The Cambridge Computer Lab recruitment fair was a brilliant event, containing some of the most prestigious IT companies in the UK. I collected a lot of information about internships and career opportunities however a variety of companies also seemed to be distributing free promotional goods.
Black Rock Studio kindly give away a full copies of Pure on every gaming platform — no one outdid this and I wonder how this benefited them. T-shirts were the next best thing, although my branded collection may never see the light of day; conveniently, the only place where they are fashionable enough is the Computer Lab. Infosys provided an aluminium bottle that I am now using every day and Bloomberg gave out tough Rubik's cubes that only my friends can solve.
Google provided useful information on applying. They only interview on the phone and give candidates problems ranging from algorithms to general knowledge about common database implementations. They want candidates who can perform straight away. For some reason my friend and I saw the Google loot as the most valuable stash to get and we were more than happy with a Google Pad and Pen.
The Google Pad now acts as a cherishable erg log book.