Welcome to TechSPARK’s regular events round-up, summarising the upcoming tech-related events in Bristol and Bath!


*Featured Event*
Get Growing! The Great British Business Roadshow, The Engine Shed
July 24 @ 10am


Get Growing! The Great British Business Roadshow is a hugely valuable way to spend your day. Not only will you gain concentrated knowledge to help you grow your business immediately, but there are several other great benefits that come with your ticket too:

  • The Get Growing! Workbook. Including top tips from all our presenters and worksheets to help you take notes on each session.
  • Your chance to win £500 in cash to spend on growing your business. Yes, we’re giving away a fist-full of cash to one lucky attendee. What would you do if an extra £500 landed on your desk right now? How would you use that to help grow your business? It could happen.
  • A business growth assessment from Advantage Business Partnerships, with a value of £199.00, Get Growing! attendees will experience this for free. It is a sophisticated questionnaire that uses your answers to help you identify your areas of strength and weakness in your business, and how you can improve.
  • A set of 50 MOO! networking business cards, specifically designed for you to use at Get Growing! These will be ready for you to collect on the day and use immediately!
  • Targeted networking with other relevant businesses in your area.
  • The opportunity to grab our presenters to ask your questions face-to-face and get the answers that you need.
  • Excellent offers from all of the event partners, designed to help your business grow, and including discounts, special packages, and resources.
  • Lunch! We would love you to join us for lunch. Stay, eat, network – all on us.

Buy tickets for the Great British Business Roadshow!

Kick-off: Share how you’re using (or thinking of using) ElasticSearch, The Knights Templar
July 14 @ 7pm

South West ElasticSearch are a new meet up community, described as a forum to share knowledge and experience of ElasticSearch, ELK stack and associated tools.

Join them for their kick off ElasticSearch social at the Knights Templar in Bristol.

BathSPARK Summer Social, The Bath Brew House
July 16@ 5:45pm

SPARK-Icon-69083The BathSPARK Social involves bringing together a broad spectrum of people who work in the tech sector in the Bath and Bristol area: from techies to creatives and CEOs to product specialists. Mixing these people creates great conversations and sparks new ideas and often forges new relationships and opportunities.

We will also be doing some very informal ‘1 minute speed networking’ sessions early in the evening to ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to meet someone new!

We are delighted that Elance and Rocketmakers are sponsoring this social. Thanks to our kind sponsors there will be free drinks and food provided – without their support we wouldn’t be able to run events like this. We also have a post-event offer of USD150 to spend on anything Elance!

This is a popular event which is unfortunately already full, however you can still sign up to the BathSPARK Summer Social waiting list – if anyone drops out, you’ll be next in line to attend!

Agencies and Clients: Agency day, Bristol Paintworks
July 16 @ 9:30am – 4pm

uwe clrUWE are launching a series of three special events analysing the fundamentals of the client / agency relationship using unrivalled, cutting edge research from the University of The West of England Applied Marketing Group. These events are brought to you by South West Marketing Leaders in partnership with Bristol Media and The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

The agency day will be open to all agency staff across all departments whether account handling, creative or production in advertising, design, digital agencies. It is particularly suitable for those who work on a day to day basis with clients.

The day will be led by Professor Tim Hughes and Dr Mario Vafeas and include presentations about the research together with a number of work group sessions. The workshops themselves will feed in to on-going research being conducted. The day will also include a presentation and Q&A with agency staff who are willing to share their own experiences.

Buy tickets and find out more about Agency Day.

Lunchtime Talk: Kicking the Mic, The Watershed
July 18 @ 1-2pm

pervasive media studio logoThis Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Watershed Studio every week.

Studio resident, choreographer and creative technologist Laura Kriefman will be providing a sneaky peak at some of the extraordinary technologies involved in her new show ‘Kicking the Mic’ in advance of its debut at the Indonesian International Mask Festival this September.

Kicking the Mic is a live tap show that breaks all the rules. Laura will be sharing the latest iteration of her reactive LED dress that pulsates and changes colour in time to the live sounds, and will demonstrate her hacked dancefloor that translates the action of tap dancing into musical instruments such as flutes and tablas. She uses dance to create a soundtrack to dance to, as well as create effects, loops and layers as she moves.

Find out more about the Watershed Pervasive Media studio.

Techie Brekkie : Finance and Funding for Start-Ups, Engine Shed
July 23 @ 8:15-9:30am

Series-A-FundingAs a Start-Up, cash is almost invariably an issue. Do you quit the day job and hope that all will come together? Or keep working 9 till 5 in a corporate environment to then spend evenings and weekends toiling on your real passion, until you’re noticed by an observant angel.

There are actually now many more options open to Start-Ups, including local growth funds, R&D tax credits, crowdfunding, incubators, kickstarters and more.


Come along to July’s Techie Brekkie, kindly sponsored by Corrigan Associates, to discuss these various options and learn more from those who have already been there.

Handling the Media in a Crisis, Mentor’s West End Studios
July 23 @ 9:30am-4pm

A highly practical and empowering training event! Everyone in communications should do this and all business leaders too!

To find out more and buy tickets, please visit the Bristol Media website.

AngularJS for data driven web applications, The Hen and Chicken
July 22 @ 7-10pm

Join the Bristol Angular JS meet up group this week where Adam Butler is going to be talking about building declarative, high performance, modular and scalable web applications using AngularJS.


Sign up to the AngularJS Group.

Techie Brekkie : Collecting Data – Tips and Techniques, The Guild Coworking Hub
July 24 @ 8:15-9:45am

Someone once said ‘knowledge is power’ but in today’s information age data, more specifically rapid access to organised and verified data, gives us power. But how can we acquire, organise and publish data in an open, transparent and accessible way? In this discussion about open data, we’ll look at acquisition of data, it’s use and how you can contribute.


You can find out more about this Techie Brekkie and sign up on the meet up site.


If you have an upcoming tech event we haven’t mentioned in this list, tell us about it!