Congratulations to all of the 137 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 division) 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:
Congratulations to Flying Banana’s Juliana Seng and Renfred Choo for receiving the public’s Best Vostok Project Award, which comes with a trip to the insides of Google SG HQ and an exclusive Google insiders programme to be revealed later!
Congratulations to Threemoji’s Yong Yoong Jie John and Sebastian Quekfor receiving the public’s Best Project Gemini Award (duking it out with 68 other teams), which comes with a trip to the insides of Google SG HQ and an exclusive Google insiders programme to be revealed later!
And finally …
Congratulations to Rocky Chicks’ Lim Ta Eu and Tay Jie Hao for receiving the public’s Best Apollo 11 Award, which comes with a trip to the insides of Google SG HQ and an exclusive Google insiders programme to be revealed later! They’ll be a force to be reckoned with!
Although you are the stars of Orbital (yes, you are!), there’s a whole host of SoC staff, alumni and senior students and groups 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!
This is our last post from 2015 by the Orbital-Bot so we’ll be seeing you around the school. Signing off!
– Orbital Staff.
P.S. > If you find yourself wondering how you can contribute back to Orbital, you’ll have a way soon! We’ll be calling for interviews for 2016 advisors and tutors at the beginning of Sem II, so reserve some time for it in your 2016 summer. It’s ok if you are overseas and we draw students from all levels of Orbital, so just apply already!
As we come to the end of the summer and the beginning of Sem 1, many of you may be feeling the pressure to complete Orbital. Especially those of you participating in summer camps, O Week or other semester-start activities, please do plan your schedule with your partner well, as the last milestone is notorious for causing teams to drop who do not plan ahead.
Well, we’re here to help too. To help keep the milestones well-spaced, we’re extending the deadline for Milestone 3 back one additional week. For those who don’t need it, no worries — get it done as planned. But for those who are feeling the heat of re-entry as we head towards Splashdown, you now have a bit more time before the goalpost. So to summarise:
Evaluation Milestone 3 is now due on 3 Aug 23:59 SGT.
Peer feedback on Milestone 3 is now due on 10 Aug 23:59 SGT.
(The deadlines on the Orbital calendar on Google Calendar have already been updated, please take note)
Swift is a new general-purpose compiled programming language developed by Apple. Described as “Objective-C without the C”, it aims to do away with some of the legacy drawbacks of using C as a basis for a modern programming language.
We invite Orbitees and the general public to learn about this new programming language’s basic differences, through experimenting in the Swift 2 playgrounds. An introductory level of knowledge of various programming languages will be assumed. To fully benefit from the hands-on part of this workshop, you will need to have an Apple Developer account and have Xcode (beta) installed on your computer.
Note that this presentation will be a pre-recorded video due to the presenter’s overseas travel. Presented by Min, NUS Orbital Staff.
[Hope you had a great time with our Mission Control sessions so far! Support your Orbital alumni and learn and network with them!]
Join us for our first mission control session at Blk 71 (the startup haven next to NUS across the AYE) next Tuesday evening. We hope to host many of your who are local to SG this summer at this nice venue outside of SoC.
Savin (Orbital alumn and tutor) will be giving this beginning level tutorial / workshop, and like the other MC session will feature approximate one hour of tutorial and hands-on, followed by time on your own to work with your partners on your Orbital project.
This introduction is open to the public and will feature a hands-on exercise using jQuery.
Whoa! We have a record-breaking 300+ students who are of part of Orbital this coming summer!
Due to the overwhelming demand we are closing registration for Orbital to non-SoC students and students not recommended by NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) to join. Fret not if you are already “in” (read: in the Slack team) and from another faculty or from NUS High, you’re already part of our big big family!
You may already be in the know, but our School also hosts a real big bash at the end of the semester (happening tonight, Wednesday night from 6-10pm). It’s called the SoC Term Project Showcase (STePS) and it’s a larger version of Orbital’s Splashdown showcase.
Tonight is the 6th STePS, and it will be bringing together your seniors in the 2xxx, 3xxx and 4xxx (and even some of the exciting postgraduate modules) who have done term projects in their respective modules. They’ll also be doing their project presentations just like you will at the end of Orbital. Drop by for a visit to learn about
Formal registration (with food) is closed already, but you can always drop by this evening. Expect it to be *very* crowded but full of excitement! Check out the details on the STePS website for more: http://steps.comp.nus.edu.sg/.
The staff at Orbital wish you the best in your studies during this reading week! All the best! Get enough sleep and while you’re studying get ready for your exciting summer ahead. We’ll be releasing some details about the upcoming Liftoff workshop on the 11th and 12th. Hope you have booked your extended stay before flying from campus. Stay tuned!
The staff for Orbital 2015 has been interviewed and shortlisted! We’re pleased to announce we have a great body of Orbital alumni coming back to help you all out on your epic, self-driven summer projects! Check them out over here: http://orbital.comp.nus.edu.sg/?page_id=549
Another opportunity to participate in a hackathon has just been announced. I’m relaying this message on behalf of NUS Interactive and Digital Media Institute (IDMI). If you have any questions, please contact Kelvin Tan at email@example.com.
NUS Enterprise and SMRT present the first ever commuter experience Hackathon in Singapore and we invite you to hop on board.
Here’s your chance to realise your ideas and win attractive prizes at the same time:
Selected winners may receive up to S$120,000 for implementation of their ideas
Winners may enjoy NUS Enterprise’s exclusive Start-up support for 3 months
Winners will also walk away with over $500 worth of prizes
We also welcome you to sign up for the exclusive pre-Commuthon event, Insider Tour, on 22 August 2014.
Discover what happens behind the scenes at SMRT, dialogue with SMRT representatives and go on an exclusive insider tour of the train, bus and taxi depots.
This coming Monday we’ll have our one and only Mission Control on the hot-button issue of security, with demos to boot! It is open to the public, so invite your friends to come. Christopher Low of ThinkSecure will be coming to SoC to give you a treat on how security works (and doesn’t work).
This MC session is not going to be recorded so if you want to hear this talk you must come down to SoC SR3 on Monday (N.B.: *not* the regular Tuesday date) 9 Jun, from 6-8pm.
Talk Synopsis: Two categories of people (i) People who spend a great deal of time online daily for work, play as well as staying in touch with friends over social networking sites and (ii) creators of social/web applications will find this presentation/demo extremely relevant. Most of these “online-social” people are “Generation Z” folks who are IT- and internet-savvy in the way they use computers, tablets and mobile devices to stay connected and engage in heavy interactive communication to maintain their online social life. However, very few of them give equal consideration to the way in which they use such media and thus open themselves up to web-based attacks.
This presentation looks at some of the more recent and stealthy web attacks which target “Generation Z” (or any user of such social media) while they are online and illustrates how some of these attacks are engineered and the impact they have on a person’s online social life. For web application developers, understanding such types of attacks will help them code better to mitigate such attacks.
Through real life demos which will be shown in the course of the presentation, the presentation brings home the point that today’s Generation Z’s and web-app developers face a huge
challenge in both understanding as well as defending against such modern web-based attacks.