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DevNet connects students to jobs

DevNet took place earlier this week on McMaster campus thanks to the McMaster Game Development Association and McMaster Computer Science Society. The event connected local area companies (GTA and Hamilton) with attendees, mainly for the purpose of job opportunities.

It’s really, really, really awesome to see the leadership coming from these students clubs in terms of organizing something like this. Of course institutions organize more general job fairs, but it’s not the same as this type of event.

Check out the coverage of the event below!

 



 

Interview with Roomer creator Simar Singh

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I remember in my undergraduate days that the libraries weren’t always the best place to study. There was the noise – Mills Library was known (affectionately?) as “Club Mills”, but there was also the lack of seats. Often times you were better off finding an empty classroom. Which was great when you found one, but time consuming.

That’s why I found this new app called Roomer by Simar Singh (@simarr_) to be a pretty neat idea. Check out the interview with Simar below:

 

simarTell me about yourself.

I’m currently a third year computer science student at McMaster University. I’m passionate about all aspects of software development. I have been working on projects for as long as I can remember, and I aim to build projects that make people’s lives easier.

 

What is Roomer?

Roomer is an android app that helps students find study space on campus. Roomer shows you all of the empty classrooms and lecture halls.

 

Why did you decide to create Roomer?

Many students have experienced difficulty finding a good study space on campus. Libraries are often crowded, especially during exam period. Group study rooms are frequently in short supply. Roomer aims to solve this problem. Roomer shows the user which classrooms and lecture halls are currently empty on campus. They can then choose their favorite spot to work on their assignments, hold group meetings or practice presentations.

 

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How does Roomer know which rooms on campus are available?

Roomer’s server side algorithms uses the master timetable system provided by universities to figure out what rooms are currently not being used.

 

How has the response to Roomer been thus far?

Roomer has already been downloaded 350+ times in its first week of launch.

 

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Will you try to make money off of Roomer? How?

Roomer was built to enrich students’ campus experience. Roomer will be for free for the foreseeable feature.

 

What tools did you use to build Roomer?

The backend was built with Python and the Android app was written in Java. I used Amazon Web Services to host Roomer’s backend.

 

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What are your future plans for Roomer?

Roomer is currently available for McMaster University, University of Waterloo, and Western University. I plan on expanding Roomer’s service to more Universities across Ontario.

 

Do you have any advice for students planning to release apps?

Focus on user experience and what problems your app will help its users solve.

 

Try out Roomer on Android today!

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Job opportunities at DevNet inside McMaster next Tuesday

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When: Tuesday October 7th from 1pm – 4pm

Where: McMaster University – Student Centre Atrium

Register: facebook.com/events/1474041562863432/

DevNet is a networking event that will take place at McMaster University in the Student Centre Atrium. The event will consist of various software and game development studios who will each have a booth set up. This event provides students the opportunity to meet industry professionals in various studios while students are able to gain new job opportunities in their field of interest.

We encourage all students, faculty members, professionals and community members to come out to DevNet – without needing to have any affiliation with McMaster University.

McMaster startup QReserve awarded $25k from OCE

QHamilton, Ontario, September 2, 2014 — McMaster University startup, QReserve Inc., is excited to be awarded $24,896 through Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) SmartStart program to introduce its publicly available research equipment database platform to universities and colleges across Canada.

“Every year, the federal and provincial governments invest millions of dollars in research tools and resources”, says QReserve Inc.’s CEO, Brandon Aubie. “This funding from OCE will help us help researchers and industry better utilize these resources. The QReserve platform works as a search engine for research equipment and we plan to bring it into university and college campuses across Ontario and the rest of Canada starting this fall.”

QReserve was founded in March of this year by McMaster University PhD graduate, Dr. Brandon Aubie, and McMaster University professors Dr. Fred Capretta and Dr. John Brennan. Their service provides universities and colleges with a turn-key research equipment database platform that is automatically connected with other institutions. This enables students, researchers and industrial users to discover and access resources across campuses and research institutions.

Dr. Capretta explains the impact QReserve’s resource database will have on Canadian researchers: “Obtaining funding for research gets harder and harder every year. So when a university purchases new equipment it’s more important than ever that it gets utilized to its full potential. With QReserve we’re helping people to find this equipment and encouraging collaborative use of existing resources. Bottom line is we’re trying to help research get done and save money at the same time.”

Their proof-of-concept platform was launched this summer at McMaster University containing nearly 300 pieces of equipment and research services and is quickly gaining traction. Aubie adds, “We’ve demonstrated a clear need for this service and are excited to add thousands of new resources for students, researchers and industrial users across the country to discover”.

QReserve is free to access at www.qreserve.com.

 

About QReserve Inc.

QReserve Inc. was founded in 2014 at McMaster University with the aim of making research equipment and resources more accessible to students, faculty and industry. The company provides an open-access online platform for cataloguing and searching research equipment and services across university and college campuses and industrial research service providers. QReserve’s search platform integrates with existing university technology infrastructures to provide a turn-key internal institutional resource database that automatically integrates with other institutional databases. QReserve currently operates out of the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario.

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. (www.oce-ontario.org)

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, domestic and foreign investors, and government ministries. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices, innovation, entrepreneurship and research, OCE invests in such areas as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), which helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs and industry rapidly grow their company and create jobs. Learn more at www.onebusiness.ca.

McMaster students use supercomputer to create fractal videos

Originally posted on dailynews.mcmaster.ca

 

cas-logoA group of computing and software students have created some stunning videos using one of the most powerful computers in the world.

The fourth-year students used the Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, located at the University of Toronto, to generate fractals – never-ending patterns that repeat at different scales.

The shapes are generated with a simple mathematical formula, but create incredibly complex shapes.

“Each pixel in an image is assigned coordinates,” says Ned Nedialkov, associate professor in computing and software. “These starting coordinates are then fed into a formula, resulting in new coordinates, which are plugged into the same formula for the next iteration, and so on.”

Nedialkov compares the process to zooming in on a digital map.

“Imagine the whole eastern coast of Canada laid out on a map. Then, as you zoom in and get closer, you can see the actually coast line, then the details of the beach, individual stones, pieces of sand, and then every molecule that makes up the sand.”

The shapes take billions of computations to create, and without the use of a supercomputer would take months to complete.

The exercise helps students learn both about fractals and supercomputers, which are used for a variety of tasks, including weather prediction.

Video of the fractals can be found here.

 

 

Vote in the Mobile Start App competition

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The McMaster W Booth School of Engineering Practice, in partnership with Innovation Factory, conducted a series of events to support start-ups in the mobile application sector called Mobile Start App. This initiative included a Video Pitch Competition where students from the Golden Horseshoe with an app idea have posted 2 minute videos on YouTube.

The winners of the competition will be selected by vote count, and will receive a $1000 cash prize and representation on the McMaster University website and social media.

Check out the video pitch competition entries below and vote on who you think should win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woof wins 2nd annual Indellient prize

For the second year in a row Indellient (@Indellient) has sponsored the Indellient Prize in Software Entrepreneurship at McMaster University. The $1500 prize is awarded via a now annual contest open to McMaster students. Last year’s inaugural competition was won by Dillion Dixon and his timetable generator app.

This year the winner of the contest is a name familiar to regular readers – Woof (@MyDogWoofs). The social network for dog lovers and their pets has been a wonderful success, though it was noted that the overall pool of competition this year was stronger as well. Congratulations Woof!

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