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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.

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, 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 2016, 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 2016, 6:30 for 7:00pm

Bournemouth University, 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.

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