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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

  • Member event, Tuesday 6th January 2015 - 19:30 -21:30
    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.


  • Public event, Tuesday 20th January 2015 - 19:30 -21:30
    Music and Data at Henley Business School, Reading 20/01/2015

    Music is data, and data is music to my ears

    Geoff Roberts got involved in digital music in 1999 and ended up on a journey that took him via a Peter Gabriel startup to Nokia.

    He managed one of worlds’  largest digital music catalogues and developed products and proprietary systems that supported services in over 40 countries including China, the US, Europe and India.

    At Nokia his data science team worked to reduce supply chain costs, understand consumers musical ‘DNA’ and create personalised user interfaces and experiences.

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    Whilst working with Nokia research centre he worked on some leading edge projects that use all of the sensors in a mobile phone to better understand the consumer, reduce costs and increase revenues.

    In an industry with no metadata standards, complicated rights holder licensing landscapes and where every country has a different take on the same thing, he will talk about how he coped with such huge volumes of data from systems and consumers and how he overcame the issues inherent in the domain.

    This event is free but spaces are limited, so please book your place here.


  • Public event, Wednesday 21st January 2015 - 11:00 -15:00
    Student Visit to Oracle Campus at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 21/01/2015

    Oracle will be holding another of their student campus visits at Thames Valley Park, Reading, on Wednesday 21st January 2015 from 11 am until 3 pm. IT students and staff from colleges in the Thames Valley are invited.

    There will be talks on the company’s strategy, graduate programme and work with schools and universities by senior Oracle staff, a visit to a hardware lab, and a Q&A session in which you can put questions to a panel of experts.

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    The campus is a cashless zone. Anyone who wishes to eat in Oracle’s restaurant will need a card, prepared in advance. You can then add money to your card (minimum £5, coins not accepted). Please indicate if you would like a card when you register.

    The event is free, but please register only if you are sure of attending, as there is likely to be a waiting list, and some of the speakers will be travelling long distances in order to be there.

    Note that this visit is intended for students, including 6th formers.


  • Member event, Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - 19:30 -21:30
    Committee Meeting at The Outlook 03/02/2015

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


  • Member event, Tuesday 3rd March 2015 - 19:30 -21:30
    Committee Meeting at Oracle at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 03/03/2015

    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 7th April 2015 - 19:30 -21:30
    Committee Meeting at The Outlook 07/04/2015

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


  • Member event, Tuesday 5th May 2015 - 19:30 -21:30
    Committee Meeting at Oracle at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 05/05/2015

    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 2nd June 2015 - 19:30 -21:30
    Committee Meeting at The Outlook 02/06/2015

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