Lightning talks and AGM

October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
BCS London
25 Copthall Ave
London EC2R 7BP
United Kingdom
Jeremy Bennett
01590 610184

This evening event starts with the BCS Open Source Specialist Group AGM, and is then followed by our lightning talk evening. We introduced this last year, and the event, with talks ranging from open source water jet surfing to open source sous vide cooking was very popular, so we are repeating this year.  The event is not yet full, so if you would like 10 minutes to talk about your pet project, please ask!

Note. We are in the new BCS London offices at 25 Copthall Ave  EC2R 7BP.

Eventbrite - Open Source SG - London Open Source Meetup for RISC-V

Tea/coffee will be served from 6:00pm, with the AGM starting at 6:30pm and lightning talks from 6:50pm. Each talk will last no more than 10 minutes including any questions.

We shall be livestreaming and recording the talks for later posting on YouTube via GoToWebinar.  Please register at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Everyone is welcome to attend, but only BCS members may vote. We will have the 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. So far we have the following nominations, but more are encouraged.

  • Chair: Jeremy Bennett
  • Treasurer: Richard Miller
  • Membership secretary: Julian Kunkel
  • Secretary: Cornelia Boldyref
  • Web supremo: Simon Worthington
  • Events sub-committee: Andy Bennett, Sevan Janyan
  • Advocacy and outreach: This is planned to be combined with the membership secretary role.
  • Young Professional/Student representative: No nominations
  • Committee members: No nominations

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

Embedded Facial Recognition on Edge TPU

Pietra F T Madio

Google recently released a new development board for edge computation on embedded devices. For my project I implemented a facial recognition system on their device using Tensorflow. In this talk I’m presenting some of the challenges I faced, the limitations of the board and how we were able to overcome them.

Pietra is a college student at Brockenhurst College and an AI Research Engineer for Embecosm.

The Open Source Satellite Programme

Paul Madle

Over the last 25 years, the UK has brought positive disruptions to the space industry. The University of Surrey innovated small spacecraft: leveraging Commercial-Off-The-Shelf components that could compete with larger more traditionally designed spacecraft. In the last 7 years, Scottish CubeSats (very small satellites) have grown from academic projects into commercially viable products performing earth observation and other applications. Both of these innovations have brought down costs and made space more accessible to greater numbers of people. KIPSE Space Systems aspires to be a catalyst for the next step-change to the industry by collaboratively designing a new, capable spacecraft platform that is open source, all design being freely accessible through the internet.

Paul Madle has 20 years’ experience as a systems/software engineer within the Aerospace, Finance & Web sectors. His code runs on the most critical on board systems for some of the UK’s most significant spacecraft projects. He is very keen to share his knowledge with the next generation of engineers and runs code clubs that have successfully transitioned young people with few qualifications into capable software engineers who now work within the industry.

It’s Open Source, not gratis binaries

Sevan Janiyan, @sevonroad

Sevan is the founder of Venture37, which offers consultancy around the fundemental building blocks of IT systems such as DNS, email, HTTP, firewalls or routing running on UNIX & alike systems. He is an active supporter OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD and CoovaChilli.

Intel 8080 microprocessor on an FPGA

Maxim Blinov

The Intel 8080 microprocessor was one of the first widely available general-purpose microprocessors. Given its historic significance and relatively straightforward ISA, I implemented a binary compatible softcore variant using VHDL, targeting the Artix7 100T FPGA. Accompanying the softcore CPU is a PS2 keyboard controller, VGA text buffer, and 7-segment display driver. These components are accessible from the 8080 through memory mapping, which is realized by a central memory access controller. Hence, software can read scan codes from the keyboard controller, and writes text to the VGA terminal, which is enough for a simplistic but nonetheless curious software platform.

The hardware description source can be found at

Maxim is currently working at Embecosm, helping to develop and support open-source GCC-based toolchains. His last major work was to benchmark and debug the experimental GCC support for the draft RISC-V bitmanip ISA extension, using both software simulation and verilated IP cores.

Maxim is also interested in FPGA hardware design, and embedded software development.

Making with BlackEdge

Al Wood, @folknology

Using the BlackEdge standard to build the new BlackIceMx, eating our own dog food.

Al  is an engineer of opensource hardware & software, practitioner of robotics, electronics & 3D Printers and tutor of ML, FPGA & Verilog. Bit wrangler in C, Erlang & Python.

Title to be announced

Andy Bennett, @databasescaling

Andy Bennett is founder of Register Dynamics and inhabits the void between hardware, software and users. He serves on the BCS Open Source SG committee as one of our event coordinators.

More talks to follow…

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