Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Information Session

The National Association of Women Business Owners and DePaul University will host a Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Information Session for female students currently in grades 6-12, their families, and local business leaders about YEA! YEA! is a yearlong program that guides middle and high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6 p.m.


DePaul University, Loop Campus

243 S. Wabash Ave.

Chicago, IL 60604​​​​​

Room: CDM 209


– Female Students Grades 6-12 and their families

-Business leaders and interested community volunteers

-This event is free and open to the public.

Call yea.

Flier attached


2015 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

2015 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft), serving 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Criteria and Eligibility

Any U.S. high school woman with computing aspirations is eligible and encouraged to apply: NCWIT recognizes aspirations as well as accomplishments. Aspirations Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. For more detailed information, please visit


Each award recipient receives recognition at an award event, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg), and various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor swag, engraved awards and certificates, and more. Additionally, National Award recipients receive:

  • $500 in cash
  • a laptop computer
  • a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 7, 2015
  • an engraved award for both the student and her school
  • networking opportunities with Bank of America employees

Students can apply online at no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 2, 2014.

2014 US & Canada Master the Mainframe Contest Announcement

Registration opens on September 23rd for the 2014 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, with over $35,000 in prizes up for grabs! The major focus of the contest is to introduce students to an area of the computer field that they may not have had much experience with, and which is currently in a long-term hiring phase. If you think your students might be interested in checking it out (IBM designed the contest to be NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY), please forward this announcement to them.

Contest homepage:

Students can find the US & Canada Contest Page on September 23rd, and access the simple registration form, and they’ll find a lively community on our official contest Facebook page.

The contest begins on Monday, October 6 at noon EST, and allows students to log into a mainframe system from their home computers or computer labs to complete increasingly difficult technical challenges for bigger and bigger prizes (T-shirts, IBM swag prize packs, Google Nexus tablets, and trips). If you have any questions about the contest, you can reach the IBM Academic Initiative System z program at zskills. The contest runs through December 31st at midnight EST.

Students who complete Part 2 of the contest will be invited to send their resumes which we then send to enterprise systems employers. Interested recruiters can link up with students through these resumes. Students can also use their mainframe skills to help them apply for the jobs on our System z Job Board at

Good luck to all students who participate!

Flyer attached.

20014 MTMF Contest.pdf

Meet JIBO, The World’s First Family Robot


JIBO is an Indiegogo project, with plans to ship their “Family Robot” in late 2015.  There were a wide variety of reactions to the video when we watched it in class.   What do you think?  Cool or creepy?

Of course, some skepticism might be warranted, as noted in this GeekWire article:

Reasons To Be Skeptical of Jibo, the Overly Cute Robo-Servant

Web security: Securing Untrusted Web Content in Browsers – Speaker: Dr Phu H Phung

This information is also on the Chapter website at:

A joint Chicago Chapter ACM / Loyola University Computer Science Department meeting

Web security: Securing Untrusted Web Content in Browsers

Speaker: Dr Phu H Phung

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
5:45 pm – Social Time, light refreshments
6:30 pm – Presentation

Loyola University Water Tower Campus (Chicago/Michigan Area)
111 E. Pearson Street, Chicago IL 60611
Beane Ballroom (13th Floor, Lewis Towers)

Admission: Free, Reservations Requested, General Admission, open to the publicRSVP on the Chicago ACM meetup site