Tech Talks, Cyber-Dojos, Hour-of-Code – What is DCACM up to?

The new board members of ACM Washington DC started their service on July 1st, 2015 and will continue until June 2016. As part of their very first meeting as a group (held July 16th), the board members have decided to put their effort into these three categories: Organizing Events, Performing Outreach, and Sponsorship.

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Organizing Events

The DC ACM chapter plans to offer a mix of traditional tech talks and non-traditional talks on issues at the forefront of practitioners in software, technology, and related fields.  Some of the topics we examine: women in technology, educating the next generation of programmers, cyber-security and current themes in technology policy.

Preliminary Schedule of Events for 2015-16:*

October – Brian Junker / Carnegie Mellon University

November What’s in a Coding ’Boot Camp’?

December Scaling a National Online Assessment

JanuaryTech. Policy Event

FebruaryWeb Framework Face-off

*check back link for details….

Performing Outreach

December – Due to the well-received Hour-of-Code event last year (read about last year’s event here), DC ACM will hold Computer Science Education Week at DeVry University in Arlington, VA from December 7th – 13th, 2015.  So please look out for that! Announcements will be coming soon. ACM volunteers welcome!

Of course DC ACM urges all ACM members and non-members to volunteer their time to spread the knowledge of code to everyone!

Sponsorship

DC ACM will help sponsor fundraising events to support women and minorities in computing.

August 13th – We are sponsoring the Annual Cyberjutsu Awards Dinner, taking place on August 13th, 2015 @6 PM at Tysons Corner, VA. The dinner is $75, and you can sign up for it here!

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September 25th – DC ACM is cross-promoting the “Empower through Education” fundraiser for promoting women in technology. Hosted by the University of Virginia – the event consists of a networking reception and a private screening of the renowned documentary CODE Debugging the Gender Gap. 100% of the proceeds will fund a scholarship for a deserving and promising woman to attend UVA’s MSMIT program. This event will take place on September 25th, 2015 at the IMF/World Bank in Washington DC. Please look out for further announcements regarding this event, if you will like to attend.