King's College London (KCL) TechSoc
Who are we?
KCL Tech is the official society of King’s College London’s Department of Informatics, and we aim to be the central hub for student programming and tech at KCL. We’ve received multiple accolades from the Student Union for our efforts and we’ve grown in size and strength year after year.
What do we do?
We host a wide range of activities on a weekly basis, including 10-week long workshops for KCL students, with topics ranging from algorithms to virtual reality. This wide span of topics allows us to appeal to both students, who are just dipping their toes into the tech world for the first time, and those who are comfortable with coding but are looking to broaden their skillset.
A staple event we run is a UK-wide hackathon called HackKing’s, which drew nearly 200 participants in the past year. We also run HackLondon in collaboration with other London universities, as well as providing a workspace for events such as MLH’s Local Hack Day and the Google HashCode challenge. Hosting these events allows the developer community to flex its creative muscles; whether it be programming or presenting their projects.
Finally, we organize company visits, where we physically go to the offices of startups and global companies. They also often come to visit us at King’s, and the relationship we build with these companies allow KCL students to interact with professional developers. This leads them to gain valuable insights into the workplace and development in ways that traditional learning can’t provide. It also provides both the companies and the students unique opportunities for networking and potential scouting in a far more personal setting.
Why are we here to write?
Taking part in this project is an opportunity for us to reach out to a wider community, showing the world who we are at KCL Tech and what we represent. We cannot wait to share our members’ insights and opinions on pertinent topics related to the fast-moving tech world today. We plan to publish articles demystifying tech buzzwords, deconstructing them for what they really mean and analyzing both their potentials and limitations.