[hcs-d] [HCS] Future Tech Talks! We Need Your Feedback!

Jarele Soyinka jsoyinka at college.harvard.edu
Thu Jan 1 19:52:42 EST 2015

Thanks for your input! I love this idea, because it seems so intuitive, yet
it wouldn't have been something I'd come up with on my own. People on our
board generally have a decent amount of experience with computer science,
so an idea like this wouldn't normally be pitched at our meetings either;
it's exciting to see the fruits of reaching out to our community as a whole
pay off so quickly! Also keep in mind (not just you, but everyone who wants
to be involved with HCS) our organization's target audience isn't just CS
die hards who wrote their first piece of code before they could tie their
own shoes, but really anyone with goals in computer science.

Tangential monologue aside, I'll be looking forward to implementing this
idea as soon as possible. Though it may take a bit more time than desired,
due to events that are already being planned in the status quo. If you have
any specifics or other ideas you'd like to contribute, they'd be greatly

Side Note: I'd be very disappointed if the Sleepy Cat in Water Jar and
Sleepy Cat Snake files didn't load when you received my email.

On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 4:26 PM, Malavika Jayaram <
mjayaram at cyber.law.harvard.edu> wrote:

> A suggestion from a non-CS person over at the Berkman Center: if you could
> agree on a way to communicate the technical level of a talk, that would be
> super helpful for the wider universe that the talks are of interest to. I
> say this with all the requisite disclaimers: yes, I realise we are not your
> primary audience, yes, it can be annoying logistically, not all talks can
> be easily classified, not all non-CS people are the same, etc etc. But if
> you could colour-code (a sort of traffic light system) or offer some other
> easy tag or signifier to indicate the likely positioning of a talk along
> the spectrum from 'fairly accessible even to a dreaded newbie’ to
> 'inscrutable without a postdoc in the field, don’t bother', it would really
> help those of us interested in straddling disciplines that are related to
> our own but not actually ours. For example, I’m a lawyer by training,
> working on privacy, identity, surveillance and other cyberspace-y issues
> that could benefit from more technical knowledge, and I recognise that some
> talks on differential privacy may be easier to grasp than others. The
> sooner the geeks of various stripes straddle disciplinary boundaries, the
> better.
> Just an idea.
> Malavika
> http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/mjayaram
> On 1 Jan 2015, at 04:41, Jarele Soyinka <jsoyinka at college.harvard.edu>
> wrote:
> Hey All!
> Hope your vacations have been treating you all well!
> As the organization has transitioned into the new HCS Board for 2015,
> we've got a lot of new and exciting events already in the works for you
> all. Still, to make sure that we avoid some of the slips of the past, we
> feel that it's incredibly important that we get feedback from our most
> valuable opinions (wink wink that's you all)!
> So tell us how you felt about our tech talks of the past. I know a lot of
> people found the Facebook Technical Interview Workshop rather interesting,
> so tell us what you liked about it, and ways that we could improve. We
> appreciate negative feedback too; there's no doubt that some of the past
> tech talks had people like:
> <Sleepy Cat Snake copy.gif>
> <Sleepy Cat in Water Jar.gif>
> ​So tell us why they sucked, and how you'd want to make them better. And
> if any of you have companies that'd you want to have visit Harvard, or
> different types of events you'd like to try out, don't hesitate in sharing
> your ideas. The board has already talked about having an event where
> multiple companies come at once to give demonstrations, but the most
> important voice in all this belongs to you (that's right you, over there,
> with the clothes and the face). So feel free to email me privately, reply
> to this email, or start a new thread on hcs-discuss.
> So be prepared for an exciting year for the Harvard Computer Society;
> there was a lot of stuff discussed at our most recent board meeting, top
> secret stuff that I could get assassinated for mentioning, but at the very
> least I can tell you that there was a Smash Bros. 4 live demonstration, and
> we did discuss the merits of the Pokemon theme song. If that doesn't
> convince that this year will be awesome, you are most likely Stalin.
> Have a great New Year!
> Best,
> HCS Board
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