ICS Day 2015 Recap Video

ICS Day 2015 was on Thursday, May 21st, 2015.

Please click the following video to see the excitement of this year’s event. 

Official Site: ICSDAY.COM

Due to the storm coming in at the end of this week, we decided that it would be best to move ICS Day to next Thursday, May 21st. It will be at the same time/location (ICS Plaza, 10AM – 4PM). This is because of our high dependency on electrical equipment in an outdoor environment, and for safety precautions due to rain and strong winds.

What is ICS Day!

Remember dunk tanking Professor Shannon Alfaro? Like the cool demos showcasing awesome tech (that are unavailable to us poor students)? ICS Day 2015 is bringing all of that back and more! ICS Student Council, ACM, MAISS, VGDC, and WICS are proud to present one of the biggest ICS events — back for a third year, ICS Day celebrates the awesome field of Information and Computer Science!

We will have food, drinks, performances, coding competitions, a selfie booth, sweet raffle prizes, and more!

The first 150 people at the event will get food if they sign in and request a food wristband.

The first 200 people to RVSP and attend will be guaranteed a free t-shirt, but we cannot guarantee the shirt size!

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And the 2015-2016 ICSSC Executive Board Members are…

After an astounding result from all of you that voted on the EEE survey, I am pleased to announce the ICS Student Council (ICSSC) Executive Board for the 2015-2016 year:


Brandon Hastings



Dalton Kraatz

Dalton Kraatz


Ryan Bald


Academic and Administrative Affairs (AAA) Chair

Sophie Pebworth


Corporate Outreach Chair

Karan Kanwar


Project Management Chair

Ziliver Yuan


Student Events Chair

Chan Woo Park



Congratulations on being selected as new year’s board members for ICS Student Council. I can’t wait to see what new direction ICSSC is going in!

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Logo and Anteater

Apply for ICSSC’s 1516 Executive Board

[Nominations end THIS FRIDAY (4/24)]

Want to make some changes in ICS? Want to become more involved and present in the changes at the school? Have a passion for working with other students and corporations to make big events happen?
Be part of greatness in the making!

Apply for ICSSC’s 2015-2016 Executive Board!

Announcements for all positions will be held between Week 2 and 4 with an online form, and speeches for those running for office will be during the Week 5 meeting. Elections will open up right after speeches are made.


Ready. Set. Go:

Nominate yourself or a friend for an ICS Student Council position: http://tinyurl.com/icssc15-nominations

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google hacks

Google@UCI & ICSSC Present Google WebHacks

Google WebHacks (24-hour hackathon) is coming THIS SATURDAY @ 9am.


Presented by Google@UCI & ICS Student Council, participants will have 24 hours to create a web platform based application that utilizes various Google technologies, from Google Apps Script to the Go programming language.

This is the perfect opportunity for those interested in web development and Google technologies to learn and build something new!

WHAT: Google WebHacks
WHEN: Sat. Feb. 28 (9:00am) – Sun. Mar. 1 (9:00am)
WHERE: 5151 California Avenue Suite # 100, Irvine CA

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Week 10: Lessons

HELLO ICS SCHOOL & everyone else that’s reading these,

How much I miss these editorial style blogs since the days of my high-school Edit0r-in-Chief years. These past 10 weeks, for me, were really difficult as President of ICS Student Council. We certainly had our peak events — Reverse Career Fair and Med AppJam — thrive and saw an improvement but it was surprisingly insane how much time juggling needed to go on. Between school, job, interviews, girlfriend, home, life, this quarter was definitely the boss-level that everyone loves to finish and beat.

I think I beat it, but I’m beat myself.

You know the moment when you think that everything is falling apart, when you’re not sleeping well and waking up feeling restless, and suddenly you realize that all the pieces are falling in place. After months of work, things are settling in. I experienced this over and over and over again with ICS Student Council. Case in point we worked on Med AppJam since July and yet the night before the judging ceremony, Stephanie and I were up ’til 11:00pm frantically trying to get last minute details done. How is it possible to be working on an event for 3 months and still not have everything covered? I don’t think it was bad planning, I think it was passion and excitement to flawlessly lead a great event. In order to keep sanity, you have to balance perfection with reality. The big day came and everything panned out fantastically and we had great reaction yet again from the audience and the participants. Then the feeling sets in: the unexplained reason that justifies all the countless worries that you’ve had trying to make something happen.

That’s why I’m in ICS Student Council: I love that feeling. And I have my board members and the ICSSC general members to thank for that feeling. Thank you Adrian, Austin, Dalton, Franklin, Phil, Will, and especially Stephanie. Without all of you ICS Student Council would literally collapse!

Happy Holidays everyone, kick butt on finals, and see you all in 2015!

