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Fundraising can be a painfully long process that takes hours of work and dedication. The Computer Science Club at UIS has learned just how much work it can be. They have begun to raise money to attend a conference in California this May.

According to Kyle Noland, president of the Computer Science Club, three faculty, one staff and six students will travel to San Francisco, Calif., for the Google I/O 2014 conference.

Overall, this conference is very limited to the amount of individuals who can actually attend. Only 5,500 participants are allowed each year.

“Essentially it is Google’s developers’ conference,” said Noland. “They will have product announcements […] and information sessions related to getting very technical with the things that Google makes.”

It has been estimated that it will cost about $1,000 per person in hotel and travel fees. Student affairs covered registration costs through the conference support fund.

Thus far, the only fundraising the group has really done was a Media Fair, which took place last week.

All of the different items found at the Media Fair, such as movies, video games and books, were donated by club and faculty members in order to raise the funds for this trip.

Prior to the start of the fair, the club had about $4,300 saved up for the trip. Thanks to the fair, the group conjured over $700.

More plans to raise funds are on the horizon, as the group continues their efforts to attend the conference.

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