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Past Events - 2015

The Ordnance Survey Digital Transformation

Thu 10th Dec, 7:00 for 7:30pm

RNLI Lifeboat College, Waterfront Suite

As this is our Christmas event we are providing a free buffet and refreshments.

This presentation will discuss the digital transformation currently taking place at Britain's national mapping agency. A geospatial world leader that is upgrading its business for the digital era through the use of bleeding-edge Software Engineering practices and customer driven development whilst powering the geospatial industry through location based data.

Undertaking the Digital Transformation using a lean customer development approach, Agile Software Engineering has played a key role in enabling a significant cultural change. Collaboration and customer data is now valued above process. Productivity in the development team has increased resulting in faster customer delivery, lower engineering and customer costs, better customer prioritisation and higher product and service quality across B2C, B2B and B2G markets.

More information is available here.

Open Source Engine Management System Testing and Adjusting

Thu 19th Nov, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Other location, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre

Mark Elkins a founding member and immediate past Chair of the Open Source SG (OSSG) will give a talk as an Open Source and Car mechanics enthusiast by way of bringing these two topics together for car diagnostic (fault finding) purposes.

His talk will also include coverage of the situation regarding recently reported issues with VW diesels as well as performance data generally involving modern motor cars.

Some car diagnostic equipment will be available for inspection on the night including some that connects a mobile phone or a laptop to a car's diagnostic port using open source software plus some examples of propreitory equipment.

There will be plenty of opportunity for Questions and Answers so please feel free to bring some of your car related issues along for general discussion.

More information is available here.

Applied Computing Research - Postponed

Wed 14th Oct, 7:00 for 7:30pm

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

Event postponed until later in the month - A new date will be confirmed soon


Come and update your knowledge of the latest research going on in Bournemouth University's Computing Department. The Department has a growing reputation for all it does. Its graduates are so highly sought after, that three of the biggest computing companies in the world have fewer recruitment stages them than for those from other universities. It has prestige researchers from the UK, Europe and Asia. Its research standing has risen fast over the last 15 years. Its research scored well in the 2014 national research evaluation, and is heading for a super outcome in the next one in 2020.

More information is available here.

AGM followed by Windows 10: Everything you need to know talk

Wed 16th Sep, 7:00 for 7:30pm

RNLI Lifeboat College, Waterfront Suite

The Annual General Meeting (AGM)

You can hear about what has been happening in Dorset branch since the 2014 AGM. It's also an excellent opportunity to help shape the direction of the branch for the coming year. There will be elections for the branch committee and an opportunity for questions and discussion. Note as with the rest of the evening it is open to both BCS members and non-members. As always this event is free of charge.

In our usual format, the evening will include a buffet and will end with a talk from Mike Halsey on Windows 10.

More information is available here.

Cyber Defence - Vulnerability Risk Assessments

Wed 24th Jun, 6:30 for 7:00pm

Other location,

This is a joint event with the BCS Wiltshire Branch


Dstl led Cyber defence work has been assisting the MOD and other government departments to understand the cyber risks to ships, aircraft, ports, downstream oil, and other defence vehicles and critical national infrastructure. Vulnerability assessments of several capabilities have provided a deeper understanding of the modern cyber threat and have been widely briefed to the National Security Council Officials and senior command staff. This has been instrumental in supporting the UK strategic aim to 'mainstream cyber' by, for example, influencing an increased consideration for potential cyber effects in more traditional vehicle training activities.

Ongoing work in this area continues to be led by Dstl in the short term. However, this is being transitioned to the Front Line Commands and lead Government Departments over the next two years; with additional plans in place to increase support from industry suppliers.

Neil will present the approach applied to perform the cyber defence vulnerability assessments to date and how this is likely to evolve in the coming months, including some of the tools, techniques and pitfalls.

Numbers are limited and places are not be guaranteed but will be confirmed by email. PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP WITHOUT PRIOR CONFIRMATION THAT YOU HAVE A PLACE ALLOCATED.

