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


*Featured Event* Bristol Hack Night, Engine Shed, 2 Dec @ 6-9pm

This is a chance for developers to get together in an informal social setting to work on projects, learn, and share with other developers.

The Engine Shed has plenty of power outlets and good Wi-Fi. Food and drinks are provided! Bring your laptop!

Join the CodeHub Bristol Meetup today!

150by30spacerbusinessman draws gear to success concept
Open Office Hours, Engine Shed, 28 November @ 10am-4pm

The Idea Machine is a meetup group aimed at bringing together people at the Seed stage of their startup business.

So what better way to get started than to have a chat about your ideas and get some advice from project manager, developer and entrepreneur James Barlow at the Engine Shed this Friday at Bristol business incubator, the Engine Shed.


150by30spacerEngine Shed, Bristol logo
Engine Shed Briefing: Connected Digital Economy, 28 November @ 12pm-1pm

Join Rowena Goldman, CDE Head of Clusters and Communities, as she runs through the core remit of the Connected Digital Economy Catapult and other innovation programmes. Each briefing will be followed by the opportunity to meet the speaker and grab yourself a cake and a coffee in the Business Lounge.

Register for the Connected Digital Economy event today!

Lunchtime Talk: Canute – fighting for blind literacy, Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, 28 November @ 12pm-1pm

Join Studio resident Ed Rogers, Director of Bristol Braille, for a talk about a new prototype for Canute, a Braille ebook reader, developed by Bristol Braille Technology.

Find out how this non-profit, Bristol Hackspace based company came into being, and why this kind of technical exploration is so vital at a time when Braille literacy is waning.

Find out more about this Pervasive Media Studio event.

Access all areas with the Bloodhound SSC, The Bloodhound Technical Centre, 2 December @ 5pm-8pm

The Bloodhound project is a global engineering adventure, using a 1,000mph World Land Speed Record attempt to inspire our next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In this action-packed event we’ll discuss the project and there’ll be a tour of the workshop and the chance to take a ride in the Bloodhound simulator!

Support this incredible Bristol-based project, book now for a Bloodhound ticket!

Green Register bite-size session: The new human epoch, The Golden Guinea – Bristol, 2 December @ 5pm-7m

If you’re interested in architecture and how we can use it to combat climate change and create happy spaces, then this event is for you. Environmental designer and certified Passive House designer, Rob Rickey, at Lacey Hickie & Caley architects will be presenting, using case studies from LHC architects’ work as well as referring to Janine’ Benyus’ work on biomimicry.

Register for this free social gathering, and grab a mince pie or two!

Bristol Hack Night, Engine Shed, 2 December @ 6pm-9pm

This is a chance for developers in Bristol to get together in an informal social setting to work on projects, learn, and share with other developers. So if you’ve got a personal project that you want to work on in a social atmosphere, this event is for you.

Come along to the Bristol Hack Night, join the Code Hub Bristol Meetup Group today!

150by30spacerEngine Shed, Bristol logo
Engine Shed Festive Drinks, Engine Shed, 3 December @ 5:30pm-7:30pm

Come and celebrate the Engine Shed’s one year anniversary! Since 2013, Engine Shed, the tech incubator housed in Brunel’s Temple Meads train station, has been helping businesses thrive in Bristol and beyond.

Come along for some mulled cider, wine and a sweet festive canape reception. Register today!

WordPress Training in Bristol, Apex House, 4 December @ 9:30am-4:30pm

Want to build a website or blog using WordPress, or want to learn more in a structured classroom environment? Then this training course provided by Godjira might be for you.

Buy tickets today and get more about of WordPress.

CodeHub December Meetup (Evening!), Bristol YHA, 4 December @ 7pm-10pm

The 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.

It’s 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.

150by30spacerBristech logo
Bristech: Microservices & Web components, Danabox & PaaS, Engine Shed, 4 December @ 7pm-10pm

In this talk Tim Perry takes a look at microservices and web components, and examines how you’d build full-stack Node.JS application using both of them. Also Thomas Buckley-Houston will be asking, What if Google was funded in the same way as Wikipedia? And looking at the Platform As A Service paradigm (for example, Heroku) to see how it handles large-scale traffic.

