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Daniel Rings Seidenberg Alumni Comes Back to Visit!

Guess who came by Seidenberg on a Monday morning. Daniel Rings, Seidenberg alumni stopped by to reunite with his old friends and talk to us about his successful career. He also shared some stories working as a SpaceX intern, writing code for flight simulators for rockets. He doesn’t work there anymore but will soon be doing an internship and later full employment at Microsoft.

How did Daniel accomplish an internship at SpaceX and Microsoft? He gave us a step by step comical procedure on how it did it. One successful tip from Daniel: Don’t play too much video games. Daniel learned the hard way and found himself being unproductive. Daniel, however, turned his unproductivity to an effective way to land internships at big companies. The first step is doing your research. Research companies that would like to work at and find out the emails of the job recruiters. Okay, you may need to creep a bit. Daniel was able to discover the email of one recruiter by guessing the domain for the company. He states that most corporate companies follow 3 basic domain schemes: firstname.lastname@company.com, firstinitiallastname@company.com, or firstname@company.com. Daniel has claimed an 80 percent success rate using this method. Daniel also advises to send emails out to multiple people in the same company to increase your response rate.  Another great advice from Daniel is to make a cover letter. “Making a cover letter for 10 companies should take you about 40 minutes” said Daniel. In your cover letter make sure to add generic information as well as individual reasons for wanting to work at that company. According to Daniel, “the easiest way to stand out a career fair is to bring a cover letter”. Daniel remembers being to only one to give his cover letter to one the recruiters at a career fair at the University of Michigan. Giving job recruiters your cover letter not only allows the recruiters to remember you but will be a major factor in narrowing down to pile of resumes to find the ideal candidate. Cover letters are a great way to get your foot in the door.

One way to keep your foot there is to make sure you list projects on your resume. Daniel recommends working on independent projects that can build your portfolio. These projects display your skills and can make for a great discussion point during the interview.

Next comes the dreaded technical interview. Daniel describes the step from the interview to the technical tests as “the big gap”. At this point Daniel went from competing with 20,000 for the same position to 100. Definitely brush up on your skills before the technical interview. Daniel recalls being asked a technical question on something he learned in sophomore year of his undergraduate degree. Daniel states that in the technical interview it’s more about what you know rather than in the initial interview where it’s about who you know. He suggests one way to prepare for the technical test is to do more projects and to read “Cracking the Coding Interview” by Gayle Laakmann McDowell. Daniel’s procedure to success might not be for everyone but this is definitely a helpful way to land your dream job at a company. I will definitely apply some of his skills when navigating the Uncubed job fair. I’ll also make sure to email the job recruiter beforehand!

Write Speak Code Conference at Pace University

Write Day

I got the amazing opportunity to attend the Write Speak Code Conference at Pace University! I was stoked because I got to meet so many talented women in the tech field and I attended for free. As a volunteer I helped set up and made groceries run. I was also able to actively participate in the conference. There were amazing women who presented proposals on their experience in the tech field. From the speakers that presented I learned what Imposter Syndrome is. That’s when people downplaying their achievements and skills hindering them from advancing in their career.

The first step in combating Imposter Syndrome is finding what you’re an expert at and owning it. The women had long periods of time to brainstorm potential topics for proposals. The key to killing a proposal is talking about something you’re an expert at. I was able to participate in one of the breakout sessions. In this session we had to say what we were an expert at and list three things that attributed to that expertise. If one of the members did not list three things they were told to repeat their whole mini speech over again. I thought that was crucial because as one of the group facilitators said, the number three works for people. It’s always important to list three main points in your proposal. It makes the speech succinct and easy to remember for both you and your audience.

I didn’t know what to think of so I said I was an expert at event planning. I gained this expertise through becoming a Vice-President of Pace Computing Society which forced me to assist in running each week’s meetings. My expertise was also attributed to my employment at the Seidenberg School where I was responsible for coordinating events and garnering speakers for Pace Computing Society. That last reason…well I BS’ed that one, I’m just awesome and am naturally good at running events, haha.

It was fun, I networked with tons of successful women, and the food was amazing. For dessert we had chocolate covered strawberries that went in a blink of an eye. The Write day was just the tip of the iceberg, we were just getting started. That day we were able to get everyone out of their shells. We all knew what we were experts in and proudly displayed that on our name tags. The next step was communicating that to the whole world.

Speak Day

The second day was all about having those presentations come to life. It was also the day where everyone was mystified by the disappearance of the “swag” bags.

There was a great panel of women from different sectors of the tech field that gave their insight on what it means to have a good proposal. Carol Willing stated that, “There’s value in speaking, your voice matters”. How can we use our expertise to help others if we don’t speak out? This includes being assertive and confident in what you are saying. If you get stuck one of the panelist suggested, “saying ‘Hello’”.  I think their sentiments were helpful because there we honest and truly have struggled with getting their message through in a proposal.

With good proposals comes power poses. Yes, you can be assertive in your speech, but body language is essential to executing your proposal well. We got a chance to try out the “The Starfish”, the “Wonder woman”, and “The Boss”. In “The Boss” pose we had to man spread. I have to say the “Wonder woman” is my favorite. After the presentations the women broke out into groups.

