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* Women’s Tech Hub – Diversity? We need to talk about tech, Watershed, Bristol, 24 June @ 10am -4.30pm

With technology becoming more and more central to our day-to-day lives, it’s becoming ever more essential to ensure its future is shaped by a community as diverse as those who benefit from it.

Taking the lead in the South West, the Women’s Tech Hub is hosting the city’s first ever conference focussing solely on diversity in technology.

Focussing on recruitment, retention and resilience, the conference will facilitate talks and discussions on everything from good workplace practice in recruiting and retaining people in tech to how to support employees on being resilient in a changing work environment.

Find out more about ‘Diversity? We need to talk about tech’ and grab your tickets.

BathSPARK: Coffee & Networking, The Guild Coworking Hub, Bath, 1 June @ 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 Co-working Hub, and a friendly chat.

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


Transition Innovation & Engineering Workshop, Merchant Venturers Building, Bristol, 5 June @ 12-5pm

Most cities, organisations and companies have sustainability targets in areas such as carbon reduction, recycling and renewable energy generation. Transition Engineering involves an innovation process that enables the development of ‘shift projects’, which achieve sustainability targets whilst also creating revolutionary business opportunities and social benefits.

This Transition Innovation Workshop is a unique opportunity to learn more about the opportunities to work with Bristol University and Transition Engineering professionals on developing shift projects for your organisation.

Find out more about the Transition Innovation & Engineering Workshop and register for your free ticket.

NATEP: Innovations & Technologies developed in the Aerospace Industry, UWE Conference Centre, Bristol, 7 June @ 10am – 4pm

This event will showcase new aerospace technologies being developed by UK companies supported by NATEP, a national programme in which aerospace supply chain companies are developing more than 100 new technologies for the UK and global aerospace industry.

The event will provide a forum for aerospace supply chain companies that are working on one of the 100+ NATEP projects to present some of their new ideas to the wider world in a supportive environment.

Find out more and register for a place to NATEP’s event.

BCS Bristol Talk: Technology & Innovation – Balancing Freedom and Progress, Burges Salmon, Bristol, 7 June @  7 – 9pm

BCS Bristol’s latest talk in its 2017 series will continue the theme 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.

This talk will be delivered by three representatives with varied experiences.

Register for your free place at BCS Bristol’s talk on balancing freedom and progress.

Venturefest: The Future of Work – Sparking Innovation, DeskLodge, Bristol, 12 June @ 8 – 10am

This panel event will explore further themes around the future of work. The event will reveal the dangers and opportunities that are likely to crop up and use this as a springboard to discuss the skills and tools that will help us to define success in the future.

The panel includes Zoe Taylor from Sparkol, Ben Highfield from Microsoft, Andy Lunness from Blu Wireless and Lauren Branston from Lauren Branston Consultancy.

Register for your free place at Venturefest’s Future of Work panel event.

South West Founders, Watershed, Bristol, 14 June @ 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 June meetup.


41st European Young Engineers Conference (EYE), Engineers House, Bristol, 16-18 June

EYE is a pan-European network of volunteers and young professionals from the national engineering associations of fourteen countries, representing nearly 120,000 members across the continent.

EYE conferences give young engineers the chance to develop their international communications skills as well as build their own personal network with colleagues from a variety of business cultures and backgrounds.

Find out more about the 41st European Young Engineers Conference and grab a ticket or two.

Digital Tech China Pow Wow, Freshford House, Bristol, 21 June @ 6 – 8.30pm

China Pow Wows are informal networking events that provide a great opportunity to discover more about exporting to China, to share experiences and meet fellow China enthusiasts over drinks and canapés.

The June China Pow Wow is themed around digital technology and kindly hosted and sponsored by Audiogum. This event will be particularly relevant to businesses involved in digital mobile technology.

Register for your free place at the Digital Tech China Pow Wow.

BCS Bristol Talk: Technology & Innovation – Balancing Freedom and Progress: IoT & the Supply Chain, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bristol, 21 June @  7 – 9pm

After the success of the first 2 talks and the preparation complete for Talk 3, the Bristol Branch is pleased to announce Talk 4 in the 2017 programme of talks. The talks continue the theme of “of now” technology subject matters and examine the increasing careful balance required between “freedom and efficiency” that modern technology provides to us.

