At this evening meeting in London, we’ll be welcoming three women, all of whom are pursuing a career in open source. This is a joint meeting with BCS Women and the UK Open Source Hardware User Group.


Rain Ashford, Goldsmiths University
Pietra F T Madio, Brockenhurst College
Professor Cornelia Boldyreff, University of Greenwich


18:00 – Tea/Coffee and Water
18:30 – Event start
20:00 – Close


Prototyping Wearables with Open Source
In this presentation will discuss how open source hardware and its communities aided me in the pursuit of creating wearable technology, which led to me returning to academia and doctoral research. I will share some of my research into responsive and emotive wearable technology including examples of prototypes and research into audiences, which focused on the preferences of women users.

Starting out in open source

A more inclusive way of looking at open source projects
In this talk, I shall talk about a recent PhD I examined, “Episodic Volunteering in Open Source” by Ann Barcomb.


Rain Ashford, Goldsmiths University
I am a creative technologist, designer and researcher working in the field of wearable technology. My PhD research investigated how wearables can be used to create new forms of nonverbal communication using physiological and environmental data. This research was selected for a Convocation Trust Student Entrepreneur Award and I was a finalist in EPSRC’s UK ICT Pioneers Competition. I have presented and exhibited my work extensively in the UK and internationally in Europe, Asia and USA. Previously I worked at the BBC where I was a senior producer and technologist, co-running the BBC’s open innovation project, BBC Backstage. I also organise events and workshops on technology topics including wearables, gaming and diversity, for example I was organiser of the BBC Women in Technology group and Women In Computing Mentor at Goldsmiths.

Pietra F T Madio, Brockenhurst College
Pietra F. T. Madio is a sixth form student from Brazil at Brockenhurst College. She has been working as an intern for Embecosm since November 2018. Pietra is currently undertaking research and implementation of neural networks using Keras and TensorFlow. She’s working towards progressing to university to study Computer Science.

Professor Cornelia Boldyreff, University of Greenwich
Cornelia Boldyreff lives in Greenwich and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. She was previously the Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) at the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at the University of East London from 2009 – February 2013.

Cornelia gained her PhD in Software Engineering from the University of Durham where she worked from 1992; she was a Reader in the Computer Science Department when she left.
In 2004 she moved to the University of Lincoln to become the first Professor of Software Engineering at the university, where she co-founded and directed the Centre for Research in Open Source Software.

She has over 25 years’ experience in software engineering research and has published extensively on her research in the field. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a founding committee member of the BCSWomen Specialist Group, a committee member of the BCS e-Learning Specialist Group, and since 2013 she has chaired the BCS Open Source Specialist Group. She has been actively campaigning for more women in STEM throughout her career. Together with Miriam Joy Morris and Dr Yasmine Arafa, she founded the start-up, ebartex Ltd, and together they are developing a new digital bartering currency, ebarts.


For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.


BCS Open Source SG

Women in Open Source - Open Source SG
Date and time
Thursday 16 May, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
1st Floor, The Davidson Building
5 Southampton Street
This event is sold out