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Milton Keynes First CryptoParty

CryptoParty MK

The Institute of Coding partner The Open University were among the organisers and presenters of the first ever Milton Keynes CryptoParty, held on 10 May.

IoC members Mike Richards, Neil Smith, Andrew Smith, Penelopi Troullinou, and Allan Third were among the presenters.

CryptoParty is a grassroots global movement which hosts free workshops to introduce practical internet security to the general public. The Milton Keynes’ public were invited bring along a smartphone or laptop (or both!) and learn the basics from the experts and other participants, listen to enlightening talks, participate in workshops, make friends and teach others.

Over fifty local people attended the Milton Keynes event. The event was co-organised by the GirlsCode MK, The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park and The Open University’s STEM Faculty. It was hosted by MK Gallery and was completely free to attend. Party music was provided by DJ Bod. BBC Look East came along to film and event and featured interviews with the speakers and attendees in their local news bulletins

Lead organiser, Eva Dovč of GirlsCode MK said “Feedback from the audience was very positive – great talks, great workshops. I was really pleased that people stayed on after the talks for the workshops; they were interested and taking notes – it was really fantastic to see!”

The next Milton Keynes CryptoParty will be on 1 November, and the IoC will be hosting a purely-online CryptoParty, hopefully the world’s largest, sometime in the autumn. Watch this space!

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The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK’s largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.

All of our roles play a key part in our students’ journey. We have a range of exciting opportunities for ambitious academics and researchers, as well as top class teaching and professional services roles. We offer a dynamic, inter-disciplinary research culture where academics and researchers can work creatively.

Lead Developer

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
£40,792 to £48,677, Ref: 15805
Fixed Term Contract until 31st March 2020
Based in Milton Keynes
Application closing date: Thursday 29 April, 2019 – 12:00.

The post-holder will hold a degree (or equivalent experience).

You will be a member of the Open University team, comprising academics and technology specialists in cyber security, data science, learning analytics and distributed ledger technologies, who are leading the “University Learners” theme of the Institute of Coding (IoC – www.instituteofcoding.org). 

The Institute’s vision is to enhance the education and employability of every IoC learner and ensure that employers and individuals across the UK can access the skills they need to compete in the global digital economy. This unique and innovative collaboration has been made possible with £20m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and match funding from universities and industry partners.

Responsible for the whole project life-cycle, you will scope, develop, implement and deploy an infrastructure that allows academics to deliver to Open University students a variety of online interactive practical computing activities, e.g. on data science, programming and cyber security. You will play a leading role in the development of software systems enabling the remote operation of programming and computing infrastructure environments through the use of commercial software products and bespoke software solutions.

Interview date: to be advised

For detailed information and how to apply go to www3.open.ac.uk/employment, call the Resourcing Hub on 01908 655544 or email Resourcing-Hub@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.

For more information about the post visit: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/lead-developer-15805