On the 16th of October, WICS held their annual WICS Games! They had over 80 student participates as well as company representatives from Google, SendGrid, Oath, and Blind Squirrel Entertainments. The company representatives were separated into different teams with about 9 students to one representative and all the teams were against each other. We started the night off with some delicious food and company introductions and then the main event began. There were 3 rounds with 15 minutes during each round. We began the games by having each team get to know their team members through introductions to creating a team chat and even posting a funny photo of themselves on different social media platforms! The rest of the rounds consisted of teams working together to solve logic puzzles and simple coding problems. After all the rounds were completed, students were able to network with the present representatives while the WICS team calculated scores. At the end, everyone was able to take home swag as well as gain new friendships and connections! WICS Games was a great success and the turnout was amazing as well! Students and representatives both had a fun time working together to solve our puzzles as well as getting to know each other in a casual setting. This event would have not been possible without all the great company representatives that were able to attend as well as the UCI students! Thank you to those company representatives that played with us and of course the attendees! We can’t wait for next year’s WICS Games!
Whoo! On Monday, Oct. 9th, WICS hosted their first WICS Mentorship program event: Mentorship Mixer. After consuming pizza and snacks, people settled down and we started our mentor introductions. Mentors filled out their profiles online before the mixer, so mentees did get a chance to view potential mentors before the mixer. Once introductions were complete, mentees chose their top 3 mentors to chat with and from there, both mentors and mentees were able to fill out their preferences. From there, we shall wait until the Mentorship Reveal during week 5 to see the final pairing results.
On Monday, October 2nd WICS held their first General Meeting in DBH 6011. This meeting had about 200+ RSVPs and over 100 students attend. It was the biggest turn out that we ever had anticipated compared to previous years. During this meeting, our co-presidents, Katie Yeh and Ericca Go, introduced our board members, explained what the purpose of what our clubs was and what kind of events we hold. We also had our internal vice president, Alice Wen, talk about the mentorship program and the mentorship mixer we were gonna have next week. Before the meeting ended, we selected several students to receive swag by doing a raffle. It was definitely great to start off the new year with meeting everyone! We hope to see this many people at our next event!
On Thursday, September 28th, WICS had their very first week 0 social. The event was located in the common room of the Berkeley Court Clubhouse, so there had to be walk groups from the flagpoles to the location so no one would get lost. The social was meant for WICS members (new and old) to get to know each other and socialize. More people came than expected (about 65 people came total), so some adjustments had to be made with the snacks. Besides some of the initial difficulties with having enough for all 65 people to eat, everyone seemed to be having a great time with lots of great conversation.
On the 13th of April. WICS toured Riot Games’ corporate campus in Los Angeles to gain insight of the game development industry as well as learn what drives the success behind Riot’s popular game, League of Legends.
Upon our arrival at the campus, we were warmly greeted by Grant Cushman, Riot’s University Relations Recruiter, who was our guide for the tour. After getting our name tags, Grant gave us a brief introduction to what League of Legends is and shared with us how it has grew to become a big part of competitive eSports. We were then greeted by a large Annie and Tibbers statue in the main lobby and all of us were excited to take pictures with it. Next, we were led to see meeting rooms themed after League of Legends’ champions, a cafe with a Bilgewater (pirate) interior, a large cafeteria serving a wide selection of food, an arcade filled with retro game machines, an internet cafe lined with rows of gaming computers and open workspaces in which almost every desk had at least two monitors and a hardworking employee.
Our tour was wrapped up by a Q&A session with 3 software engineers who worked in different departments. They shed some light into the life of working in a game company, the challenges they face as well as how working in the game industry contrasts to working in other industries. Since we were a small group of 18, we were able to ask all of our questions and learned a lot from these experienced programmers. We were also inspired by how Riot employees seemed to have a “work hard, play hard” philosophy, as many of them play games together while still taking their work very seriously.
Overall, we are truly grateful to Riot Games for giving us this opportunity to tour their campus as we learned a lot about the game industry. Thanks to everyone who participated and we hope to see you again!
On April 18th, it was a warm and sunny Tuesday morning at the UCI flagpoles; 23 students eagerly waited for rides heading towards the Blizzard tour. WICS Corporate made sure everyone was present before we embarked to the site. Upon arriving, many were delighted to see the Blizzard sign with its amazing banners and statues. All of the students were really excited to see some of Blizzard’s buildings and works stationed outside of the courtyard plaza. Throughout the tour, light chatter and awe were lit on many faces. Many students were impressed and attentive, asking questions at some of the highlights of the tour. Towards the end, we thanked our guide and took pictures, keeping them for keepsakes of the amazing experience we had. This event allowed our students the opportunity to meet with talent acquisition and network with Blizzard. Our students are now inspired to work there!
On the 12th of April, WICS in collaboration with Hack at UCI hosted a Command Line workshop. Over 50 attendees joined us at the Calit2 Auditorium that evening. Before the workshop began, attendees, club officers, and mentors chatted outside the auditorium eating delicious Costco pizza as our hard-working WICS committee were signing people into the event. After finishing our meals, we continued inside the theater-like auditorium and began setting up our machines for an insightful workshop. Three Hack mentors developed a step-by step curriculum in preparation for the attendees to learn the basics of Command Line. Throughout the duration of the workshop, Hack representatives encouraged all questions to be asked which allowed the audience to remain very attentive and focused. The event was a huge success. We all learned a lot about the Command Line, a crucial tool for navigating through your system’s files and directories. Thanks for everyone who came out and we look forward to seeing you all again!
On April the 5th, WICS hold the first general meeting of the Fall quarter. During this event, WICS presidents Janay and Katie introduced the club, the events we host, and the board members and committee members. The attendees enjoyed delicious pizza from Dominos and Soda. After the meal, we played team building games. The attendees are spread into several groups. Then we got asked questions such as the number of siblings we have, and the brands of our shoes. We sorted ourselves according to the answers to the questions. The quickest team was awarded swags. The event was a great success. We meet lots of new people. Thanks for everyone attending the event. We are looking forward to seeing you again!
On Wednesday, March 1st, WICS hosted a movie night for WICS’s mentorship program. WICS mentors and mentees had an amazing time bonding with each other as they baked their favorite recipes. At the movie night, the members were able to interact with other mentorship pairs as they watched “The Emperor’s New Groove”, ate baked goods and pizza together, and engaged in nice conversations. More than 25 WICS members attended the movie night! This movie night was a great and entertaining way for mentorship pairs to meet up and share their favorite recipes. It was great way for WICS members to relax, eat amazing food, and spend quality time with great company!
On Tuesday, February 21th, WICS teamed up with Hack at UCI and held its Intuit Interactive Hackathon Prep workshop. We had an outstanding turnout of about 45 participants that were excited to be there and learn more! Intuit provided many tips on how to have a successful hackathon. They also had the group go through several group exercises like creating their own prototype! Everyone was Intuit (in to it)!!! 🙂 While groups were working on the exercises, Intuit employees were providing guidance along the way. Overall, the event was successful and everyone definitely enjoyed themselves and gained more insight on how to have a great hackathon! We hope to have you at our future meetings, you are more than welcome!