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* SavedByTech – Future Technology Conference, Bristol, 10 – 11 May

SavedByTech 2017 (SBT17) is a celebration of advanced and disruptive technologies that are being used to save the planet, its species and society.

Co-located with Europe’s most engaging drone technology event, Dronetech Europe 2017 – the SBT17 exhibition will be a melting pot of inspiring technologies like: 3D Printing, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Nanotech, Smart Vehicles, Smart Cities, Smart Homes… smart everything!

With a global lineup of speakers who are pioneering innovation in tomorrow’s technology, disrupting and improving the world around us, SBT17 will bring the future to Europe in May 2017.

Find out more about SavedByTech 2017 and grab your tickets.

Tech4Good Bath Launch, The Forum Coffee House, Bath, 2 May @ 6.30 – 8.30pm

Tech4Good Bath meetups create a relaxed and welcoming environment for those interested in digital technologies for social good to be inspired and learn about what others are doing, get together, share ideas, network, make friends and collaborate.

Whether you are a charity, community group, social enterprise, tech whizz, digital marketer, or just someone interested in using technology for social change, Tech4Good Bath offer free events to help make these connections and create a community around digital for good in the Bath and surrounding area.

The Tech4Good Launch may be full, but you can still join the waiting list via Meetup.

Future Skills Workshop: High Tech, Future Space, Bristol, 3 May @ 9am – 12.30pm

The High Tech Future Skills event is here to discuss the region’s skills challenges and help plan and develop solutions that address the skills needs of high tech business in the West of England.

The aim of the Future Skills workshops is to enable you to feed into the West of England high tech future skills plan, voice your opinion, influence and shape training, improve recruitment from education, find out what support is available from education and meet skills providers/businesses in the West of England.

Find out more about the Future Skills Workshop and register for your free ticket.

Tech founders & managers: Why do good people leave, how can a business motivate them to stay, Ashfords LLC, Bristol, 3 May @ 6.30 – 8.30pm

Threads is a new series of monthly roundtable discussions, exploring practical and empirical guidance on a range of topical issues at the intersection of; technology, process and practice; business and law; and people, staffing and skills.

In May, we explore considerations around motivating and retaining your biggest asset, your people.

Find out more about Threads SW and sign up to the Threads meetup group to RSVP to the May meetup for free.

BCS Bristol Talk: AI & Robotic Ethics, Engine Shed, Bristol, 3 May @  7 – 9pm

BCS Bristol’s second talk in its 2017 series will look at AI and Robotic Ethics. The talk will examine the how intelligent robotics has the potential for huge benefit, but is not without ethical or societal risk.

It will also cover where we stand legally on such matters and what this could mean for potential applications and the impact on people.

Register for your free place at BCS Bristol’s talk on AI & Robotic Ethics.

Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre Open Day, Bristol, 4 May @ 11am – 5pm

The Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) is now recruiting to fill ten quantum enterprise fellowships to commence October 2017. The fellowships provide year-long support and training to allow entrepreneurially minded candidates with a strong technical background to develop their ideas into a business.

Its mission is educating and creating the entrepreneurs of the future who will be the foundation, pillars, and growth of the UK’s quantum technology industry.

Register to attend the QTEC open day here.

Bristech Talks Night, Engine Shed, Bristol, 4 May @ 7 – 9pm

Bristech is a meetup for those interested in the more technical side of well… tech. This month it’s welcoming two speakers – Colin Eberhardt who’ll cover the future of HTML5 productivity and Thomas Guest on being sceptical of unit tests.

The popularity of Bristech’s meetups is quite impressive and unfortunately 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.

South Glos Expo, Bristol & Bath Science Park, Bristol, 9 May @ 10am – 4pm

South Gloucestershire and the surrounding area has a thriving business community. So, South Glos Expo now has its own event that gives business owners and decision makers the opportunity to network, learn and elevate their business.

With a range of speakers, networking and workshops there will be plenty of opportunities to be inspired and learn new skills that will help take your business forward.

Find out more about South Glos Expo and register on Eventbrite for a free ticket.

RBS: Let’s talk about your digital career, RBS, Bristol, 9 May @ 5.30 – 7.15pm

RBS is looking for Journey Managers, Product Owners, Developers, PMs, BAs, Testers, User Experience and Scrum Masters galore to join its state-of-the-art digital studio in Bristol.

Head to its open evening to find out more, ask questions and find out how to get involved.

Find out more about the RBS digital studio open evening and register your interest via the RBS website.

YENA Bath, Bath Brew House, Bath, 10 May @ 6.30 – 9pm

YENA brings together young and ambitious individuals below the age of 35, with a keen interest in business, to give them the opportunity to gain access to a vital centre of support.

Come along, meet like-minded people and grow your network to give yourself and your business the best start possible!

Register for a free place at YENA Bath this May.

South West Founders, Watershed, Bristol, 10 May @ 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 its May meetup.

Dronetech Europe 2017, Engine Shed, Bristol, 10-11 May @ 9am – 5.30pm

Dronetech Europe 2017 (DTE17) is a mega-conference for commercial drones.

DTE17 provides the industry-specific focus you need to take your drone projects to the next level. 6 tracks, covered across two days to explore advancements in your industry vertical.

Find out more about DTE17 and grab yourself a ticket or two.

South West React Developers Meetup, Bath, 11 May @ 6.30pm

This is a group for anyone working with ReactJS and/or React Native (or thinking about working with them!).

Having used React in various customer projects, meetup organisers Rocketmakers, want to share their learnings, hear from others’ experiences and help those folks who are just starting on the path to developer happiness in the South West.

Join South West React Developers for beer, pizza and collaboration.

WordCamp, The Watershed, Bristol, 13-14 May 

WordCamp Bristol is a not-for-profit, 2-day conference on all things to do with WordPress. WordPress is the most popular CMS (content management system) and blogging platform used worldwide and supported by WordPress.org and hundreds of thousands of developers in all countries.

If you use WordPress in any capacity you will be hooked and will want to learn more. WordCamps are a good place to learn from developers and users and exchange information. There is something for all levels of experience.

Grab your ticket to WordCamp for just £25.

Bath:Hacked – Accessible Bath Mapping Event, The Guild Hall, Bath, 13 May @ 12 – 4pm

Bath:Hacked need your help with its latest open data project – Accessible Bath – building a map of Bath’s wheelchair accessible spaces.

They need as many volunteers together as possible to help map accessible spaces in the city.

It should be a fun social event, an opportunity to get some fresh air, enjoy the city and provide support for wheelchair users in the community.

Join the Bath:Hacked meetup group and RSVP to attend the Accessible Bath Mapping Event.

The Future of Work in a Smart City – Evolution to Innovation, Engine Shed, Bristol, 16 May @ 8.30 – 11am

Technology continues to evolve our businesses, in particular changing the way in which people can deliver their work and employers manage their workforce.

Join this seminar to understand what questions employers should be asking themselves now to be prepared for talent management and workforce planning in a smart city in 2030.

Register for your free place at the Future of Work in a Smart City seminar.

Bath College: Meet the Future, Futures Hub, Bath College, Bath, 17 May @ 12.30 – 2pm

University of Bath BSc Computing in collaboration with Bath College invites local businesses to join Bath College for lunch, networking, and the opportunity to meet its soon to be graduates who are starting on their tech careers.

Each of its graduates will be showcasing their final projects, including health apps designed for the Royal United Hospital in Bath, VR apps and learning support apps.

If you are currently looking for new, enthusiastic staff to bring knowledge and ideas to your business, join them for a sandwich and a chat.

Register now to attend Bath College’s Meet the Future event.

AWS Bath User Group, The Makery, Bath, 17 May @ 7pm

A gathering place and forum for discussion of all things related to Amazon Web Services. Calling architects, developers, engineers, consultants and anybody wanting to learn, share and contribute from peer to peer.

The meetup’s aim is to become an important resource for technical & business professionals who want to stay up to speed with developments in the AWS Cloud and related technologies.

Find out more and join the AWS Bath User Group here.

TechSPARK: TechRIDE – a healthier type of networking, Mokoko, Bristol, 19 May @ 8 – 9.30am

With Bristol this year’s European City of Sport, we thought it is about time for us techies, tech-curious, founders and entrepreneurs to get involved, get on the saddle and talk tech.

This time we’ll be meeting at Mokoko on Gaol Ferry Steps at 8am (they’re open from 7.30 if anyone wants to grab an espresso before we head off).

Ride from 8 – 9am, followed by cosy coffees and pastries at Mokoko for those who can stick around.

Grab your bike and RSVP for free to TechSPARK’s TechRIDE.

Agile Bath & Bristol: Lightning Talks, Bristol, 26 April @ 7pm

This group is open to anyone in Bath & Bristol (and the surrounding areas) interested in Scrum and Agile practices.

This lightning talks session gives members the chance to spend up to 10 minutes sharing their agile ideas and experiences with a friendly and supportive audience.

This is a great way to get to hear talks about a variety of agile-related topics, and an even better opportunity to share your experience with the community by presenting a short talk.

Get involved by joining the Agile Bath & Bristol meetup group for free.

TechSPARK Brekkie Meet: Life Sciences & Healthtech sector, Bristol Energy Hub, 24 May @ 8.15 – 9.30am

After the popularity of our first Techie Brekkie specifically focussing on Life Sciences and Health tech, we’ve decided there is a case to make this a monthly thing …. so here it is.

This is for anyone with an interest in Life Sciences; including areas such as health tech, bio-engineering, genetics, bio-sensing, med tech, diagnostics and more. Whether your interest is commercial, as a researcher, healthcare professional or from a support organisation you are welcome to join us for coffee, croissants and networking.

Join the TechSPARK meetup for free to RSVP to the Brekkie Meet for Life Sciences and Healthtech.

Bristol Games Hub Anti-Social, 77 Stokes Croft, Bristol, 25 May @ 7.30pm 

Bristol Games Hub is the centre of all things games development in Bristol. They are a community of like-minded people working in all areas of games development, from programmers and artist to designers and testers. The last Thursday of the month they run what we like to an ‘Anti-social’ for a plethora of talks, discussions, demos, games, testing and a few beers.

Join the Bristol Games Hub meetup group and RSVP for a place at the Anti-Social.

*One to watch* Bristol and Bath Chatbots and AI Group

Keep an eye out for the brand new Bristol and Bath Chatbots and AI group. Their meetups are perfect for engineers, code based people, designers, front end people and businesses and account handling people to meet and talk all things… well… AI and Chatbots.

You can join Bristol and Bath Chatbots and AI Group for free for notifications on their first meetup.

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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