Flossie 2013 Conference in London 8-9 November – Tickets now available


Flossie 2013

Flossie 2013 is a two-day event for women who use or are otherwise interested in any aspect of open technology, open knowledge, digital arts, and social innovation.

Tickets now available!

Whether you code, tinker, use FLOSS in your projects, want to explore open alternatives, or just want to change the world, all women are welcome – from expert to novice, or anywhere in between. Flossie 2013 is a chance to showcase your project, share skills, find inspiration, or talk about something which really interests you. We’re also scheduling plenty of time to network, share and build on ideas, and to meet new friends and old. Both days will contain micro-talks and birds of a feather sessions, as well as longer and more structured workshops and discussions. We will also be showcasing an exhibition of digital artwork.

Who is this event for?

In a word, ‘anyone’. However, the event is organised around a common commitment to celebrating and enabling womens contribution to FLOSS culture. Therefore talks, workshops and exhibitions will be by women only (specifically including trans and genderqueer women) but men are welcome attend the event if they have an interest in the gendering of technology. In particular, Flossie 2013 will be of interest to:

  • Women users of FLOSS in digital arts, free culture, and social movements
  • Women coders and developers
  • Coders and advocates of open knowledge, open data, open education and open research
  • Researchers, students and writers
  • Women entrepreneurs, not-for-profits, and social innovators

Campus Party Europe – 2nd-7th September 2013 – Discounted tickets

BCS OSSG has arranged discounted tickets for Campus Party Europe this year being held at The O2, London, SE10 0DX (see below).

Campus Party is an annual week long, 24-hours-a-day technology festival where thousands of “Campuseros” (hackers, developers, gamers and technophiles), equipped with laptops, camp on-site and immerse themselves in a truly unique environment.

Recognized as the biggest electronic entertainment event in the world, Campus Party unites the brightest young minds in technology and science under the idea that “the Internet is not a network of computers, it’s a network of people.”

The festival features over 500 hours of talks, debates, workshops, competitions and hackathons related to science, innovation, digital entertainment and creativity. Additionally, hundreds of hours of ad-hoc events are planned by participants and continue throughout the night.

See more details at http://www.campus-party.eu/2013/index-cpeu.html


There are also the following social media channels for this event:

“The Ownership of the Means of Production by the Proletariat” – A talk by Adran Bowyer on the RepRap 3D printer


“The Ownership of the Means of Production by the Proletariat”

A talk by by Adrian Bowyer

Plus (new)

“Experiences from the Thames Valley RepRap User Group”

A talk by by Alan Wood

Wednesday – October 2nd 2013

BCS , First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London , WC2E 7HA – 17:30pm – 21:00PM

BCS Open Source SG joint event with the Open Source Hardware Users Group.

Price: Free to attend for both BCS Members and Non-members.
Tea and coffee will be available from 17:30 to 18:30. Dr Bowyer will speak from 18:30 to 19:30 followed by Q and A, then sandwiches and juice and water aiming to finish by 20:30/21:00.

“The Ownership of the Means of Production by the Proletariat”


Look at your computer setup. Imagine you hooked up a 3D printer. Instead of printing on bits of paper this 3D printer makes real, robust, mechanical parts. To give you an idea of how robust, think Lego bricks and you’re in the right area. You could make lots of useful stuff, but interestingly you could also make lots of the parts to make another 3D printer. That would be a machine that could copy itself.

This talk will be about RepRap – the Replicating Rapid-prototyper.  This 3D printer builds the component up in layers of plastic.  This technology already existed before RepRap, but the cheapest proprietary machine then would have set you back £15,000. And it wasn’t even designed so that it could make itself.  So what the RepRap team have done is to develop and to give away the designs for a much cheaper machine with the novel capability of being able to self-copy (material costs are about £300).  That way it’s accessible to small communities in the developing world as well as individuals in the developed world.  The RepRap machine is being distributed entirely free to everyone using open-source – so, if you have one, you can make another and give it to a friend…


Adrian Bowyer holds a first degree and a PhD in engineering from Imperial College.  He was an academic at the University of Bath for 35 years.  He retired in 2012 to help to run the company RepRap Professional Ltd.

His areas of research are geometric modelling and geometric computing in general (he is one of the authors of the Bowyer-Watson algorithm for Voronoi diagrams), the application of computers to manufacturing, and biomimetics.  In 2004 he created RepRap – humanity’s first self-replicating general-purpose manufacturing machine.


“Experiences from the Thames Valley RepRap User Group”


Thames Valley RepRap User Group (TVRRUG) was set up to provide support
to those who wanted to build their own RepRap 3D printer, and to
exchange information and ideas between those who had already
successfully completed builds.

TVRRUG has now organised three group build rounds, sourcing and
printing parts, and resulting in many working printers. Along the way
the group has produced extensive documentation, and designed its own
electronics and a variant of the Prusa Mendel design.


Alan Wood originally trained in systems engineering, and got lost in
software engineering and F/OSS for a decade, before returning back to
his hardware roots via the open source hardware and makers movement
that has gathered momentum in recent years.

Please book using the following link: https://events.bcs.org/book/740/

Closing date for bookings is Monday 30 September 2013 at 11:59pm.

Internet of things Mash-up Day 23rd of July, University of Oxford

BOOK YOUR PLACE: http://iotmashup.eventbrite.com/
Workshop Day for IOT Device Vendors
Develop interoperable drivers for your IOT/M2M devices

Practical Interoperability of Devices – Port your Device onto the Open Source Framework – Getting Your Device Working with a wide Ecosystem with Expert help – Facilitating Programmatic Access and Control for Your Devices – Securely Sharing Data Between Different Devices. Creating Data Mash-Ups between Different Devices and People.

A FREE one-day event run by the webinos consortium where you can be briefed on state-of-the-art Internet of Things and Machine to Machine technologies. The day will be split into two halves

  • Morning: A series of brief talks given by industry experts. Rapidly get up to speed with some of the most significant developments in the IOT/M2M/sensor industry
  • Afternoon: webinos developers will give one-on-one consultation on deep technical issues, and for those bringing devices to the event, hands-on assistance working with and integrating the code

Who is it relevant for: Application developers
Any application developers that has an interest in working with a broad spectrum of devices and taking live data feeds from connected sensors. For example, driver and vehicle diagnostics, usage-based insurance, home automation controllers, health monitoring services, and eco-consultancies.

This event is free. You will get free implementation consultancy, meet with like minded people and be part of the expert briefing sessions. The value of the technology is ‘ecosystem benefit’. You will make your device connect with others and experience interoperability with the Apps and Services which run across the open source webinos platform.

More information on the event can be found on the website http://www.webinos.org/blog/2013/06/26/internet-of-things-mash-up-day-23rd-of-july-university-of-oxford/


Augmented Reality for Walkers on Android – BCS OSSG joint event with BCS Hampshire

BCS OSSG + BCS Hampshire – Augmented Reality for Walkers on Android

Thursday July 4th 2013

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location : Southampton Solent University , Room 326 3rd Floor Reginald Mitchell Building Southampton Solent University , SO14 0RD
Speaker: Dr Nick Whitelegg

Augmented reality – the concept of overlaying the real world with digital data – is becoming increasingly popular in the smartphone app world.

This talk will discuss the development of an Android augmented reality app for walkers in which the camera feed is overlaid with footpath data from OpenStreetMap.

The talk will discuss the technical details of how the app is being developed – including use of the sensor and OpenGL APIs – as well as some of the issues surrounding the real-world usability of the app.

Nick Whitelegg is a senior lecturer in Computing (Web Development) at Southampton Solent University and teaches on a range of undergraduate software development courses including Java and web development. He has contributed software and data to the OpenStreetMap mapping project and has developed an open source mapping site and associated tools for walkers.

This free event is open to both BCS and Non-BCS attendees, jointly with the Hampshire Branch, BCS Open Source SG and Southampton Solent University.

Booking details : https://events.bcs.org/book/717/ .



Flossie 2013 Conference in London 8-9 November – Call for Proposals Deadline 19th July 2013

Flossie 2013

Flossie 2013 is a two-day event for women who use or are otherwise interested in any aspect of open technology, open knowledge, digital arts, and social innovation.

Tickets now available!

When and where


Friday 8 November & Saturday 9 November 2013


Queen Mary, University of London, E1 4NS (Directions)

Flossie is for women interested in using open source as coders, artists and social innovators.

The organising committee are inviting proposals for Flossie 2013:

  • Talk about your current project or a project you’d like to set up
  • Show digital artwork based on open source hardware or code
  • Skills sharing workshops on any aspect of Free/Libre Open Source software, hardware, data – anything open!
  • Talk about social innovation and diversifying technology design
  • Send us your idea for an activity – as long as it’s open! Even if you don’t feel you have the expertise yourself, and just have an idea, let us know.
Deadline for proposals extended to: 19th July 2013