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First Project Meeting by WICS

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WICS’s first ever Project Meeting took place on Wednesday, October 2nd, where the Project Committee began supporting the creation of websites by WICS members. Members were assigned to groups and encouraged to build their own websites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Experience is not necessary as the WICS Project Committee will be tutoring HTML in each Project Meeting.

More information about the Project Development Program can be seen here. Deadline to sign up is Monday, Oct. 7th, so hurry! WICS looks forward to seeing every group at the meetings, working on their websites. Stay updated with the event calendar and Facebook for meeting times and details.

WICS looks forward to seeing what each group’s website will turn out to be like. Each member that participates will win a small prize at the end and the group with the best website will even receive a special mystery prize!

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Annual Mentorship Program 2013

This year’s Mentorship Program was a huge success! Monday, September 30th, a total of 67 mentees and mentors joined WICS and started the quarter off with the introduction of new WICS officers, future events and goals for this year.

Mentees got a chance to network with experienced upperclassmen, receive advice, and choose their mentor. WICS will be checking up with the paired mentors and mentees to make sure the connection will keep going for the rest of the year!

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WICS Week 0: Meet and Greet

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Wednesday, September 25, 70 students interested in Computer Science came out to participate in the first annual WICS social event. Students, new and old alike, socialized with the WICS board members as well as each other, played board games, and won cool prizes while enjoying FREE food and drinks!

People had a chance to make some new friends, and freshmen had the opportunity to converse with upperclassmen for advice in the Computer Science field. Tammy Phan, an ICS alumni who is currently working on campus, came to talk to WICS about a tech conference in January about web application security. She gave WICS members information about open internship positions in the department she is working in and welcomed anyone to apply. WICS will be hosting plenty more similar social events throughout the year including other activities such as technical workshops and many other cool events.

Stay updated with our events to gain support and experience with your fellow classmates! WICS will be holding its annual Mentorship Mixer on the Monday of Week 1. WICS board members and an overview of future events will be introduced. RSVP on our Facebook page now and don’t forget to sign up for our Mixer!

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Aspire IT Camp: Techie Girls

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In Techie Girls,  a week-long summer camp was designed for the 2013 Aspire IT Programs to inspire in girls a love for computer science. The camp provided workshops from July 29th through August 2nd on the UC Irvine Campus for 2 hours a day.

More than 10 of WICS’s members volunteered to help teach more than 20 middle school-aged girls technology. The camp provided a sampling of web design, programming, graphics, and game design using HTML, Python, and Kodu Game Lab. WICS members helped any kids who had trouble learning these programming languages.

At the end of the camp, there was an open house where certificates, free food, and free swag from companies were given to all the participants.

 

 

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WICS Summer Session Workshop

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Wednesday, July 24, WICS hosted a workshop for high school students and incoming freshmen at UCI. More than 10 WICS members signed up to work with over 40 students on Snap Circuits and littleBits.
This workshop was intended to educate and provide insight to students who were interested in the technological field. With the support of the WICS members, students got to explore and create their own little electronic modules. Both WICS and the students got to learn and explore the numerous possibilities that came from these simple components.

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ICS Banquet

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Wednesday, June 5th, WICS hosted their annual ICS Banquet with Debra J. Richardson (WICS club advisor) and all the ICS club (ACM, MAISS, IEEE, VGDC, ICSSC, and DATSpace) officers (old and new) to celebrate the end of a successful school year.

A delicious dinner was provided as the officers socialized and introduced themselves through slideshow presentations. Group photos were taken in the end as graduating officers congratulated newly appointed officers to get ready for another great year!

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Western Digital Tour & Luncheon with Female Engineers

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Friday, May 3rd, WICS went to Western Digital for a luncheon with their female engineers and a tour of their work space. 14 female students were able to attend and have the opportunity to interact with and learn from many of Western Digital’s experienced female engineers. After a luncheon with them, the WICS members were taken on a tour to see the engineers at work! The discussions with the female engineers were extremely insightful and including the tour, the whole experience allowed the members to see what it was like to work at Western Digital as a female and have a general idea of what employers looked for in a good candidate. Everyone’s reviews on this tour were extremely positive and WICS plans on going again!

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Init (Together) 2013

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Sunday, April 14th, 2013, WICS started the first init(together) Southern California Conference for Women in Computing with the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. This conference was created with the vision of bringing together a community of the new generation of women in computing under the guidance of the many active groups of women in technology in Southern California.

‘init,’ short for ‘initialize,’ symbolizes the beginning of a new generation of women starting their careers in computing. Combined, init(together) signifies women beginning their computing careers with the support of mentors, with peers as collaborators and most importantly: connected together as an active and vibrant community.

WICS created this conference to inspire women to confidently pursue jobs and internships, start their own tech projects, engage in computing challenges or competitions, and openly collaborate with their peers and mentors.

Over 300 women attended init(together), which featured a series of panel discussions and hands-on workshops for women seeking to develop their skills in computing. A mentorship program was also launched to connect female computing students and women entering industry with faculty and industry professionals in Southern California. There was also a Career Expo that featured a variety of companies and programs in Southern California, which brought industries directly to attendees.

init(together) was a huge success and WICS plans on hosting this event every other year in the spring!

For more information on init(together), check out the website!

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WICS hosts a “Toy Hacking” Workshop with Dr. Garnet Hertz

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We taught children between the 2nd and 5th grades how to circuit bend at the Verano After School Program. Kids got a first hand experience playing with circuit boards and they expanded their perception of how they have the power to create new things with their older toys, just by breaking them open and learning how to manipulate the electronics inside.

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WICS Goes to Blizzard!

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Thursday, January 23rd WICS took a trip to Blizzard for a tour of their campus! We had the privilege of seeing the World of Warcraft developer space and were able to see the kind of work Blizzard developers do first hand. We were surprised by the colorful offices full of toys and gaming memorabilia, which seems like a rare environment compared to most software development spaces. Thank you to Blizzard for offering their time and space for our organization!

After the tour, WICS took a group picture in front of the statue on the Blizzard campus as seen below!

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