New ACM Meeting Topic for Wed Nov 9, 2016 -Bash on Ubuntu on Windows – Kevin Remde

This original topic for November is rescheduled for our next meeting December 14. If you already signed up on, your reservation remains valid for the new date. If that time doesn’t work for you, you may update your reservation on meetup.

We will still have a November 9 meeting with the new topic announced here:

This information is also on the Chapter website at:

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

Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

Speaker: Kevin Remde

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
5:45 pm – Social Hour, 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) Campus map

Admission: Free, Reservations Requested, General Admission, open to the public.

RSVP on the Chicago ACM meetup site

Young Tech Challenge! Sunday, November 20, 2016

Full details at

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Our Tech Challenge is new this year and sponsored by Spin Master!

We are bringing together imagination, play and tech for this new event. This is an opportunity for creators aged 8-22 to show off a playful tech product. Open to kids and young adults ages 8-22 to present their tech idea to top play industry experts (see below judges and mentors), have a chance to win amazing prizes (product and cash prizes!) and get inside tips from the pros.

This is an unique and fantastic opportunity for university students and others looking to get into the toy and game industry to make valuable contacts.

There is no fee to participate. Participants and their immediate families are invited to be our guests with complimentary admission to ChiTAG!

Take apart remote controls and turn it into a game of laser tag or….

Submissions can be built on any platform available; mobile, console, and PC will surely be popular, but entrants can also build with Lego, robotics, or any tech. Use your imagination, a creative and technically challenging product will gain more votes than one that has been done before and is not so difficult to make. Your project does not need to be complete, but it needs to demonstrate your idea as fully as possible.

Judges will vote a winner for each of the three age groups:

  • 8-13 years
  • 14-18 years
  • 19-22 years

Criteria for judging is based on:

  • Originality
  • Technical difficulty
  • Presentation
  • Creativity


Spin Master Products TBA

$350 to the 1st place winner in each category

$150 to the second place winner in each category

Young Tech Challenge workshops are ideal for a classroom activity, school-wide competition, after-school program, summer challenge, scout merit badge-earning activity, even for library programming.

Once the inventions are complete, don’t stop there! The Young Tech Challenge can provide a means of taking the inventions to even greater heights, with professional critiques from our industry experts and the opportunity to show their work off to the public, toy industry, and members of the press.

Deadline extended – Register by November 6th!

[free, game design, toy design, prizes, events]

Wed Nov 9 – Free for students – Adding Intelligence to Your Apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services – David Giard

This information is also on the Chapter website at:

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

Adding Intelligence to Your Apps with Microsoft Cognitive Services

Speaker: David Giard

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
5:45 pm – Social Hour, 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) Campus map

Admission: Free, Reservations Requested, General Admission, open to the public.

RSVP on the Chicago ACM meetup site

First Ever CS Student of the Month

The Lane Tech Computer Science Department would like to congratulate Aidan Lallas for winning the Computer Science Student of the Month Award for the month of October, 2016. Miss Wozniak selected Aidan for this award because of her willingness to use her personal time to help Miss Wozniak integrate Sound Engineering with Media Computation. Aidan exemplifies the type of student who is successful in computer science in that she never gives up on a problem and is very resourceful in finding new ways to solve problems.

If you know Aidan, please congratulate her on receiving this award.

Chicago Innovation Awards – Volunteers Needed

See details below direct from the contact:
The Chicago Innovation Awards is looking for some additional volunteers to help out before the event in exchange for free tickets to attend. We’ve found that students really seem to embrace the concept of innovation, so I wanted to offer this to Lane Tech students & faculty if anyone is interested.

On Tuesday, October 25th our season culminates with the main awards show at the Harris Theater, where we’ll be joined by Margo Georgiadis, President of Americas at Google, Allison Rosati & Rob Stafford from NBC News, along with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and a host of impressive Chicagoans that are spearheading great innovation!

How You Can Help
As you may know, this huge show doesn’t happen without our amazing volunteer team. Below is the volunteer shift we’re seeking to fill:

  • Sunday, Oct. 23rd from 1:00-4:30pm – Assembling name badges before the event & attaching the correct Harris theater tickets. This will take place at the Chicago Innovation Awards offices in Lincoln Park, located at 2001 N. Halsted. Brunch will be provided. Volunteers for this shift are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony & After party at no charge.

