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BCS Hertfordshire Meetings

Programme
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:

Bedford - Berkshire - South London - Oxfordshire - North London - West London


Wednesday 19 February 2020

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

A release management tool for Salesforce – Gearset

Dr Ben Roberts, Software Engineer, Gearset

Gearset is a start-up based in the Cambridge Science Park. This talk will show how some early pragmatic development choices allowed Gearset to grow rapidly, as well as how it continued to innovate and improve the product whilst still seamlessly releasing updates multiple times a day to all of its users. Using a real-life example Ben will explain how major changes can be made behind the scenes to support the expansion of Gearset whilst in most cases completely eliminating any downtime for their customers.

After completing his undergraduate degree and PhD in Computer Science at Churchill College, Cambridge, Ben moved into commercial software development. Initially with an engineering company, he recently joined Gearset as a Software Engineer and is currently working on rearchitecting some of the underlying infrastructure that the product relies on.

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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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