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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, Thursday 3rd September 2015 - 19:30 -21:30
    Committee Meeting at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 03/09/2015

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


  • External event, Tuesday 8th September 2015 - 19:30 -21:00
    Reading Geek Night at The Walkabout - Reading 08/09/2015

    The Reading Geek Night! A friendly and welcoming community for enthusiasts.

    We meet 2nd Tuesday of the month. Usual format is to gather from 7.30pm and talks commence at 8pm. Talks are 20-25 mins with breaks in between of ~15 mins for networking and beer. During the evening there is an opportunity for any short announcements etc.

    Check out the Reading Geek Night website here for details of the program for the day – https://rdggeeknight.wordpress.com/


  • Public event, Wednesday 16th September 2015 - 19:00 -21:00
    Predictive Analytics - an Introduction and Current Trends at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 16/09/2015

    Speaker: Ian Sharp of Oracle Corporation

    Refreshments and networking 7-7:30 pm.

    Talk starts at 7:30.

    Price: Free of charge. Booking is Essential

    Booking: Book here online

    Note: This promises to be another first class talk. Our previous talk at Oracle, on Database as a Service in June, attracted a full house, so if you register and are subsequently unable to attend, please cancel your booking to allow someone else to take your place.


  • Member event, Tuesday 6th October 2015 - 19:30 -21:30
    Committee Meeting at The Outlook 06/10/2015

    Committee Meeting starts at 19:30. Location to be confirmed.  Any BCS member is free to attend.


  • External event, Tuesday 13th October 2015 - 19:30 -21:00
    Reading Geek Night at The Walkabout - Reading 13/10/2015

    The Reading Geek Night! A friendly and welcoming community for enthusiasts.

    We meet 2nd Tuesday of the month. Usual format is to gather from 7.30pm and talks commence at 8pm. Talks are 20-25 mins with breaks in between of ~15 mins for networking and beer. During the evening there is an opportunity for any short announcements etc.

    Check out the Reading Geek Night website here for details of the program for the day – https://rdggeeknight.wordpress.com/


  • Public event, Wednesday 21st October 2015 - 18:30 -21:00
    Business Impact of Technology Evening: Young Blood - Old Brains! at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 21/10/2015

    This is the fourth of the Business Impact of Technology Evenings that bring together members of BCS ELITE and IoD to network, listen to talks, and discuss the business opportunities created by current trends in computing.

    There is a view that younger employees, coming into the workplace, need to be managed in a different way. This apparent need is created by their use of technology.

    It is not clear, to many current business leaders, whether this change is real or is just a perception; neither is it clear how or even if established businesses will be able to change to take advantage of it. Our speakers address the reality of the new way of working and the opportunities for business change in engaging with the younger generation.

    Rubi Kaur

    Rubi Kaur is a Senior Technical Architect at Vodafone Group. She has 20 years Technical lead experience from previous technology roles at BT, O2 and the UK Government. In 2012 Rubi led her team to win the Business Green IT Team of the year and the Government Finance Award for Sustainability.

    She is a Fellow of the BCS and serves on the committee for BCSWomen and on the SteerCo for the Vodafone Group Womens network, where she leads the Inspiring Leadership  Programme, to further the advancement of women in technology.  Rubi has an MSc in Optoelectronics and Information Processing and is currently studying for an Executive MBA at the Henley Business School.

    Rubi has managed teams of Generation Y graduates in large organisations and passionately believes there is so much business leaders can learn from these bright, creative “disruptors” to enhance productivity and arrive at better ways of working.

    She believes Generation Y are the tech savvy, digital native generation; able to exploit technology and find solutions to problems through collaboration and networking at speed and at scale. It is this new way of working that Rubi advocates must be harnessed and adopted by organisations or there will be missed opportunities.

    Peter Thomson is an expert on the changing world of work and its impact on organisations, leadership and management. He regularly speaks on this topic at conferences and has worked with many groups of senior managers to inspire them to change their organisational culture.

    After a 20 year career in HR in the IT industry leading up to the dawn of the Internet, Peter founded the Future Work Forum at Henley Business School. He was Director of the Forum for 16 years, during which time he carried out research into the changing patterns of work and the management implications of these trends.

    Peter is co-author, with Alison Maitland, of the business bestseller ‘Future Work’ which has recently been republished as an updated and expanded second edition. He has appeared on TV and radio and has been widely quoted in the business press. As a consultant and coach, he works with leadership teams and individuals to help them gain the maximum business benefit from an engaged workforce.

    Peter is a Director of Wisework the leading consultancy in smart working and Director of Research for the Telework Association. He is an active member of the RSA, contributing to discussions on new forms of organisation and is chairman of a special interest group in the CIPD. He is also a visiting executive fellow at Henley Business School.

    • The evening starts at 6.30pm with canapés and light refreshments providing the ideal opportunity to network.
    • At 7.00pm there is a welcome from our hosts, followed by two short talks, with questions.
    • At 8.00pm we break out into discussion sessions on topics selected by the audience and finish with a plenary discussion.
    • Departure at 9.00pm.

     

    Cost:
    £10 + vat BCS & IoD members; £20 + vat non-BCS/IoD members

    Booking: 

    Booking Essential – Book Online

     

     


  • Member event, Tuesday 3rd November 2015 - 19:30 -21:30
    Committee Meeting at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 03/11/2015

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


  • External event, Tuesday 10th November 2015 - 19:30 -21:00
    Reading Geek Night at The Walkabout - Reading 10/11/2015

    The Reading Geek Night! A friendly and welcoming community for enthusiasts.

    We meet 2nd Tuesday of the month. Usual format is to gather from 7.30pm and talks commence at 8pm. Talks are 20-25 mins with breaks in between of ~15 mins for networking and beer. During the evening there is an opportunity for any short announcements etc.

    Check out the Reading Geek Night website here for details of the program for the day – https://rdggeeknight.wordpress.com/