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What is the ACM?

The Association for Computing Machinery is a body for information technology specialists, representing over 80,000 professionals and students around the globe. You can find more details on their website.

Who is behind the Waikato ACM Student Chapter?

The chapter was formed at the end of 2001, and became an "official" chapter at the start of 2002. See the Executive Committee page for the current and previous office holders of the chapter. There is also, of course, Angela Martin, who is the Chapter Sponsor.

Why join the ACM Student Chapter?

The chapter has three main focal points:

  • A social focus: Organizing, encouraging and facilitating social functions
  • A professional development focus: Developing the professional skillsand attitudes
  • An academic focus: Encouraging interaction between students and departmental research groups

To these ends, and with reference to the chapter by-laws, we anticipate the chapter organising and running activities such as:

  • End-of-lectures celebrations
  • Debates
  • Technical workshops
  • Multi-player gaming events
  • Peer-mentoring systems
  • Seminars
A list of upcoming events and activities is online.

We also have a small but growing library of books and software, such as developer kits from Microsoft and Apple, available for chapter members.

As well as organising our own activities, it is expected that we'll also play a role in promoting activities of like-minded organisations to members. These organisations could be theWaikato Linux Users Group, the New Zealand SIGCHI Chapter or the Computer Science Department.

What does it cost?

Nothing. There is no membership fee.

Some activities will have a charge, but we already have sponsors lined up to help pay for several planned activities.

What does membership involve?

As much or as little as you like.

Anybody subscribing to the members email list or who wants to be listed on the members list on the web site is a member. Membership sign up forms will be available at all chapter activities.

Announcements about events and activities are sent to the members mailing list.

It is hoped that members will comply with the ACM Code of Ethics.