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Past events - 2009

The Art of Productive Laziness

Tue 8th Dec 2009, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Wessex Hotel, Bryanston Suite

'Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.' Robert Heinlein.

Learn about the art of productive laziness with The Lazy Project Manager; understanding what is meant by the 'productive lazy' approach to Projects, and life, and learn how to apply these lessons ‘to be twice as productive and still leave the office early'.

The session will cover the definition of productive laziness, the science behind the theory (yes there really is some), and will share some personal learning experiences that led to the creation of 'The Lazy Project Manager'.

More information is available here.

ISEB Exams

Wed 18th Nov 2009, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Wessex Hotel, Purbeck Suite

The ISEB run a large number of professional qualifications in a wide range of areas. They are split into four main areas each sub-divided into two sectors. This talk will look at the overall structure and then take a more detailed look at the security sector where the exams Andy helps to manage lie.

Andy will look at the principles behind the three security exams, their structures and then discuss what the examiner is looking for in each of the exams. There will be ample time for questions at the end.

More information is available here.

The basics of Creating and Running a Website (Public Event)

Thu 22nd Oct 2009, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Wessex Hotel, Purbeck Suite

So you want to create a website? You run a small business, or perhaps a club, or perhaps you want to create a website about one of your hobbies? But do you know how to get started? Perhaps you already have a website, but you're not really getting the results you're looking for?

In this presentation, Dan will cover the basics of creating a website from scratch using tools and packages on the web. Most of these tools are free, and a handful require a little money. All kinds of websites are covered, including blogs, shops, discussion boards and general websites (such as one about a society or business).

Getting links to your website is the bread-and-butter of growing a website. Dan will give you the do's and don'ts of link building, as well as tips on tracking your visitors and getting into the search engines. Don't worry if you've never created a website or you have no website development skills. Most of the tools available will handle the technical stuff for you anyway, meaning you can focus on creating your website and making it a success.

If you have any burning questions about creating a website, there's also a dedicated question and answer session where Dan will answer those queries.

More information is available here.

A VOIP Update

Wed 21st Oct 2009, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Allsebrook Lecture Theatre

Voice over IP is now mainstream. UK Small business uses over 350,000 seats of hosted IP Telephony (Illume Consulting, June 09) and the penetration in the enterprise & carrier markets is much more significant. But there are still loads of challenges, rtp audio over IP can still be difficult to transmit reliably, and now, we're going mobile, onto wifi, 3g and soon lte? Similarly, no one wants a desk phone any more – it's all about the single mobile handset. But does that work? How does it work and who has got what working? So, can we converge the services? Will it all unify? Or should my secretary call yours?

More information is available here.

Web Standards, the Future of the Internet & Mobile Internet

Thu 28th May 2009, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Cobham Lecture Theatre

Synopsis of presentation

For this presentation, Bruce Lawson will speak about a range of topics relating to Web Standards. This will include a discussion of the past, present and future of Web Standards, beginning with the development of the original HTML and CSS specs and ending with the ongoing development of modern standards including HTML5 and CSS3. In addition, Bruce will also explore the importance of standards based web development in terms of accessibility and cross device rendering, particularly important given the ballooning use of mobile devices to access the Internet.

Opera started in 1994 as a research project inside Norway's largest telecom company, Telenor. Within a year, it branched out into an independent development company named Opera Software ASA.

Today, Opera Software develops the Opera Web browser, a high-quality, multi-platform product for a wide range of platforms, operating systems and embedded Internet products including Mac, PC and Linux computers, mobile phones and PDAs, game consoles, and other devices like the Nintendo Wii, DS, Sony Mylo, and more.

Speaker - Bruce Lawson, Web Evangelist with Opera Software

Bruce Lawson describes himself on his website as :

I'm a married, 40-something year old guy, living in Birmingham U.K. I've a first-class degree in English literature, a career in education and setting up the computer book publishing house "glasshaus" behind me. I'm a member of the Web Standards Project's Accessibility Task Force. That doesn't mean I'm a guru or great theoretician or designer, just that I'm a jobbing web developer with a firm belief that the web is a revolutionary communication mechanism and should be available to all.

Since June 2008, I've been working for Opera, evangelising open web standards as part of their Developer Relations team.

More information is available here.

Job Night

Thu 19th Mar 2009, 6:30 for 7:00pm

Connaught Hotel, Franklyn Suite

Job night was run by the branch on response to the increasing unemployment the area had been experiencing. It was designed to help IT professionals to network, get useful information on making themselves more employable, find job opportunities etc.

Over 90 people attended and the event was one of the most popular events in the branches history.

The programme of the evening was:
  • 6:30pm - Informal look around and chat session
  • 7:15pm - Brief Presentations followed by a little discussion
    • Introduction - Mr Alan Pollard, BCS President
    • The IT Employment Market - Mrs Alexandra Farrell, Director, The IT Job Board
    • IT Career Pathways - Mr Stuart Cobb, J P Morgan
    • Experience v Certification - Mr P Bradley, SPOCE & Mr J Hamilton-Adams, HABS Ltd
  • 8:00pm Buffet (free) and cash bar, chat, breakout sessions etc

For more information you can download an analysis of a survey of attendees views on the event . You can also download the original promotional poster for the event which contains the programme and format of the event.

More information is available here.

Recognising your own excellence

Tue 20th Jan 2009, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Coyne Lecture Theatre

The importance of Certified Personal Development is key to career progression especially in the changing world of IT today, so this presentation will explore methods of understanding how to understand you current role, look at what is available to progress and then what is available to assist you in getting the right skills and development to get you where you want to be.

More information is available here.

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