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Welcome to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT,Isle of Man Section website. Our section was created on the 7th of July 2004 as an international section of the BCS as per other jurisdictions such as Jersey, Guernsey, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

Our Section holds either a professional or social event each month from September to June. There may also be impromptu social events in July and August. Our events are normally open to non-members.

Our forthcoming events are published on our web site and if you happen to be on the Isle of Man at a time coinciding with an open event please join us. If you are a BCS member and regular visitor to the island or would like to register with the Section anyway, then please update your details held by the BCS.

Offshore Open Data Camp

Saturday 30th July 2016

Tynwald Library, Finch Road, Douglas, IM1 3PW

TIMINGS

  • CONFERENCE
  • 0930 : Open
  • 1000: Graeme Jones, Chair, Isle of Man, British Computer Society & IATI Technical Advisory Group (the Global Aid Flow Database and inspiration to distinctively reposition a gambling jurisdiction with Bets Aid ™ tax hypothecation)
  • 1005: John Shimmin, Minister, Cabinet Office, Isle of Man Government
  • 1015: Iain McDonald, Information Supervisor, Isle of Man
  • 1030: Julian Tait, Open Data Manchester, etc. – Internet of Things and IPv6 in the public interest — some insights into the infrastructure rollouts to the Northern Powerthouse.
  • 1040: Denis Parfenov, Open Data Governance Board, Republic of Ireland & Ambassador, OK International (the Open Government League Table). Progress and lessons learned in the Republic of Ireland and some thoughts on the global context with a Russian twist! He co-hosted the regional transparency summit at Dublin Castle in 2014 with the Minister for Public Expenditure Reform Brendan Howlin TD: http://www.opengovpartnership.org/europe-regional-meeting
  • 1050: Daniel Looney, Assistant Chief Officer (Digital & Information), Douglas Borough Council
  • 1120: Blockchain – Nick Williamson, CEO, Credits – A rare opportunity locally to hear the thoughts of Nick Williamson, CEO, Credits on blockchain in financial services and gambling (ex Pokerstars). Credits are the winner of the best blockchain startup at the Europas at Level39, the largest tech accelerator in Europe:
  • 1200 : Break
  • UNCONFERENCE
  • 1330 : welcome, Chris Thomas MHK – the first Isle of Man politician to mention “open data” in parliamentary debate, present Chair of the United Nations Association (Isle of Man) and previous roles via the World Bank and the European Commission (Russia, EU/China financial services team)
  • 1335 : Session Pitches and Grid – Sessions could include Public Transport, UK Government Digital Service style User Needs projects, Sustainable Business Model, Map Mashups, what is the Social Value of open data?, etc
  • 1400 : Session #3
  • 1500 : Session #4
  • 1545 : Session #5
  • 1615 : Review
  • 1630 : Close
  • 1700 : Social to continue discussions — Hooded Ram Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting – Tickets

Many thanks to support from UKGovCamp, the Isle of Man Government and Sleepwell Hotels.

The private sector and governments are increasingly adopting bootstrapping and growth hacking techniques from tech startups and the sharing economy such as agile project management, open data, blockchain technology and behavioural analytics.  For example, Elizabeth Truss, UK Secretary of State for the environment, food and rural affairs recently announced that the department had accelerated a digital strategy with 11007 datasets in 12 months and prompted mobile apps on everything from flood alerts with river level sensors to maximised crop outputs:

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What is an unconference?

  • the agenda is finalised on the day based on available expertise
  • free but highly valued personal and professional development
  • everybody is allowed to contribute
  • nobody will be offended if you want to switch session to learn more about something else
  • sessions are blogged to baseline issues and possibilities and to continue discussions

Jen Williams from Networked Planet explaining unconferences at the regional open data camp in Bristol on 14th and 15th May 2016:

Register for your tickets here: