BCS Northampton Events 12/13


Date: Thursday, 4th October 2012 Title: ’Introduction to the world of Crypto’
Time: Evening session with networking opportunities and light bites/drinks
- Registration: 18:30
- Session 1: 19:00
- Break & Networking session: 19:45
- Session 2: 20:00
- Q&A: 20:45
- End: 21:00
Presenter: Sarith Chandra BEng MSc (Eng.) [Uni. Of Sheffield] MSc [Royal Holloway] Security+ CISSP MBCS ISO 27001YPG Professional Representative for BCS Northampton (2010-2012)
Venue: University of Northampton Avenue Campus (The Great Hall), Newton Building, St Georges Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JB
Register here:
- Open to both BCS and non-BCS members, no cost.
- Students and young professionals are encouraged to attend
- To enable us to accurately monitor numbers can we ask that you please register for this event here: https://events.bcs.org/book/159/
Objectives:
    - Introduce Cryptography for Beginners
    - Refresher of basic Crypto concepts for Practitioners
    - Learn some Best practices
Detail: (May be subject to last minute changes)
    - Cryptology
    - Cipher Exercises
    - Cryptography
    - Cryptanalysis
    - Some Best Practices
    - Crypto Challenge (competition)

Pre-requisites:
    - You are only required to have general awareness of IT and Security
    - You must be keen to learn about this field and its concepts
    - Experts please note: The session will not delve into the mathematics of cryptography and is suitable for absolute beginners



Date: Thursday, 8th November 2012 Title: ’Networking Event (Pub)’
Time: Bus from Northampton, Avenue Campus 6:30pm. Event Start 7:30 pm Food and drinks throughout the evening.
Synopsis: Not the sort of networking that involves lots of wires and TCP/IP settings, though if that’s what you want to talk about, that’s up to you. A social event intended to give members a chance to get to meet each other, to be held in the function room of Silverstone’s famous White Horse Public House, a venue that is full of Motor Sports memorabilia. The event will have a distinctly Motor Sports theme with an IT angle. There will be a brief introductory talk by someone from the industry, followed by team quiz questions and a few fun games hosted by someone who has met pretty much every driver in F1, plus a buffet and bar to get people mingling.
Presenter: Andrew PageDeputy Chair, BCS Northampton (2010-2012)
Venue: White Horse Pub, Silverstone. (http://www.thewhitehorsesilverstone.org.uk)
Objectives:
-          Meet Fellow Members in a fast networking setting
-          Play Games
-          Have a good time?
-          Be prepared to talk about yourself!
Detail:
    - MC from Silverstone Racetrack
    - Opening Presentation IT in F1
    - Games and F1 Challenge! (competition)


Date: Wednesday, 12th December 2012
Title: ‘Stakeholder Management: Hard tools and soft skills’
Time: Evening session with networking opportunities and drinks
- Registration: 19:00
- Presentation: 19:30
- Q&A: 20:45
- End: 21:00
Presenter: Dr Peter Parkes FAPM CITP FBCS (Director, Peak Performance)
Venue: University of Northampton Park Campus , (Room C101), Cottesbrooke Building, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL
Register here:
- Open to both BCS and non-BCS members, no cost.
- Students and young professionals are encouraged to attend
- To enable us to accurately monitor numbers can we ask that you please register for this event here: https://events.bcs.org/book/328/  
Synopsis:
We want stakeholders to believe their project to be a success. Hence, a good understanding of stakeholder groups and networks is essential, not only to delivery of your project, but also in how it is perceived in terms of success, on delivery and afterwards during benefits realisation. But understanding who your key stakeholders are and what they expect is only half of the story. What is the best way to communicate with them in terms of not only channels but also style and language, and how do you find out? In this interactive talk Peter will describe some of the conventional stakeholder management tools that he has found effective and then go on to discuss some methods for determining communication preferences and developing flexibility in style.
Presenter Profile:
Peter has held project leadership roles in the private sector, public sector, PPPs and Big 4 management consultancies, usually leading technology enabled transformation or recovery of major projects. He has successfully engaged a range of stakeholders including; regulatory bodies, trade unions, government departments, MPs, investors, international JV partners, suppliers, CXOs, Sponsors / SROs, and of course customers and end users. He is an established platform speaker and regular contributor of articles to trade journals. His book, NLP for Project Managers, was published by the BCS in 2011 and he is currently delivering soft skills based training for PMs as a Director of Peak Performance - see www.NLP4PM.com. He is also a director and trustee with the Association for Project Management, being board champion for best practice groups (SIGs).




Date: January 2013 Title: ’Bletchley Park Visit and Tour’
Time:  7pm , for a tour start @ 7:30pm finishing @ approx.. 9pm.
Presenter: Barney DuffyDeputy Chair, BCS Northampton (2011-2013)

Venue: Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB.
 (http://www. bletchleypark.org.uk)
Objectives:
Tour of exhibition areas and Colossus Gallery.

Date: Tuesday, 12th February 2013
Title: ‘Building Effective Problem Solving Groups‘
Time: Evening session with networking opportunities and drinks
- Registration: 19:00
- Presentation: 19:30
- Q&A: 20:30
- End: 21:00
Presenter: Paul Offord CITP FBCS (Director, Advance 7)
Venue: University of Northampton Park Campus , (Room C101), Cottesbrooke Building, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL
Register here:
- Open to both BCS and non-BCS members, no cost.
- Students and young professionals are encouraged to attend
- To enable us to accurately monitor numbers can we ask that you please register for this event here:  https://events.bcs.org/book/329/
Synopsis:
The demand for increasingly sophisticated IT applications is leading to complex systems that are interconnected with other complex systems. This in turn is driving an increase in the number of difficult performance and stability problems.

The cause of such problems is frequently obscure, which makes it difficult to allocate the problem to the correct technology team. Consequently the problem bounces from team to team, as each in turn ‘proves’ that their technology is not to blame.
Many organisations are aware of this issue and are tackling it by creating a service-orientated Problem Solving Group (PSG).
In this presentation we cover the need for PSGs, the benefits they deliver, their structure and strategies to optimise their effectiveness.
Running Time: 55 minutes - 40 mins presentation plus 15 mins for questions

Presenter Profile:
Paul Offord has had a 33-year career in the IT industry that includes roles in hardware engineering, software engineering and network management. Prior to founding Advance7 in 1989, he worked for IBM, National Semiconductor and Hitachi Data Systems.

Paul is now the Development Director at Advance7 and has been pivotal in the development of the RPR® Method. He is a respected speaker on the subject of problem diagnosis and delivers RPR training both in the UK and internationally.