Welcome to the website of the Oxford University Computer Society (CompSoc). We're here to promote the use of computers throughout the university, to organise meetings and talks on computing-related subjects, and to generally do things of a computer-related nature.
Here you can find information about upcoming events, about the society itself, and how you can get involved.
Here's a list of some upcoming events, visit the Events Page for a more comprehensive list.
Tech Talk: Distracted? Let’s Demand a New Kind of Design that Helps Us Spend Our Time Well
- Tristan Harris - Product Philosopher, Google - www.tristanharris.com
- James Williams - Google / Oxford PhD in Philosophy - http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/people/?id=275
What if technology could distract us less, and respect our time & attention more? What would that world look like - and how could it be built? This question has been the focus of the design ethics work and thinking in our personal and professional lives over the past two years. In this talk we will give an overview of concerns we personally have about technological distraction, especially when it interacts with the psychological biases of users. In addition, we’ll discuss concrete steps that can be taken today - whether by product engineers/designers, business leaders, or users - to help the state of technology move toward greater respect for users’ time and attention. Finally, we’ll give an overview of the newly launched, independent ‘Time Well Spent’ design movement, including its call for an "Organic" label for technologies that help us spend our time well. (Note: This talk expresses the personal opinions of the speakers, not those of Google or Oxford University.)
For background information, see Tristan’s TEDx talk in Brussels last month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT5rRh9AZf4
Tech Talk with CoreFiling: IPv6
IPv6 is the next generation of the Internet Protocol. We'll talk about some of the practical details of its use, and attempt to separate fact from fiction about the world running out of IPv4 addresses and the impact this will have.
David North and Stephen White are both CompSoc alumni and IPv6 early adopters, and now work for local software company CoreFiling.
Jane Street Hackathon eth0
eth0: a day-long programming contest. Form teams and hack together software to compete against others and the markets.
The winning prize will be £0x1ff per person. There'll be lots of (free) food and drink available.
Absolutely no knowledge of finance, nor OCaml, required. You can use any language, but we'll provide some helper libraries in a few common ones. The contest is entirely technical in nature and you won't need any visual design skills.
The contest will take place in early 2015. We don't yet have a precise date or location, but we will update this page and email all of those signed up when we do.
To sign up, or for any further queries, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Further details will be announced to those signed up closer to the event. Teams of up to four will be accepted. You don't have to have a team to sign up — feel free to turn up as a singleton and we'll form teams on the fly.
This year, CompSoc are running a new set of events called "Learn to Code". They will include both lectures and workshops, and will be hosted throughout the term.
We have also opened up a facebook group for those who want to attend the events, see the link below for more details.