After a brief hiatus, the Software Developers Association @ ASU is reopening for business! We are pleased to announce that we will be back to full operational status before the start of the Fall 2013 semester.
There is a great deal of support coming our way from faculty, alumni and industry partners which we will discuss as the details unfold. For now, I will at least lay out a few of our plans and the more distant vision that we have for SoDA. All of the ideas are open for discussion/criticism. Most of these are still in the planning stages, so now’s the perfect time for some impactful input! Our Facebook page is linked at the end of this post, so please head on over there if you have anything you would like to say.
- Back to weekly meetings! We will work hard to provide weekly entertainment/brain-dumps from industry experts and local enthusiasts. Students are always welcome to present at meetings, so step forward if you have a topic you would like to discuss with us.
- Food/drinks provided by sponsors – free pizza is always good, let us know if you have other suggestions for nourishment
- Group projects with available mentorship
- Programming competition(s) – the WCS (Women in Computer Science) org does a great job hosting their programming competitions and we want to help support that, and potentially host more of them.
- Hackfests! What better way to knock out a fun side project than borrowing a few extra minds for an evening?
- LAN Parties similar to the one previously hosted by Microsoft.
- Hackerspace - Tempe is in desperate need of a community-operated hackerspace. We want to help ASU students get connected with local developers in an ongoing operation outside of SoDA meetings. Not very many groups or individuals are as well-connected with people in industry and on campus as this organization is. We want to take advantage of this position we have and help connect all of the dots.
- Community Connections – many students have a huge amount of talent and knowledge that they want to apply but they can’t think of a fun project to work on. We can work to connect them with people who have project ideas and are willing to hire/collaborate to see their visions come to life.
With the help of faculty, alumni and industry partnerships, SoDA will be back on its feet in no time. There is still much to be done. Stay tuned – we will be sending out updates over summer break.
If you have any input on the topics we have mentioned, please discuss them on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ASU-SoDA/349326713879