The 9th annual Canadian University Software Engineering Conference (CUSEC) was held January 21-23 at the Hotel Omni in Montreal. Over 350 delegates from across the country attended the 3-day event, which boasted acclaimed speakers and innovative demonstrations.
CUSEC founder John Kopanas was thrilled with the turn-out. "Every year, I'm amazed that we manage to put together such an amazing conference--I only hope CUSEC continues to grow through the next decade," he noted warmly on Thursday evening, having just taken in an inspirational lecture by renowned blogger and software programmer extraordinaire, Reg Braithwaite.
Kopanas first came up with the idea while still an undergraduate studying Computer Science at Concordia in the 90s. "I'd just been to a conference at Waterloo," he recalls, "and was frustrated by the experience. I wanted to be able to meet my heros, not just listen to corporate talking heads." When his professors told him that an undergrad couldn't possibly put together such an involved event, Kopanas's mind was made up. That first year, 120 students attended the conference.
A decade later Kopanas cites CUSEC's continued success as a result of the volunteers running everything behind the scenes. This year's team was lead by co-chairs Andrew Louis and Juan Musleh, who had a support crew of students from around Quebec and Ontario. Sven James, a Computer Science Student at Concordia, served as CUSEC's Co-Director of Sponsorship and loved the experience: "it's awesome to see all these students from around the country coming together to learn more about what they're studying."
One University of Toronto student couldn't agree more: "I've attended four sessions today and they were more useful to me than an entire semester of lectures put together!" he happily enthused.
Concordia's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science proudly helped sponsor the event and would like to extend sincere congratulations to the organizers.