Welcome to BCS Northampton Website

The Northampton branch membership has grown steadily from our start in 2004 and we now have over 980 members, mainly from Northampton, Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. Our aim is to hold 5 committee meetings a year, with 4 or 5 events covering a variety of areas to provide interest for as many of our members as we can. Look at our forthcoming events page to obtain the details of our events planned for the 2014/15 season. Our AGM is held in September where we announce the winners of the Student Prizes and where you as a member are able to both stand as a committee member and vote for your choice of representative.

This years Students Prize winners are:

Winner of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT - Best Technical Computing 1st Year Award. 

  • Danial Lupan

  • Winner of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT Best Student Performance Prize

  • Jason Peel

  • Winner of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT - Best Business Computing Student Award. 

  • Glen Weston

  • Winner of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT Best Student Business Computing Performance Prize

  • Tafadzwa Chigutsa

  • Winner of the HM Government Communication Centre (HMGCC) Best Dissertation Prize

  • Christopher Read

  • Winners of the Best Group Project Prize from HM Government Communication Centre (HMGCC)

  • Slitan Saleh
  • Washington Bhebhe
  • Heydon Hancox
  • Jamie Humphries
  • Ameen Abdel Hai

  • The committee is a relaxed group, made up of Business, Technical and Academic interests. We welcome new faces, both members and none members at our meetings & events. We see these not just as valuable opportunities to impart knowledge and understanding but as a valuable networking opportunity for likeminded individuals that have a career in our industry.

    We wolid very much like to hear from anyone wishing to help by joining the committee, most meetings are now home based web meetings later in the evening so as to not impact too much on members home & work commitments

    BCS Northampton Events Page

    NOTE: All our events are open to members and none members, no registration is required unless otherwise stated.

    30th October 2014 BCS Northampton - Raspberry PI Drop In Session and Presentation

    Event 1: Talk on FreePBX / Asterisk on Raspberry PI

    Presenter: J.M.Blackburn

    Event 2: Drop-in Workshop: Have your Pi…Now What?

    Dr Scott Turner Associate Professor in Computing and Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton Public Engagement Ambassador and National STEM Ambassador

    Where- Second Floor, Newton Building, University of Northampton NN2 6JB

    Time - 19:30-21:00

    Event 1

    Duration - 15 to 20 minutes

    Aim: - to generate interest in the use of of VOIP on the Raspberry PI and, if sufficient interest is generated, to organize a more detailed workshop in the future.

    Topics Covered:-

    1. Outline of VOIP as a voice technology

    2. Advantages of VOIP telephony for business and the consumer.

    3. FreePBX on the Raspberry PI – build, configuration and usage.

    4. Discussion of VOIP trunk technology, VOIP services.

    5. Demo of a PI FreePBX system with two VOIP phones.

    Event 2

    Duration - 1.5hrs

    Aim: What can you do with that Raspberry Pi this half term, that you brought but never got around to using? This is one of the two Raspberry Pi focused parallel session being run on 30th October2014. In this session some basic example activities will be shown and facilitated. It is an informal drop-in session, so come have a try at some simple programming and control with the Raspberry Pi. All based around a fun, free programming language Scratch (scratch.mit.edu).

    Audience- Beginners to Raspberry Pi, including general public, members and non-members. Children are welcome to this.

    Example Activities-

    1. Basic Scratch programming activity:- Bonfire Night Game. Which can be done on either the Raspberry Pi or PCs.

    2. Scratch control of LEDs via a Raspberry Pi.

    3. Junkbot – be one of the first to program a robot made from a Raspberry Pi, a drinks can, pens, and a motor and get it to draw (see http://youtu.be/lsIEEvpT3ik and http://junkbots.blogspot.co.uk/ for more details)

    Contact the Branch

    Email: HQ Contacts

    Phone: 01793 417 478

    Post: BCS Headquarters First Floor, Members Groups Department, Block D North Star House, North Star Avenue ,Swindon, UK, SN2 1FA

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