BCS Edinburgh and BCSWomen Scotland - 2017 and Beyond

Wednesday 7th December 2016, 6:00 pm.

Venue: Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

This event is free of charge and open to all. Booking via Eventbrite ...

This December we are doing something a little different, in a joint event with BCSWomen Scotland, BCS Edinburgh branch will be discussing and reflecting on how we could be even better, so we would like to invite you for festive drinks on Wednesday 7th December to help shape our future so that it is relevant to you.

In this joint event we will be talking about the top technical and professional skills employers are looking for and what teams of future may look like as well as gathering views and feedback on some current topics and capturing your ideas for events in the coming year.

After a brief introduction from the organisers, and from Rebecca Hastings from Spring who will talk about the future need for skills, we'll have an open format to share ideas, wants and needs, all over a glass of wine, beer, soft drink. We want to know what topics are close to your heart, who are the people you'd like to hear from, the activities and programmes you'd like us to be involved in and even that which you are fed up of hearing about!

For those who are interested in BCS Voices, we'll also have conversations to share ideas about "Making IT Good for Society" and our role in the challenges posed by Education, Capability, Personal Data and Health and Care.

Agenda

18:00 Arrival and refreshments
18.30 Introductions from Edinburgh branch and BCSWomen Scotland, explanation of the event
18.35 The future of skills and teams - Rebecca Hastings, Spring

Then in parallel

18.45 Informal session, with people sharing thoughts on flipcharts around the room.
19.45 Summary of thoughts and ideas captured
20:00 Formal close

18.45 BCS Voices session on Education.
19.45 BCS Voices Summary
20:00 Formal close

BCS Voices

The topic we will focus on will be Education. With not enough IT teachers etc coupled with a lack of understanding with some head teachers how can we develop a community to give young people access to development opportunities within IT?

To set the scene for this session, Professor Quintin Cutts, Professor of Computer Science Education in Glasgow has agreed to come and talk about Computer education in Scotland.

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