Use of Open Source in education

Malvern Raspberry Jam (Family & Adult Edition) – Malvern 21/10/2015

Raspberry PiInnovate Malvern in collaboration with The Pi Shop are organising an event for people to what they have done with their Raspberry Pis, or to attend and learn about the Pi hardware and software and perhaps get started on your own projects.

The event will be held on  Wednesday 21st October 2015 at Walwyn Road (near Fossil Bank), Upper Colwall, WR13 6PL, Malvern
between 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

Come to be inspired, make friends, and collaborate on new ideas. Also, if you have children attending the earlier Student Edition of the Malvern Raspberry Jam, then this is your chance to try and get ahead of them! After the session at about 9pm, people can head to either The Chase Inn or the Wyche Inn for a drink and chat.

There will be keyboards, display monitors, power, and wifi available for you to connect up your Pi. The event is free to attend, but because space is limited, we ask you to please register in advance.


Supplementing teaching in schools by employing free to low-cost, and open educational resources – London 30/07/2015 1

Open Educational ResourceThe BCS e-Learning SG and the BCS OSSG are hosting a talk on low-cost and open educational resources.

The event will be held on Thursday 30th July at BCS HQ – 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA from 5:00pm (registration) to 7:30pm. The talks will start at 5:30pm.

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


Schools’ potential for large-scale resource investment and  employing dedicated technical staff to support technology enhanced learning is being increasingly constrained under current economic conditions.

The speaker will discuss past experiences as an IT professional, in combining free, low cost and Open Source platforms as technology “mashups”.

About Speaker

Tara McBride has worked as an IT professional for over 15 years, in the private sector for companies as diverse as IBM and CarGiant car-supermarket, and in both the primary and tertiary education sectors.  Tara is currently lecturing within the Digital Technology and Computing Department at GSM London.

Areas of interest surrounds the interface between business and computing, in particular how to enact ethical computing, and how to remove fear barriers to technology adoption.  She is currently trying to make her Raspberry Pi make her Raspberry Pie.

Wiring the Internet of Things with Raspberry Pi & Node-RED – London 21/05/2015

The BCS OSSG, IBM UK and the OSHUG, with support from the Knowledge Transfer Network and hardware sponsored by RS DesignSpark are hosting an event on wiring the Internet of Things.

The event will be held on Thursday 21st May at Fab Lab London, 1 Frederick’s Place, Off Old Jewry, London, EC2R 8AE from 12:30:00pm to 6:30pm.

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


Node-REDNode-RED is a visual tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. Used together with Raspberry Pi it provides a compact, powerful platform that is able to read sensors, control outputs, and send and receive data to and from the Web and other systems.

This workshop will provide an introduction to Node-RED and integrating simple sensors and outputs, applying basic processing and publishing data to the Web. No prior experience with either Node-RED or electronics is required. However, while not strictly necessary, some experience of JavaScript would be beneficial as this is used to implement custom functionality within Node-RED. (more…)

Make a Shrimp for Easter – a practical embedded computing workshop for kids and their parents/guardians – London 01/05/2015

The BCS Open Source and Software Practice Advancement specialist groups are hosting a workshop which looks at embedded computing for kids. The event will be held on Wednesday 1st April 2015 at BCS HQ – 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

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.


ShrimpThe Shrimp is an incredibly fun, low cost computer that can be built and programmed by just about anyone, in only a few hours and with no prior experience of electronics or programming. Comprising of a simple circuit that is assembled from a handful of components, it can quickly be made to flash LEDs and put to use in exciting projects that have switches, sensors and outputs.

During this workshop participants will first construct the basic Shrimp circuit, before programming it to blink a single LED, and then go onto a more advanced project – such as adding more LEDs and programming it to paint letters in the air with these as it is waved about (using a phenomenon termed persistence of vision). At the end of the evening, teams will demonstrate the fruits of their labours to each other and there may well be some Easter eggs to share around as a reward!


OpenCon 2014 – London 26/11/2014

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:

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

OWASP Winter Code Sprint

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.


Maximising your opportunities with Open Source – Telford 16/10/2014

The BCS Shropshire Specialist Group, in Association with Shropshire Linux Users Group and Telford College of Arts and Technology are hosting a talk discussing how to use Open Source software to its full extent.

The event will be held on Wednesday 16th October 2014 at Telford College of Arts and Technology, Haybridge Road, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, from 5:30 pm.

Have you ever wondered whether you are using Open Source enough? Is it the smart thing to do? Is it relevant to my business or career? Is it just for geeks? Are there risks? Well this is the event to attend full of informed students and experienced business professionals. Expect big discussions seeded by concise talks describing how Open Source is used in Startups, Corporates, and what exciting tools and benefits it can offer you.

There are some incredible technologies out there, and they are good, and free. However to get the best out of them, one needs an open and informed mind. This event promises to be a hotbed of discussion with a great mix of IT students and practitioners from companies of all sizes.

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

Teaching with the LilyPad Arduino, Raspberry Pi in education and MzTEK – London 21/05/2014

The Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) and Open Source Hardware User Group (OSHUG) are hosting a joint meeting exploring approaches to teaching electronics and programming.

The even will take place at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA between 5:30pm and 8:30pm.

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