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Spring 2023 Recruiting Timeline

  • January 17 - January 26


    Memorial Glade

    Learn about Launchpad from our current members! Throughout the first two weeks of school, we will be tabling in-person on Memorial Glade. Come by and talk to us about our experiences in Launchpad, machine learning, or really just anything! If you would like to ask questions outside of tabling hours, feel free to join the Discord server (you should still join even if you don't have questions for updates)!

  • January 19 | 5:30 - 7 pm

    GEMS in Tech Panel

    Wheeler 212

    The tech space in Berkeley is filled with opportunities, but navigating the college scene can be a mystery. Come hear our panelist’s unique experiences and stories about choosing classes, delving into research, and growing their careers, featuring gender minorities from Launchpad, Blockchain, Blueprint, Codebase, ML@B, and MDB.

  • January 23 | 8 - 9:30 pm

    Clubs and Cookies

    VLSB 2050

    New to the tech club scene at Cal? And craving some yummy cookies? Come join us at Clubs and Cookies, an event to introduce a few of the biggest clubs on campus and to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to be in a tech club. Members from clubs like Launchpad, Codebase, and Blockchain will be introducing their clubs + answering questions about what it’s like to work in ML, software, web dev, software, and more!

  • January 24 | 8 - 10 pm

    Infosession 1

    Cory 540AB

    Learn more about us!
    During the infosession, we will be introducing the club and covering the projects our club will be doing this year. This is a great opportunity to meet some of our members and get to know the community better. Hope to see you there!

  • January 25 | 8 - 10 pm

    Infosession 2

    Cory 521

    The content presented in this infosession will be identical to infosession 1, so no need to attend both. Pick the one with the time that works best for you!

  • January 26 | 8 - 10 pm

    Machine Learning Workshop

    Wozniak Lounge

    This is a chance for us to showcase a part of our education program and give applicants a chance to learn about an introductory machine learning concept. We will also be going over sample technical interview questions and giving guidance on how to approach the problem solving process.

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  • January 27

    Application Deadline

    The deadline is 11:59 pm on January 27th. Don't be late!

  • January 30 - Feburary 1

    Coffee Chats

    Invitation Only
    These are casual conversations held between applicants admitted past the written application round and 2-3 members of Launchpad. No need to stress out! We just want to get to know you better in a more intimate setting :)

  • Feburary 2

    Member Mingle

    Invitation Only
    A chance to meet all our club members in a fun setting! We'll be playing some games and have some other fun activites planned!

  • Feburary 4

    Technical Interviews

    Invitation Only
    The technical interview is meant to assess the way our applicants think and their problem solving skills. We will be sending your resources and helpful tips beforehand!


What is a Launchpad project and what can I get out of it?

Launchpad offers both student-led and client (depending of the semester) projects that rotate on a semesterly basis. Each project is led by an experienced project leader who will teach you more project-specific skills needed to work on the project you are assigned to for the semester. You can check out some of our past projects here!

What are the commitments of a Launchpad member?

New members in Launchpad are expected to commit 6-8 hours a week working on one of the semesterly projects. We also have mandatory general meetings every Wednesday 8-10 pm (day/time subject to change). But otherwise, it's all about the community and social events :)

How much machine learning experience do I need to apply?

None at all! Part of Launchpad's goal is to teach you all the skills you need from the ground up. We'll start with basic topics like linear regression and work our way up to more advanced concepts like reinforcement learning as the semester progresses.

Other Questions?

Contact Us

If you have any general questions or concerns, feel free to shoot us an email at team AT callaunchpad DOT org!

Interest Form

Want updates about our recruiting deadlines and events this semester? Fill out this form here! We will also be sending updates about future Launchpad events like professional talks and final showcase through this mailing list.

Join Our Discord

Join our recruitment Discord server to chat with members and ask any questions you have about Launchpad! Discord Link