More information is available here.

BCS App-a-thon - Guinness World Records Challenge

Sat 13th Jun, 10:00 for 10:30am

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Poole House

Participants must arrive by 10.00am because we blow the whistle at 10:30 and if they are not in the room they can't be counted for the record.


Design your own Android App on 13th June 2015, and take it home to show your friends and family!

The BCS will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people learning to write Android smartphone applications at the same time and you can be part of it!

Individuals and families with children over the age of 10 (or possibly a very IT-savvy younger child) are welcome to come and learn how to build Android apps using MIT AppInventor, which is a free, web-based system for creating simple apps using drag-and-drop coding techniques.

More information is available here.

Fighting Cybercrime in Dorset with Dorset Police, Bournemouth University and You

Wed 27th May, 7:00 for 7:30pm

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


Dorset Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner have launched a new cybercrime prevention campaign. The campaign, named CyberSafe, will focus on financial based crime, child online safety, social networking safety and online fraud and property crime. The campaign will run over the next 12 months and link into the national campaign 'Get Safe Online'.

To tackle this growing phenomenon Dorset Police has created a Cybercrime Unit which is focused on ensuring that the Force provides a quality response to all forms of online crime in our communities. The threat from cybercrime is a rapidly growing problem for policing and is a priority here in Dorset and nationally.

Bournemouth University's Cyber Security Unit (BUCSU) has joined Dorset Police in supporting this awareness campaign. In addition it is offering much need courses in forensic computing and security with a view to providing the skilled individuals desperately needed in the UK cybercrime arena. Additionally BUCSU will be working with Dorset Police to see how its students can assist the police in tackling cybercrime.

Finally BCS in conjunction with Get Safe Online has launched its own initiative Cyber to the Citizen and is calling on its members to link volunteers with their local communities to help educate people about the importance of keeping themselves safe online.

The first talk will be given by DCI Pete Little who will talk about CyberSafe and the Dorset Police Cybercrime Unit. Dr Christopher Richardson will then talk about the courses offered at the university and how they can assist the police. Finally Peter Davidson will talk about Cyber to the Citizen, which hopefully will attract some more Ambassadors from our members to spread the awareness campaign throughout Dorset.

More information is available here.

A practical guide to Cloud adoption

Wed 25th Mar, 7:00 for 7:30pm

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


This talk provides a business focused overview of the Cloud - what it is, why you should care, and how to get started. Cloud computing offers massive opportunities to increase business agility, reduce costs and gain competitive advantage. Adoption is not without its challenges however, and starting off with the right approach is vital. This talk will include real-world case studies, practical advice and inspiration for how to exploit Cloud technologies in your own business.

Presentation will be followed by an interactive QA session.

More information is available here.

Who's Stalking You?

Wed 25th Feb, 7:00 for 7:30pm

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


The risks from Tweeting and Social Media, from a potential stalker using free open source software! Genuine case studies will be discussed.

The aim of this work was to determine how much information could be obtained about an individual using only social networking sites and a number of freely available tools. The results were: home address, pictures of the individual, their friends and family, and most worrying of all, their routine daily movements. Most teenagers have a "profile" on a number of social networking sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, and use them without realizing how much they are revealing about themselves.

More information is available here.

Balancing Technical Debt and Clean Code and Open Data Talks

Wed 28th Jan, 7:00 for 7:30pm

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


Balancing Technical Debt and Clean Code

Balancing technical debt and getting things done is one of the hardest problems we have. When should we write beautiful, elegant, clean code and when should we just hammer away blindly at the keyboard until it's done? This talk goes in to why this balance is so difficult and covers everything from estimations to refactoring and testing, with a focus on real world web apps.

Open Data

By opening up data, governments increase transparency and create the opportunity for others to leverage it to solve problems through new applications and services. Tom and Jon will talk about how the south coast is getting behind and engaging with open data, and the work they've been doing to enable anyone to access it.

More information is available here.

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