Bath Chapter - BT Tech Talk and Pizza Night

On Wednesday 13th December 2017 the Bath Chapter hosted the first Pizza and Tech Night talk for this academic year. BCSS welcomed speaker Paul O’Brien, Director of the Service, Security and Operations Lab from BT’s Research and Innovation base near Ipswich, to discuss the current research being undertaken at BT.

Bath Chapter - BT Tech Talk and Pizza Night

Attendees got a great insight into research areas such as Smart Cities, Internet of Things and 4G, while learning about the applications of the research in the commercial world. Mr O’Brien was an excellent speaker and his talk stimulated a large amount of questions from attendees both during and after the talk. At the end of the talk he gave attendees his contact details to answer any questions that they thought of later or that he would need to ask another member of his team. Since the talk a number of attendees have been in contact with him, showing the interest in the research being discussed and potential employment opportunities.
 
The talk was followed by pizzas, sponsored by BCS, which gave many a chance to discuss the contents of the talk and ask any questions they did not want to ask in public. It also gave attendees a chance to network with other students who had the same interests and many attendees and Paul O’Brien stayed for a full hour after the talk. 

The society was very proud of the interest in the event with over 70 people signed up to the talk. The event saw a wide range of attendees some of whom had not attended a BCSS event previously. Compared to other events run by BCSS the number of students attending from final years and post graduate courses was much higher, showing that the event catered to a wide range of our members. Talks which have a wide range of attendees tend to have in our experience a larger amount of discussion and that stimulates a greater interest and learning of the talks subject area. BCSS wants to make sure that there are events on the calendar for all of its members and so will be looking to run more events of a similar nature to encourage final year and postgraduate students to participate.