Welcome to the BCS Bedford Website


Welcome to the new normal

Last time we met in Bedford was the ARM event in March.

The Committee has been busy to respond to the COVID situation. While the face to face meetings cannot happen, we have signposted members to the rich range of BCS online events. The Cyber Challenge 2020 Schools Competition was successfully completed with students working from home.

We are building up the programme for the 2020-21 programme. We would not be able to offer you the coffee in our face to face meeting until at least 2021.

We shall have our first Virtual Coffee Drop-In to connect us together. We would like to explore with you how we can build our local community using any other means. We would also welcome any volunteers willing to serve on the Branch Committee in the coming year. Please drop in.

Our next meeting is 14 September with the promised talk on Quantum Computing and the AGM. The speaker is an eminent specialist who is going to help us all to understand this fascinating topic. Please join us.


Next Meeting

The future programme of events is being planned, please check back soon.


Branch Background

BCS Bedford Branch has about 950 members registered, about 400 are based in the Bedford area and another 360 in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. We also have members as far afield as Auckland, Texas, Singapore, Karachi and Lagos.

The geographical area is largely rural with concentrations of business and professional employment in Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes. A sizable body of professionals commute to work in London. There are four universities in our patch and a number of FE colleges.

We have meetings most months. The main series of meetings is in the Park Inn Hotel in Bedford. These meetings are opened to non-BCS members and have been well supported by local business and students.

BCS Bedford Branch has two strategic initiatives in our local area. Since the 2013 academic year, we have been running an annual school competition to encourage Key Stage 3 students (11-13 years old) to develop coding skills and take up Computing as one of their GCSE subjects. The Branch has also been working with the Bedfordshire Police Cyber Hub since its launch in 2015 to help in their Prevent agenda, promoting knowledge to avoid citizens and businesses becoming victims of cybercrime

We work with the local IET branch, the Royal Aeronautical Society as well as the Federation of Small Business to coordinate meetings.

Student prizes are awarded to all four local universities.

Receiving Information about BCS Bedford activities

The branch has a LinkedIn Group open to all members and those interested

if you are not a member of BCS and would like periodic updates about forthcoming branch events and other items which we feel may be of interest to you then you can subscribe to our email list. You can subscribe to our email list by sending a blank email to bednonmem-join@lists.bcs.org.uk. Please note that by subscribing to the email list you are not joining BCS Bedford Branch.

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