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FOSS for everyday life – Thursday 21st June 2018

Cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the OSSG meetup on 21st of June. We hope to reschedule our speakers later in the year. Apologies for the inconvenience, but remember that OSHCamp is still taking place this month.

Here for the record are the details of talks we hope to hold at a future time.

Deploying GPG to non-technical users

Introducing the use of cryptography in to day to day workflow can be overwhelming for new user, not helped by concepts which can be difficult to grasp, especially for non-technical users. This talk will cover a small scale deployment of GPG which is currently in progress for a team of 30 members and how the use of GPG was implemented within an organisation.

Sevan Janiyan is founder of Venture 37, which provides system administration & consultancy services. As a fan of operating systems and computers with different CPU architectures, in his spare time he maintains builds of open source software on a variety of systems featuring PowerPC, SPARC and armv7l CPUs.

Hammerspoon: Staggeringly powerful macOS desktop automation

Hammerspoon exposes many parts of macOS to the simple scripting language Lua. Its goal is to make the most powerful and flexible tool for serious power users to automate and customise as many things as possible. In this talk we’ll look at the history of automation on Apple computers, how Hammerspoon works, and some of the excellent things it can help you do. Of course, it’s Open Source, so you can also jump in and help make it even better!

Chris Jones has been creating, using, and advocating for Open Source software, since the mid-1990s. He’s spent the last 12 years of his professional life working on/with Open Source – the first half at Canonical (creators of Ubuntu) and since then working on OpenStack at HP and Red Hat.

After 13 years of zealously running only Linux on his desktops/laptops, he has spent the last 8 years recovering as a macOS user, but has nevertheless retained his passion for contributing to Open Source.


Funding Open Source – Thursday 17 May 2018

An evening meeting, where we will hear three talks on how to fund open source projects and businesses. This is a joint meeting with BCS Entrepreneurs, BCS Young Professionals Group, BCS Women and the UK Open Source Hardware User Group. Venue is the BCS Offices at 5 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA from 6-8pm.

Registration link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-source-sg-how-to-fund-open-source-projects-and-businesses-registration-45639935275

Each talk will last 30 minutes and include plenty of time for questions. I look forward to seeing you there.

Thinking differently: new approaches to funding the development of open source conservation technologies

Alasdair Davies

An active conservationist and technologist all his working life, Alasdair Davies is combining his two passions with a third – openness – to bring affordable, customizable technology to the field through the Arribada Initiative. As a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, he is designing, developing and producing open source conservation technologies in partnership with leading wildlife charities such as WWF and the Zoological Society of London, employing open approaches and licences to drive down costs by introducing new community-based funding models.

Funding open – tactics and stories from civic tech

Irina Bolychevsky

Irina is passionate about products and using technology to make things better. She spent many years working on open data at Open Knowledge as one of the directors and ckan product owner, at web startups, and most recently as a data consultant for W3C, the Open Data Institute and the UK, Dubai and UAE governments. She co-founded redecentralize.org—a project to promote and bring together people working on and interested in decentralised digital technologies.

Other ways of funding open source

Ben Nickolls

Ben Nickolls is a software developer turned product manager building a sustainable source of funding for open source maintainers at Tidelift. He is an advisor to The Centre for Cultivation of Technology, The Ford Foundation, The Sloan Foundation and helps organise the annual open source sustainability conference Sustain.org and the Core Internet Infrastructure working group. In his spare times he rides bikes, designs boardgames and walks his dog.

We anticipate this evening may be oversubscribed, so please book promptly. We shall be videoing the talks for later posting on YouTube for those who are unable to make it.


Intel Movidius Neural Compute Stick Workshop – London 22/2/2018

On the 22 February 201809:00 – 17:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA,  [map] (51.510812-0.121733)

Please register to attend and share on Lanyrd.

Learn how to use the Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick and open source frameworks to deploy deep neural networks at the edge.

Workshop details

Market research estimates there will be as many as 20 billion connected devices in the market by 2020. These devices are expected to generate billions of petabytes of data traffic between cloud and edge devices. In 2017 alone, 8.4B connected devices are expected in the market which is sparking a strong need to pre-process data at the edge. This has led many IoT device manufacturers, especially those working on vision based devices like smart cameras, drones, robots, AR/VR, etc., to bring intelligence to the edge.

Through the recent addition of the Movidius™ VPU technology to its existing AI edge solutions portfolio, Intel is well positioned to provide solutions that help developers and data scientists pioneer the low-power intelligent edge devices segment. This workshop will provide hands-on experience with Intel’s Neural Compute Stick – a low-cost, form-factor developer kit for low-power vision based embedded inference applications.

