In the jargon of the computer programmer, a hacker is someone who strives to solve problems in elegant and ingenious ways.
NUS Hackers is a student-run organization committed to the spread of hacker culture and free, open source software. We provide a support system for hackers in NUS who are currently building things, be it for charity, business or pleasure. We also hold workshops, run technical meetups, organize hackathons, and maintain open source code for the NUS community.
What we do
During the semester, our primary events include
- weekly meetups every Friday called Friday Hacks that include one or two technical talks, sometimes followed by a hacking session;
- workshops on Tuesdays called Hacker Tools that cover skills that are essential to those in computing fields but are not usually taught by schools; and
- workshops on Saturdays called hackerschool that cover a range of technical topics, and are aimed at introducing technologies to those who have no prior knowledge.
Near the start of each calendar year, we also run Hack&Roll, the largest student-run hackathon in Singapore. Hack&Roll is unique for being one of the few hackathons, if not the only, that do not have a set topic for participants; instead, the aim is to simply encourage people to come and have fun building something.
We also run smaller events for the NUS community, like Project Intern, where students who have interned share with others their experience and the benefits they have gained from interning, in a bid to encourage others to intern. Once in a while we also initiate other events like OpenHack. Everything we do is ultimately aimed at spreading the hacker culture.
Some of our events are recorded if consent is given by the relevant parties. Find our recordings here.
Participants at our events must follow our event code of conduct.
We believe that hacking is necessary for good innovation. (In fact, the best computer-related startups and technologies have all come from hackers.) As an extension to that, we think tinkering is win-win-win: you learn new things, you get to show off, and you become more attractive to employers.
(Though, honestly, most of the time we hack because it’s fun.)
Our long term goal is to build a healthy community of passionate hackers in NUS. We think that this benefits everyone: professors benefit because they are able to source for good programmers; startups and tech companies benefit because they are able to recruit from a central pool; and students benefit because they get to meet and learn from like-minded peers (and get opportunities from professors and tech companies).
Jing Yen [President] is a(nother!) CS undergrad that lives the heretic’s life of using Vim in Emacs. Reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org if there’s anything you’d like to discuss with him.
Joshua is a computer science undergraduate with a current interest in full-stack stuff. He enjoys watching football in his free time. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Hao Wei is a computer science undergraduate with an interest in operating systems, systems programming, programming languages, and free software. Find him on GitHub.
Wee Han is a computer science undergraduate with a passion for trying out new things. Currently occupied with full-stack web development, data analytics/visualization and cancer genomics research. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Chaitanya is a CS undergrad who enjoys learning new stuff, but is yet to discover what part of technology truly interests him. You can find out more about him here, or reach him at email@example.com!
Yuanhong is a computer science undergraduate interested in algorithms and competitive programming. Find him on GitHub.
Christopher is a computer science undergraduate that drinks way too much coffee, sleeps way too little, and is passionate about all things computer science. Report his GitHub profile here (please don’t) or send him cat memes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noel is a computer science undergraduate who loves meeting people. He enjoys hacking on fun(ny) ideas and optimizing his workstation. Reach out to him at email@example.com if you’d like to chat.
Steven is a computer science undergraduate who loves experimenting with random stuff. Currently in the process of learning a lot of things :). Want to know more or perhaps just looking for a chat? Reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Yitao is a computer science undergraduate with interest in app development, algorithms, research and other wonky stuff. An avid tea drinker, he also enjoys music and ball games that involve running around. Find him on GitHub.
Ranice is a computer science undergrad with a fat interest in web and game development. When she’s not studying, she’s ricing her current linux distro, OR playing age of empires OR changing the theme of her website… OR posting memes on facebook.. Feel free to contact her at email@example.com @_@
Shenjia is a computer engineering undergraduate who loves meeting new people and tinkering! She is a little bit of a nerd but really friendly! Chat with her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Mayank is a computer science undergraduate, with an interest in programming languages, DNA storage, Hacker News, … and a lot of other, very random, stuff. Feel free to drop in at email@example.com!
Ziqing is a computer science undergraduate who loves learning how to “HelloWord” new things and meeting new friends. She loves anime, music and weird drinks. Reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org •ᴗ•
Choon Yong is a CS and Stats undergraduate. Catch me either watching wholesome vids, playing FPS or just learning a new language. I get my hands dirty into router firmwares, network security and some custom Android ROM development. Hit me up at email@example.com ^-^
Ashley is a business analytics undergraduate who often goes out of her comfort zone to try new stuff. She occasionally figure skates when she isn’t busy mugging for mods. Reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jivesh is a computer science undergraduate who’s having fun learning new things. He enjoys reading, football, and foods he hasn’t tried before. Reach him at email@example.com
Azeem is a computer science undergraduate who loves tinkering and building things. He enjoys riding his motorcycle, catching movies and building telegram bots. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simon is a computer science undergraduate who is still exploring the vast swathes of computer science. He loves playing squash, watching Netflix series/animes, and pondering about his life >_<… Hit him up at email@example.com!
Yong Kang is a computer science undergraduate who enjoys messing around with both software or hardware, probably broke more stuff than he ever fixed >< Apart from binging random YouTube videos about tech or astrophysics, he also listens to mandopop. Connect with him at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Zhao Wei is a computer science undergraduate who’s still exploring his interests in various aspects of CS and Math. He enjoys reading and bouldering. Reach him at email@example.com.