Previous Events

Balancing Freedom and Progress: IoT & the Supply Chain

21/06/2017 - 19:00
21/06/2017 - 21:00

Venue: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Filton Road, Bristol BS34 8QZ map
plenty of parking available

Speakers: Prof. Glenn Parry, Dr Carl Shaw, and Georgina Graham

7.00pm Welcome
7.30pm Main Talks
8.30pm Refreshments

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This fourth talk in the 2017 series will continue the theme about “of now” technology subject matters and have an underlying theme to examine the security and privacy issues of modern technology.

The talk will examine how new technology is pushing the boundaries of value, how security is often forgotten within the IoT arena and the challenges that arise by the regulatory framework for data protection and privacy when applied to the Iota ecosystem.

This talk will be delivered by three representatives with varied experiences.

Prof. Glenn ParryProfessor Glenn Parry

Glenn Parry is Professor of Strategy and Operations Management at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England. He is primarily interested in what 'Good' means for an organisation, exploring value as a measurement of 'goodness'. He uses business models as a framework to understand value co-creation between provider and client in context. He is currently working on personal data business models, perceived vulnerability and data, ‘blockchain for good’, and business models in the charities sector.

Dr Carl ShawDr Carl Shaw

Carl Shaw has over 20 years of developing and securing embedded systems an is one of the founders of Cerberus Security Laboratories Ltd, a UK company that specialises in embedded systems and IoT technical security consultancy, development and testing. Prior to this, he: was one of the founders of the software company MathEmbedded Ltd., where he built a reputation for delivering software security consultancy; worked for the silicon manufacturer STMicroelectronics as technical leader of their global Linux OS team, where he led security projects for pay TV System-on-Chips; was a senior scientist at the MoD; and earned a Ph.D in Astrophysics. His current work involves the end-to-end security design, architecture and assessment of complex IoT and “smart” devices. Current interests include hybrid hardware/software methods for securing CPUs and software countermeasures for side channel attacks. He is a regular speaker at conferences, the most recent being Embedded World 2017 in Germany.

Georgina GrahamGeorgina Graham

Georgina is a Senior Associate in Osborne Clarke's Commercial team, specialising in technology and data protection and privacy.  She advises on a range of data privacy issues, including in the context of Internet of Things, mobile payments, big data analytics and data monetisation / exploitation.
 
Georgina is currently working with a number of clients to prepare for the impact of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, helping them to develop their privacy compliance programmes and navigate through the minefield of European data protection laws. 
Her work also includes advising clients on: global data transfer issues, data sharing arrangements, and direct marketing.  Georgina works with businesses to provide solutions for the tensions that can exist between the desire to recognise the value in data with (sometimes) complex legal and regulatory challenges.

FinTech: Balancing Freedom and Progress

07/06/2017 - 19:00
07/06/2017 - 21:00

HPC Talk Speakers

Venue: Burges Salmon Bristol office
One Glass Wharf, Bristol BS2 0ZX

Speakers: Adrian Shedden, Dave Tonge, and Charles Radclyffe

7.00pm Welcome
7.30pm Main Talks
8.30pm Refreshments

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This third talk in the 2017 series will continue the theme about “of now” technology subject matters and have an underlying theme to examine the increasing careful balance required between “freedom and efficiency” that modern technology provides to us. This talk will be delivered by three representatives with varied experiences.

Adrian SheddenAdrian Shedden - Senior Associate, Burges Salmon

Adrian leads Burges Salmon’s cross-departmental fintech and regulated lending practices and is a senior associate in the firm's funds and financial regulation team. Adrian has experience advising financial institutions, high net worth individuals, start-ups and major private and public companies in relation to regulation in the following main areas:

  • fund and asset management
  • retail finance, mortgage and consumer credit
  • payment services and electronic money
  • virtual currencies and decentralised ledger technology
    regulatory disputes.

Adrian is heavily engaged with the fintech sector. He is a mentor on the Barclays Techstars Accelerator and together with the Burges Salmon fintech practice has been assisting the FCA with its regtech call for input and engaging with R3 CEV and stakeholders on smart contract templates.
Adrian qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2009 and is an alumnus of the University of Bristol and University of West England.

