BCS Oxfordshire Branch September 2008

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September 2008

Dear Branch Member,

If this is your first eBCSOxon email, I'd like to give you a very warm welcome to BCS Oxfordshire Branch. We hope you'll be able to come to our meetings, but even if time and/or distance makes it difficult for you to come along in person, welcome anyway.

You can find out more about the branch and follow our events programme on the branch website.

If you would prefer us to use a more friendly and less formal greeting line, see below for how to let us know.

Our meeting programme for 2008/9 has just been published on the branch website.

As usual, we have posted details to BCS members of the branch who live in the UK or mainland Europe. There's a pointer to a downloadable copy on our branch downloads page.

We think we have an interesting and varied programme and we hope you'll be able to come along.

Thursday 11 September: Joining up Business and IT

Our 2008/9 meeting programme kicks off with a talk from new committee member Dr James Bacon, an Independent Consultant, author and academic. James will describe the model he is building, based upon global research, for effectively joining up Business and IT.

You can read more about James in this BCS Member Case study.


BCS Oxfordshire Schools Web Competition 2009
BCS Oxfordshire Schools Web Competition 2009 logo

We have just obtained initial funding from BCS HQ to repeat our BCS Oxfordshire Schools Web Competition in 2009.

We are putting together a committee and hope to be able to launch the competition officially in October 2008.

If you have web skills and would like to help, or if your company would like to be associated with this highly popular event by providing sponsorship, do get in touch by replying to this email or using the feedback form on our website.


22-24 September: Visions of Computer Science

This month, at Imperial College, BCS is running its first international academic conference on the theme of 'Visions of Computer Science', with many award-winning speakers.


23 September: Tracking the Internet into the 21st Century

If you can't make it to London to hear Vint Cerf at the conference at Imperial, there's a chance to hear him in this Oxford Internet Institute event. Vint Cerf, as most of our members will know, is widely known as the "father of the internet" and was first of a series of key figures in the IT industry to be interviewed for BCS's 50th anniversary.


Thursday 9 October: Amazon Web Services: Cloud Computing in Action

In October we welcome back Jeff Barr, Amazon's Lead Web Services Evangelist, to tell us all about Amazon's line of infrastructure web services including the Elastic Compute Cloud, the Simple Storage Service, the Simple Database, and more. You may remember Jeff as one of the expert panellists at our What's Hot event last May.


Specialist Groups

Did you know that BCS members can join up to five BCS Specialist Groups online?

Just sign on to the Members' secure area, and click on "Specialist Groups" in the box headed "Manage your membership". You should then be able to join several Specialist Groups (up to five, I think).


Tech Stuff

The next Oxford Geek Night is on 22 October.
BarCampOxford, which had been planned for the weekend of 20-21 September, has been cancelled. Not too far away, BathCamp is going ahead on September 13th/14th.


BCS email management online

BCS members can manage all their BCS email subscriptions online by logging on at https://wam.bcs.org/wam/lsm.aspx.


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BCS Oxfordshire Branch

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.

9 September: Science Oxford: e-Trading for Success

11 September: BCS Oxfordshire: Joining up Business and IT

22-24 September: Visions of Computer Science

23 September: Oxford Internet Institute: Tracking the Internet into the 21st Century

24 September: BCS ISSG: Forensics Day

2 October: Oxford Internet Institute: You've Got Mail: Meeting, Dating, Marriage and the Internet (Public Symposium)

9 October: BCS Oxfordshire: Amazon Web Services: Cloud Computing in Action

13 October: Oxford Internet Institute: The Virtual World Exploratorium Project

22 October: Oxford Geek Night #9 at the Jericho Tavern

Full Branch Programme

Science Oxford events

BCS Events Calendar

We'd love to hear your comments, views and opinions on this newsletter and on the branch programme. Please use the feedback form on the branch website.

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