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November

  • End Of year Function
    When: 5 November 2013

Recent events

Social & Digital Media: Harbingers of Practising IT 3.0?

Judy Kay, Scott Dinsdale and Stephanie Rong

Judy Kay, Scott Dinsdale and USITAA Vice-President, Stephanie Rong

Drawing on his wealth of experience at the forefront of social and digital media in the entertainment industry Scott Dinsdale gave a riveting talk to alumni and friends of the School. Outlining the changes social and digital media have made to business and marketing, Scott offered “food for thought” on the future, looking at real-time social media marketing, fragmentation and IT 3.0.

Scott also discussed what makes a great leader, entrepreneurship in Australia, and the challenges involved in changing industries, as he did when taking up his current role at Accenture. USITAA is extremely grateful to Scott for taking the time to come and present this fascinating talk.

A video of this talk will be available online in the near future.

2013 SIT Graduation Dinner

Visit the photo gallery of the 2013 SIT Graduation Dinner.

USITAA Forum on the National Curriculum

Over 40 people attended this very successful event. Executive member Nicky Ringland collated the feedback collected on the night and drafted a response to ACARA on behalf of USITAA. The response has now been finalised, and submitted to ACARA.

USITAA AGM and End of Year Dinner

On the 6 November 2012, information technologies & computer science graduands and alumni attended the Annual General Meeting of The University of Sydney IT Alumni Association, followed by a buffet dinner to celebrate the end of year with staff, students and alumni.

End Of year Function (EOF)

The School of IT / SUITS / USITAA End Of year Function (EOF) was held on Tuesday 2 November 2010. For the first time, SUITS ran the bbq, which proved to be very very successful. Eighty staff, students and alumni attended and the Wintergardent was buzzing til well after 10pm.

You can see photos of the event here.

USITAA Seminar & AGM "Will the Web Win"

The University of Sydney IT Alumni Association held it's annual general meeting on 14 July, 2010. Around 35 people were in attendance. USITAA President Mark Webb presented a summary of the association's activities and initiatives over the previous year. More details can be found in the 2009 Annual Report.

Andrea Besnard from the Alumni Relations Office then took over the meeting to conduct the election of the executive committee. Nominations were taken before the meeting, and the existing commitee members were unanimously re-elected.

The meeting was followed by a seminar on Will the Web Win by alumnus Dr Rainer Wasinger.

Mark Assad won the lucky door prize, a university mug.

USITAA Discussion Forum on the Australian internet filtering scheme

Watch video of this event.

Around eighty people attended the discussion forum on the Australian internet filtering scheme.

The expert panel consisted of:

Associate Professor Bjorn Landfeldt
School of IT, University of Sydney

Iarla Flynn
Head of Policy, Google Australia

Louise Collins
Project manager and main author of the report to Government on the Feasibility of ISP Level Content Filtering

Jonathan Nicholas
Acting CEO, Inspire Foundation

David Vaile
Executive Director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, UNSW

Read the media release on this forum.

USITAA Discussion Forum on Start-up Companies

Watch video of this event.

Around fifty people came to hear our expert panel's advice on start-up companies.

The panel consisted of:

Matt Barrie MSEE Stanford BSc Hons, BEng InfoSys Hons
Chief Executive Officer of Freelancer.com

Jan Bartel BA, MA
Chief Engineer and co-founder of Mort Bay Consulting and Webtide

Benjamin Ranck BE SoftEng
Chief Executive Officer and founder of All Over Geo

Greg Wilkins BSc Hons
Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of Mort Bay Consulting and Webtide

USITAA President Mark Webb chaired the forum. Questions were submitted on the website and taken from the floor on the night.

The School of IT / USITAA / SUITS End of Year Function (EOyF) 2009

The School of IT / USITAA / SUITS End of Year Function (EOyF) was held on Tuesday 3 November 2009. The event was very successful with approximately 90 staff, students and alumni in attendance. A full report will be available in the first edition of SoIT's News in 2010.

Photos of the 2009 End Of year Function.

Annual General Meeting and IT Seminar

The Annual General Meeting of USITAA was held on 16th July 2009, in the School of IT Lecture Theatre.

The agenda included:

  • A summary of 2008 activities by USITAA President, Mark Webb;
  • Election of Executive Committee, run by Head of School Sanjay Chawla;
  • General Business including the prize draw for survey participation.

A full report on the AGM is available in the September issue of SoIT's News.

