Hi everyone!

Now that the dust has settled from Oxford Hack, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming. This Wednesday, CompSoc alumnus David North will be visting from silver sponsor CoreFiling to talk about some of the challenges faced in running a small software firm.

On Saturday we’ll be having a festive Oxmas celebration in the department, so be sure to root out your festive jumpers and good tidings!

If you’re interested in the path to entrepreneurship, Bronze sponsor EF are hosting an Open Office next week! Furthermore, Gold sponsor TPP are coming to Oxford for graduate recruitment.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

- Kate, Sam and the rest of the committee


Tech Talk with CoreFiling: What they don’t teach you at university - software development stories from a small business.

19:00, Wednesday, Week 6, LTA, Department of Computer Science

What happens when you try and put your knowledge into practice with some real-world programming? How do you deal with code once it’s 15 years old, or there are over 1 million lines of it? How do you balance the advantages of new technology against the cost of training a team? And how do you scale up from one person and their keyboard to a room full of developers working towards the same goal? Assuming you solve all of that, what do you do when a customer e-mails four hours before their deadline to say “it’s broken”?

David North, CompSoc alumnus and now Head of Engineering at local software firm CoreFiling, will attempt to answer the above with some stories from his 10 years since graduating.

As always, the talk is free for all Oxford students and pizza will be served afterwards.


19:00, Saturday, Week 6, UGSA, Department of Computer Science

All We Want for Oxmas is you! (To come to CompSoc on Saturday)

This Saturday’s social event will be themed around Oxmas (Oxford’s classic festive celebration on the 25th Nov). We’ll have seasonal food, drinks and music - all you need to bring is festive cheer! Standard Saturday social activities will also be taking place.

G-Research Coding Challenge

19:00, Wednesday, Week 7, LTA, Department of Computer Science

Calling all software engineering enthusiasts that enjoy a bit of healthy competition!

G-Research is a leading quantitative research and technology company. By using the latest scientific techniques, we produce world-beating predictive research and build advanced technology to analyse the world’s data.

Join us for the G-Research Coding Challenge where you will compete in teams in a series of progressively difficult challenges. You will be competing in teams of 2-3 to build a natural language calculation engine (no prior NLP experience required). The challenges will cover things like evaluation of arithmetic expressions to unit conversions and equation solving.

We will allocate teams when you arrive, you don’t need to find a team beforehand - but feel free to bring your own team if you would like. To take part, you will need to bring at least one laptop per team.

There will be a live leader board up on the projector to give all teams the opportunity to see where they are placing throughout the challenge. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (decided by a point system) will win prizes! Following the event we will provide drinks and canapés and a chance for you to informally talk with our employees about internships, graduate roles and life at G-Research.

Languages for the challenges - .NET Core 2 , Java and Maven or Python 3 with client starter kits provided when you login.

To register for this coding challenge, please email graduates@gresearch.co.uk detailing whether you are registering as an individual or a team.

Sponsor Notices

EF Open Office

EF are hosting their last Open Office next Monday before their early application deadline on 1st December. Find out more here.

TPP Logic and Reasoning Tests

Wednesday, Week 7 and Thursday, Week 8, Saïd Business School

TPP is holding logic & reasoning tests at your university for a number of our graduate roles; the next tests are on the 27th November and 5th December in the Saïd Business School.

TPP is a UK based IT company, dedicated to delivering world class healthcare software through our innovative products. Our technology helps improve people’s lives across the world, whether it is scheduling immunisations for millions of children, allowing doctors to manage complex care for elderly patients, helping governments with the prevention of outbreaks, or developing new machine learning algorithms for the early diagnosis of disease. No other company has a digital healthcare solution on this scale. Our database is one of the largest in the world. It processes a billion transactions daily – more than the London Stock Exchange and Visa combined.

We’re currently hiring for eight different graduate roles and for our 2020 summer intern programme. We’re looking for the brightest minds from the UK’s top universities who have a passion for problem solving. No experience is required and we accept applicants from all disciplines.

If you are interested in applying, you can book into a slot that suits you. Please visit our website here; https://tpp-careers.com/aptitude-test/

Blockchain Tech Talent Networking

17:30 - 20:30, Tuesday, Week 7, The Oxford Foundry

Are you interested in exploring career opportunities with some of the most exciting blockchain companies working across different industry sectors? Whether you are actively looking for a Blockchain-related full-time job or an internship, or whether you are interested in working in this rapidly growing field, our networking event is for you! In a relaxed atmosphere, the evening offers company presentations and networking sessions, all accompanied by drinks and canapes.

Sign up now >> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blockchain-tech-talent-networking-tickets-78160715805

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