By Alexa Rivetti, IT Communications Coordinator, UC Office of the President. There are a ton of reasons why one should register for the upcoming UC Computing Services Conference. However, here are a few of my favorites:
- It’s fun! Tucked between the eucalyptus trees and the sea is the IT social event of the year! Opening night reception will be at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, making this one of the most spectacular UCCSCs yet.
- It’s free (if you win the Community Award – Research IT Scholarship)! For the rest of us, it’s still a deal at $265. Please encourage your friends and colleagues who work in Research IT to apply for the scholarship. They’ll get free admission to the conference + two nights of on-campus housing. Application deadline has been extended to June 30.
- It’s a huge learning opportunity. When else do we get to share stories and lessons about IT with 499 of our closest colleagues? This year’s committee created 2 new tracks – one for Research IT and one for Health IT, both of which are sure to inform and inspire technologists in any field.
- The theme of the conference is “Working for the Greater Good,” which I think is GREAT. Too often, we forget that we work for an organization that genuinely benefits society. Like Conference Chair Jessica Hilt says “We might support scientists who cure cancer, or build repositories for climate change data. We don’t just build kitten apps.”
- You could be in the UCCSC movie! Live in UC IT history forever. Check out the UCCSC 2016 recap video, and the UCCSC 2015 recap video on our YouTube channel.