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This fall marks the 50-year anniversary of when the Department of Computer Science officially graduated its first students on the Forty Acres in 1966. Since then, UTCS has been the home of many award-winning faculty and the source of many groundbreaking technological advances in the world of computer science. To celebrate this milestone, on October 27-29, the department is hosting a weekend full of activities with something for everyone in the UTCS community to enjoy.

The festivities will kick off the celebration on Thursday evening with a 5:30 pm welcome reception at Capital Factory in the Omni Hotel in downtown Austin. 

On Friday, UTCS will host its 50th Symposium in the Gates-Dell Complex (GDC), which will look forward at the future of computer science via guest lectures, technical talks, and panel discussions on topics such as quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and how computer science affects public policy.

That same afternoon, UTCS will host 50Fest, a celebration for CS students in GDC from 3:30-7:30 pm. A band, photo booth, arcade games, and a climbing wall are among the many activities scheduled for the celebration. Food will also be provided; come grab something to eat and listen to a live band perform in the GDC courtyard.

Friday's activities will end with an alumni and faculty reception (5:30 pm) and banquet (7:00 pm) in the AT&T Conference Center. Don’t forget to RSVP here!

Finally, on Saturday, finish off the celebration by joining the UTCS department at a tailgate before the Baylor at UT football game that day. The event time will be announced when kickoff is scheduled, so stay tuned for more information!