[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.

Are you excited by solving a challenge designed by a Google engineer? Are you interested in potentially becoming a Google engineer, too? If the answer is yes, then please join us… for Kickstart 2017!

Kickstart 2017, a Code Jam competition, is a series of six online rounds of algorithmic quizzes — all designed by Google engineers. From your own home, you’ll have the opportunity to get a glimpse into the programming skills needed for a technical career at Google, while at the same time showing off your own talents. The top participants from each round may be invited to interview for a role at Google.

Sound familiar? This was formerly known as the APAC University Test. But this year’s competition is bringing you more than a new name. We’re excited that Kickstart has even more rounds of online quizzes and is open to any student across the Asia-Pacific region.


Here’s how to join us

Register today

Round A will be held on Sunday, March 5.

View the preferred dates / times for each quiz.

Register

Learn more about the competition… and start preparing:

Check out our website for Terms and Conditions, FAQs, and more.

Review the “Getting Started” Guide and take a look at past problems.

For any additional questions please contact the Code Jam Kickstart Team at codejamkickstart@google.com

For students in Singapore, the school that has the most registrants by Round 1 (Mar 5) will get to receive prizes! We’ll send a prize for every student registered from that school, so help spread the word to your peers and classmates!

Happy holidays!

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.

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Happy holidays!

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.

We will be coming to your lecture next week (Week 2) to give you a brief introduction of what Orbital is about and answer your questions about the programme!

The current schedule of the roadshows is as follows:

Jan 17:
CS1020, CS2010, CS1010, CS1020E and CS1010E

Jan 18:
CS1231 and CS1010S

Jan 20:
CS2020

Look forward to meeting you at the roadshows!

– Jin (Orbital Coordinator)

[Summary: Go to http://doodle.com/poll/gttk42i2iedrfmh3 to fill in your slot availability if you want to interview for 2017 Orbital staff]

There will be another round of interviews for Orbital staff at the beginning of the new semester.

If you are interested in helping out in Orbital 2017 as an advisor and/or a tutor, please use the Doodle poll above to sign up for an interview.

For the details of the positions, please refer to the previous post.

[Summary: Go to http://doodle.com/poll/gttk42i2iedrfmh3 to fill in your slot availability if you want to interview for 2017 Orbital staff]
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Congratulations again to all of the Orbital 2016 graduates.  It’s now your turn to go beyond Earth orbit and be a part of the team to help the next 2017 Orbital cohort accomplish their project goals.

We are currently starting our recruitment drive for Advisers and Tutors, the two roles that you as Orbital alumni are eminently qualified for:

Advisers act as peer assessors and cheerleaders for teams taking Orbital — you all had the experience of being under their wing this past summer.  Here’s your chance to shine and contribute back to your juniors.

Tutors act as the primary instructor for a mission control session or a Liftoff session.  This means you are in control of teaching a particular subject for about an hour.  If you wanted to level up on public speaking and technical tutorials, this is your opportunity. You don’t have to be an expert to teach — anyone can do it if they’re committed, and you can always answer the tough questions offline.

We are going to be holding interviews primarily at the beginning of the vacation and the new semester. If you wish to be interviewed for either / both positions, please visit the Doodle form and sign up for an interview slot. If you are interested but unable to make it for the slots given in the Doodle form, please contact me directly via email (zhaojin@nus.edu.sg) to arrange for an interview.

Look forward to hearing from you!

– Jin (Orbital Coordinator)

FAQ

– I’m going on NOC, can I participate?

– I’m planning to take a full-time internship, can I participate?

– I’m not going to be around SG this coming summer, can I participate?

The answer to these three questions is all the same: Yes for advisers, please apply.  You may know that some advisers were not local during your cohort as well.  The job can be done entirely remotely from NUS.  That said, applicants who are local and who do physically participate in the activities will generally bond better with their teams (unsurprisingly).

– How much money can I expect to earn as a staff member?

The monetary remuneration for doing either job is small, but the bragging rights and the additional job you can list on your CV/resume will hopefully make it worthwhile (aside from the intrinsic goodness of helping your fellow SoCian!).

Photo credits from: Zig Ziglar @ Flickr

Congratulations to all of the 147 Orbitee teams for completing the programme!  You’re the big winners in forming your own projects and navigating through all the summer hazards to finish your projects.  No doubt that you had wanted to call it quits at some point and wanted to have someone to help guide you a bit more closely.  But you persevered, insisted that you would stay the course, and won the battle against yourself.  You realised the only barrier to your progress was yourself and the fuel was your self-ignited passion.  You return from your summer journey changed, more confident of your own abilities and clear about how you can find your path forward in any technical scenario.

Splashdown featured a number of ways that you can take your work in Orbital forward, which both SoC (through our Entrepreneurship office) and the University (NUS Enterprise, especially NUS Overseas Colleges) have paved for you.  Do weigh these opportunities and assess whether they are appropriate for you.

And now for the formal awards:

  • For Vostok:
    Congratulations to Kabir Khandpur and Gupta Varun of Blue Circle Co. (Winners); Loh Zi Bin Robin and Huang Jifen of O(my god) (Honorable Mention)

    For Project Gemini:
    Congratulations to Jaipal Singh Khaira and Wu Tingfeng of RainyWhether (Winners); Kwok Jun Kiat and Tan Jun Kiat of JFK (Honorable Mention)

    For Apollo 11:
    Congratulations to Ng Yong Sheng and Chan Yu Feng of No Break, No Brake  (Winners); Ngin Yun Chuan and Conan Kian Jia Ren of DARTHWHALE (Honorable Mention)

    and for Best Advisers:
    Bay Chuan Wei, Candiie and Harish Venkatesan (both advisers to eight teams)

Although you are the stars of Orbital (yes, you are!), there’s a whole host of SoC 24 advisers, 20+ industrial and alumni mentors, staff, building facilities, A/V, alumni, senior students and student groups and the tireless admin staff from the Undergraduate Office and Corporate Relations that make this happen.  This programme does not happen anywhere else in the whole currently, so be proud that you are here in NUS SoC.  Go SoC!

– Orbital Staff