On 13 Feb 2019, the students and staffs visited JASMIN Data Center. It’s located at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. This event was organized by Dr. Huizhi (Elly) Liang. Thanks for the great support of Prof. Bryan Lawrence, Jonathan Churchill, and other staff members of RAL.
The Department of Computer Science and R. U. Hacking society of University of Reading is proudly bring you a hackathon and showcase event! Welcoming students from all over Thames Valley! Whether you’re completely new to programming or are a seasoned hackathon veteran, you are welcome to join us in this fun and collaborative invention marathon! On Day 1 and 2, you will have a 24 hours student Hackathon event. On Day 3, there will be a team event to analyze a data set, an extreme programming competition, workshop sessions for beginners, and a poster and demo session in the afternoon. Bring your laptops and bright ideas, and we’ll cover food, power and Wi-Fi – beginners welcome!
Day 1, 2: (16, 17 Feb), 24 hours student Hackathon event. Venue: Henley Business School Building. Organised by R. U. Hacking. More details please visit: https://www.ruhacking.me/?no-cache=1
Day 3: (18 Feb) Data Science Hackathon, Competition, and Showcase Event. Venue: Department of Computer Science, Polly Vacher building. Organised by the staff members of the department. We define Data Science Hackathon = creative ideas + data + programming (Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence/Data Mining/Data Visualization). Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/7OqIifNCGvcFa3ij2 . More details please visit: http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/computer-science/2019/01/25/data-science-hackathon-and-competition-day/
Prize of Day 3
The first prizes: Chiara Zucco Runner-up: Umarani Ganeshbabu, Bhuvana Dhruva, Ekene Ozioko
Best presentation: Andrejus Runner-up: Ben Magee
Best Video: Group 11 Tarab Shakeb, Sacha Walton Runner-up: Zixu Guo
Best Poster: James Bradley Runner-up: Eleni Charalambous
We are hosting a Data Science Hackathon event from 9:30-16:30 in the Polly Vacher building. There will be a team event to analyse a data set, an extreme programming competition, workshop sessions for beginners, and a poster and demo session in the afternoon.
Morning Session, 9:30-13:00:
Track 1: Data Science Hackathon. (You will choose a dataset and form a team to develop any creative software applications based on this dataset. Can form small groups, 3-4 person for one group.)
Track 2: Extreme Programming competition.
Track 3: Tutorial workshop for beginners.
Free lunch 13:00-14:00
Afternoon Session 14:00-15:45:
Track 1: Data Science Hackathon (continued)
Track 4: Poster, system and video demo Session. You can submit the poster and system demo of your Final Year Project, masters or PhD project. You can also submit your video demo from group work in the HCI module.
Prize time 16:15-16:30
Plenty of prizes. A judging panel with academic staff and industry guests will decide the winners of Track 1, 2, and 4. Every track participant will get a small prize. You have the chance to win £100 or cool stuff with equivalent value for each track (except Track 3).
You can participate or attend one or more tracks. To sign up to attend the event, please fill out the form at:
On 23rd of January we hosted a VR game afternoon event in the department. We used the department’s Oculus Rift VR equipment to play Beat Saber, Space Pirate Trainer and other games.
Reading University Hacking ran a local event as part of Major League Hacking’s Local Hack Day – a global 12-hour hackathon & celebration of learning, building, & sharing on December 1st, 2018. The global sponsors included GitHub, Microsoft and a lot of other swag sponsors and our local partners included the Department of Computer Science at the University of Reading and the Reading University Students’ Union.
We welcomed attendees from all over the surrounding areas, welcoming students from Reading University, Bournemouth University and we even had a young hacker from Maidenhead. All of the attendees were really enthusiastic about attending their first Hackathon and they picked up a lot of new skills throughout the 12-hour event. Our flagship project was a “Live Notification Board for Hackathons” project, powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.
Overall, everyone had an amazing time being part of a global event of over 5,000 attendees and the team at Reading University Hacking are look forward to hosting our flagship 24-hour event in February 2019 at the Henley Business School. More details on the 24-hour event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/r-u-hacking-2019-24-hour-student-hackathon-tickets-52684847798
There will be a local hack day hosted in the Computer Science department on Saturday 1st December. For more details and to sign up see:
- What we discussed on the first meeting (12/Nov):
- Google’s Deep Mind Explained! – Self Learning A.I.
- The first machine learning example tutorial (classification)
- What we discussed on the second meeting (26 Nov): linear model – part1
- What we discussed on the third meeting (10 Dec, 11-12, G45): linear model – part2
Club email list https://hps.vi4io.org/listinfo/data-science-hackathon-club
Today we met for the Extreme Programming Club for the first time and enjoyed discussing problem solving.
We discussed the importance of programming practice, data structures, and algorithms. Plenty of exercises are available at https://open.kattis.com/
There you can even find a University of Reading Ranklist (so far two students *ever* participated).
Introducing and interactive solving of an easy problem
Firstly, Julian introduced the simple problem here: https://open.kattis.com/problems/modulo
Then we discussed a test harness to automatize the execution of the provided input/output tests to check the correctness of our results using a Bash script.
Then students worked in small groups to discuss the problem and sketch a solution. We then discussed the solution in a bigger group. We discussed the difference of using the data structures array vs. a dictionary to preserve the intermediate results of the computation and also about some performance issues.
Finally, we solved the problem using the programming language C.
Introducing problems for the home challenge
Julian introduced three problems of different complexity challenging students with different experience level. These problems were:
Note that the hard problem is really hard to be resolved with a performing algorithm. We briefly discussed the problem descriptions and organized small learning groups to support individual learning.
We discussed during the meeting the organization of subsequent meetings, which will take place Wed. 28th in G43 (likely to move to a different place from there).
About the club:
This is an extracurricular activity that fosters your programming skills and algorithmic thinking, and communication skills regarding programming. These capabilities are often key to yield high-profile jobs from, e.g., Silicon Valley companies like Google.
The club to which everyone – both, little or significant programming skills – is welcome, aims to:
boost your programming confidence
prepare you better for potential future jobs and programming competitions
show that the algorithmic problem solving is fun!