On Monday and Tuesday (8 and 9 May), we had our (full-house) opening event: Liftoff. More than 350 students took part in the event to learn about software development and the required technologies for their project, as well as to meet their advisors and formulate their project ideas. Towards the end, we had around 180 teams presenting their project ideas at the Ignition sessions.
Liftoff webpage @ the Orbital Website:
Slides from the Ignition sessions:
Mission Control Webpage @ the Orbital Website: https://orbital.comp.nus.edu.sg/?page_id=1835
(Slides and Videos to be uploaded soon!)
Hope your exams have gone well! It’s time to start to look forward to Liftoff, the mandatory 2 day workshop on 8 and 9 May. Join your 350+ other Orbitees on our unified summer quest to learn something new and interesting for yourselves.
The venue for our workshop will be at I3, down past SoC and Biz. We’ll be in primarily in the I3 Auditorium although an alternate track will be held in the NUS Enterprise’s fully loaded Hangar, and some other activities in the STMI Executive Training Room.
If you’re not sure how to get there, please check out the following maps, or better yet, give a shout out on Slack.
- Map for I3 (The building is marked as SoC @ I Cube on the map.)
- Floor plan for I3 level 1 (The Auditorium is on the left side of the map, while the Hangar is the unmarked white space on the right side.)
- Floor plan for I3 level 3 (The STMI Training Room is on the left side on the map, #03-44.)
The schedule has been updated on the Orbital calendar (available on the website and through Google’s public calendar service), so check it out. We’ll post some more details about it soon, as well as some of the prerequisite things you may / will need to do before attending on Monday.
If you can’t make it to Liftoff, please let your evaluation group leader know if you are part of a team (use Slack!); if you are a singleton a.k.a. “partner challenged”, just let Jin know by email <email@example.com> or Slack <@zhaojin>. Groups must have at least one member present to do the duties during the workshop (yes, you have to do some work!). Exceptions to these two conditions will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Due to the overwhelming responses, the registration of interest for Orbital 2017 has been closed on 10 April. The outcome of the registration will be sent out latest by the end of this week.
Thank you very much for your support for the programme!
Officially, Orbital is now called “CP2106: Independent Software Development Project”, which is a 4 modular credit (MC) project module taken over the summer and graded on a Completed Satisfactorily/Completed Unsatisfactorily (CS/CU) basis.
We would like to thank everyone who have taken part in and contributed to our programme, as well as our sponsor Google, who has been very supportive to the programme. Without you all, the programme would not have been a success in the past few years.
We look forward to another successful run of the programme this year!
[Summary: Visit Skylab (http://nusskylab-dev.comp.nus.edu.sg/) to register your interest for Orbital 2017.]
You may now register your interest to join Orbital 2017. After registering, you’ll be placed on the email list for the summer programme that we will use to keep in contact with you and you’ll be assigned an advisor who will give you more details on the summer course as it progresses. Just visit Skylab (http://nusskylab-dev.comp.nus.edu.sg/) to register yourself (and a teammate if you already know whom you want to work with) using your NUSNET ID.
For instructions in navigating the registration process, watch the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A6bojZuMdM.
We know you are wondering about some questions, so here are some answers that may help you clear your doubts:
Q1) Is there any obligation by filling out this registration form?
Answer: Nope, it just allows us to know who you are and to establish contact with you. You can decide not to participate in Orbital even after you register, with no risk to yourself.
Q2) After I fill in the registration form, am I “officially” in?
Answer: If you are a current Year 1 SoC student, yes! Congratulations, you’re done! (Yezzz! High five!) If you belong to other faculty, are doing a minor, are in a different year than year 1, or external to NUS, you will be placed on a list for vacancies that will be approved from time to time. Unfortunately, we can’t exactly tell you when you’ll know when you’ll be allowed to join, but we will endeavour to start turning away students once vacancies are filled in short order, so you can make alternative plans.
Q3) Is there a deadline for filling out this registration form?
Answer: Yes. You can register as late as the end of Reading Week, 23 April 2017. However, the sooner the better for the administrative staff, as we can better estimate the interest from all of you potential first year SoC students. Since there’s no risk (see Q1), why don’t you register? (hint, hint)
[Summary: If you are interested in attending the Azure workshop (2pm) and/or Orbital briefing (4pm) next Wednesday (8 March) at SR1 (COM1-02-06), please register @ http://goo.gl/Ay82bk]
We have organized a two-part event for you next Wednesday (8 March) afternoon!
The first part of the event is a workshop on Azure, the Microsoft cloud services platform. In this workshop, you will get to learn the fundamentals of working in a Microsoft Azure environment and how to deploy your applications to Azure App Services. This could be one of the deployment options that you can consider for your projects in future including Orbital.
The second part of the event is the one and only pre-Lift-off briefing about Orbital, for all prospective students. We hope to get you fired up about the upcoming summer programme and look forward to your questions, concerns and general discussion. Towards the end of the briefing, we have also invited guest speakers to share with you about the NUS Overseas College (NOC) Programme, which is the next step for many Orbital students.
The event will take place at SR1 (COM1-02-06). The workshop will start at 2pm whereas the briefing will start at 4pm.
If you are interested in attending either or both parts this event, please register using this Google form: http://goo.gl/Ay82bk.
We’re here at Googleplex SG to negotiate great sponsorship of Orbital 2017! Thanks, Google!
Are you free this Saturday (4 Feb) morning for a workshop about Git? It is the most popular tool for project collaborations.
You will need it not only for Orbital, but also many other modules and projects in future. It is really “One stone, Many birds”!
For more details, please refer to the poster below.
We have received a few questions about the programme so we would like to answer them here for your information:
Q1. When does the registration start?
Registration starts in early March. We will make an announcement here once the system is ready.
Q2. I am not an SoC student, may I still register for Orbital?
Yes. Although this program mainly caters for year one SoC student, we do have quota for any NUS students. Please go ahead to register when registration starts.
Q3. Are there any fees for taking part in the programme?
No. Although you are to work on your project during summer, the module credits will be given to you next semester, as if you are taking the module then. Therefore, you do not need to pay any fees for the summer.
Q4. Can the module credits be counted towards something other than unrestricted electives (UE)?
No, unfortunately. However, in the past, many students took Orbital for the experience even though they did not need the module credit.