Past Events


 
Tuesday
13 Jun 2017
Planning Committee MeetingContact: Charlotte Hughes MBCS CITP (contact)
 
Wednesday
24 May 2017




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Social Media in Business & as a vehicle for technology businesses
6.30pm - 8.30pm - Digital House, 62 Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, YS18 1LL

Joanna Wake is a multi-award winning entrepreneur in the digital skills arena. She heads up RAW Digital Training, a small company which trains businesses, organisations and industry talent in the vital digital skills that our economy needs, and features in the prestigious UK Digital Leaders 100 list 2016 and 2017.

Joanna has trained and created digital skills courses, for thousands of businesses, from every sector, and is highly skilled in strategic marketing. She was recently highly commended for 'Innovator of the Year' at the world's biggest tech awards for women, the 2017 Women in IT Awards, and won ‘Best use of Innovation’ at the 2016 WIN Awards. She has big passions for Teesside, digital employment, and women in tech.

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Contact: Charlotte Hughes MBCS CITP (contact)

 
Tuesday
9 May 2017
Committee MeetingContact: Charlotte Hughes MBCS CITP (contact)
 
Tuesday
4 Apr 2017
Committee MeetingContact: Charlotte Hughes MBCS CITP (contact)
 
Tuesday
7 Mar 2017
Committee MeetingContact: Charlotte Hughes MBCS CITP (contact)
 
Wednesday
22 Feb 2017




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Internet of Things (IoT)
6.30pm - 8.30pm - Darlington campus of Teesside Uni, room will be D2.06/2FF on the fourth floor

IoT: It’s impacts, opportunities and challenges. A summary of the government Digital Catapult study around the policy issues IoT raises for the UK eg privacy, dependency.

The BCS Green IT Specialist Group is taking forward an initiative to raise awareness of the Internet of Things and the issues this new technology raises. Last year we developed a demonstrator for the IoT using simple and cheap technologies including sensors and Arduino and Raspberry PI processors, typically available through retail outlets.

Bob CrooksChair of BCS Green IT Specialist Group and UK Cabinet Office’s Green ICT Deliver, y Unit

Contact: Charlotte Hughes MBCS CITP (contact)

 
Tuesday
7 Feb 2017
Committee MeetingContact: Charlotte Hughes MBCS CITP (contact)
 
Tuesday
24 Jan 2017




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Achieving CITP Status
6.30pm - 8.30pm - G1.33, Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

Thinking of getting chartered can seem daunting, but becoming Chartered IT Practitioner (CITP) can take you to a new level of recognition both with your peers and industry.

•This presentation will cover

  • Why should you become Chartered (CITP)
  • The application process
  • Support available
  • Next steps
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Contact: Charlotte Hughes MBCS CITP (contact)

 
Tuesday
10 Jan 2017
Planning Meeting for JanuaryContact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)
 
Thursday
17 Nov 2016




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BCS Voices Discussion
6.30pm - 8.30pm - Stockton Library, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TU

This event will be held in the café area in Stockton's Central library, Opposite Splash. We will encourage attendees to split up into groups and discuss some interesting topics in IT with their group to stimulate conversation and understanding around today's big IT issues.

There will be the usual food / drink provided for this open discussion around the concerns of modern day personal data sharing, The true cost of a free service, Stories about data theft and loss, headlines about companies selling data have left the public unwilling to share their information, is giving up your data is worth the reward and what will happen to my data when I die?

If you have an opinion on any of the above, come along and share it with the group and perhaps we can think of ways to make IT better for Society…Book Online

Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)

 
Tuesday
1 Nov 2016
Possibly Committee Meeting?Contact: Ian Lockwood (contact)
 
Wednesday
12 Oct 2016


Annual General Meeting 2016/17and Computer Conservation Society Presentation
6.30pm - 8.30pm - Teesside Watersports Centre, The Slipway, North Shore, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2NL

AGM and Presentation from David Bew - Introducing the Computer Conservation Society. David will talk about what the CCS does, the conservation projects, their computer heritage (which David has worked on), Software conservation and their website structure. David will be happy to answer questions on the subject.

Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)

 
Tuesday
27 Sep 2016
Committee Planning Meeting
Planning for the next couple of meetings
Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)
 
Thursday
26 May 2016




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Discussion and advice around applying for MBCS and CITP Membership
6.30pm - 8.30pm - Teesside Watersports Centre, The Slipway, North Shore, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2NL

This presentation will be a discussion and advice session around the benefits of MBCS and CITP and how to go through the application process. Margaret Ajibode who will be giving this presentation, is a chartered engineer (CEng FBCS CITP). She is the founder of Obatec, an IT consultancy business. She was elected to the BCS Membership committee in 2015 and is also a BCS assessor of CITP, CSci and CEng applications.

Contact: Urfan Ali (email)

 
Tuesday
3 May 2016
Committee Planning Meeting - Teesside Uni room 1.23
Planning for the next couple of meetings
Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)
 
Wednesday
27 Apr 2016




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Internet Security / Safety online
6.30pm - 8.30pm - Lecture Theatre, Yarm School, TS15 9EJ

This will be a presentation in relation to internet securty in part targeted at parents.

The SSO (Safe and Secure Online) Parent presentation has 3 key concepts



1. Cybersecurity (teaching children computer safety)

2. Cyber Safety (teaching online behaviours to protect a child’s physical wellbeing)

3. Cyber Ethics (teaching children to treat others online as they would like to be treated.



The key learning outcomes of the presentation are

1. The Issues

2. How to spot them

3. How to teach your child to spot them

4. Appropriate responses

Contact: Urfan Ali (email)

 
Tuesday
5 Apr 2016
Committee Planning Meeting
Cleveland Bay - Planning for the next couple of meetings
Contact: Urfan Ali (email)
 
Thursday
17 Mar 2016




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Presentation on BCS Strategy
6.30pm - 8.30pm - G0.54, Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough. TS1 3BZ

Garfield Southall from BCS HQ will be presenting this meeting on BCS Strategy.

Garfield Southall, FBCS, CITP, sits on BCS Membership Board and is Chair of BCS Best Practice Committee. Garfield’s presentation will be on the recently announced strategy of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

From a career perspective, Garfield has a background as a Software Analyst and Programmer (30+ years), who since 2011 he has been Associate Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering at Chester University. His specialist areas include Biological Simulation in computers software, Software agents, Education using mobile devices as well as Emergent behaviour.

Contact: Urfan Ali (email)

 
Tuesday
8 Mar 2016
Meeting to discuss the next couple of public meetingsContact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)
 
Wednesday
10 Feb 2016




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The Internet of Things - David Horn The Internet of Things (The challenges of living in a truly connected world).
6.30pm - 8.30pm - G0.54, Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough. TS1 3BZ

During this talk David Horn will give some background on the IoT, what it is, what some of the challenges are and of course, where me may find some solutions.

He will give examples including fridges, pacemakers and cars so it should be quite eclectic and keep everyone engaged.

There will be tea / coffee and sandwiches from 6.30pm with the talk starting as usual at 7pm.

Contact: Iain Brownlie BSc CEng MBCS (email)

 
Tuesday
2 Feb 2016
Committee Planning Meeting
Planning Meeting for the February / March and April meetings and Talk from BCS on BCS Strategy Communications
Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)
 
Wednesday
13 Jan 2016




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The Business Benefits of Diversity and how to achieve them
6.30pm - 8.30pm - Darlington campus of Teesside Uni, room will be D4.01 on the fourth floor

Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen, Managing Director of Tectre, and WISE board member will discuss:

'The Business Benefits of Diversity and How to achieve them'

Increasingly research suggests that diverse teams are advantageous to business, in terms of financial and technical gain. How can companies access these benefits, and what do managers need to know to ensure that they can capitalise on them to the max.

Download Presentation

Contact: Urfan Ali (email)

 
Tuesday
5 Jan 2016
Committee Planning Meeting
Planning Meeting to discuss the January / February and March meetings
Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)
 
Wednesday
11 Nov 2015


Tour of the Fusion Hive and presentation from Local Tech company VisualSoft
6.30pm - 8.30pm - Fusion Hive, North Shore Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2NB - See Map

This event begins with a tour of the facilities available at the Fusion Hive building in Stockton-on-Tees and continues with a presentation from VisualSoft's David Duke giving insights into their business and future plans.

Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)

 
Tuesday
3 Nov 2015
Committee Planning Meeting
Planning meeting to discuss November and January presentations
Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)
 
Wednesday
14 Oct 2015




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AGM 2015/16 and Presentation on MOOCS
6.30pm - 8.30pm - Claxton room, Wynyard Business Park, TS22 5TB

This meeting is our Annual General Meeting for the 2015/16 season and we have a presentation from one of our own members Iain Brownlie on his own experiences with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS).

Contact: Iain Brownlie BSc CEng MBCS (email)

 
Tuesday
6 Oct 2015
Committee Planning Meeting
First planning session for the AGM meeting and the next two meetings
Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)
 
Thursday
18 Jun 2015




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Unconscious BiasTraining
6.30pm - 8.30pm - Darlington campus of Teesside Uni, room will be D4.01 on the fourth floor

Unconscious Bias considers the decisions that we make every day on an unconscious basis when it comes to what we think about others. This training session is open to committee members and any other interested BCS Member. The aim is to give you tools to recognise and handle unconscious bias whilst you are contributing to BCS Branch Committees and in your general day to day work.

Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

 
Tuesday
12 May 2015




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Drupal for Business
6.30pm - 8.30pm - G0.54, Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

As open source evangelists and Drupal specialists, contributing to the future growth of Drupal as their company grows is a key aim for Consult and Design.

Managing Director, David Van der Velde will be speaking about growing a Drupal company from scratch here in the North East, what Drupal means to them and their clients, as well as the Drupal community in the region and beyond.

Consult and Design are one the UK’s leading experts in Drupal software, an open source framework used to build web sites and applications for some of the largest commercial, government and NGO organisations in the world. The Consult and Design philosophy is firmly rooted in an open approach to sharing knowledge and expertise.

Their company strapline is ‘Built with Knowledge’ and learning is integral to everything they do, their feeling...the more knowledge they share, the more our combined knowledge advances.

Drupal is a free, open-source web development platform for online content and user communities. Drupal powers some of the busiest sites on the web, and can be adapted to virtually any visual design. Drupal runs over a million sites, including WhiteHouse.gov, World Economic Forum, Stanford University, and Examiner.com.

Further details on Consult and Design can be found here http://www.consultanddesign.com/about

This event is free and open to the general public but we would appreciate if you register to help us with catering numbers. Register for this event using the following link https://events.bcs.org/book/1509/

Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)

 
Tuesday
5 May 2015
Committee Planning Meeting
Planning meeting for 12th May
Contact: Urfan Ali (email)
 
Wednesday
15 Apr 2015


Selling at a Higher Level
6.30pm - 8.30pm - G0.54, Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

Ian Graham from Durham Lane are giving a presentation on techniques to improve your technology sales. For some more information about this head over to their website Sales Mantras

Please book for this meeting if you wish to attend by the following link https://events.bcs.org/book/1489/ - View the presentation notes Here

Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)

 
Monday
6 Apr 2015
Committee Planning Meeting
Planning meeting for 15th April
Contact: Urfan Ali (email)
 
Monday
9 Mar 2015


Public Meeting
6.30pm - 8.30pm - G0.54, Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

Topic to be confirmed

Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)

 
Monday
9 Mar 2015


Sunderland Software City's Digital Catapult Centre Launch
5.45pm for a 6.15pm start (until around 9pm) - Digital Catapult Centre, Sunderland Software City,Tavistock Place,Hendon, SR1 1PB

This month we are using our March meeting to invite members to the launch of the Digital Catapult Centre North East & Tees Valley event in Sunderland.

At the event Sunderland Software city will explain their vision and plans for the next three years and how two Local Enterprise Partnerships, five universities and the Digital Catapult will be working together to strengthen the region’s economy

The Centre will be opened by Andy Green, chairman of IG Group, NP Group, and DockOn Inc. Andy is a non-executive director on the Board of ARM Holdings plc, the world's leading microprocessor IP company. Until 2012, Andy was CEO of Logica plc. Prior to joining Logica, Andy was a member of the Board at BT plc and CEO of Group Strategy and Operations. During his 21 years at BT, Andy held several senior positions, including that of CEO BT Openworld, where he launched Broadband into the UK market.

If you are planning to attend you need to register using the link below.

REGISTER

Drinks and Canapes will be provided

Contact: Urfan Ali (email)

 
Wednesday
4 Mar 2015
Committee Planning Meeting
Planning meeting for 12th March
Contact: Urfan Ali (email)
 
Sunday
1 Mar 2015
Committee Planning Meeting
Planning for the next couple of meetings
Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)
 
Tuesday
3 Feb 2015
Committee Planning Meeting
Meeting to discuss our February Presentations
Contact: Urfan Ali (email)
 
Tuesday
13 Jan 2015


Wikimedia - Darren Stephens
6.30pm - 8.30pm - G0.54, Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

Wikimedia projects drive one of the world's most popular websites, Wikipedia, and aim "to bring about a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge." What does this mean for the way we produce and share knowledge in an emergent information-rich culture? In a wider sense, how does this idea of 'social' machines' (of which Wikipedia is considered one), currently being explored in the SOCIAM project, affect the way we design and construct software systems now?

