomed.

Thank you to PAL for kindly donating their bread and sausages to the CSSA.
Vegetarian options available.

Time: Friday, 14th March 2014, 12:00
Location: CSIT BBQ Area

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! alt "Facebook"

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!

This event is aimed at postgrads, but interested undergrads/postdocs and visitors, etc, are welcome! Come and chat with us :)

Time: Friday, 21st March 2014, 16:00
Location: Ian Ross Staffroom

CSSA Paintball

Ever wanted to try Paintball? Have already tried it and would love to play with fellow CSSA members?
Then CSSA Paintball is for you!

If you are under 18 years of age you MUST contact the CSSA before you make a payment as there are special requirements for you.

Time: Saturday, 22nd March 2014, 13:30 - 17:30
Location: Fairbairn Ave, Fairbairn ACT 2609
Price: $60 for half day +400 paintballs per person
Payment methods:

  • pay in person at the CSSA common room N102 in CSIT
  • pay by transfer available.
    • BSB: 062903
    • Account Number: 10713223,
    • Account Name: ANU CSSA
    • Reference: PB surname initial (or firstname)

Palantir Technologies Information Session Webpage Flyer

Please join Palantir Technologies, to learn how we are revolutionizing the analysis of hard and important problems that face our world today.

Palantir Technologies builds software platforms that help human experts perform powerful, collaborative analysis of data at scale. Palantir’s software is deployed at public institutions, private enterprises, and in the non-profit sector to address the challenges of responsibly making sense of complex, diverse data.

Palantir’s solutions are backed by our data fusion platforms: Palantir Gotham and Palantir Metropolis. These technologies for integrating, visualizing, and analyzing massive amounts of information are revolutionizing the work being done in pursuit of many of the world’s most critical missions, from Defense to Anti-Fraud to Disease Response.

View a live demo of our data fusion platforms, and learn how you can be a part of our mission.

We are hiring!

Swirl Catering will be available
Enter raffle to win a prize!

Time: Monday, 24th March 2014, 12:00 - 13:00
Location: R221 Ian Ross Graduate Teaching Room

Introducing the Accenture Technology Future Leaders Program

Do you know a student in his or her first or second year of an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)? If so, we invite you to share this email with them, encouraging them to apply to the Accenture Technology Future Leaders Program by Friday 11th April, 2014

Once accepted, the student will:

  • Be connected to Accenture’s diverse, skilled and respected leaders.
  • Enjoy the benefits of exclusive tools and resources.
  • Be involved in a unique learning opportunity that will help you grow and develop throughout your university experience.
  • Meet other forward-thinking students around the world, stimulate your mind through interactive workshops, and grow skills with the support of their Accenture mentors.

Apply Today, and discover how much greater your future can be.

Other Events

ESA Careers Fair

The ESA is hosting the Engineering & Computer Science Careers Fair again this year!

18 companies and organisations will be coming, in particular, software companies Compuware, Palantir Technologies, Atlassian and Orion Health are coming so please take advantage of the event!

Hope to see you all there! :D - ESA

Time: Thursday, 20th March 2014, 16:00 - 18:30
Location: Melville Hall

Cyber Security Challenge Australia 2014 Webpage

Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA) 2014 is the next in the series of national cyber security competitions for university/TAFE undergraduates across Australia — following the success of the CySCA 2013 and the Cyber Defence University Challenge.

It involves 24 hours of analysing code and networks in close competition from other universities. The ANU teams in 2013 came 5th, 7th and 15th out of 43 teams nationwide - you can see the wrap-up here.

Registrations are to be organised, but must be as a team through the CSSA or CECS. Registrations close on April 1st, 2014. Each university will have 4 teams, up to 60 teams nationwide.

Further information can be found here.

Time: Wednesday, 7th May 2014, 12:00 - Thursday 12:00
Location: CSIT

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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Our Sponsors


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