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ACM Pre-Trial Competition

Interested in competing in the ACM Regional Programming Competition? The Computer Science Society is forming teams to send in the Fall!

Put your programming skills to the test! Participate in a Pre-Trial Competition Saturday, 5/17 from 12 pm until 3 pm. Our competition will be judged by Professor Husain and Ben Clifford.

This is a great opportunity for Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors!! Programmers of all levels are welcome.

You can form up to a team of 3, or come individually and we will find you a team.

We will be using the online judging system called UVa Online Judge:  http://uva.onlinejudge.org/

Visit the SoCal Contest ACM Website from last year to view past programming problem sets: http://www.socalcontest.org/  (this is a really good resource)

Feel free to email css@csupomona.edu with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!


ChatApp Launch Party

Hello Cal Poly Students!

Come Join ChatApp at their Launch Party! 

This event will take place on Monday, January 27 @ 11 am – 3pm.

Location: Orion AB Suite in the BSC

It’s a party, guys. Come and celebrate!

“ChatApp is launching at Cal Poly Pomona. Many of the team members who created the app are students and alumni from Cal Poly Pomona. ChatApp is a new social app mixing chat, meeting new people, and sharing moments. Please come join us for some free food, music, band and prizes. Meet the team members from Cal Poly Pomona that have been working on ChatApp. Everyone is welcome to the event, so feel free to invite your friends!”

CSS, this is going to be a great event to meet new people and to support your school.

Download ChatApp before you come: Chatapp.mobi

Like Chatapp on Facebook and join the event: Facebook.com/theChatApp

We would very much like to see you there! (^:


HackPoly ’14

Cal Poly Pomona’s first ever software-hardware hackathon…  And you have the opportunity to participate! Register and join us from January 24 to 25 as we make Cal Poly history. Apply your brilliance and skills to invent a product that is never-before seen. Develop new software with other brilliant Cal Poly Pomona students. Immerse yourself in TECHNOLOGY!  There is no limit to what you create at this hackathon. Last day to register is Wednesday, January 22. Show us what you’ve got.

Not sure what a hackathon is? Check out this  video on youtube: “What is a Hackathon?

Stay most updated on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Hackpoly.

And for even more info, visit the official HackPoly page, www.hackpoly.com.

Psst. There will even be a chiropractor masseuse, courtesy of Premier Chiropractic.


Here’s the flyer:



Last day to register is 1/20 (MLK Day) so register soon!

=== Summary ===

Who: You!
What: HackPoly ’14, CPP’s first ever Hackathon
Where: CPP Campus, Bldg 163 Rm 1001
When: January 24 8 pm – January 25 9 pm (that’s over 24 hours of hacking!!!)
Why: To challenge yourself and create something new

Resume Workshop

Resume Tips & Tricks

Because of all the feedback and interest we got after the last meeting in preparing for the career fair this week, we’re now planning on setting up a resume help session just in time to make that resume spiffy for potential employers! Join us this Wednesday right after the weekly meeting and we’ll spend time hashing out what a proper resume should look like and where you can take liberties with structure. The session will technically be open-ended, but we’ll likely finish by 4:00 PM. This will give you a chance to have your resume reviewed and maybe even started if you’re coming with a blank slate.

CSS 2013-2014 Shirts

Club Shirts

Quick, now’s your chance to order! We ask that you take a moment to fill out this form and let us know you’re interested in purchasing a shirt. The cost of the shirt will be $10 and as a bonus we’ll be offering the chance to order different shirt styles. We ask that you please make your payment for the shirt to Allan Farinas or Ben Clifford by next week Friday, Oct. 18. If you can’t make it to our next meeting (on Wednesday), we will send out an email with the times that they can be found in CS lab for you to give them the payment.

UPDATE: We’ve worked it out so that current members who have paid their dues will have their shirt partially paid for by the club and receive a 50% discount on the shirt. The price will still remain $10 for non-members or those that haven’t paid their dues. All you members are getting an awesome CSS club shirt, with choice of color, for $5 – that’s a pretty sweet deal.


Resources Page

First things first; thanks to everyone who showed up to yesterdays meeting. We hope you were able to benefit from the information provided and we’ll do our best to help you in your career. Remember, if you have any questions you can always reach out to us by email and we’ll do our best to get back to you as promptly as possible.

As the title suggests, we’ve set up a new resources page for you to find things that should help you out in general. Please let us know if there are any additional resources you’d like to see listed on there can benefit others. We’ll try to keep that page as updated as possible so be sure to check it regularly. Remember, we’re here to help you so please take advantage of that and let us know how we can do that.

The resources page will not be listed in the main navigation, at least for now, but will be easily accessible right from the home page. Just scroll down below the recent posts and it’ll be listed alongside the IRC link.


