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


*Featured Event*
South West Virtual Reality Meetup
July 29 @ 7pm

Join South West Virtual Reality for their first ever meetup! They’ll have plenty going on with Oculus Rifts, Razer Hydras, at least one Leap Motion controller!

In addition, there will be guest speakers from Toxic Games, who recently released a Director’s Cut of their fantastic first person puzzler Q.U.B.E that includes support for the Oculus Rift. They’ll be talking about the trials and tribulations of adapting the game and to give you the chance to experience the game with a Rift.

JustEAT Office Warming, Bristol Engine Shed
July 26 @ 8am- 7pm

JE-logoJustEAT have recently moved to Bristol and have set up a great open meetup group for anyone interested in software development! Their first ever meetup is an Office Warming: Tech and Beer where you can meet the members of the new JustEAT Technology Innovation hub and chat about tech to your heart’s content.


Media Tuesday: Quantitative Creative, Goldbrick House
July 29 @ 6:15pm

img.phpJuly’s Media Tuesday Bristol Media will be joined by Mason Zimbler’s Marketing Strategy Director Alana Griffiths and their Head of Planning and Innovation Nick Davies. They will be asking how valuable creativity is to your advertising.

Join the discussion about the creative process, creative people and how to judge and measure creativity, and the steps you can take to make sure your communications are both creative and effective.

It’s free for Bristol Media members and just £5 on the door for non-members, plus there is a 20% discount in the Goldbrick Restaurant for all Media Tuesday attendees. For more information, head to the Bristol Media website.

South West Mobile Summer Social, Bristol Small Bar
July 29 @ 7:30pm

Summer is here, and South West Mobile are checking out one of the newest craft beer venues in Bristol – hopefully sat outside. This is just a social night so no talks, but there will be a bit of money behind the bar. Come along and talk about mobile tech with good beer!

For more information about the summer social and the group itself, head to the South West Mobile meetup page.

Freelance Mums: Networking Walk, SS Great Britain
July 31 @ 10am

Don’t let having little ones stop you from networking! Parents in business, with little ones, are invited to network & bring their children to a unique networking event for freelancers.

This event is organised by Freelance Mum, Faye Dicker. It is a facilitated walk setting off from the SS Great Britain car park, around the docks. There will be a short stop at @Bristol, for little ones to play in the small play area & their parents to listen to a keynote speaker, before resuming the walk.

The event will end in the SS GB car park, where there is a cafe area, for those who want to continue their conversations/feed their little ones.

For more information and to buy your ticket, head to the Freelance Mum page on Eventbrite.

Bristol Ruby User Group Meetup, The Tobacco Factory
July 31 @ 7pm

As the main organiser of this meetup group, Nicholas Alpi is stepping down and this will be the last BRUG he will organise. This meetup will not only be a chance to say goodbye but will also allow current and new members to shape the future of the group.

BRUG Meetup would love anyone interested in Ruby to come along and let them know what kind of talks they’re after and what format would works the best.

Join the Bristol Ruby User Group for more information.

Bristol Java Introduction and Talks, Bristol Brightpearl Office
August 5 @ 7pm

Another great new tech meetup, but this time for Java enthusiasts! Meet like-minded folk and enjoy a brief introduction to the meetup group structure alongside two 20 minute talks.

UX Hacks, Laughs and Tears, The Elephant Pub (Bristol)
August 5 @ 7pm

SWUX (South West Usability Discussion Group) are free meet-up for UX and UX-curious people, on the first Tuesday of every month in Bristol. They’re a group for open discussion on all usability issues, including software to web design to mobile apps.

They’ll have a slightly lighter and more social approach for August. Off the back of UX Bristol and all the other exciting things going on, they’ll be talking about…

Part one: A great thing I’ve seen, heard, done or learned…
Open mic on anything anyone wants to share

Part two: Actually, I could do with some help…
Crowdsource ideas and solutions for UX and UI

Join SWUX to find out more!

Bath: Hacked: Data store opening night.
7 August, 6.15 to 9:15pm, The Guild Coworking Hub, Bath, BA1 5EB


Yes, you read that right: We have a data store! In true Bath: Hacked spirit, we want everybody to take ownership of this beast so we’re holding a data night on 7th August at 6.15pm at The Guild.

As well as finishing the beer stash leftover from the last hack, you can also play with the store, add data, do your best to break it and enjoy an evening sharing ideas and plans for world domination with other devs.

For more information or to join, see the Bath:Hacked meetup page.


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