It was crunch time. The women had to compile their final proposal and present in front of the other participants. While people presented I had fun stuffing my face with the tasty cupcakes there and unsuccessfully tying a tie. I think I may be an expert in tying a tie now, haha. After the session the women reassembled in the lecture hall.

The Speak day was ended with network. We all in a sense knew each other and we accustomed to each other’s expertise. I noticed that I lot of the women grew in confidence. I began to proudly boast on my tie tying skills which in my opinion are superb. The finale was yet to come.

Code Day

I came a little late on this day but still enjoyed the full benefits of the Code Day. The women were asked to embark on the task of completing an Open Source project on Git Hub.  Most of the people engaged in Open Source are men and we broke record by having the most women to contribute to Open Source at the same time.

We had to do a pull request on an existent project and then modify it. Unbeknownst to me, Kendra, President of Pace Computing Society, was “revamping” my personal website which was on Git Hib…well excuse me. Whomever contributed the most to an Open Source project was presented with gifts. The 1st place winner didn’t hesitate to grab the Spotify headphones. Everybody else got meh gifts.

The day ended on a great note where we went to Ulysses Folk House to wind down. Everyone enjoyed seafood appetizers and music. All in all, Write Speak Code helped everyone grow. During the conference we were able to expand through our writing. We got to express our strengths by writing them down and sharing them with others. By sharing them we were able to reassure ourselves and others that we were indeed an expert at our craft. The 2nd day taught us to speak in front in front of crowds and have an engaging proposal. On the finally day we were able to put our expertise into action by contributing to Open Source. I look definitely look forward to volunteer again and encourage any woman to do it.

“Log into Life” Movie Screening at Pace University

By Zakiya Sims, Vice – President of Pace Computing Society

The Movie Festival Marathon sponsored by The Seidenberg School and Pace University will be having movie screenings all month celebrating individuals with disabilities. Today I got the chance the view the first movie which was “Log into Life”. The movie documents how gaming and virtual life help disable individuals heal.

This film is told through several lenses. One focuses on a woman from Colorado dealing with the effects of MS. Because of her disability she feels distanced from her geographical community. She doesn’t talk to anyone and the only source of interaction she has with the real world is when the mailman brings her medicine and hearing children playing. In contrast, she is the opposite in a virtual world call Secondlife. In Secondlife she to dance, enjoy music, and socialize with others in ways she does not do in real life. She also councils others in their struggles with their own disabilities while helping herself as well. Through this virtual life she learns to accept her disability and live her life happily.

The film then tells the story of a young man affected by a car crash which left him paralyzed. In the film he said that he used World of War Craft to show his aggression and power event through his immobility prevents him from doing that physically. His mother assists him with day to day tasks such as getting ready, which takes 5 hours, and getting groceries. She wrote a book about how her son’s car crash affected her. Later in the film she gets to read sections of the book out loud in the virtual life.

The documentary shows the other sides to people who use Secondlife and War of World Craft. Other than playing the game some people use it as a source of income. One man makes a living making sexual animations in Secondlife and another creates animated movies. Besides that, games like War of World Craft allows people to make money off of gaming. Gamers and in Sweden and China use it to support themselves and even family.

This film captures so many aspects of gaming and virtual life that an outsider would not otherwise see. A lot of people are quick to judge those who are attached to their computers gaming and living their lives through a virtual world. This documentary helps them understand that some people use their computer for financial and emotionally gain and survival. Through games and virtual worlds they can also help others cope with their disabilities. Check out the movie and go to next film screening which is on Monday, March 23rd. See you there!

NYC CS Opportunity Fair at Columbia University

By Zakiya Sims, Vice – President of Pace Computing Society

NYC CS Opportunity Fair allows high school students from all over the city to view panels from big companies such as Facebook, Google, and IBM. The high school students also get a chance to engage in technical creative projects themselves such as building circuits. They then get entered into a raffle with prizes such as an X-Box one, Flatiron School lessons, and t-shirts at stake.

I had the opportunity to assist in helping the event go smoothly. My task was to make sure students went to right location where each event was being held. During the event I got to meet some amazing people. I worked with three other people. I met a Computer Science female graduate student from Columbia University, a software engineer from Microsoft, and a freshman from the Macaulay Honors Program at Baruch College. During the breaks we talked about women in the tech field and what inspired us to get involved. For all of us, volunteering at this event was a rewarding experience. One of the volunteers, the student from Baruch, states who she wished she would have attended a fair like the CS Opportunity Fair when she was in high school.

After volunteering we walked around the numerous panels there. We talked to representatives from Google. They talked about different internship opportunities offered at Google and how they started out. One of the employees regretted not taking Computer Science is college. He said that it’s easier to take Computer Science in school where it requires more discipline then learning it as an adult. I somewhat agree with him but if you have the drive even when you’re 60 learning code is possible. However, it was great getting insight on some of the projects that interns at Google work on. Interns at Google do some modification on Google’s products like Google Documents.

Before we left I was able to win a Google duffle bag after a victorious match of Rock, Paper, and Scissors. Volunteering at the CS Opportunity Fair definitely left an indelible impression on me. I hope to volunteer at similar events.

Pi Day Hackathon at Huge Inc.

