Our weekly Friday meetups are called Friday Hacks. They include one or two technical talks, followed by a hacking session. The idea is simple: get people to come share their hacks, research, or technical knowledge with the technical community in NUS.
We have up to 2 talks at each session, talks are usually 30-45 minutes long. Dinner is always served (usually pizza). Food is served at 6:30pm, talks start at 7pm.
When and where do Friday Hacks happen? Friday Hacks happen every Friday at 6:30pm, at Seminar Room 3, level 2 of Town Plaza, University Town, National University of Singapore unless otherwise stated.
How do I get there from outside campus/Where can I park? The closest MRT station is at Clementi. Take either the 96 from the bus interchange (which is at Clementi mall) towards Singapore Polytechnic, and get off 3 bus stops later. (You may also take bus 183 from the MRT station, but bus frequency for 183 is low). As for parking: you may park at a small parking lot at UTown opposite New Town Secondary School, along Dover road.
Who is welcome to speak? Anyone! We do give some preference to NUS students, staff and professors, but we regularly invite speakers from all parts of the industry.
Who has given a Friday Hacks talk? We’ve had speakers from Google, Quora, Palantir, Thought Works, Pivotal Labs, Nokia, RIM, and Viki, amongst many others.
What time should speakers arrive? People start streaming in at 6pm, but Friday Hacks are informal, so anytime between 6pm-7pm is okay. The actual event starts at 7pm.
What topic should I talk about? Technical topics, of course! Talking about a weekend hack project, your research, or some ideas you recently had about tech are all great topics for a Friday Hacks talk. The more code you show, the better! Note though that you should not give a recruiting pitch. Focus on the technology, and you’ll find that people will be more receptive to any pitch you may give at the tail end of your talk.
What’s the audience like? Anyone is welcomed to attend Friday Hacks, though the audience would be primarily NUS School of Computing students. From experience, we expect 30-50 students on average at every weekly meeting.
What tools are provided? We have a Windows desktop, a projector with VGA and adapters from Mini-DisplayPort, a large whiteboard, and wireless network access. Let us know in your email if you need anything else and we’ll see what we can do.