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Hertfordshire Branch Meetings

Programme
2017 - 2018

We are continually trying to put together a programme which will appeal to the widest audience, so any suggestions as to subject matter or speakers we may contact, will be gratefully received.

Guests and non-BCS members are very welcome. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings are free of charge to all attendees. If you wish to attend any meeting, please would you book your places using the booking link given in the meeting information below.

Most of our meetings are divided between two venues: Sopra Steria in Hemel Hempstead and the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield. The meeting times are the same at both of these venues: Registration and refreshments from 7:00pm and the business of meetings start at 7:30pm. Meetings generally finish at about 9:00pm. There are opportunities for networking or just having a chat with other Society members before and after the main business of the meeting.

Travelling instructions for our Sopra Steria venue, may be found here.

Travelling instructions for our University of Hertfordshire venue, may be found here.

Overseas delegates wishing to attend any of these events should note that BCS do not issue invitation letters.


Neighbouring BCS branches may also have events of interest to members. Details of these events may be found on their branch websites. For links, see below:

Bedford - Berkshire - East Anglia - Essex - Guildford - South London - Oxfordshire - North London -
West London


Thursday 7 December 2017

7.30pm. Fujitsu, Cavendish Rd, Stevenage, SG1 2DY

Infrastructure as code “we are all coders now”

Nick Parlow, Fujitsu Distinguished Engineer, Fujitsu

At its simplest, Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is the separation of configuration from platform, using machine readable files to define your computing environment. Using software development practices this approach produces a repeatable, testable and easily maintained environment that can scale into the thousands of servers. There are, however, major challenges, including what to do with all those SCO boxes. Along the way we may take diversions into DevOps, Containers, serverless computing, dirty servers and what your operations department can learn from livestock farming. With luck, there will be a live demo.

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Tuesday 16 January 2018

7.30pm. at the offices of Sopra Steria, Three Cherry Trees Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7AH

Running a free and open source business for fun and profit

Dr. Jeremy Bennett, CEO, Embecosm

In this talk, Jeremy Bennett will share his experiences of running a fully open source (OS) consultancy implementing OS compilers and chip simulators for major corporations around the world. The issues covered will include:
     - business models that allow a decent profit
     - staff recruitment, training and retention
     - legal challenges, including licensing
     - the dangers of 'open washing'
     - how to manage without Microsoft Office!

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Thursday 8 February 2018

7.30pm. at the Lindop Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

Using Analytics to Extract Value from Big Data

Steve Dale, Altius UK

Advances in data capture and storage networking technologies have enabled organisations to capture huge amounts of data about their customers, products and processes. However, unless they can intelligently analyse this data to produce useful information that will help improve business decision making and performance then the data is of little value. The keys to unlocking the value in data are data science and analytics and for many organisations this is the new, must have, technology that delivers real benefits. In this lecture analytical software, together with the tools and methods used to develop it will be explored, using real world examples and demonstrations from major UK organisations.

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Saturday 10 March 2018

All day at the Lindop Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

Hertfordshire Hackathon

Join BCS Herts in association with the University of Hertfordshire for the Hertfordshire Hackathon. Come along for the day or just pop in to learn, socialise and have fun. This exciting opportunity will lets you get involved in a high focus, hands-on real-world challenge. Whatever your skill level and background; design, programme and collaborate on the Hackathon Challenge and you and your team could win a prize.

We will have a variety of Prizes and Challenges to suit different interests, experience levels and abilities, with winning solutions being rewarded across a range of categories (not just programming). If you are interested in exercising your problem-solving skills, programming ability, want to come along and share your programming and design skills with the teams, or if you just want to watch. Come and share your Saturday with our friendly group.


Thursday 19 April 2018

7.30pm. at the Lindop Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

How the UK Video Games Industry Can Advance Beyond Brexit

Dr. Richard Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, TIGA

The UK video games industry is one of our most successful creative industries. We need to ensure that the sector continues to thrive as we leave the European Union.

Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA, the trade association representing the UK video games industry, outlines the challenges facing the sector including practical policies which should be implemented to help the industry thrive and steps that we can take to make the UK a global leader in video games development, training and education.

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Tuesday 15 May 2018

6.30pm. at the St. Albans Signal Box, St. Albans, AL1 3AJ

Visit to St Albans South Signal Box

Visit the largest preserved Midland Railway signal box in the UK.

Signalling demonstrations are run on the operating floor and railway videos and a slideshow of the restoration are shown downstairs, with many signalling items on display. In the garden, there are working signals, old signs, oil lamps and other exhibits. The site is fully accessible except for the upper floor of the signal box. A video of the upstairs workings can be shown downstairs. Park at the station or in Ridgmont Road. Free to members and £10 for non-members.

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Tuesday 12 June 2018

5.00pm. at the Waterways Experiences, Kings Langley, Nash Mills HP3 9TE

Visit to Waterways Experiences

A boat trip on the Grand Union Canal with Fish and Chip Supper. The boat is operated by a registered charity without any paid employees. It aims to provide accessible canal boating for all. More information at http://wexp.org.uk. Travel from Nash Mills south on the canal to Hunton Bridge and back. Leave at 5:15pm to return at around 9:15pm. Free to members and £20 for non-members.

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Thursday 20 September 2018

7.00pm. at the offices of Sopra Steria, Three Cherry Trees Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7AH

AGM followed by: Cyber-Bullying and online safety for children

The meeting starts with the AGM. The AGM is open to all (only members may vote) and takes abour 30 minutes. We do urge you to attend so that you may participate in the election of your committee, whose main business is to organise branch meetings and represent members through the Branches Congress.

Volunteers for the committee are always welcome; if you would like to join, please get in touch with David Hubbard, our Branch Secretary.

Nominations to the positions of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer should be with the Secretary 14 days ahead of the AGM; nominations for other positions and for those without portfolio may be made at any time before the close of the elections phase of the AGM. Some of our most effective volunteers have put their hands up at the very last minute.

After our AGM, there will be a talk on "Cyber-Bullying and online safety for children".

There is an increased public awareness and media coverage of Cyber- Bullying/Stalking. It is seen as a growing problem and has led to concerns in particular for the on-line safety for children and vulnerable adults. Currently there is little academic research into the prevalence, motivations, impacts and risk assessment which will lead to effective preventions of and responses to Cyberstalking. This has led to the creation of The National Centre for Cyberstalking Research at the University of Bedfordshire. It aims to provide high quality research to help, understand and tackle the problem. The Centre is interdisciplinary in nature and draws upon the expertise of people working in different fields including technology, psychology, sociology and law. Our speaker tonight will discuss the domain issues and how the work of the Centre is addressing them.

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