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Hertfordshire Branch Meetings

2018 - 2019

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:

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Friday 14 December 2018

7.30pm. at the Style Bar, The Forum, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

Quiz Evening

The BCS Herts committee is throwing a quiz evening at the University of Hertfordshire’s Style Bar. Join our free Computer Science themed quiz and test your knowledge against our fun set of questions. Whether you are an IT novice or a veteran programmer, there will be questions you can get in involved with. If you are interested in testing out your Computer Science knowledge or just want to have a good time and socialise, come and join in as an individual and meet like-minded people or bring your own team. The event will conclude with a prize for the lucky winners. Christmas jumpers are optional, but brains are required!

If you wish to attend this meeting, please would you book your places using this booking link.

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Tuesday 15 January 2019

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

The Internet of Things – Everything you’ve ever wanted to know and a few things you didn’t

Andrew Yeoman, CEO, Concirrus

With everything from cars to fridges, TVs to trains, buildings and roads connecting to the internet it’s estimated that there will be 25 billion IoT devices by 2020. Each of these devices is measuring some element of the physical environment and giving us data and insight into the world around us. What is driving this growth though and where does it end? What are we going to do with this data and how do we keep it secure? In this talk we’ll explore some of the key dynamics driving this including cheap sensors, ubiquitous and free comms and unlimited computing power.

We’ll also explore some of the implications of the market and explain the odd connection between your fridge, Coronation Street, and a power station in Wales.

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Thursday 7 February 2019

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

GDPR: 9 Months On

Ian Fish, Chair, BCS Information Security Specialist Group

In May 2017 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced by the UK Government to much hype. Its aim was to protect the public from unauthorised and possibly illegal use of personal data by organisations but was met with wide confusion.

In this talk Ian Fish, Chair of the BCS Information Security Specialist Group, will critically review the impact of GDPR, identifying what has gone right, what has not gone as planned and what needs to be done to make it work as originally intended. GDPR affects us all so this is an excellent opportunity to find out the truth and become better informed about this important subject.

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Saturday 9 March 2019

11:00am to 4:00pm at the New Chapman Lounge, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

.helloworld Hertfordshire Hackathon

Join BCS Herts in association with the University of Hertfordshire for the Hertfordshire Hackathon.

Join us for the day or just pop in to learn, socialise and have fun. Whatever your skill level or background, get involved in a high focus, hands-on real-world challenge; design, code and collaborate on the Hackathon Challenge and you and your team could win a prize. Prizes and Challenges will be available to suit different interests, experience levels and abilities, with prizes being awarded across a range of categories (not just programming). If you are interested in exercising your problem-solving, design or programming skills, or if you just want to watch. Come and share your Saturday at our family friendly event.

The New Chapman Lounge is the large room adjoining the foyer at the UH Main Reception - identified in red on the Find Us page.

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Wednesday 13 March 2019

7.30pm. at BSI, Kitemark House, Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4SQ

An Introduction to the role of BSI and Standards in IT

Thomas Harrison (Engagement Manager) and Emma Quigley (Sector Proposition Manager, IT), BSI

Come visit the British Standards Institution’s global centre of testing excellence to learn about how Standards affect and improve the business resilience of the UK. Founded over 115 years ago and the world’s first National Standards Body, BSI is responsible for the creation and publication of some of the world’s most commonly used business standards.

Learn first-hand about how Standards are formed and used to improve and strengthen areas such as cyber security, IT performance and the Internet of Things. Also learn how Standards will continue to play an important part in international co-operation in the post-Brexit landscape.

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Tuesday 9 April 2019

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

Improving Strategic Management with Dynamic Business Models

Kim Warren, Strategy Dynamics

The availability of quality data from IT systems has improved strategic decision-making but organisations should now aim for more: the continual, holistic steering of all policies and decisions across all functions at all times. This has not been possible until now, as it requires a working quantified simulation of the entire enterprise, itself requiring rigorous principles on which such Dynamic Business Models can be built and the ready availability of accurate corporate data to populate the models.

In his lecture Kim Warren will demonstrate how this challenge can be met using real world examples which show the power and business value of the models.

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Wednesday 15 May 2019

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

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle: Drones for civilian and humanitarian needs

Stephan Barnard, Product Developer and UAV entrepreneur

Aimed at providing a quick and practical guide to starting your own Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) project, this interactive talk will focus on opportunities, issues and safety in civilian UAV projects - including local examples of what can go wrong and how forensic analysis can be used to show how a small mistake can lead to potential disaster. You will hear how civilian UAVs save lives, protect wildlife, and are being used to improve agriculture across the world as well as in Hertfordshire, where significant agricultural UAV research is being performed.

You are encouraged to come to interact, to ask questions and discuss your aspirations and ideas for the future of UAVs.

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Wednesday 12 June 2019

6.30pm. at Unit 18, Boxted Farm, Berkhamstead Rd, Potton End, HP1 2SG

Visit to Mad Squirrel Brewery

Mad Squirrel Brewery has won multiple awards at local, regional and national level. This visit consists of a 45 minute in depth tour covering process to finished product by a qualified beer tour guide, a tutored tasting in the tap room (6x 1/3 Pint of Mad Squirrel Beer), and an artisan pizza from hand-made dough baked with local fresh ingredients. Free to members and £25 for non-members.

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Wednesday 18 September 2019

7.00pm. at Verulamium Museum, St. Michael's Street, St. Albans, AL3 4SW

AGM followed by: Visit to Verulamium Museum

Containing a wide variety of Roman artefacts excavated from the site of the town of Verulamium, the Verulamium Museum is considered one of the best museums of Roman history in the country. The AGM will be followed by an opportunity to explore Verulamium Museum with BCS Herts after hours. Discover how one of the largest towns in Roman Britain, situated next to the River Ver all but disappeared beneath the earth. Explore how our ancestors lived and how modern technology and conservation is bringing the ancient city back to life. Booking is required to attend this event. Museum entrance is free for members and TBC for non-members.

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