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

Sponsored by SETsquared Bristol, Hi-Tech Incubator.

*Featured Event* BathCamp: Smarter Cities & Urban Environments, The Guild Coworking Hub, Bath, 23 February @ 7pm

bathcamp-new-april-meetup-internet-of-thingsBathCamp – the Bath-based meetup for the tech curious – is hosting this event in conjunction with Venturefest Bristol & Bath with a focus on smarter cities and urban technology.

They’ll be looking at how open data can make urban living a little better (and how you can get involved), how open infrastructure can enable new solutions and how we can use technology to have fun with the urban environment. Keep an eye out on the BathCamp meetup page as speakers are due to be announced soon.

Find out more about BathCamp and RSVP to confirm your place.

BathSPARK: Coffee & Networking, The Guild Coworking Hub, Bath, 2 February @ 10.30am – 12pm

BathSPARK’s 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, feel free to pop down, have a coffee courtesy of the lovely people at the Guild Coworking Hub, and a friendly chat.

Join BathSPARK for free to sign-up to attend Coffee and Networking at the Guild Coworking Hub.

Playable Cities: Thinking by Making Workshop, The Watershed, Bristol, 2 February @ 6 – 8pm

Hirsch & Mann, this year’s Playable City Award winners are beginning to work on their project, Stop, Smile, Stroll.

As part of their ‘Thinking By Making’ approach, they are hosting an open workshop for people in Bristol to come along and help them understand what it’s like to be a pedestrian in Bristol.

Find out more about the PlayableCities workshop and sign up by emailing Rosie at: rosie@watershed.co.uk.

Bristech Talks Night, The Engine Shed, Bristol, 2 February @ 7 – 9pm

Bristech is a meetup for those interested in the more technical side of well… tech. This month it’s welcoming two speakers – Azahar Machwe who will give an introduction to ‘Deep Learning’ and Simon Michael who will talk about the Microsoft Bot Framework and Cognitive Services.

The popularity of Bristech’s meetups is quite impressive and unfortuntely this one is oversubscribed, but you can try your luck by sticking your name on the waiting list.

Make sure you don’t miss out on future Bristech meetups by signing up the Bristech meetup group.

PHP Training & CodeHub: Git Workshop, Momentum Financial Technology, Bristol, 6 February @ 6.30 – 9pm

Local meetup groups, PHP Training Bristol and CodeHub, are collaborating to teach a free workshop on GIT.

Aimed at those of all skill level (including beginners, once they’ve completed CodeHub’s Git tutorial), it’s a friendly environment in which to brush up on your coding or learn something new.

Sign up on to the Git workshop via the CodeHub meetup and check out the PHP Training Bristol meetup group for more local workshops.


Healthcare from your living room, The Bristol Pavillion, Bristol, 7 February @ 9.30am – 5pm

Do you want to find out about how to implement healthcare from your living room?

The West of England AHSN will be showcasing best practice from Denmark where integrated care and self-management are well established, with guest speakers from Denmark describing good practice from their health community. They will also be featuring the use of living labs to co-create and co-design assisted living technology with users and professionals.

Register for your free place at the Healthcare from your living room showcase.

BathScrum: Superpowered Collaboration with Innovation Games, OVO Energy, Bristol, 7 February @ 7 – 10pm

This one is for all the Agile project managers out there. Join this free meetup session in Bristol for an evening of fun and games – with a helpful twist.

Led by experts JP and Jose, you will be introduced to one of many Collaboration Frameworks, allowing you to share negative experiences in project management in a fun, colourful and constructive way – whilst getting right to the sweet spot of collaboration.

Join BathScrum and RSVP for a place at its superpowered games night.

South West Founders, Watershed, Bristol, 8 February @ 7pm

South West Founders is a monthly meetup for people based in the South-West who have been, are, or want to be tech startup founders.

They welcome entrepreneurs and tech investors with open arms, as well as those who have a genuine interest in founding or mentoring startup businesses.

