I’m talking about CUSEC 2008, that’s the Canadian Undergraduate Software Engineering Conference. What a blast. If you’re a student up here doing anything software-related, attend. If you’re a veteran and they ask you to speak, accept. If you’re an employer looking for talent, sponsor. With some ultra-cute pics.
The culture was undergrad-chaos. They come in by bus, they camp four to a hotel room, they swill beer, they cheer wildly and laugh raucously at the slightest provocation. Gotta love it.
You know, the decades creep by on you, and you don’t even notice till you realize everybody’s like thirty years younger than you are. Still, they laughed at my jokes. Being around them made me feel cheery about my profession.
For a semi-ad-hoc undergrad thing, this thing is pretty well-funded. It’s not hard to understand why; everybody I know in the biz is hungry for talent, and here are 350 kids, a high proportion of them about to graduate, who care enough about what they’re doing to take the trouble to go to a three-day conference including a Saturday. Talk about self-selecting good candidates.
The sponsors had little booths at which they explained what great places to work they all are. Here’s one.
The other keynote on the day I spoke was Zed Shaw, and whatever you may think about his online presence, I have to say he’s a lot of fun as a speaker; I’d go see him any time.
Congrats to the people putting it on; a damn fine piece of work.