Digimakers, has been asked by the BBC to organise a number of workshops in computing and electronics for 12-18 year olds. The event will form part of Digital Bristol week and will take place 10.00-16.00, Saturday 7 February 2015 at the Merchant Venturers Building, Woodland Rd, Clifton. The list of workshops include:
Introduction to Programming in Python for Girls (All ages welcome 8-80 years old !)
Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen will discuss the implications of Unconscious or Implicit Bias in the workplace and will throw light on how the BCS is working to ensure that the Institute is one of the gold standards for diversity in the IT Industry in the UK.
Come and check-out your own unconscious biases at this session.
Historical personalities: Andrew Booth – Britain’s Other Fourth Man
Andrew Booth is today a little known figure although his achievements deserve to put him amongst the UK’s key early computing pioneers. In 1948 he attempted to build a prototype disc and then built the world’s first working rotating computer store in the form of a drum. With his wife they were pioneers of natural language translation. He was the father of the UK’s first mass produced computer. However, his longest lasting achievement was to design the original Booth multiplier – still used in the majority of the world’s mass produced chips today. This talk will celebrate his life and work.
Use of agile software development in the safety-critical domain.
The use of agile development techniques for software development have been growing for a number of years and, with its adoption by the public sector more recently, it can be regarded as mainstream. But there is an application domain it hasn't penetrated completely - the safety-related domain. Once the province of avionics, rail and nuclear, safety-related software is now commonplace in automotive, medical and industrial applications and, with the arrival of the IOT and growth in autonomous systems that can have safety implications, more and more software is safety-related. Can agile be used to develop it though?
Safety-related software development is governed by safety standards and certification, objectives to meet and outputs to produce. The standards don't mandate using the traditional V-model but it is the lifecycle model that 'fits' and tends to be used. When software can kill or injure, engineers are conservative and don't take risks.
Agile has brought a number of benefits to other application domains so why not the safety-related domain? Julian Goddard will be exploring whether agile techniques can be used to develop safety-related software. He'll be looking at how compatible agile is with the safety standards, and if, how and why agile could be used without compromising safety.
Agile Project Tracking
Many software projects either under-deliver, overrun or suffer spiralling costs. Agile purports to offer a solution to that, but it’s not necessarily a silver bullet and Agile development projects are still liable to result in disappointed stakeholders.
In this talk we explore the unique concerns about tracking progress on Agile projects, and how best to work out how far through you really are.
We will also look at some of the ways in which we can leverage technology to aid the tracking process, including options for if your team is distributed over multiple locations.
Agile is most closely associated with software development, Agile software development to be precise. That's enough to put people off right there and then. But for those who listen long enough invariably ask the big question: "Does Agile work outside of software?"
In fact the "Does Agile work outside of software?" question is getting asked more and more often. Perhaps because, whether we develop software or not, software seems to be a bigger and bigger part of our lives.
In this presentation Allan Kelly will attempt to answer in this question. He will look at what Agile is, where it came from, where else we can find things like Agile, what examples we have of Agile outside of software and examine what lessons Agile gives for knowledge workers in general.
Last time we discussed what was lean and if you missed we will have a brief review. But now that you appreciate lean, how can you use it as a leader? How can you become a lean leader in IT? What is the impact of lean as a leadership methodology on IT Service, customer satisfaction, time to market, and employee? Come and have a listen and let’s discuss.
DigiMakers is a series of community technology events for children aged between 7-17. These events aim to inspire the next generation of technical innovators and engineers by providing an introduction to 'making' in the digital word. From programming software to hacking hardware, we want to show you more ways to have fun with technology.
Please register for this event here. This event is free to members and non.members.
Please join us for the short AGM, we will present the officer reports on the running of the branch, and elect officers for the coming year. We always need more help, if you can spare a little time please come forward to help in running of the branch.
Here are the Chairmans Report and the Tersurers Report.
Building resilient infrastructure with CouchDB
CouchDB is one of the more niche NoSQL options that are flying around at the moment, but that doesn't mean it doesn't pack a punch when used to solve the right problems.
In this talk we'll look at the areas where CouchDB excels, and examine some of the mechanisms it uses to make this possible. We'll first take a quick walk through a real deployment of a CouchDB network, backing a large multi-site private-cloud web service with millions of users. We’ll then take a look at the other end of the spectrum and see how CouchDB can be used to build resilient mobile web applications, and look at some of the benefits (and problems) CouchDB brings to these scenarios, and others.