Monthly archives: September 2013

FLOSS UK Unconference 2013

FLOSS UK unconference hosted by BCS Open Source SG (OSSG)

09:00 – 17:00 Saturday 26th October 2013

Venue: BCS, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA

Online booking: (free, but registration required).

See map and travel information at:

On Twitter? We have an event on lanyrd.

FLOSS UK page here: 

This is our fourth un-conference and is once again very kindly being hosted by BCS OSSG.

What is an unconference? An unconference is a conference where what happens is organised by the delegates on the day. The event organisers have to arrange something, the main one being a venue, but the rest is down to the delegates. So all the hassle of talk submissions, review and scheduling is taken away.


  • at the start of the day everyone gets up in turn and says who they are, what their interests are and what they’d like to do
  • based on this people write proposals on PostIt notes and stick these on a board
  • a moderator may read out the proposals in turn to gauge interest, and if sufficient the proposal will be put on a scheduling board
  • delegates may adjust the schedule to avoid clashes, etc.

The unconference starts…

Experience shows that the unconference format results in high quality sessions focussed on what delegates want.

Everyone should be able to afford to come, and as it is a one-day event you will not need to incur accommodation costs, though several hotels are nearby for anyone who wishes to stay over.

Why attend?

There are lots of reasons to attend the FLOSS UK Unconference 2013, including:

  • Keep abreast with new/emerging technologies
  • Network with some of the people who are responsible for developing critical applications
  • Become part of the UK Open Source community – build up informal relationships that can be invaluable in problem solving
  • Benefit from the experience of delegates with similar interests


There will be coffee, tea, and juice throughout the day.There will a buffet lunch.

The usual wifi will be available

Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSSG) Hackathon

FOSS4G 2013 Nottingham
Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial
East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK, 17th – 21st September
Are you interested in using open source tools and new sources of data to build something useful whilst also helping with environmental issues?
Perhaps you are keen to find out about the latest sources of freely available open data, or just interested in meeting new people and helping to design useful and innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems?

Geohack Logo

The Global Geohack

The Global Geohack is a free, two-day event taking place in the GeoCamp during the run-up to this year’s FOSS4G conference in Nottingham.
See the geohack menu for more information on the event challenges and also for frequently asked questions.
To help us gauge numbers and to register your interest, visit our web page.
You do not have to be attending FOSS4G to participate, but you will have to arrange accommodation if you plan to stay overnight.
For more information, go to

Open Source Intelligence and Reporting – London 25/09/2013

The Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) will be holding a 1 day workshop on Open Source Intelligence and Reporting.

The workshop will take place at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA betwen 10:00am and 4 :30pm.

Participants should bring laptops so they can run browser software and any Open Source tools they wish to demonstrate and that can be accessed live over the internet.

The current sessions so far are:

This bookable event is free and open to all with buffet and refreshments.