Episode 11 - Making a CS50 Fair
CS50 Podcast
Thu, February 13, 2020
Podchat Summary

The CS50 Fair: Showcasing Innovation and Creativity

Join us for an exciting episode as we delve into the world of the CS50 Fair, an annual event that celebrates the culmination of the CS50 course at Harvard University. This fair provides students with a platform to showcase their final projects, highlighting their innovation and creativity.

Our journey begins in 2008, when the first CS50 Fair took place in the humble surroundings of the Northwest Science basement at Harvard. Over the years, the fair has grown in scale and now finds its home in the magnificent Smith Center, a newly renovated space that perfectly accommodates the event's expanding popularity.

The CS50 Fair is not just a course-wide exhibition; it has become a campus-wide extravaganza. Picture bar height tables adorned with elegant tablecloths, vibrant balloons floating in the air, and the delightful aroma of freshly popped popcorn and spun cotton candy. The fair truly creates an immersive and festive atmosphere.

One of the highlights of the fair is the raffle, where attendees have the chance to win exciting prizes. By collecting smiley face stickers from the students presenting their projects, participants can enter the raffle and experience the thrill of potentially walking away with a fantastic reward.

As technology has advanced, so has the CS50 Fair. It is now live-streamed, allowing viewers from around the world to witness the incredible projects and hear from the talented students themselves. Interviews and demonstrations provide a deeper understanding of the thought process and effort that went into each creation.

The impact of the CS50 Fair extends beyond Harvard's campus. Inspired by its success, other universities, including Yale, have organized their own CS50 Fairs. The fair's influence has even reached international borders, with countries like Iraq hosting their own versions, showcasing the global reach of this remarkable event.

Join us as we explore the CS50 Fair, celebrating the ingenuity and dedication of students as they present their final projects. Prepare to be amazed by the incredible creations and inspired by the passion and talent on display.

Original Show Notes
In this episode, David and Brian discuss the origins of the CS50 Fair, the end-of-term exhibition of final projects that capstones CS50 students' experience. Why so many balloons? Why the raffle? And how can others run their own CS50 Fairs? All it took at first, it turns out, was some Entenmann's cakes! The CS50 Podcast is hosted by CS50's own David J. Malan and Brian Yu at Harvard University. Each episode focuses on (and explains!) current events and news in tech and computer science more generally. This is the CS50 Podcast. Follow us on other social media to get news on upcoming shows and more: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cs50 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cs50 Twitter: https://twitter.com/cs50 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cs50 Twitch: https://twitch.tv/cs50tv iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cs50-podcast/id1459708246 Google Podcasts: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Iw4e6bmrnly6iygsmqrcdajoweq Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cs50/podcast11 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3MxtKWdpxTVvxnAYPDJuKV?si=lI0P0H8aSkCh2owGr2te1Q YouTube: https://youtu.be/afqHeaDsKEI
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