BCS at New Scientist Live

For four days at the end of September, writes Richard Lester, BCS was at ‘New Scientist Live’ in London, flying the flag for the IT and digital stars across science, technology and engineering - the people who make modern life possible and future dreams a reality. 

BCS teamed up with the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Gatsby Foundation for this brilliant event to host the ‘Technicians Make It Happen’ stand, nicely positioned in the centre of things to catch people’s eye and encourage conversation amongst the event’s many thousands of attendees. We were all there with a common purpose - to heighten awareness and appreciation of technicians and technical workers across STEM, and to encourage take-up of the entire family of professional technician registrations (RITTech, RSciTech and EngTech). They have a broad equivalence of standing for technical expertise, and the people who hold one mark themselves out as those who offer quality in what they do.

BCS reps were resplendent in event-themed T-shirts, and we were particularly delighted that active RITTech registrants from the industry took part each day to talk about their experience and what RITTech meant to them. We had people like system architects, software developers, IT support experts (and BCS’s very own marvellous Cameron): all of them RITTech and proud of it, which is central to what we’re trying to achieve. 

Technicians matter, technicians make it happen and BCS helps them to stand proud with RITTech.

The activity of the show was non-stop, with a constant flow to the stand. All around us, scientific and engineering innovation, achievement and general non-stop boggling of minds. Want to know what ESA are up to? No problem. When is Bloodhound SSC going supersonic? Just ask them. What’s the latest in neurological research? Over there. Just amazing. Not to mention naked mole rat research, which was strangely compelling. And all of it, without exception (even the naked mole rat stuff), underpinned by computing excellence, creativity and expertise... in many cases actually led by it. 

A brilliant buzz to the place, a fantastic breadth of attendees to get our message across to, and a wonderful thing to be part of. A particular hit on our stand was the IT quiz, people racing against the buzzer for RITTech branded headphones and chocolates!  Do you know how much data is stored, processed and analysed at CERN each year? 30 petabytes, that’s how much - 30 million gigabytes!

Yes, technicians make it happen alright. And word is getting out...

There are no comments on this item

Leave Comment

Post a comment

Search this blog

November 2017
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30