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


*Featured Event*
Brand You Awards, Bristol V-Shed
16 September @ 6-10pm


Join Bristol Media and the nominees of this year’s Brand You awards, as they celebrate the work of the individual staff members or freelancers whose work has been judged as outstanding by our panel of national judges.

The awards will be given to winners in 14 categories covering all of the creative industries from animation to design, apps, games and social media.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place in the beautiful setting of Bordeaux Quay on Bristol’s Harbourside. There will be complimentary drinks and canapes on arrival from 6.30pm with the awards ceremony starting at 7.30pm followed by drinks and networking.

Read about the Brand You Award nominees and buy tickets from the Brand You Eventbrite page.

Pervasive Media Studio Lunchtime Talk: Tangible Memories, The Watershed
5 September @ 12-1pm

pervasive-media-studio-logoJoin a team from Bristol University as they discuss and demonstrate the work they’re doing with older people in care homes, designing and perfecting intelligent objects, such as interactive musical cushions, to provoke memory and build a sense of community and shared experience through a cooperative exploration of their life history stories.

The Pervasive Media Studio are part of the Watershed and host free lunchtime talks every Friday. Find out more about Pervasive Media Studio.

SETSquared Workshop: Directors Responsibilities, The Engine Shed
9 September @ 10am-12pm

Setsquared squareThis interactive workshop, led by Jon Gill of TLT Solicitors, will explore the different roles that founders of early stage businesses have to play, being shareholders, directors and typically employees as well. The workshop will be particularly relevant to first time directors, explaining their legal duties and ensuring that entrepreneurs have the knowledge and confidence to adopt good and positive governance in their business from the outset.

Find out more about this SETSquared workshop and register.

Roadshow: 1,000 companies to inspire Britain, Bristol
9 September @ 2:30-6pm

London Stock Exchange, in partnership with Capita, Cenkos and Octopus Investment, is delighted to invite you to a Bristol seminar dedicated to access to growth capital for Britain’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises.

Virgin Startup Live, The Watershed
9 September @ 5:30-8pm

virginstartupliveeventsquareThe Virgin Startup Live tour is coming to Bristol! It is one of a series of free events offering an indispensable springboard for entrepreneurs wanting to get their business idea off the ground.

To find out more and attend, you need to pre-register on their Eventbrite page.

Only the lucky few will then be selected to attend on the night!

Seasonal Facebook Campaigns: Strategies for Success, The Clifton Club
9 September @ 5:30-8pm

marketing-network-logoThe Marketing Network Bristol and Bath are hosting speaker, Anthony Rawlins, CEO and founder of Digital Visitor, a multi-award winning social media marketing agency in Bristol.

In this presentation, Anthony will talk about Facebook campaigns – covering associated benefits for businesses and how to create a three month strategy for themed content in the run up to Christmas (or at any other time of year). Anthony will also explain various key factors that determine the success of a campaign, whether your primary goal is data capture, boosting engagement or increasing traffic to your website.

Buy a ticket for the Seasonal Facebook Campaigns talk.

Social Media South West Meetup, Bristol Big Chill Bar
9 September @ 6-8pm

bristol52-logoWork in social media in the South West? Want to meet others who do too? Want to get something off your chest or just ask: “but how do you deal with that?!” Social Media South West is for you.

Jake Johnson will come to Social Media South West this month to tell the tale of Bristol52, a social media project like no other that gives different voices from across Bristol a chance to show their side of the city.

To find out more and sign up, head to the Social Media South West Eventbrite page.

South West Data Social, The Watershed
9 September @ 7-10pm

The South West Data social is an informal networking evening for those involved in using, learning about or developing data technologies. The event takes place on the first Tuesday of every month in various locations around the South West.

Join the South West Data Meetup group.

Make the City Playable, The Watershed
10-11 September

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This two day international conference will explore the theme of the ‘Playable City’, and asks what it might mean for citizens, urban planners, tech giants, small companies, artists and designers in imagining and making the cities of the future.

Find out more about the Playable City and buy tickets on the Watershed website.

Techie Brekkie: Crowdfunding, The Guild Coworking Hub, Bath
10 September @ 08:15-10am

techspark logoCrowdfunding has turned the traditional model of financing a business or a project on its head, instead of asking a few people for large sums of money as was the traditional model, crowdfunding allows businesses to use the internet to ask small amounts from large numbers of people.

But what crowdfunding options are right for you? What do you need to do to get your business investment ready? Is your business an investable proposition? This breakfast, kindly sponsored by Crowdcube, aims to address some of the myths and questions surrounding this financing method, and will talk you through how to successfully raise money – via the crowd.

This meetup is now full but do join the BathSPARK meetup group to keep up to date with their events.

Tech Talks Bristol, The Engine Shed
10 September @ 3-5:30pm

Join Tech Talks #11 where you’ll be learning about SEO, time saving technology and Internet of Things. It’s a free event with excellent networking opportunities and loads of great information from the speakers.

Sign up and find out more on the Tech Talks Eventbrite page.

Craneworks creative showcase with Jessi Baker, Bath
10 September @ 6-7pm

Why not find out more about Craneworks and get behind this great project for Bath. Craneworks will create a cutting-edge centre for invention. The event will give an introduction and film about the project along with ways to make it happen. Guest speaker Jessi Baker is a Designer & Creative Technologist. She is also the founder of new tech social enterprise Provenance, a passionate believer in STEM to STEAM and Craneworks and has talked for TEDx.

This popular event is now sold out but you can find out more about Craneworks on their website.

BristolDevNet guest speaker: Ian Cooper
10 September @ 6:30pm

Ian Cooper will be coming to Bristol to give a talk. If you haven’t seen one of his talks already, you’re in for a real treat. What’s the topic? You decide!

Join the BristolDevNet meetup group and vote for this months topic.

PHP South West: Design patterns, Bristol
10 September @ 7pm

PHP User Group, meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month in Bristol, talking about PHP and related technologies. This month, they will be joined by three speakers for a night of talks on design patterns.

Find out more about the speakers and sign up to the PHP South West meetup group.

South West Founders Meetup, Watershed
10 September @ 7-10pm

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South West Founders is a monthly meet-up for people based in the South-West who have been, are, or want to be tech start-up founders.

Find out more and sign up to the South West Founders meetup group.

Techie Brekkie : Talent Attraction, Engine Shed
11 September @ 8:15-10am

techspark logoHow do you attract, and retain, the best talent? For a startup, it really is all about the people.. However for a Start-Up – it is also one of the hardest things to get right. How do you attract people when you have a limited budget and resource, you can’t afford agencies and yet don’t have the time to spend recruiting yourselves.

Come along to this breakfast and share tips about what has worked for you in the past- on how to recruit the best people, where you have found them, how you retain them- and learn from others who have been through and are going through the same processes. This Brekkie is very kindly sponsored by Elance and the venue provided by Digicity.

Techie Brekkie’s are popular event and this one is now sold out! Join TechSPARK and be in the know about future events!

If you have an upcoming tech event we haven’t mentioned in this list, tell us about it! And check out more events on our events calendar.