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Unless explicitly stated, all events start with coffee at 6:00pm with the talk commencing at 6:30pm, generally finishing around 8:00pm. Non members welcome.

Where we are over-subscribed, you may be placed on the reserve list and priority for places will be given to those that have registered early.
  • Sep

    Student Prize Award + Managing Your Career

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for Prize Award, 18:30 for talk
    Paul Martynenko, President BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • As someone whose interest lies more in the technology side of computing than line management, how can you reach the top of your profession? This issue is not only of personal interest to many of us, but is a great and longstanding concern of technology consultancies and in-house IT departments alike. The answer seems to lie in the approach you take to managing your career, your communications, your interactions with others. To do it as you might manage a brand - perhaps your personal brand.

    Paul will explore this important topic based on his experience of providing dual career paths at IBM, where the concept of IBM Distinguished Engineer has long been regarded as a leading example of how technical people can join the ranks of the executive team without becoming line managers.

    Paul was Vice President and Technical Executive for IBM in Europe where he was responsible for IBM's technical capability. He led the IBM IT Specialist Profession in the UK and Europe for 10 years, he was a member of the IBM Distinguished Engineer appointment board, and the Global IBM Technical Leadership Council. He is the external assessor for BT's Distinguished Engineer program. He is currently a student at Imperial College London and President of the Society.

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  • Oct

    AGM followed by An Appreciation of Alan Turing, Virtuoso and Visionary

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for AGM, 18:30 for talk
    Jonathan Bowen, Emeritus Professor of Computing, London South Bank University
  • Alan Turing is well known as the "father of computing". With his contribution to mathematics, code-breaking, computer science and logic, he has long been a subject of great fascination. Following the centenary of his birth in 2012 he has become even more widely recognised for his remarkable contribution to our understanding of the world around us through his work on the computational mathematics that underlies life and evolution, which some compare to the insights of Einstein and Newton.

    Jonathan will take us through the journey of Turing's life and achievements, offer an appreciation of his great contribution and growing reputation. If you are already familiar with Alan Turing this talk with enrich your understanding and bring you up to date. For those yet to appreciate the magnitude of his influence, this will be a most valuable introduction.

    Jonathan P. Bowen FBCS FRSA is a joint author of recently published The Turing Guide (2017). He is Emeritus Professor of Computing at London South Bank University, where he established and headed the Centre for Applied Formal Methods. Jonathan's academic career spans Birmingham City University, the University of Reading, Oxford University Computing Laboratory's Programming Research Group and Imperial College, London. His books and publications include subjects such as Formal Methods and Electronic Visualisation. Jonathan was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is Chairman of Museophile Limited.

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  • Nov

    Shaking Up Logistics: Disruptive Innovation at Ocado

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Dr David Sharp, Head of Technology 10x, Ocado
  • A tipping point is fast approaching in the retail logistics industry as the pace of automation picks up. Ocado, as a recognised industry leader in this field, is bringing together an increasingly sophisticated combination of innovative artificial intelligence, e-commerce, internet-of-things, robotic, telecommunication, transportation, cloud and warehouse technologies.

    David Sharp will describe the dramatic impact of this array of technology and explain how it is propelling online grocery into the future. David will provide us with a rare glimpse into Ocado's world-leading Smart Platform where swarms of robots inhabit a dense jungle of groceries and your shopping is done in just a few minutes.

    Beyond this, for those interested in the sector, David will describe exciting opportunities at Ocado for technology students to be part of the innovative design and development of future generations of these technologies.

    David Sharp leads Ocado's "Technology 10x" team that seeks to make disruptive "ten times" improvements to the technology that empowers online grocery retailing. David was previously a Lecturer in Computing at Imperial College, having graduated from Imperial with a PhD in Computing and MBA in New Ventures. He is a scholar of King's College Cambridge, where he studied Engineering (Electrical Sciences). Prior to joining Ocado, David worked as a technology consultant in Cambridge and London, creating new technology and advising businesses, investors and lawyers on technology-related strategies, projects and ventures.

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  • Feb

    The 5G Revolution: What it is and what it could mean for us, for business and for society

    BCS, Southampton Street, London, arrive 18:00 for a 18:30 start
    Paul Ceely, Director of Technology and Business Strategy, British Telecom

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