The Binary Bears are a popular competitive academic team that has been hosted by our department over the last twenty-five years involving computer programming in teams to solve problems. As a student organization within the department, we compete regionally each fall in two competitions (Association for Computing Machinery as well as the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges), and every spring in a regional competition sponsored by our department and hosted on our own campus. We have had tremendous success through the years, and have even competed at the international level. In 2007, we made it all the way to the ACM World Finals in Tokyo where we received honorable mention and finished ranked in the top 8% in the world.
Being a member of the team teaches one new programming languages, different mathematical algorithms, time management, and efficiently working competitively in small groups with one machine. The organization is open to anyone with an interest in programming, and we meet weekly to practice throughout the year. A one-credit course, CSC 212 Programming Team Strategies, is available each fall to receive academic and experiential learning credit for participating on the team. Employers often seek out students with experience on the team and tell us that being a member of this team really helps boost the resume of potential employees.
|Cyber Defense Team|
|Description is coming soon.|
|Upsilon Pi Epsilon|
|The Georgia Beta Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honor Society for the computing and information disciplines, was chartered at Mercer University on June 6, 1992. Since then we have held numerous induction ceremonies, where hundreds of Mercer students have earned membership in UPE.|
|Google Developers Group|
Mercer has organized, and hosted, a chapter of Google Developers Group for ten years. Throughout the years, we have had various frequency of meetings. There was a time in 2014 when our GDG met weekly, and became the 'busiest' GDG in North America! More recently, Mercer's GDG has been meeting 4-5 times a semester.
Over the years we have had sessions playing (learning) Android, Google Maps, Dart, Firebase, Angular, Google Script in Docs and Sheets, and most recently, Actions on Google Home.
Our biggest event was our 2016 DevFest which brought together coding developers and artists. We created a software system that enabled coders,and artists, to actually draw on the same digital canvas, at the same time. It got very interesting, and was lots of fun.