Lightning Talks and AGM

October 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
BCS London and online
25 Copthall Ave
London EC2R 7BP
Daniel Broomhead

This is our annual lightning talk meeting, where members have the opportunity to speak for 10 minutes on their favorite topic.

We invite and welcome everyone that likes to speak during our meeting. If you are interested, please contact Julian and drop a line about the tentative title and we’ll add your presentation to the agenda!

The meeting will start with the quick Annual General Meeting (AGM), which everyone is welcome to attend.

18:00 – Feel free to join the online meeting to chat with other participants
18:30 – AGM
18:50 – Lightning talks
20:00 – Closing discussion

This will be a hybrid meeting, with some people attending in person in London and others able to join via videoconference.  For those wishing to attend in person, registration is essential.  We anticipate numbers attending will still be restricted.

Registration link to follow….

For remote attendees, there is no requirement to register, you can just connect to the videoconference using BigBlueButton using this link.  Thank you to GWDG for providing hosting for this meeting.  We are also recording the talks for later posting on our YouTube channel.

The live stream link will be open from 18:00 for networking, and the event will start at 18:30 prompt. We’ll keep the link open afterward for discussion.

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Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Everyone is welcome to attend, but only BCS members may vote. We will have brief reports on the past year’s activities and then elect a new committee. Note: non-BCS members may stand for all committee posts except Chair, Treasurer, and Membership secretary. We are seeking nominations for the following posts.

  • Chair:
  • Treasurer:
  • Membership Secretary/Advocacy and outreach:
  • Inclusion officer:
  • Web supremo:
  • Events sub-committee:
  • Young Professional/Student representative:
  • Committee members:

Existing committee member standing for re-election

We depend on an active committee to put on all our events and drive our advocacy and outreach work. Please consider putting yourself forward.

Viewpoint Linux

Sevan Janiyan

Sevan will present the Viewpoint Linux distribution.

Sevan Janiyan supports numerous open-source projects, including OpenBSDNetBSDFreeBSD and CoovaChilli.

A high-angle laptop stand

Jeremy Bennett

I usually work using a large (32″) monitor, with my laptop alongside.  Almost all my work is on the main monitor, with the laptop having a browser window with tabs for all my various comms channels.  In order to avoid a stiff neck, I need the laptop screen to be aligned close to the top of the main monitor.  Something that can be achieved by opening up my laptop until it is nearly flat and then raising it around 70mm.  However, you can’t buy a laptop stand designed to hold a laptop in this position.

I will present my high-angle laptop stand, built almost entirely from wood reclaimed from pallets and packing cases.  The design is open source and has the flexibility for some components to be 3D printed if desired.  The talk will include a demonstration of the completed laptop stand.

Dr. Jeremy Bennett is Chief Executive of Embecosm, an international open-source software consultancy specializing in compiler development, processor modeling, embedded operating system bring-up, and AI.  Since 2017 he has served as Chair of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group.

Details of more talks to follow…