When: January 28th 2016
Where: American Square Conference Centre
Town/City: London
Organiser: This is a WinTech (Maddox) event supported by BCS Women with contributions from BCS Women Group members including Sharon Moore, Fiona Macaulay and BCS Women founder Sue Black
Price: Bookings are being taken and a 15% discount is available to BCS members quoting BCS15.
To register go to: http://www.women-in-technology.com/#!register/ccjv or alternatively call 0203 829 7474.
What’s it all about?
Welcome to Women of Silicon Roundabout 2016.

Hear from the women at the top of Europe’s tech landscape about the barriers, challenges and opportunities faced by women in this industry. This conference will address internal company culture and structure, recruitment issues, talent retention and the traditional gender hierarchies associated with European institutions. Join us to enjoy a unique combination of content, created to investigate technical and leadership-based themes; taking the female coder to the Boardroom.

We will also investigate how you can avoid being a “Jimmy” by improving your skills portfolio to ensure career progression, personal development and ultimately success as a technology professional.

This event is for code slingers of all descriptions, looking to gain insight into the technical and practical developments in the tech industry that will help to close the gender gap and open up the industry to women and girls. Network with the women at the top of their game from enterprises and tech start-ups alike. Gain insight from senior technicians and entrepreneurs through interactive sessions, great networking and leading content.

The latest issue of the Computer Science for Fun, cs4fn magazine for schools is out.

This issue celebrates Ada Lovelace, women in computing and Victorian computer science – read it to get ready for the anniversary of her 200th birthday next month. It is joint issue by Queen Mary with Oxford University (Twitter #lovelaceoxford) and based on access to the Ada Lovelace archive in the Bodleian thanks to the Estate of Ada Lovelace.

You can download the pdf from
by clicking on the image.

About 20,000 copies are about to go to subscribing schools across the UK funded by EPSRC, the Mayor of London and Department for Education.

Special thanks to Jane Waite for writing much of it and Jo Brodie especially for doing most of the organising of getting it to schools as well as help from the rest of the Teaching London Computing team.

It’s time to start thinking about all the awards you’re going to apply for in ScotlandIS’s Digital Technology Awards in April next year. Go for more than one! Let’s see some BCS Women Scotland members amongst the winners!


Awards available for
Best B2B Technology Product / Service
Best B2C Technology Product / Service
International Technology Star
Best Financial Services Product / Service
Best Public Sector Product / Service
NEW! Best Education Provider / Training Programme Sponsored by SQA
Outstanding Marketing Performance of the Year
Investment Deal of the Year
Star Performance of the Year
NEW! CEO of the Year
Digital Agency of the Year
Digital Technology Business of the Year

Wednesday 11 November 2015

5.30pm for 6.00pm – 8.30pm
(doors open at 5.30pm and finish up by 9.00pm)

T Room, Design Informatics, Evolution House, Edinburgh College of Art, 78 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE

Delegate rate £8 plus VAT

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Intrigued by the media hype of Bitcoin and Silkroad but not sure where to start? Delve beyond the headlines to get a first-hand experience of some of the underlying principles of cryptocurrencies. Explore the block chain through interactive group discussions and hands on activities punctuated by short insights from leading Scottish expert, Dug Campbell, Digital Strategy Consultant, founder of Bitcoin Meetup and Organiser of Scottish Bitcoin Conference).

This event has been arranged especially for BCSWomen in Scotland.

This event is free, open to all, both for BCS members and non-members for arranging refreshments, and particularly as the numbers are limited. It has been organised by Southampton Solent University, with the BCS Hampshire Branch and BCSWomen Specialist Group. The event is supported by Age Concern.
Date: Tuesday 27 October 2015

Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm start

Venue: Room HC109, on the first floor of the Herbert Collins Building, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0YN | Directions | Campus Map

Cost: Free, open to all, but booking essential both for BCS members and non-members as the numbers are limited.