Contact: Urfan Ali (email)

 
Tuesday
6 Jan 2015
Committee Planning Meeting
Meeting to discuss the 13th January, ensure everything is ready
Contact: Urfan Ali (email)
 
Tuesday
11 Nov 2014


Safety Critical Systems in the Process Industries
6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS16 0DH

Iain will be giving a presentation entitled Safety Critical Systems in the Process Industries where he will be considering the following topics

  • Introduction to Functional Safety
  • Determining the target Safety Integrity Level
  • Hardware Architectures for Safety Systems
  • Software Architectures for Safety Systems
  • Contact: Urfan Ali (email)

     
    Tuesday
    4 Nov 2014
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Meeting to discuss final arrangements for the 11th November
    Contact: Urfan Ali (email)
     
    Thursday
    16 Oct 2014


    AGM 2014/15
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS16 0DH

    Annual Ceneral Meeting of the Branch

    We start to meet around 18:30 for refreshments and a buffet and the AGM will kick-off around 19:00.

    We're also looking for ideas for the next year, volunteers to join the committee and possible speakers for the next year. Minutes of the meeting and Presentation

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Thursday
    9 Oct 2014
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Meeting to discuss the year ahead
    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)
     
    Tuesday
    10 Jun 2014


    Pi and Sandwiches - An evening of discussion
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS16 0DH

    An evening of discussion - A talk on embedded Systems followed by socialising. Bring your latest Raspberry Pi or Arduino project, or Christmas Present and find out what more you can do, swap code, collect code, learn what a target system really is !!!!

    Social evening - with a purpose ! We have a need to organise the branch for next year, and with some of our members retiring from their posts we badly need new blood to reinvigorate the committee. Come and have a bite to eat, tell us about what you'd like to see us do, and volunteer !!! 6-30 for 7-00 Parmore Hotel, Yarm Road, Stockton.

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Tuesday
    13 May 2014


    TBC
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Venue to be confirmed

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Tuesday
    29 Apr 2014
    Committee Planning Meeting
    meeting to discuss the 13th May Meeting
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Tuesday
    25 Mar 2014
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Meeting to discuss the 8th April Meeting
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Tuesday
    11 Mar 2014


    Cyber Security in Industrial Applications
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Darlington campus of Teesside Uni, room will be D4.01 on the fourth floor

    Iain Brownlie has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from Edinburgh University and worked with Logica and RCA Systems Ltd for 5 years before joining ICI Engineering Department in 1985 where he worked on various ICI plants in the UK and abroad.

    He transferred into the ICI Eutech Engineering Services business in 1995 which was subsequently purchased by ABB in 2001. Over the past 30 years, Iain has been involved in a range of automation and control projects primarily in the Chemical and Petrochemical Sectors. In recent years, Iain has been the System Manager for a number of computer systems dealing with the Ethylene Pipelines operated by SABIC UK Petrochemicals covering the SCADA, Leak Detection and Geographical Information Systems.

    Iain is a member of the British Computer Society and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng, CITP) with certifications in both functional safety (FSEng) and security (CISSP) and now works as a Senior Consultant in the Safety Solution Group within ABB Consulting.



    Iain will be giving a presentation entitled Cyber Security in Industrial Applications where he will be considering the following topics

    • What do industrial control systems look like
    • What are the associated risks
    • Converging requirements for safety and security
    • How are control system vendors responding to security threat


    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Tuesday
    25 Feb 2014
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Meeting to discuss the meeting on 11th March
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Tuesday
    11 Feb 2014


    The World of Alan Turing
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

    This talk covers the Turing machine paper up to Turing's involvement in the first commercial computers - principally the Ferranti Mark 1.

    David, by his own admission finds, users are very good at knowing what they want! He has over 15 years familiarity with providing for users needs in the Police environment but before that he worked on virtual store and also hardware management for the VME 2900/3900 OS kernel in ICL Manchester.

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Tuesday
    28 Jan 2014
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Meeting to discuss the meeting on 11th Feb
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Tuesday
    14 Jan 2014


    An Engineer's View of Open Source - (How to Multiply by Zero ??)
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS16 0DH

    Alan is a Chartered Engineer and IT Professional and a member of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group, his background is in Production Engineering and Computerised Machinery.

    His career has involved working at senior level in small and medium sized businesses, national and multinationals, national and local government, and academia.

    The talk is intended to promote the use of Open Source in business situations particularly those associated with Engineering.

    Coffee and Food provided. Free stuff available !!

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Tuesday
    12 Nov 2013


    Astronomy
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Wynyard Woodland Park

    Possible trip to the Telescope at Wynyard Woodland Park

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Tuesday
    29 Oct 2013
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Meeting to discuss the next meeting and to plan future meetings
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    9 Oct 2013


    AGM 2013/14
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS16 0DH

    Annual General Meeting of the Teesside and District Branch.

    Angus Marshall will be talking about current developments in regulation and ISO standards for digital forensics and digital investigations. Based on his roles as a member of the FSR's working group on digital evidence and as "UK Principal Expert on Digital Evidence" to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27 and editor/co-editor of some of the standards (including eDiscovery), he will go through the drivers behind the production of the various standards and regimes. Download the slides

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Wednesday
    10 Apr 2013


    Northern Recruitment Group
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

    Chris Masey - Head of IT Recruitment

    Chris is an established IT Consultant and Manager with over 7 years career experience. Recruiting from the ground up to CIO level, Chris has a large client and candidate network spanning the Yorkshire and North East regions.

    With several exclusive SME recruitment partnerships, Chris has also delivered major volume campaigns for the likes of Santander, William Hill and Orchard, designing sourcing and research strategies to recruit the best technical skills available on the market.

    Dedicated to exceptional customer service, Chris remains totally hands-on in all his recruitment assignments, and is accountable for the successful day to day management of the NRG IT delivery team.

    Chris is educated to degree level and holds a BSc Honours Degree in Business and Finance Economics from the University of Leeds.

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Wednesday
    13 Mar 2013


    Malta Music Archiving Project
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - G0.57, Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

    Darren Stephens originally wanted to be a physicist, but in the early 1990s discovered computers and the internet instead. After working in several IT roles, including for an Internet Service Provider, he moved to the University of Hull's Scarborough Campus, where he was a member of the original teaching team on one of the first specialist Internet Computing degrees in the UK. He still works in Scarborough, lecturing in the School of Arts and New Media, where he still specialises in web-based systems.

    His original research interest was in the applicability of software metrics in measuring the quality of web-based systems. Recently though, he has become involved in research involving digital archiving and curation, especially related to the Malta Music Memory Project, of which he is part.

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Wednesday
    13 Feb 2013


    Presentation from Waterstons
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Darlington campus of Teesside Uni, room will be D4.01 on the fourth floor

    What’s new in SharePoint 2013?
    Alex Bookless | Portals and Collaboration Specialist

    Alex Bookless takes a look at the new features which SharePoint 2013 provides, including:
    • The new look and feel
    • Collaboration improvements
    • Collaborating using SharePoint 2013 on a mobile device
    • SharePoint App Store(s)
    • Improvements to web content management features
    • What’s new in search?
    • Social improvements

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Wednesday
    23 Jan 2013
    Committee MeetingContact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    9 Jan 2013


    Divide By Zero update presentation Dr James Anderson BSc, PhD, MBCS, CITP, CSci.
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Blackwell Grange Hotel,Grange Road,Darlington,County Durham. DL3 8QH.

