CompSoc holds events all year round, from hackathons to tech-talks to weekly meetings. Come along and learn something new, meet new people and build some awesome stuff.
In the past, we've had quizzes, helping people with projects, programming help, and casual social events. We'll often provide free food to make it up to those of you who miss College supper.
CompSoc will be at Freshers' Fair! Come say hi if you’re interested in tech, computers, programming, or if you want to learn. Chat to us and find out more about what CompSoc is and what we do!
The AGM is running online on 15th March. Elect your executive committee for 2021/2022.
DurHack is CompSoc's flagship annual hackathon, where students come together to push technology to new limits in a digital invention marathon. Tickets are now available and are free!
Join Luke and Lorenzo from Thought Machine for a crazy night of fun and madness. Join us on Zoom to be in with a chance of winning some mystery prizes - from the wonderful to the down right weird.
Learn the basics of Python at this online workshop. No prior knowledge is assumed, so this will be especially useful to those new to coding.
Make a game from scratch in teams of up to five, in a free 4-day digital event with interactive workshops and prizes for the best submissions. Open to all students and graduates from the last year.
We’ll be making a simple desktop chat application together with Electron, Node.js and websockets, all from scratch with no prior web programming knowledge assumed.
We'll be running a workshop in place of this week's weekly meeting.
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence are running a Capture the Flag event, a day of cyber security challenges and games. This event is ticketed.
CompSoc runs a large-scale annual hackathon with students from all sorts of backgrounds. At DurHack 2018, we had 150 students from all over the UK and Europe!
CompSoc will be hosting a free workshop on 12 October, where we will teach you how to build and deploy your first website! Come to E240 in the Higginson Building.
Technology is omnipresent and finds application across a multitude of industries. We are bringing together professionals and current students with experience from about 15 different industries like Big Tech, Automobile, Finance, Scientific Computing, Consumer Goods, Cybersecurity, Data, UX Design, Research, etc. to name a few, who you can chat with to find out what working with technology in a particular field entails. You will also have an opportunity to learn about unconventional technology careers like Technology Journalism and Scientific Publishing via a live stream with leading professionals. The event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL and will be held on 14 June, 13.30 - 16.30. Please register your interest through the link below. There's also free one-on-one CV and LinkedIn review with our careers advisors to help you this application season. Bring your friends along and spread the word!
TPP is excited to announce a Coding Challenge on Monday 10th June 2019, in collaboration with CompSoc! Unlike a typical pub quiz, you'll need to exercise your problem solving skills to tackle the range of challenges set instead of applying your general knowledge. There will be free food and drinks, both soft and alcoholic, available for attendees throughout the whole event. There will also be Raspberry Pis available to members of the winning team. We recommend teams of about 5-6 people, but smaller groups are welcome too, and if you're unsure who to come with then we'll be happy to match you up with other keen problem solvers on the day. Some questions require specific knowledge so you will want a programmer on your team! Tickets are limited. Please see the Facebook event for more information.
Having your own personal website can be a great way to stand out from the crowd. The aim of the workshop is to give attendees the tools to build and deploy their very own website. We’ll cover some examples, what to include, popular technologies and deployment methods. Whether you already have your own website and are simply looking to get it online or you haven’t even begun, we’ll have something useful for you! The session will consist of a short introduction, followed by hands-on help from American Express demonstrators.
We are seeing AI everywhere in technology, from taking better pictures on your phone, to self-driving cars. Waterstons present an introduction to AI, through everyone’s favourite game: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Waterbomb, Dynamite. Compete in teams to build the ultimate game playing AI, and then challenge the other teams’ AIs to see who has mastered the game. Waterstons developers will be on hand to help you learn how to code the AI, setup, and deploy. Any programming language will be suitable.
A workshop associated with HPC in industry, followed later by a career talk on what to expect from employers, internships, interviews, and your first few months in the industry.
DurHack is back! Join us from 17th–18th November 2018 at the Calman Learning Centre for the third edition of DurHack. This year, 150 hackers from Durham and around the world will be pushing the boundaries of technology to new limits. See durhack.com for tickets and more information.
Scott Logic hosted an AI coding challenge in E240, Higginson Building at 1pm on Saturday 3rd November 2018 to help students with an interest in software development use their coding skills in a fun challenge. This gave students an opportunity to practise their coding skills and gave them more experience to help boost their CVs. The event was open to all Computing Society members. You didn't need to be a Computer Science student to take part, however, having a reasonable working knowledge of Java was helpful. The best team, BaddaBing BaddaBoom, won Amazon vouchers! There were also several Scott Logic developers there to help. They were very friendly, so chatting with them about what it's like to do their job, and get tips from them to help you start your career in software development, was a great idea. What was the coding challenge? The code challenge was a turn-based game for AI bots written in Java. At the start of each turn, your bot was provided with the current game state, e.g. map size, your team details and visible food items. Your task was to provide the next move for each of your players so that they could collect food, defend the home base or attack enemy locations. Students had some utility routines at their disposal, e.g. distance between two locations, a basic routing algorithm, but it was up to them how they balanced the activities of their players to maximise their chances of winning. Once students had designed and written their bots, they uploaded them to the game server and pitted them against a series of test bots to hone their skills. The final challenge was a battle against bots developed by rival teams. What was the format for the afternoon? 13:00 – Welcome, setup, and introduction to the AI challenge
13:30 – Challenge starts
17:00 – Challenge finishes, debrief and awarding of prizes
Followed by pizza and drinks at The Library bar on Saddler Street What were the requirements? Students had to bring a laptop with the following software installed: Essential:
TPP is excited to announce a Coding Challenge on Tuesday 23rd October 2018, in collaboration with CompSoc! Unlike a typical pub quiz, you'll need to exercise your problem solving skills to tackle the range of challenges set instead of applying your general knowledge. There will be free food and drinks, both soft and alcoholic, available for attendees throughout the whole event. There will also be great prizes on offer for the winning teams (Such as Raspberry Pi computers and a Hotel Chocolat hamper). We recommend teams of about 5-6 people, but smaller groups are welcome too, and if you're unsure who to come with then we'll be happy to match you up with other keen problem solvers on the day. Some questions require specific knowledge so you will want a programmer on your team! Entry is free of charge and doesn’t require a ticket, so feel free to just show up on the day!
Join CompSoc at the Freshers Fair to collect freebies and learn more about our activities! We’ll be in ER140! Come and join us if you’re interested in tech, computers, programming, or want to learn, and we’ll give you some freebies!
TPP is excited to announce a Coding Challenge on Monday 11th June, in collaboration with CompSoc! Unlike a typical pub quiz, you'll need to exercise your problem solving skills to tackle the range of challenges set instead of applying your general knowledge. Bring a laptop and your favourite code editor; your programming skills will be tested! There will be free food and drinks, both soft and alcoholic, available for attendees throughout the whole event. There will also be great prizes on offer for the winning teams (Raspberry Pi computers and a Hotel Chocolat hamper). We recommend teams of about 5-6 people, but smaller groups are welcome too, and if you're unsure who to come with then we'll be happy to match you up with other keen problem solvers on the day. Some questions require specific knowledge so you will want a programmer on your team! Entry is free of charge and doesn’t require a ticket, so feel free to just show up on the day!
We're recruiting new people to run CompSoc. Exec roles are held from the end of the AGM in March 2018 to the end of the AGM in March 2019. Enthusiasm, commitment and perseverance will be needed for all of these roles. However, they are excellent additions to your CV and you will gain a lot of experience working with companies and sponsors in a corporate manner, and you will add a lot of professional skills to your skill set.
Come and join TPP and CompSoc at The Boat Club by Elvet Bridge on 27th February 2018 and test your programming skills in our Pub Quiz. Bring a laptop and your favourite code editor – your problem-solving skills will be tested! Free food, beer, and soft drinks will be provided for all students. We’ll also be giving away great prizes such as Raspberry Pis and Amazon vouchers. With no entry fee, there’s nothing stopping you from assembling a group (max team size 6) of your most intelligent friends and coming along!
CompSoc brought back DurHack for a second year running and it was a huge success. With Durham County Council, Barclays, TPP, .TECH Domains, Waterstons, Entrepreneurs Durham, The Keyboard Company, the Department of Computer Science and Durham Students' Union on board as sponsors, this event was jam-packed with prizes and was not a hackathon to be missed!
Join THG at 18:00 on 24th October 2017 at ER152, Elvet Riverside, to know more about their company and careers with them, followed by drinks.
Durham University had its first ever 24-hour hackathon sponsored by big names like Durham County Council, GitHub, MLH, Sunderland Software City, Durham Students' Union, Entrepreneurs Durham, Waterstons, Barclays, Microsoft and Durham University. With enormous data sets from in and around Durham, participants from various UK universities utilised it to produce something that can potentially make a difference to the region. 24 hours of coding interspersed with workshops, games, VR, short sleep sprints and awesome food, the event was a massive success.
We organised a 12-hour-long event for building, problem-solving, coding and meeting new people on 3rd December 2016, and it turned out to be a great success! :-)
Build-A-Chatbot with Joe Nash, Program Manager at GitHub. Joe is a functional programmer and hacker with a passion for developer relations and community building, who joined us for a fun evening on 1st December 2016, learning to build a Facebook chatbot.
We held the first session of a weekly Introduction to Coding workshop in collaboration with Entrepreneurs Durham on 29th November 2016
The BP Supply and Trading Event was held on 24th October 2016, where Justin Fay from BP enlightened students about their graduate and placement roles and how technology is integrated into BP's business.
Our sponsors Scott Logic organised a hackathon on 4th May 2016. Another fun event with code, lots of free pizza and beer!
Joe Nash from PayPal talked to the students on 2nd March 2016 about what hackathons are, how they are often misunderstood as attempts to break into systems, and how they are a brilliant opportunity to network with people from all parts of the world, develop new skills and an opportunity to land in a job as well! That's how Joe ended up working at PayPal. The students also got introduced to NodeJS.