Thursday, February 18, 2010

1st ICEAN Congress at USEP-IC

Today, February 18, 2010, was the first ICEAN Congress organized by the Computer Science Society (CSS) and Society of Information Technology Students (SITS). The congress was organized to bring together the IT and CS students of the Institute of Computing in the University of Southeastern Philippines.

Several speakers were invited to give talks about IT-related topics and career opportunities for IT and CS students. The first speaker was the son of a politician in Davao (I'm not going to mention the name) and he talked about the environmental implications of technology.

The second event was the IT quiz bowl where contestants from different year levels in IC battled it out in terms of their knowledge in the fundamentals of IT. The questions were sponsored by PhilNITS (Philippine National IT Standards), with Engr. Aloysius Torres as the quiz master. The team representing CS-4 emerged as the Champions, while the next two places were taken by the CS teams from the lower years. The quiz bowl was a fun experience since I can relate it with MCITS and it was fun to see the audience trying to solve the questions.

Sir Loy continued his reign on the stage when he presented PhilNITS as an IT standard and it was very interesting to listen to the opportunities that passing the exam can bring you. More information about PhilNITS can be found in PhilNITS. His presentation was followed by Mr. Mark Maglana from G2iX and he talked a little about the background of his company. He also promoted the coming Exist Code Camp, a 6-week intensive training (mixed with a lot of fun) for interested individuals. More information about the camp can be found here: http://university.g2ix.com/.

For the afternoon session, Marlon Simon Noval of Creative Response talked about the good and the bad practices in Web Graphics Designing. His opinions and perceptions were challenged by 4th year students who are inclined to Web Graphics design. Paul June Domag followed and was supposed to talk about ORM (Object Relational Mapping). However, he changed his topic to a more interesting one about CPU Overclocking. In a nutshell, CPU Overclocking is the process of running a computer component at a higher clock rate (more clock cycles per second) than it was designed for or was specified by the manufacturer (Wikipedia). This is usually done to increase the performance of your unit without increasing cost. The next topic was about Offsourcing and what awaits students when they graduate. It was delivered by Mr. Edmund Lee from Offsourcing, Inc.

The last (but DEFINITELY NOT the least) speaker for the afternoon session was yours truly. :D My partner, Kristine Mae Adlaon, and I presented UNIISYS (University Integrated Systems) in behalf of the whole CS and IT 4th year class. It was a very trying experience for me but I think we were able to pull it off. I appreciated the audiences' reaction to our presentation because I thought they would find it boring. Fortunately, and because of our class's support, we were able to pull through with the presentation and promote our system.

I am very happy to have been able to participate and be a speaker in such an event. Not only was I able to represent the class, but I was also able to gain experience in public speaking and practice my communication skills. When it comes to tasks like this, I won't ever back down again because I gain many things from it - not only the recognition of being a speaker, but also the respect of other people.

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