BCS – relevant?

Jul 2nd, 20102 Comments

There have been rumblings in the British Computer Society recently after rebels became upset over a number of issues, not least the decision of the board to spend £5m on a re-branding exercise.

At an EGM held on the 1st of July the coup failed and resolutions to add some transparency to the process so members could see where the money was going, and the vote of no confidence in the current board of Trustees only achieved numbers in the 20% range.

Bit of a storm in a tea cup?

Is the BCS actually useful or even relevant? They hold meetings on a regular basis where typically an industry expert will turn up and give a presentation, and it’s something you can put on your CV / business card, and you even get a nice flash plastic membership card.

But what is it good for beyond being a mechanism for projecting technical competence? After all, being a member isn’t particularly cheap, indeed the ‘better’ you get, the more they charge you for your membership!

Thinking of joining? Try going to one of their meetings first, there is a minimal charge (couple of pounds) and you should find they lay on free coffee and biscuits … you might even bump into one or two people who’ve heard of Linux, or then again ..

Their website is here

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2 Responses to “BCS – relevant?”

  1. avatar Steve Nice says:

    The BCS is stuck in the 80’s and 90’s. However, it is up to members to help lead the BCS forward and present new ideas. More new members of this generation are needed and events that focus on the Internet and current technologies are needed. Without this, the BCS will die.

  2. avatar madpenguin says:

    Mmm, I joined in 2003 because I thought “Chartered Member” might look good on my business cards. I ended up paying nearly £200 a year for biscuits and a meeting once a month. To cap it off, in 2006 they asked me to do a presentation on Linux and I ended up in a room talking to a couple of dozen [members] who’d mostly knew pretty much nothing about Linux. At this point I decided that membership (in context) was a bit embarrassing and it seemed to be a little silly to pay to be embarrassed.

    Incidentally, while a member I tried to instigate some interest in Linux but this was blocked by the establishment… who also seemed relatively oblivious to Linux and what it was …

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