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

Sponsored by SETsquared Bristol, Hi-Tech Incubator.

*Featured Event* TechSPARK: Entrepreneurship – how to scale up, Entrepreneurial Spark, Bristol, 16 November @ 8am

Scaling a startup can be hard! How do you find the right talent? Connect the right investors? Maintain a culture?

Maybe you’ve recently started your next steps for growth, are about to take the step, or are just interested to find out how others have got on.

Due to popular demand, we have decided to revisit this tried and tested brekkie with our good friends at Entrepreneurial Spark.  It’s the perfect opportunity for you to take a peek into the minds of three amazing Bristol-based businesses.

Discover how they managed to grow successfully, find the right support and funding, and what advice they have for others thinking of taking the same journey.

Find out more about this upcoming entrepreneurship brekkie and sign up for free via the TechSPARK meetup group.

Threads: GDPR – How do you appraise your staff and deal with poor performance?, Ashfords, Bristol, 1 November @ 6.30PM

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.

Join Threads this month to discuss performance management – an important and potentially tricky area of managing your people positively.


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.

Bristol Shopify Developers Meetup, Bristol, 2 November @ 7 – 9pm

Bristol Shopify is a group for both Shopify developers and merchants. A place to learn from others and to share your own experiences.

Join them for their very first meetup, a couple of short talks and some delicious pizza.

RSVP for your free place at the Bristol Shopify Developers Meetup here.

Rooster Talks – Digital Marketing: Beyond Telling Your Story, Glove Factory Studios, Holt (near Bath), 3 November @ 8 – 9am

A successful website doesn’t sit in isolation. It’s part of a marketing strategy, carefully targeted to a well-understood audience. There are many aspects to consider, some more appropriate than others.

In this talk, Boson Web will share insights to help you choose the most appropriate media for your business.

RSVP via Eventbrite to secure your place at this month’s Rooster Talk on digital marketing.

Lecture: The Science of Seeing Differently, University of Bristol, Bristol, 3 November @ 6 – 9.30pm

In this lecture, ‘The Science of Seeing Differently’, Dr Beau Lotto will reveal the startling truths about the brain and its perceptions by showing through unique real-world ‘experiential-experiments’ that perception is the foundation of human experience.

Find out more about this lecture and RSVP for free to attend via Eventbrite.

Bristol TechFin 2017: Expanding horizons, The Watershed, Bristol, 7 November @ 10AM – 5PM

Bristol TechFin is a one-day event for leaders in technology and finance to explore alternative futures. Featuring panel discussions with audience participation, each panel will address a key aspect of TechFin starting with immediate challenges and moving further into the future.

Check out the full schedule for Bristol TechFin 2017 and purchase your tickets via the HBB website.

Start Something: From Benchtop to Business, UnitDX, Bristol, 7 November @ 5pm

Start Something aims to introduce and encourage postgraduates to consider entrepreneurship as an alternative career path to research, and introduce them to a network of professionals that can help them on their journey.

For the professional community Start Something offers the opportunity to meet and engage with entrepreneurially minded individuals seeking to create the high growth businesses of the future.

Find out more about how to get involved in Start Something and sign-up for the first event in the series for free.

Bristol and Bath ChatBots and AI Group, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol, 8 November @ 6.30 – 9pm

A free meetup primarily aimed at engineers and developers interested in the chatbot and artificial intelligence space.

The meetup says its objectives are to give a full stack view of what can and can’t be done, when it can be done and what the implications are for all interested parties.

Sign up to the Bristol and Bath ChatBots and AI group and RSVP to attend the next meetup.

Digimakers, We The Curious (At-Bristol), Bristol, 11 November @ 10.30am – 4.30pm

Digimakers is a series of free hands-on workshops for children (aged 7-18), parents and educators interested in being creative with electronics and computing.

RSVP for free to confirm your place at the next Digimakers session in Bristol.


Vision, University of Bristol Students’ Union, Bristol, 14 November @ 8.30am – 9pm

Vision exists to open your mind to new ideas and ways of thinking, compelling you to challenge conventions and gain a deeper understanding into how others are thinking.

With a choice of eighteen speakers and keynotes throughout the day you can indulge in a feast of ideas and creativity from global thought leaders and visionaries which can shape the way you do business in our rapidly changing world.

Find out more about Vision Conference and book your tickets via the Bristol Media website.

Data Science Festival, Just Eat, Bristol, 14 November @ 6pm

The focus of this meetup group is to provide free monthly community data events, leading towards the Data Science Festival in April 2018.