By: Zakiya Sims, Vice – President of Pace Computing Society

On Pi Day millions of people around the world celebrated the crucial number pi and also stuffed their faces with actual pies. I was no different. I decided to celebrate Pi Day by going to the Pi Hackathon at Huge Inc. which is located in DUMBO. I got there a little late because Google maps lied to me. For 45 minutes I was lead down an imaginary street that led nowhere. Nevertheless, I arrived and I was instantly bombarded with pie from Four and Twenty Blackbird Pies. The caramel spice was the best. They also served pizza pies. The host of the event announced the goal of the event which was to code something having to do with the number pi until 3:14:15 pm. We started at 12 pm so that allowed us to code for about 3 hours.

I worked on a team with 3 guys. One worked at Huge as a full-stack developer, one was undergoing code boot camp, and the other one worked at a company in Battery Park as a full-stack developer. One of the members of the group had everything planned out. We were to develop a program that would determine how perfect a circle was based on how close to pi it came. The person using the program could freehand draw the circle. We used a webcam to view the drawing which would be accessed by the program. We were going to use a raspberry pie to get in the full spirit of Pi Day but none of us had an Ethernet cable port on our computers. To stay committed to Pi Day, the guys also used Python. I wished I played a bigger role in developing the program but I was not a master at coding like they were. They used the cv2 library that reads images from a webcam which was beyond my level experience and comprehension. They did teach me and walked through every step of the program. We had several problems getting the program to read accurate pi numbers instead of numbers in the 100’s or wee bit decimal numbers. At the end, they were able to get the numbers close enough to pi which was exciting.

We were stopped at 3:14. They said we can continue to code but they played a video on the number tau. The tau video pretty much offered an alternate to pi. Apparently, Tau Day will be celebrated on 6/28(stay tuned). Someone also recited the digits of pi and was able to get up to 20 decimal digits, which was impressive. The record is 100,000 (no pressure, kid). Next came presentation time. Everyone had amazing presentations! One guy made a program that drew points until a circle was created. The value of pi of the circle was being recorded in real time. Another presentation was from a team from Singapore. They created an app called Pie Say, which is play on the word which means shy in Singapore. The app’s purpose is to force people to meet each other. Each user of the app starts off with I small portion of a virtual pie. In order to get more of the pie you have to enter the number of the other people playing. So clever! I found myself talking to people I have never talked to in order to get their number. There was another group that hacked the game Flappy Birds by making each pipe correspond to the digits of pi. They were countless other groups with great projects. Watching the presentations were mind blowing. So many amazing projects were created within 4 hours!

After, the moment of truth came; who was the winner? After what I though was a long deliberation, the judges announced the winners. Our team won 2nd place. Since one of the members of our team worked at Huge Inc. we didn’t get any prizes…ah. The other winners got certificates for Four and Twenty Blackbirds pies and raspberry pies (super sweet). I did winded up getting a raspberry pie because there were extras. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the turnout was great. I look forward to other hackathon Huge Inc. hosts. I had the best time and met so many talented people. I can’t wait until Tau Day… I mean Pi Day next year!

Abraham Guerra from IBM and Pace University

By: Zakiya Sims, Vice – President of Pace Computing Society

After the big flop last week when one of the speakers failed to show up I can say we had a great recovery. Abraham was a very down-to-earth professor who just wanted to give back to the school by letting us in on his experiences in the tech field. Instead of standing up to speak to us he sat on the table and just had a talk with us. The informality was great and allowed him to open up to us. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He started off with introducing himself. Abraham is from Queens and decided to go to Pace University for his Bachelor’s degree in Business. He picked Pace because it was local. He decided that business wasn’t for him. His reason: he was doing poorly. It was when he took one programming course he found his passion: Software. He expressed this by saying, “I thought, ‘Wow, I should’ve been doing this in the first place’ ”. He decided to get his Master’s degree in Computer Science. After the completion of his degree his worked at IBM where he started in hardware. He enjoyed it but working on software was his true desire. With software he wanted to make more of an impact on the company. Apparently, there’s different departments in IBM that act as individual units.

In order to further himself, Abraham decided to go back Pace University for his Doctoral degree. He wanted to work full without a commitment to a full degree. Pace University was one of the few schools at the time the offered this type of degree. After getting his Doctoral degree he got offered a teaching position at Pace University which he gladly accepted.  Now, he is also a software engineer at IBM.

Proceeding the talk, he engaged in a Q and A with us. The questioning I have the say was the best part. So much laughter rippled from the classroom. He took a moment to relay to us his experience working at a start-up. After the Internet Bubble the company had to lay off most of the company. He recalls trying to log into the company’s computer and being unable to. They were later called over and told, “‘We ran out of money, so we have to lay some people off.’ “.  To lament the situation he and a few employees got wasted at a bar.

