In this month's newsletter, cryptography and data security, coming events in
the Oxfordshire area, being a geek in Oxford and lots more.
Innovative ICT in Oxfordshire
BCS Oxfordshire Branch and Science Oxford
November 12, 2009
at 7 for 7.30
Oxfordshire is home to a great number of
innovative ICT entrepreneurs. We will hear from four
different ICT businesses about their novel
application of advanced technology and how they are
taking it to market. The solutions presented cover
computational methods for drug discovery,
presentation of spatial information by local
authorities, solving really tough computational
problems and advanced database security.
This event is run in collaboration with the Science Oxford Networks 4 ICT programme (www.scienceoxfordnetworks.com)
Venue: Oxford e-Research Centre, 8
Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG.
BCS Oxfordshire Rebranding - Part II|
As you are no doubt aware, BCS has gone through a
rebranding exercise as part of its
transformation and, as a result, the BCS
Oxfordshire website and email newsletter are also
getting a fresh coat of paint.
newsletter was upgraded last month and we are now
proud to announce that the website has also received
As always, we are open to
comments on what you think of the changes.
BCS Oxfordshire Christmas Lecture|
Cryptography: From Black Art to Popular Science
Speaker: Professor Fred Piper, Royal Holloway,
University of London
Thursday 3rd December 2009 – 7:00pm
We are very pleased to announce
that Professor Fred Piper of the University of
London will be presenting our Christmas Lecture.
Professor Fred Piper gave the BCS Turing lecture
in 2004 and is recognised worldwide as an authority
on the subject of Cryptography and IT Security. He
is a popular author on the subject and currently has
a number of books in print. We are promised that the
talk will contain something for the whole audience
from subject matter experts through to non-technical
but IT-literate users.
The evening is free.
Members and non-members are very welcome.
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square , Oxford OX1 2JA
Mulled Wine & Mince
Pies will be served from 7:00pm
Security: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
November 7th, Bletchley
On November 7th 2009, the ACCU will
be holding a
one day conference at Bletchley Park, home of
the legendary World War II ‘Enigma’ code breakers,
and the site at which the world’s first digital
computer went operational.
will be held in the elegant Victorian Bletchley Park
Mansion, at the centre of Bletchley Park itself,
allowing conference attendees the opportunity to
visit the exhibits on show at the National Museum of
Computing and the rest of Bletchley Park.
Park is home to a number of unique artifacts,
including the Colossus, the Bombe (including the
mock-up that featured in the film 'Enigma'),
original Enigma machines, and a Lorenz coding
machine. The Bletchley Park web site is at
http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/. The National Museum of Computing web site is
The conference is organised by the ACCU. The
ACCU is an organisation of programmers who care
about professionalism in programming and are
dedicated to raising the standard of programming.
The proceeds of the conference will go to the
Bletchley Park Trust to help with the upkeep of
Bletchley Park. Conference rates are £85 ACCU
members/ £95 non-ACCU members. The ACCU web site is
For further information contact:
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Oxford Geek Nights
Oxford Geek Nights offer a chance for web developers
and designers in the local area to get together,
share their skills and talk about new ideas,
techniques and technologies. To learn more please
Did you know that you do not have to live in the UK
to attend a BCS lecture or meeting? For example, the
US chapter of BCS is going from strength to
strength. If you know if any ex-pat BCS members, be
sure to let them know.
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