Annual Open Evening at UK Fast (Manchester)

When: 30th Oct 2017, 17:30 - 30th Oct 2017, 21:00
Where: UKFast Campus, Birley Fields, Manchester, M15 5QJ
Town/City: Manchester
Organiser: BCS Preston and District Branch
Price: Free
Further Information: Further Information

We are excited to announce our venue this year for the BCS Preston Annual Opening Evening is the UK Fast Auditorium. As the auditorium has 250 seats, members from BCS Manchester, BCS Cumbria and BCS Prestion will be attending. The UK Fast bar will also be open for refreshments. UK Fast is the largest independent server hosting
company in the UK and boasts a £22 million data centre. Photos of the venue are below:

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This is a free event. There are 250 places available to attend our annual open evening. Reserve your place early to avoid disappointment. Highlights of the evening include:

  • IT Professional of the Year Award 2017 
  • Cyber Security - A presentation by industry expert, Paul Mason (Secarma)
  • Cyber Security - Audience Question and Answer session with Paul Mason
  • BCS Highlights - News from Manchester and Cumbria branches by Dr Julian Bass and Stephen Ironmonger
  • “Meeting The Challenges of IT” - Discussion Panel with Dr Julian Bass (University of Salford School of Computing), Stephen Ironmonger (Building Engineering Services Association) and Paul Mason (Secarma)
  • Hosted by Adrian Thompson (BCS Preston Chairman)
  • Networking opportunity; meet members of BCS Preston, BCS Cumbria and BCS Manchester
  • Enjoy refreshments from the bar (cash bar only delegates to pay for their own refreshments)
  • Free Subway Sandwiches

Event Times

  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm - Arrival and networking. Free Subway sandwiches. Cash bar open for refreshments.
  • 6:30pm to 8.00pm - Programme of speakers, discussion panels, audience participation with Q&A followed by IT Pro Award.
  • 8.00pm - 9.00pm - Network, socialise and enjoy refreshments from the bar (cash bar; delegates to pay for their own refreshments).

Event Speakers

Jennie Williams - Cyber Protect Officer, TITAN
Jennie is a Cyber Protect Officer at TITAN, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit. Her role involves working with business, education and the general public to raise awareness of the potential risk and impact of Cyber Crime along with the simple steps that can be taken to prevent becoming a victim -

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Jennie Williams
Paul Mason - Cybersecurity Training Manager, Secarma.
Paul is an ethical hacker, a deeply experienced educator and finalist in a number of international cybersecurity challenges. His advice is regularly sought by government departments including Police Scotland, educational bodies and commercial clients requiring security testing -
Paul Mason
Dr Julian Bass - BCS Manchester Chairman
Researcher, practitioner and educator in socio-technical systems focusing on global enterprise software implementation across multinational teams and large-scale project management. After a research career break in the software industry and as an international development worker, creating new knowledge in global software engineering, deployment of cloud-hosted software services and ICT for international development in the global south (ICT4D). Julian is the Senior Lecturer at University of Salford School of Computing, Science and Engineering -
Dr Julian Bass
Stephen Ironmonger - BCS Cumbria Chairman
Stephen is the Head of IT at the Building Engineering Services Association -
Stephen Ironmonger
Adrian Thompson - BCS Preston Chairman
Adrian is a freelance software engineer and consultant for website development and online marketing. He has created solutions for large organisations such as The Football Association and is currently working as a consultant for one of the largest artificial grass manufacturers in Europe -
Adrian Thompson

Chairman’s Message

You are warmly invited to join us on Monday 30th October 2017 for the BCS Preston Annual Open Evening at UKFast Campus (Manchester). This is a free event. Arrival and networking starts in the bar from 5:30pm then the programme starts at 6:30pm.

This should be a fantastic event as it will take place in the 250 seat Auditorium at UKFast and we are inviting BCS Members from Manchester and Cumbria to join us. The evening will include the IT Professional of the Year Award and a talk on Cyber Security by industry expert and ethical hacker Paul Mason (Secarma) followed by Q&A from the audience. Dr Julian Bass and Stephen Ironmonger will also be speaking to us about BCS Manchester and BCS Cumbria.

This event is a great opportunity for networking with other BCS members in the bar area, before and after the programme.

We encourage you to arrive no later 6pm so you can enjoy meeting your fellow BCS Members in the bar along with a free Subway sandwich. However we do appreciate that some of you may not be able to make it until later due to traveling. The programme starts at 6:30pm so if you arrive before this time you won’t miss anything. If you arrive after 6:30pm, you will miss the start of the programme but not to worry - we are sure you will still have a great evening and we look forward to meeting you!

Finally, would you like to nominate someone (including yourself) for IT Professional of the Year Award? Nomination form This includes a £250 cash prize and a beautiful trophy. If you would like to make a nomination, there is opportunity to do so inside the booking form above.