Dave TongeDave Tonge - CTO at Moneyhub Enterprise

Dave is a member of the Open ID Foundation working on open standards for financial APIs and is the technical representative for the Financial Data and Technology Association(FDATA). He also represents FDATA within the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) PSD2 Stakeholder Group as well as working with the Open Banking Implementation Entity to define the standard for UK Banking APIs. At Moneyhub Enterprise, Dave leads the team of Software Engineers, QA Engineers, UX Architects and Systems Administrators to deliver the best personal finance management solutions on mobile devices and across the web, for businesses to share with their customers.

Charles RadclyffeCharles Radclyffe - FinTech practitioner

Charles is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold three FinTech and AdTech companies, and passionately supports and mentors young entrepreneurs and start-up teams.

In addition to providing advisory services to companies on their Data Analytics strategy, he is an experienced public speaker on topics relating to Smart Devices, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence.

Charles holds an MA in Law from Cambridge, and his hobbies include golf, motorsport, science fiction and early modern history. Charles currently serves as the Head of Technology for the Innovation Function at Deutsche Bank in London, dbLabs.

AI & Robotic Ethics

03/05/2017 - 19:00
03/05/2017 - 21:00

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Venue: Engine Shed

Speaker: Alan Winfield & Chris Holder

7.00pm Welcome
7.30pm Main Talk
8.30pm Refreshments

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This second talk in the 2017 series will look at AI and Robotic Ethics. The talk will examine the how intelligent robotics has the potential for huge benefit, but is not without ethical or societal risk and where we stand legally on such matters and what this could mean for potential applications and the impact on people.

Alan WinfieldAlan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He received his PhD in Digital Communications from the University of Hull in 1984, then co-founded and led APD Communications Ltd until taking-up appointment at UWE, Bristol in 1991. Winfield co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and his research is focussed on understanding the nature and limits of robot intelligence.

Alan is an advocate for robot ethics; he is a member of the British Standards Institute working group that drafted BS 8611: Guide to the Ethical Design of Robots and Robotic Systems, and currently co-chairs the General Principles committee of the IEEE global initiative on the Ethics of Autonomous Systems. Alan has published over 200 works, including ‘Robotics: A Very Short Introduction’ (Oxford University Press, 2012), and lectures widely on robotics (including robot ethics) presenting to both academic and public audiences.

Chris HolderChris Holder has worked in the IT sector since qualification in 1991 and was one of the first wave of specialist IT outsourcing lawyers in the UK, having worked for both IBM UK and Shaw Pittman in this role from the mid1990s/early 2000s.

He has advised suppliers and customers alike in relation to large scale, national and international IT infrastructure outsourcing transactions around the World and has been involved in some of the largest and most complex deals completed in the UK. This includes many examples of data centre, application development and maintenance, telecoms networks and desktop service deals, either together or as separate ‘tower’ transactions.

Aside from IT Outsourcing, Chris has represented clients involved in a range of BPO transactions, including F&A, HR and logistics and is also involved in systems integration and multi sourcing agreements, hardware purchase agreements, website development and hosting, e-commerce and general commercial contacting in the IT business arena.

Chris is a Partner at Bristows since 2014 and leads the firm’s new Robotics and AI practice and has been involved in many EU and UK based initiatives to begin the development of law and practice in this area.

He has spoken widely on all of the above topics and is a current member of the Technology Committee of the IBA.

Branch AGM 2016 & 2017

03/05/2017 - 18:30
03/05/2017 - 19:00

We have had some challenges in organising an AGM last year, and so we propose to hold a catch up AGM for 2016 and the AGM for 2017 before the May talk.

Please come along and give support to your committee.

We are always looking for help and if you wish to become more involved in the running of the branch we would welcome your help.

Machine Learning & AI

01/03/2017 - 19:00
01/03/2017 - 21:00

Venue: Engine Shed

Speaker: Nigel Toon & Jim Smith

7.00pm Refreshments
7.30pm Main Talk

This event is now fully booked.

This talk on Machine Learning & AI (Artificial Intelligence) and will examine how the capability of the underlying technology is rapidly increasing and what this could mean for potential applications and the impact on people.

Nigel ToonNigel Toon is co-founder and Chairman & CEO of Graphcore Ltd. Graphcore is a new silicon and systems company based in Bristol, UK and Palo Alto, USA that has developed the Intelligent Processing Unit to accelerate machine learning and AI applications.

