March 2015 brings more techie fun and frolics for people in the South West.

CodeHub Bristol: Provisioning Vagrant

Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – 6:30pmMixRadio, Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

In this workshop you will learn about server virtualisation with virtual box and then you’ll be shown how to use Vagrant to create and configure virtual development environments. Don’t forget your laptop if you want to follow along with the code examples. You’ll also need to install Git, Virtualbox and Vagrant.

Bristech: Roja Buck, ‘Twelve Factor Applications’ & Phil Trelford, ‘F# for C# Developers’

Thursday 5th March 2015 – 7pmBristol Engine Shed, Stations Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

Head of engineering & platform architecture at JustEat, Roja Buck will be discussing all about twelve factor application. His talk will touch on each factor and review how it contributes towards a cohesive and compelling architecture.
After a successful first event, the group is back and better than ever! Entrepreneurs and those who are interested, can come along to talk through business ideas, challenges or anything else you feel is important.

BathSPARK: Coffee and Networking at the Hub

Thursday 5th March 2015 – 10:30amThe Guild Coworking Hub, High Street Bath, BA1 5EB

This meetup is a very informal place for techie folks to meet and have a coffee. Connect with other like-minded people, spark ideas and create valuable introductions.

Learn WordPress with Bath Girl Geeks

Thursday 5th March 2015 – 6:30pmUniversity of Bath Innovation Centre, Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UD

Oli Ward, founder of Develop me will be delivering a WordPress workshop for all you Girl Geeks. Please bring your laptops along as you’ll be doing some hands-on coding during the event!

Bristol Business Parents: Health & Well-being for Business

Monday 9th March 2015 – 10:45am

Having a business and family can be a tough and difficult thing to balance. Join other business parents for an educational and inspirational meeting with talks from Lucinda Button from Mamaspace and Claire Stone from Claire Stone Nutrition.

CodeHub Bristol: javaScript 101

Tuesday 10th March 2015 – 10amThe Big Chill, 15 Small Street, Bristol, BS1 1DE

If you’re looking for JavaScript enlightenment, then you need to pop along to this session. You’ll be working through Chapters 3 & 4 of Eloquent JavaScript and hearing all about a website project at Bristol Uni. An example project on GitHub will allow you to put everything into practice and there’ll be code challenges to work through on your own or as a pair programming exercise.

Bath Scrum User Group: Seb Rose & Andrew Fulluck guest speakers

Tuesday 10th March 2015 – 7pmBlue Speck Financial Officers, 10 Templeback, Bristol, BS1 6FL

Seb Rose will be talking about Behaviour Driven Development – where it came from and what it’s good for. He will also be dispelling some myths that have grown over the years.
The second talk will be from Andrew Fulluck (topic to be discussed).

Bristol Java Meetup: “Low latency scalable web crawling on Apache Storm” & “Modern Java Concurrency”

Tuesday 10th March 2015 – 6:30pmBrightpearl Office, New Bond House, Bristol, BS2 9AG

The first talk will be given by Julien from DigitalPebble, which will be able a project he’s working on called Storm-Crawler. It’s a collection of resources for building low-latency, large scale web crawlers on Apache Storm.
This will be followed shortly with a talk on ‘Modern Java Concurrency’ by Adam Retter. Expect topics such as Fork/Join, Actor model and Akka.

SWUX: “In bed with developers” talk

Tuesday 10th March 2015 – 7pmMixRadio, Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

Principle designer at MixRadio, Steve Murphy, will give the group the lowdown from a designers perspective on the swings and roundabouts of being embedded within an Agile development team.

Meanbee Hack Night

Wednesday 11th March 2015 – 6pmMeanbee, 30 Westgate Buildings, Bath, BA1 1EF

Come along and hangout at the Meanbee office! It’s an open invitation to developers and designers in Bath and Bristol to hang out and either work on their own or team up with others. Their hack nights are a great opportunity to try something new or make progress on your own projects.

