Open Source Specialist Group Project contest – the results


The Open Source Specialist Group Project contest received a number?of high quality applications.

We are delighted to share the names winners:

  • Dan Gorringe, for the category Best School Project
  • Chelsea Back, for the category Best Apprenticeship Project
  • Luke Robert, for the category Best First Year?Project

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.


Hardware RNG, PGP key signing party – London 21/01/2016

Random numberThe BCS OSSG and the OSHUG are hosting a talk on hardware random number generation, plus a PGP key signing party.

The event will be held on Thursday 21st January 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.

Hardware random number generation

In this talk we will take a look at what makes a good random number, why you might want a reliable source of them and some methods of generating random numbers in hardware.


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

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:https://events.bcs.org/book/1197/

(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​.

FLOSS UK – Spring 2014

Old Ship Inn Brighton

18th March – 20st March 2014

FLOSS UK’s annual Spring conference will take place in Brighton from the 18th to the 20st March 2014.

This is the UK’s only conference aimed specifically at systems and network administrators. It attracts a large number of professionals from sites of all shapes and sizes. As well as the technical talks, the conference provides a friendly environment for delegates to meet, learn, and enjoy lively debate on a host of subjects.

If you would like to offer a half day workshop that might interest our target audience, or if you have a novel solution to a problem, experience of a particular application or hardware platform, tips and tricks for fellow systems administrators, or a favourite tool you could talk about, please submit a proposal or a paper for consideration by the programme committee.

There will be a prize for the best talk.

Initial closing date for abstracts: 15th November 2013

There is a Twitter event on lanyrd.

Also see the conference website here  for further details such as:

  • Call for Papers
  • Schedule / Timetable
  • Booking
  • Speakers
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Accommodation
  • Venue
  • Travel
  • etc.

BCS OSSG AGM + talk on Brooks’ Law in a Free Software context on 13th November 2013 at 6:30pm – BCS HQ

The BCS OSSG AGM is to be held on the 13th November from 6:30pm  followed by a talk on FLOSS research by Dr Andrea Capiluppi, Brunel University London and Dr. Paul James Adams from KDAB.

Venue: BCS, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA

You will need to book a place this event using the booking link  for the evening event: https://events.bcs.org/book/853/

Closing date for bookings is Tuesday 12 November 2013 at 11:59pm. No more bookings will be taken after this date.

There will be  tea and coffee before the meeting starts followed by sandwiches after the FLOSS talk.

The timetable for the evening will be:

  • 18:00 – Registration & refreshments
  • 18:30 – AGM
  • 18:45 – FLOSS Talk
  • 19:45 – Q&A
  • 20:00 – Networking
  • 21:30 – Close


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 www.geohack.org