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, Wednesday 15th March 2017 - 19:00 -21:00
    Great Debate at Palmer Building University of Reading 15/03/2017

    Each year in March, BCS Berkshire joins with the BCS Young Professionals Group, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, IMechE, IChemE and Reading University to put on the Great Debate, in which eminent speakers present on a matter of topical interest and answer questions from the audience. The event is part of British Science Week.

    You can read about the last one here.

    This year’s debate is on another green topic: Autonomous Electric Vehicles.

    It starts at 7pm and admission is free, however this is a popular event which attracts up to 400 people to one of the University’s largest auditoria, so early arrival (6.30-6.45) and advance booking are strongly advised. Reading University require all attendees to use this link to book.

    Look out for the BCS Berkshire’s stand at the main door. We shall be there to direct you.

  • Public event, Tuesday 21st March 2017 - 19:00 -21:00
    BCS Voices - How can we make IT Good for Society? at UTC Reading 21/03/2017

    In line with the BCS policy to promote “Making IT good for Society”, BCS Berkshire & BCS Learning and Development SG will hold a joint ‘BCS Voices’ event on the topic of Education. Anyone who works in or with Education is invited to join in the conversation. This is your chance to hear from experts and have your say.

    Date: 21st March 2017 at University Technical College, Crescent Road, East Reading RG1 5RQ starting at 1900 for 1930 and finishing around 2130.
    For more information please visit the BCS website: www.bcs.org/voices
    Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

    Book via this link: https://events.bcs.org/book/2411/.

  • Public event, Tuesday 18th April 2017 - 19:00 -21:00
    Building High Performance Teams - Managing and Participating at Oracle - Building 520 18/04/2017





    We present a talk by Rod Willis of the Agile Group entitled: “The invisible dynamics of collaboration in high performing teams”.

    Collaboration and working in groups is a key skill in today’s IT workplace. Group dynamics, politics and feelings could all stop people speaking up about what is and what isn’t working. Come to this informal session to learn about high performing Agile Teams and Groups and what makes some groups work well, and others not so well. Learn the necessary vocabulary and understanding that takes place in high performing teams. You never know, you may learn a new skill to help you in these environments!

    Free of charge to members.

    Format: Groups of 8 around tables.

    We are grateful to Oracle for providing a superb venue and refreshments free of charge.

    Book via this link: https://events.bcs.org/book/2412/.

  • Public event, Thursday 25th May 2017 - 18:30 -21:00
    How to use Communications Media to get your message across at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 25/05/2017


    In today’s fast changing highly connected world, with people switching off from the bombarding of emails, how do you get your message across, what is effective and what doesn’t work?

    Has your company set aside a day for “no email”? One accountancy firm did and found that it drove better client engagement…

    Of course different solutions work in different organisations. You need to know what is possible.

    Two experts will share their experiences, tips and techniques – one from the BCS and one from the IoD. The BCS speaker will be Ruben Bell, Communications Manager for BCS Berkshire. Ruben graduated in Aberdeen with an honours degree in Management and Marketing and has gone on to work for industry leaders such as Coca-Cola and Unipart Group in a variety of roles focused on cultural change, transformations, marketing and communications in the digital world. Of Scandinavian heritage, Ruben speaks Norwegian, Swedish and Danish. For IoD information, see https://www.iod.com/events-community/events/event-details/eventdateid/4429 .

    This is the latest in a series of biannual unconferences run by BCS ELITE and the Institute of Directors in Berkshire and hosted by Oracle at their UK headquarters in Thames Valley Park, Reading. Their purpose is to enable businesses and technology leaders to share what works and what doesn’t.

    CPD Hours: 2.0
    Members & guests: £10.00 + VAT
    Non members: £20.00 + VAT
    Booking link: https://events.bcs.org/book/2460/ .