Newsletter Week 7

Newsletter Week 7!

And a reminder to first and second year students to apply for the Accenture Technology Future Leaders Program as soon as possible. Applications close Friday April 11th (the middle Friday of the break). Details can be found below or in the Facebook event.

And the CSSA Ordinary General Meeting is happening today! There will be presentations on what the CSSA has been doing, and about our plans for the future.
COMP1100 students are welcome to join late due to their exam.

In this week’s newsletter:

  • News
    • Coffee Grounds - Special for CSSA members
  • Upcoming Events
    • Ordinary General Meeting time updated
    • Age of Empires II Night
    • Game Jam
    • CSSA Tech Talk
    • Introducing the Accenture Technology Future Leaders Program (Applications close 11th April)
    • ENG007
  • Other Events
    • High performance code in smartphones and supercomputers
    • 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

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

Age of Empires II Night

Gather resources, create an army, conquer the enemy and most of all build an empire! CSSA invites you to Age of Empires II night. Come take a break form assignments and exams and celebrate the beginning of the break. Snacks provided :)

Time: Friday, 4th April 2014, 18:00
Location: CSIT N115/N116

Game Jam

Let the Games Begin!

Show your creative side and create something truly epic this Saturday at the CSSA’s first Game Jam. In groups of 2-4 people (or as a solo developer if you prefer), we’ll be starting work on making video games.

The theme for the event is ‘Disguise’. Make something as crazy or unusual as you like; the design is up to you! We’ll begin at 11:30am on Saturday the 5th with talks by local professional game developers, and then the rest of the day will free for you to work on your projects. A playtesting and presentation session will be held after the lecture break.

Time: Saturday, 5th April 2014, 11:30
Location: CSIT N101

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

High performance code in smartphones and supercomputers

Nick Engel - Dolby Laboratories

What do smartphones and supercomputers have in common? Living on the bleeding edge of performance on smartphones SoC’s shares similar concepts and techniques as writing high performance code for super computers.

This talk discusses some techniques for writing high performance code for smartphone SoCs. We will take a closer look at the latest mobile SoC architectures and how thread level and instruction level parallelism can get the most of these processors.

PLUS: Dolby Australia Internship program: overview and how to apply.

Time: Tuesday, 22nd April 2014, 14:00 - 15:00
Location: CSIT N101

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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