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

*Featured Event* Bath Ruby Conference, The Assembly Rooms, 13 March


Calling all South-West-based Ruby users! There are still a few tickets left for this year’s Ruby Conference in the city of Bath.

Bath Ruby is a one day, single track conference, organised by Simon Starr with help from Andrew Nesbitt and Jordan Elver.

It’s aimed at Rubyists of all skill levels with an array of great speakers from the UK Ruby community.

Tickets cost £99 (£39 if you’re a student) and 10% of sales are donated to Shelter, a UK housing and homelessness charity.

Get your ticket and find out more on the Bath Ruby Conference website.

Ready for Business Bristol, Brave @ The Coach House, 12 March @ 10am -4.30pm

Ready for Business is a unique business start-up programme that helps potential entrepreneurs improve their chances of success.

If you’re thinking of starting a business, this programme will help you develop your idea, create a clear business plan, and provide expert support, up to and beyond, the launch of your business.

To find out more or book your place, please contact Reetu Kaur on 01275 376 233 or email readyforbusiness@businesswest.co.uk.

At the Ballot Box: The Future for Low Carbon Business, Bristol, 12 March @ 5.45 – 8.30pm

With the buzz of Bristol’s Green Capital status in the background, Dave Harvey – the BBC’s Business Correspondent in the West, will be joined by a number of expert speakers for a debate that will ask how the government supports low carbon and environmental technologies.

The discussion will also cover what will be needed under the next administration to ensure the growth and prosperity of this vital sector.

Tickets will be made available for ‘At the Ballot Box’ on the 3rd March from 12 noon.

UmBristol Talks, Mentor Digital, 12 March @ 6pm

UmBristol organise socials and talks for Umbraco users in the Bristol area.

This month they will be joined by Mentor Digital who will be showcasing Web Blocks for Umbraco v7.

Become a member of UmBristol for free to RSVP.

YENA Bath – Young Networking (Launch!), The Guild Coworking Hub, 12 March @ 7 -10pm

YENA is the popular & growing Young Entrepreneur Networking Association that brings networking events to those with a keen interest in business from between the ages of 15 & 30.

Come along, get to know people, grow your network, find a business partner, gain some work, clients, or maybe even find a job!

Find out more about the YENA Bath Launch and sign up for a free ticket via their Eventbrite page.

Lunchtime Talk: Conflict Free Mobile Phones, The Watershed, 13 March @ 1- 2pm

Head over to the Pervasive Media Studio at the Watershed for a free talk every Friday lunchtime.

On March 13, they will be joined by Miriam Gosling from Congo Calling. She’ll talking about the human rights implications of generating the raw materials used in our mobile phones, tablets and games consoles in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Find out more about the Pervasive Media Studio talk on Conflict Free Mobile Phones.

Low Carbon Business Breakfast: Sustainable Transport and Logistics, University of Bath Innovation Centre, 17 March @ 7:45 – 10am

Sustainable transportation is an important growth area within the low carbon sector and an increasingly significant aspect of business viability. Transport and logistics have often taken a back seat to more conventional energy efficiency measures.

The next Low Carbon South West business breakfast will be looking at some of the new companies and business models that are helping to provide 21st Century solutions.

Tickets to the Low Carbon South West Business Breakfast cost £14 for non-members and £7 for members.

Young Rewired State – Hyperlocal Meetup (for under 18s), Eduserv, 17 March @ 4.30 -7pm

Hyperlocal, a part of the Young Rewired State, aim to provide young digital makers with the tools, resources and confidence to explore the amazing potential locked inside their digital skills, while local tech communities are able to connect with and mentor the future stars of tomorrow.

The Hyperlocal meetups are for young people under the age of 18 interesting in coding and learning how to code. Join them every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Eduserv in Bath!

Designers Unite! Session 1, 17 March @ 5 -6pm

Designers Unite is a brand-new meetup group aimed at design lovers who want to explore their design skills and meet other designers (freelancers, full timers and students all welcome).

CodeHub: Bristol Hack Night, Momentum Financial Technology Office, 17 March @ 6 -9pm

CodeHub is a teaching and learning meetup for coders based in the South West.

Join them for their ‘hack night’, a casual social coding event where people can come together to work on projects and learn new technologies in any language at any skill level.

Find out more about CodeHub’s Hack Night and RSVP.

Talk: Green Energy Materials in 3D, Radstock Museum, 17 March @ 7.30pm

Hybrid electric cars with batteries are now on the road, producing lower CO2 emissions. But how can we use new crystalline materials to produce better lithium batteries for electric cars?

Head to the Radstock Museum for a talk by Professor M Saiful Islam of the University of Bath and discover how computational chemistry (with the aid of 3D glasses) is helping us to understand these materials, which could have a major impact on green energy.

Tickets are available on the door for just £3 each.

Techie Brekkie: Technology Trends in 2015, Bristol & Bath Science Park, 18 March @ 7.30 -9.30am

Drones, the Internet of Things, 3D printing and contactless payment technology. What’s in store for 2015 and beyond?

For our March Techie Brekkie we are addressing these trends as we welcome the Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications Research at Deloitte, Paul Lee, to present his top 10 predictions for the next 12-18 months.

This month’s Techie Brekkie: Technology Trends in 2015 is sponsored by Deloitte, so sign-up quick for a free ticket!

