Students at University of Illinois start to create a group for those interested in computing, ultimately leading to the formation of ACM@UIUC.
On Nov 1st, 1967 the Association for Computing Machinery Student Chapter at the University of Illinois was chartered to create an organization for those interested in Computers.
ACM@UIUC is the second largest ACM student chapter in the nation with 250 members. This year ACM's Team wins east section of the Central Regional Scholastic Programming Contest, a programming contest in FORTRAN.
A staple of the office, Caffeine was an internet connected vending machine, one of the first devices connected to internet connected, and was maintained by SIGArch and later SIGBot. It has undergone multiple upgrades and overhauls overtime including the current version called Merch.
The first Midwestern ACM Chapter Conference, later named Reflections | Projections was held, starting a ongoing year tradition of ACM@UIUC hosting students, academics and members of industry for a conference on the past and the future. Notable speakers over the years included Steve Wozniak, Aaron Swartz and Max Levchin. R|P also has included an AI Programming competition called Mechmania since its inception.
In 2014 the first HackIllinois occurred where students from UIUC and across the nation came to Siebel Center to hack for 36 hours. Over the years HackIllinois has been regarded in the hackathon community as an incredibly fun and well-run event, and more recently its focus on introducing students to Open Source has made it unique in the world of hackathons.
ACM@UIUC turns 50 years old, with about 500 members, 18 SIGs, 2 flagship events and continues to be an open community for those interested in computing.