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[Event Summary] AGM and The Changing Face of Payments

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We started the evening with the formalities of the Annual General Meeting agenda items. Details of which will be provided on this website.

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After completing the activities of the AGM we were presented with a thought provoking view on the way payments are changing. Tim’s presentation generated considerable discussion and we ultimately ran out of time before we ran out of questions.

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Tim has kindly provided a copy of his presentation which can be downloaded below.

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Oxford Brookes Student Prizes 2014

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From left to right.  Dr Tom Shannon, keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony, and our speaker on 12 February 2015, Paul Oliver, Sheila Lloyd Lyons vice chair BCS Oxfordshire Branch, Dr Nigel Crook, Head of the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies

 The best final Year Project in a computing subject (£150 prize plus certificate)

Student Name PAUL OLIVER

Course Title:  BSc Mobile Computing

Prize Title:  BCS Prize for the Best Final Year Project

University Name:  Oxford Brookes University (Department of Computing and Communication Technologies)

Paul`s project title is “’A is for Android’, an interactive learning application for early learning ”.

Paul one the prize for the best first year student in 2012

 

The best results by a First Year student in a computing subject

(Student membership plus certificate)

Student Name: AARON DANIEL STILLWELL

Course Title:  BSc Computer Science

Prize Title:  BCS Prize for the Best Results by a First Year Student

University Name:  Oxford Brookes University ((Department of Computing and Communication Technologies)

 

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From left to right.  Dr Tom Shannon, keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony, and our speaker on 12 February 2015, Mrs Oliver and children, Paul Oliver, Sheila Lloyd Lyons vice chair BCS Oxfordshire Branch, Dr Nigel Crook, Head of the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies, Peter Marshall, Programme lead for Undergraduate programmes in Computing and Communication Technologies, David Lightfoot, Senior Lecturer in Computing. 

[Event Summary] Artie the Robothespian

More information to follow but there is information about the related courses being awarded initial accreditation by British Computer Society (BCS) at http://cct.brookes.ac.uk/news/items/161014-cct-courses-bcs-accreditation.html. There is a short description of our BCS visit as well.

[Event Summary] Social Media: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Josh Cowls Social Media

Josh Cowls, a researcher from the Oxford Internet Institute looked at the pros and cons of social media, and some of the challenges associated with the technology, from a non-technical perspective.

If you believe the hype, it has brought down dictators, rescued thousands in natural disasters, and even solved crimes. However although there have been revolutionary impacts in many, there is reason for caution.

The internet is an information AND communications technology, and social media platforms are just the latest technology to exploit this infrastructure.  The technology is neutral, and does not discriminate. However it provides a good way of collecting and diffusing information; for example aiding in emergency situations. Used in this way it can be extremely positive.

However where information is more mediated, human frailties can be amplified in an anti-social way, and inequalities can replicate. The examples of Internet trolls, and teh “dark net” are examples where the more negative sides of human nature can amplified by the capabilities of social media.

It is also possible to use social media to measure public opinion, particularly as the cost of data acquisition does not scale as the number of participants. However there are still issues to resolve, such as representativeness, reliability of results, and replicability. For example the density of tweets during Hurricane Sandy did not represent the areas hardest hit.

Therefore like all new technologies we must use it well, and as a force for good, while recognising there is also converse opportunities.

In summary:

1. For the collection and diffusion of information, social media can be a revolutionary social good

2. However when information is more mediated

1. we can be very anti-social

2. offline hierarchies and inequalities replicate

3. behaviour is harder to measure

3. data remains hugely powerful, for those who have it

Chair’s Letter 2013-14

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[Event Summary] Essentials of Online Marketing

A video was made of Jayne Reddyhoff’s talk on Essentials of Online Marketing. We are pleased to now be able to present this to you.

[Event Summary] Lotus F1 Factory Tour

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Tony Cox of Lotus F1 gave a small group of people a very privileged and personalized tour of the Lotus F1 factory. With an initial introduction to the history of the facilities at Enstone (which are much larger than you would think as some parts are actually underground), and the various recognizable names the cars ran under, we then moved off on a walking tour of the various parts of the complex.

Lotus F1 Showroom

Lotus F1 Showroom

While photography was not permitted in many areas for obvious reasons we were able to see people hard at work producing parts destined to be used on the cars in upcoming races. It was impressive not both on the technical complexity and detail of the parts but the dedication of the people in the factory working, it would seem, all hours of the day and night to get the parts designed, built and fitted.

Lotus F1 Car

Lotus F1 Car

At the end of the tour we were presented with a room packed full of trophies collected by the team over the years. A very impressive display highlighted with a scale model of the F1 car used for wind tunnel testing suspended vertically on a display wall.

