The ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, and it offers services such as a digital library, publications, conferences, and career resources to help advance computing as a science and a profession. IWU has its own local chapter of the ACM which is hosted by the Computing and Information Sciences Department. It is open to all students who have an interest in computers and technology.
Our local ACM chapter hosts educational workshops on a biweekly schedule. In the past, these workshops have included building Ethernet cables, tearing down PCs to learn about what goes into making one, and learning the basics of web development. Along with educational workshops, our ACM chapter hosts LAN parties every other weekend. These LAN parties are a way to socialize, get to know fellow ACM members, and just have fun playing games.
Our ACM’s biggest event of the year is to go to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and attended the tech conference that is run there. This tech conference is called Reflections | Projections, and it offers attendees the chance to hear many great speakers from high up in the tech world. Along with this, a job fair is hosted at Reflections | Projections featuring many big tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Dropbox, and others. Joining the ACM is a great way to get connected in the tech world.