New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Weekly News Flashes

Monday Morning Message, September 29, 2014

25th Annual Kickoff in just two weeks!

We look forward to seeing most of you on Saturday morning, October 11th, at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. Registration will open up at 9:30. Once registered, some NM Tech students will show you around the campus and lunch will start at 11:30 in the Cafeteria and then we'll gather in the Macey Auditorium at 12:45 for our opening Keynote session. See http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/14-15/kickoff for descriptions of our keynotes, the generic schedule, and look at the housing link later this week once we get them posted. The Challenge provides room and board while teams are in Socorro. There will be two lines for registration in the Fidel lobby this year, one for teachers and one for students, so we hope to reduce congestion.

Team Entry Authorization Forms

Collect the $40/student registration fees, fill out the Team Entry Authorization Form and mail them to the Supercomputing Challenge. See steps 5 and 6 on the Registration web page. http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/registration.shtml

Proposals

Review the Proposals web page, http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/proposals, and submit your proposal before the Kickoff on October 11th and BRING a HARDCOPY of it with you to the Kickoff.

Download Phone Apps Now

We will be using some smartphone apps at the Kickoff this year:

YAPP-download our Kickoff app at: http://my.yapp.us/G446DM We'll be updating it this week and next.

Poll Everywhere-We want you to sign up for the Saturday night electives with http://www.polleverywhere.com We'll send out the link to that poll soon. We also hope to have our Keynote speakers ask some questions during their talks and we'll be able to see everyone's results immediately. That works on tablets, smart phones and basic cell phones.

QR Code Reader-If you have a smart phone, make sure you have a QR Reader App (they are free). Just search for QR Code Reader in your App store.

Team Registration Numbers

When teams register, a number starting at 1000 is assigned. This week we'll order all the teams by school name and assign team numbers that range from 1 to 150. So far 83 teams have registered and 133 students haven't registered on teams. We'll make some team assignment for you which can be changed on the Register or Manage Teams web page.

Have Questions?

Email consult1415 at supercomputingchallenge dot org and ask!

David, Celia, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Wednesday Afternoon Message, September 24, 2014

Welcome to the 25th Annual Supercomputing Challenge!

Registration

300 students and 48 teachers from 49 schools have registered for this year's Challenge. So far 75 teams have registered but there are still 133 students not registered on teams. Please click on the Register or Manage Teams link on the Registration page to organize teams. http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/registration.shtml

Teams will be renumbered to numbers between 1 and 150 based on the alphabetical ordering of school names next week.

Team Entry Authorization Forms

Collect the $40/student registration fees, fill out the Team Entry Authorization Form and mail them to the Supercomputing Challenge. See steps 5 and 6 on the Registration web page.

Proposals

Be thinking about your projects and review the Proposals web page, http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/proposals, and submit your proposal before the Kickoff on October 11th.

Smart Phones at the Kickoff

Be sure to bring your smart phone with you to the Kickoff as we hope to make use of them this year.

Housing at the Kickoff

We'll be making housing lists for the hotels in Socorro early next week and will let you know when they are posted. Supercomputing Challenge sponsors cover the cost of the hotels and meals are provided will you are at the Kickoff.

David, Celia, Patty, Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Afternoon Message, September 16, 2014

Registration

With a week to go for registering, we have 129 students and 29 teachers from 34 schools signed up. We'll be working on the hotel housing lists next week so please do get those registrations in soon. The Supercomputing Challenge will make hotel reservations for everyone coming from out of town.

Form Teams

Ten teams have formed so far, so the other 108 currently registered participants need to form teams. Click on the Register or Manage Teams link on the Registration web page.

Submit Proposals

Two teams have submitted their proposals, good job! While working on your proposal, see the Proposals web page at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/proposals

Keynote Speakers

We have some great Keynote Speakers lined up, Matt Wallaert from Microsoft will be our Saturday night Keynote Speaker, learn about him at: http://www.mattwallaert.com

Stephen Guerin, of http://www.simtable.com, will be our Sunday lunch Keynote Speaker.

