BCS Oxfordshire Branch March 2008

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March 2008

Dear Branch member,

We hope you can come to our What's Hot? event on 13 March. As a change from our normal meeting format, this will be an interactive evening with short presentations from members and an expert panel.

See below for what's involved.

This issue also contains details of our branch visit to Shrivenham in April and news about various other events which may be of interest to members.

"What's Hot?" - 13 March
What's Hot? poster

Would you like to hear people talk about their proposals for the next great thing in IT, followed by questions and comments from an expert panel? Do come along to next week's What's Hot? event and take part in the voting to decide who wins the cash prize for the best idea.

There will also be time for some micro-presentations from our distinguished expert panellists, Dr Jan Hruska, co-founder and Director of Sophos, Eileen Modral, who manages the Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION), and Jeff Barr, Senior Manager of Web Services Evangelism with Amazon.


Wednesday/Thursday 12/13 March: James Martin lecture and Film

If you couldn't get to this year's BCS/IET Turing Lecture by James Martin, you have a chance to hear him talk in Oxford on the same subject, Target Earth: The grand scale problems of the 21st century, on Wednesday 12 March.

You can see his excellent and thought-provoking film The Meaning of the 21st Century, narrated by Michael Douglas, on Thursday 13, 4pm at the Phoenix Picturehouse in Walton Street. Book your free seat online at www.21school.ox.ac.uk/news_and_events/events/200803_Film.cfm.
The film will finish in time for you to come to our What's Hot? evening afterwards.


Thursday 24 April (afternoon): Branch visit to the Defence Academy, Shrivenham
visit to the Tank Shed at the Defence Academy (courtesy of Keith Diment)

This year's branch visit is a guided tour of some of the military hardware and technology, including the Tank Shed and the Aviation Shed, on display at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham. The tour has always been one of the highlights at the prizegiving for our Oxfordshire Schools Web Competition, so we are delighted that branch members will have a chance to see it for themselves.

Places are limited - so please follow the link for more information and details of how to book.


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Coming Events etc

Oxfordshire Branch meetings are open to BCS members and non-members.
Unless otherwise stated, there is no charge and you don't have to book. For other events, check the links.

7 March: Oxford Internet Institute: Implementing Open Data: The Open Data Commons project

8 March: Science Oxford: Puzzlemania at Hands On

12 March: BCS Chelt & Gloucs: Software for Safety-Related Engineering Analysis

12 March: James Martin on Target Earth: The grand scale problems of the 21st century

13 March 4pm: free film: The Meaning of the 21st Century

13 March: BCS Oxfordshire: What's Hot? evening

15 March: Science Oxford: Puzzlemania at Hands On

17-18 March: The Royal Society "From computers to ubiquitous computing, by 2020"

18 March: BCS Berkshire: Anatomy of an Attack

19 March: BCS North London: Discovery - The Next Generation!

19 March: Oxford Internet Institute: Musicians, fans and online copyright

1 April: BCS/RSI Joint Lecture “Information and Communication Technology in the Public Sector: Transformational or Another Unaffordable Expense?”

7 April: Oxford Internet Institute & Ofcom Social Networking Conference

22 April: Oxford Geek Night #6 at the Jericho Tavern

24 April: BCS Oxfordshire: Branch visit to the Defence Academy at Shrivenham

Full Branch Programme

more Science Oxford events

BCS Events Calendar

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