Conclusively, his talk was definitely a humbling account of the tech industry. He told us that he would rather be an All-Star on a B team than be the worst person on an A team. He taught us to be the best person we could be and if that wasn’t good enough then…oh well. He acknowledged that Pace University wasn’t the best in Computer Science but the networking and career services are superb. If you utilize all the resources your University has it doesn’t matter which school you go to, you can achieve what you want to be. That’s how the “tripe Pace alum” became a software engineer at IBM.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

By: Zakiya Sims, Vice – President of Pace Computing Society

I decided to get in touch with my art side and go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the Black Student Union. The admission cost was in the form of donation which can be decided by the donor. I decided to donate five dollars. We started off by looking at Grecian vases which I thought were beautiful. After spending some time there we wandered into the African art section. There were amazing Nigerian wooden sculptures depicting women. In some parts of the exhibition photography was prohibited because of copyrights issues. The guard did not hesitate to harangue us about the whole situation. Next, we ventured into the modern art section. There were a lot of abstract paintings and might I add, nude paintings. Nevertheless, I felt as if they had an allegorical meaning behind them. Maybe that painting with the naked mermen carry come symbolic meaning to the artist that created it. I don’t know, but you’ll be surprised. It was in this exhibition where we took a plethora of silly selfies

After getting our fill of modern art we all decided to go to the Egyptian artifact exhibition. That was thwarted when one of the girls in the group got hungry and decided to the cafeteria. Compelled by our hunger we made our way to the cafeteria accidentally (maybe intentionally) leaving half of the group behind. When we got to the cafeteria I was thunderstruck by how ridiculously overpriced everything was. For $3 you too can have a medium sized bag of Lays. I guess the “premium” label on the bag makes them more valuable even though they probably taste the same. Seeing the prices made my hunger dissipate.

Shortly, after leaving the cafeteria we were reunited with the other half of the group who seem to have had a great time in the Egyptian art section. I decided to leave early. I can say all in all, I had a great time looking at amazing art. It allowed me to take a break from my technical side and notice the beauty of ancient art and get a good laugh with some cool people.


By Mercedes Coleman, Member of Pace Computing Society

On February 18 Brian Soicket  from Uncubed visited The Seidenberg School of Computer Science at Pace University. Uncubed is a company that hosts job fairs every year across the country. However, Uncubed is not your average job fair. This is a more interactive experience that has been having events for over 150 universities around the country, since 2011. See for yourself with this short video:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dZh1I_dYggQOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Uncubed is a company that helps connect people with all kinds of careers. Working the usual 9-5 job, behind a desk, in a cubical, is not for everyone. This way a person can “escape the cubicle.” Uncubed can help you find a job that fits your passion, so you can make money doing something you actually enjoy. Over 90 companies will be at this job fair. These include Buzzfeed.com, Meetup.com, SoundCloud.com, TechBoost, and Rent the runway. A complete list of the companies can be found on the Uncubed website. You The next Uncubed event is on May 8th 2015. You can buy tickets online on Uncubed.com. If you want to win tickets, you can print out your resumé and enter it in a drawing at the Seidenberg building, 163 Williams street.

Just some advice

  1. Do research on the companies you are interested in speaking to. You will most likely not Be able to have a conversation with every single one. Nor would you want to work at every single company.
  2. Bring some copies of a résumé . If you do this, a one page résumé is the best choice. Companies love to see evidence of your progress in your field. If you are a musician and you have samples of your work online, you should include links to them on your résumé. If you are good with working with apps, you should include info on where they can see it. You as a person are more important than what is on your résumé. Although some companies may give you a business card and ask you to submit it electronically. In some ways this is better, because now they will be looking forward to it and will be less likely to lose it.
  3. This job fair will be more casual than usual job fairs. So, you may not need to wear a suit. You should dress for your field. Dress business casual (more casual than business). You want to feel comfortable in what your wearing.
  4. Uncubed also offers classes. This may be a better choice for those who are not as extroverted. For those, this event can be a bit overwhelming.
  5. When you talk to the different companies, it is good to show that you know about them and what they do. You should say things like “I love the work you’ve done with…” Or “I had an idea of how you can make things better.”

Practice Interview with Career Services

By Zakiya Sims, Vice-President of Pace Computing Society

Practice Interview Day is an amazing opportunity to prepare for an actual interview. I scheduled an interview with Career Services at 41 Park Row on the 14th Floor. I decided to put my interviewing skills to the test by attending the event.

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by a PR manager from Jozii. He asked me several questions ranging from my job experience to my work ethic. Mentioning the mobile app I’m working on definitely peeked his interest. In addition to that he provided hypothetical problem solving situations. For instance, he asked me what I would do if I was working on a team and one of the members weren’t pulling their weight. I wanted to answer, “I would threaten to hurt them if they didn’t get their work done” but I don’t think that response would have suffice. Instead I noted that I would communicate with each of my members on the team goals and assertively ask them to pick up the slack. So far everything was going smoothly. I wasn’t perspiring out of control.

After the interview the interviewee gave me helpful tips on how to improve my presence. He stated that I used “um” too much and that when he asked me to explain different situations I didn’t elaborate enough. Maybe I should’ve explained the torture methods I use for people who don’t pick up their slack…just kidding. Overall, I did well. He said I made good eye contact and I was dressed excellent. All in all, I felt as if I got a lot use the interview and hope to well in a future interview.

Noah Fisher from Hatch Summary

By Brian Diaz, Secretary of Pace Computing Society

Keeping up with another great week of events and guest speakers, Noah Fisher from Hatch does us the honor of speaking at our weekly Wednesday meetings (Which you should all attend!) and tell us about himself and his wonderful company, Hatch! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Noah is a software engineer/ designer at Hatch who found the best of both worlds when he found that his interest for graphic design would have much more of an appliance towards his career than most would think. Everyone knows that programming can be pretty technical, and as a programmer, it’s also assumed that you’re prepared for some intense money crunching and calculations. That being said, Noah admits that numbers weren’t really his forte. A commendable trait considering his achievements with Hatch. Sure lent me a breath of fresh air ( Pre-Calc is the worst ugh).

To shed some light on what Hatch actually is, it’s a website/marketplace that allows people to put up their goods, made by another person, and sell them. I like to compare it to Etsy since there are many handmade goods on there. It’s important to emphasize the “made by another person” thing because Noah made it clear that this was an important aspect of the website. He and his team really wanted it to feel like a more personal interaction between the buyer and the seller. As such, Noah and his team made the website as user friendly and as interactive as possible. Exciting stuff, I mean, nothing is worse than a clunky website when you’re trying to buy something nice, right?

Noah Fisher from Hatch Meeting Recap

By Zakiya Sims, Vice President of Pace Computing Society

Pace Computing Society got another dose of awesome speakers. Noah Fisher, senior full stack engineer at Hatch gave us a humbling insight on his occupation. After grapping some pizza and conversing with some of the members Noah gave us a little summary of his career.

After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in Mechanical Engineer, Noah worked as an Air Quality Engineer. He also added that he played the lead guitarist in a band which I thought was interesting. He decided to quit his job as an air quality engineer and applied for a job in a start-up in New York City. Noah didn’t hesitate to be honest and noted that Hatch was the first job in NYC to hire him and he would take any job as an engineer offered to him in NYC.

He gave us a real scope of his career. He gained skills as an engineer from lectures. He was welcomed to the team of 7 when Hatch was just starting up. They had an office but got kicked out it because (ahem) the rent was being paid. Noah recalls how he and the other engineers had to code in coffee shops until a new space was found. They currently work in a workspace in Chelsea. One of the students asked if we could take a tour to view the start-up. He was totally agreed to us seeing his “round table”. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He highly recommended working at a start-up to the students saying that the environment was great. He also delineated the differences in corporate and start up culture. Corporate focuses on sticking to the methods that makes them a lot of money. On the other hand, according to Noah, start-ups focus on what’s new and innovative. He said that just because a method that’s being used is making money it doesn’t mean that it should be tried again and again. At his work the engineers experiment with different ways to engage visitors and increase traffic. They recently just made a 2.0 version of the entire website. Hatch is coming out with DIY kits that allow their customers to create crafts they can be proud of. These are all ways Hatch is expanding its revenues and markets using innovative techniques.

I definitely found his advice and story down to earth. He didn’t prepare a presentation and opened the floor to any question we had. Rocking a funky man bun he gave us a raw and open account of his life. I’m sure his story inspired several members to work at a start-up company and related to other who have worked at one.

Mercedes Bent from General Assembly Meeting Recap

After a successful week with Jesse Middleton from WeWork we had another one with Mercedes Bent from General Assembly. Before the meeting we got to talk a little with Mercedes and joked about how her name sounded like Mercedes Benz the car. She seemed very friendly and approachable and several of the members join in our conversation.

The meeting commenced. Mercedes started out the meeting by asking us to name our major and year. Most of us said we were Computer Science majors and freshmen. She then asked questions such as did we know what General Assembly was about and if we’ve ever used it. Most of us have not used GA let alone know what it is about. I believe Mercedes did a great job of giving us clarification on General Assembly. ga1

General Assembly was established in 2011 and started out with only 2 locations. Now there are locations in 14 cities around the world with 250,000 students. 40,000 users are become alumni. Mercedes has been there since 2012. GA is about creating a global community of individuals who sought to do work that they are passionate about. They like to empower these people through courses that will help them pursue what they love and building a network on entrepreneurs. General Assembly is focuses on providing relevant courses that will help their users get a job after completion. 95 percent of their full-time students get a job short after finishing the degree. Mercedes is the head of new ventures at GA. She is responsible for knowing the audience and marketing the company towards them. GA is plans on gearing their courses towards undergraduate university students as well. Right now most of their students are adults. In the near future GA is adding 5 new locations.


Mercedes also told us a little about herself. She grew up in Silicon Valley to parents who were involved in the tech field. In high school she did an internship at a radio station which motivated her to pursue a tech career. She started out a Computer Science major at Harvard University but decided to switch because the programming course “was kicking” her “butt and Economics was calling” her “name”. Straight out of college she worked at Goldman Sachs. While working there she volunteered to work at a wine start up to gain experience. From there she went on to General Assembly where she worked herself along the ranks pretty quickly. She started out in operations where she created courses for the company. Soon she started to do global programming and now she’s a director for General Assembly.

All in all this meeting was highly successful. Several people asked questions about her tech background and start-ups in NYC. She was very bubbly and had a great sense of humor. We really hope to work with her future.

Jesse Middleton from WeWork Meeting Recap

The long and should I say well planned meeting actually happened. As we were awaiting Jesse’s arrival, the officers and I did some last second preparations. Preparations included searching frantically around the building for gifts to give Jesse. We were all nervous. It was the first meeting, first speaker, first everything of the semester.

Jesse came early and we kept him entertained with questions about his experiences. He’s from a small town in Pennsylvania and studies and business and information systems at Drexel University. While some of the officers talked to him other made sure the members were seated and got pizza.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The meeting started and I looked around the room and noticed we had a decent amount of attendees including some new faces. It excited me. During the meeting, Jesse talked about how he got into tech. He got suspended from high school for hacking the school’s grading website and changing his grade. He left college early because he realized that “classes didn’t help” him “as much as real life experiences” did. From there he did some work at startups and got offers to work for public companies at the age of 23.

In addition to his life Jesse talked a little about WeWork. It is valued at $5 million. Jesse stated that WeWork is “good at space”. It is designed for the small company who can’t afford the expensive NYC or the start up trying to get its feet off the ground. WeWork is home to over 60 million companies. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I thought the meeting went well. It wasn’t perfect but I think it was great for the first meeting. We talked to Jesse afterwards and he suggest maybe serving food and the beginning and end to get people to seated faster and prevent food thieves. In the future we also hope to have a set list of questions to ask our speakers. There was an awkward silence when Jesse asked if anyone had any questions. All in all we did great but there is always room for improvement to make our meeting run more smoothly. We enjoyed having Jesse speak and plan on collaborating on getting a group tour at WeWork.

Glitch Hackathon at Spotify

By Zakiya Sims, Vice President of Pace Computing Society

On a Saturday morning I went to the Spotify building to attend a music hackathon. When I got there I noticed the plethora of handmade instruments people where working on. The events was kicked off with a performance by Burnkit 2600. Next was a dynamic performance by Glitch Cake. The graphics were amazing. While the lead singer sang while glitches of her face were projected on her. The developer used a program to manipulate glitches. On top of that the music was great; it was electronica. IMG_20150124_122808[1]

After the music performances the hackathon began. I got my fill of the amazing pizza and decided to join the drum circle. Noah Vawker, who programs artificial hearts, ran the drum circle. I and about 7 other people used his homemade instrument called the circuit bent. It resembles a guitar pedal with several different knobs. The knobs controls the pitch, volume, frequency of the noise, and noisiness. Someone from the group started us off with a simple beat and everyone followed, each with a different sound. We all got a chance to create our own beats. I was able to adjust the knobs to make my circuit bent sound like a whoopee cushion. At first it sounded like a screeching Chihuahua but the accomplished a deflating balloon sound.IMG_20150124_124611[1]

When the drum circle ended, I walked around the check out the projects other people where creating. There was this one group using a DIY kit called Makey Makey. There was wired the can be held to conduct electricity that would turn on a light. They were going to us it to create a music glitch. After observing I decided to work on my own project. At the hackathon I met another student who was a junior at City College. He specialized in graphic designing and front-end development. Together we looked at different developing resources and he was able to help me start creating my own website.

I left early because I was exhausted. After consuming 5 slices of pizza and vigorously tapping your index finger on a circuit bent who wouldn’t be? Attending the Glitch Hackathon warped my perceptions of hackathons. I’ve always imagined them to be very competitive with groups of people frantically writing code. I didn’t see that at Spotify. There were several people who didn’t know how to code that just came to listen to the music. Even though I didn’t participate I did not fail to absorb everything around me. From attending the hackathon I learned how to make a responsive webpage, what a circuit bent was, and several other developing materials.

Lunch Talk with Damon Rich

By Zakiya Sims, Vice President of Pace Computing Society

Kendra and I took to Hyperakt in Carrol Garden, Brooklyn to attend a Lunch Talk featuring Damon Rich. We arrived to find out they were the only kids in a group of distinguished adults. The studio was very cool and hip. There was nice artsy décor and ambient indie rock playing in the background. After awkwardly fumbling with my sandwich (which for some reason kept falling apart) we took our seats. Kendra and I decided to practice our sketchnoting skills by taking notes during the presentation.


During the presentation Damon focused on this one project he did in Newark, New Jersey. He’s an architect who was responsible to planning how the river front would be renovated. The river front in Newark was polluted with trash and the city decided to fix it up so the residents can visit it. Renovating it would create jobs for Newark residents and beautify the city. Damon stated that in order to find out what the locals wanted to do with the river front it was essential to “talk to them like they were people”. They held conferences such as Riverfront 3000 where children depicted what they wanted to be on the river front. Exhibitions in the city hall and near the river where put up to educate people about the river front. IMG_20150123_143601[1]

Furthermore, Damon also talked about the battle to get an act to start construction approved. When permission was granted, Damon was given 3 million dollars to build. He remembered being stoked; “No one ever gave” him “3 million dollars to build something”.  With the help of the local residents boat tours were given up the river front. In addition, a sports field and board walk was constructed. At the end of the project he was able to achieve a river front that would “stick into the fabric of the community”.

After the presentation, the Q and A followed. Because of everybody had to get back to work Damon was only able to talk about one project. I thought he was humorous. Apparently the guy in the front row though so too because he was laughing like a maniac. I mean come on, Damon’s an architect with a sense of humor not a comedian. Nevertheless, I thought the presentation was informative and entertaining. Hyperakt holds monthly lunch talks so I plan on seeing what they have to offer next time.

Bluemix Girls’ Meetup at IBM

By Zakiya Sims, Vice President of Pace Computing Society

After Playtest we went to IBM’s headquarters to attend the Bluemix Girl’s Meetup. We came just time to socialize with other female developers. Just as I thought I was full from the pizza at NYU I surprised myself by stuffing my face with the crackers and cheese there. Following the networking session we sat down to listen to the speakers. The panel included Hollie Haggens from Geekettes, Tammy Butowi from Digital Ocean, Georgi Know from Bitly, and the keynote speaker, Erin Murphy, a distinguish engineer at IBM. Kendra and I immediately recognized Tammy who was at the Women Who Code meetup.

