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

Sponsored by SETsquared Bristol, Hi-Tech Incubator.

*Featured Event* Business Breakfast – Our Digital Future, Bath Function Rooms, Bath, 18 July @ 8 – 10am

Just 10 years ago, most companies lacked a mobile presence to engage their customers let alone an integrated digital strategy that made the most of the latest technology and social platforms.

Now, even the word digital has taken on a new meaning. Once synonymous with IT, digital should now play a vital role in everything from HR, to sales and marketing.

We now face an unprecedented period of business growth as digital innovations collide with new teams and disrupt whole industries and business models. But how do businesses maximise this growth and manage the changing teams that drive it forward? At this business breakfast, Deep Blue Sky will run attendees through the changing ways of working in a digital world and give advice on how to keep up with your team, your competitors and your customers.

Tickets for ‘Our Digital Futures’ brekkie are free, you can grab them here.

SETsquared Connect Cruise on board The Tower Belle, Bristol, 11 July @ 6 – 8pm

A favourite on the SETsquared calendar, in which members, mentors and associates come aboard the Tower Belle for a Bristol-based cruise and to relax, socialise and network whilst hearing the latest SETsquared news.

This popular event is now sold out but you can add yourself to the waitlist here or follow SETsquared on Twitter to stay tuned and make sure you don’t miss out on their future events here: @SETsquared_Br.


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.

Future Skills Roundtable – Social Enterprise, DeskLodge, Bristol, 12 July @ 9am – 1pm

This July, Skills West is bringing social enterprises and training providers together to help build a sustainable workforce in the West of England.

Join them at Desklodge Bristol for the opportunity to have your say on the skills agenda for the Social Enterprise sector. They want to hear what you have to say about skills issues so we can address what is required for the sustainability of the sector.

Find out more and register for a place at the Future Skills Roundtable.

Raising your first venture round, Osborne Clarke offices, Bristol, 12 July @ 5.30pm

Join Silicon Valley Bank and Engine Shed as they bring together a panel of experts including successful entrepreneurs and investors actively investing in startup businesses.

The panel will openly discuss the pitfalls to avoid, what investors are looking for and how equity works.

RSVP for a free place at ‘Raising your first venture round’.

South West Founders, Watershed, Bristol, 12 July @ 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 July meetup.


Thinking about and preparing for investment – what you need to know!, FutureSpace, Bristol, 13 July @ 10am – 12.30pm

An information workshop for all businesses seeking to raise finance now or in the future. This session will provide an overview of what is required to get you ready for investment, what you need to prepare and where those opportunities may be.

The session will have presentations from two highly experienced speakers in this field followed by a Q&A session.

Find out more about the speakers at this FutureSpace event and sign up for free.


DIGITAL MAKERS, THE GUILD Coworking Hub, BATH, 15 July @ 12.30 – 2.30PM

Digital Makers runs every Saturday to teach coding to children from school years 5 to 9 through fun and interactive sessions including designing interactive emojis, writing digital stories and more.

The meetup is completely free but they only have a limited number of laptops and tablets so bring your own just in case.

Register your child for a place at Digital Makers here.


Social Engineering: See What The Hacker Sees, Engine Shed, Bristol, 17 July @ 2 – 4pm

We all use social media , all have Facebook friends we don’t really know and all love to share photographs from the happiest moments of our lives.

In this workshop you will become a hacker and learn how they would use your social media against you, to attack you and make you believe they are someone you can trust. You’ll never look at friend requests in the same way again!

Register for your free place at this Social Engineering workshop.

Tech4Good Bath – Design for all, The Forum Coffee House, Bath, 18 July @  6 – 8pm

Tech for Good 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.

The focus of this session is to explore putting the user at the heart of digital solutions, and particularly under the lens of limited budgets and maximising impact for your organisation.

Find out more about Tech4Good Bath and join for free to RSVP to it July meetup.

SWUX Talks night – Our eternal (digital) afterlife, Audiogum, Bristol, 18 July @ 6.45 – 9.45pm

A free meet-up for UX and UX-curious people, on the third Tuesday of every month in Bristol.

In this month’s meetup, attendees will be joined by Alberta Soranzo, Director of End-to-End Service Design at Lloyds Banking Group, who’ll be leading a talk on the ‘afterlife’ of our abandoned digital projects.

Join SWUX for free to RSVP to the July meetup!

BathCamp – Short Talks and Social Night, The Guild Coworking Hub, Bath, 20 July @ 7 – 10pm

BathCamp is a free event for anyone interested in technology, from hardware to software through to the business and design side of things.

