Ben Ryan '21
Hackathons & Hiragana
Perhaps the most meaningful thing that I have done in regard to computer science is joining W&M ACM. W&M's student-run chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, an international society for computing, was really where I found my home within the department. They care deeply about promoting and progressing the field, and about creating a welcoming, inclusive, and enriching environment for computer science at William & Mary. Through my experience in organizing the Cypher V hackathon last Spring, I gained many close and meaningful friends and am deeply proud of the event we were able to put on, not only for members of the William & Mary community, but for many participants from other universities. This year, I am the lead organizer for Cypher VI and have been focusing primarily on continuing to improve the inclusivity of our event as well as improving our environment sustainability.