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

*Featured Event* Learn WordPress with Bath Girl Geeks, University of Bath Innovation Centre, 5 March 2015 @ 6.30 -9pm

Girl Geek Dinners are open to all females interested and working in tech. Their members range from students to established professionals – all with one common goal – to help and support other females in the STEM industries by sharing ideas, information and connections. Men are welcome to attend these events but must be accompanied by a fellow girl geek.

This month they will be joined by Oli Ward, the founder of Develop Me, who will be delivering a hands-on WordPress workshop. Oil will be demonstrating and teaching how to install and theme WordPress offering a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to work with WordPress as a front or back-end developer.

Girl Geek events are free to attend and include a buffet dinner but spaces are limited. Get your ticket to Learn WordPress with Bath Girl Geeks now.

Techie Brekkie: Content Marketing, The Guild Coworking Hub, 26 February @ 8:15 -9.30am

Join BathSPARK this month for their regular Techie Brekkie for a focused discussion on Content Marketing. Asking: ‘How do you decide and create useful content relevant to your brand and/or products?’, ‘How do you even define and reach the right target audience?’ and more.

Come along and share your ideas, learn from others’ experience and techniques in this area and pose your questions to a room of others working or with an interest in this type of customer engagement marketing.

Join the BathSPARK meetup group and sign up for a ticket to Techie Brekkie: Content Marketing, tickets cost £5 but get yours quick, they’re nearly sold out!

The Pulse: Startup Speed Dating, Toto’s Wine Bar, 26 February @ 6.30pm

The Pulse is a community of entrepreneurs with an aim to support local startups in cities all over the world. Recognising a correlation between startup failure and being a solo founder and hence the importance of having a business partner when running a startup, they’re running Startup Speed Dating.

Offering budding CEOs and CTOs the chance to chat in a fast, structured format, and maybe make the first step toward building a winning founder partnership.



Lunchtime Talk: Using Digital Technology in Live Performance, The Watershed, 27 February @ 1 -2pm

Katherine Jewkes joined the Pervasive Media Studio recently as a Producer with AHRC Creative Economy Hub REACT. Before joining the Watershed team Katherine was Digital Associate at National Theatre Wales, where she looked after the creative use of Digital within Productions.

Come along to find out about some of this work, including creating online reimaginings of the Strangest town in Wales, R&D into playable data collection, and the pros and cons of livestreaming from trains and mountainsides.

The Pervasive Media Lunchtime Talks are free and you don’t need to book! Find out more about the Lunchtime Talk: Using Digital Technology in Live Performance.

The Pulse: Using Freelancers to grow your business [Open Office Hours], The Engine Shed, 27 February @ 10am -4pm

Head to the Engine Shed for a chat with The Pulse organiser, James Barlow, about how you can use freelancers to help grow your business.

Alternatively sign up to The Pulse workshop run by Elance.com and oDesk.com who help businesses find freelancers and work together via the Internet.


 UmBristol Social, Rose of Denmark, 27 February @ 6 -9pm

The Bristol Umbraco User Group meet on a monthly basis, with a 2-monthly rotation: one month being an informal social gathering at a pub; the following month an office-based session/talk meet-up hosted by a local Umbraco partner/business.

Join them this month as they celebrate Umbraco’s 10th birthday and umBristol’s 5th birthday with a social night out!

Sign up to UmBristol for free to attend the social.

Digimakers Day, @Bristol Science Centre, 28 February @ 10am -5pm

DigiMakers is a series of community technology events aimed at children (7-17), parents and educators. If you are an educator, or artist or someone who wants to learn more about electronics or computing, feel free to come along.

From programming software to hacking hardware, the DigiMakers want to show you more ways to have fun with technology.


South West Mobile Hack Day, Noisy Little Monkey (c/o Aardman), 28 February @ 10am -4pm

Join South West Mobile for their first Hack Day of 2015! As well as there being plenty of pizza and beer provided by the Noisy Little Monkey team to get ideas flowing, Pusher have also sponsored the event, providing prizes for ‘Best use of Pusher’ and ‘Best overall hack’.

The event is free to attend but places are limited spaces and you need to sign up via the South West Hack Day Meetup page and pay a £5 refundable deposit.

Talk: Rapid Prototyping in Rolls-Royce, University of the West of England Frenchay Campus, 2 March @ 6.30 -8.30pm

Join the organisers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and hear from Ben Penny of Rolls-Royce’s Rapid Prototyping Facility about how the company is using rapid prototyping to speed the design of its cutting-edge aero engines.

Register on the IET website to attend the talk on Rapid Prototyping in Rolls-Royce.

SETsquared Workshop: Networking Skills, The Engine Shed, 3 March @ 10am -12pm

At this workshop run by SETsquared, speaker Melissa Kidd of Motem will be talking about the secrets of successful business networking and how to become a confident and effective networker.

This extremely popular event is now sold out but you can still join the waiting list for the Networking Skills Workshop if you are a SETsquared member.

Design and Connect: Designers Unite, 3 March @ 5 -6pm

New meetup group Design and Connect, based in Wiltshire, are hosting their first meetup this March. They welcome design lovers who want to explore their design skills and meet other designers of all experience levels.