Check out the South West Founders and RSVP to their February meetup.

Driverless Cars Networking Meetup, The Engine Shed, Bristol, 10 February @ 12 – 2pm

This networking event, organised by Self Driving Track Days, is an opportunity for innovators, universities, commercial enterprises, hobbyists and engineers to get together with the ultimate goal of forming teams to create self-driving vehicles.

Find out more and sign up to the Driverless Cars Networking meetup for free.

MAAXX Europe: Autonomous Drone Racing, UWE Exhibition Centre, Bristol, 11 – 12 February

Run in collaboration with HBB and UWE, this is an indoor drone air race with a catch: the drone piloting can be done from a ground station, but it must be fully automatic. This is not about human piloting skills; it is about building machines and systems that can operate without human intervention.

The great thing about this event is that entry is open to all – you can find out more about building your own drone on the MAAXX Europe website.

Book either a participating or spectator ticket to MAAXX Europe, before they’re all gone!

SouthWest Data Social, The Watershed, Bristol, 14 February @ 7pm

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

The social takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at the Watershed.

Join the South West Data meetup group and RSVP to confirm your place.

Develop Me: Coding Bootcamp Introduction Evening, The Paintworks, Bristol, 15 February @ 6.30 – 9.30pm

Want to learn how to code professionally. Join Bristol-based web training company, Develop Me for an evening of coding, problem-solving and fact finding to discover if the Coding Fellowship – a hands-on, project-driven, intensive 12-week course in web development – is right for you.

Find out more about DevelopMe and its coding fellowship and sign up to the intro evening for free.

Bath Hacked: FixMyStreet and MapIt, The Guild Coworking Hub, Bath, 22 February @ 6.30pm

Join Bath:Hacked, the meetup that uses open data to make a positive impact on local communities, for an evening of talks from Bristol-based tech social enterprise mySociety, on the projects and technologies that they have created including FixMyStreet and MapIt.

Check out the Bath:Hacked meetup group for more information on the speaker and to sign up for free.

Bristol Java Script: WebGL/WebVR, JustEAT offices, Bristol, 22 February @ 6.30pm

Bristol JS is a free meetup group for those with an interest in JavaScript development.

This month they are hosting talks on WebGL/WebVR from Mark Lundin and Edan Kwan.

Join the Bristol JavaScript meetup group and RSVP to attend the February meetup.

Design / Build / Market: All around VR, The Engine Shed, Bristol, 23 February @ 6 – 10pm

Design / Build / Market is an event for people involved in the creative and digital industries who are passionate about design, development and marketing.

This month they will be discussing virtual reality, including talks from Jack Norris and Chris Price from ZubrVR and Dan Page from OpposableVR.

Check out the Design/Build/Market meetup group and sign-up to RSVP.

Engine Shed Briefing: Scaling Up Inclusively – Minding the Gap, The Engine Shed, 24 February @ 4:15 – 5.30pm

In partnership with the Royal Society of Arts, the Engine Shed is hosting its first briefing of 2017 on the convergence of the scale-up and inclusive growth agendas.

This event will explore how the Engine Shed delivers on the national scale-up agenda, in a way that really works for the city-region – i.e. that growth benefits from being inclusive, while at the same time contributes to strengthening the social fabric and resilience.

Get to know more about this Engine Shed briefing and register for a free place.

*One to watch* The Chartered Institute for IT – Bristol

The Bristol Branch of the Chartered Institute for IT has put together a programme of talks for 2017.  The talks are about ‘of now’ technology subject matters and have an underlying theme to examine the increasing careful balance required between freedom and efficiency that modern technology provides to us.

The first talk is due to be held on 1 March on Machine Learning & AI with speakers Nigel Toon & Jim Smith.

Register for the BCS Bristol talk on Machine Learning & AI and stay tuned on the BCS Bristol website for details of future talks.

If you have an upcoming tech or creative event we haven’t mentioned in this list or on our events calendar… tell us about it! 

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Alice Whale