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


*Featured Event* Vision – Intelligent Testing Conference (Test and Verification Solutions), UWE Conference Centre in Bristol, November 18, 2014 @ 12pm–5pm

tvsThe theme of this third Intelligent Testing Conference is Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Software Testing. The keynote presentation will be made by Paul Gerrard a leading test expert, popular speaker, author and host of the UK Test Management Forum and Chair of the Eurostar 2014 Conference in Dublin later this year.

There are presentations from other industry speakers on a broad range of test and verification topics including how to improve application security testing, using defect prediction to target your testing efforts and reducing defects with PSP.

The conference will be informative, entertaining and free to attend; a great opportunity to network with other software test professionals in the area. Register for the Intelligent Testing Conference (Test and Verification Solutions) event

Lunchtime Talk: Sphere – a Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment, The Watershed. 14 November @ 12pm–1pm

Researcher Mo Haghighi from Bristol University will introduce you to multidisciplinary smart house project SPHERE. Did you know that the UK is the most obese nation in Europe? Our ageing population is especially at risk from isolation, depression, strokes and fractures caused by falls in the home. With a rapidly ageing population – could technology be the answer to some of these problems? Come and find out the solutions that SPHERE is developing. Find out more about this free lunchtime talk: Sphere – a Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment

Bi-monthly Bristol Hack Night, Engine Shed. 18 November @ 6pm–9pm

This is a weekly chance for developers in Bristol to get together in an informal social setting to work on projects, learn, and share with other developers. If you have an idea of what you will be working on, or if you want help with something, feel free to mention it in the comments. Find out more about Bi-monthly Bristol Hack Night.

Girl Geeks event #37 with Dr Kerstin Eder, Bristol Uni. 18 November @ 6.30pm

If you’re a women interested in technology and engineering, then this event might be perfect for you. This new season of events kicks off with a talk from Dr Kerstin Eder of Bristol University on Whole Systems Energy Transparency, or More Power to Software Developers! Find out more about this free Girl Geek Dinner talk.

Next Meetup – The Big Chill Bar. 19 November @ 6pm–9pm

If you like (or even love?) WordPress, for any reason, then get involved and come and meet others who use this great CMS.

This event is now full, but you can find out about future meetups via the Bristol WordPress People Meetup group.

Time for a change? The Three Tuns (78 Saint George’s Road) Bristol, 19 November @ 7pm–10pm

This is the last Bristol and area Software CTO meetup of 2014, and possibly the last meetup under the current name for the group, as it’s trying to broaden the scope of the group to include Software Development managers and so on. That’s just one topic for discussion at this event.

Prepare for Change – What is the future of work? Queen’s Building, University of Bristol. 20 November @ 9:30am–4:00pm

Prepare for Change (P4C) is a Schumacher Institute project that explores the resilience of the Bristol city region to global changes. It collects world-wide opinions, forecasts and predictions about complex global issues and relates them to the ‘here and now’ – what are the threats and what are the opportunities? Find out more and register for the Prepare for Change event

Agencies and clients: a very special relationship, Event Space at Paintworks, Bath Road. 21 November @ 9am–2pm

The event will explore the fundamentals of the client/agency relationship. It will reveal the findings of the very recent client workshop that happened after the agency event, and also feature a revealing panel session featuring clients, agency and in house agency experts. We will also share our ‘Top Ten Tips’ for working effectively with clients. Find out more and buy tickets to the Agencies and Clients event

From Concept to App Store, Bristol Games Hub. 24 November @ 7:30pm–10:30pm

For this month’s talk, Unity meetup members David and Jeremy have stepped up to take you on a whirlwind deconstruction of the development of their app, Alpine Train 3D. Find out more about the Bristol Unity Game Developers Meetup.

Blurring the Lines Exhibition Talk, Watershed. 25 November @ 4pm–5pm

Producers Victoria Tillotson and Ian Danby will lead a talk about Blurring the Lines, an exhibition they recently produced for the British Council’s Creative Economy team. Running daily until 19 December, the exhibition showcases sixteen amazing practitioners from across the world. From drone shadows, to community driven film festivals, to hacked musical instruments, to new kinds of education spaces. Worth a look if you’re near by. Find out more about the Blurring the Lines Exhibition Talk.

Hack Night: Intro to Vagrant, Brightpearl. 25 November @ 6:30pm–9:30pm

Whether you’re new to coding or an experienced coder, come along to this Meetup for an evening of socialising, nice food and drink, and exploring Vagrant together. If you happen to use Vagrant yourself, please get in touch as it’d be great to have you share your knowledge as a coach. Join the Women Who Code Bristol Meetup and find out more about the Hack Night.

QA: Quality Apps = Quite Awesome, University of Bristol, Merchant Venturers Building. 25 November @ 6:30 pm–9:30 pm

This meetup will explore the quest for quality apps and how you can quantify the quality of them. How do you quit writing bugs and end the occurrence of regression? With speakers including Louise Harding, Karl Nosworthy and Dan Box, it’s worth a visit. Find out more about the QA: Quality Apps event or join the South West Mobile Meetup

Intro to HTML5 game development and Phaser.js, Bristol Engine Shed. 26 November @ 6:30pm–8:30pmm

Are you interested in making games with javascript? Come learn with Jeff Schomay how to go from blank page to a fully playable game in just two hours! Find out more information anout the Intro to HTML5 game development and Phaser.js event.

Curators’ Night, The Westgate Pub, Bath. 26 November @ 7pm–9pm

Now that Hack 2.1 is done and dusted, it’s time to take stock and start thinking about ours plans for growing the data store further in 2015. Come armed with your ideas and questions for a chat over a beer in the Westgate. Find out more about the Bath Hacked Curators’ Night

Ractive.js, BaseKit Office (Bristol), The Pithay. 26 November 2014 @7pm–10pm

Come and find out all you need to know about Ractive.js. It handles the View component of MV* applications by using two-way data-binding to reduce the amount of code needed to do complex UI interactions. Find out more about the Ractive.js event, or join the Bristol JS Meetup

First Docker Bristol meetup, Bristol Engine Shed. 27 November @ 6pm–9pm

If you’re interested in Docker, or use Docker and want to learn more/share your knowledge then pop along to this event. There will be beer and pizza! Perfect! Find out more about the First Docker Bristol Meetup or join the group

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.















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