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Welcome to the BCS South West Branch website

Welcome to the website for the South West branch of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. This is one of the largest geographical branches covering all of Devon and Cornwall, specifically the postal codes EX, PL, TQ, TR. The Branch has about 1000 members.

Our monthly meetings are generally held between October and May. Events are usually held in either Plymouth or Exeter, there is no charge (unless indicated) and everyone is welcome.

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Thinking of getting chartered can seem daunting, but becoming Chartered IT Practitioner (CITP) can take you to a new level of recognition both with your peers and industry. It demonstrates: You are an expert in your field or specialism You have an extensive knowledge across the breadth of IT You have integrity and strong business acumen You follow a code of conduct and uphold best practice You are committed to your profession Demonstrates trusted competence

The presenter, Margaret Ajibode is a Chartered Engineer, CEng, CITP and a fellow of the BCS, she is a founder of Obatec, an IT consultancy business and also a STEM ambassador and is a Judge and moderator at the annual National Big Bang Competition, she is also the Chief Judge at both the South East and London Big Bang regional competition too.

Smart Cities: Small but smart - An English city's journey to digital innovation, or the Bristol approach to a smart and secure city?

Date: 07/03/2017, 19.00

TBC, Plymouth University
Travel information & Maps
Parking is available on campus during out of hours (4.00pm-7.00am weekdays, and over the weekend), vehicles should only be parked in marked parking spaces, in order to avoid being issued with a fixed penalty notice.


In this talk I will describe the broad set of principles under which a number of organisations are working together in ‘smartening up’ the city of Bristol. These principles have influenced the 'Bristol Approach’ to citizen sensing as well as the city’s digital strategy over the years. I will refer to examples of projects that have been enabled by these and have had impact on the city in turn, as well as to research underway and the potential for world-wide collaborations.

Theo Tryfonas is an academic with the University of Bristol. He is a computer scientist and systems engineer working in the fields of Smart Cities, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity. He is interested in secure, energy-efficient and resilient urban applications of IoT, data driven models of civic innovation, privacy and technology policy. He teaches one of the first courses on smart cities in the UK and is currently involved with nationally and European funded research on connected autonomous vehicles (FLOURISH, £5.5m InnovateUK) and digital innovation in the space of urban energy and transport systems (REPLICATE, €25m EU).

Light refreshments will be available.

Register: TBC

Presentations from previous events can be found here.