Register for your free place at BCS Bristol’s talk on balancing freedom and progress pt2.

Pixel Pioneers, MShed, Bristol, 22 June

Pixel Pioneers is a brand new series of events, featuring world-class advice from the brightest minds in web design and development, at a price you can afford, especially if you’re a freelancer or work in a small agency, or a student and at the beginning of your career.

The inaugural event is a one-day conference and will take place in Bristol. Speakers include the one and only Una Kravets, Bristol’s own Joe Leech and email hacker extraordinaire Mark Robbins.

Grab your tickets to Pixel Pioneers before they’re all gone!

Collaborate Bristol, The Watershed, Bristol, 23 June

Collaborate Bristol is the South West’s leading UX, IA and Design conference. The conference returns for the fifth year running, aimed at encouraging sharing, learning and networking within the digital community.

The event returns, but with the fantastic new location of the Watershed, offering a unique chance to network with peers and learn from top brands and internationally renowned speakers against the backdrop of Bristol’s floating harbour.

Get your ticket to Collaborate quick, they’re almost sold out.

TechSPARK: TechRIDE – a healthier type of networking, Mokoko, Bristol, 23 June @ 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.


The Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack, Engine Shed, Bristol, 27 June @ 9 – 11am

As part of Venturefest, experts from the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit will walk you through a real cyber attack that happened to a business in the South West recently. You will be taken on a journey, from a hacker choosing your business as a target through to the police investigation and potential arrest.

They will highlight ways in which you can identify the threat at an early stage, mitigate the impact from an attack and suggest the lessons that should be taken away to protect yourself and your business.

Register for your free place at the anatomy of a ransomware attack workshop.

Can CAV’s really reduce congestion & pollution?, Engine Shed, Bristol, 29 June @ 9.30 – 12pm

A roundtable discussion on the benefits and challenges of CAV technology as part of Venturefest.

Join partners and colleagues from the Venturer and Flourish projects as they debate whether CAV’s will enable cities and urban areas to work smarter. Can they help with parking issues, and getting to your destination quicker? Will the lack of pollution mean better air quality for our families? And how will we get used to CAV cars?

Register now to take part in the discussion on CAVs.

Drupal Camp, Bristol, 30 June – 2 July

South-West-based Drupal user? Join the largest gathering of Drupal experts in the region.

The 2016 camp saw over 100 people gather to hear industry leaders speak on a range of topics, from beginners’ talks on how to find your way with Drupal 8 all the way up to scaling the platform to be suitable for large charities. This year, Friday 30 June is CXO day, Saturday 1 July is a developer-focused conference, and Sunday 2 July is all about code sprints.

Find out more and purchase your tickets to Drupal Camp.

Rubbery Robotics, Bristol Robotics Lab, Bristol, 30 June @ 1.45 – 5 pm

This event will focus on the role of rubber in robotic actuators and devices with a series of talks as follows:

  • “Smart elastomers – a touch of robotics” – Chris Bowen, Vince Coveney, Mengying Xie (University of Bath)
  • “Dielectric elastomer actuators – devices that can both sense and move” – James Busfield, Michelle Ghilardi, Leihao Chen, Hugh Boys (QMUL)
  • “Morphological Computation – Outsourcing Intelligence to Material Properties” – Helmut Hauser (Bristol Robotics Lab)
  • “Biomimetic soft tactile robots” – Nathan Lepora (Bristol Robotics Lab)
  • “Soft Robotics in, on, and around the Human” – Jonathan Rossiter (Bristol Robotics Lab)

Get involved and sign up for a free place at Rubbery Robotics.

*One to watch* South West AR / VR

Keep an eye out for the brand new South West AR/VR group (SWARVR).

SWARVR aims to promote networking and idea development in AR/VR within the South West and welcomes academics, students, technology providers and users to meet with others with similar interests.

You can join the South West AR/VR 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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