Speaking of keynote speakers, Christa Brelsford, our keynote speaker two years ago, won the International Federation of Sport Climbing Paraclimbing World Championship in Spain last week:
http://www.ifsc-climbing.org/index.php/world-competition#!comp=1501&cat=92
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-Christa-Brelsford-Climbing/252776789260
Congratulations Christa!

9/11 Memorial

http://betabeat.com/2011/05/how-a-computer-algorithm-cracked-the-code-on-the-911-memorial

David, Celia, Patty, Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Afternoon Message, September 8, 2014

Registrations are rolling in!

So far, we have 56 students and 18 teachers registered for the 25th Annual Supercomputing Challenge. Five schools are new this year: Aldo Leopold, East Mountain, NM Military Institute, St. Michaels, and South Valley Prep. Welcome!

Teachers, if you haven't registered yourselves and your teams, go to: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/registration.shtml

Teams

Once students have registered, start forming teams by clicking on the Register or Manage Teams button on the Registration page.

Proposals

We even have one proposal submitted so far. While working on your proposal, see the Proposals web page at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/proposals

David, Celia, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Tuesday Afternoon Message, September 2, 2014

Registrations are starting to roll in

Six teachers and four students have registered so far. Please register for this year by the 20th of September.

Kickoff Theme: AA to VV

We are looking at themes for this year and they will include Modeling and Big Data and Cyber Security and we hope to cover "abstractions and algorithms to validation and verification"

Supercomputing Challenge Milestones

During the July Summer Teacher Institute we talked about the monthly Challenge activities that teams/teachers should be doing and here are the activities for August and September:

CHALLENGE ACADEMIC YEAR DECATHALON MILESTONES

  • AUGUST
    • RECRUIT TEAMS
      • Remember Diversity
      • Demo and Advertise
    • BRAINSTORM PROJECTS
    • HAVE MODELING DISCUSSIONS WITH STUDENTS
  • SEPTEMBER
    • REGISTER TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS
    • PRELIMINARY RESEARCH ON TOPICS
    • MAKE TOPIC DECISION

See the full list.

UNM CS/ECE Day, Wed 10th 1:30pm-5pm

See our research
Meet our students

Please mark your calendars: The Depts of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering are happy to invite you to a showcase of our cutting edge research, and the projects that our students are doing. See http://www.cs.unm.edu for details.

Los Alamos ScienceFest

Los Alamos is having a ScienceFest from September 5th through September 13th. Check out the schedule at: http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-sciencefest-events-calendar and http://www.losalamossciencefest.com.

NASA Educational Express Message

We sent out a recent email from NASA Education. Some deadlines have passed, but it is interesting to see what kind of opportunities are available from NASA. Subscribe at http://www.nasa.gov/education/express.

David, Celia, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, August 25, 2014

Are you ready for the 25th Annual Supercomputing Challenge?

Registration

Start forming teams to participate in the 25th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

Registration will open on September 1st
http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/registration.shtml

Registration deadline is September 20th.

Proposals

Teams need to form and start thinking about their projects and preparing a proposal. See http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/proposals for guidelines.

Our theme for this year will be modeling.

Kickoff Conference

The Kickoff Conference will be held October 11-12 in Socorro, New Mexico.

Teachers

Please print a flyer to place in your school for advertisement. http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/14-15/invitation_flyer.pdf

Here is the invite link:
http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/14-15/invitation.shtml

Future topics

In future Monday Morning Messages (MMMs), we will be sharing Science Links and Cool topics so if you have found something to share, let Consult know.

Looking forward to a wonderful 25th year, help us celebrate!

Celia, David and Patty representing Consult, the Challenge Management Team
Supercomputing Challenge Consulting, consult1415 @ supercomputingchallenge.org

These News Flashes are archived at http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/news_flash.shtml so that you can review them at a later date. There is also a link at the top of each Challenge web page pointing to Newsflash.


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