Career Fair Preparation

There’s just one week left until the career fair and we’re trying to give you all the tools you need to land that coveted internship or job. This week we’ll be meeting in building 1, room 309, to go over what you can do to improve that resume and how to make yourself more appealing to the recruiters. We will also have some students present their previous internship and job experiences in the field who may also help you to connect with the recruiters from those companies. If you’re trying to land a summer internship or about to graduate, this is one meeting you don’t want to miss!

Please Note: There are two days for the career fair, the first one is for all majors in general and the second is tailored specifically for engineering and technology. While there may be more companies you’re interested in for the second day, we strongly recommend you take advantage of both days. Consider the first day as practice if you need to but it’s a great opportunity to apply regardless.


Congratulations at HackMIT

Cal Poly Pomona had not just one but two teams enter in this past weekend’s hackathon hosted at Massachussets Institute of Technology. There were several prizes to be had, ranging from using a particular API of one of the sponsors best to making something that is related to social good. We’d like to congratulate one of the teams on their Coeus project which won Akamai’s Best Algorithm award! In a mere 20 hours, this team put together an application that understands and predicts trending locations to let you know if there’s a popular event in the area.

Congratulations, again, to the team whose members were Bryan Thornburry, Garrett Porter, Ethan Chow and Rafael Rayo!


Coeus is a scalable big data solution built around the Neo4j Graph Database. It is capable of analyzing geolocation data in real time to determine popular and trending events in the area.

Welcome to the New Year

The new quarter has begun and we’re off to starting a new school year. We’d like to welcome all of you to our first meeting of the quarter in a couple days. You can find our full calendar schedule online and we will do our best to keep it as up to date as possible. We will be discussing many things and how CSS can benefit you, regardless of what major you are.

With the start of the new year, we’ve been trying very hard to improve your experience and the new website is a very big part of that.


We’ve put up a calendar online where we plan to list all the events, activities and shenanigans as far in advance as we can. As a bonus, you will also be able to comment on the events if you have any suggestions, requests or concerns you’d like to address. You should take advantage of it and use it to keep up to date with everything as well as provide feedback.


We get it, sometimes you need some help, especially in the more rigorous classes. There’s now a forum for you to seek that help and, in turn, help others out. Please take a moment to read the rules before you post. They’re short, brief and will help everyone out in the end. You can also use this forum to give us suggestions and recommendations — like opening up a new forum topic.


Now with 50% more chat! CSS has its own IRC channel and you’re welcome to hop in and chat directly with any members currently online. There will usually be others online and it will be a good opportunity to communicate online beyond the classrooms and labs.

Bronco Fusion 2013

Bronco Fusion 2013

Welcome, new Broncos! Many of you have joined us yesterday at the club fair for Bronco Fusion on campus and this is just to let you know we’ll be there again tomorrow just before the concert.

Feel free to approach us and hang out with us while we’re there. We’ll welcome any questions you might have and will do our best to address them. This is a good chance for you to meet the eboard for the year and make sure you’re signed up on that email list to get all the latest notifications and updates.


ACM Programming Competition

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is holding a programming competition and we’d like to you to sign up and compete. This will be a great opportunity to sharpen your skills, work with a small team (three to a team) and network — something invaluable in our field. We will be holding an informational workshop for the competition and the details are as follow:

Saturday, October 12
10 AM – 12 PM
Bldg 3, room 2636

We ask that in order to compete you have at least one data structures course completed (CS 240)

You’re welcome to come and attend the information session regardless of whether or not you plan to compete so you can at least learn about the process and format of competitions. Please take a few seconds to fill out your name so we know to expect you.

Week 7: Update on Events

Hello CSS!

Here are a few annoucements:

2/21 – Justin Towers will be giving a presentation about internships that his company is offering.
2/22 – Broomball with KME/Physics
3/7 – Prof. Siegel’s “Rolling Nature’s Dice” presentation

The broomball event will be held at 12:50 am (technically Saturday morning) for 2 hours at the Ontario Ice Rink. The address is: ‘1225 W Holt Blvd., Ontario, CS 91762‘. If you need a ride, please let us know in our faceboook group, we can possibly arrange something.

We also got an email from a student regarding our IRC channel. Yes, we have a channel on freenode, it is “#calpolycss”, please feel free to join us (ask hw questions, hang out, etc).

Also I’m trying to compile a list of useful resources for computer science majors. Here is the link. In a week or two, I will be creating a page with all these resources and a RSS widget on the side to display relevant CS news.

Another thing, I am still taking membership, so if you’d like to become a member, it is $20 and includes an ACM membership. Please email me or see me at our meetings.

Allan Farinas
CSS Treasurer