    People used to think that it is impossible to find the square root of negative numbers, until the square root of minus one was defined to be a number, such that the ordinary operations of arithmetic apply to a new set of imaginary or complex numbers. The same mathematical trick worked for numbers plus one, minus one, and zero divided by zero. Now it is possible to divide any real or complex number by zero. This brings many benefits to computing. Three of which are that the new arithmetic doubles the range of real numbers that can be described by IEEE floating-point bits, thereby doubling the “accuracy” of iterative functions that are computed to a tolerance. Secondly, that any Turing computable function can be laid out as a pipeline so that practical programs, executing on massively pipelined machines, terminate once per clock tick. Thirdly, that any syntactically correct Turing program is semantically correct (in as much as it does not terminate on an exception). Come to the talk, learn how to divide by zero, and learn what division by zero can do for you.

    Dr James Anderson is a lecturer in Computer Science at Reading University. He worked on computer language standardisation for the BSI and is currently Chair of Berkshire BCS. He invented the transarithmetics which allow division by zero and has developed computer architectures to exploit them, including trans versions of two’s complement and floating-point arithmetic. Dr Anderson currently teaches discrete mathematics and compiler theory and practice.

    James will update us on the quest to use his technology to build a massively parallel computing system.

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Wednesday
    12 Dec 2012


    Quiz
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS16 0DH

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Wednesday
    14 Nov 2012


    IBM Lotus Notes
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Grieg Building, Room G123, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

    Sean Cull is one of 65 global IBM Champions for what was traditionally known as IBM Lotus but is now known as IBM Collaboration Solutions.

    He started an IT consultancy in 2000 following 10 years as a Manufacturing Engineer in industry where he became increasingly frustrated by time that he and his team wasted on paperwork. At the time he though he knew how to do IT.

    Some 12 years own he now understands he actually knew very little about IT and still has a lot to learn. Despite this FoCul has become a successful consultancy specialising in workflow and collaboration solutions for Engineers and the manufacturing sector.

    Sean will talk about how his views and experience have changed on the journey from being a disgruntled customer to being an IT provider. He will also show examples of the kinds of collaboration solutions that have worked well for users in industry and discuss how Lotus Notes applications can now be converted into modern browser based applications. One of his examples will be this ABB Lotus Notes example from Teesside - http://prime-toolkit.com/demo

    Sean will also discuss how IBM is increasingly shifting its focus to Social Business Solutions which, despite their unfortunate name, do look set to become the future of collaborative solutions in the workplace. http://www.linkedin.com/in/seancull

    http://seancull.co.uk

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Wednesday
    17 Oct 2012
    Committee Planning Meeting 7pm - 8.30pm
    All Welcome to this first planning meeting of the 2012/13 season.

    The venue for this meeting is The Parkmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS16 0DH.

    We will attempt to map out all the meetings for the coming year. Any help would be much appreciated.
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Thursday
    4 Oct 2012


    AGM 2012/13
    6.30pm - 7.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS16 0DH

    Please do think about becoming more involved in your local branch of the BCS as we would welcome new faces to the committee.

    It is also an opportunity for people to network and provide suggestions for future events - remember the branch is there for all and we do appreciate feedback and suggestions from our members.

    There will be light refreshments and a small buffet.

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Monday
    24 Sep 2012
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    13 Jun 2012


    Social Media - Andrew Westgarth
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Darlington campus of Teesside Uni, room will be D4.01 on the fourth floor

    Andrew Westgarth is Co-founder of North East Bytes, a free User Group covering the North East and Cumbrian regions of the United Kingdom having technical meetings covering Development and IT Pro topics every month. He is a Technical Architect at Sage (UK) Ltd working on large scale cloud and web applications. Andrew is very active in the UK Developer Community, attending and speaking at multiple events, supporting users and other User Groups. In the past he has spoken at the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference, VBUG's National Two Day Conference; Developer Developer Developer Day 5 and local User Group meetings. Andrew has experience in VB6/.NET; C#; ASP.NET and Internet Information Services. Andrew's current technical interests include IIS 8.0/7.5/7.0, IIS Extensions and Windows Azure; Personal Performance Improvement and Best Practices. View the slides here

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Wednesday
    6 Jun 2012
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    11 Apr 2012


    Setting up your own business
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS16 0DH

    Speakers are Saeed Iqbal, Learning & Education Coordinater (EMTEP) and Jacqueline Harvey, Barclays Business Manager.

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Wednesday
    4 Apr 2012
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    14 Mar 2012


    Characteristics typical of an "Intelligent Business"
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Middlesbrough, Teesside Uni, Room G1.33 in the Greg building - campus map is at: http://www.tees.ac.uk/docs/docrepo/about/CampusMap.pdf

    Senior Consultant Dave Hooper will discuss the characteristics typical of an “intelligent business”; a well-controlled and well-understood organisation able to measure its performance based on factual evidence and base business decisions on sound performance indicators. Dave will then explain the best approach for extracting the data you need from your existing systems and how to fill in the gaps and inconsistencies that inevitably arise. After covering how to process the data he will address how the information should be presented to business users and which technologies are appropriate to their varied needs.

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Wednesday
    7 Mar 2012
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Akram El Gabry (email)
     
    Wednesday
    8 Feb 2012



    Backup Architecture
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Darlington campus of Teesside Uni, room will be D4.01 on the fourth floor

    George Hewitt, Consultant: Infrastructure Technology Sometimes seen as unfashionable and low priority for investment, backups are still a critical part of any IT infrastructure. They will enable a business to restore everything from a single email item, right up to an entire server as part of a disaster recovery scenario. The quantity – and criticality – of business data has increased dramatically in recent years, and so the question still remains: how can this data be backed up effectively to enable an efficient restore in times of need? George will look at the design of a reliable backup infrastructure and some of the technologies that can be employed to decrease the impact of any need for recovery on a business.

    Download the slides for this presentation from here.

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Wednesday
    1 Feb 2012
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    11 Jan 2012


    IT Recruitment/Employment
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, TS16 0DH

    Chris Massey, IT Recruitment Manager from Northern Recruitment Group will talk about the current state of the IT Recruitment Market. He will provide an inside view of the recruitment of staff, for employers, and also how to go about a job search effectively for those members seeking a new role. Hopefully he will have some effective tips and tricks to ease the process which should be useful to all members.

    Northern Recruitment Group (NRG) has been operating for 35 years and now has 120 staff with it's Head Office in Newcastle and regional offices in York and Teesside. It has the largest IT Delivery recruitment team in the North East. It covers both temporary and permanent staff and recruits on regional as well as national projects - often delivering multi-site client projects throughout the UK

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Wednesday
    7 Dec 2011
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    9 Nov 2011


    Consumer Products and Impacts on IT security - David Horn
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Grieg Building, University of Teesside, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough.

