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Past Events - 2014

Ethical Hacking (All the way in)

Wed 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.

Synopsis

Over the past twenty years, Pete Wood and his team have conducted numerous penetration tests for some of the largest organisations in the world.

No matter how much organisations spend on security products, they are still vulnerable to targeted attacks. Why does this happen? It's because most organisations don't know how to look for real-world vulnerabilities. It's time we learned how to build our defences using our imagination as well as technology; to examine and test our systems, buildings and people as though we were a criminal, not the developer or the architect. Criminals use technical, physical and human attacks to achieve their goals - unless we understand these attacks we will continue to be the victim. This presentation will show you how Pete and his team conduct real attacks that invariably succeed and offer ideas for defending against them effectively. Be prepared to laugh, cry and perhaps learn something!

More information is available here.

Confessions of a not-so-expert witness

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

Bournemouth University, Barnes Lecture Theatre

Synopsis

Colin Pearson will be presenting "Confessions of a not-so-expert Witness" - unusual but light hearted reflections on 25 years as an Expert Witness covering both criminal cases (including Fraud, Murder and Terrorism) as well as commercial cases, not just computer contracts, employee misuse but also divorce and landlord / tenant issues!

Many of these smaller cases are far from the traditional image presented in the press or on TV. He will share some of his war stories. The topics will be jargon-free and non-technical but of interest to both lawyers and computing practitioners.

More information is available here.

Beyond CGI - Coming to a Screen Near You Soon!

Wed 29th Oct, 6:30 for 7:00pm

Other location,

This is a joint event with the BCS Wiltshire Branch

Synopsis

Enormous resource is required to integrate Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) seamlessly with reality in cinematic presentations and make it believable to the eye. Even with 3-D films just becoming accepted, there are considerable developments to enhance the cinematic experience to 4-D with complimentary sensory stimulations being delivered synchronously. Andrew will draw on his wealth of experience in the film and media industry to present a historical overview of CGI before discussing this technological evolution coming to a screen near you soon including the next stage in home entertainment - 3D without the glasses!

An event for all those with an interest in IT and the media.

The event is free and open to non-BCS members. Light refreshments will be provided.

More information is available here.

Business analysis in an agile age

Wed 22nd Oct, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Barnes Lecture Theatre

Synopsis

In recent years, agile approaches to systems development have rapidly gained ground against more traditional, plan driven, approaches. The familiar business analysis roles are being questioned; some even argue that the need for the role, at least in its traditional form, is being made redundant because of alternative possibilities offered by agile.

This presentation argues that business analysis and business analysts will continue to have important roles supporting and being integrated with the agile and architecture communities helping organisations to maximise the value of investments in software projects and to achieve business agility.

More information is available here.

AGM followed by Computer Animation on a Raspberry Pi talk

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

RNLI Lifeboat College, Room 4

The Annual General Meeting (AGM)

You can hear about what has been happening in Dorset branch since the 2013 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 presentation from Jon Macey.

Computer Animation on a Raspberry Pi

Jon Macey will be talking about Computer Animation on a Raspberry Pi...

More information is available here.

3D Printing

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

Bournemouth University, Barnes Lecture Theatre

Synopsis

3D printing is the current buzz phrase of the world's media. It is hailed as a revolutionary leap forward in manufacturing, praised for its seemingly endless application and demonised for the opportunities it offers to criminals.

Can you really print a bicycle? Will we all be living in printed houses? And will our streets be awash with printed guns? This presentation will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about this modern day Pandora's Box: how it works, how we can make best use of it, and the truth behind the media myths.

Following the talk there will be the opportunity to tour Bournemouth University's Rapid Prototyping facilities.

More information is available here.

Accessibility and User Experience (UX) in the 21st century digital world

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

Bournemouth University, Barnes Lecture Theatre

Synopsis

"Accessibility" has historically referred to design for people with disabilities and a minor consideration during UX evaluation.

In today's 21st century digital world, with the rapid increase of adaptive technology (e.g. screen readers) and web-enabled devices (e.g. mobile phones and tablets); there is an increased focus on the growing number of disabled and older web users; and wider web reach in areas with high incidence of low literacy, low bandwidth, older technology, etc.

This means "Accessibility" is now a major part of UX.

This session will provide an overview of accessibility as it relates to UX, highlight the benefits of accessibility and demonstrate some adaptive technology.

More information is available here.

How to Design the Internet of Things

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

Bournemouth University, Cobham Lecture Theatre

Synopsis

The emerging Internet of Things faces complex challenges. If devices from different manufacturers can't talk to each other, the Internet of Things is nothing more than a series of islands of connectivity. This talk explains the problems facing the industry and the different approaches currently being taken. It explains the novel approach TransFabric has taken with its Smart technology to create a simple to implement yet naturally evolving IoT device interoperability platform.

There will be some entertaining Internet of Things device demonstrations too!

More information is available here.

Agile in Harsh Environments

Wed 26th Mar, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Barnes Lecture Theatre

Synopsis

The presenter attending meeting 26th March 2014 will be Richard Lindsay who will be accompanied by Michael Short COO.

Richard has decided to present "Agile in Harsh Environments" which is based on a blog written by Richard based on his experience in FASTNET RACE 2013

Agile in Harsh Environments

"The forecast was for Beaufort 6, the rain is lashing against the mast, the beaufort scale is hovering around 11 and the main sail is down and you've lost the foresail," 15 sailors died, five boats sank, and at least 75 boats flipped upside down. This is what really happened in the 1979 Fastnet. If you believe that all the planning in the world for a Force 6 would have been useful in a force 11, then it isn't.

More information is available here.

Configuration and IT Asset Management

Wed 26th Feb, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Bournemouth University, Barnes Lecture Theatre

Synopsis

Configuration and IT Asset Management

These two related disciplines are often conflicted and misunderstood in many organizations.

In this session the Configuration Management Specialist group will explore the similarities and differences in emphasis between the 2 disciplines.

The session will provide an interesting introduction to the area as well as describing ways in which they can be brought together.

This will be of interest to all IT professionals who wish to broaden their understanding of this aspect of the industry.

More information is available here.

The real reason that projects fail and how to fix it - An Introduction to Critical Chain Project Management

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

Bournemouth University, Barnes Lecture Theatre

Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) delivers increased project, programme and portfolio performance by improvements in planning, scheduling, execution and monitoring. This is achieved by replacing specific time-wasting and inefficient processes and practices, endemic in 'traditional' project management methods, with effective, efficient (and entirely logical) changed elements. Each changed elements confers a 'local' improvement but the power and effectiveness of CCPM really comes from the collective effect of all of the changes - each changed part enables other parts to operate more effectively and provides a greatly increased overall efficiency and powers momentum in projects, programmes and portfolios...

More information is available here.

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