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Who are we?

SPA (pronounced 'spar') is the Software Practice Advancement specialist group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Read about our aims and mission here.

What do we do?

How do I join?

Although everyone can attend BCS SPA meetings, those attending more than one or two are encouraged to join BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, at the appropriate grade. You'll find everything you need to know about joining SPA here.

What else is on this site?

Lists of past and planned events are here, including presentation materials and/or notes in many cases, along with newsletters and other useful materials. There used to be a wiki for discussion of related topics, but it was not used much and so the content is now offered on a read-only basis.

You can jump from here directly to the London Meeting Programme.


There are a number of friendly organisations whose goals are broadly sympathetic to those of SPA, and with whom SPA has had cross-sponsorship or other arrangements in the past.

Where's OOPS?

Find out why BCS OOPS changed its name to SPA. Or read more about SPA's twenty year history.


SPA 2016 Conference

The SPA2016 Conference will run in London from 27th-29th June 2016. The call for papers closed on 29th February and early-bird registrations have opened. The full programme was published recently.

Please contact us if your organisation might be interested in sponsoring the conference.

Next evening meeting (London)

Introduction to the Kotlin Language by Duncan McGregor and Nat Pryce
Wednesday 1st June 2016, 18:30 - 20:00 (sandwiches and refreshments from 6pm)
[Full London programme]

Next evening meeting (Cambridge)

The Cambridge programme is currently in abeyance. However, you can attend some Software East events free of charge.
Software East event programme