The event was partly sponsored by
and organized at Workiva, which is
a software company based in Ames,
Iowa. This provided participants an
opportunity to network with industry
professionals throughout the event and
also attend a meet-and-greet hosted at
Workiva the night before. “One of the
main goals of our chapter is to foster
connections bet ween student members
and experts in their respective fields,”
says Melynda Hoover, vice chair, reflecting on successfully organizing various
networking opportunities during the
hackathon with sponsoring software
companies such as Pillar, Source Allies,
Balsamiq, Axure RP, and Sketch.
“Outreach also remains a high priority, as our chapter seeks to give back
to the community and inspire the next
generation,” says Hoover, emphasizing another one of their primary goals.
Since a great deal of their members
are working on VR research at the Virtual Reality Applications Center at Iowa
State, the chapter receives special access to VR hardware. Therefore, ISU
SIGCH routinely organizes outreach
events demonstrating the state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) equipment for
local elementary and middle schools to
inspire an interest in STEM careers.
Having already started working
toward next year’s Usabilathon, ISU
SIGCHI strives to promote creative
thinking and efficient product designs
through such events. Such a unique
perspective toward product design
helps them organize interdisciplinary
events, bringing together people from
various academic backgrounds.
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Computing can be considered a rather recent
invention, looking at how long humanity has existed.
Even then, it has brought about the dawn of a new
era, with applications in almost all sectors including
transportation, agriculture, astronomy, economics,
medicine, education, and many more.
1964 The Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (MEDLARS) was the first public
large-scale, computer-based retrospective search service. In
1971 an online version, MEDLINE, allowed search queries on
remote medical libraries. PubMed, the search engine that
accesses the Medline data, launched in 1996.
1970s This decade marked the shift to electronic trading platforms. The system evolved from
brokers using private networks to using the internet, which
allowed live streaming of prices and instant order execution.
Later some platforms allowed traders to develop automatic
or algorithmic trading systems and robots.
2005 The first legally binding election over the internet was held in Estonia. Due to security
concerns regarding total vote count manipulations, 2007
was the last year such elections were held. After blockchain
technology was invented in 2008, recently it is been used to
make online electoral voting possible and more secure.
2006 Massive open online courses (MOOCs) were introduced as a distance learning solution.
These courses allow millions of people to acquire knowledge
at low or no cost. Due to the boom of participants registering
in 2012, many world-renowned institutions and companies
launched MOOCs for a variety of domains and technologies.
2010 An E.U. directive officially defined intelligent ransport system (ITS) as system that applied
information and communication technologies to road
transport, including infrastructure, vehicles, and users,
as well as traffic management and mobility management.
— Jovian Anthony Jaison
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Solving Global Issues
Fab Labs, or digital fabrication laboratories, are in 100 countries.
What started as outreach project from MI T’s Center for Bits and Atoms, is
now a global network of fabricators, scientists, artists, and engineers. 1,750