If you are a technology student and want to ensure you are plugged in to a global network of technology experts, do look at joining the IEEE. They have a special offer on at the moment where you get a whole year’s membership for half price. ($16 USD which is just under £10.00).
The IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. The benefits of student membership are explained here: http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/benefits/index.html
You may also want to read their What’s new for students newsletter: http://www.ieee.org/ns/mganet/mbb/July_2013_WNFS.html
To join, start here: http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/join/index.html