On the 27th of October, Baroness Susan Greenfield visits Coventry to give a presentation on “How might the Digital World be Changing the Human Mind“. The talk has been organised by the IET Coventry and Warwickshire Network in conjunction with BCS Coventry. The event is free to attend, but booking is essential – full information, including booking is available here.
Baroness Greenfield is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford and she was Chancellor of Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh from 1998 to 2010.
Baroness Greenfield co-founded Neuro-bio in 2013 where she is Chief Scientific Officer. She introduced the concept of “mind change”, an umbrella term comparable to climate change, encompassing the diverse issues involved in the impact of the 21st century environment on the brain.
On the 21st of October, Mark Pickering came and gave a presentation about the Neighbours OnLine scheme. Its a scheme setup by Mark after having taken early retirement from WMG, University of Warwick. It aims to tackle the digital exclusion of senior citizens by creating an environment where everyone can find support and assistance to enable them to be confident users of the web. They can keep in regular contact with family members who live too far away to visit regularly. They can gain access to discounted electricity and a whole range of other services now delivered through the web.
This project directly tackles digital inclusion in a practical way, through a network of volunteers sharing their skills to meet the needs of the local community. Marks presentation is available on the meeting page
For the October meeting of BCS Coventry, on Wednesday 21 Oct 2015 at 18:30 we have Mark Pickering presenting his project Neighbours online: Digital Inclusion of our Senior Citizens. This meeting takes place in the IMC at the University of Warwick.
Abstract: Mark Pickering recently took early retirement from WMG, University of Warwick, and has been devoting himself to a project that gets older folk online. He gets them skyping each other, managing electricity, etc all online. Mark will briefly introduce himself and will then discuss some of the priorities and challenges. Full details are available here.
Thank you to all the presenters and attendees of our recent Teachers Conference, run in conjunction with the Coventry and Warwickshire Computing At School Hub and the IET on the 15th of September 2015. The day proved to be an informative and entertaining event with useful contacts being made.
At the conference, Challenge IT 2016 was launched. This is the branch competition for young people and finalists will be invited to the Exhibition on the 16th of March 2016, during British Science Week. We will invite as many young people as will fit in the exhibition room! Please get in touch if your organisation would like to sponsor Challenge IT. For more information about the competition see the September 2015 newsletter.
Photographs courtesy of Alan O’Donohoe
On the 15th of September, the branch will be hosting the BCS / CAS Regional Teachers Conference. We’ve arranged an interesting mix of keynotes and workshops. Its suitable for Teachers of Computing, IT and Digital Literacy from primary to sixth form, IT technicians, careers teacher, school governors, plus anyone else interested in the Computer Science curriculum for schools from the region around Coventry and beyond.
More conference information is available here.
This conference is free, but booking is essential. Book here.
Over the summer we’ve been updating the BCS Coventry Branch website. Its now up and running, we hope you like it.