2018 - 2019 Programme

All meetings are free of charge, no reservation is required, except where otherwise indicated below, although members may be requested to indicate intention to attend via online poll e.g. Doodle however please note this is for capacity planning purposes only. Non members are welcome to all meetings. Branch meetings qualify for BCS CPD credit.

Programme Summary

Date Event
Tuesday, Sept 25th 2018 AGM and Guest Speaker
Monday, October 8th 2018 Open Source Video Systems
Monday, November 12th 2018 Time to face (unintended) consequences
Tuesday, November 27th 2018 Bots, burnout and blame: Using technology to build better organisations

Programme Detail

AGM and Guest Speaker

Date Tuesday 25th September 2018
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:00pm and the event will start at 6:30pm
Location IET Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker
Convenor Andrew Smillie

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Open Source Video Systems

Date Monday 8th October 2018
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm
Location IET Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Kenneth Coyle
Convenor Will Nelson
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Time to face (unintended) consequences

Date Monday 12th November 2018
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm
Location IET Teacher building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Adam Thilthorpe, BCS Director of External Affairs
Convenor Will Nelson
Livestream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT2wCG2O3fk
Registration https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glasgow-branch-bcs-its-mission-and-the-industry-registration-51650084794

Brief synopsis:

Our lives and outlook, and those of our children, are fast being shaped by digital. These changes are unplanned, largely unregulated and already happening. This, warns Adam Thilthorpe, leaves us reliant on the ethical fortitude of developers. He says we urgently need a clear ethical framework for digital innovation.

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Bots, burnout and blame: Using technology to build better organisations

Date Tuesday 27th November 2018
Time There will be light refreshments available from 6:30pm and the talk will start at 7:00pm
Location IET Teacher building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB
Speaker Matthew Bellringer
Convenor Will Nelson
Livestream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIPT_Shb6R8
Registration https://bcsglas2711.eventbrite.co.uk/

Brief synopsis:

In our working lives we have tools that would seem magical to employees a hundred years ago. The small computers we keep in our pockets connect us immediately to most of the combined knowledge of humanity. Our working conditions have improved immeasurably. We sit in air conditioned offices, no longer toiling in coal mines and factories. Despite this, levels of anxiety and depression amongst employees is at an all-time high. The unhealthy psychological environment which gives rise to this suffering leads to poor decision-making and organisational failure.

This talk identifies the key personal and organisational factors which give rise to workplace stress, and what can be done about them. It highlights research which suggests that the most effective organisations are not the most stressful, and that high performance is not the result of over-work. It will help you both as an employee and a manager to build an environment which allows for greater wellbeing and higher performance.

Making our own field better is only just the start. Technology can improve the working lives of employees well beyond the IT department. We now have a unique opportunity as IT professionals to build systems which more effectively meet human needs than those before, and to do so at scale.

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