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2016 AGM – 26th September

September 28th, 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Isle of Man International Section of the BCS, as well as the Annual Meeting of its associated company BCS (IoM) Limited, will be held at the Connaught Suite, The Empress Hotel, Central Promenade, Douglas this Thursday evening, 29th September 2016, starting at 18:00, with the usual networking opportunity and complimentary light refreshments, etc, from 17:30.

Unfortunately we have been unable to arrange a professional presentation to accompany this AGM. Nevertheless we hope you will come to the AGM, following which (in lieu of a professional presentation) we will invite attendees to discuss, with the new Committee, how the BCS, and particularly the BCS Isle of Man International Section, might support members – and accomplish its wider objectives – during the upcoming year.

Please find attached:

AGM Agenda;
Minutes of last year’s AGM;
Treasurer’s Report;
Financial Statements
Membership Secretary’s Report

We look forward to seeing you on the 29th September.


Offshore Open Data Camp

July 7th, 2016

Saturday 30th July 2016

Tynwald Library, Finch Road, Douglas, IM1 3PW


  • 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:
  • 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
  • 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:


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: