Pace Computing Society Spring Semester In Review

Thanks for joining Pace Computing Society for our meetings, workshops, and events. A special shout out goes out to our wonderful speakers for talking to us about your company’s and educating us on the amazing opportunities in tech and our awesome members for attending. We hope you guys have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 2nd, for Pace Computing Society’s first meeting of the new school year! 

Sincerely,

Pace Computing Society’s Executive Board

P.S: Here’s a summary of Spring 2015’s speakers!

January

  • 28th – Jesse Middleton from WeWork
    • WeWork is a company that is revolutionizing co-working space for small companies.
    • Jesse the Director of Business Development talked about WeWork and his technical and business background. He’s from a small town in Pennsylvania and studies and business and information systems at Drexel University.

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      Jesse Middleton from WeWork

February

  • 4th – Mercedes Bent from General Assembly
    • 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 started out in operations in GA where she created courses for the company. Soon she started to do global programming and now she’s a director for General Assembly.

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      Mercedes Bent from General Assembly

  • 11th – Noah Fisher from Hatch
    • 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.
    • After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in Mechanical Engineer, Noah worked as an Air Quality Engineer. 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.
  • 18th – Brian Shoicket from Uncubed 
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    PCS members with Brian Shoicket from Uncubed

    • 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_dYggQ.
    • 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.
  • 25th – Norah Maki from UNCIEF
    • UNICEF is dedicated to improving the lives of children all around the world through innovative technology.
    • Norah Maki, project manager, at UNCIEF told us of some ways we can get involved in UNICEF tech projects.

March 

  • 4th – Abraham Guerra from IBM
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 11th – AJ Smith and Chris Sakai from Jozii
    • Jozii helps students connect with companies and helps them gain experience while they are still in school. It is easy to sign up on Jozii.com. Jozii matches students with jobs based on their personalities and what they are interested in with less emphasis on what school they graduated from. image1.jpg (335×240)
    • Chris Sakai graduated from Pace University in May. He met AJ Smith at a job fair and got a job when he graduated and has been working there for a little over half a year. Sakai, learned a lot of what he knows about computer science through outside sources and while working on the job.
  • 18th – Clarence Wardell and Christopher Wong from PIF
    • Clarence Wardell and Christopher Wong work in the Presidential Innovation Fellowship. These fellows work with actual agents in the U.S government to think of new projects that improve the economy and the lives of citizens.
    • A current project they are working on is called Open Data. The Blue Button Initiative is a part of this. The Blue Button Initiative is a project where the Heath care industry and the federal government have come together to make it easier for veterans to access their medical records when
      they need them. Now over a million veterans and non veterans use it.
  • 25th – Beth Rosenberg from Tech Kids Unlimited
    • While in school, these children, as well as other children with learning disabilities, are not usually taught skills that will be applicable later in life with finding a job and supporting themselves. Beth Rosenberg saw that this was a problem. With experience from her own son who has autism, Beth came up with the idea for Tech Kids Unlimited.

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      Beth Rosenberg from Tech Kids Unlimited

    • This is a program that teaches kids who learn differently, technology. These children are able to learn coding HTML, Java, Python and learning Photoshop. These are only a few of the things that the kids learn to do. The teachers involved, take very professional based programs and break it down to train these kids to do some amazing things. If you want to see for yourself Check it out! https://vimeo.com/100240904.

April

  • 8th – Amaury Moulron from Buzzfeed
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    Amaury Moulron from BuzzFeed with PCS members

    • Buzzfeed.com is a news media website. On Buzzfeed.com you can get informed on serious news, be entertained with comedy skits and discussions, or gain insite to your true self with some quizzes.
    • Amaury is one of the people behind it all. He works at the company responsible for “black and blue or white and gold.”

May

  • 6th – Svetlana from Pace University’s Career Services
    • We invited Svetlana from Pace University’s Career Services to give us some helpful tips on perfecting our 30 second interview pitch and going the extra mile for Uncubed.
    • One great point Svetlana brought up is to start researching the companies that are attending that job fair beforehand. Apply for those companies and follow up with an email to the recruiter. Make a spreadsheet, listing good talking points relevant to the company and the position you’re applying for, your experiences and how that applies to the specific position, and the contact information of the recruiter.
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