2017 and Beyond

by Aimee Tagle

What a last half semester of 2017! What a year in general! The last six weeks of semester 2017 had some of our biggest events and we hope everyone enjoyed those.

To kick everything off, we had our third Grad Series of the year with grads and still-active SESA members Frano Stanisic and Saren Currie. We thank them for their continual support of our organisation, and their excellent presentation of life after a software engineering degree.

After the grad series easing us in, we got to our heavy-hitting events. First off was our BAGM and second pub quiz of the year, crammed into one night of excitement. Exciting it very much was, especially with assignment-doing part 3 students who hadn’t quite finished designing a system architecture. It was an all-round fun night of speech-making, trivia, and software camaraderie. Congratulations to our pub quiz winners and general participants, and best of luck to our 2018 executive team who were elected that night. You may or may not find their names on our website in the near future.

Our official end of year event, the formal dinner, happened shortly after the end of lectures. With a need to increase capacity and over 90 in attendance, we think it’s fair to say that it was a popular event: a great way to catch up after a busy period, and before exam stress settled in.

Finally came the unofficial end of year event: the traditional LAN to finish it all. With a couple of exams ending during the event, our second LAN party of the year became the post-exam celebration of choice, judging by the peak in elevator traffic. As always, it was a great time.

Thanks to our sponsors, everyone who came to our events, and our executive team. Your dedication to this students organisation makes what we do possible and worthwhile. To our outgoing exec, thank you for everything you have contributed to SESA. Apologies for all the events to attend, but we hope you enjoyed it as much as we (or perhaps I) did. All the best for your future endeavours. We hope we can make you proud in 2018, and in the many years of SESA to come.

It was a truly amazing 2017, and we hope it has been a memorable time to be a software engineering student.

-Aimee on behalf of the SESA exec, since it would be weird if the whole team just thanked themselves in that last paragraph

A semester, a video, and a chat platform

by Aimee Tagle

Welcome back from your SESA blogger! It’s been another great SESA half-semester (who would’ve guessed?), and here’s an ordered list of everything what happened.

  1. SESA Learns: Data Structures for Interviews - We revised the important data structures to know for interviews, because you never know when you’ll need a data structure.
  2. Grad Series - Grads Zoe Cai and Aman Mehta shared with us the greatness of grad life- its highs, lows, and ability to defy expectations.
  3. ScriptWars Coding Competition - SESA Members James Brown and Liam Brand created which puts AI scripts up against each to play a game (in our case, “Tank Game”).
  4. Cardboard Night - Another fun, causal night of board games, card games, pizza, and Subway documented with a video embedded in this post.

We have also recently created a SESA Discord. Feel free to join us!

We look forward to closing out 2017 with a non-fizzle. Stay tuned for all of it- including out end of year formal dinner, and the Biannual General Meeting. Expect more content coming to this website and our other social media in the near future as well!

Cheers,

the SESA Exec Team

A Semester Down

by Aimee Tagle

With the end of exams, and a LAN soon following, SESA said goodbye to 2017 semester 1. As the academic calendar got busier, the SESA calendar slowed its event pacing.

We started week 6 with a slew of events, including the much anticipated grad series, and the postponed-for-the-weather cardboard night. The grad series featured SunKee and Ofek, two brilliant grads that shared their journey so far with us, along with heaps of tips and tricks for uni/life/everything else. This time a around, there were no storm warning to stop a night of betrayal, bluffing, and fun.

As the semester continued, we managed to fit fun into everyone’s packed schedules. With events such as the Vista Movie Night, the pub quiz, and SESA’s “Assignments and Chill” dotted throughout the semester, there was always something to look forward to after a deadline.

Finally, we wrapped up the semester 1 SESA events calendar with our first LAN of 2017. It was good. I, the SESA Exec member who is writing this post, did not win $50. Regardless, we held an exciting competition, played some great games, and had an all-round great event- a fitting way to farewell semester 1.

Cheers,

the SESA Exec Team

So Far This 2017 (or, welcome to a new SESA year)

by Aimee Tagle

After an exciting, event-filled, and undocumented-by-news-blog 2016, the SESA Exec Team were ready for another year of better-documented events. Thanks to our 2017 gold (Orion Health, Vista Entertainment, Soft Tech, and Teknique), and silver (Palantir, EROAD, and Microsoft) sponsors for their support. We’ve had a blast working with you so far, and look forward to what 2017 has in store.

We kicked off the semester with the annual SESA Mixer- an opportunity for software students to meet and play games and sign up for a year of personal and professional development with SESA. With over 150 members signed up, the year was looking very promising.

The SESA Industry night brought our members and sponsors together for plenty of learning and networking. This was a chace for everyone to learn more about our sponsors, and about how they can use the skills they have learnt and will learn in the industry.

Over these last few weeks, SESA addressed a problem on every student’s mind: “How do I get a job?”. Our “SESA Gets Hired” events focused on giving students an idea of what companies look for in both interns and graduates. With CVs spruced, interviews ironed out, and algorithms aced, we hope everyone who went feels equipped for finding employment.

Our members have also had plenty of opportunity to put their skills into practice. Events such as the Palantir Workshop, Microsoft Coding Competition, and Orion Health Coding Competition drew in many of our members who were looking to extend themselves, try something new, or just have a good time.

Finally, despite cyclone-related complications with our last event for this first half of the semester, we were able to celebrate six weeks of SESA in 2017 with the first SESA Game Day of the year. Featuring plenty of board games, sitting around laptops, and of course the Smash tournament, it was an excellent way to wrap up a half-semester.

We hope everyone involved in SESA has enjoyed the year, and look forward to all else we have planned for 2017.

Cheers,

the SESA Exec Team

Excitement for 2016

by Saren Currie

Hi Everyone,

Welcome (back) to SESA, we hope you’re having an awesome year!

We had a ton of interest at our mixer earlier this month, and we’re pleased to say that we’ve got a heap more excitement lined up for the rest of the year. First of we’ve got our Biannual General Meeting at this Wednesday at 6pm in Engineering room 403.407, this is where we’ll run you down further on the great year we have planned and will also see the election of our Part II Rep for 2016. On top of that, we have LANs, movie nights, board game nights and much more to sink you teeth into this year.

As always, our fantastic sponsors allow us to run all this for you and I’m pleased to say that this year we have, joining returning sponsors Orion Health, Vista Entertainment and Atlassian we have new sponsors Palantir, Eroad, Olympic Software and Winternz by ICE Professionals. You can get to know these sponsors and more a little better at our Careers Evening on March 22nd as well as at many events that each company is running on campus, so keep an eye out for those.

All in all, it’s looking to be a great year for SESA and we hope that you have as much of a blast as we do.

Cheers, the SESA Exec Team

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors