Sunday 18th May was the Computer Science Annual dinner for Queens’ undergrads, graduates and supervisors. One of my favourite things about the dinner is getting a chance to catch up with our graduates and with a total 63 people attending it was the biggest I’ve been to. There was a very relaxed and social atmosphere and all the different groups of people got on really well.
We were especially pleased to welcome Demis as our guest of honour this year. Demis graduated from Queens’ in 1997, went on to do a PhD and then founded DeepMind Technologies – recently acquired by Google. Demis featured in our elevator pitching session a few weeks ago (can you spot it?) and he was in hot demand from the more entrepreneurial undergraduates.
This year’s organizers, Mistral and Eduard, did an excellent job. Everything ran smoothly from the Champagne reception (photo below), to formal hall, to the extra food and drink in Old Hall to round the evening off.
I complete the takeover as Director of Studies this year and so Robin Walker gave his final Computer Science Dinner Speech. Next year I’ll have to do it all by myself although Robin admitted he might come along if we extend an invitation.
The dinner is greatly enhanced by some generous sponsorship by both companies and individuals. The companies sponsoring us this year were: Jane Street, Skin Analytics, Coherent Graphics, G-Research, Bromium and Acano – all of these were represented at the dinner by a Queens’ graduate or two.