Bristol Digital Analytics Meetup, True Digital, 18 March @ 6 -9pm

Bristol Digital Analytics are a brand new meetup group and are hosting their first meetup this March for anyone based in Bristol and interested in Digital Analytics.

Become a member of the Bristol Digital Analytics Meetup group.

Bristol Girl Geek Dinners #41, The Engine Shed, 18 March @ 6.30 -9.30pm

Bristol Girl Geek Dinners is a social and networking group for women who are interested in science, technology, engineering and other geeky things.

This month they are joined by Kate, a Software Developer at JUST EAT, who is going to be talking about the use of natural language processing software in real-world customer facing applications. The talk will be based on experiences Kate has had working on a recent project at JUST EAT.

Sign up to attend Bristol Girl Geek Dinner #41 and find out more.

Bristol DevOps: Test-Driven Infrastructure,

Bristol DevOps is a new group for people who are involved in or interested in configuration management tools, monitoring, continuous delivery, cloud computing and DevOps culture.

At the March meetup, the DevOps meetup group will be joined by Andy Gale, a DevOps Consultant at Hello Future, who will talk about test-driven infrastructure.

Join the DevOps Meetup and RSVP to Test-Driven Infrastructure.

ACCU Bristol, Bristol Marriott Hotel, 18 March @ 7 -9pm

ACCU Bristol is the local chapter of the ACCU, which stands for professionalism in programming, they meet most months to discuss a wide range of topics relating to software development.

They will be joined this month by guest speaker Dominic Robson.

Join ACCU Bristol to stay up to date and RSVP to their meetups.

Bristol Open Source User Group: Talk Night, March 18 @ 7 -8.30pm

Bristol Open Source User Group are a free meetup group focused on open source software usage, design, development and support.

SETsquared Advice Clinic: Overcoming the Challenges of Organisational Growth, The Engine Shed, March 19

Are you a growing business looking to handle more customers, develop your product, support a wider geography or employ more people?

This SETsquared workshop might be the perfect thing for your business, with 1-hour of free expert advice from Peter Cain of Anamosys.

Intelligent Testing Conference: Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Software Testing, UWE Conference Centre, 19 March @ 12 -5pm

The fourth Intelligent Testing Conference will take place with a theme of ‘Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Software Testing’.

The conference will be informative, entertaining and free to attend; it provides a great opportunity to network with other software test professionals in the area.

Register for your place the Intelligent Testing Conference.

Lunchtime Talk: How do we take a stroll in virtual reality?, The Watershed, Friday, 20 March 2015 13:00 to 14:00

Virtual reality enthusiasts and gamers alike are always looking for new experiences gained from deeper levels of immersion; and movement is a key element to this

At this free Pervasive Media Studio talk hear from resident, Joe Ryan, who is working on a new kind of movement controller called a VRgo chair that he hopes will resolve some of the common problems related to locomotion in virtual reality such as practicality, motion sickness and cost.

Find out more about the Pervasive Media Studio Lunchtime Talk.

SETsquared Workshop: Termsheets & Shareholders Agreements, The Engine Shed, 24 March @ 10am -12pm

Speaker, Doug Streatfield-James of Burges Salmon will be running this workshop with the aim of helping you to understand term sheets and identify the key issues that arise in negotiating them, and how these issues affect the shareholders agreement and deal process.

This workshop is free for SETsquared members and £25 for external delegates.

Bristol Clojurians: Programming in the Pub, The Watershed, 24 March @ 6pm

Bristol Clojurians is a group for lovers of Clojure, Clojurescript, Functional Programming and parentheses.

They get together to create things with Clojure such as games, synthesisers, websites, robot controllers and more!

Become a member of Bristol Clojurians for free and RSVP to attend ‘Programming in the Pub’.

CodeHub Bristol – Provisioning: Docker, MixRadio, 24 March @ 7pm

In this session event-host Richard is going to demonstrate working with Docker, a tool for building and deploying applications by packaging them into lightweight containers. It can also be used in conjunction with Vagrant.

Find out more about the CodeHub workshop on Docker and sign-up to attend for free.

SGBF Business Breakfast: Superfast Broadband, Bristol & Bath Science Park, 25 March @ 7.30 -9.30am

South Gloucestershire Council’s Strategic Economic Development team invite you to a free Business Breakfast meeting.

Please attend if you’ve recently signed up to Superfast Broadband, are thinking of doing so or want to find out more about how it can benefit your business.

To find out more or to sign-up to attend, please email strategy&partnerships@southglos.gov.uk stating your name, that of your business and any dietary or access requirements; or call Stephanie on 01454 863868.

The Future of Renewables: Evening Networking Event, Bristol & Bath Science Park, 25 March @ 4.30 -7.30pm

Covering the advances being made in renewable technologies, this networking event will focus on developments in solar and other microgeneration methods becoming popular in the South West.

The evening will also include a presentation from Kerry Burns, Commercial Director for PV experts Your Power, who will be discussing the demand for solar energy and its future in the renewables market.

Register for your free place at the Future of Renewables Networking Evening.

Bristol JS:  Building OS X Apps with Javascript, BaseKit Office, 25 March @ 7pm

Bristol JS is a meetup group for Javascript Users.

Keep an eye out for more details of their next meetup by signing up to Bristol JS for free.


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