Join this month’s meetup in partnership with Just Eat for an evening of great presentations including Dr Ram Mohan on ‘Machine learning for efficient food delivery’ and more to be announced soon.

Sign up to the Data Science Festival Bristol meetup to RSVP for this November’s talks evening.

South West Founders, Watershed, Bristol, 15 November @ 7 – 10pm

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 November meetup.

Bath JS: Let’s build a blockchain, Bath, 15 November @ 6 – 8pm

Blockchain has been more widely known for its use in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies but the underlying technology can be used for a lot more than just in currency. The latest ideas range from managing music and composer details to tracking the design process.

Bath JS wants to explore this technology by building something simple over a few evening sessions where it tracks the ownership in a secure and effective way.

Get involved in BathJS’ blockchain hack for free by joining the meetup group.

Women’s Tech Hub: Free Three Friday, DeskLodge, Bristol, 17 November @ 

Women’s Tech Hub Bristol meets every Friday morning at Desklodge Bristol for a session of free coworking. So if you are a woman working in the tech industry, or are interested in working in tech, go and join them.

Find out more about Women’s Tech Hub Bristol and RSVP to attend Free Three Friday.

Airbus DiPaRT, Bristol and Bath Science Park, Bristol, 20 – 22 November

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) will be hosting the eighth Airbus Flight Physics Distributed Research & Technology Partnership (DiPaRT) event at Bristol and Bath Science Park.

This popular annual gathering will see in excess of 130 delegates from Airbus and the UK Flight Physics R&T community gather together between the 20 and 22 November 2017.

Find out more about DiPaRT and register for your place on the CFMS website.

SETsquared Workshop: Organisational Culture & Transformation, Engine Shed, Bristol, 19 October @ 6 – 8.30pm

There’s so much talk about values and culture in business and the need to transform organisations to create better places to work – to become more human.

Graham Massey, who’ll be leading this workshop, is the co-founder of The House, a brand leadership consultancy that helps business leaders solve some of the world’s biggest problems through storytelling, strategy, culture and communication.

Read more about what you could learn at this SETsquared workshop and grab yourself a ticket.

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OWASP Bristol, Bristol, 23 November @ 7pm

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a not-for-profit, worldwide organisation focused on improving the security of application software.

The OWASP Bristol chapter typically meets on the third Thursday every two months for great security-related talks and networking.

Join in with OWASP Bristol this November by RSVPing on the meetup group.

South West Data: Innovation in Streaming – what’s all the excitement about?, Scott Logic, Bristol, 27 November @ 7pm

Apache Samza, Apex, Storm, Spark, Kafka, Flink, Flume, Gearpump, Amazon Kinesis, Google Cloudflow – what is going on, and why is everyone getting excited about innovation in streaming?

In this talk, Andrew Carr will compare the current new technologies in streaming, what innovation is happening and why now may be the time to jump on the streaming bandwagon.

Grab your free place at this talk on Innovation in Streaming by joining the South West Data meetup group.

Big Data Bristol Evening Session, Just Eat, Bristol, 28 November @ 5.30pm

Big Data Bristol is a meetup group for people interested in the practical applications of big data and related technologies, beyond the hype and marketing blurb. They aim to provide an open, friendly environment in which everyone can participate, learn and share their knowledge and experience.

Join the group this November for its first talks night where they will be joined by John Sandall for his talk entitled ‘Big Data 101: Volume, velocity and variety for the uninitiated’.

Get to know the Big Data Bristol group by joining them on meetup and signing up to their November evening session.

SWmobile: Cross platforms – new kids on the block, Entrepreneurial Spark, Bristol, 28 November @ 6.30pm

SWmobile is mobile-focused tech group based in the South West of England. Join them this month for their annual look into the world of cross-platform solutions for mobile apps.

They’re going to look at some of the new kids on the block as well as getting some commentary from the trenches of using cross-platform in the real world.

Find out more about SWmobile and RSVP to join in with this month’s meetup on cross platforms.

umBristol Talks Night, Gibe Digital, Bristol, 29 November @ 6.30pm

umBristol is a group for Umbraco users meeting for socials and talk nights. This month they will be joined by speakers Lee Kelleher Callum Whyte in addition to a panel Q&A.

RSVP for free to umBristol to get involved in its November talks night.

*One to watch* DevSecOps: Security as Code

This brand new group is hosting its first meetup on 29 November with aims to help developers build their projects securely.

Proposed topics of discussion include container security, application delivery pipeline, threat modelling, red teaming/ crowdsourced vulnerability testing and optimised security testing.

Sign up to DevSecOps for free to RSVP to its first ever 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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