Strathmore Trophy

Euan Headridge attended this on behalf of the Branch and here is his summary of the event. I will ask for a list of the winners and publish on receipt.
The Nineteenth Strathmore Trophy was held at Dundee University on Monday 22nd June with sixteen teams from fifteen secondary schools from Stonehaven to Stirling attending with the majority of teams from closer at hand – Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perthshire.
The task given to the teams was – design wearable technology on a Tee-shirt. All teams achieved this within their two hour time limit and this was not such an easy task as many teams had not worked together before the event.
In the main there were two types of product – a phone battery charger with mp3 player connections or a health wearable warning device such as warning of an acute illness phase – in this case for asthma attacks, or a 360 degree warning device for a blind or partially sighted person to replace their guide-dog or long cane.
There were also ‘hybrids’ a cycling shirt with turning indicators powered from the t-shirt with controls on the handlebars and an inbuilt U-V sensor to warn of risks of sun-burn.
There was a good spread of girls at the event and their teachers were conscious of trying to widen the appeal of IT and computing away from the male stereotype.
All of the teams throughly enjoyed the event and wished they could attend next year. Thanks must go to School of Computing at Dundee University for organising and hosting such a fun event.

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Teleportation in 140 characters– by Gavin Holt 6pm Thursday 26th June in PERTH

The talk is titled “Teleportation in 140 characters” and will appeal to anyone who is interested in the use of social media, either from a personal or business perspective.

This event will start at 6pm Thursday 26th June at 6pm with tea and coffee at PKAVS Head Office, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth PH1 5PP

There is parking on the street near the venue and it is free from 6.00pm onwards.

The event is open to members and non-members, please circulate this to anyone you think would be interested in attending. The event is free but please sign-up on the website (link to come soon) so that we can gauge numbers for catering purposes. We look forward to seeing you there.

Social Media is all around us. We are forever being encouraged to engage socially with our users/customers/staff and the public, we are told that we should be covering events with hashtags and we are told we should be tweeting every moment of conferences. However, how do we know people are listening? How do we know we are in a conversation and not just shouting out into the dark? This talk will examine the use of social media by membership organisations like BCS, The Scout Association and student societies, with real examples of successfully planning, executing and measuring social engagement for the benefit of the organisation.

Bio: Gavin Holt is Assistant Regional Commissioner (Communications) with The Scout Association, supporting almost 8,000 adults with Internal and External Communications, Crisis Management, Public Relations and Adult recruitment. He is part of a wider team supporting almost 105,000 volunteers! Gavin is a long haired Scottish Hacker, Developer and Security Enthusiast on a mission to educate developers about best practice, the importance of not trusting users and of writing awesome, efficient and secure code. He loves all things Web Apps and Big Data and is currently a Security Consultant with University of St Andrews.

Event Details: This event will start at 6pm with tea and coffee at PKAVS Head Office, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth PH1 5PP

There is parking on the street near the venue and it is free from 6.00pm onwards.

The event is open to members and non-members, The event is free but please sign-up so that we can gauge numbers for catering purposes.

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Spring Conference 2014

Ken Forbes attended this event on behalf of the branch on 11th March 2014.

The 2014 spring conference was a first for me and most enjoyable. It was held at the Hallam Conference centre in London on 11th march 2014. More details of the venue can be found here but suffice to say it was a very enjoyable venue and all the facilities and catering lived up to expectations.

For more on the venue please visit http://www.cavendishconferencevenues.co.uk/marylebone-euston-conference-venues/

The event started with an introduction by Garfield Southall,Chair MBBPC which was a very witty and well presented introduction. The August Conference will aim more at training for branches and there will be more of that in the coming months.

Slides available here http://www.volunteer.bcs.org/sites/default/files/Convention_-_2014_-_MGroups_-_Spring_-_Garfield_Southall_-_Welcome.pdf

It was followed by Liz Bacon, the new President who gave her presentation and vision for her time in office. Registered IT Technician,Teamtalk campaign,Personal Development Plan and much more. A very interesting presentation and full of information. I would urge you to have a read at the slides.

Slides available here http://www.volunteer.bcs.org/sites/default/files/Convention_-_2014_-_MGroups_-_Spring_-_Liz_Bacon_-_Presidents_Address.pdf

This was followed by a Membership Board Update from Iain Thompson, Vice President Membership.A reasonably interesting talk but sadly, in my opinion, not particularly well presented, in my opinion, compared with the other speakers.Looking for assistance with membership and encouraging younger members were the main points. Also an admission that BCS were not great at communication.

No slides available for this talk as none used.

Members Group Team were up next with Judith Taylor, Head of Member Groups. An excellent presentation outlining all the facilities and services available to us via her team. The best way to learn more is through her presentation which was excellent.

Slides available here http://www.volunteer.bcs.org/sites/default/files/Convention_-_2014_-_MGroups_-_Spring_-_Judith_Taylor_-_Member_Groups_Team.pdf

We then had a presentation by The International Branch from Mauritius,M Husnoo & Vishwani Rambissoon. Very informative and gave a good insight in to how they work.

Slides available here: http://www.volunteer.bcs.org/sites/default/files/Convention_-_2014_-_MGroups_-_Spring_-_Mauritius_Section.pdf

Lunch Break

After lunch we had the main set of speakers on CyberSecurity and they we’re as follows:

Denis Edgar-Nevill – Cybercime Can’t Be Defeated – Just Lived with – an excellent presentation dealing with various shapes and sizes of CyberCrime which exist.

Slides available Here: http://www.volunteer.bcs.org/sites/default/files/Convention_-_2014_-_MGroups_-_Spring_-_Denis_Edgar-Nevil_-_Cybercrime.pdf

Col John Doody – Cyber to The Citizen – Excellent presentation urging us to use our professional talents to enlighten the ordinary citizen and giving us the tools to carry that out. I urge you to sign up to get this assistance, I have!!

Slides available here: http://www.volunteer.bcs.org/sites/default/files/Convention_-_2014_-_MGroups_-_Spring_-_Col._John_Doody_-_Cyber_Citizen.pdf

Brian Higgins was up next and gave a great presentation about the Schools Cyber Securoity Challenge. Some of you may well have had contact with this programme and if not read and get in touch as he would be delighted to speak to you I am sure.

Slides available here: http://www.volunteer.bcs.org/sites/default/files/Convention_-_2014_-_MGroups_-_Spring_-_Brian_Higgins_-_Cyber_Security_Challenge.pdf

Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02MRM9E8KXY&feature=youtu.be

Audio: http://www.volunteer.bcs.org/sites/default/files/Convention_-_2014_-_MGroups_-_Spring_-_Brian_Higgins_-_Cyber_Security_Challenge_-_Audio.mp3

Last Up was Peter Wood, who many of you may have seen on BBC Click and other TV programmes. AN excellent presentation, no nonsense information, and well presented. Best presentation I have seen in a long time. I would certainly recommend him for a special event and his knowledge should be tapped in to as much as we can.

Slides Here: http://www.volunteer.bcs.org/sites/default/files/Convention_-_2014_-_MGroups_-_Spring_-_Peter_Wood_-_Ethical_Hacker.pdf

We then had an extended Q and A session and then wrapped up with a period of networking.

If you would like any other information please get in touch and I will drag more information up from the depths of my memory.


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