The meeting was followed by a seminar on "Information Surveillance Management Systems: Architecture and Implementation".

End Of year Function

The School of IT / USITAA / SUITS End of Year Function (EOyF) was held on Wednesday 26 November 2008 and for the second time was kindly sponsored by Optiver. The event was again very successful with approximately 100 staff, students and alumni in attendance.

If you didn't make it this year, we do hope to see you in 2009.

Photos of the 2008 End Of year Function.

Spring Back to Sydney

On Saturday 8 November USITAA took part in the Spring Back to Sydney Alumni Reunion. The association was represented with a marquee in the Main Quad. Volunteers Franc Carter (BSc Hons '95), Judy Kay (PhD '99) and Greg Ryan (BSc Hons 80) assisted USITAA President Mark Webb on the marquee, meeting with alumni who graduated in a year ending in '8'.

SUITS Dinner

On the 29 October 2008 USITAA President Mark Webb was invited to address the Sydney University IT Society (SUITS) Celebratory Dinner. The dinner celebrated the end of semester and ushered in the new SUITS executive committee.

High School Career Counsellors and Principals’ Breakfast

In September Matthew Pittman (BSc ‘83) attended the inaugural High School Career Counsellors and Principals’ Breakfast. The event, organised by Sydney Engineering for the Faculty of Engineering and IT, gave academic staff, students, industry and alumni the chance to talk directly to high school principals and careers counsellors about careers in Engineering and IT.

Sydney Uni Live

USITAA President Mark Webb and alumnus Robin Hilliard took part in Sydney Uni Live on August 30. Sydney Uni Live is one of the University's major undergraduate student recruitment events. Mark and Robin helped out in the School of IT advising booths in the Great Hall and Peter Nicol Russell Building, talking to prospective students and parents about careers in IT. The event was very successful, over 100 people came through the School, and a steady stream of people visited the booths through most of the day.

Graduation Dinner and Alumni Reunion 2008

The annual Graduation Dinner and Alumni Reunion was held on Thursday 15 May 2008 and was kindly sponsored by Optiver.

Full report.

Annual General Meeting 2008

The first annual general meeting of the University of Sydney IT Alumni Association was held on 3 June 2008.

Two significant things took place at that meeting:

  1. The Constitution, which has been approved by the Alumni Council, was unanimously adopted.
  2. The Executive Committee was elected and office bearers appointed.

Report on the second meeting to form an alumni association

The second meeting was held on the 29 April, with eight people in attendance. The majority of the meeting was spent reviewing the draft constitution. The outcomes of the meeting were:

  • The association will be named ‘The University of Sydney IT Alumni Association (USITAA)’;
  • The Annual General Meeting will be held on 3 June 2008 from 6pm in the School of IT Boardroom;
  • A website for the association will be created on the Alumni Relations website.

Report on the first meeting to form an alumni association

At the meeting on the 25 March, after discussing the needs of alumni, the following goals were set:

  • Form an official Alumni Association using the University’s protocols. A President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary will need to be appointed. A formal association has status within the University, and will help with branding outside the University.
  • Create an online presence for Basser/SIT alumni (Facebook, LinkedIn or MySpace). This would provide a forum for communication with the School on specific issues, and would also facilitate a social connection between alumni. It could also help us find lost alumni.
  • To establish links between the Alumni Association and the Sydney University IT Society (SUITS). There should be a natural progression from SUITS into the Alumni Association.
  • To formally set out a program of activities/engagement strategies for the Association. Alumni are interested in what they can give back. If we clearly set out a program, members can see what the aim of an activity is, what is needed from them, and what the benefit is to them.

The School of IT / FIT / Alumni / SUITS End of Year Function 2007

The School of IT / FIT / Alumni / SUITS End of Year Function was held on 5 December in the Wintergarden. Over 100 people attended; alumni mingled with staff, students and members of our Foundation and representatives from industry.

The event was supported by The School of IT, The Foundation for IT and The Sydney University IT Society, and was kindly sponsored by Optiver.

Lucky door prizes:

First Prize: Penfolds Grange 1994 was won by Trent Apted, BCST Adv Hons ('03), current PhD student

Second Prize: Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 1998 was won by Shari Lee, School Manager

The prizes were kindly donated by John Debrincat, President of the Foundation for IT.

Photos of the School of IT / FIT / Alumni / SUITS End of Year Function 2007.