Nigel was CEO of two VC-backed silicon companies before founding Graphcore; Picochip, which was sold to Mindspeed in 2012 and most recently, XMOS, in which Graphcore was incubated for two years before being established as a separate entity in 2016. Before that he was co-founder of Icera, a 3G/4G cellular modem chip company, where he led Sales and Marketing and was on the Board of Directors. Icera was sold to NVIDIA in 2011 for $435M. Prior to Icera, he was Vice President and General Manger at Altera Corporation where he spent 13 years and was responsible for establishing and building the European business unit that grew to over $400m annual revenues. He is the author of 3 patents, is chairman of the Board of Directors at XMOS Ltd and a non-executive director at Imagination Technologies PLC.

Jim SmithProfessor Jim Smith is Professor of Interactive Artificial Intelligence at the University of the West of England (UWE). After taking an MA.in Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University, he worked in various industrial sectors before returning to academia at UWE, where he took his PhD and now leads the Artificial Intelligence Research Group. He has published extensively on many aspects of theoretical and applied Artificial Intelligence, works which have been cited over 8000 times and have won awards such as the 2001 ACM-SIGEVO prize for papers which are ‘deemed to be seminal’. He has led a number of successful projects concerning the hybridisation of metaheuristic approaches with machine learning, and mathematical approaches funded by the EC, EPSRC, governmental agencies from the UK, US and Brazil, and commercial partners.

Recently his research has increasingly focussed on collaborative human-machine problem-solving, and how machines can deal with the fact that people are not oracles”, but rather are fallible, prone to fatigue and distraction, and are themselves adaptive - often changing their judgements or opinions as their experience changes.

DigiMakers - June

11/06/2016 - 10:30
11/06/2016 - 16:30

Raspberry PiPlease register for this Event via the DigiMakers site

This event is aimed at children, though adults are welcome as well.

The BCS is collaborating with @Bristol and the University of Bristol to bring you Digi Makers
 

Software Craftsmanship 2016

14/05/2016 - 00:30
14/05/2016 - 17:00

Venue: Computershare Investor Services PLC,
The Pavilions
Bridgwater Road
BS13 8AE Bristol
United Kingdom

Organised by: Jason Gorman

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NO PRESENTATIONS. NO SCHEDULE. JUST CODING.

The original Software Craftsmanship conference is back in a brand new format. People who participated in SC2009-2013 all told us the best thing about the conference was meeting likeminded developers who care about their craft, and getting to spend time pairing and sharing ideas and techniques - especially in the breaks, or in the breakout areas.

So, at SC2016, we creating one big breakout area and tearing up the schedule.

Autonomous Cars

09/05/2016 - 19:00
09/05/2016 - 21:00

This event has been cancelled

We are trying to rearrange this event. The original speaker had to withdraw, and we have been trying to find a replacement speaker, but have not been able to in time. Our apologies for this.

ITIL Practitioner

19/04/2016 - 19:00
19/04/2016 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Speaker: Barclay Rae

7.00pm Refreshments
7.30pm Main Talk

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Barclay RaeKeep the date, Details will be available soon

Barclay Rae is an experienced ITSM consultant, analyst and writer. He has worked on approximately 500 ITSM projects over the last 25 years, and writes blogs, research and white papers on ITSM topics for a variety of industry organisations and vendors. Barclay is currently working as interim CEO for ITSMF UK. He has worked for a number of ITSM organisations, and he delivers strategic ITSM consultancy, as well as media analyst services to the ITSM industry. He and has recently been a co-architect of the new ITIL practitioner scheme with Axelos, plus he is a co-author of the SDI certification standards.

Industrial experience with Agile in high-integrity software development

07/03/2016 - 19:00
07/03/2016 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.11, Merchant Venturers Building

Speaker: Roderick Chapman

7.00pm Refreshments
7.30pm Main Talk

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Roderick ChapmanThis presentation will concentrate on the issues and opportunities raised by the use of Agile practices in the development of high-integrity software, based on the scientific literature, two major projects, and our own understanding of the relevant regulatory regimes, standards and markets. In particular, we'll look at the assumptions that underpin the Agile manifesto and where these seem to conflict with best-practice in high-integrity development.

Conversely, we'll consider some opportunities where an Agile approach could be significantly improved by the adoption of high-integrity practices.