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


*Featured Event*
WOTB: Festival of Female Entrepreneurship, Colston Hall
20 October @ 9.30am to 4.30pm

logo-5WOTB is an organisation that helps women start up in business and run profitably. This year, they are holding their annual festival of female entrepreneurship – Reach Out For Success – at Colston Hall in Bristol.

Including inspirational talkers from successful female entrepreneurs, networking sessions and workshops throughout the day as well as exhibition stands for local businesses to showcase what they do.

If you’d like to exhibit your business at the Festival of Female Entrepreneurship, stand spaces are still available for purchase.

*Featured Event*
ALAN Networking Seminar, The Engine Shed
22 October 6-8.30pm

AlanAre you a healthcare professional, academic, part of a service user group for the elderly or someone who’s interested in the issues facing our ageing population? Why not attend an Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN) event? They aim to bring together professionals to discuss the key issues, identify business challenges, collaborate and create commercial opportunities in this market.

This October, the topic is ‘Understanding the new regulatory and information environment for health apps’ with a discussion being led by 7 expert speakers.

Find out more about the speakers at this month’s ALAN event and purchase a ticket for just £10. 

*Featured Event*
The Pitch 2014, The Paintworks
23 October @ 9am -8pm

the-pitch-201430 small businesses will descend on the Paintworks in Bristol on 23 October for The Pitch 2014 competition. Offering them the chance to pitch to a live audience of judges, investors and supporters with the winner receiving a ‘business boosting’ prize package worth thousands!

The 30 finalists, which include Bristol-based Wriggle and Much Better Adventures, were shortlisted from 100s of applications after a selection process that has involved everything from video pitches to online campaigns and business bootcamps. So you can be sure the final 30 businesses mean… well… business.

Tickets are still available to watch the pitches as well as attend expert led workshops and network with other entrepreneurs, investors and small businesses with lunch included – all for just £10!

Find out more and buy your ticket to The Pitch 2014.

teXplore #4, SpiderGroup office in Lewins Mead (Bristol)
17 October @ 10.30am to 12pm

teXploreteXplore is an event run by technology enthusiasts SpiderGroup, who open their doors and welcome you into their office in Bristol to explore some of the latest business technology.

teXplore #4 is themed ‘Wearable Technology’ with speakers on activity trackers and iWatches, as well as some awesome tech for you to test out including Google Glass, Microsoft Surface and more!

This popular event is now full but you can still sign up to be on the waiting list for teXplore #4.

Google Juice Bar, The @Bristol Centre
17 October @ 12 -2pm

science_focus_at_bristolAt this event, Google will meet with local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to offer advice and tips on making the most of the internet and growing their business online. Attendees will learn crucial skills for the digital age, from creating a website to marketing their business online.

Find out more and register for your chance to attend the Google Juice Bar.

Bristol Open Rights Group, The Watershed
17 October @ 7.30pm

Bristol Open Rights Group (ORG) organise monthly meet-ups for anyone interested in digital rights: from copyright, freedom of expression, censorship, parody, privacy, open data… Join them this month to watch Citizenfour at the Watershed cinema.

Find out more and sign up to the Bristol Open Rights Meetup group.

Bristol Open Source User Group, Merchant Ventures Building
20 October @ 7- 8.30pm

Bristol Open Source User Group is a brand new and free meet-up group focused on open source software usage, design, development and support. Already they have four fantastic speakers lined up to tell you all about their open source projects. So why not join them for talks and discussions at their first ever meetup.


SETsquared Workshop: R&D Tax Credits, The Engine Shed
21 October @ 10am -12pm

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In this SETsquared workshop, ForrestBrown’s tax specialists will provide practical tips on how high tech companies can ensure that they will qualify and are making the most of the R&D tax credit scheme.

Interested? Find out more and sign up to the SETsquared R&D Tax Credits workshop.


