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Berkshire is a great place for anyone interested in computing and IT. The BCS Berkshire branch committee is enthusiastic about organizing events and talks on new IT topics and trends. We are committed to working with local organisations, schools and colleges to raise the profile of computing and IT in the local area, to children, students and adults. Keep an eye on our Events page for upcoming events. Most events are free so come along and bring your friends!

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We also want to hear what is important to you. If there are topics you would like to see on the event list, have an idea about how the Berkshire branch can help people in your area, or are just interested in finding out more about the branch, feel free to contact us. If you have some time on your hands or want to bring ideas to the branch, why not join our Committee, or get involved in Volunteering? We are always happy to see new faces.

Forthcoming events click here for the full list

  • Public event, Tuesday 16th September 2014 - 19:30 -21:00
    Masters of IT and Branch AGM at Henley Business School, Reading 16/09/2014

    Masters of IT?

    September marks the start of a new event season for BCS Bekshire, the new academic year and for many people the return to work after a summer break starts them thinking about what to do next.  IT is an ever-changing industry and its  a constant battle to keep up with the latest technology and ideas so our September event will combine a number of opportunities for you to plan your own professional development.

    We’re building on the links we’ve established with Henley Business School at the University of Reading and plan to host our AGM at their site on the Whiteknights campus, bringing you talks about what a Henley MSc could do for your Career and what its like to combine an MBA with full-time work.

    Combine that with the chance to contribute to our branch AGM, tell us what you’d like to get out of your BCS membership and network with IT professionals and MBA students from around the world and you have the ingredients for an entertaining and thought provoking evening.
    Speakers

    Jonathan Mangan, of Henley Business School, will talk about the range of MSc courses available to blend IT, Business and Consulting skills and how Henley’s  multinational students are developing a global network to maintain their links with Henley and each other after graduation.

     

    Anthony Parker has recently completed an MBA at Henley, studying part-time, and will be discussing why business learning and relationship building in an MBA programme is key to career progression and one way to improve your current skill set in such a competitive IT market. He’ll talk about his experience at Henley and how the blend of business learning and new contacts make studying for an MBA a good decision for anyone in the IT industry.

    AGM Agenda

    1. Apologies for Absence
    2. Minutes of the 36th AGM
    3. 2013/2014 Report from the Chair
    4. 2013/2014 Report from the Treasurer
    5. Election of Officers
    6. Any Other Business (including proposals for Branch Events)

    Please note: Nominations for the 2014/2015 Branch Officers must list the Office, the Nominee’s name, membership number, consent statement and signature together with the Proposer’s and Seconder’s names, membership numbers and signatures and be lodged with the Secretary prior to the state of the meeting. Please email the Branch Secretary at chair.berkshire@bcs.org.uk for details of how to deliver any nominations.

    Places are limited, so please book yours here.


  • Member event, Tuesday 7th October 2014 - 18:30 -20:30
    Committee Meeting at The Outlook 07/10/2014

    Starts at 18:30 for 19:30 Committee Meeting at the Outlook bar (formerly Copa), Reading.  Any BCS member is free to attend.


  • External event, Tuesday 14th October 2014 - 00:00 -00:00
    Thames Valley Skills Show Experience at 14/10/2014

    BCS Berkshire is delighted to be supporting the Thames Valley Skills Show Experience, we’ll be there talking to young people and encouraging them to consider careers in Computing andIT.

    The Skills Show Experience is a nationwide programme of events inspiring 200,000 young people from across the country, unlocking their potential and shaping their future.

    The Thames Valley Skills Show Experience, the largest of its kind in the area, will provide hands on experiences and interactive challenges that will inspire young people (primarily 14-25 year olds), helping them develop skills for life and giving them the chance to learn about education, training and careers in an engaging and inspiring way.

    Although Thames Valley has a highly educated workforce many businesses report key skills gaps which hinders growth and we know that there is often a mismatch between the career aspirations of young people and opportunities available.

    The Thames Valley Skills Show is designed to ensure that young people are given hands on insight into the local labour market including an understanding of those skills that are in demand, coupled with high quality careers guidance to make appropriate, sustainable choices first time. Our aim is to broaden the horizons of young people in schools/colleges and the unemployed, encouraging them to explore new career paths, raising aspiration and enabling them to understand the real opportunities offered by local growth sectors.

     

    For more information about the event and other Skills SHow events in the area click here

     


  • Public event, Tuesday 21st October 2014 - 19:30 -21:00
    Big Data at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 21/10/2014

    What is it and why does it matter?

    Provisional

    We’re delighted to have lined up Lisa Dearnley-Davison, EMEA Consulting Director for Big Data at Oracle, to talk about the ins and outs of Big Data from a practical point of view. To give you some idea of the scale of big data issues, the image below is a visualisation created by IBM of the multiple terabytes of Wikipedia edits.

    ibm-big-data

    More details to follow


  • Member event, Tuesday 4th November 2014 - 19:30 -20:30
    Committee Meeting at Oracle at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 04/11/2014

    Committee Meeting at the Oracle Visitor Centre, Reading. Attendance is by invitation only. If you want to attend a meeting then contact the chair.


  • Member event, Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - 18:30 -20:30
    Committee Meeting at The Outlook 02/12/2014

    Starts at 18:30 for 19:30 Committee Meeting at the Outlook bar (formerly Copa), Reading.  Any BCS member is free to attend.


  • Member event, Tuesday 6th January 2015 - 19:30 -20:30
    Committee Meeting at Oracle at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 06/01/2015

    Committee Meeting at the Oracle Visitor Centre, Reading. Attendance is by invitation only. If you want to attend a meeting then contact the chair.


  • Member event, Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - 18:30 -20:30
    Committee Meeting at The Outlook 03/02/2015

    Starts at 18:30 for 19:30 Committee Meeting at the Outlook bar (formerly Copa), Reading.  Any BCS member is free to attend.