Join this popular Meet up today!

Lunchtime Talk: Do It Ourselves -­ Ruskin and the Maker Movement, Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, 5 December @12pm-1pm

Are you interested in meeting PMS residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday? This week, Designer Dean Brown introduces his current project The 7 Lamps of Making for which he revisited John Ruskin’s essay of 1849, The 7 Lamps of Architecture, as a guide.

Find out more about this Open Studio Friday event at Pervasive Media Studio.

Open source it now! & WordPress as a Platform, Queen’s Building, University of Bristol, 8 December @ 7pm-8:30pm

The Bristol Open Source User Group has lined up some interesting talks for the final meet-up of the year: Adam Butler shares his insights on why you should ‘Open Source it now!’ and Tim Stephenson talks about ‘What’s New in WordPress’.

Join the Bristol Open Source User Group and find out more about this event.

150by30spacerbusinessman draws gear to success concept
Open Mic Night – VC Mock Interviews and Perfect your Pitch, Toto’s Wine Bar, 9 December @ 6:30pm-9:30pm

As a startup, you’re going to need to persuade people to use your product or service. You’ve got a finite amount of time to do it, and you’ve got to get customer/investor attention fast.

Project manager, developer and entrepreneur James Barlow is on hand to help you perfect your pitch and discuss how to get funding from venture capitalists.


Building Data Pipelines, Brightpearl Office, 9 December @ 7pm-10pm

Are you into Java? Join talks on big data pipelines and frameworks, components for building data platforms. The first talk is by Nick Moore on data analysis with Hadoop/Pig. The second talk will be led by organiser Jonathan Holloway.


Christmas Pub Quiz, The Ram, 9 December @7pm-9pm

This is your chance to get into the Christmas spirit with a good old pub quiz! There will be some nice prizes available too.

Join this popular event and find out more about the Bath Scrum User Group

Xmas Drinks, Knights Templar, 9 December @7.30pm-10.30pm

Want help with your small/medium-sized enterprise? Tech Talks Bristol was founded by technology enthusiasts SpiderGroup who’s aim is to connect people in Bristol through technology and business themed events, which educate and inspire.

There will be tea/coffee and ample networking. Register for the Tech Talk event today!

PHPub quiz, Smoke & Mirrors, 10 December @ 7pm-10pm

Come and join like-minded people at a tech-themed pub quiz to celebrate how we’ve redefined PHPSW this year! The questions will be techy, but not too serious, geeky, or necessarily, even PHP-orientated. There’ll be a bar tab courtesy of GitHub, some food, and a bunch of great prizes.

Join this popular PHP South West event.

LEP Digital: Driving Results Through Social Media, Marriott Hotel, Swindon, 10 December @ 09:30am-15:30pm

Want to find out how social media can help to lead you to new customers, increased sales, and ultimately more profit. Due to the nature of funding for this event you must be a SME located in the Swindon and Wiltshire area, and you may only attend one LEP Digital event.

Book now for this free LEP Digital event.

LEP Digital: How to Grow Your International Business Through Digital Marketing, The Bristol Hotel, 11 December @ 08.30am-1pm

Are you interested in driving your international sales through digital marketing? Then this free event could be for you. There will be specialist consultants on hand to give you an insight into the potential of digital marketing and show you how to harness the power of social media.

Book now for this free LEP Digital event.

150by30spacertechspark logo
Techie Brekkie: Sweat Equity; The Risks and Rewards, Engine Shed, 11 December @8:15am-9:45am

So many questions surround this topic, whether you’re looking to join a company in this capacity, or you are seeking someone to help you with your business – come and discover the financial risks and rewards that Sweat Equity offers to startups.

Join the this final Techie Brekkie of the year!.

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

Kulsoom Middleton