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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

  • Special Event, Wednesday 30th April 2014 - 18:30 -21:00
    BCS Elite - Unconference: IT Enabled Companies at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 30/04/2014

    The Trillion Dollar Business – BCS ELITE Thames Valley in collaboration with the IoD              

    This will be a great opportunity to discuss and develop ways to drive more business value from your investment in IT. Run jointly by the Institute of Directors and the British Computer Society ELITE group, the unconference format allows attendees to suggest, facilitate and develop their own topic workgroups with other attendees who are also interested in the topic.

    Whether you want to understand how big data is going to affect your industry or whether cloud computing can transform your business, this hour of fast‐paced whiteboard discussions with a mix of business and technology leaders is sure to generate insight and ideas.

    The evening will start with a buffet and open networking before the unconference begins. After an introduction and explanation of the format it will be your chance to pick the topic that you want to join – or maybe start one of your own! You can move between topics, contributing knowledge, asking questions – or just listening.

    At the end, the topic facilitators will each be asked to summarise their discussion, conclusions and insights – quite a challenge. The evening finishes with more open networking.

    Cost to attend:  £15 + VAT for BCS members and £25 + VAT for non‐BCS members, including refreshments.

    Book online at: https://events.bcs.org/book/1027  Numbers are limited, so book early.

     


  • Member event, Tuesday 6th May 2014 - 19:30 -20:30
    Committee Meeting at Oracle at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 06/05/2014

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


  • Public event, Tuesday 20th May 2014 - 19:30 -21:30
    Weathering the storm at 20/05/2014

    Do you have a plan?

    One thing is predictable about life and the British weather, its unpredictable and bad things happen at the most unexpected moments. However large or small your business is you need to think about what to do if the worst happens. What if your internet goes down? What if your office is flooded? Where will your staff go if there’s a hurricane, a tsunami, an earthquake?

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    Patricia Vella was Global Head of Business Continuity at Nortel and is currently VP Business Continuity & Security at Deutsche Bank, so she’s designed Business Continuity for organisations across the world. She’ll offer practical advice on how to design a plan that works for your business and ideas and stories from places where a little rain is the least of your worries.


  • Member event, Tuesday 3rd June 2014 - 18:30 -20:30
    Committee Meeting at The Outlook (formerly Copa) 03/06/2014

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


  • Public event, Tuesday 17th June 2014 - 19:00 -21:00
    Diversity in IT - How do we get there? at Reading Town Hall Waterhouse Chamber 17/06/2014

    We are hard-wired to prefer people who look like us, sound like us and share our interests. Unconscious biases are simply our natural people preferences, however this can lead to us making incorrect judgements and poor decisions. It means we are less likely to interact with people who do not look or sound like us, and this can lead to a workforce which doesn’t fully represent the demographics of society. The same is true in across volunteer committees in organisations such as ours and this is an area of opportunity that we are missing out on. We all therefore have a responsibility, through our Institutes and organisations, to make a difference.

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    The first step is to help individuals become aware of their own unconscious bias which can be done through self-assessment. Our aim is to raise awareness of unconscious bias through explaining what it is, the gap between explicit and implicit bias and presenting research, case studies and tools to mitigate bias.


  • Member event, Tuesday 1st July 2014 - 19:30 -20:30
    Committee Meeting at Oracle at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 01/07/2014

    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 5th August 2014 - 18:30 -20:30
    Committee Meeting at The Outlook (formerly Copa) 05/08/2014

    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 2nd September 2014 - 19:30 -20:30
    Committee Meeting at Oracle at Oracle Customer Visit Centre 02/09/2014

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