At a time when the technology sector continues to expand and transform, Co-op programs bridge the gap between academic theory with real-world application. They serve as the catalyst for student growth, especially in fostering essential leadership skills. This session features insights from current Co-op students at the UBC Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) on what practices and experiences made for a valuable and meaningful Co-op experience. They will discuss how the CIC is helping them prepare for future leadership roles in technology. Students will also share, among other things, how team composition shaped their experience, examples of feedback mechanisms that worked well, as well as communication that was effective across the diverse team.

Liana Leung 2024 Summit_Speaker

Liana Leung

Program Manager, UBC Cloud Innovation Centre

Liana Leung is the Program Manager at the Community Health and Wellbeing Cloud Innovation Centre (UBC CIC).   The UBC CIC is dedicated to solving real-world challenges by building shareable, repeatable, and sustainable cloud solutions and providing UBC students with unique work-integrated learning opportunities.  Since the UBC CIC opened in 2020, it has hired and mentored more than 60 students for a total of more than 169 terms. As UBC CIC Program Manager, Liana is responsible for managing CIC challenge projects, providing leadership to the CIC program, and hiring and mentoring the student staff that learn and work with the core team. 

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Aurora Cheng

Student Developer, UBC Cloud Innovation Centre

Aurora Cheng is a 3rd-year Computer Science student at the University of British Columbia and is a Student Developer at the UBC CIC. This is her first Co-op term and she is exploring AWS technologies and looking forward to learning more about cloud development. Her interests include UX/UI design, making jewelry for her small business, and baking!

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Julia You

Student Developer, UBC Cloud Innovation Centre

Julia You is a 3rd-year Computer Science student studying at the University of British Columbia and is a Student Developer at the UBC CIC. During her time with the CIC, she had the opportunity to work on end-to-end cloud prototypes, including an invasive plant identification system designed for the diverse plant species found in British Columbia and Ontario. In her free time, she enjoys painting and catching sunsets!

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Franklin Ma

Project Assistant (Student), UBC Cloud Innovation Centre

Franklin Ma is a 4th-year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia majoring in Cognitive Systems. He is currently a Project Assistant for the UBC CIC, mainly writing technical documentation, coordinating with sponsors, and making sure that projects are always moving forward. He has also completed a year-long exchange at the University of Tokyo, not only furthering his knowledge of Japanese culture and language, but also deepening his understanding of interpersonal and intercultural communication as a whole.

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Technology Track

Session Format
Interactive Speaker Presentation (45 mins)