Social media, texting and the Internet. What do all of these things have in common? They were all created and made possible by computer science!

While we do not necessarily take the time to realize it, computer science affects most, if not all, of our every day lives. Whether that be through cell phones, music players, the Internet, game consoles or social media.

To encourage a higher awareness of computer science and the important role it plays in our every day lives, the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo created the outreach committee to open a dialogue about computer science and its practices.

With the support of faculty and staff, the Cheriton School of Computer Science hosts a variety of public and online events to excite interest in the possibilities and limitations of computer science around the globe.


We help people to understand and appreciate how computer science affects their lives today and how it may affect their lives in the future


The Computer Science Outreach Committee aims to raise interest and awareness of computer science and its applications to the local community through face-to-face on-campus events and to the wider world through online webcasts, videos and interactive modules. With the use of these resources, our goal is to increase the world’s appreciation for the study and real world uses of computer science.