    The consumerisation of IT remains a hot topic for IT departments. This is primarily due to the growing popularity of products such as the Apple iPad and Smartphones. So how secure are these consumer-focused technologies, why are they increasingly pushing their way into the work environment, and what impact are they having ?

    David is the Sales Director for Sapphire, one of the leading, forward thinking, dynamic and independent IT security consultancies in the U.K where he has been in a variety of roles since April 2002.

    He has a Sales and Commercial Management background since 1992 holding a variety of positions along the way.

    His particular experience includes managing, driving and motivating sales teams as well as general business improvement including, but not limited to internal processes and procedures

    His specialist area is IT/IS security from both a commercial and technical perspective.

    As well as having a good technical grasp of the main technologies in this field, he is also very conversant with computer forensics and is regularly invited to speak on the subject at seminars and events.

    Outside of the product arena, he is also fully familiar with Penetration Testing/Vulnerability Assessments, Computer Forensics, PCI and also ISO/IEC 27001. These specialist services now form the cornerstone of the vast majority of his trusted partnership client relationships

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Wednesday
    2 Nov 2011
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    12 Oct 2011


    Annual General Meeting
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Golden Brown Coffee, 1 Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. http://www.goldenbrown-coffee.co.uk/

    Annual General Meeting for 2011/12. Light refreshments will be available from 6.30 and the AGM should start around 7pm. This is an opportunity to have your say on the direction the branch will take next year and meet fellow members. We hope you’ll come along if at all possible and look forward to seeing you there.

    Parking just around the corner right in the middle of Darlington which is free after 6pm.

    We’ll be on the top floor, for those who need it there is a lift to access the top floor if necessary. Download the minutes

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Wednesday
    5 Oct 2011
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    31 Aug 2011
    Committee Planning Meeting - Teesside University libraryContact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    11 May 2011


    Annual Genearl Meeting for Teesside and District Branch (AGM)
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Darlington

    Annual General Meeting for 2010/11. Light refreshments will be available from 6.30 and the AGM should start around 7pm. This is an opportunity to have your say on the direction the branch will take next year and meet fellow members. We hope you’ll come along if at all possible and look forward to seeing you there.

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Tuesday
    26 Apr 2011
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Live Meeting
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    13 Apr 2011


    Suggested Meeting Date, topic to be confirmed
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Middlesbrough

    Meeting to be confirmed

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Tuesday
    22 Mar 2011
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Meeting at the University
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Tuesday
    15 Mar 2011
    Budget Submission due date
    Budget to be agreed for next year and submitted to BCS Head Office
    Contact: Erika Downs (contact)
     
    Tuesday
    22 Feb 2011
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Live Meeting
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    2 Feb 2011


    Computing in Modern Engineering
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Stephenson Building, University of Teesside

    The February event is a visit to the School of Science and Technology at the University of Teesside. Members will have the opportunity to see some of the uses of computing in modern engineering activities, an area which has grown enormously over recently years. Computer Aided Engineering has grown from replacing drawing boards to three dimensional modelling and full blown analysis tools. The use of Computer Aided Manufacture, Robotics, and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems also figure strongly in the Engineer's arsenal.

    The meeting will start with refreshments in the foyer of the Stephenson Building ( http://www.tees.ac.uk/docs/docrepo/about/CampusMap.pdf ) in School of Science and Engineering at 6-30 pm on Wednesday 2nd February 2011. Car Parking will be available in The Quadrangle P6 on this map http://www.tees.ac.uk/docs/docrepo/about/CampusCarParkMap.pdf .

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Tuesday
    25 Jan 2011
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Meeting at the University
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Wednesday
    24 Nov 2010


    How to divide by zero – and why a computer scientist really wants to!
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Blackwell Grange Hotel,Grange Road,Darlington,County Durham. DL3 8QH.


    Dr James Anderson BSc, PhD, MBCS, CITP, CSci.
    People used to think that it is impossible to find the square root of negative numbers, until the square root of minus one was defined to be a number, such that the ordinary operations of arithmetic apply to a new set of imaginary or complex numbers. The same mathematical trick worked for numbers plus one, minus one, and zero divided by zero. Now it is possible to divide any real or complex number by zero. This brings many benefits to computing. Three of which are that the new arithmetic doubles the range of real numbers that can be described by IEEE floating-point bits, thereby doubling the “accuracy” of iterative functions that are computed to a tolerance. Secondly, that any Turing computable function can be laid out as a pipeline so that practical programs, executing on massively pipelined machines, terminate once per clock tick. Thirdly, that any syntactically correct Turing program is semantically correct (in as much as it does not terminate on an exception). Come to the talk, learn how to divide by zero, and learn what division by zero can do for you. Dr James Anderson is a lecturer in Computer Science at Reading University. He worked on computer language standardisation for the BSI and is currently Chair of Berkshire BCS. He invented the transarithmetics which allow division by zero and has developed computer architectures to exploit them, including trans versions of two’s complement and floating-point arithmetic. Dr Anderson currently teaches discrete mathematics and compiler theory and practice.

    Download slides from the presentation

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Tuesday
    23 Nov 2010
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Live Meeting
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Tuesday
    26 Oct 2010
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Meeting at the University
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Tuesday
    28 Sep 2010
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Telephone Conference with Live Meeting Presentation
    Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)
     
    Tuesday
    29 Jun 2010


    ‘Computer Forensics’
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Darlington Football Ground

    This evening we have a talk on ‘Computer Forensics’ by David Horn (Sapphire). This will be in the Boardroom of Darlington Football Ground. Download Flier Download the slides from this presentation

    Contact: Akram El Gabry (email)

     
    Tuesday
    22 Jun 2010
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Discuss next year's agenda in person at the University of Teesside
    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Thursday
    20 May 2010


    AGM and round-table “Any Questions?”
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Football Club

    Annual General Meeting for 2009/10. Light refreshments will be available from 6.30 and the AGM should start around 7pm. This is an opportunity to have your say on the direction the branch will take next year and meet fellow members. We hope you’ll come along if at all possible and look forward to seeing you there.

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Thursday
    6 May 2010
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Peter Phillips (email)
     
    Thursday
    18 Mar 2010


    Software delivery fulfillment seen as ‘software delivery governance’. Arranger Peter Phillips
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Parkwood Hotel, 64-66 Darlington Road , Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, TS18 5ER

    Contact: Peter Phillips (email)

     
    Thursday
    4 Mar 2010
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Peter Phillips (email)
     
    Thursday
    25 Feb 2010


    Visit to Serco Transport Systems, Stockton
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Serco Transport Systems

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Thursday
    18 Feb 2010
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Peter Phillips (email)
     
    Thursday
    21 Jan 2010


    Emerging Technologies
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Parkmore Hotel, Yarm Rd

    Vicky Rushin is a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University who teaches and researches the area of Emerging Technologies. As a result of her interest in the topic she frequently attends schools and colleges to talk on the subject. She recently organized the area finals of the Lego Robotics competition which involved 20 local schools competing for the right to attend the national finals and ultimately the chance to compete in the USA for the International Robotic championships

    Contact: Peter Phillips (email)

     
    Wednesday
    20 Jan 2010
    Committee Planning Meeting.Contact: Peter Phillips (email)
     
    Thursday
    12 Nov 2009


    IT Governance for Directors and IT Managers. The Titanic History Lesson
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington, DL3 8QH

    Mark Kozak-Holland from the USA will be out guest speaker at the launch of the Darlington BCS st the prestigious Blackwell Grange Hotel. See www.lessons-from-history.com for a flavour of the evening.

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Tuesday
    3 Nov 2009
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Alan Shaw (contact)
     
    Thursday
    15 Oct 2009


    Joanne Noble
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Best Western Roker Hotel, Sunderland, SR6 9ND

    Ms Joanne Noble has extensive experience in software commissioning and delivery is our speaker at the Roker Park Hotel on Oct. 15. Her topic will be her experience of the delivery of a Web site for a large organizaton and her research into a tool/approach that would help avoid some of the problems typically encountered.

    Contact: Alan Shaw (contact)

     
    Friday
    2 Oct 2009
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Thursday
    21 May 2009


    AGM
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - St. George Hotel, Middleton St. George, DL2 1RH

    Annual General Meeting for 2008/9. Download the presentation here.

    Contact: David Fuller (email)

     
    Thursday
    23 Apr 2009
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Wednesday
    18 Mar 2009


    Risks and Costs of Open sorce -
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside IDI Sound Production Lab (podcasted)

    This will be a round table discussion podcasted in realtime with feedback from listeners

    Contact: Alan Jones (email)

     
    Thursday
    5 Mar 2009
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Thursday
    19 Feb 2009


    Cleveland Police Visit
    6.15 pm - 8pm - Ladgate Lane

    This will be a visit to Cleveland Police site at Ladgate Lane. For Maps click here…Large Scale and Close up

    Contact: Alan Jones (email)

     
    Thursday
    5 Feb 2009
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Wednesday
    21 Jan 2009


    IT Infrastructure with Open Source
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Swallow Hotel, John Walker Square, Stockton, TS18 1AQ

    IT Infrastructure with Open Source and the Business Services Initiative Download the slides

    Contact: Craig Bates (contact)

     
    Thursday
    8 Jan 2009
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Thursday
    27 Nov 2008


    Web Services and Business Automation with Open Source
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Arts Centre, Vane Terrace, Darlington, DL3 7AX

    Discussions around open source web services. Dave Fuller gave an extensive presentation using JBOSS, Download Dave's Slides. Alan Jones gave a presentation of ActiveVOS BPEL Eclipse. Download Alan's Slides

    Contact: David Fuller (email)

     
    Tuesday
    4 Nov 2008
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Wednesday
    22 Oct 2008


    Security with Open Source
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Partmore Hotel, 636 Yarm Road, TS16 0DH

    A discussion around security when using open source software

    Download Notes | Download Slides

    Contact: Simon Boardman (email)

     
    Thursday
    9 Oct 2008
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Wednesday
    17 Sep 2008


    OpenOffice.org
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    Presentation by David Binns on open source products and open office.
    Download Slides

    Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)

     
    Thursday
    4 Sep 2008
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Thursday
    5 Jun 2008
    Committee Strategy Meeting
    Meeting to discuss branch strategy for the next 12 months.
    Contact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Wednesday
    7 May 2008


    AGM and Guest Speaker from BT discussing RUP
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel

    Nick Poulten IT Delivery Programme Manager for Disclosure Scotland & Joe Carroll Business Architect for the Criminal Justice Market Sector within BT are giving a presentation on the use of RUP for software delivery. They will talk about the common problems that occur during software delivery projects, the differences between a waterfall and an iterative lifecycle, give an overview of the Rational Unified Process and examine how an iterative lifecycle and the RUP can help avoid the common problems experienced with software development. Download agenda

    Contact: David Fuller (email)

     
    Wednesday
    16 Apr 2008


    Global Trading
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel

    British Computer Society (Teesside and District) is currently celebrating it’s 50th Birthday year with the theme ‘Globalisation’.

    On 16th April, Craig Bates who owns an IT services business in the North East will be speaking about his experiences of Globalisation insofar as it impacts on his business and customers.

    He will look at the drivers that are propelling a global market, as well as covering topics including the decision to outsource, negotiations and integration with traditional business models. He will also cover the technology that allows this to be possible, as well as it's limitations, and draw conclusions about globalisation ‘on the ground’.

    The event starts at 1830 with refreshments and the presentation will be 7 - 8pm. All members are invited, as well as guests and general members of the interested public.

    Contact: Claire Donlan (contact)

     
    Wednesday
    16 Apr 2008
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Download the minutes
    Contact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Thursday
    6 Mar 2008
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Download the minutes
    Contact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Wednesday
    27 Feb 2008


    Visit to Trinity Mirror Printing Works
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Trinity Mirror Printing Works, Riverside, Middlesbrough TS2 1UT

    Speaker Ian Laws, Production Manager. Starts at 18:30.
    CLICK HERE FOR A MAP TO THE PRINT WORKS

    Members must register with Alan Jones via email to attend this event as we need to keep track of numbers.

    Contact: Alan Jones (email)

     
    Thursday
    7 Feb 2008
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Download the minutes
    Contact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Wednesday
    23 Jan 2008


    Emerging markets for Global Trade
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel

    The talk will provide an overview of emerging markets together with a personal view of Phil Eadon, Chairman of www.partners4technology.com , on the cultural differences and how to negotiate business with natives of foreign climes, not forgetting that we are the foreigners to customers in these countries. Phil will be joined by P4T member John Dobie who runs INTERFOS UK Ltd (Partners for technology) and has considerable experience in emerging markets such as Nigeria, China and most recently South America. John was also a delegate at INTERTECH China 2007 and is the Chairman of the North East International Exporters Club.

    The rise of the middle class in India and China offers traders in the north east the opportunity to reach new markets. Internet technologies are the means by which the path to these customers can be made smooth and profitable, and can connect sales nous in UK with overseas suppliers who do the legwork.

    Download the slides from this presentation here

    Contact: Simon Boardman (email)

     
    Thursday
    10 Jan 2008
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: David Fuller (email)
     
    Wednesday
    12 Dec 2007


    VOIP and Global Communications
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    Speakers British Telecom and Mr Cajetan Mbama, researcher.

    In what is expected to be a popular event, Cajetan Mbama will cover what is VOIP, how it works, why use it and what are the benefits, followed by issues affecting deployment, with insights into environmental impacts such as convergence, security and regulation.