The women regaled to us with the story of how they got into tech, where they started, and what they do now. They also shared advice on how women can make themselves visible in the tech field. It was inspirational listening to successful women in technology talk about the challenges they faced to get where they are now. Tammy recalled the struggles as an Australian developer trying to get a job in the U.S. Determined to be employed here she wrote several emails to a company in the U.S before finally getting in touch with the CEO and landing the job. IMG_20150128_190549[1]

Not everyone who’s successful in tech started out as a tech major in college. Hollie and Erin were the late bloomers of the panel. Hollie discovered her passion for tech after medical school and Erin after her undergraduate degree. The stories shared by the panel gave me a different, more personable side of the technology field. When the panel was over we had a chance to talk to the women who were really friendly. After the speech Bluemix held a workshop.

At the workshop we learned about projects developers at IBM were working on. I leaned a little about a click and drag program called node. It seemed easy and fun to understand. We didn’t get a chance to get a hands-on experience because the workshop facilitator had catch a plane. The session ended early due to that. He did promised however to send us an email on more resources. Kendra and I both had a great time and hope to check out what else Bluemix has to offer.

HTCIA Meeting

By Zakiya Sims, Vice President of Pace Computing Society

Recently two of our students, James and Sourov attended a HTCIA meeting. The High Technology Criminal Investigation Association is an international organization that brings people from various fields that are interested in criminal investigations using technology. I decided to speak with James to see what it was all about.


When I spoke with James he explained that HTCIA not only focused on victims of technology crimes but the people committing the crime. The association deals with criminal justice and information technology aspects of crimes being committed using technology. Presenters at the meeting as from law enforcement and several private sectors. James recalls a meeting that was held at Pace University where the former diplomat from Georgia to talk about Russian cyber-attacks.

To divert from the topic a bit, I’ve been reading The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rhode in the past few days. This book influence me to improve my note taking skills and enjoy reading it afterwards. Sketch noting is a fun and efficient method of note taking which makes it easier to recall what you’ve heard through the combination of doodles and words.

In order to practice I’ve relayed the information about HTCIA in a sketchnote. You can look at it to find out more about HTCIA and if you are interested in becoming a member speak with Dr. Darren Hayes in room 204 or email him at dhayes@pace.edu.

Tour at WeWork with Jesse Middleton

By Zakiya Sims, Vice President of Pace Computing Society

Having confirmed Jesse Middleton, Director of Business Development of WeWork as our first speaker I thought this would an opportune chance to go there. Wilfredo, project manager at Seidenberg, Kendra, vice president of Pace Computing Society, and I went over to the WeWork headquarters on 222 Broadway; minutes away from Pace University.

WeWork occupies floors 18 – 26 of the huge building. We went to the 22nd floor where we were greeted by Jesse. He started the tour by taking us to the 19th floor. There we got to see the work spaces. Some of the work spaces are utilized by small start-ups. All of the walls are glass in order to reinforce the feeling of community. Jesse stated that WeWork’s goals was to have the person “working in his office to know the guy working to next to him”. WeWork has several location around the world and likes to connect the employees from all of them through events. He mentioned recently how WeWork invited all of their members to a baseball game. IMG_20150120_114459

We then went back to the 22nd floor where we sat down on one of their cool looking couches. There we talked about PCS and how we cater to students of all experience levels and what we expected him to talk about at the meeting. Jesse seemed interested and mention how in the past they’ve partner other universities such as Columbia. He also broached the possibility of maybe inviting a bigger group from PCS to check out the start-up companies in the building who are looking for employees. Many of our members will be graduating soon and looking for work. We all thought that was a great idea. After the talk, Jesse had to leave us to attend a meeting.

We all got the chance to take photos of part of facility as we weren’t allowed in certain parts. I also got the chance to sit on the ginormous bean bag chair near the window which overlooks downtown Manhattan. The workspace is beautiful and I’m glad I got to see it. We definitely look forward to having Jesse Middleton speak at our first meeting.

Women Who Code Meetup

By Zakiya Sims, Vice President of Pace Computing Society

Just recently Kendra Jackman, Vice President of Pace Computing Society introduced me to an awesome club called Women Who Code. It’s great club where female developers networks and help each other with their products. We decided to go to their front end developer study group hosted by Digital Cloud. I enjoyed meeting a community of women developers who were interested in building their skills. At the meeting we coded using JavaScript and Frameworks. During the meeting sushi was ordered. I have to say it was the best sushi I’ve ever eaten! We had fun eating, coding, and socializing.IMAG0283

Afterwards Kendra and I explored the building. Digital Cloud has a really cool office space. They have a ping pong table and an old school Street Fighter arcade game machine. I can’t possibly forget the kitchen. It was filled with a plethora of healthy and tasty snacks. Everyone was friendly and this one employee there gave us her business card and stickers to decorate our laptops.

I can’t wait to see what the next Women Who Code meeting has in store. The club is currently looking for volunteers so if anyone is interested sign up on Meetup http://www.meetup.com/find/events/?allMeetups=false&keywords=women+who+code&radius=2&userFreeform=New+York%2C+NY&mcId=z10011&mcName=New+York%2C+NY&eventFilter=mysugg and for their other events. I look forward to becoming an active member and seeing you!

