Newsletter Week 1 - 2015

Welcome to 2015!

Hello newcomers and familiar faces and welcome to the first newsletter for 2015 members!

If you haven’t signed up again in 2015, you’ll need to stop by an event or the common room to join for 2015. We’ll be removing 2014 members from the list after this newsletter.
Coming up this year we’ve got some pretty exciting events, including collaborations with other clubs, trips to off-campus places and some pretty cool tech talks.

For those who don’t know, the CSSA Common Room is located in Room N102 in the CSIT building which is opposite the ANU Gym and Hall on North Road. If you’ve signed up already there’s a great map on the back of your card, otherwise it’s just down the corridor from the N115/116 room where a lot of your computer laboratory lessons will be taught.

Remember to follow both our Facebook Page and Facebook Group so that you get both event notifications and group discussions. If you use neither, you can follow most announcements on our website or calendar.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to email the committee at

Have a look below for our upcoming events and a few job opportunities for students, and have a good year!

Thanks - Caitlin Macleod - President


  • News
    • COMP1100 and COMP2100 Study Sessions
  • Events
    • COMP1100 Meet and Greet
    • Monthly Munchies February Edition
  • Other News
    • Position Available for a Junior PHP Developer
    • Funnelback Graduate Technical Implementer
    • hs.hact - Volunteer Expression of Interest
  • Regular Events
    • Wednesday Night Board Games


COMP1100 and COMP2100 Study Sessions

The Massive All Evening Study Sessions are booster events which bring most of the students together and add some tutors, mentors and friendly CSSA members to help you nail down some of the harder concepts for good. You control what will be discussed on those evenings (by suggesting and voting on the forums beforehand). It’s like a study group which won’t stop when a time slot of over, but when the job is done (or alternatively when you fall asleep).

Information for COMP1100 available here


COMP1100 Meet and Greet

Are you a first year taking COMP1100? If yes then this is relevant to you. The CSSA will be holding a meet and greet, there will be free pizza and fellow students to chat with.

Time: Monday, 16th February 2015, 17:30 - 18:00
Location: MCC Foyer (directly outside the lecture theatre)

Monthly Munchies February Edition

Hey postgrads and friends! Come and catch up with your peers over free finger food, cakes and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Vegetarian options available. This month, our event includes a talk by Dr Will Uther titled “Some things a PhD student needs to know before applying at Google”. The talk is 3:00-4:00 and followed by our regular monthly munchies.

Please RSVP for catering purposes to or via the facebook event

Time: Friday, 27th February 2014, 15:00 - 18:00
Location: RSISE Seminar Room, Ground Floor

Other News

Position Available for a Junior PHP Developer

We are a small Australian Private Investment Firm that manages money on a proprietary basis and on behalf of our clients. We are currently looking to expand our IT Services team by bringing on a Junior PHP Developer on a part-time basis whom will assist the IT Manager in building and maintaining our client facing websites.

Skills and experience:

  • Solid experience with PHP, MySQL and WordPress
  • Experience with CSS, HTML and Javascript/jQuery
  • Understanding of technologies such as MailChimp, PayPal and Membership platforms
  • Strong written and verbal communication (English)
  • Understanding and passion for software quality assurance and process improvement

If interested: email your CV and/or any questions to

Funnelback Graduate Technical Implementer

Funnelback is a growing search technology company with headquarters based in Canberra, can be also found in other cities worldwide. Their aim is to provide innovative website and enterprise search solutions and their clients include Westpac, ASX, ABC and the University of Cambridge.
They are now looking for a Graduate Technical Implementer, currently in their final year or just graduated, to join our Production team in Canberra.

For more information and to apply, click here

Software Engineer 6 Month Internship at IBM OzLabs

IBM OzLabs has the maintainer of Linux-next, the maintainer of linux-powerpc, the guy who wrote iptables, a guy who brought RCU (an amazing concurrency managment system, think locks but better) to the kernel, and a bunch of other really really smart people.
IBM OzLabs is looking for a student who wants to take a semester off to work on Linux kernel hacking. Must be currently enrolled in a degree, minimum credit average, Australian citizen or PR.

For more information and to apply, click here

hs.hact - Volunteer Expression of Interest

Do you know a local young person with an interest in technology? Are they unsure of how to get started?

‘High School Hackathon ACT’ (hs.hact) is a 3-day digital technology event for up to 300 ACT High School students. It is designed to cater to all levels of experience.

This is a community event. Novice students will receive mentoring and support from experienced Canberrans, including professional developers and tertiary students. In a weekend we can rally to help 240 attendees create either their first website, 3D animation, video game, mobile app, or 3D printed object.

For experienced students, we’re setting aside 60 tickets for an open category wherein teams can compete for prizes.

For more information and to apply, click here

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.

Check the Facebook Page to catch up on latest changes.

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

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