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* Gapsquare: Hack the Pay Gap, Engine Shed, Bristol, 25 – 29 September

Hack the Pay Gap is the event that aims to utilise our expertise in technology to expedite this basic equality. If you’re a developer, designer or a data scientist, sign up and come along to embark on the 5-day-long hackathon from 25-29 September. It’s your chance to use your skills to help women and ethnic minorities get paid what they deserve.

If you don’t fancy hacking but still want to support the event, head along to the Engine Shed on 29 September and watch the participating teams present their projects.

Find out more about ‘Hack the pay gap’ and grab your tickets.

Crowdsauced: UX Testing Meetup, Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol, 5 September @ 6pm

Whether you’re attached to your mobile phone 24/7 or you barely know how to work a laptop – Crowdsauced want to hear from you. Join them to meet one-on-one with tech designers and developers from many different industries to test out their app ideas and make your voice heard.

If you have an app you want to test, you can contact them via the Crowdsauced website.

Join Crowdsauced for free to RSVP for the UX Testing Meetup.

Threads South West: Bridging the gap between sales, marketing & ops teams, Ashfords, Bristol, 6 September @ 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.


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.


New Data Protection Rules (GDPR): What You Need to Know, The Hive, Weston-Super-Mare, 12 September @ 12 – 2pm

This event is being brought to you as part of the Venturefest series with a Q&A panel session on Cyber Security and GDPR with a range of experts. The event, aimed at SMEs, will give you some practical take away tips to put into place.

Find out more about this Venturefest event, along with others this month on the Venturefest website.

Spark Streaming: Writing a machine learning streaming app with Spark 2.2, Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, Bristol, 12 September @ 7pm

Apache Spark South West is a group for users and people interested in Apache Spark. They are a diverse bunch of Data Engineers, Data Scientists and Machine Learning practitioners – as well as people curious about Apache Spark. Experienced users as well as complete novices are very welcome.

Find out more about Apache Spark South West and RSVP for free.

South West Founders, Watershed, Bristol, 13 September @ 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 September meetup.


Who will be the winners & losers in a future CAV world?, Engine Shed, Bristol, 14 September @ 9.30am – 12pm

A two-hour roundtable discussion on who will come out on top in the CAV world.

Will the consumer or the developers flourish? What will happen to insurers and how will the new cars be taxed? Are we approaching a world of reduced motoring costs for all?

Join representatives from the Flourish and Venturer projects as they help unravel the CAV tech world.

Sign up to the CAV event via Eventbrite to secure your place.

Bath:Hacked – Accessible Bath: Mapping Event #2, The Guildhall, Bath, 16 September @ 12pm

Bath:Hacked needs 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.

Business Breakfast: The Future of Work, Bath Function Rooms, Bath, 19 September @ 8 – 10am

A study by the McKinsey Global Institute predicted that, by 2025, robots could jeopardise between 40m and 75m jobs worldwide. As our working environment changes, the teams and people that make them will change beyond recognition.

Join Deep Blue Sky and Jane Ginnever, Founder and Director of Shift, to explore the impact of digital technology on our teams and the changes we need to make to our workspace and business structures to get the best results.

The Future of Work event is free to attend, simply register on Eventbrite.

Digital Diversity in a Smart City Environment, Osborne Clarke, Bristol, 20 September @ 8.30 – 11am

Join Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor of Bristol, Osborne Clarke and a panel of experts from business, academia and the tech industry for a wide ranging discussion on: the benefits of having a diverse workforce; how to improve diversity in start-ups; how the academic sector is addressing access and opportunities; how global companies address the issue and what lessons can be learned and how you can improve diversity legally in the UK.

Register for free to join the discussion on digital diversity.

Startups, the user-centered way, M Shed, Bristol, 21 September @ 9am – 2pm

Edo & Google Developers Launchpad proudly invite you to a unique day of learning and mentoring.

They’ve designed a packed programme to help startups and scale-ups live and breathe user-centred design and put their customer at the heart of everything they do.

Find out more about what Edo’s startup event will involve and register for your free ticket.

Digital Gaggle SEO Conference, Colston Hall, Bristol, 21 September @ 12 – 5pm

Digital Gaggle is the half-day conference for marketers who are looking to learn actionable tips from industry leaders in the digital marketing sector.

At this event, you’ll hear from five inspiring speakers on the topic of Search Marketing and SEO. They’re calling this conference, ‘For Your Eyes SEOnly’ because they can’t resist a good pun.

Join other marketers by grabbing a ticket for Digital Gaggle before they sell out!


Bristol and Bath Cyber Security Cluster, Bath Function Rooms, Bath, 26 September @ 5 – 8pm

The cluster is an informal network for cyber security professionals and welcomes attendees from SMEs, institutions, public sector, third sector and large organisations.

This meetup will welcome speakers Nigel Crowe and Mark Davis from the Department for International Trade and Jason Cromack – CEO of My Digital Life, along with an opportunity for lightening talks at the end.

Find out more about the Bristol & Bath Cyber Cluster and register for a free place at their September meet.

Enterprise Nation: Show me the money!, KPMG, Bristol, 27 September @ 6 – 8pm

Are you considering raising money but don’t know where to start? Wondering about the difference between a crowdfund and an angel? And how much equity should you offer to get the funds you need? Join Enterprise Nation at the KPMG offices in Bristol for this event and meet funders.

You’ll have the chance to talk to a whole host of crowd funders, loan providers, angel investors as well as getting advice from banking and accounting experts.

Register now to secure your place at ‘Show me the money!’

BCS Bristol – The Changing face of Computing Infrastructure, Unit DX, Bristol, 27 September @ 7 – 9pm

This talk is about Supercomputing, with three representatives on offer. Tony Ford (Cray), Professor Edgar Whitley (London School Economics (LSE)) and Simon Ponsford (CTO at YellowDog).

The talks will be based around technology infrastructure with Tony providing an insight into the scalability metrics that are important for supercomputer systems today and increasingly so for upcoming systems. Edgar will draw on his research to explore why companies might want to move to a cloud model of computing and highlight some of the challenges of managing the organisational transformation such a shift would involve and finally Simon will examine “How to render the latest blockbuster in an afternoon”.

Register to attend the ‘Changing Face of Computing Infrastructure’ talks night with BCS Bristol.

CFMS Towards an Advanced Digital Model for the Smart City, Bristol & Bath Science Park, Bristol, 28 September @ 9.45am – 12.15pm

Join CFMS at the Bristol & Bath Science Park for a series of talks from experts underpinning smart city transformation using the likes of new technology such as smart sensors, data analytics and data-centre scale computing.

Register for your free place at CFMS’s Smart City event.

Ladies that UX: Designing the future, Bristol, 28 September @ 6.30pm

This is a friendly group for ladies in the South West of England who are interested in User Experience (UX).

At this meetup, Nomensa’s Head of Design Sam Munton will be sharing her talk – ‘Designing the future: finding your compass in a hyper-connected world’ – ahead of UX conference Interact 2017.

Join Ladies that UX to RSVP at their September meetup.

*One to watch* Bah! Bristol Alexa Hackers

Keep an eye out for the brand new Bristol Alexa Group.

This is a group for anyone building for or interested in the new AI and assistant platforms. Although its initial focus will be on the Amazon’s Alexa platform, they’re welcoming to everyone – so if you want to talk about Google Assistant or Facebook Messenger Bots, join in!

Stay tuned to Bah! Bristol Alexa Hackers first meetup by joining the group for free.

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