What’s In It For Lane Tech Students?
As a thank-you for volunteering, you’ll be welcome to sit down and enjoy the awards show inside the Harris theater either before or after your shift. Volunteers will be able to enjoy passed appetizers and rub elbows with Award winners, board members, the staff of Chicago Innovation Awards, media, and other Chicago innovators. Value: $40+/person

How to Confirm Your Spot?
Please reply back to me at jackie.tamas, as I will be coordinating the volunteer efforts for Sunday and day-of. We’re striving to get about 10-15 students to help out so things move quickly.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance. I would invite you to reach out if you have any additional questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you on making this the best awards show yet!


Jacqueline (Tamas) White

Volunteer Manager for the Chicago Innovation Awards
Cell: (312) 515-9023
Office: (312) 334-2140

Please consider following the Chicago Innovations Awards on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award – Deadline 11/7

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award

Award for AiC LogoThe NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. The multi-tiered structure includes recognition at the national and local levels, serving all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.

The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.

Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.

Each local Affiliate Award program taps into the powerful network of NCWIT Alliance Members: teams from academia, non-profit organizations, startups, and corporations come together to build a community of support for young women passionate about computing.

Quote from Award RecipientApplications for the 2017 Award for Aspirations in Computing are now open.

Apply Now!


Any U.S. high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply, if she also meets all of the following criteria:

  • She attends a high school in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen attending a high school in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. military base.
  • She has a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
  • She is not an NCWIT employee and has no immediate family relationship with employees, extended staff, contractors or board members of NCWIT (including spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren and persons residing in the same household).

Applicants may reapply each year, but can only receive the National Award once; Affiliate Award programs allow repeat recipients at their own discretion.


Each Affiliate Award winner receives recognition at an Award event, an engraved award for both her and her school, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg), and may receive various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor-branded swag, and more.

Each National Award winner receives various prizes, cash, and a trip to Bank of America headquarters on March 3-5, 2017 for a celebration and networking with Bank of America employees.

Any prize that is classified as taxable income must be reported to the IRS. Taxes, where applicable, are the responsibility of the award winner.

Application Details

To apply, high school women must first register online. Click here to begin registration.

Then, students can apply online beginning September 1, 2016 and no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on November 7, 2016.

You may preview the application in English before you get started. You may also want to review the application how-to guide. Parents can review the approval how-to guide as well. For frequently asked questions about applying, approvals, and endorsements, please visit our FAQ page.

Additional Rules

Winners of the National Award are required to submit additional paperwork, including a notarized travel waiver and tax ID information. Failure by National Award recipients and/or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to return required paperwork, book travel within the allotted time, or attend the Bank of America celebration may result in forfeiture of all awards hereunder. To the extent required by law, Bank of America will report the value of the gift/reward/travel expenses to the IRS on Form 1099.

NCWIT may require additional hard-copy, notarized paperwork, at its discretion.

Note: Any Lane Tech CS teacher will gladly endorse and / or help you with your application. We will also offer at least one session to answer questions about the application.

University of Illinois’s WCS ChicTech Retreat


Female high school students are invited to the 2016 ChicTech Retreat sponsored by the University of Illinois’s Women in Computer Science! This two day overnight retreat will be held on November 12th and 13th at the Thomas Siebel Center for Computer Science, which is the building on campus for computer science. This retreat will teach high school students more about computer science, and they will get the chance to work on their very own project that they can showcase at the closing ceremony! Other fun activities include a photo scavenger hunt, a girls movie night, and computer science trivia (with prizes!)

See flyer attached to this email. Registration will close on October 14th, and they will notify the accepted applicants by October 21st. Organizers expect that most girls will be accepted, but they do have to cap the registration at 75 attendees.

For more information, visit the website: bifft2.

Invitation Flyer.pdf

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

“October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.”

UIC is focusing on increasing users’ awareness and understanding of Phishing scams this year, with a weekly page highlighting important information.   Take a look:

UIC CS Open House Monday 10/10

From the UIC CS site:

The best way to find out more about us is to attend one of our open house gatherings to see our department and meet some of our faculty and staff. These gatherings are targeted towards prospective students who are currently either high school juniors or seniors or are considering transferring from a community college. Parents and friends are also welcome.

Open House gatherings will be held on the dates shown below, many of which are days when Chicago Public Schools and some suburban districts do not have school: