October 22, 2015 – Today the SBHS Computer Science Academy hosted Professor Chandra Krintz of UCSB’s Computer Science Department.  Professor Krintz has pioneered research on cloud computing and services and the internet of things (IoT), and spoke with our students about making the benefits of the power of computing and software available for the benefit of all humanity. From smart farming to personalized medicine, most of us use technology even if we don’t create it. Much of Professor Krintz’s work concentrates on providing that bridge between the creators and the consumers of technology, and she’s also very interested in supporting and encouraging you people from underrepresented groups to consider and pursue computer science.

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May 13th, 2015 – Today we had our last guest speaker of the year. Raj Chohan, co-founder of AppScale. Raj talked to the students about being an “Effective Programmer” from the perspective of the book “The 7 habits of highly effective people” by Steven Covey.

Many thanks to all who organized and otherwise helped make these speaker lunches happen each month. You are awesome–Tiziana De Simone, Tana Kincaid and Felicia Kashevaroff!

Raj Chohan, co-founder of AppScale

Raj Chohan, co-founder of AppScale

Raj Chohan, co-founder of AppScale

April 15, 2015 – Today, Kevin O’Connor of Find The Best came by the CS Academy as our Guest Speaker for the month of April and helped our students brainstorm ideas for new technology. Students made lists of problems they face on a daily basis and of emerging technologies, and then, using software engineering as the backdrop, looked for matchups between the two that might point towards a new tech idea or solution.

It was a very well attended and engaging session. Many thanks to all who helped make this possible!

– Paul

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Kevin O’Connor of Find The Best, guest lunch speaker.

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