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We would like to thank Lotus F1 for allowing us in to look around their facilities during the race season when attention, obviously, is all focused on building a race winning car.

This event was greatly over-subscribed and we are hoping to arrange another opportunity for those who applied but missed out this time. We will be in touch with those people directly when this is confirmed.

Essentials of Online Marketing

Online_Marketing

Jayne Reddyhoff, eCommerce Adviser

Are you getting the most out of your eCommerce website? This talk will include the practical use of Keywords, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Website Usability, Google AdWords and Online Reputation management.

About Jayne Reddyhoff

Jayne Reddyhoff is a business consultant specialising in online marketing. Prior to setting up The Ecommerce Adviser in 2005, Jayne worked for a number of blue chip Technology & Consultancy organisations where she gained her business knowledge.

The Ecommerce Adviser provides business focused website marketing services to ambitious Ecommerce businesses who want to increase sales and profitability.

We do that in three ways:

  • Using Google AdWords to deliver ready-to-buy visitors to Ecommerce websites.
  • Ensuring the website will convert those visitors into paying customers.
  • Monitoring website performance to determine what is working and what needs to be improved.

Jayne herself provides strategic online marketing consultancy to The Ecommerce Adviser’s larger clients.

Event Posters

Download posters and help promote this lecture at your place of work.

Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 15 May 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.

[Event Summary] Computing At Schools

[Event Summary] From Cloud Computing to Platform as a Service

London West Branch – From cave to cloud – the expanding perimeter of security

British AirwaysBritish Airways hosting London West branch event.

Speaker: Justin Harling, Managing Director CAE Technology Services
Date: Tuesday 20th May 2014
Time: Registration at 17:00
Venue: British Airways Head Office – Waterside

The emergence of Cloud is another example in a history of IT security where the scope of the threat has widened and the challenge faced by IT departments has deepened.

Topics to be covered include:

  • How threats have developed over time – what history teaches us about security
  • How existing threats are relevant in the Cloud computing age – the constant of malicious attacks and user idiocy
  • The new challenges of public and private cloud infrastructures – the importance of trust
  • Cloud based security as an opportunity – every cloud has a silver lining

For further information please visit the BCS West London Branch webpage.

 

 

[Event Summary] Computing in Schools

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[Event Summary] Medical Imaging Now and the Big Data Future

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Computing in Schools

Computing in Schools

Simon Humphreys, Coordinator Computing at School (CAS)

Simon frequently gives talks about the work of Computing At School (CAS), it’s connections to BCS and the current situation re development of a new computing curriculum in schools and how IT Professionals can get involved to support what is happening in their local schools. From September 2014 all schools (primary and secondary) that follow the National curriculum will see significant changes from the old ICT curriculum to the newly branded and redesigned Computing curriculum. This will not be easy for many as most teachers currently teaching ICT do not have a computer science background. The need for training and support is urgent. CAS are playing a lead role in the development of the curriculum and are also putting into place a training scheme for all teachers. There is a role for IT Professionals to engage with their local school and offer their own help and support to the teachers.

http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/

Simon Humphreys – Biography

sahSimon is the National Coordinator for the Computing At School working, which roughly translates to managing the day-to-day activities of the CAS group!  Simon taught music before a hearing impairment forced a change in direction and he went back to university.  Having graduated with a first-class degree he taught A Level Computing at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge. It was there that his concerns were first raised at the lack of continuity in our schools for those students wishing to engage with computer science from secondary school on.  With colleagues and friends from other schools, academia and industry he formed the Computing At School working group.  He has overseen the development of CAS from a small group of 20 to an organisation of over 9500 members.  Simon is also responsible for the development of the CAS/BC Network of Excellence for Computer Science Teaching.  In whatever spare time he has left he is writing and arranging music for the nationally regarded Cambridge Touring Theatre Company.

Event Poster

Help promote this event by downloading and posting the event poster.

Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 6 March 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.

From Cloud Computing to Platform as a Service

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Andy Piper. Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry
February 13, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This will explore how the use of cloud computing has grown. Andy has a passionate interest in Open Source, small and mobile devices, cloud, the Internet of Things, Arduino and related technologies. He is probably best known online as a “social bridgebuilder”. He was previously with IBM Software Group for more than 10 years.

Event Poster

Help promote this event by downloading and posting the event poster.

Event Information

The meeting is on Thursday 13 February 7.00 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.

It will be held at the Oxford e-Research Centre, 6 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.

Sandwiches and light refreshments are available from 7.00pm.

Meetings are open to non-members and free.