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Past Events - 2016

AGM followed by 2 talks

Wed 21st Sep, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), K103 (Kimmeridge House)

The Annual General Meeting (AGM)

You can hear about what has been happening in Dorset branch since last year's 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, well in this year's case 2 talks.

  • Running a free and open source business for fun and profit
  • Encouraging the next generation: How a 16-year old got to present his silicon chip design at CERN.

More information is available here.

UK Consumer Payment Processing the last twenty years

Wed 29th Jun, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. BH8 8EB, Room EB708


In this talk Steve Marshall will talk about the major UK initiatives in Payment Processing during the last twenty years. For the majority of this time Steve held roles in Barclays and at Apacs (now UK Cards). Steve will talk about the UK's development of and move to Chip and Pin (and what it has enabled) and the rapidly growing use of Contactless and mobile transactions touching on the key elements of what is required to make initiatives become a reality.

Steve now has the opportunity to look at UK Payment Processing as an informed and interested industry bystander. He will use this talk to look at some of the wider Consumer Payment Processing implications and influences for both consumers and payment industry participants alike contemplating what the next few years is likely to herald.

More information is available here.

The Architecture of Wearable Technology

Wed 25th May, 6:30 for 7:00pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), The Shelley Lecture Theatre, Poole House

Important Note: The Shelley Lecture Theatre is inside Poole House, not the main lecture theatre area.


The rapid growth of the Wearable Technology market has made it the number one development line for many companies. However, like many new innovations, in the rush to market there is a wide range of standards and problems that will plague the market for years to come. This discussion builds upon research by K Sharp, looking at the technology and products available now and how they are developing, the architecture issues and the direction of travel required for future research.

Refreshments at 6:30pm for 7pm start Note this is earlier than our usual talk start time.

This talk has been organised in conjunction with the The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

More information is available here.

The New Strategy for BCS - Making IT Good for Society

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

Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. BH8 8EB, EB306


People are concerned about IT because it's so prevalent in society - they want to keep their children safe; they are concerned about privacy; the legal and regulatory areas have a lot of challenges ahead; some are worried about unchecked AI research.

This all goes beyond technology to societal impact, ethics and our way of life in general. BCS launched its new vision 'Making IT Good for Society' to position ourselves as a powerful force for good, and to keep this in mind with everything we do.

Carl Harris, Director of IT and Operations at BCS, comes to share this vision with the branch volunteers and members.

As Carl will explain, the new strategy consists of Three Strategic Pillars: Community, Education and Leadership, please read more about these on the BCS website at:

About the speaker - Carl Harris, Director of IT and Operations at BCS

Carl is Director of IT and Operations, a Professional Member of BCS and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). Carl has been with BCS since 1998. He started his career managing and developing the BCS website and also designed and developed the Institute's first ever online membership application system.

In 2011 Carl became Director of IT and has led a number of programmes of significant change to our infrastructure and business systems. More recently in 2015, Carl has taken additional responsibility for overseeing our Membership Operations and Customer Services functions.

More information is available here.

Innovation at Redweb

Wed 24th Feb, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Other location,

This event is fully booked. The booking link now goes to a waiting list to use should you wish to request a ticket if we have any cancellations.


John Beauchamp and David Burton from Redweb will be presenting an introduction to the way their company works and how they approach innovation.

Redweb is a highly successful, innovative, award winning digital agency based in Lansdowne, Bournemouth. They are passionately committed to exploring, nurturing and exploiting new ideas and technologies in the most creative ways.

From site builds to campaigns, in-house services and on-going support, they provide leading-edge solutions that inspire audiences to take action.

More information is available here.

The Security Dimension of the Internet of Things

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

Other location, Room EB206


The Internet of Things (IoT), and by extension the broader concept of the Internet of Everything (IoE), has been promoted as a transformational infrastructure development in the computer sciences. It promises as a concept to revolutionise how we connect systems, devices, and people. Cisco estimates the IoT will comprise over 50 billion devices by 2020 - over six times the United Nations estimate of the population of Earth for the same year.

This vision offers numerous advantages to society; but with increased connectivity comes the spectre of information security challenges and threats on a scale never witnessed before. We have never embraced such high levels of connectivity, and the implications are numerous.

In this talk Richard will characterise the Internet of Things as a concept, comparing with developments and visions in the pervasive computing field. He will describe application areas for the concept, and interpret this in the context of cyber security challenges. He will finally draw conclusions and observations about what the IoT means for the future.

More information is available here.

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