In this month's newsletter, a whole new look, coming events in
the Oxfordshire area, overseas BCS and lots more.
Oxfordshire Branch Meeting
McKenna CSP MBCS CITP
Oxfordshire will have Iain McKenna giving a
presentation subtitled "The Prince of Scrum" on the
15th of October at the Oxford e-Research Centre. In
his talk Iain will give us an introduction to the
real world application of agile project management
Iain will also be including a
discussion on how one could apply Scrum in a Prince
2 environment. You do not need to be a project
manager to benefit from this presentation as Agile
Practices are making inroads in a variety of
practices and professions.
As you are no doubt aware, BCS has gone through a
rebranding exercise as part of its
transformation and, as a result, the BCS
Oxfordshire website and email newsletter are also
getting a fresh coat of paint.
completed rebranding to be
published is this newsletter and hopefully it is
offers an easier to read structure than the old one.
As always, we are open to
comments on what you would like to see in this
Security: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
November 7th, Bletchley
On November 7th 2009, the ACCU will
be holding a
one day conference at Bletchley Park, home of
the legendary World War II ‘Enigma’ code breakers,
and the site at which the world’s first digital
computer went operational.
will be held in the elegant Victorian Bletchley Park
Mansion, at the centre of Bletchley Park itself,
allowing conference attendees the opportunity to
visit the exhibits on show at the National Museum of
Computing and the rest of Bletchley Park.
Park is home to a number of unique artifacts,
including the Colossus, the Bombe (including the
mock-up that featured in the film 'Enigma'),
original Enigma machines, and a Lorenz coding
machine. The Bletchley Park web site is at
http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/. The National Museum of Computing web site is
The conference is organised by the ACCU. The
ACCU is an organisation of programmers who care
about professionalism in programming and are
dedicated to raising the standard of programming.
The proceeds of the conference will go to the
Bletchley Park Trust to help with the upkeep of
Bletchley Park. Conference rates are £85 ACCU
members/ £95 non-ACCU members. The ACCU web site is
For further information contact:
Branch Meeting Programme
Our full meeting
programme for 2009/10 is on the
branch website. If you want a
PDF for printing, that is also available. We are
working on restoring the ability to automatically
add events to your calendar through links on the
Christmas Lecture Speaker Announced
We are very pleased to announce that our Christmas
speaker will be Professor Fred Piper, with a talk
entitled Cryptography: From Black Art to Popular
Science. Fred gave the BCS Turing lecture in 2004
and is recognised worldwide as an authority on the
subject of Cryptography and IT Security. More
details on this exciting talk will follow in later
Did you know that BCS members can join up
to five BCS Specialist Groups online? Just sign on
Members' secure area, and click on "Specialist Groups" in
the box headed "Manage your membership". You should
then be able to join several Specialist Groups.
Oxford Geek Nights
Oxford Geek Nights offer a chance for web developers
and designers in the local area to get together,
share their skills and talk about new ideas,
techniques and technologies. To learn more please
Did you know that you do not have to live in the UK
to attend a BCS lecture or meeting? For example, the
US chapter of BCS is going from strength to
strength. If you know if any ex-pat BCS members, be
sure to let them know.
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