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


*Featured Event*
Techie Brekkie – Education Technology, The Engine Shed
15 October @ 8:15 to 10am

techspark logoEducation Technology is one of tech’s hottest sectors. At least, that’s what investors think.
They poured $559m into start-ups in this area in the first quarter of 2014 alone, and this inflow of investment shows no signs of abating, with Education considered one of the sectors most in need of disruption.

Various factors, including the shift in teachers themselves to those who have grown up in a much more technically savvy generation, means that there is renewed interest in selling to a sector that has traditionally been slow to adopt. So what other elements are driving the gold rush? Who will the winners and losers be? How is technology being applied? And where is it all going?

This Techie Brekkie, sponsored by Obrussa, and held at the Engine Shed, will address these questions and more. Come along to share views and insights with Bill Hutchison from Obrussa and other edutech aficionados from Bristol and Bath.

There are just 5 spaces left at this popular event so sign up on the TechSPARK Meetup page quick!

SETsquared Workshop – International Negotiation Skills
7 October @ 10am to 12pm

Setsquared squareThis SETSquared workshop is focused on the impact of differing cultures in business negotiations. The session will review China, Japan, US, France and Germany, looking in detail at their cultural behaviours together with advice on how to handle foreign business deals.

Covering real examples of where this has gone well versus where it’s gone wrong makes this day long workshop ideal for anyone who wishes to expand their awareness and experience of international business negotiations.

Get your tickets on the SETSquared Eventbrite page.

Bath: Hacked – Curator’s Night
7 October @ 7pm

bathhackedBath: Hacked is a joint council/community initiative that explores using open data and clever tech to improve life in our community.

This month they will be meeting up to coordinate work on the data store and finalise their plans for Hacked 2.1. Anyone interested is advised to: “Come along to play, learn and contribute to the city data store.”

Join Bath:Hacked via Meetup.com

SWUX – ‘The UX of Open Data’, The Elephant Pub
7 October @ 7- 8.30pm

swuxDescribed on their Meetup page as: “A free meet-up for UX and UX-curious people… for open discussion on all usability issues, including software to web design to mobile apps.”

Head to the Elephant Pub in Bristol this month for a talk from Dr Ian Dickinson, lead developer with Epimorphics Ltd, a software company based in Portishead and specialising in linked open data technology.

Join SWUX and sign up for ‘The UX of Open Data’.

PHP South West – Lightening Talks
8 October @ 7pm

PHP-SWJoin the South West PHP user group as they storm their way through 5-10 minute lightening talks at the BaseKit offices in Bristol. From working with Legacy code to static site building with PHP, speakers from various local companies will contribute to this months PHP South West meetup.

Find out more about the speakers and sign up to ‘Lightening Talks’.

South West Founders meetup
8 October @ 7-10pm

sw-founders logo
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.

Bristol Media – App Development: Legal Workshop, Goldbrick House
13 October @ 4-6pm

bristol mediaThe event is described by Bristol Media as: “A legal workshop presented by Rebecca Steer of Steer & Co, aimed at any businesses or individuals who are developing Apps for direct use by the public or being commissioned to develop Apps on behalf of clients.”

Find out more and buy a ticket for the App Development Legal Workshop.

Bristol Web Folk – Discussion Night: HTML5, Horts Bristol
13 October @ 6.30-10pm

Bristol Web Folk describe themselves as: “An informal gathering of web developers, designers, and anyone else interested in what makes the web tick.”

Sign up free for this months discussion on HTML5.

CodeHub October meetup, The Big Chill Bristol
14 October @ 10am- 2pm

global_341360312.jpegThe CodeHub was set up as an informal group for coders to share and learn from other each other. This month they will be hosting a ‘Show and Tell’ to find out and discuss what projects members are working on at the moment.

A great opportunity to discuss different development environments and techniques used for those working on a coding project as well as those looking for advice to start one soon!

Join the CodeHub Meetup group to find out more.

Social Media South West Meetup
14 October @ 6-8pm

together-we're-better-logoRun by Together We’re Better, the online community for not-for-profit digital professionals, the Social Media South West is a free meetup group aimed at bringing together those who work in social media or want to meet those who do.

Each month has a workshop or theme, so keep an eye out on the Social Media South West Eventbrite page for more details and tickets.

Bath Scrum User Group – ‘From Good To Great’
14 October @ 7-9pm

bath scrum group logoBath Scrum Users are a friendly group of agile practitioners and enthusiasts living and working in the South West of England.
This months Bath Scrum User Group is featured on Meetup with VIP guest Tony Nutely running a workshop on how Agile can improve communication in teams, leading to greater success.

Find out more and join the Bath Scrum User Group.

South West Data Social, The Watershed
14 October @ 7pm

The South West Data social is an evening for those involved in using, learning about or discovering data technologies to meet and network.

Join the South West Data Meetup group.

SETsquared Workshop: Contracts, The Engine Shed
15 October @ 10am- 12pm

Setsquared squareSETSquared, a university partnership and business incubator will be running a morning workshop on Contracts with speaker Ed Boal of Greg Latchams Solicitors.

The full details are yet to be confirmed but you can still get your tickets in advance on the SETSquared Eventbrite page.


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.

Alice Whale