Hi CompSoc!

Welcome (back) to Oxford! We have a really busy term lined up, so be sure to check out our termcard for all the details.

First, a call for volunteers! Freshers Fair is this Wednesday and Thursday and if you can spare a few hours to come and tell people about CompSoc, that would be a great help. Fill in the form here if you’re interested.

Coming up this Saturday we have our first social, with lots of pizza and an opportunity for freshers to find out about the society.

Looking ahead, Gold sponsor Cisco are kicking off our Tech Talks this year with a fascinating insight into the workings of the Apollo Guidance Computer that landed Neil Armstrong on the moon. They also have a number of graduate roles available that you can find out more about below.

Gold sponsor TPP are hosting logic and reasoning tests in Oxford in the next couple of weeks as well, so do be sure to check out the details below.

In other news, applications are now open for Oxford Hack 2019. This is always a great event, so make sure to get involved! Read on for more details.

Have a great week and see you soon!

- Kate and the rest of the committee


Welcome to CompSoc!

17:00, Saturday, Week 0, UGSA, Department of Computer Science

CompSoc’s first social event of the year!

Come and meet the society, learn about what’s on this term, and eat free pizza. This event is open to non-members, but you can purchase lifetime membership on the day for just £5.

Please note that for Week 0 we’re starting at the earlier time of 5pm, but you’re welcome to come down and say hi all evening!

Tech Talk with Cisco: The Apollo Guidance Computer

19:00, Wednesday, Week 1, UGSA, Department of Computer Science

Half a century ago, on 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong was in the final stages of the lunar descent, just a few thousand feet above the surface, when suddenly his onboard computer indicated a critical alarm. For three nail-biting seconds it looked as if the mission would have to be aborted. However, Armstrong was given a “go” to continue, and after several more alarms the Eagle touched down safely on the Moon.

Robert Wills will introduce the amazing hardware and software that made up the Apollo Guidance Computer, walk you through the landing procedure step-by-step, and talk about the pioneering design principles that were used to make the landing software robust against any failure. He will also explain the problems that occurred during the Apollo 11 landing, and show you how the Apollo Guidance Computer played its part in saving the mission.

Robert Wills works as an engineer for Cisco in Harpenden, writing software for the highly reliable routers that form the core of the internet. In his spare time, he has a keen interest in the history of computing, and particularly enjoys talking about how computers were actually used, the users and the technical aspects. He has been fascinated by the Apollo Guidance Computer for ten years, and is still learning new things about this extraordinary machine.

Quiz Night

19:00, Saturday, Week 1, UGSA, Department of Computer Science

Quiz Night returns!

No Computer Science knowledge required! Make your team of up to three people and join us for a night of puzzles, fun questions and of course, pizza. If all that did not convince you, come and see what’s in the mystery prize!

Sponsor Notices

TPP logic and reasoning tests

TPP are holding logic and reasoning tests at Oxford University on 15th and 30th October for a number of our graduate roles.

TPP is a UK based IT company, dedicated to delivering world class healthcare software through our innovative products. We’re currently hiring for seven different graduate roles and for our 2019 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: www.tpp-careers.com

Cisco Are Hiring!

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but brings their talents to work as a team and make a difference. You want to make a difference. We do too, which is why our vision is changing the way we work, live, play and learn.

Our University programs welcome financial wizards, crafty communicators, and, of course, computer nerds.

You will work with colleagues who are smart, passionate, and diverse. So only one question remains… Where do you want to make a difference?

Please follow the links below to learn more about the roles and how to apply.

Technical-Sales-Specialist-Internship - UK

Sales-Specialist-Internship - UK

Graduate Associate-Solutions-Engineer- UK

Graduate Associate-Sales-Representative-UK


Ensoft-Software-Engineering-Internship - UK

Ensoft- Graduate-Software-Engineer-UK

Graduate Software-Engineer-UK

Software-Engineering-Internship- UK

Other Notices

Applications now open for Oxford Hack 2019

Oxford Hack is the university’s biggest student hackathon, and is returning this year on the 16-17th November. The free event invites student teams (up to 4 members) with any experience level to build a brilliant technical product - be it an app, website, game, or anything else you can imagine together - in 24 hours. There’ll be food, sponsor-led workshops and prize categories, with student mentors on hand to help along the way!

Applications are open until the 21st October over at https://oxfordhack.co.uk.

The Oxford University Computer Society (CompSoc) aims to organise meetings and events for our members to use and further their computing interests. See all of our upcoming events on our Facebook page or visit our website for more information about the society.

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