Mini Hackathon: October 24-25th

The CS club is hosting a 24-hour Hack this weekend! Saturday, Oct 24 at noon until Sunday, Oct 25 at noon in the STARS Lounge.

We have several students interested in competing at Northwestern University’s WildHack 2015 on November 21-22 ( so we will be hosting this mini-Hack to give everyone a chance to experience a Hack. We hope to send at least two teams to WildHack 2015.

Several project groups will be there:

  • Hardware Hacks: Arduino-based Laser light show, Haptic Arcade Robot drive station
  • Software Hacks: Top-Coder, Unity Game programming, Ludum Dare 34
  • Python Crash-course
  • Light Painting

OR, if you have a project you’d just like to work on, feel free to bring your machine and recruit some friends to help!

Do you need experience? – NO! We are there to help you find a Hack you love and learn something new.


STARS Lounge will be open for food and beverage purchases and the club will be providing Pizza and Donuts for participants. Have a Question? Email Lucinda:

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Humans vs Zombies 2015!

It’s that time of year again! The Human vs Zombies kickoff event will be October 18th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm in the LRH Greatroom. Stop by to sign up for HvZ and get your bandana. There will also be a viewing of the latest Walking Dead episode starting at 8:00pm.

Game Start:  Monday Oct 19 at midnight (Sunday Night)

Game End:    Friday Oct 23 at 6:00pm

For those unfamiliar with the Humans vs Zombies, here is a basic breakdown of the game’s mechanics. The game starts with one original zombie and the rest of the players as humans. That zombie is to tag the humans. When a human gets tagged by a zombie, that human becomes a zombie. Zombies keep tagging humans until all humans have become zombies!

The game will last 5 days! The zombie with the most tags and the human that survives the longest will win a $25 Walmart gift card. There will be a tie breaker event if needed.

HvZ Poster 2015


ACM International Programming Contest Regional at UIS: November 7 2015

Computer Science Students,

UIS is once again hosting the Mid-Central Regional Contest for the ACM/IBM International Computer Programming Contest on  Saturday, November 7, 2015. The contest runs from 12:30-5:30pm. We will have an pizza party dinner and awards ceremony after the contest. All CS students encouraged to get involved! You can register a team at

Volunteer to be Contest Staff: We need lots of volunteers to work this event! We need room monitors, printout runners, setup and teardown helpers. Times needed: 9:00am-7:00pm; (you do NOT have to work all day, we’re happy for any amount of time you can offer). Register to Volunteer at

Every participant (contestant or volunteer) will get a T-shirt and Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner the day of the event.

Registration will close on October 23, 2015, 5:00 pm.  You must pre-register in order to compete. There are no exceptions.

Visit the FAQ for more information:




StateFarm Online Java Coding Competition: October 17

Start Farm is once again hosting a Java Coding Competition!

This contest is open to all full-time Computer Science students (Grad or Undergrad), including On-line students!  You can compete as an individual or in a team of two. You must pre-register in order to participate. Registration can be found at:

This competition has, in the past, involved writing a short, multi-class Java application. Submissions were be graded with regard to the completeness of the solution, code readability (this includes the use of comments and refactoring of duplicate code); and adherence to object oriented principles.

This year responses will be graded on a standard Windows 7 machine using the latest version of Spring Tool Suite with the Java 7 JDK. All submissions will be unarchived from a “.zip” file using the 7-zip application.

Further information can be found at:



General Meeting: September 25th, 7:00pm


Please Join Us on Friday, September 25th at 7:00pm, for the Computer Science Club General Meeting.  Our club is open to anyone interested in Computer Science.  This is the first general meeting of the semester and we will be having sign-ups for our programming teams and hack-a-thon team (even if you are a new programmer! We have opportunities for everyone to learn and participate). We will also be discussing our activities calendar for the semester (Humans vs Zombies, LAN party, Python Boot-camp).

We are also going to demo the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator ( Pizza will be served – Hope to see you there!!

Join us virtually on Youtube,



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Game Night + Pizza (9-1:00am @ Stars Lounge 8/28)

Come join us at Star Lounge and the SLB Multi-Purpose room this Friday for a classic Computer Science Club Game Night. There will be FREE pizza!

State Farm Presentation

statefarmPlease join us today in the UHB second floor lobby for snacks and a talk with State Farm representatives about recruiting, application, offers, first days, and tips and tricks when considering State Farm for employment. There will be a brief presentation at 6pm followed by questions and open discussions.

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April General Meeting

Come join us for our spring general meeting and hardware show and tell. We will have free pizza as well as various pieces of hardware to allow you to get a closer look at how things work.

6:30pm Friday April, 17th in UHB 2034


Ludum Dare 31

LDUIS Computer Science faculty, UIS Computer Science students and Lincoln Land Community College students teamed up over the weekend to compete in the International Game Development Contest called Ludum Dare 31. Over the last 72 hours this group of amateur game developers was able to draft, design, implement, and publish an entire game from scratch. The theme of this Ludum Dare was “Entire Game on One Screen” so this team decided to develop a ‘traditional’ dodger game. The game was developed using the Unity Game Engine, along with multiple other software suites.

Software Engineers: Joshua Smith (UIS Faculty), Brian-Thomas Rogers (UIS Faculty), Brian Jones (UIS Graduate Student), David Miller (UIS Alumni)

Sound Engineer: Michael Ripka (UIS Graduate Student)

Pixel Bender: Aimee Daniels (LLCC Student)

The game can be played here.


Digital Forensics Challenge Announcement

Cyber Security Students, Computer Science Students, and UIS Colleagues,
The Fourth Annual Digital Forensics Challenge will be held Saturday, November 8, 2014, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield.
The purpose of this event is to provide an entry-level experience for participants to expand their computer security education through hands-on simulation of real-world investigations requiring the use of digital forensics.  The full day exercise will include an academic lesson and engage the next generation of cyber security professionals in digital forensic scenarios.
This is a wonderful opportunity that allows participants to gain practical experience in the field of digital forensics. Further information can be found on our website at
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