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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 7th October 2014 - 19:30 -21:30
    Committee Meeting at Waitrose 07/10/2014

    Committee Meeting at the Waitrose HQ in Bracknell.  Any BCS member is free to attend but please email chair.berkshire@bcs.org.uk ahead of time so we can arrange for visitor passes etc.


  • 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?

    Big data is all the rage in a world of ever-changing opinions, tweets, and behaviors. Organizations around the globe are attempting to capture and corral data as best they can, but few know what to do next. But what do we mean by Big Data? Do we already have it, should we get it and what do we do with it when we do?

    It’s like the dog chasing the car: what happens if he catches it? What matters is the value and insight your data reveals. Discover patterns and relationships you never knew existed. Predict future behavior and events before they happen. Leverage fact-based knowledge to drive better decisions. Big data isn’t about the data; it’s about the value you glean from it. It’s about better and faster decisions you can now make to gain that competitive edge.

    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.

    This event is free but places are limited, so please book yours here.


  • 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.


  • Public event, Tuesday 18th November 2014 - 19:30 -21:00
    The Future Network at UTC Reading 18/11/2014

    Communications – the Next Generation

    Digital Technology dynamics are rapidly driving Information and Communication technologies together – this is demonstrated by the emergence of the disruptive, but complimentary SDN (Software-Defined Networking) and NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation) forces transforming the Communications network. The outcomes will include reduction in Capex and Opex, greener operations, increased automation and faster innovation.

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    Digital transformation is evident in virtually every aspect of work and personal life today. The forces driving this are centred on Information Technology and Communications Networks, which have become essential components of industry, business and personal life.

    This talk, by Robin SwartEnterprise Architect and IT Strategist of Sytel Reply UK, briefly examines the drivers of change and the impacts that they will have on all aspects of a connected world, ushering in the Future Network.


  • 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.