This month its regularly packed out talks night is back featuring a bunch of short 5-10 minute talks from data visualisation to the internet of things, with time to chat in between with drinks and pizza and then on to the pub.

Join BathCamp and RSVP to secure your place quick, this popular meetup is almost full.

Future Cities Dialogue – The Opportunity for Business, Engine Shed, Bristol, 24 July @ 1 – 4pm

Join Engine Shed and Innovate UK for an overview of the Future Cities Dialogue, a creative toolkit highlighting a wealth of trends and insights on how we might live in the cities of the future.

The toolkit will be a great resource for developers, technology innovators and professionals across the health, mobility, utilities, food and public sectors and civil society, to explore the integration of critical urban systems.

Find out more about the Future Cities Dialogue and register for your free place.


.Net South West – Giving Code a Good Name, Just Eat offices, Bristol, 25 July @ 6.45pm

.Net South West is a Bristol-based user group, with talks and events aimed at .NET developers.

Join them this month with speaker Kevlin Henney, an independent consultant, speaker, writer and trainer who’ll be talking about good naming in code.

Join .Net South West to RSVP to this July’s meetup.

Bristol JS – Building a progressive web app with HTTP/2, Just Eat offices, Bristol, 26 July @ 9.30 – 12pm

Bristol JS is a free meetup for those coding (or interested in coding) in JavaScript.

Join them this July to hear from Dean Hume in his talk entitled ‘Blink and you’ll miss it: Building a progressive web app with HTTP/2’.

Find out more about the talk and join Bristol JS to get involved.

Bristol Digital Analytics Meetup, Just Eat offices, Bristol, 2 August @ 6 – 8.30pm

This group is for anyone who is in Bristol and interested in Digital Analytics, irrespective of which tool you use: e.g. Google Analytics, Omniture, Webtrends, Coremetrics, practitioners and/or users involved in AB or MVT testing, Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) and all other measurement related digital things!

Get involved by RSVPing to the next Bristol Digital Analytics meetup.

Threads SW – How do you identify, protect and exploit value within your business?, Bristol and Bath Science Park, Bristol, 2 August @ 6.30 – 8.30pm

Running a technology company can seem a challenging and solitary place as you build, lead and grow the business.

Threads is a different kind of learning resource. Exclusively for founders and senior managers of companies creating technology, IP or products, it’s an informal facilitated roundtable discussion that draws on collective learning and experience.

Find out more about this month’s Threads meetup and sign up for free.

Taunton Developers Meetup – Introduction to SharePoint Framework, Bristol, 10 August @ 6.30pm

About a year ago Microsoft announced a SharePoint Framework (SPFx) – a new way of development for SharePoint.

Now you can use your own machine with your favourite OS and just write the client-side web part. You don’t even need to have an O365 subscription or SharePoint on-premises, because you can test your code on localhost. Want to know more? Just come to this session and learn more.

Find out more about Taunton Developers Meetup and join for free.

ACCU Bristol – Summer Social, Three Brothers Burgers, Bristol, 16 August @ 7pm

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

They promote self-improvement for software practitioners. C++, Java, Agile, functional: whatever you’re interested in, its members are too.

Get involved in quality coding with ACCU by joining the Bristol meetup group.

Bristol Clojurians – Programming in the pub, Small Bar, Bristol, 23 August @ 6pm

‘Programming in the Pub’ is a chance to casually meet up with other Clojurians and talk about Clojure, Lisp, and code. You can bring some code in to work on, and ask other Clojurians for help.

Check out the Clojurian meetup and sign up to get involved with programming in the pub.

Develop Me Training – Custom Theme Development for WordPress, Floating Harbour Studios, Bristol, 24 August @ 9.30am – 5pm

WordPress is the world’s most widely used Content Management System and a great platform on which to build websites for yourself or for clients, whether it’s a blog, eCommerce shop or informational site.

This course will show you how to get started with your first WordPress site!

Register for your place at Develop Me’s WordPress workshop.

South West Cloud Meetup, Bristol, 2 August @ 6 – 9pm

If you are interested in IaaS (Amazon Web Services, Azure) or Paas (Heroku, OpenShift), if you love writing distributed software, build systems or are wiring up the fundamental infrastructure of the cloud this is the meetup for you!

The meetup will be covering topic from many providers and many technologies and would love you to join them – whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting to use the Cloud.

Join the South West Cloud meetup for free to RSVP to its meetups.


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