2014 Colloquium overview

The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium is a national one-day conference for women undergraduates in computing and related subjects. In 2014 it was held at the University of Reading.

Speakers were:

  • Anne-Marie Imafidon, of Stemettes
  • Cate Huston, of Google
  • Rachel McCrindle, of Reading University
  • Rebecca Little, of ResourceIT
  • Jane Haslam, of VICON

Overall sponsors of the day were Google, and the BCS, with generous support in terms of space, time and money from Reading University.

Our poster contest winners for 2014 were...

 

  • Best MSC student poster, £300: Maitreyee Wairagkar of Reading Uni, “Seeing Through Walls: Handling Large Datasets”.

Final year student (3rd years, or 4th year students on a four year undergrad program) sponsored by EMC

  • Best 3rd year poster, £300: Heather Ellis of Dundee Uni, with “Mind The Gap: Using e-Health for Seizure Management to bridge the communication gap between patients and clinicians”.

  • 3rd year runner up, £200: Alexandra Williams of Bath Uni with “Teaching children to code- how is computer programming helping to change the curriculum?”

2nd year prize sponsored by Airbus

(This is actually open to students on their 3rd year or on an industrial placement – basically, this contest is for those students who are between their first and final years of undergraduate study)
  • Best 2nd year poster £300: Charlotte Godley of Hull Uni with “A crowdfunded wearable technology workshop”
  • 2nd year runner up £200: Angharad Cunningham of Aberystwyth with “Still the minority at 50%”

The Google Excellence Award for best first year

Google sponsor our best first year prize, and this year, that went to …
  • Best first year poster £500: Katie Hobson of Aberystwyth, title “A Dip in the Meme Pool”

People’s choice award, sponsored by Interface3

Every year we have a people’s choice award and every attendee gets to vote for their favourite posters (2 votes each), with the most popular on the day getting £150. This year, for the first time ever, there was a 3-way tie on the people’s choice votes. I think this is an indication of how close the field was. Rather than cast a deciding vote myself (which would have been, er, unethical) I decided to split the prize 3-ways.
  • Peoples choice joint first £50 Silvia Diana Teodorescu of Aberystwyth, with “Understanding crimes of the past – a machine learning look into the 19th Century news”
  • Peoples choice joint first £50 Jolanta Mirecka of Aberystwyth, with “Segmenting Mammograpic Images based on Manifold Learning”
  • Peoples choice joint first £50 Roseanna McMahon of Bath, with “Augmented Reality – what future can it have on campus?”