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ACM Chapter Member News | June 2021

Welcome to the June 2021 edition of the ACM Chapter Member News.

Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. Our Professional and Student chapters worldwide serve as nodes of activity for ACM members and the computing community at large, offering seminars, lectures, and the opportunity to meet peers and experts in many fields of interest. With over 1000 active chapters worldwide, we would like to take the time now to connect with all of you and bring you a few ACM Highlights.

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ACM Chapter News

2021 Annual Report
ACM's fiscal year is coming to a close which means it is time to submit your ACM Annual Report. The report is for the fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021) and should be submitted by August 31, 2021.

To complete the report online, you must log in with your unique chapter web account. Please note, your chapter web account is entirely separate from your personal web account and should be accessible to all officers: www.acm.org/chapters/chapters/interface.

If you are unsure of your chapter web account or need to reset the password, please use the following link: www.acm.org/chapters/web-account-links.

UPE ACM Scholarship Award Deadline: July 1, 2021
To raise the importance of academic achievement and professional commitment to ACM student members who are about to enter the computing profession, The Executive Council of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announce the UPE ACM Student Chapter Scholarship Award. Up to FOUR students will be chosen; each will receive $1,000.

Who is Eligible?

All graduate and undergraduate students (past 12th grade, college-level and above), who are ACM members and also members of the ACM Student Chapter at their academic institution.

To learn more, please visit: upe.acm.org/scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact UPE at upe@acm.org.


ACM Chapter Spotlight

The Northeast Ohio ACM Chapter
The Northeast Ohio ACM Chapter held the SYNTH GOD M.A.S.S., (Music Automation & Sound Synthesis) Tech Talk in March. This was a one-day event about the current state-of-the-art and future of digital music synthesis and the influence of Artificial Intelligence on music creation and automation. The tech talk featured speakers in the areas of digital music automation & creation, and digital and analog synthesis. The special guest speaker was Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater. Jordan, a platinum-selling Grammy- nominated keyboardist, spoke about PHYSICAL MODELING synthesis. Here is a link to the webpage for videos and other resources from the talk: http://neoacmchapter.org/synthgod2/artifacts.html.

The SAKEC ACM Student Chapter
The SAKEC ACM Student Chapter organized a "Road towards MS in the USA" webinar in April 2021 to help students pursue higher education at universities in the USA. The speaker for the event, Mr. Darsh Shah, who has received admits from some of the top universities in the USA, decided to guide this event to help others avoid some of the hurdles he faced. There were 90 students who attended. The speaker covered various topics ranging from choosing a specialization to the VISA Process. The overall feedback from the participants was very good and they also requested more such events in the future.

The Ukrainian ACM Chapter
In March, the Ukrainian ACM Chapter hosted an Online Machine Learning Hackathon in collaboration with the Hackathon Expert Group and the Faculty of Computer Science and Cybernetics of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The teams were challenged by two tasks – an augmented reality assistant development for a chess game from the Apostera company, and NLP assistant development for matching a doctor given patient symptoms from DOC.ua. Students, young practitioners, and working professionals took part to solve these tasks. For two days off, the participants, with the help from experts, achieved unbelievable results and significantly improved their hard and soft skills. It is noteworthy that among the winners there were 50% females and 50% males!

The Czech ACM Chapter
The exhibition “Czech Footprint in the History of Computers” was created as one of the outputs of a project funded by the Ministry of Culture at the National Technical Museum in Prague. The Czech ACM Chapter helped in the selection of exhibits to the first section of the exhibition titled “From abacus to smartphone,” which deals with the general development of computers in the world. The project commemorates the 40th anniversary of the death of Antonín Svoboda, the founder of computer science in Czechoslovakia and the 70th anniversary of the modern establishment of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague.

The exhibition started on November 25, 2020 and ran until May 16, 2021. Because galleries and museums in the Czech Republic were closed due to the COVID19 pandemic till end of April, the organizers prepared a virtual tour of the exhibition on cs.fel.cvut.cz/en/news/detail/1633

The Anna University School of CS&Eng ACM Student Chapter
CODHER is a women-only hackathon that is conducted by Anna University School of CS&Eng ACM Student Chapter every year. The main aim of the event is to motivate women developers in college to actively participate in hackathons and provide them a platform to showcase their skills.

This year CODHER was conducted in a completely online mode because of the prevailing pandemic situation. It was conducted as an overnight hackathon for 18 hours. The event had GitHub and Motorq as title sponsors, GeeksForGeeks as Associate Sponsor and YouthInU and Redink as Intern Partners. There were several internship referrals for the best performers. There were mentors from several top companies to assist the participants and guide them throughout the hackathon. Overall the hackathon was a great success and it had received teams from all over India.

The CCET ACM Student Chapter
The young minds of the CCET ACM Student Chapter organized a tech meetup in April to inspire and encourage individuals to come and utilize the key benefits of the ACM global platform. This event was a great medium for all the participants to interact with the faculty mentors, top industry leaders, and the existing and outgoing student teams of the CCET ACM Student Chapter. Around 80 young computing minds attended this meet and witnessed the various opportunities offered by ACM for life-long learning, career-development, and professional networking which leads towards the recognition of technical excellence. The faculty mentor, Dr. Sunil K. Singh echoed the importance of ACM which brings together global computing educators, professionals, researchers, and others under one umbrella to inspire and support budding student minds in their future endeavors. Keeping this objective in mind, the current student team led by Anshul Gupta redesigned and incorporated all such features in the existing Chapter website, deployed at ccet.acm.org for better and transparent guidance, which was also launched during this event. Overall, the event was a huge success within the interest of the students.

