An examination of OS Risk – 25th September – one day event – 9:30am – 5:00pm- BCS HQ London

Tue, Sep 9th 2014 14:43 Posted by miktro

The BCS OSSG is hosting a one day, multi-session event with security experts examining the current issue of the risks involved in Open Source Software.

This event should be of interest to anyone using Open Source software in a commercial environment.

The event will be held on 25th September 2014  at BCS HQ –  5 Southampton Street, London , WC2E 7HA from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Open Source is now a board level risk in all companies on the top 100 List.

Heartbleed: The filing of vulnerable source code by a Programmer who would normally work on a globally deployed piece of OS code adopted on the majority of OS Systems. This was filed at a minute to midnight on the last day when a contractor could perform work legally for the Federal government.  The end result every computer updated with the latest version of  OpenSSL was subject to a vulnerability. In the wild this vulnerability has been exploited by several nation states to take ownerships of machines regardless of operating system.

Little awareness of the defence against bad open source has been discussed and this session will bring experts in security to examine if we are ready and prepared in the light of Heartbleed to examine OS Risk, with pointers to the Defence Against the Dark Arts. 


Coffee will be available from 09:30am.

The speaker sessions – starting at 10:00am – will be:

There will be short breaks between sessions for Coffee and lunch will be provided at 13:00pm.

The day will close with a summary at 16:30pm.

The sessions will be held in a general round table format and contributions from attendees are welcome.

The event is Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members.

Booking is required.
Booking closes at midnight on 24th September.

BCS Open Source Specialist Group – Open Mic Event – 26th August 6:00pm

Fri, Aug 15th 2014 17:43 Posted by miktro

When : 26th August 2014, 18:00 - 20:00

Where : BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA

Price : Free and open to non-members.

Booking Link:

(Registration is required)

Have you recently spotted something significant in the world of Openness?

Some significant Open Source software, Open License fonts, Open Hardware evolution, or an interesting evolution of the Open Source development process?

Open Data initiatives, Open Publishing maybe, scientific projects being Open with their data?

Come along to the Open Mic evening of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group and tell us. We have already been advised that we’ll be hearing contributions on open data and open museum contributions in the Wikipedia community, open risk and a couple of other topics.

Sign up for free (as in beer) so we can cater for you, and let us know if you intend to contribute some mic-time so we can sort out a slot for you.

Registration is essential (see booking link above), Powerpoint is not, in fact if you can speak without slides we would be grateful. The session will be audio-recorded and written up.

  1.  In the interests of the most efficient use of time, please do not assume that it will be possible to use projected presentation slides or demonstrations. We may be able to sort something out if projection is really necessary, but it is best to pretend that the Open Mic session will be conducted like a radio studio discussion.
  2.  This meeting will be audio recorded, to be shared with others either in podcast or transcript form. By registering for this event you consent to potentially being included in this recording.

If you wish to give a microtalk within this event, please answer the brief question contained within this booking process re the aspect of open you wish to talk about

 N.B. Please note that registration for this event is mandatory. Admittance will be refused if you have not registered on the BCS Booking system​.

OpenStack and the future of the Open Source Cloud – London 15/07/2014

Fri, Jul 4th 2014 14:02 Posted by Andres Baravalle

OpenStackThe Open Source Specialist Group  (OSSG) and the Internet Specialist Group are hosting a joint meeting on OpenStack.

The even will take place at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

This event is free to attend for both BCS Members (without buffer; £5 for the buffet) but booking is required.

The event focuses on the emerging cloud solution being developed and distributed via the open source model. Steve Nice will talk about potential use cases, what technology this supersedes and which organisations are already making use of it. With the groundwork laid, he will then cover how we at the BCS can understand the future of Open Source cloud and how that fits into the wider technology landscape. The talk will be finished off with a live demo of the technology as he shows how to build a simple infrastructure with the OpenStack components.

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Open Source Hardware Camp 2014 – Hebden Bridge 16-17/08/2014

Fri, Jul 4th 2014 13:33 Posted by Andres Baravalle

Open Source Hardware GroupThe Open Source Hardware Group is running a Open Source Hardware Camp in Hebden Bridge.

The event will take place between 16th August, 09:00 a.m. till 17th August, 4:00 p.m. at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St. George’s Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY, UK [map] (53.742436, -2.012918).

Please register to attend and share on Lanyrd.

For the second year running the Open Source Hardware Camp is hosted as part of the technology festival, Wuthering Bytes.

Details of the OSHUG talks and workshops can be found below and the Wuthering Bytes website will be updated in due course with details of the complete programme of events.

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Editathon (Women In Technology) – Southampton 23/06/2014

Wed, Jun 18th 2014 23:59 Posted by Andres Baravalle

WikipediaThe Open Source Specialist Group,  The Royal Academy of Engineering, BCSWomen, BCS Hampshire Branch and Southampton Solent University are hosting a joint event to add/update/improve Wikipedia entries of Women In Technology.

The even will take place at the Southampton Solent University, Reginald Mitchell Building, East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0RD, starting at 4 p.m..

Booking is recommended, via (please put BCS Hampshire Editathon in the subject). As we are using a laboratory, there is no need to bring your own equipment.

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