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BCS Hertfordshire Meetings

2019 - 2020

We are continually trying to put together a programme which will appeal to the widest audience, so any suggestions as to subject matter or speakers we may contact, will be gratefully received.

Guests and non-BCS members are very welcome. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings are free of charge to all attendees. If you wish to attend any meeting, please would you book your places using the booking link given in the meeting information below.

Most of our meetings are divided between two venues: the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield and Sopra Steria in Hemel Hempstead. The meeting times are the same at both of these venues: Registration and refreshments from 7:00pm and the business of meetings start at 7:30pm. Meetings generally finish at about 9:00pm. There are opportunities for networking or just having a chat with other Society members before and after the main business of the meeting.

Travelling instructions for our University of Hertfordshire venue, may be found here.

Travelling instructions for our Sopra Steria venue, may be found here.

Overseas delegates wishing to attend any of these events should note that BCS do not issue invitation letters.

Neighbouring BCS branches may also have events of interest to members. Details of these events may be found on their branch websites. For links, see below:

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Thursday 16 January 2020

7.30pm. in Room B154 in Main Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

5G and The Future Mobile Network

Tom Curry, Principal Architect, Mobile Infrastructure, BT

5G has been in the news a lot recently, but what is it all about? Do we need another "G" (Generation) of mobile technology? Is it safe? Is it true that 5G will enable Augmented Reality, Remote Surgery, Factory Automation and Self-Driving Cars? What is the engineering and commercial reality behind current UK deployments of 5G and what can we expect in the future?

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Wednesday 19 February 2020

7.30pm. at the offices of Sopra Steria, Three Cherry Trees Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7AH

Developing a release management tool for Salesforce

Dr Ben Roberts, Software Engineer, Gearset

Salesforce is a well known cloud computing service as a software (SaaS) company. Its customer relationship management (CRM) software has become the class leader and its customer base includes many household names including Amazon, Toyota and Vodafone.

Our speaker tonight is from a Cambridge based company which has developed a Salesforce release management tool to ensure deployments succeed first time.

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Saturday 7 March 2020

11:00am to 4:00pm at the New Chapman Lounge, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

.helloworld@Herts Computing Fair and Fun Day

Join BCS Herts in association with the University of Hertfordshire for the third annual .helloworld@Herts Computing Fair.

Experience hands on a range of classic computing devices and other interesting, fun and educational stalls and exhibits suitable for all ages, experience levels and interests.

Experiment with building and programming robots or try your hand at our mini hacking competition (a 'Jeopardy' style Capture the Flag). Have fun solving puzzles of a various difficultly levels whether you are experienced or a total novice.

The New Chapman Lounge is the large room adjoining the foyer at the UH Main Reception - identified in red on the Find Us page.

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Tuesday 07 April 2020

7.30pm. at the Lindop Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

Ethics and Risks of Social Media

Penny Jukanoid, Ethics Specialist Group

Social Media is arguably the most successful application (in its various forms) of the Internet in terms of uptake, despite significant reputational damage and negative news reports of unethical use and the risks associated with using it. Even those not using social media may have a presence, by implication, for example in photos or mentioned in posts. Ethics is concerned with what is 'good' - although what the 'good' is notoriously ambiguous - typical ethical principles refer to honesty and integrity ('virtuous' attributes), and behaviour towards others (respect, equality, don't harm). All of these are evident in social media, both in their positive and negative forms. This presentation provides an overview of the ethics, and risks, from this popular form of communication - and the challenges to regulation and societal norms.

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Tuesday 12 May 2020

7.30pm. at the Lindop Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

An evening with Stephan Barnard

Stephan Barnard, UAV Specialist, Noble Touch Limited

Attendees will be given (to keep) a kit computer which they can build during the talk. Following on from previously successful talks, we are repeating this event with a new kit, specifically designed for this talk. We aim to make the event appealing for those that have never attended one of these events, as well as ensuring our regular attendees find the new event fresh and compelling. The new kit aims to explore audio using as a very capable micro-controller. The kit contains electronic components such as sensors, switches, LEDs, a prototyping breadboard. The included micro-controller is used by professionals and amateurs for a vast range of projects such as robotics, music and art projects.

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Sunday 21 June 2020

12:00 - 17:00 a Visit to Bletchley Park

Join us for an afternoon visit to Bletchley Park, the historic site of secret British code breaking activities during WWII. The site has changed quite dramatically over the last few years and includes a new visitor centre, a museum in Block B, the National Radio Centre as well as the mansion and codebreaking huts. See https://bletchleypark.org.uk for more information. Although this is member-only event, each member may bring a guest. Members £5, guests £5.

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Thursday 17 September 2020

7.00pm. at the Studio 434 Classic Car Museum

AGM followed by a guided tour of the museum

Created and owned by successful businessman Rodger Dudding. The Studio 434 Classic Car Collection is now one of the most extensive, privately owned classic vehicle collections in the UK. Join BCS Hertfordshire for our AGM, followed by a guided tour of the Studio 434 collection and have your chance to see (and sit in) some of the world's most legendary cars.

Booking is required to attend this event. Museum entrance is £5 for both members and non-members (non-members may not participate in the AGM).

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