All the best,

Delian Petrov

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Week 9: The Calm Before the Storm

Hello everyone!
It’s week 9, and you know what that means…


(kind of)


All jokes aside, I hope your turkey day went well! But now we’re in a weird place – the limbo between recovering from food comas and empty wallets (Cyber Monday isn’t over yet and I just ordered a bunch of stuff from Amazon oh no..) and the panic of finals. With the quarter winding down, I wanted to reflect a little on how the quarter went, and share some things with you that I have discovered along the way.


This quarter was probably one of the toughest for me, in terms of workload. Between ICS Student Council, work, research, and classes, I barely had any time for myself. I thought I was finally getting a hang of my time management, and looking back on this quarter (and looking toward the next two weeks), I’ve realized that I still don’t know how to properly manage my time, leading to a lot of sleepless nights and stressful days. There have been many times throughout the quarter where I would just ask myself, “why are you doing all of this?” And today, I have my answer. But let me tell you something else first.


One of the questions I’ve asked myself constantly, from last year (when I joined ICSSC) to now is this – why do I want to play a role in ICSSC? Why do I attend the weekly meetings and participating in putting on these (amazing) events? There aren’t any direct incentives to participating in ICSSC – there’s no academic credit, no money (although putting ICS Student Council on your resume does catch an employer’s eye sometimes). So why?


Here’s my answer: because student council constantly challenges me to become a better leader, student, professional, and individual. I’ll admit, I didn’t even notice these things until recently. The anxiety I used to have when sending e-mails to companies and professors, my inability to talk and be myself around new people – these are all gone (well, mostly). I can honestly say that ICS Student Council has given me skills that I will use for the rest of my life. I’ve also met amazing people that encourage me and make me want to become better.


So when you are studying for finals and stressing about your grades, I just want to remind you that everything you are doing and everything you are going through is going to help you become a better version of you. Oh, and you know how I said earlier how I suck at time management? Well, I’m getting better at it each day.


Wow, this has been an extremely cheesy post. You might be wondering – how does this apply to you? Well, as ICS students, I’d like to think that we have a secret advantage – we can make our ideas come to life, sometimes almost instantaneously. Do you want to learn a new programming language? Make your own website? Become the CEO of a startup? Do something amazing?


Go. Do it.
But maybe start studying for your finals first.

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The Week 8 Relive; A Day in the Life of a Treasurer

Wow… Eight weeks in…

We get a half week (whether it is good or bad, that is up to you).

Quarter is almost over… (That means finals… but also Winter Holiday!)

Thanksgiving marks a 4-day weekend (and shopping sprees!)…

Cyber Monday is right after… (Got to get those gaming computer parts super cheap!)


And looking back, we here at ICS have done so much!


As treasurer, I oversee a lot of fund movement. Though it seems that my job is easy, I’ve been working over the summer about our Fall events to ensure ICSSC’s perfectly planned. And I have to say, thus far, we’ve done pretty well. But this is where you (as someone involved, or wanting to get involved with ICS clubs) can take a good look at ICS through my eyes. (more…)

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Week 8 Blog Post

Hey Everyone,

It’s the start of week 8 already, hopefully you finish up the rest of your midterms this week and look forward to Thanksgiving Break. Since finals are coming soon, I want to talk about managing your time and finishing this quarter strong.

This quarter I’m taking 5 classes, while doing MedAppJam, so finals seems so distant from now, but after Thanksgiving Break, they’ll be here in an instant. Keep working hard, and don’t let your foot off the pedal and push through finals for a relaxing Christmas Break.

One current event that has been bothering most of us, the students, is the bill to raise UC tuition by 5% for each of the next 5 years. I, for one, am not satisfied with the concept of increasing tuition, when education should be more encouraged, and not discouraged. With a weakening demand of labor and high unemployment, education becomes even more important, but the price of education keeps increasing. Although, this bill is already passed, our duty as students is to raise awareness to these political figures in preventing another tuition raise in the future.

Thanks for reading my blog post and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Week 6 Blog Post

Hello everyone,

Week 6 is here! Are you all acing your midterms and/or studying hard for your upcoming ones? I hope everyone has been attending class and doing homework! I know I have been…haha *wink wink*. It’s scary to say that this is my last year of college; but, I feel as though I have gained the most experience during this time.

I am currently participating in Med AppJam, a 2-week app competition that collaboratively works with the different schools—Business, ICS, and Med. It’s been going well; my team is working really hard to develop the best medical app to take first place. I’m the software developer of my team, and I have to say that it’s pretty challenging to build on IOS. Regardless, I’m still having a ton of fun because …who doesn’t like a challenge?

Besides Med Appjam, I’ve been applying for jobs to gain more experience and to hopefully have a job after I graduate. The struggle is real. Since I am a BIM major, my technical background isn’t as strong as other students, but I’m working super hard to learn new languages and develop new projects !

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

-Adrian Mandee

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