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Portal's winning widgets

Hackfest kickoff presentation

Hackfest  – an annual hackathon hosted by Waterloo’s Portal team, which challenges students to create additional widgets that will enhance the Portal app experience.  Usually, this event starts and finishes in one day.  However, this year the hackathon went on for ten days straight!

Halfway across the world

Akram, Mohammad, Hatam, Amine, Sarah and Mazhar.

From the extensive range of programs we offer, to the international students who come from all around the world, Waterloo is known for being one of the most diverse schools in Canada.

7 everyday questions Portal can answer

Hand holding device with Portal open on the to-do list widget.

"What time's the bus coming?" 

"Do you know when the V1 caf is open until?" 

"Can we find somewhere else to study?  I'm tired of the library." 

Architecture grad sews together new and old in historic Old Delhi

Close-up of Kanika examining map

Growing up in Delhi, Kanika Kaushal was drawn to the distinct buildings and neighbourhoods of the Old City. There she discovered a sense of community that differed from other places she’d visited. In Old Delhi, generations of residents live in ageing structures in very close quarters. Yet the walled colonial space has seen a major transition over the past few decades.

GSA exec takes the UW Swing Club to new heights

Many students pursue a graduate degree immediately after finishing their Bachelor’s. Equipped with his Honours Earth Science degree and a commercial pilot’s licence, however, Max Salman headed straight for the skies. As a geophysics surveyor, he spent months over the Amazon in Guyana and the United States, working for several high-profile clients. Salman then headed to Nunavut, Norway, Greenland and Iceland, flying low enough to see herds of muskox below the aircraft.

Ode to joy: Kara Park rocks Beethoven

Kara at piano with orchestra in background

She adjusts the bench. Sits down. Closes her eyes briefly. Takes a deep breath. Lifts both hands to the keyboard. No, this wasn't another hackathon. This was the UWaterloo Orchestra's second Concerto and Aria Competition.

A duel for the ages

If you think about athletics, fencing is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet for Marc Lo this dueling pastime is the only sport that matters. This month, the Computer Engineering student is gearing up for a contest of weaponry, black masks and uncompromising technique.

Grad students illuminate humankind’s most vital resource

Pieter crouching to examine Arctic water

Each March, the United Nations celebrates World Water Day. This year, Waterloo celebrated the occasion by hosting its seventh annual water research conference, organized by the Water Institute and Laurier's Institute for Water Science. Along with a plethora of speakers, the conference featured a poster competition involving 51 graduate students from across southern Ontario.

Hurtling between cities at 350km/hr - not fantasy

Waterloop's pod prototype

The Hyperloop is a train-like pod that rides on a cushion of air in a reduced pressure tube. It is capable of travelling several hundred miles per hour and is immune to weather, low-cost, self-powering and safe.
UWaterloo undergraduate students may just have the future of this technology in their hands.

Six students at the peak of their co-op game

2015 UWaterloo Co-op Students of the Year

Each year, UWaterloo celebrates one student from each faculty for outstanding achievement in co-operative education. To be considered for one of the prestigious awards, a co-op student must go above and beyond their employers’ expectations, be involved with their community, maintain a high academic standing and contribute positively to the co-op program. Congratulations to this year's winners!

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