    Contact: Alan Jones (email)

     
    Thursday
    29 Nov 2007
    Committee Planning MeetingContact: Graham Evans (email)
     
    Wednesday
    14 Nov 2007


    Telemedicine.
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - The Parkmore Hotel

    Graham Evans (Director of Human Resources and Information at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust and Chairman of the BCS Teesside and District Branch) will provide some background on how Telemedicine technology has evolved to facilitate the delivery of clinical care, along with a discussion on its practical uses, issues affecting the patient and the benefits within a modern health service.

    Contact: Graham Evans (email)

     
    Thursday
    25 Oct 2007
    Committee Planning Meeting
    Round table planning for the next public meeting
    Contact: Alan Jones (email)
     
    Wednesday
    3 Oct 2007


    Wireless and Mobile Communications
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    Speakers Andrew Lumley, Simon Boardman, Claire Donlan and Craig Bates.

    Over the last decade mobile computing has become an important, growing and productive part of the information infrastructure of the modern enterprise. Mobile computing has evolved with improved network connectivity and a blend of devices to enable continuous access to network services, high data portability and performance, improved presentation, and a general sense of usefulness. With innovation, freedom and flexibility, however, comes great risk of theft and loss. Mobile devices have become walking treasure troves.

    Download presentation notes

    Contact: Andrew Lumley (contact)

     
    Wednesday
    9 May 2007


    This is the Branch Annual General Meeting
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - Parkmore Hotel, Yarm Rd

    Our guest will be Alastair Waite, CEO of Onyx Internet plc, and a serial entrepreneur, who will describe to members some of the professional turning-points in his career so far.

    A bar will be available.

    The Parkmore Hotel is at 636 Yarm Road (the very old A19 route south), postcode TS16 0DH. We very much wish to see you there on the night. Download Minutes

    Contact: Graham Evans (email)

     
    Wednesday
    28 Mar 2007



    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    Derek Harding will talk about using electronic teaching methods from a national perspective in his role as a researcher, teacher and author about history. Eileen Webb will present how electronic methods are used within Teesside University.

    Dr. Eileen Webb is an experienced academic practitioner and researcher on novel electronic methods to support teaching at University level and will talk about how electronic methods are used within Teesside University.

    The motivation to use electronic support is complex to manage and direct. There are many factors, not least student expectations. Using electronic support often requires more effort from both the teacher and the learner. Recent developments will be outlined and the speakers will present examples of the technology in Action.

    Derek will start at 7pm, and Eileen will be 2nd about 7.40.

    Contact: Alan Jones (email)

     
    Wednesday
    14 Mar 2007


    “Safety in healthcare: today’s challenge”.
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    The next lecture in our Public and Professorial lecture series is by Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer on Wednesday 14th March at 6.30pm in the Centuria Building. Sir Liam is also a recent honorary graduate of the University and will be speaking on "Safety in healthcare: today’s challenge". This particular lecture is proving extremely popular but, as always, a number of seats are made available to the University community and may be requested by email. The Vice-Chancellor hopes that a number of colleagues will join him at what will be a fascinating and timely lecture.

    Contact: Alan Jones (email)

     
    Wednesday
    17 Jan 2007


    Medical Advances
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    James Cook University Hospital give a parctical demonstration of the hospital at night service. This service is used to coordinate the activity of the Doctors during the evening and over night by use of hand held PCs and a call logging service. Doctors can be assigned jobs within the hospital and can record and respond to those jobs using the hand held PC. The system has proved very successful not only for coordinating the Doctors but for collection invaluable statistics about the length and types of planned and unplanned incidents. We will see it in action tonight. For more information on this system visit http://www.ibleep.net/

    Contact: Graham Evans (email)

     
    Wednesday
    13 Dec 2006


    Industrial applications and EJB 3
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    This will be an overview of Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 from a technical level and also a discussion around OpenSource including Jboss and various open source database / programming constructs around the J2EE environment and Application Server architecture.

    Contact: David Fuller (email)

     
    Wednesday
    8 Nov 2006


    Communication and The Intelligent Home
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    Members are invited to a rare treat this Wednesday. First, a very senior and widely experienced colleague from BCS will talk to members about the revitalised focus within BCS on member services.

    And the ever-rushing Internet provides material for our Innovation series – Home Automation.

    The Intelligent Home will have architecture based on Ipv6 – Internet Protocol version 6. This version has a vastly-increased name space, so not only can your central heating have a URL address, so can the motor that operates the cat flap. Many colleagues understand the engineer’s response to the problem of global warming and energy reduction – technology.

    The day of the Intelligent Home has arrived, and the good news is you can retrofit it into your existing house. This is what programmers call ‘reuseability’ – wonderful. Our guest speaker is Alan Shaw, senior academic in Teesside’s School of Science and Engineering.

    We look forward to an exciting evening. 6.30 for 7, Wenesday Nov 8, at the School of Computing, Teesside University. TS1 3BA. Contact alan.jones@tees.ac.uk with any questions.

    Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)

     
    Wednesday
    27 Sep 2006


    Technology on the move
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    Technology on the move will be a discussion of the advances in wireless and mobile working.

    Contact: Adrian Beckham (contact)

     
    Wednesday
    24 May 2006


    Annual General Meeting and Blogging…
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    This is the Annual General Meeting and will be held at the University of Teesside. The usual arrangements, 6.30pm for 7. The guest speaker is Stuart Bruce of Bruce Marshall associates who will be speaking on the subject of blogging. Hope to see you there

    Contact: Adrian Beckham (contact)

     
    Wednesday
    22 Mar 2006


    Microsoft Sharepoint
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    Next BCS meeting is Wednesday 22 March. Visitors and non-members are welcome. We will have two presentations of Microsoft’s SharePoint. Start at 1830 with refreshments in the Europa Foyer (entry from Woodlands Road, TS1 3BA); the main meeting begins 1900 until 2030. Venue is the Europa Building theatre OL1, adjacent to the foyer.

    The product to be presented on this evening will again show how IT is fulfilling its promise as the 5th revolution (after canals, rail, electricity and the internal combustion engine).

    Neil Walker from Capture Projects will speak on both sessions on March 22.

    In the first slot he will present case studies of Sharepoint’s application. The second slot will be of a more technical nature, with demonstrations of SharePoint’s technology.

    Sharepoint is often linked with Infopath. InfoPath is about forms, and presenting information on-screen. Sharepoint is about the control and secure distribution of information (that may subsequently be presented in forms).

    These technologies offer productivity for developers and scalability for customers, with added benefit of secure Internet presentation which means some of your documents can be opened up to clients and customers.

    The ‘secure’ approach allows this selectivity of what can be seen.

    These technologies are a powerful way of creating communities—for commerce, education, B2B, decision-making, problem-solving, sport, clubs and charitable groups.

    Contact: Alan Jones (email)

     
    Wednesday
    25 Jan 2006


    Graphical Information Systems
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    7pm Dave Renn, Stockton Borough Council.