The UCLA ACM Student Chapter
Hack Kitchen, hosted by the Hack subcommittee of the UCLA ACM Student Chapter, was a MasterChef themed puzzle competition that took place online in May. Over the course of 9 hours, participants, or “chefs”, were tasked to work in small teams to solve quirky coding challenges. These challenges involved building a "restaurant", working with the esoteric language Chef, and preparing a meal with code “ingredients.” The final submissions they received showcased a variety of the chefs’ talent; among the most noteworthy were a bread themed Discord bot and ML-powered refrigerator web application. Over the course of the competition, chefs had the chance to bond with their competitors and organizers by playing fun online games such as Skribbl.io and Broken Picturephone. Participants had a great time coding in an unconventional yet exciting way!

The RAIT ACM Student Chapter
RAIT ACM student chapter organized PREQUEL TO PERFECTION which began in May for students to upgrade their skills in web development. In this 4 week program, students learned web development from scratch i.e. HTML & CSS to JavaScript, Libraries, etc. The final projects were presented to industry experts and Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to all participants. PREQUEL TO PERFECTION helped students learn web development, clear their concepts, develop the skill of leadership, time management, teamwork and project building.

The Australasian ACM SIGCSE Chapter
The Australasian ACM SIGCSE Chapter held a successful research showcase event in April. During the showcase, invited members of the community presented some of their exciting recent projects, and participants took part in lively discussions. The event used a hybrid approach, with members of the chapter attending the meeting in-person at the University of Auckland, and others joining online from around New Zealand and Australia. The incredible line-up of prominent computing education researchers included: Simon (University of Newcastle), Claudia Szabo (The University of Adelaide), Anthony Robins (University of Otago), Margaret Hamilton (RMIT University), Tim Bell (University of Canterbury), Bryn Jeffries (Grok Learning), Andrew Luxton-Reilly (The University of Auckland). Feedback on the event was very positive, including this response emailed from a new member: "today was excellent! I really enjoyed it and was amazed by the wide range of presentation topics people have".

The Vellore Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter
Code2Create 5.0 held in April was one of the biggest online hackathons to be conducted in VIT, Vellore this year. This event was a collaboration between Vellore Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter and VIT University ACM Student Chapter. There were participants from all over the country. With over 900+ registrations, it was 36 hours of fierce competition with teams coming up with innovative solutions to real-world problems. The participants competed for cash prizes worth 70k and total prizes worth 5 lakhs. The participants went through two rounds of shortlisting with a final project pitch deciding the winners.

The UCSC ACM Student Chapter
The National Olympiad in Informatics (NOI) is the leading competitive programming competition available for secondary school students in Sri Lanka. The program is organized by the University of Colombo School of Computing ACM Student Chapter together with Informatics Olympiad alumni. The qualifier round of NOI 2021 was successfully held in May. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, the contest was held virtually with over 130 participants, which is the highest number of participants ever reported in an NOI qualifier round. The six winners of the qualifier round will be competing in the NOI final round with another eight contestants selected from the NOI training program.

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki ACM Student Chapter
In April, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki ACM Student Chapter held a workshop at ECESCON 12 (Electrical and Computer Engineering Student’s Conference). The workshop was on the topic of databases, introducing the participants to their basic design and organization principles as well as a compact hands-on demonstration. It was the chapters second consecutive participation in the conference and had an audience of over 60 people. Through this event, the chapter had the opportunity to share their knowledge with young passionate scientists, promote their team and meet other teams and individuals with the same unrelenting passion.

ACM Congratulates all the chapters on their wonderful work.

If your chapter would like to be featured in the chapter spotlight, please email local_activities@acm.org with a description of your recent event.


Welcome to Our Newest Chapters

  • ADU ACM Student Chapter - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Student)
  • Angelo State University ACM Student Chapter - San Angelo, TX (Student
  • Arbisoft ACM Chapter - Lahore, Pakistan (Professional)
  • BITS Pilani Goa ACM Student Chapter - South Goa, India (Student)
  • China ACM SIGBED Chapter - Beijing, China (Professional)
  • CUET ACM Student Chapter - Chittagong, Bangladesh (Student)
  • FUNAAB ACM Student Chapter - Abeokuta, Nigeria (Student)
  • IIMT ACM-W Student Chapter - Meerut, India (Student)
  • IIPS ACM Student Chapter - Indore, India (Student)
  • KCT ACM Student Chapter - Coimbatore, India (Student)
  • KFUEIT ACM Student Chapter - Rahimyar khan, Pakistan (Student)
  • MVSR ACM-W Student Chapter - Hyderabad, India (Student)
  • RGIPT ACM Student Chapter - Jais, India (Student)
  • Saint Louis University ACM Student Chapter - Saint Louis, MO (Student)
  • Sinhgad Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter - Pune, India (Student)
  • SSET ACM Student Chapter - Kerala, India (Student)
  • Vedavyasa Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter - Kakkove, India (Student)
  • Vedavyasa Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter - Ramanattukara, India (Student)
  • Vimal Jyothi Engineering College ACM-W Student Chapter - Kannur, India (Student)
  • Wilbur Wright College ACM Student Chapter - Chicago, IL (Student)
  • Yangon ACM Chapter - Yangon, Myanmar (Professional)


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