The Bristol Technology Festival 2022 is fast approaching, and with 70+ set to take place across the week, it’s getting hard to narrow down what events to attend.

There is a huge array of talks, workshops, conferences, and social events taking place over the festival, each with a different focus and purpose, so make sure to check out the full schedule for our five-day festival to see what’s on for you during the Purpose, Protect, People, Play and Pioneer days.

If your main objective is to meet some inspiring people, ignite some lasting connections, or find someone to collaborate with on your next project, we’ve hand-picked our top selection of events that provide the best space to get networking.

Tuesday 8:30-15:30 - Cyber Runway

Cyber Runway is the UK’s largest cybersecurity accelerator that’s being delivered by Plexal, Deloitte and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies and is backed by DCMS. As part of the Bristol and Bath Cyber Conference on Protect Day, Cyber Runway is hosting an event in Bristol to bring the community closer together.

Register to join them for networking, insights and a chance to hear from and connect with leading innovators from the ecosystem. You’ll also have access to the Keynote Session at Bristol and Bath CyberCon, being held in the same building on Tuesday.

Other Sessions Include:

  • Speed Networking
  • Founder Journeys Q&A
  • Business Ideas and Pivoting
  • Sales and Marketing – how to stand out in a crowded cybersecurity marketplace
  • Follow-up sessions with Bristol and Bath Cyber Community Manager
Register here

Wednesday 8:30-10:00 - How can we retain talent in the South West?

People Day partners, Ghyston, are hosting an interactive breakfast session, to discuss ideas on how we can tackle issues surrounding talent acquisition in the South West.

Finding and retaining good people is hard. Here in the South West, it is vital that we protect our talent pipeline to continue to build our reputation as a tech hub.

Come along to share your stories and experiences over a croissant and coffee!

Register here

Thursday 18:00-20:30 - Get Up, Startup!

SETsquared Bristol and Engine Shed are once again hosting their regular meetup for Bristol’s tech and innovation scene to get together over a fun packed evening of ideas, songs and refreshments.

You’ll have the opportunity to give a lightning pitch on anything from your current business to a new idea to take over the world… or just have the chance to wow the audience with your favourite karaoke number. Prizes will be on offer for people delivering the best combination of the two!

Sign up now to hear some great ideas and listen to some great renditions.

Register here

Friday 10:00-12:00 - Getting to Know Launch Space - the high-impact tech incubator

Come and talk to UWE Bristol about early-stage business incubation for your tech business. Find out more about the companies they’ve supported at Launch Space and hear first-hand from some of the latest entrepreneur success stories.

This free event is being hosted by the Launch Space Incubator Team at Future Space. Based within the University Enterprise Zone (UEZ), Launch Space has supported more than 110 early-stage businesses. These businesses have raised over £50m and created more than 160 new jobs.

Drop by to hear from the Launch Space Team about the incubation programme and support on offer. There will also be a chance to hear from recent members, The Greener Greens Co and Target Student, with open Q&A. You can also read more about Launch Space here.

Register here

Friday 12:00-13:30 - People, Place, Tech and beyond: Innovation in communities and cities

This free event is being hosted by the Bristol Innovators’ Group (BIG), in partnership with Future Space. The session will focus on how to make change happen in neighbourhoods, communities, and cities.

As of 2008, for the first time in human history on our planet, we have more people living in cities than rural areas. Sustainable urban living is a key challenge for our century, and this means residents working with city institutions.

BIG believes we must work together to support pioneering innovation and experimentation. They’ll discuss international and local examples of action that makes lives better for people living and working in neighbourhoods and cities.

Register here