Newsletter Week 5

Newsletter Week 5!

Ever needed to know who the CSSA committee was? We now have our friendly faces on the about us page.

Edited: the Ordinary General Meeting is on Thursday the 3rd of April

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Upcoming Events
    • CSSA and ESA Present: Monthly Munchies!
    • CSSA Paintball (Payment Required by THURSDAY)
    • Palantir Technologies Information Session
    • COMP2300 C Shell study group at Hancock
    • COMP1100 Wireworld study group at Hancock
    • CSSA Sit Down and Apply!
    • Ordinary General Meeting
    • Introducing the Accenture Technology Future Leaders Program
    • ENG007 (Spoilers!)
  • Other Events
    • ESA Careers Fair
    • Cyber Security Challenge Australia 2014
  • Regular Events
  • Our Sponsors

Upcoming Events

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 alt "Facebook" (Payment required by THURSDAY)

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 (required by THURSDAY):

  • 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

COMP2300 C Shell study group at Hancock

Don’t know how to code a shell? In need of motivation and comments on your current shell? Or just want some Pizza? Come to Hancock west (the back side of Hancock) where there will be other students from Comp2300 also wolfing down pizza and coding C. The event will start at 6pm on Wednesday 26th.

Time: Wednesday, 26th March 2014, 18:00
Location: Hancock West

COMP1100 Wireworld study group at Hancock

In mortal fear of failing your first computer science assignment or just
feeling clueless and lost in the magical world of Haskell? That or just
want Pizza!

Come to Hancock west on Thursday 27th at 6pm (that is the back side of
Hancock). If you don’t know where that is come to CSIT (the place with
your labs) and someone will be there to guide you to Hancock.

Come for the Pizza, leave with a working wireworld (well that is the
hope at least).

Time: Thursday, 27th March 2014, 18:00
Location: Hancock West

CSSA Sit Down and Apply! alt "Facebook"

Graduating soon? Looking for work? Already dreading the prospect of “selection criteria”? Not particularly motivated to “describe a situation in which you were required to overcome a difficult setback or professional challenge in the process of achieving an objective/goal”?

Well, it’s time to just get it done - Sit Down and Apply!

More information coming soon

Brownies and other incredibly unhealthy food provided!

Time: Saturday, 29th March 2014, 10:00 - 18:00
Location: CSIT N101

Ordinary General Meeting 1

An Ordinary General Meeting has been declared. Details to be released soon via the webpage and facebook.

Time: Thursday, 3rd April 2014, 18:00
Location: CSIT

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.


Hi everyone! Every semester, the CSSA hosts the (award winning) Epic Games Night. We book out the entire ground floor of CSIT and play various games for 8 hours! We’re looking for some friendly volunteers to help with the organizing and running of the night. It’s a great way to get involved with a fun event, and you also get free pizza.

Send us a PM or email if you’re interested.

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

Got something to say?

The CSSA Times is looking for writers! If you’d like to contribute an article, let us know at

Know something we don’t?

If you’ve got an event or job posting relevant to CSSA members, please let us know at

Got an idea?

The CSSA is always interested in helping our fantastic members run events. We can help you run your dream event or just help fund and promote it. If you have an idea you’d like us to have a look at, fill in this form.

Our Sponsors


Jane Street