From Ani Acopian ’16:
Digital Wesleyan is a 7 week workshop that helps you learn programming fundamentals, explore product design, and build your own stuff with the language Python. Participants can apply for exclusive paid summer internships with Wesleyan-affiliated startups. Also, it’s free, includes lunch, and requires zero prior experience. CS and non-CS majors can apply.
Workshops are on Saturdays, from 10am-2pm, January 23rd through March 5th.
Apps due by December 13 (today!!) at midnight. Apply here.
Date: Today, December 13
Kwaku Akoi ’14 writes in with an event that appeals to the future Zuckerbergs out there:
Remember how programmers duked it out on The Social Network? Well, Wesleyan is hosting its very own Hackathon this weekend (9/6 – 9/8). Hack it out for 48 hours — may the best code win — or crash-course your way through the basics at bootcamp workshops, no experience necessary. Register here: weshack.com.
As a technology minimalist, I have very little to add about the glory of computers or code writing or app-making (or, as I like to call it, witchcraft) but, according to the website, there seems to be a little bit of everything for everyone at this event, like a well-stocked digital buffet. If you have only a basic working knowledge of technology, like me, you could attend the Tech Bootcamp, and learn how to do
laptop push-ups, data crunches, and hard-drive jumping jacks website creation, graphic design, and basic techie stuff. Or, if your nickname is “the Good Will Hunting of computers” you should probably find some buddies and make a Hackathon team to design a Wes-based app that we can all use. (Please, someone make an app that tells me when there is less than 20 people in Weshop.) If you don’t want to compete or learn new things, you can always just send the Hackers a tweet telling them how cool they are.
Dates: Sept 6-8
Place: Register here
Breaking: Wes has Computer Science majors, and sometimes they stay up all night, making friends for life.
The tables and floor of Exley 137 are piled high with gluttonous food remnants—pretzel bags, sandwich displays, Dunkin Donuts bags, half-eaten pizza, chips and salsa, dozens of condiments and wrappers and sauces—but the eleven occupants of the room are far too busy staring at computer screens, coding feverishly behind glazed eyes, to take much notice. Tensions are high. Every once in a while someone grunts or high fives or messes something up and swears at a teammate. Evan Carmi ’13 is pacing furiously, staring at scripts and barking orders at his teammates, who remain surprisingly calm. I take a look at the screen, but it may as well be in Korean. (I don’t speak Korean.)
Meet the participants of the first ever Senior Week Hackathon, a heated, unimaginably sexy 36-hour coding competition organized by Carmi, Julian Applebaum ’13, and Anastasios Germanidis ’13. The participants, most of them Comp Sci majors, have been awake for the better part of 36 hours, camped out in this single, sweat-stained classroom on the main floor of Exley, and in a little less than an hour they will emerge into the world with the shiny, digital results of their tech-savvy soil. Basically, it is a slumber party for nerds. Naturally, they have been tweeting up a storm every step of the way (and enjoying free “swag” from their various sponsors).