Event in St Andrews Monday 17th November at 12pm.

We are delighted to announce details of our next BCS Tayside and Fife speaker event in ST ANDREWS on Monday 17th November at 12pm.

We have two speakers lined up for the event and lunch will be provided.

The 1st speaker is Mr Steve Watt, CIO from St Andrews University who will talk about Green IT.
The 2nd speaker is Dr Ishbel Duncan from the School of Computer Science who will talk about Security Malware.

The event will be held at: The Gateway , North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife , KY16 9RJ

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 Book Here so that we can gauge numbers for catering purposes. We look forward to seeing you there.

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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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