Exploring “Open” in Energy, Electricity from Woodchips, OpenTRV – London 19/02/2015

Tue, Jan 27th 2015 19:38 Posted by Andres Baravalle

The BCS OSSG and the OSHUG are hosting three talks which look at Open Source technologies in support of the generation and efficient use of energy.

The event will be held on Thursday 19th February at BCS HQ –  5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

This event is free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members but booking is required.

Exploring “Open” in Energy

Hydrogen fuel cellsArcola Energy builds energy systems using fuel cells powered by hydrogen. Fuel cells are one of those great ideas that has yet to gain much traction in real markets. They put men on the moon, but since then commercial progress has been slow. One way of opening up uses of fuel cells is to involve a much wider developer community. To explore this Arcola has developed a fuel cell developer kit and started on the road to working with Open Source groups. This talk will look at our journey, the success to far and the challenges ahead.

Richard Kemp-Harper is a former research scientist who spent several years managing web development, including Open Source systems at Oxfam. He then moved into technology and innovation, working at Innovate UK running innovation programmes in intelligent mobility, rail and energy. He specialises in not being a specialist.

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Open Source in Business – Sheffield 22/01/2015

Thu, Jan 8th 2015 04:33 Posted by Andres Baravalle

The Open Source Specialist Group, in association with Sheffielf Hallam University are hosting a series of talks on Open Source in Business.

The event will be held at Sheffield Hallam University, Owen Building, 1028 Lecture Theatre, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB from 5:30 pm.

This event is free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members but booking is required.

A series of talks that explore different aspects of Open Souce in commercial contexts, including crowdfunding an open hardware microenterprise, navigating licensing issues and trade associations.

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Superoptimization and Supercomputing

Tue, Nov 11th 2014 18:27 Posted by Andres Baravalle

The BCS OSSG is hosting two talks which look at “super” themes.

Venue: The Prince Philip room, Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ (N.B. Note the change of venue to the RSA)
Date: Wednesday 26 November
Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm start

This event is free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members but booking is required.

Superoptimization: How fast can your code go

Speaker: James Pallister, University of Bristol

Super TuxModern compiler optimization can take almost any code and produce a reasonably efficient binary at the end. However compiler “optimization” doesn’t make your code “optimal”, just better.

In contrast, superoptimization can produce perfect code – the fastest, the smallest or the most energy efficient code. The technique, first introduced in the late 80s found in some cases it could do 25% better than the best assembly programmer, and 40% better than the best compiler at the time.

Free software has always played a central role in superoptimization research, with the GNU Superoptimizer being one of the very first tools constructed.

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OpenCon 2014 – London 26/11/2014

Tue, Nov 11th 2014 11:58 Posted by Andres Baravalle

OpenCon 2014

OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

OpenCon 2014 London will feature leading speakers from across the Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data movements, including a combination of live speakers and videos from the OpenCon 2014 Washington event.

The talks will be interspersed with interactive group discussions themed around the session topic.

OpenCon 2014 London is a half-day event hosted by Imperial College London (at the Huxley building on 180 Queen’s Gate) with discussions continuing at a nearby pub/restaurant in the evening.

For more details, and to register for a free place, please see the eventbrite page at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/opencon-2014-london-tickets-13952172323

Interested but not able to make it to London? Attend a satellite event near you (or the OpenCon2014 conference itself in Washington, USA) here: http://opencon2014.org/takepart

OWASP Winter Code Sprint

Sun, Oct 5th 2014 15:55 Posted by Andres Baravalle

Winter Code SprintThe second round of the OWASP Winter Code Sprint is now open to mid October and is looking for students to work on current open source security projects

The OWASP Winter Code Sprint (OWCS) is a program to involve students with Security projects. By participating in OWCS a student can get real life experience while contributing to an open source project and getting university credits.

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