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Workshop Facilitator: Alison Messenger, Southampton Solent University & Castle Ergonomics and Jennifer Anyan Southampton Solent University


The workshop will be based around making young people age years in minute, using special body suits, to reconsider fashion and how this provides opportunities for the expanding grey market

The: Media and Fashion Styling, final year students have teamed up with the BCS Hampshire Branch and Ergonomic Researcher Alison Messenger to consider the challenges of dressing, undressing and styling in an ageing body.

There will be an opportunity to try on clothes whilst wearing Ergonomic Ageing Suits and engage in discussion with specialists from both Fashion and Ergonomics, considering the challenges of dressing an ageing body. For all, this event provides the opportunity to understand fashion from a broader perspective and could lead to primary research supporting practical projects, dissertations and major project work, as well as possible changes in the fashion industry!

Alison Messenger, lecturer at Southampton Solent University & consultant of Castle Ergonomics, graduated from Birmingham University with an MSc in Work Design and Ergonomics and is now a registered Ergonomist with nearly 30 years experience in both, long term academic and short commercial research, lecturing, training and design enveloping. Her particular interests are anthropometrics and working posture.

Jennifer Anyan is, Principal lecturer and the Programme Group Leader, Media & Fashion Styling of the School of Art, Design & Fashion of Southampton Solent University.

Carpenter portrait of Ada Lovelace - detail

On Thursday 10th December 2015, Ada Lovelace, the first programmer, would be 200 years old.

If 2, 3, 4 or more women, who work on or with computers, could get together, for say a morning coffee for a few minutes, or after work, to raise their cups or glasses to Ada, please do take a photo, and Tweet it to #BCSWomenAda

These will be collected by BCSWomen, part of the professional body, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
BCSWomen would like to collect 200, or better still 2,000 photos of groups of women, who work on or use computers, from all parts of the world, all saying “Happy Birthday Ada”.

Do read about Ada Lovelace on Wikipedia.
She died at thirty six on 27th November, 1852 possibly of cancer, but she was an amazing woman. She was the daughter of Lord Byron, the “superstar” of the day, both in looks and talent, but was viewed as “mad, bad and dangerous to know” especially by mothers of marriageable daughters!!.

Please do take part.

If you would like more details, please contact Margaret Ross and put BCSWomen Ada in the subject strap line.
Written by: Margaret Ross

We really need to see you there, and we would love to see applications from some of you to be part of our committee. We need people who can spare time to help make BCSWomen as great as it can be to meet our objectives of attracting women to work in IT, and once they are there, supporting them in their careers! If you want to be involved, send a CV and a paragraph on why you think you would be great in the team.

We are going to make this a really special networking opportunity. We have asked Vanessa Vallely from We are the City to come along and talk to us. She is a famed motivational speaker as you can see here: http://www.vanessavallely.com/corporate-career/ and you may well be part of the 200000 women who are members of the We are the City group.

We have also asked Kayleigh Bateman to join us. Kayleigh has been working as a reporter for Computer Weekly for several years and we have worked with her on several BCSWomen events and PR campaigns. We believe she is going to tell us about her role at CW and her new job!!

We will get the AGM business out of the way first, so our plan is to start at 18:15, complete a short AGM and then listen in to what these two bright stars have to say.

The Agenda will therefore be:
18:15 Welcome and Introductions
18:20 Apologies for Absence, Minutes of Previous AGM and Matters Arising
18:25 Report from the Chair on the Activities for 2014/2015
18:40 Treasurers report (review of income and expenditure against the budget agreed with BCS HQ for the past year and an explanation of next year’s budget request)
18:45 Election of Chair, Treasurer and committee members
18:50 AOB, then
Networking and Nibbles (we will provide Wine and softdrinks and a sandwich supper to ensure that you will not go starving and that you will be chatty!! for networking) followed by
19:10 Vanessa Vallely
19:50 Kayleigh Bateman
20:30 Networking

Copies of the Minutes of the 2014 AGM are available on our website. Officers’ reports will be tabled at the AGM and will be available on the website afterwards. If possible, please notify me of any matters you would wish to raise under Item 6, Any Other Business, by no later than Friday 16th October 2015.