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BCS Shropshire - Branch Event and AGM 2018

Date: Monday 10th December 2018 6.30pm

Venue:Wrekin Golf Club, Golf Links Lane, Wellington, TF6 5BX

Eventbrite - Shropshire Branch - AGM and Machine Learning; Rise of the Robots?

BCS Shropshire combine their Annual General Meeting with a presentation on a fascinating topic and a Christmas social event. Details of the talk are below.

We’re starting to hear more and more about ‘Machine Learning’ and how it’s going to either save or destroy the world, depending on who you talk to. But what actually is it? What does it look like, and how is it relevant to you and me in our every day lives?

In this talk we’ll look at some hands on demonstrations of using Machine Learning to build prediction models and automated image classification, and then we’ll build and train a deep learning neural net (think ‘Terminator’ brain!) to teach itself how play a simple game.

We’ll look at where this technology already exists in our day to day lives, without most of us even realising, and then project this forward to discuss where the technology is likely to go, what controls we should be putting in place, and whether it is actually going to save or destroy civilisation!


Speaker: Alex Whittles – Purple Frog Systems


Alex WhittlesAlex is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, and is the owner and Principal Consultant at Purple Frog Systems Ltd.

Purple Frog, a local Telford based business, provides Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Business Reporting services to global clients.

This includes the design of databases, data warehouses, OLAP cubes, machine learning models and dashboard reporting solutions for companies of any size.

Purple Frog Systems specialises in the Microsoft Business Intelligence suite, including SQL Server, the Microsoft Cloud (Azure), and Power BI.

Their current and previous projects include systems for:
An International Investment bank
Card Factory
An International telecoms company
Principality Building Society
Gala Coral
a Lloyds of London syndicate
A US space agency

Alex runs two of the three largest Microsoft data conferences in the World; Data Relay & SQL Bits, and is regularly invited to present at other international conferences.

Topic discussion

Artificial Intelligence is very much a live topic in the Computing industry at the moment. A recent edition of BCS ITNOW focused on the question “Killer robots or a hugely beneficial tool for a wide range of computing?”

The UK Government believes that the UK can be a market leader in the AI field and is directing funds towards AI research.

At the same time many people have expressed concern about what the consequences of the deployment of AI will mean for society in general.

We look forward to seeing you on 10th December at 6.30pm.

Event Itinerary:
6:00 pm Venue open. Bar and hot beverages available.
6:30 pm Welcome and Annual General Meeting
During the AGM the current Branch committee will give a short review of the past year’s activities. Branch members will then elect the new committee for the coming year.

Please note that only Shropshire Branch members are eligible for election to the committee and to vote during the AGM. (Non-members and members of other branches are more than welcome to attend the proceedings)

Any Shropshire Branch member wishing to become a Committee Member should inform the branch secretary (Simon) at the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Apologies for absence
  • Minutes from the previous 2016-2017 AGM (available online)
  • Matters arising from the minutes?
  • Accept 2016-2017 AGM Minutes
  • A report from the Chair and others on the activities of the past year
  • A report from the Treasurer, reviewing the income and expenditure for the year ending 31 Aug 2018.
  • Accept the Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Chair and Treasurer and other committee members
  • Any other nominated business. (must be sent in advance)
  • AGM Ends


Any Shropshire Branch member wishing to ask questions at the AGM or add agenda items must email them to the Branch Secretary no later than 5 pm on Friday, 7th December 2018. The email address is as follows:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


7:00 pm Talk

7:45 pm Refreshments and networking.

8:30pm Wrap up

Refreshments: A bar is available and buffet will be available following the main speaker

WHEN: Monday December 10th, 2018 from 18:30 to 20:30

WHERE: Wrekin Golf Club, Golf Links Lane, Wellington, TF6 5BX

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