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


*Featured Event* SouthWest Virtual Reality Conference, 24 February 2015 @ 9am -5pm

Fancy getting your hands on all the latest immersive Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality tech and meeting the likes of Oculus, the developer of the Oculus Rift virtual reality head-mounted display, AardmanThe Imaginarium and YogscastAlchemy VRUnity 3DnDreams and Innerspace?

Get down to the inaugural South West Virtual Reality Conference to experience just that!

The one-day event, hosted by revered games journalist Will Freeman, will introduce a range of industry-leading speakers currently making waves in virtual reality. Tickets cost £120 and they’re going fast so get yours quick!

Get your tickets to the first ever South West Virtual Reality Conference.

Bristech February Meetup, The Engine Shed, 12 February @ 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 will be joined by Thom Leggett on ‘Agile is not (always) the answer’ and Dave Simons on ‘Choose Your Words Wisely’: UX Writing.

Sign up to Bristech’s February meetup fast; they’ve already got over 100 RSVPs!

Pervasive Media Studio Lunchtime Talk: Fujiko Nakaya – Fog Bridge, The Watershed, 13 February @ 1 -2pm

The world is getting warmer – but how will this change our weather? And how might a changing climate disrupt our lives?

To celebrate Bristol’s status as European Green Capital, In Between Time (IBT) has invited a conjurer of unusual weather, artist Fujiko Nakaya to the city. IBT has invited Nakaya to transform Pero’s bridge (one of Watershed’s closest neighbours) into a Fog Bridge.

Find out more about this free Pervasive Media Studio Lunchtime Talk by Fujiko Nakaya.

Bristol Low Carbon Business Breakfast – The Carbon in Infrastructure, The Engine Shed, 17 February @ 7:45 – 10am

Low Carbon South West (LCSW) aims to help promote the South West as a centre of excellence for low carbon development by working in conjunction with businesses, universities, local councils and local enterprise partnerships and running events.

This Business Breakfast event will address the implications of the highly topical Infrastructure Carbon Review, what it says and what impact it may have on how we develop infrastructure.

If you are interested in improving efficiency and long-term viability through the reduction of emissions associated with infrastructure then reserve your place for the February LCSW Business Breakfast now – they are expecting this event to sell out as spaces are limited!

The Simpleweb Challenge: Realtime, Bristol, 17 February @ 6.30pm

Simpleweb are a meetup group based in Bristol who enjoy creating their own innovative applications and web toys. Join them this month where they have teamed up with Pusher, a hosted API, which allows you to add real-time chat, push notifications, activity streams and more to your apps.

Your challenge will be to create a web or mobile app from scratch, based around real-time technology using Pusher.

Get involved by signing up to the Simpleweb Challenge.

South West AWS User Group: Meetup #1, The Engine Shed, 18 February @ 6.30pm

South West Amazon Web Services User Group are a brand new meetup group who aim to meet and discuss topics including AWS features and use cases, real-world implementations, costs etc.

The meetups are free and the group welcome seasoned AWS veterans and newbies alike so register now for more information and to RSVP to the South West AWS meetup #1 now.

Accu Bristol – Making Steaks from Sacred Cows, Bristol Marriott Hotel, 18 February @ 7 -9pm

ACCU Bristol is the local chapter of the ACCU (professionalism in programming), meeting most months to discuss a wide range of topics relating to software development.

This month, they are joined by consultant Kevlin Henney with a talk that has little respect for ritual and tradition and takes no prisoners: What actually makes sense and what doesn’t when it comes to matters of practice? What guidelines offer the greatest effect and the greatest learning?

The talk is free and you can attend by signing up to Accu Bristol Meetup Group.

Bristol and area Software CTO meetup, 18 February @ 7pm

If you’re the senior technologist in a software company then this is the meetup for you. Come and meet others in a similar position, share problems and solutions and discuss any other relevant topics.

This month they will be discussing the direction of the group for 2015, a great chance to join in and have some input!

South West Aerospace Hackers meetup, The Watershed, 18 February @ 7.30 -10.30pm

South West Aerospace Hackers is a monthly meetup for people in the aerospace industry, and are seeking to hack their experience of it. You don’t have to be disruptive; you just want to change the industry for the better.

With connecting people and ideas in aerospace being the focus, this is a greet meetup for developing knowledge, skills and networks away from the office.

The South West Aerospace Hackers Meetup Group is free to join!

The Bristol Show – Sound & Vision, Marriott Hotel, 20 -22 February

See the Latest and Greatest Two Channel Stereo and Multi Channel Home Cinema Products at the UK’s Premier Home Audio Show.

Show open daily from the 20th to 22nd February from 10am to 5pm and tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

Find out more about the Bristol Sound & Vision Show and get your advanced tickets.

NodeSchool Bristol meetup, MixRadio, 21 February @ 10am

NodeSchool provide a platform and curriculum which to support tech communities in running open source workshops that teach web software skills.

Want to get involved? Join NodeSchool Bristol at their first event where they will be beginning to learn how to use Node.js, an open source, cross-platform runtime environment for server-side and networking applications.

SETsquared Workshop: Flawless Finances driving Perfect Decisions, The Engine Shed, 24 February @ 2 -4pm

Join business incubators SETsquared for a workshop on how the profit & loss, balance sheet and cash flow integrate with each other to give a financial picture of the business.

The workshop is largely aimed at SETsquared and BaseCamp members who can attend for free, for external delegates tickets cost £25.

Find out more about the SETsquared Finances Workshop and get your tickets.

CodeHub Bristol: Hack Night, The Engine Shed, 24 February @ 6 -9pm

CodeHub is a place to code, share, and learn from one another. The hack nights, which are often held on a fortnightly basis, offer the chance for developers in Bristol to get together in an informal social setting to work on projects, learn, and share with other developers.

CodeHub is open to all skill levels and is great to get involved with if you’re new to coding.

Join CodeHub and find out more about their Hack Night this February.

Accessible Bristol Meetup: Accessibility at the BBC, 24 February @ 7 -8.30pm

Accessible Bristol is a meetup for everyone who enjoys planning, designing, developing or using technology that is accessible and usable by everyone.

This month they will be joined by Ian Pouncey, the Senior Accessibility Specialist at the BBC who will talk through how accessibility is embedded in to the process of delivering websites and applications at the BBC, covering standards, training, philosophy, and organisation.

SETsquared: Entrepreneurship Training Programme, Basingstoke, 25 -27 February

Combining sessions led by experienced entrepreneurs and investors, along with taught lectures and small-group workshops, the Entrepreneurship Programme will challenge your business preconceptions, and equip you with the skills, contacts and confidence you need to optimise your chances of start-up success.

Costs for attending the programme are £1,500, discounted to £950 for an alumni, current student or academic of a SETsquared University (Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey). However, there are limited free spaces allocated based on the strength of the business proposition information supplied within the application form.

Find out more about the Entrepreneurial Programme and apply for a place.

Bristol JavaScript User Group, The Engine Shed, 25 February @ 7pm

This free meetup is aimed at regular JavaScript users or those interested in learning more.

This month, event host Alexander Jegtnes will be helping you to build the right tools that can make your life a lot simpler when coding with JavaScript.

Join Bristol JS to find out more and get involved.

Bristol Open Source User Group: Open Source Licensing, 25 February @ 7 -8.30pm

Bristol Open Source User Group is a free meetup group focused on open source software usage, design, development and support. Upayavira who is a member of the Apache Foundation will lead this week’s meetup and discussion.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along their open source project problems and questions so everyone can try to gain a better understanding of how to license, build and maintain open source projects.

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.

Alice Whale