The UBC Department of Computer Science has many contacts in the computing industry. A strong rapport between the industry and research communities is beneficial to both, especially in cases where the department focuses its research to developing real-world applications.
In order to build this relationship, the Department of Computer Science runs a variety of programs aimed at developing industry relations.
- Annual Tech Career Fair
This fair, traditionally held in January at the UBC Campus, represents an opportunity for Computer Science students, along with students in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Physics and Management, and Information Systems, to meet with industry representatives.
- Information Sessions, Industry Panels, and Technical Talks
The department hosts information sessions and technical talks throughout the year, usually scheduled on Tuesdays. Each information session offers in-depth information on a specific company that has requested the opportunity to meet with UBC students. The technical talks frequently introduce cutting-edge prototypes to attendees, whether they be department members, undergraduate, or graduate students. The Industry Panel takes place annually, with five or six panelists from different sectors of the IT industry sharing their career experiences. This event also serves as a networking opportunity for students.
Tri-Mentoring matches industry and faculty members with senior students, who are also matched with junior students. This triad works together throughout the year, participating jointly in various departmental mentoring events and activities, and meeting on their own time. For senior students, including graduate students, Tri-Mentoring offers the opportunity to gain insight into the career experience of professionals in the industry or in academia, while at the same time sharing their own knowledge with a student just starting in computer science.