Discovering Startups Final, Deloitte London
22 October @ 12 -7.15pm

Discovering-Start-Ups-spCambridge Wireless (CW) and SETsquared will present the shortlisted finalists of the 2014 Discovering Start-Ups Competition! This exclusive event is hosted and sponsored by Deloitte at their London headquarters. The finalists, which include Bristol based Beacondo will pitch to executives from Deloitte, Qualcomm Ventures, Google, BT, Broadcom, IBM, Orange Labs and more.

Check out the finalists, purchase your delegate ticket and support the finalists at the Discovering Start-Ups Competition.

SETsquared Advice Clinic, The Engine Shed
22 October @ 10am -4.30pm

Setsquared squareSETsquared will be running an advice clinic on ‘Overcoming the Challenges of Organisational Growth’. So why not bring along your growth, organisation, people and process issues for one hour of complementary advice from expert Peter Cain of Anamosys? Discuss the specifics of your technology business and the pain points that you experience, and learn ways to overcome them.

There are just two slots left so book in your free space at the SETsquared advice clinic quick!

SW Mobile: What’s new in mobile, Temple Quay
22 October @ 6.30 -9.30pm

SWmobile are a mobile focused tech group in the South West England. Their events are free and give members a meet and learn from other mobile professionals based in the area and beyond. Join them and three expert speakers this October to find out what’s new in mobile.

Find out more about the speakers sign up to SWmobile: What’s New in Mobile.

U, I & Unity: Hands-on the new UI system, Bristol Games Hub
22 October @ 7.30 -10.30pm

Bristol Unity Game Developers Meetup was started up to bring together Unity users located in Bristol seeking to gain more experience and share knowledge with like minded peers. This month’s meetup will feature a special guest presenter Alejo, who will be taking members through the in-beta GUI features in Unity.

Sign up for free to the Bristol Unity Game Developers Meetup.

Women Who Code: Coding in the Cloud, The Engine Shed
23 October @ 6 -9pm

women-who-codeWomen Who Code is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. The organisation tripled in 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest communities of women engineers in the world.

They are launching a new Bristol meetup offering free technical study groups, events featuring influential tech industry experts and investors, hack events and more!

Find out more and sign up to the Women Who Code Bristol Meetup.

The first Talend user group Bristol and South West UK event, Goldbrick House
23 October @ 6pm

talend_usergroup_logoThis user group is for designers, developers, contractors, consultancies and anyone interested in working with Talend, open source data management software, to help those who use data to do it a whole lot better. They meet up regularly at venues in central Bristol to share information and ideas, to network and to hear presentations from guests and from group members. They’ll pay the bar tab too!

Find out more about the first Talend meetup and sign up for free!

Bristol Dev Net, UWE Frenchay
23 October @ 6.30pm

Bristol Dev Net are a Meetup group with talks and events aimed mainly at .NET developers. They’re aiming to provide “a forum/hub for Bristol’s diverse and thriving developer community to exchange ideas and keep up-to-date with the latest movements and shifts in software development”.

Find out more and sign up to this month’s Bristol Dev Net Meetup.

ACCU Meetup: “Lessons From Test Code”, Bristol Marriott Hotel
23 October @ 7-9pm

accuACCU, which stands for professionalism in programming, are an organisation for anyone interested in developing and improving programming skills. This month’s free meetup with guest speaker Jon Jagger, aims to uncover ”the good, the bad and the ugly’ when it comes to test code.

Find out more about ACCU Bristol and sign up for “Lessons From Test Code”.

Technology Showcase at the Wildscreen Festival, Bristol
19 -24 October

wildscreenThe Wildscreen Festival aims to nurture new talent in the industry by showcasing films from around the world and enabling filmmakers, executives, broadcasters, programme makers, funders, buyers and commissioners to meet and make deals face-to-face.

Are you a budding film maker or pro? Why not check out the Wildscreen Festivals Technology Showcase. Included in your ticket is access to the Technology Showcase from Monday 20 -23 October between 9am and 7.30pm, enabling you to demo new gear and meet the teams behind the leading technology brands and filmmaking facilities.

Get your ticket to this year’s Wildscreen Festival.

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.