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


*Featured Event* Vision – Creative Freedom, The Arnolfini 12 – 13 November

vision-bristolStuck in a creative rut? As quoted on their website, Vision – Creative Freedom: “Gives you two days to soak up more ideas, inspiration and creativity than you could fit into the rest of the year.”

A bold statement but, nonetheless, with high profile international speakers booked in to discuss everything from 3D printing and wearable technologies to the Internet of Things and future trends in social media, it looks to be a great event for all on the creative and tech scene in Bristol.

At this year’s Vision Bristol, you’ll get insights that will take your creative thinking to the next level, learn about the trends and innovations behind some of the world’s most revolutionary creative businesses, hear what’s shaping the digital landscape and the opportunities that are being created, and meet like-minded people to network and share ideas.

Get your tickets for Vision – Creative Freedom.


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Briefing: Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone – a new quarter for Bristol, Engine Shed 31 October @ 12 -1pm

The Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is aiming to create 17,000 jobs over 25 years and become a new, superbly connected entry to Bristol and a hub for creative, high-technology, specialist engineering and low-carbon companies.

The discussion will be led Alistair Reid, Interim Service Director for Economy for Bristol City Council.

Tickets to the Engine Shed Briefing are unfortunately now sold out. Instead, why not keep track of progress on the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone website.

Pervasive Media Studio: Recapturing Imaginations, The Watershed 31 October @ 1 -2pm

At this free lunchtime event join Silas Adekunle, founder of Reach Robotics, as he talks about the latest developments in digital/physical play and his work developing internet-connected robot creatures.

Find out more about Recapturing Imaginations at the Pervasive Media Studio.

Bath: Hacked 2.1, The Guild Coworking Hub 1 -2 November @ 10am

Are you a developer or coder living in Bath or a beginner with an interest in tech? Join Bath: Hacked for their second ‘big hack’ this weekend. Using open data from Bath City Council, Bath: Hacked aims to improve life in our community. The event is totally free with refreshments and lunch provided on both days.

Tickets are now sold out but you can keep up to date with future hacks by joining the Bath: Hacked Meetup group.

Bath Camp: Death & Digital, Innovation Centre 3 November @ 7.30 -10pm

This free seminar on the post-death afterlife of digital assets will examine how individuals can manage the full spectrum of 21st century property and the challenges posed by the digital world.

The speakers will address everything from management of estates to controlling a person’s post-mortem identity. Whether it’s passwords, social networking accounts, or online property, the certainty of death opens up an entirely new world for living next of kin to negotiate after a person dies.

Get tickets to BathCAMP: Death & Digital.

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SETsquared Workshop: Managing Business Risks, The Engine Shed 4 November @ 10am -1pm

With speakers Mike White and Manjit Sylvester-Jhalli from Maven International, this half-day workshop is designed to support startups and high-growth companies on a high-level ‘race through risk’.

They will outline the tools you need to manage risk more successfully, you will then have some time to think about key stakeholders and what is critical to your business, leaving you with an action plan at the end of the day.


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The Idea Machine: Startup Speed Dating, Toto’s Wine Bar 4 November @ 6.30pm

Need the perfect founding partner for your budding startup plans? The Idea Machine is a meetup group which aims to bring together people at the Seed stage of their startup business. Join them and other like-minded entrepreneurs for a chance to chat in a fast, structured format, and maybe make the first step toward building a winning Founder partnership.

Bristol Java Meetup: Android Night, Brightpearl Office 4 November @ 7pm

This is a group for everyone interested in discussing Java technology, JVM languages, frameworks and libraries in the Java space. This month is Android Night with two speakers already confirmed, covering an ‘Introduction to Android Development’ as well as ‘Creating Custom Views’.

Interactive Talk – ‘UX of Touch’, The Elephant Pub 4 November @ 7 -8.30pm

This month, the South West UX User Group will be joined by Alastair Somerville of Acuity Design for an hour long talk on how both user experience and information architecture work when designing for touch as opposed to vision.

Find out more and sign up to attend the ‘UX of Touch’.

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Bristech November Talks, The Engine Shed 6 November @ 7pm

Bristech is a group of technically minded people meeting up once a month for beer, pizza and some informative talks about new and interesting things that can be done in the world of computer programming.

This month they’ve got two exciting talks booked in: ‘From robot swarms to nanoparticles for cancer applications’ by Sabine Hauert and ‘Git-fu: the art of version control’ by Jeff Schomay.

Find out more about the talks and join the Bristech meetup group.

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SETsquared Workshop: Business Plan Fundamentals, The Engine Shed 11 November @ 10am -1pm

This workshop covers a broad spectrum of key items you must consider when developing a business plan with the intention of helping the attendee producing a better plan.

The workshop also covers how the plan is used to either raise investment or become the base upon which to run the business. This workshop covers; what is a business plan for, structure, Executive summary, basics of finance, planning for investment, common questions investors ask and how to handle them and ‘dos & don’ts’ of writing business plans.

The Simpleweb Challenge: Video, Bristol 11 November @ 6.30 -9.30pm

The Simpleweb Challenge is a new regular competition where creatives, designers and developers take on the challenge of exploring and developing new web and mobile services and products. There will be a big prize for the best product created on the night. This month they’ll be exploring web-based (WebRTC) video.

There are only a few spots left at this popular event, so find out more and sign up quick to attend the Simpleweb Video Challenge!

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Bath Scrum User Group: Improv with Paul Goddard 11 November @ 7 -9pm

Improvisational Theatre (Improv) is a style of acting that requires the actors to perform with no pre-written script. So how can this help with Scrum practitioners and users in the workplace? Having trained as a Scrum coach and the study and practice of Improv, Paul Goddard has found some clever ways of using this technique to aid creativity and collaboration within a team.

Find out more and sign up to attend Bath Scrum’s Improv with Paul Goddard.

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South West Data Social, The Watershed 11 November @ 7pm

Interested in data? Why not join the South West Data for this month’s social. An evening aimed at anyone involved in using, learning about or discovering data technologies to meet and network.

Find out more and join the South West Data meetup group.

Collaborate Bristol, St George’s 12 November @ 9am -5pm

Collaborate Bristol is an event in celebration of World Usability Day 2014. Organised by strategic UX design agency Nomensa, the conference returns for the second year running aimed to encourage sharing, learning and networking within the digital community.

Some top speakers will be at this year’s event including; Nick Finck, Senior Manager of User Experience at Amazon Web Services, Ben Bywater, Senior UX Designer at MixRadio (Microsoft) and Simon Norris, CEO of Nomensa.

Tickets to Collaborate Bristol are £49.95 but there are only a few left so get yours quick!

Ask Bigger Questions, University of Bristol 12 November @ 4 -7pm

The Intelligent Systems Laboratory, University of Bristol, in collaboration with the Hadoop User Group and the South West Data Meetup will be hosting Mike Olson, founder and chairman of Cloudera for a public lecture, which will be followed by an informal drinks reception.

Mike’s talk will be on: “How new ‘Data Driven’ economies are emerging through relentless innovation across the public and private sectors”.

This Ask Bigger Questions lecture is free but you need to book your ticket in advance.

PHP South West: Security & Deployment, Brightpearl Office 12 November @ 7 -10pm

Join PHP South West this month for talks on security and deployment from James Titcumb, founder of PHP Hampshire, Zend Certified Engineer and Development Manager at Protected and Dave Tibbs, Systems Administrator at Brightpearl US, briefly in the UK!

This extremely popular event is now full but why not join the waiting list for PHP South West: Security & Deployment or sign up to the PHP South West meetup group to keep up to date with future events.

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South West Founders Meetup, The Watershed 12 November @ 7 -10pm

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

Join South West Founders for their free November meetup.

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.