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Expand your horizons at the Midwest’s largest student run tech conference this September. Join us for a week full of insightful talks from industry & academia leaders, hands-on workshops, and networking events.

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Mark Guzdial on Computing Education for more than a Tech Job

Siebel CS 2405

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Computer science was originally invented to be a subject taught to everyone, to help them learn anything. But somewhere along the way, it became about getting a high-paying Tech job. Illinois is famous for its “CS+X” degree programs. I have been exploring what happens when you drop the “CS” entirely, and instead ask, how can we use programming to better learn in the “X” fields. In this talk, I’ll demonstrate some of the ways we teach, the new languages we’re inventing, and the new ways we define what should be in the curriculum.


Siebel CS Second Floor Atrium

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Come grab a bite with other R|P attendees!


Ashwin Jadhav on Aviation Decarbonization: Producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel from CO2

Siebel CS 2405

9:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Twelve is a carbon transformation company, on a mission to eliminate global emissions by converting carbon dioxide into useful products like sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). In the future, the power-to-liquids market will sit at the heart of a fossil free, circular and electrified energy system. I work with airlines, operators, airports, OEMs and industrial partners to implement the technology at scale. This game-changing technology is a key driver to achieving 2050 net-zero targets in aviation and beyond.


Dale Francis on How I Found my Place in this Industry

Siebel CS 1404

10:30 PM - 11:30 PM

While in school and as you leave, you will have an intention of where you want to specialize or maybe even have no idea at all. My talk is about how to find that place, how your career path can be planned out and how to go with the flow and take the opportunities/challenges presented.

Caterpillar Corporate Event

Siebel CS 2405

11:30 PM - 12:30 AM

Ever wonder how your code or analytics can influence the future of the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment? Our digitally connected machines not only build roads and buildings but help on the front lines of natural disasters while focusing on how we sustainably and responsibly continue to electrify in the years to come. Dig in with us by engaging, questioning and learning more from a panel of interns, recent college graduates and experienced professionals on career journeys, day in the life or more! Everything’s fair game!


Siebel CS Second Floor Atrium

12:30 AM - 1:30 AM

Sponsored by Caterpillar

Schedule is subject to change


Anyone and everyone over the age of 18. No matter your background or affiliation with the University of Illinois, R|P welcomes you.

This year at R|P

Earn Priority Status

    How it Works

  • Attend conference events to get priority status for 24 hours
  • Speaker talks, tech talks, and company events all give you an upgrade! (excluding career fair)
  • Status is reset after 24 hours after the last event attended, or after dinner events

    Priority Perks

  • Earn a spot in the food line 15 minutes before general serving
  • Show off with custom black & gold conference passes
  • Attending more events increases your chance to win exclusive R|P merch

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