Bristol WordPress People / PHPSW: WordPress Beyond The Wild West

Wednesday 11th March 2015 – 7pmBasekit Office, 4th Floor, The Pithay, Bristol, BS1 2ND

This month, the Bristol WordPress folk join forces with the PHPSW usergroup. You’ll get to hear about a number of exciting topics such as using Twig and Symfony forms in WordPress and how to integrate a blog into your framework app using trickery, Varnish & ESI.

umBristol Talks: March 2015

Thursday 12th March 2015Mentor Digital, Bristol, BS2 8NE

This month, Mentor Digital will be showcasing Web Blocks for Umbraci v7!

Bath Ruby User Group: Bath Ruby Conference 2015

Friday 13th March 2015 – 8:30amAssembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, BA1 2QH

The very first Bath Ruby Conference is here! It’s aimed at Ruby enthusiasts of all skill levels and you’ll get to hear from some of the best speakers in the Ruby community. One not to be missed. (Keep an eye out for Cookies’ very own!

“On the Nail”: Monthly freelancer meetup

Tuesday 17th March 2015 – 12pmSt Nicholas Market, All Saints Street, Bristol, BS1 1JQ

Grab some lunch and a hot drink and share your freelancing stories with other folk. Discuss ongoing projects, bounce ideas off fellow freelancers and get inspiration for the coming month.

CodeHub Bristol: Bristol Hack Night

Tuesday 17th March 2015 – 6pmMomentum Financial Technology office, 10 Temple Back, Bristol,

The third meetup for the CodeHub gang this month. There’s a new location for the casual social coding event which now includes table tennis, table football and plenty of food and drink. The hack night is where people can come together to work on projects and learn new technologies in any language at any skill level. Everyone’s welcome!

Bristol Open Source User Group

Wednesday 18th March 2015 – 7pm

It’s the group’s second talk night of the year. The first speaker has been confirmed as Adam Butler who will be chatting all things AngularJS.

Bristol Digital Analytics Meetup: First meetup!

Wednesday 18th March 2015 – 6pmTrue Digital, 1st Floor, Royal London Buildings, 42-46 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1PN

Meet like-minded analytics folks in Bristol to chat all about Google Tag Manager and how you can automate its setup. Listen, learn, mingle and drink beer. What more could you ask for?!

Wednesday 18th March 2015 – 7:30amBristol & Bath Science Park, Dirac Crescent, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7FR

Learn about all the predictions for new technical trends that’s in store for 2015, including drones, 3D printing and contactless payment technology. If you’re asking yourself how these will affect you or your business then this breakfast meetup is for you.

Bristol DevOps: Test-driven Infrastructure

Wednesday 18th March 2015 – 6:30pmBasekit Office, 4th Floor, The Pithay, Bristol, BS1 2ND

See how to create a fully-tested Chef cookbook that installs Varnish for caching your website. You’ll test your Varnish cookbook with Chefspec, Test Kitchen, Serverspec and create Cucumber tests to ensure everything is working as expected!

CodeHub Bristol: Provisioning Docker

Tuesday 24th March 2015 – 7pmMixRadio, Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

Yet another great meetup from CodeHub this March. Following on from Vagrant, this session will demonstrate working with Docker, a tool for building and deploying apps by packaging them into lightweight containers.

Bristol JS: Building OS X Apps with JavaScript

Wednesday 25th March 2015 – 7pmBaseKit Office, 4th Floor, The Pithay, Bristol, BS1 2ND

No details announced yet, but keep an eye out on the meetup page for more info!

SWmobile: Are mobile cross platform tools ready to take on native?

Tuesday 31st March 2015 – 6:30pm1 Glass Wharf, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS2 0ZX

Come along and hear others talk about their experiences working with cross mobile platform technologies. Learn about what worked for them, what was a nightmare and different perspective (from developer to project manager).

Accessible Bristol: Sensing Happiness – Understanding our Senses in our Environments

Tuesday 31st March 2015 – 7pmBristol Engine Shed, Stations Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol

Alastair Somerville of Acuity Design will be holding a great talk about ideas of inclusion in terms of designing places that do not create stress through sensory confusion or sensory load. Alastair will describe how any organisation can perform Sensory Audits, plan and train staff to enable to best possible experience for people, whatever their sensory needs.

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