SEAL held its second general assembly on January 9, 2019. This semester’s general assembly goal is to get closer to its members, know each other well, and know what the members want and expect from us.
A peek into the future of SEAL
The first part of the program introduces SEAL and who the officers are. This is for them to know who they can approach if they have suggestions. Members were also updated on the future events that are going to be held in the future. Some of these events included: a) Project Tambay, which is a series of workshops to help students with their studies or help them learn something new, b) PD Meetup, and c) PyCon 2019. The officers then opened the floor to suggestions and concerns regarding SEAL’s activities and events.
After that short meeting, the program then flowed to the fun part of the event: games. These games were different though. The games played honed the participants’ logic and critical thinking. The first game was about cryptography. Riddles were incorporated in the decrypting game since they are the keys used in decryption. After getting the key, the teams will then use columnar transposition, a cryptography technique, to know what the intended message is. The members wasted no time in solving the riddles and solving for secret messages. Another game that was held was running code. Machine problems were displayed for the teams to solve and they were given two minutes to strategize. When those two minutes are up, the team would not be able to talk to each other. Each member would come up to a designated laptop and code for one minute. They were then forced to switch to another member after a minute. The point of this game is to practice each member’s code writing skills. Codes should be easily understood and this is where variable naming and comments come into play. This stressed out the members yet the determination to answer the problem could be seen. At that moment, learning was not boring and having fun was not meaningless.
Since it was getting late, we settled in and watched movies and games. We continued to bond with each other as we all shared laughs and thoughts. SEAL would want to thank all of those who came to this semester’s general assembly. We hope to see you in future events!