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Past events

Here are the 5 most recent events, if you wish to see any older events please choose a year from the menu on the right.

International Standards - Development & Relevance

Wed 24th May 2017, 7:00 for 7:30pm

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


Do you want to join in defining of ISO standards? See how they affect your working life in Project work? This fascinating talk shows you the inner workings of these prestigious activities.

Miles Shepherd steered the first major international standard on project management through its development cycle and uses his experience to outline the role and importance of Standards. He will describe the major issues and politics of International Standards.

Miles is Chair of the British Standards Institute's Project, Portfolio and Program Committee and will describe UK's critical role in project related Standards.

More information is available here.

Making the Wi-Fi Network Fast and Secure

Wed 26th Apr 2017, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus (Poole), Marconi Lecture Theatre, Kimmeridge House (Behind Poole House).


Universities and Colleges have to address the challenge of meeting the expectations of the Wi-Fi user whilst sometimes doing so in ancient, listed buildings with solid structures, high user densities and contention from many sources of spectral interference. The Wi-Fi solution needs to be an aesthetically pleasing and flexible in its deployment, provide high signal penetration and automatically adapt to the ever-changing RF environment.

As Wi-Fi has moved to becoming the first choice of network access with multiple devices per user, the play has moved from coverage to capacity and the Wi-Fi network infrastructure must be able to cope with the high device density and traffic demands placed on it by todays rich multi-media content.

In recent years there has also been a huge shift away from establishment owned computing devices to personal device use. With many different devices types, OS's and browsers, securing access to the network edge has become a challenge. A network edge access security platform can provide simple onboarding to set-and-forget secure wired and Wi-Fi networks (eduroam or private networks), policy and device controls and comprehensive guest access functionality. Such products can also interoperate with other network security platforms such as Firewalls and Content Filters to provide edge-to-core security policies.

More information is available here.

Coding and technology workshops in public places

Wed 22nd Mar 2017, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. BH8 8EB, Room EB206


2.Times Do are a community interest company based in the south west that provides workshops and consultancy services for schools, libraries, museums and other public venues who are interested in growing their technological and digital offering. We are particularly focused on the creative side of technology and predominantly use Raspberry Pis, Arduinos and BBC Micro:bits. We have been running for one year and during this talk we will discuss how we have developed our workshops, the type of workshops we deliver and how we have adapted and grown over the past year. We will also be bringing along some of our favourite projects that we take to displays and events.

More information is available here.

Mining the Dark Web: Drugs and Fake IDs

Wed 22nd Feb 2017, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. BH8 8EB, Room EB206


Within the last few years, governmental bodies have been futilely trying to fight against dark web hosted marketplaces. Shortly after the closing of "The Silk Road" by the FBI and Europol in 2013, new successors have been established. Through the combination of cryptocurrencies and nonstandard communication protocols and tools, agents can anonymously trade in a marketplace for illegal items without leaving any record.

This talk will present research carried out to gain insights on the products and services sold within one of the larger marketplaces for drugs, fake ids and weapons on the Internet, Agora, and on new developments after the demise of Agora.

The team behind the research included Andres Baravalle, Sin Wee Lee, Germans Zaharovs (research intern) and Mauro Lopez Sanchez (final year project).

The work has been featured on the front page on The Times and on the Guardian, amongst other media.

More information is available here.

AGM followed by 2 talks

Wed 21st Sep 2016, 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.

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