Programming has become a quintessential part of our daily lives and the IEEE BRAC University Student Branch realized that and wanted to raise awareness of its growing importance amongst the student members. We thus held a seminar on “Demystifying Software” on May 23rd, 2018, at GDLN BRAC University where the speaker was a Purdue graduate; Mr. Omar Karim. Mr. Karim, who is a software engineer at Digital Management, LLC (DMI), spoke to the students about the importance of programming, its potential and how to prepare oneself for a job in the software industry.

The event started at 11 am.  During the first phase of the seminar, Mr. Karim went around the room asking the students about their aims, ambitions and what knowledge they had about programming. Once he got a general idea of the students’ current understanding, he started from there and worked up to slightly more complex ideas, making sure to ask the students questions in between too. At the end of the seminar, Mr.Karim showed the students a mock IEEE BRAC University Application he had prepared and summarized how the things the students had just learned could be implemented.

Overall, the session was interactive and proved to be fruitful for the students, as many had requested for the event slides and source codes. We ended the session by presenting Mr. Karim with a crest as a token of gratitude from our branch.

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