Newsletter Week 6

Newsletter Week 6!

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

Update: the Ordinary General Meeting is now at 19:30

In this week’s newsletter:

  • News
    • Coffee Grounds - Special for CSSA members
  • Upcoming Events
    • COMP1100 Wireworld study group at Hancock
    • CSSA Sit Down and Apply!
    • Crypto Keysigning
    • Ordinary General Meeting time updated
    • CSSA Tech Talk
    • ENG007
  • Other Events
    • Accenture, Robogals and Girl Geek Coffees Female Networking Event
    • Cyber Security Challenge Australia 2014
  • Regular Events
  • Our Sponsors


Coffee Grounds - Special for CSSA members

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We’d like to announce a new deal with The Coffee Grounds (formerly the Purple Pickle) for CSSA members!

Show your CSSA membership card and you’ll get:

  • 50 cents off all coffees, hot chocolates, teas and chais
  • 10% off cooked meals during dinner time (5pm-7pm)

Make sure to check them out - they’re located in the Sport and Recreation Building, just across the road from CSIT.

Upcoming Events

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 and ESA Lawn Bowls

Come and try lawn bowls! Created in Britain and popular in Australia, especially amongst older people, lawn bowls is about strategy, aim, luck and, of course: EXCITEMENT!

Time: Friday, 28th March 2014, 16:00
Location: Canberra North Bowling Club

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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!

- list of jobs you’re applying for
- electronic copy of your CV/resume, transcript/statement of results
- other required documentation (e.g. proof of citizenship)
- laptop (if possible)
- yourself!

Enquiries: email

Brownies and other incredibly unhealthy food provided!

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

Crypto Keysigning

No crypto experience required!

Cryptography: what is it good for? Come to N101 at 5pm on April 1 and find out! At this beginner friendly event you’ll learn why you should care about cryptography, how to send and receive encrypted emails, and how to encrypt and decrypt files. You’ll also learn about “cryptographic signatures” and how to use them to check authenticity.

For those who are already crypto-savvy, please join us for key-signing after the presentation.

Important: _to participate, you’ll need to bring your own laptop. You will get the most out of the presentation if you have Thunderbird or Apple Mail set up for your email account.

Time: Tuesday, 1st April 2014, 17:00
Location: CSIT N101

Ordinary General Meeting 1

Time Changed to 19:30

The ANU Computer Science Students’ Association OGM featuring free pizza and delicious updates on what the CSSA has been doing since the AGM last year!

Please bring your membership cards if possible so that we can sign you in - if you’ve lost it already, don’t worry! We can look you up separately but it’s a lot slower.

There will be an agenda closer to the date that you can read through, and short speeches on the night from each member of the committee on what we’ve been doing.

Time: Thursday, 3th April 2014, 19:30
Location: CSIT

CSSA Tech Talk

At the start of next term we will be hosting a tech talk given by CSIRO scientist Grace Chiu. Come along to learn more about the research being done at CSIRO and enjoy some free pizza!

Time: Wednesday, 30th April 2014, 15:00 - 16:00
Location: ANU

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

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We invite females in computer science and engineering to join us for an evening of networking, free food and giveaways.

Time: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014, 17:00
Location: ANU Campus (more details to come, check the Facebook event)

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

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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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