Playtest Thursdays at NYU

By Zakiya Sims, Vice President of Pace Computing Society

Kendra, vice president of PCS, and I decided to check out Playtest Thursdays at NYU Game Center. There we hoped to try out new and innovative games and get connected with NYU students. We got to try out awesome games but we were mostly eschewed by the students. It was alright (no it wasn’t); Kendra and I still managed to have a great time.

The games all consisted of computer monitors and keyboard which were inside the arcade game shell. One of the employees told us that all the games were designed and programmed by local developers which was why he said, they didn’t work. A lot of the games on the console were not operating. We did find one game that managed to start up. It was very interesting… people fencing to the death and the winner gets engulfed by a giant flying worm. Needless to say, the game was pretty intense.

We didn’t have time to play anymore games because we had another event to attend. Besides, the Playtest meeting was pretty dull which I think was attributed to the Winter Break. I believe that we should give NYU’s Playtest another crack at it. Plus, Kendra and I look forward to playing that fencing game again.

Speech at Brooklyn Tech

By Zakiya Sims, Vice President of Pace Computing Society

When I sent an email to the adviser of Girls Who Code at Brooklyn Tech inviting to Pace Computing Society I was meet with dismay when they weren’t able to come. However, they were more than willing to have us speak at their meeting! We would be given 3 minutes to talk about PCS at their first meeting.


The vice-president, Kendra Jackman and I went to Brooklyn Tech and were met with friendly intelligent girls who were excited to hear what we had to say. Before we went up to speak we waited on the other side of the classroom. The anticipation of having to wait made both of nervous. I’m pretty sure our frantic rustling of paper was audible from that side of the room. Atlas, we were introduced to the members on the club by the adviser, Eddy Rosabeth. During the meeting we talked about Pace’s advantageous location in the heart of “Silicon Alley”. Our location allows us provide amazing opportunities in the technology field to our students. We then went on to elaborate on those opportunities.

We mentioned how every year during the summer we hold the Stem Camp which is free. Students will have a chance to learn about cyber-security, design thinking, and app development. We also pitched the Summer Scholars program which accepts bright students from all over the country. They spend a month in the summer learning about computer science and information technology. Scholarships are available for the Summer Scholars program. We also talked about upcoming events at Pace University such as the Beacon Hackathon and the Write/Speak/Code Conference. We ended on a strong note by giving the girls Seidenberg’s Twitter handle and told them when the PCS meeting were. Unfortunately, the girls can’t attend because our meeting are 12 pm on Wednesday. The adviser didn’t want us to stress the meeting too much; we don’t want them to play hooky for free pizza.

After the brief speech we gave the adviser and students gifts and left. The adviser wanted me send her the applications for the programs to give to her members. I was glad that everything went successful and I wasn’t stricken by nerves during the speech. Consequently, the speech with Girls Who Code gave us to chance to gain connections with people outside of our sphere. It was fun experience and I hope to meet with other schools.

Mercedes Bent from General Assembly @ PCS on February 4th!

The head of New Business Ventures at General Assembly will be coming to discuss General Assembly and the new study abroad programs that they have launched. Stop by and listen and have some pizza. Visit them at https://generalassemb.ly/
Eventbrite - Mercedes Bent from General Assembly

Noah Fisher from Hatch@ PCS on February 11th!

The Senior engineer and designer of Hatch will discuss his up and coming start up goals and future as well as his achievements in the technology field. Join us for some hot pizza while and hear his story. Their website is: http://hatch.co/
Eventbrite - Noah Fisher from Hatch

Brian Shoicket from Uncubed @ PCS on February 18th!

Brian Shoicket University and Partnerships Lead will talk about Uncubed and talk about Uncubed connects it’s users with star-up companies through conferences, classes, content, and jobs. If you’re tech graduate or senior in search for a job definitely come to this meeting! Eat free pizza and listen to his informative speech. You can check out their website at http://uncubed.com/.
Eventbrite - Brian Shoicket from Uncubed

Norah Maki from UNICEF @ PCS on February 25th!

Norah Maki, Project manager at UNICEF will talk about how UNICEF uses technology to achieve it’s goals. This meeting is great for all major. Everyone is welcome to join us for pizza and the speech. Visit UNICEF at http://www.unicef.org/
Eventbrite - Norah Maki from UNICEF

Amaury Moulron from BuzzFeed @ PCS on April 8th!

The Design Technologist from BuzzFeed will give us some insight on how social media and technology is used to promote BuzzFeed. If you’re interested make sure to stop by for some pizza and to hear him speak. Their website is at http://www.buzzfeed.com/.
Eventbrite - Amaury Moulron from BuzzFeed

Attention! Registration for CIT 336 is still open

This class is an introduction to scripting languages such as Javascript, which will be used for the World Wide Web. Register today before it’s too late!

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Fall Recap

Our first meeting of Spring 2015 will be held February 28th. Here’s a review of what happened last semester.

Internship Spotlight – September 17th

  • Pace University students shed light on their internships at start-ups and big companies.

Bacely YoroBi – September 24th

  • Bacely YoroBi is the CEO and Founder of SocialSpot
  • During the meeting talked about “Internet Strategy” and “Internet Culture”

Michael Dolan – Novemebr 12th

  • Michael Dolan CTO and Co-Founder of igobono
  • At the meeting he discussed the founding and goals of igobono

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