Check out the Design and Connect meetup group and sign up to attend Designers Unite.

The Pulse: Expert Evening – Commerce and Payments, Toto’s Wine Bar, 3 March @ 6.30 -9,30pm

In this session, the group will be joined by an expert panel that will be talking about the mechanics of taking your product or service to market, and approaches to handing user support, logistics and other essential tasks in the management of a goods/services business.

CodeHub Bristol: Provisioning – Vagrant, Mix Radio (Prudential Buildings), 3 March @ 7 -10pm

CodeHub is a place to code, share, and learn from one another.

In this workshop the host, Carl, is going to explain server virtualisation with virtual box and then show how to use Vagrant to create and configure virtual development environments.

Join the CodeHub for free and RSVP to attend Provisioning – Vagrant.

Bath Business Expo, The Assembly Rooms, 4 March @ 10am -3pm

Hosted at the 400-capacity Assembly Rooms in Bath, this year’s Business Expo will be one of the largest general business exhibitions and networking opportunities in Bath and North East Somerset in 2015!

If you’re interested in buying a stand space for your business at the Bath Business Expo, there are still a couple of spaces left but you’ll need to sign up quick.

Alternatively, you can register now for a free ticket to the Bath Business Expo.


BathSPARK: Coffee and Networking, The Guild Coworking Hub, 5 March @ 10.30am -12pm

The Drop in Coffee mornings are a very informal networking forum, where you can come along and meet others who work in Tech in the region.

Whether you’ve just moved your business to the area and would like to build your network, or if you’re well established in the region – do feel free to pop down, have a coffee courtesy of those lovely people at the Guild Coworking Hub, and also a friendly chat.

Join the BathSPARK meetup group and RSVP to attend the Coffee and Networking at the Hub.

Digitech Employer Event, HP Labs, 5 March @ 3.30 -5.30pm

Digitech Studio School, the first Studio School in the Bristol area, is inviting local employers to find out more about getting involved in the new school, shaping the curriculum, and lending their support at an event next month.

The event will include a presentation from the Digitech Studio School team followed by a Q&A session with businesses.

To book your place at the Digitech Employer Event, email info@digitechstudioschool.co.uk.

Green Mingle, Bordeaux Quay, 5 March @ 5 -7pm

The Green Mingle a very informal networking event for anyone who is interested in anything green – economy, energy, nature, urbanity, food – you name it, it gets discussed. There is a warm welcome for new people, and lots of ‘experienced hands’ ready to offer advice, make contacts, tell stories or share ideas.

There’s no need to sign up or register – just turn up, grab a drink and get networking!

Pop Up Skills: WordPress Workshop, Bristol Folk House, 6 March @ 9.30am -4pm

Do you want a self-branded website that you can use to promote your new business without having to be or hire a web designer? WordPress will allow you to do that for free! If you can use a computer you can create a website with no prior experience needed.

So why not join the Pop Up Skills team for a full day of learning how to use WordPress to create your very own website, tickets cost £150 per person.

CodeHub Bristol: JavaScript 101, The Big Chill, 10 March @ 10am -1pm

Learn the basics of JavaScript and hear about a website project at the University of Bristol.

The session may also include an example project on GitHub that will allow members to put into practice the new things they’ve learned.

RSVP for CodeHub’s JavaScript 101 workshop via their Meetup page.

Bristol Java Meetup: Low latency scalable web crawling on Apache Storm, Brightpearl Office, 10 March @ 6.30 -9.30pm

Bristol Java Meetup is a group for everyone interested in discussing Java technology, JVM languages, frameworks and libraries in the Java space.

This month they will be joined by Julien from DigitalPebble is going to talk about a project he’s working on called Storm-Crawler.

South West Data Social, The Watershed, 10 March @ 7 -10pm

The South West Data social is an evening for those involved in using, learning about or discovering data technologies to meet and network.

Find out more about the South West Data Meetup Group and RSVP to their social.

South West UX User Group: ‘In Bed with Developers’, MixRadio (Prudential Buildings), 10 March @ 7 -8.30pm

SWUX are a free meet-up for UX and UX-curious people, on the second Tuesday of every month in Bristol.

This month they will be joined by Steve Murphy, the Principal Designer at MixRadio for a talk night. Steve will give attendees the low down from a designer’s perspective on the swings and roundabouts of being embedded with an agile development team.

Check out the SWUX Meetup group to sign up for their talk.

Tech Talks #13, The Engine Shed, 11 March @ 3.30 -6.30pm

Tech Talks Bristol was founded by technology enthusiasts SpiderGroup whose aim is to connect people in Bristol through technology and business themed events, which educate and inspire.

Three speakers will each talk for 20 minutes about an area of technology or business which can help small and medium enterprises. There is also tea/coffee and ample networking.

Find out more about the speakers at Tech Talks #13 and get your free ticket.

South West Founders Meetup, 11 March @ 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 start-up founders.

Get involved with South West Founders and find out more about their regular meetups.

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