What You Will Learn:

  • Insights into how Movidius™ VPUs are pioneering DNN accelerated vision processing.
  • Introduction to hardware and software components of NCS.
  • Workflow of network profiling and application development using NCS.
  • Detection/Classification models
  • Advanced functionalities
  • Hands-on with advanced demos and sample codes built using NC SDK’s API framework, which includes support for Caffe and TensorFlow

Participant requirements

** Participants are required to bring a laptop computer with Ubuntu 16.04 and Neural Compute SDK installed **

What is provided

  • NCS hardware will be provided for use during the workshop
  • A light lunch will be provided and please ensure that any dietary requirements are made clear during registration

Hosted by

The workshop will be hosted by Intel engineers.

This workshop is free to attend and hosted by Intel in partnership with the BCS Open Source Specialist Group and the Open Source Hardware User Group.

Note: Please aim to arrive by 08:45 as the workshop will start at 09:00 prompt.

Sponsored by:

DesignSpark


Collaborative music making, ultra-low latency audio and sensor processing – London 18/1/2018

On the 18 January 201818:00 – 21:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA,  [map] (51.510812-0.121733)

Please register to attend and share on Lanyrd.

We start the new year with an event on the theme of open source musical software and hardware.

Bela, an embedded platform for ultra-low latency audio and sensor processing

Bela started off as a research project at Centre For Digital Music (Queen Mary University of London) and is now a commercial product, mainly aimed at makers, programmers and researchers that work with audio. The platform is based on a BeagleBone Black with a custom expansion cape and a dedicated software environment. The board runs Debian Linux with Xenomai as a real-time co-kernel. The combined use of Xenomai and the BeagleBone Black’s on-board PRU microcontroller allows to achieve sub-millisecond latency for audio and sensor processing, while node.js is used to provide a user-friendly web-based IDE. The project is entirely open source, hardware and software.

Giulio Moro is a PhD student in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London. A sound engineer by training, he is now researching in the field of performer-instrument interaction. He is one of the inventors and core developers of Bela.

Female Laptop Orchestra: exploring geographical, cultural, technical and artistic challenges of collaborative music making

As a collective of female musicians, artists, engineers, computer scientists and researchers, Female Laptop Orchestra has been pushing the boundaries of technology and cross-cultural co-located and distributed collaborative music making since 2014. Besides musical instruments, we use a variety of open source and commercial tools to create music, stream music and connect with our audience during the performance. We often collaborate with classical composers and ensembles, filmmakers, visual designers, choreographers and dancers. Recently, we also collaborated with members of Women in Music Technology (a student organization whose goal is to encouraging more women to join the music tech field of study and highlight the often unsung role of women in music technology, based at Georgia Tech Centre for Music Technology in US) and Sonora (a collaborative network bringing together artists and researchers interested in feminist manifestations in the context of the arts, based in Brazil).

Nela Brown is a sound artist, technologist, researcher and educator. In the past decade, she composed music and designed sound for award-winning projects including theatre performances, dance, mobile, film, documentaries and interactive installations. She is the founder of the Female Laptop Orchestra (FLO), an eclectic group of female musicians and technologists exploring co-located and distributed collaborative music making within different contexts and across different geographical locations. As a creative director of FLO since 2014, Nela co-ordinated 7 national and international FLO performances involving 36 collaborators from 21 different countries.

Talk #3 TBA

Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.

Closing date for bookings is Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 11:30 pm. No more bookings will be taken after this date. For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters


Open Source SG July Meeting – London 27/7/2017

The BCS OSSG is hosting its next event on 27th July 201718:00 – 21:00 at BCS London1st Floor, The Davidson Building5 Southampton StreetLondonWC2E 7HA, [map] (51.510812-0.121733)

This event is free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members but booking is required. Places are limited; please book as soon as possible.

The event will include talks on trust and provenance in Open Data at GDS, adding security to compilers (LADA project and SECURE project), extending a RISC ISA to add capability enhancements for improved security (CHERI project).

Further details will be added in the next few days.


BCS books programme survey

BCS books

The BCS books programme supports IT managers, professionals and users by focusing on the evolving needs of people, process and technology in the workplace, enabling organisations to build IT capability in line with their strategic requirements.

We hope you will help us by taking a few moments to complete this short questionnaire. Your feedback will assist us in reviewing existing and emerging areas in IT and in establishing topics for further research and development.


Open Source Chip Design Pt. 3 – London 19/5/2016

The BCS OSSG and the OSHUG are hosting a talk on AAP — an open hardware processor architecture — and its simulation, the Free and Open Source Silicon Foundation (FOSSi), and getting into FPGAs.

The event will be held on Thursday 19th May at BCS HQ – 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA, [map] from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.

This event is free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members but booking is required. Places are limited; please book as soon as possible.

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