    The e-government revolution is firmly upon us, challenging central and local government to improve efficiency, streamline processes and share data better. This is well exemplified by the range of interactive geographical services now available via the Web. David Renn, Geographical Information System (GIS) Manager, and member of Local Government Geographical Information Committee (LoGGIC) will describe and demonstrate some of the ways in which GIS is helping to meet the e-government agenda. Services will include reporting problems, advising of local activities, informing of street works and winter maintenance routes, managing the planning process and identifying school catchment areas..

    7.30pm Paul Massey, Ian Elcoate and Ria Pozoukidou, University of Teesside.

    Research in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) at Teesside University has been the special interest of Paul Massey since his involvement, some time ago, with the Cleveland Forest project. No, this wasn't about the location of badger nests but more prosaically how the finished forest would appear if certain mixes of trees were planted. This was a kind of visual 'what-if' scenario generator. Paul and 2 of his research students (Ian Elcoate and Ria Pozoukidou) will describe and demonstrate two contrasting GIS applications. Ian's project is concerned with location/personal tracking and GPS and is a development of a project supported originally by the Ordnance Survey. Ria's project is concerned with a client in the Primary Care Trust and is concerned with resource planning and integrating data mining with GIS.

    Contact: Alan Jones (email)

     
    Wednesday
    14 Dec 2005


    Business Integration
    6.30pm - 8pm - University of Teesside

    Benjamin Mitchell http://benjaminm.net/ is currently working as a Program Manager with Kalido Limited. Previously he's worked as a consultant helping some of the UK's largest banks implement web services security and build enterprise applications. Having spent many years working on some of the largest websites in Australia he has come to London to experience bigger challenges. He is passionate about improving development practices through extreme programming and making the web easier to use for applications through web services.

    We live in the year that sees the start of IT's expansion to be the core business platform of the world. This year, and the products to be presented this evening, shows how IT will fulfill its promise as the 5 th revolution (after canals, rail, electricity and the internal combustion engine). Each previous revolution changed forever the way the world worked. This 5th revolution will do the same. Benjamin will show glimpses of the future with new Microsoft products SQLServer 2005 (the database), Visual Studio 2005 (the development environment), and BizTalk 2006 (the integration platform).

    www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/applicationplatform/launch2005/default.mspx

    This is the way the MS is targeting exploitation of web services standards for interoperability and business communication ( www.w3.org/ ) and the semantic web that enables all this (http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/Semantic.html ).

    BCS Teesside and District will gladly welcome attendance from all interested - non-members are welcome.

    We will offer some refreshments at 1830, ahead of the lecture which is planned to start at 7pm until 7.50pm, with questions and answers to follow until 8.30pm.The Venue is Teesside University, and when we have an idea of numbers we will get a hall to suit.

    We look forward to welcoming you to a view of the new Microsoft products that are arguably the most significant product launches for low-cost, effective business integration ever, and exploit the Internet in ways previously unforeseen and unimaginable.

    Contact: Alan Jones (email)

     
    Wednesday
    9 Nov 2005


    Business Communications, .Net versus Java application developments.
    6.30pm - 8pm - University of Teesside

    This presentation will compare the benefits and pitfalls of the java development platform vs. the .net platform.

    Contact: David Fuller (email)

     
    Wednesday
    21 Sep 2005


    Communications
    6.30pm - 8pm - University Hospital of North Tees, Post Graduate Centre, Hardwick, Stockton on Tees TS19 8PE

    Theme of the evening will be "Communications" and will include an interactive demonstration of Videoconferencing systems over both ISDN and IP communications channels.

    The host will be Graham Evans, Director of IM&T for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust/Co-Chairman of the Teesside and District branch.

    Guest speaker will be Mr Ian Carter - Managing Director of Videonations in Manchester who will present "Live from Manchester", this will be followed by a local demonstrations of Videoconference systems in use within the trust by the host.

    Contact: Graham Evans (email)

     
    Wednesday
    18 May 2005


    Information Technology Infrastructure Library and Branch AGM
    6.30pm - 8pm - University of Teesside

    7.00 Dave Binns, DBRA UK Ltd, “ITIL — the Information Technology Infrastructure Library.” Dave will describe the utility of the ITL as an audit device and ready management system.

    7.30 The Teesside and District Branch AGM.

    Contact: David Binns BSc MSc MBCS CITP (email)

     
    Wednesday
    16 Mar 2005


    Network Security Management
    6.30pm - 8pm - University of Teesside

    7.00 Gary Askew, IT Security Consultant, Durham “Network Security Management”. Gary will outline the national NHS approach.

    7.30 Stuart Norman, professional IT specialist, York “Computer Systems Validation”. Stuart will outline usability aspects including GUI and ROI measures.

    Contact: Graham Evans (email)

     
    Wednesday
    26 Jan 2005


    IT Strategy for the NHS
    6.30pm - 8pm - University of Teesside

    7pm - Graham Evans presents an NHS Trust approach to working with the National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT)

    7.30pm - Ian Simpson gives a talk on Professional CVs and Interview practice including How many CV's should you have? The importance of personal networks, Interview preparation. Also Ian shows us how to identify a good agency help them work for you. He will provide some useful resources as part of his presentation

    Contact: Graham Evans (email)

     
    Thursday
    9 Dec 2004


    Less Code/Compilation, More Software/Practice
    7pm - A316, Ellison Building, Ellison Place, (also accessible from Northumberland Road), University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST.

    A talk by Jon Jagger, an independent trainer/designer/consultant. You are invited to the Carriage pub (old Jesmond Station) after each event.

    Contact: Alan White (contact)

     
    Thursday
    11 Nov 2004


    Using and Extending Jaxen
    7pm - A316, Ellison Building, Ellison Place, (also accessible from Northumberland Road), University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST.

    An open-source Java engine for evaluating Xpath expressions. A talk by Romilly Cocking, an independent consultant and trainer. You are invited to the Carriage pub (old Jesmond Station) after each event.

    Contact: Alan White (contact)

     
    Thursday
    4 Nov 2004


    Relaunch of BCS on Teesside
    6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - St George Hotel, Teesside International Airport DL1 2RH

    This is the teesside branch re-launch event. See further detail

    Contact: Graham Evans (email)

     
    Thursday
    14 Oct 2004


    Design Recovery - Trying to Hit XP's Moving Target
    7pm - A316, Ellison Building, Ellison Place, (also accessible from Northumberland Road), University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST.

    Bringing Class Diagrams to the Java Browser's Toolset. You are invited to the Carriage pub (old Jesmond Station) after each event A talk by Paul Wells, a software engineering consultant

    Contact: Alan White (contact)

     
    Thursday
    1 Jul 2004


    Meeting - Discuss Committee Format
    6.30pm - 9pm - Elton

    Meeting to discuss pending changes to the committee and the future of the Teesside Branch. If you have any input please feel free to contact us.

    Contact: Charles Marshall (contact)

     
    Thursday
    27 May 2004


    AGM
    6.30pm - 8.30pm - University of Teesside

    AGM for 2004.

    Contact: Alan Jones (email)