BCS Oxfordshire Branch April 2009

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April 2009

Dear branch member,

This month's newsletter is a little longer than usual - but please take the time to scroll through it all. We have details of the branch visit to SophosLabs on 23 April, advance notice of our AGM in May, pointers to other events and competitions you may be interested in, and a reminder about our Schools Web Competition deadline.

Thursday 23 April 2009: Annual Branch Visit: Sophos Anti Virus Lab

printable meeting posterIf you're concerned about viruses, malware, and what damage they can do, this year's branch visit to SophosLabs in Abingdon will help you understand how they are identified and how to protect your systems.

On arrival there will be light refreshments before the talks and demos.

For more details and how to book your place, see www.oxon.bcs.org/program2008-9.php#Apr


Sat/Sun 4/5 April: BarCamp Apache Oxford
link to event poster

Are you technically minded, interested in Web 2.0 and similar topics, with nothing planned yet for this Sunday?

Why not join in the BarCamp Apache Oxford event at the University Club in Mansfield Road?


Wednesday 13 May 2009: BCS Lovelace Lecture: The Sins of IT Projects and why they can fail

IBM Fellow Maurice Perks will relate some of his experiences encountered during forty years of dealing with complex IT projects.

The lecture, which will be at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, in London, is free to attend, but you need to book and there is a small charge if you wish to stay for refreshments after the lecture.


BCS Oxfordshire Schools Web Competition 2009

BCS Oxfordshire Schools Web Competition 2009 logoA reminder for those of you involved with schools who are planning to enter the 2009 competition: 29 April is the last day for entries to be submitted. See www.oxon.bcs.org/webcomp.


Thursday 21 May 2009: Silverlight: The Art of the Possible & Branch AGM

After the business of the Annual General Meeting, preceded as usual by a light cheese and wine buffet, Microsoft's Michael McClary will tell us about Silverlight.

Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in from Microsoft designed to enable rich media experiences and .NET RIAs (Rich Internet Applications) within the browser.


BCS Student Contest 2009
competition poster

Do you know any students with Java skills? The 2009 BCS Student Contest invites students to compete for the top prize, an Asus Eee PC, by programming their best Four-in-a-Row strategy game in Java. The contest runs until June 1st.


Famelab poster

Are you a good communicator? Or do you know someone who is? Could you use a £10,000 prize? Famelab is a competition for people who are studying or working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, to find the country’s most talented communicators.

The Oxford heat is on 28 April. The finals take place at the Cheltenham Science Festival on 5 June and 6 June, the same day that BCS is sponsoring Royal Institution 2008 Christmas lecturer Chris Bishop to talk about Computers of the Future.


Branch Meeting Programme

Our full meeting programme for 2008/9 is on the branch website.

There's a pointer to a downloadable copy on our branch downloads page.


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.


Tech Stuff

The twelfth Oxford Geek Night is on 27 May 2009.


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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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.

4-5 April: BarCamp Apache Oxford

23 April: BCS Oxfordshire: visit to Sophos Virus Labs

30 April: BCS OSSG: Open Source CMS for Social Networking Workshop

21 April: BCS Berkshire: Next steps for the ITIL framework and service management

22 April: BCS North London: Green IT in your Data Centre - Take it as Red?

5 May 2009: James Martin 21st Century School: Blueprint for a Safer Planet

13 May: BCS Lovelace Lecture: The Sins of IT Projects and why they can fail

21 May: BCS Oxfordshire: Silverlight: The Art of the Possible & Branch AGM

27 May: Oxford Geek Night 12

Full Branch Programme

Oxford Internet Institute events

OeRC events

Science Oxford

BCS Events Calendar

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