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


*Featured Event*
Business Scene Bristol, Regus, Temple Quay
3 September @ 6-8:30pm

0_business_scene_sqWould you like to know how a small business, even a one-man band, can start winning larger pieces of work from the bigger companies, against the bigger competition?

Stupid question right? Then get yourself along to Business Scene Bristol on the evening of Wednesday 3 September where Bob Hayward will be sharing the secrets of how to do just that.

A sought after consultant, facilitator and speaker Bob has designed, delivered and led a number of enterprise-wide communication initiatives for global companies, winning the projects from under the noses of the so called big boys. This interactive session will really get you thinking about and auctioning some game-changing strategies.

Business Scene events are relaxed but focused – networking with a healthy mix of sense of purpose and sense of humour – so there’ll also be plenty of time to network over some wine and nibbles and as someone who hasn’t been to an event before they promise a warm welcome.

Tickets cost £15 for non-members, buy tickets and find out more on the Business Scene Website.

umBristol Talks, Bristol YHA
27 August @ 6.30pm

umBristolJoin the Bristol Umbraco user group this month for the latest news and a discussion along with a pizza and a beer or two. This meetup will be comprise of a summary and discussion of the 2014 Copenhagen Codegarden Conference as well as a short talk by Dave Abraham on “Customising Umbraco to create a travel-management system”.

For more information and to sign up, join the umBristol Meetup Group.

Bristol JS: ‘Building travel time maps with Javascript’, Engine Shed
27 August @ 7-10pm

bristol jsThe Bristol JavaScript user group will be meeting at the Engine Shed for a talk on travel time maps.

“Mapumental combines public transport timetables with OpenStreetMap to show all the places you can reach within a certain journey time. In this talk, Dave Arter will show how we (ab)use JavaScript to make this happen.”


Bristol Ruby User Group (BRUG) Monthly Meetup, Tobacco Factory
28 August @ 7pm

In their own words: “We are a bunch of friendly Ruby developers, meeting once a month for some beers and talks.”

Join the BRUG Meetup Group.

Bath Scrum User Group: Guest Speaker – Andy McCann, Bath Rugby Club
2 September @ 7-9pm

bath scrum group logoAndy is in demand from high-performing individuals from many walks of life as a performance coach and mentor and is a popular conference speaker.

Previously an award-winning teacher of physical education, Andy provides specialist consultancy support to UK Sport, SportsCoach UK, and is a visiting / associate lecturer at a number of universities in England and Wales. His accessible style draws from an expertise including over 25 years combined experience of education, business, neuropsychology and elite sports performance.

This event is now full but you can join the waiting list on the Bath Scrum User Meetup Page.

Bristol Java Meetup: Java Integration Platforms, Brightpearl office
2 September @ 7-10pm

bristol-javaThis is a group for everyone interested in discussing Java technology, JVM languages, frameworks and libraries in the Java space.

This month’s theme will cover enterprise integration software, some emerging technologies, Fabric 8 and the more established with two speakers arranged so far: Gareth Jones on Java 8 Streams (The Finale) and Dan Cook on Riding the Camel (an overview of the Camel framework for mediation, routing etc).

SWUX Workshop – Lean UX : Fact, Fiction or Fantasy? – The Elephant Pub
2 September @ 7-8.30pm

swuxSWUX is a free meet-up for UX and UX-curious people, on the first Tuesday of every month in Bristol. Adam Beizsley-Pycroft, UX Director at Natural Interaction (and regular SWUXer) will be giving a September Workshop on Lean User Experience.

Lean UX is the practice of bringing the true nature of our work to light faster, with less emphasis on deliverables and greater focus on the actual experience being designed. In this workshop members will debate the benefits and pitfalls of this approach, learn some Lean UX Techniques and answer the question as to whether it works in real life.

Sign up to the SWUX Meetup Group.

SETsquared Workshop, Engine Shed
4 September @ 10am-3pm

setsquared partnership logoThis workshop is aimed at early stage businesses, teaching you how to handle more customers, develop more product, support a wider geography and employ more people.

Attendance to this workshop was restricted to 5 lucky businesses, all of whom have now been chosen. However, you can add yourself to the waiting list and keep up to date with their other events and workshops on the SETsquared Eventbrite page.

Bristech: Talks on Gamification and FIDO (Passwordless Authorisation), Engine Shed
4 September @ 7pm

Bristech logoThis month Bristech have invited Tom Kelly and David Luna to talk about Gamification and the FIDO Alliance.

Gamification – Gamification has quickly become the new marketing buzzword to push for, but what does it really involve, and is it right for you? This talk takes a look at what Gamification involves, and how it has been used.

FIDO Alliance, Passwordless Authentication – Passwords are crap. That’s the basic premise behind the thinking of the FIDO Alliance, a collection of companies coming together to produce specifications intent of bringing advancements to the problems facing modern authentication.

Sign up to the Bristech Meetup group for more information.

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