So the summer is clearly over as we don the raincoats and umbrellas, but never fear, there’s plenty going on for you creative and techie types in the South West.

SWUX – Lean UX: Fact, Fiction or Fantasy?

Tuesday 2nd September – 7pm

Where: The Elephant public house, 20 St Nicholas Street, BS1 1UB

Come and learn about Lean User Experience from regular SWUXer and UX Director at Natural Interaction: Adam Beizsley-Pycroft.
This workshop will involve discussing the benefits and pitfalls of Lean UX, while learning some handy techniques and finding out whether it is applicable to real life.

Bristol Java meetup – Java integration platforms

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – 7pm

Where: Brightpearl office, First floor, New Bond House, Bond Street, Bristol, BS2 9AG

A number of talks have been organised for this meetup which include enterprise integration software, emerging technologies, Fabric 8, as well as the more established. Gareth Jones and Dan Cook will be speaking about Java 8 Streams and the Camel framework.

Bath Scrum User Group – Guest speaker Andy McCann

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – 7pm

Come along and listen to guest speaker Andy McCann share his motivation and insight into the minds of people in competitive situations or under stress where successful performance is essential. Watch him deliver key messages to the group and you might learn something very useful.

Bristech – Gamification, passwordless authentication / FIDO Alliance

Thursday 4th September 2014 – 7pm

Where: Engine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

This month Tom Kelly and David Luna will be joining the group to give two very interesting talks.
You’ll find out what Gamification involves, how it’s been used and explore the core concepts of games and why players keep playing. You’ll also learn how these ideas can be applied to other products and how they can even increase your own productivity!
There will also be a brief talk giving an introduction to the FIDO Alliance, a group who intend to bring advancements to the problems facing modern authentication.

SetSquared Workshop – Growing and organising your engineering team

Thursday 4th September 2014 – 10am

Where: Bristol SETsquared centre, Engine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

Highly interactive and collaborative, this workshop will address the skills needed by businesses in their early stages. The workshop is being run by Peter Cain of Anamosys. He has spent the last 15 years leading engineering teams within technology businesses, helping them to get organised, putting in place process, and developing the staff to enable them to scale and to grow.
Lunch is also included.

Bristol Business Leaders – Even better business and leadership in Bristol: Defining a great outcome

Monday 8th September – 8:30am

Where: Colston Office Centre, Centre gate, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4TR

The intention of this group is to create a source of valuable content and insight amongst business people with leadership agenda. As this is a new group, the first few meetings will focus on discussing future topics and ideas for the group. The aim is to make this meetup valuable for those in (or hoping to be in) a leadership role within a business.

SW data social

Tuesday 9th September 2014 – 7pm

Where: The Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

This group of interesting and knowledgeable people get together this month to talk some more about data technologies. Come along and meet some like-minded people and learn new things along the way!

SETsquared workshop: Directors responsibilities

Tuesday 9th September- 10am

*Where: Bristol SETsquared centre, Engine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

This interactive workshop will explore the different roles that founders of early stage businesses have to play. The workshop will be particularly useful to first-time directors as legal duties will be explained, along with ensuring that entrepreneurs have the knowledge and confidence to adopt good and positive governance in their business from the outset.


Wednesday 10th September 2014 – 6:30pm

Where: Room 2Q49, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, BS16 1QY

BristolDevNet welcomes Ian Cooper to Bristol give one of his awesome talks. The topic hasn’t been decided yet, but you can vote via the link above. The choices include ‘TDD – where did it all go wrong?’, ‘What can pipeline events do for you?’ and ‘Decoupling from ASP.NET – Hexagonal architectures in .NET’.

South West Founders Meetup

Wednesday 10th September 2014 – 7pm

This well organised group will allow you to meet and network with other entrepreneurial peers in Bristol and hopefully build some valuable relationships.

PHPSW – Design patterns

Wednesday 10th September 2014 – 7pm

Where: BaseKit Office (Bristol) 4th Floor, The Pithay, BS1 2ND

As PHPSW return to their normal slot of the second Wednesday of the month, September features a number of interesting talks about design patterns. Dan Ackroyd starts the meetup with discussing how Dependency injection makes code much better, followed by talks from Billie Thompson and Rob Allen on Event Sourcing design and organising models in an MVC application.

TechSpark – Techie brekkie: talent attraction

Thursday 11th September 2014 – 8:15am

Where: Engine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

This breakfast focuses on sharing tips and tricks about how to attract, recruit and retain the best people. Start-ups often have limited budgets and resources so it might be useful to attend this meetup and learn from others who have been through and are going through the same process. Spaces are sure to be limited, so sign up quickly!

Bristol DevOps – Social night

Thursday 11th September 2014 – 7pm

Where: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

It’s been a while since their last meet up, so Bristol DevOps have decided to get together before their next talk in October in the hope of discussing some topics and attracting some speakers for future events. It’s always nice to see some familiar and new faces!

CodeHub Bristol – Javascript 1 day workshop

Saturday 13th September 2014 – 9:30am

Where: Bristol YHA, 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Following on from last year’s excellent JS workshop by BristolJS – CodeHub Bristol plan to do something similar for a day. Topics confirmed so far range from refactoring, state machines for complex UIs, restful APIs and mapping.

SWMobile – What makes a good/bad API?

Monday 15th September 2014 – 7pm

Bath is the location of this month’s meetup which focuses on APIs: how to design, develop, document and consume them. The talk will feature discussions around some of the common ways that RESTful APIs can be consumed by your mobile app and the group will share their experiences with building a cross-platform API.
Afterwards will involve a trip to the pub to chat some more about APIs, SDKs and anything else that interests you.

Bristol & area Software CTA meetup

Wednesday 17th September 2014 – 7pm

Where: The Three Tuns, 78 Saint George’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5UR

This meetup which is hosted every 2 months for those who are senior technologists in software companies. It’s a light-hearted chat at the pub with those in similar positions to share problems and solutions and discuss any other relevant topics.

Bristol Salesforce Developer group – Enterprice design patters & salesforce dev quiz

Wednesday 17th September 2014 – 6pm

Where: The Elephant, 20 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1UB

This meetup will focus on design patterns and will allow attendees to discuss the best architecture options available when building Salesforce Enterprise solutions. As a bonus, the group will host a special one-off pub quiz on all things Salesforce development, with plenty of prizes up for grabs.

Bath Hacked – Air quality hack

Saturday 20th September 2014 – 9am

Where: The Guild Coworking Hub, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB

The BANES air quality team are in need of a visualisation to make sense of air quality data to the general public.
This one day hack means that those who come along will get a great workspace, awesome connectivity and access to tea, coffee and beer to encourage ideas and productivity.
At the end of it all, prizes will be awarded and the overall winner will have their work adopted for use on the BANES website.

Bristol Open Source User Group

Monday 22nd September 2014 – 7pm

Where: The Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

This will be the first gathering for this group and will include members getting together and discuss ideas for the future of the group over a beer or two. It will be a nice informal chat to find out what everyone would like from the group and to contribute any suggestions.

BristolJS – Javascript for accessible websites

Wednesday 24th September 2014 – 7pm

This group is very popular for the technical folk in Bristol and this month’s talk is bound to be just as successful: Javascript for accessible websites. Watch this space for the confirmed speaker(s)!

Pathways to Grow – A guide to the resources available to help young businesses grow

Wednesday 24th September 2014 – 1pm

Where: Spike Design, Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6UX

If you’re a company or freelancer in the creative industry, then this free lunchtime event might be right up your street! It’s designed to introduce those like yourselves to some of the key ways that they can grow their businesses through co-development, co-production and some of the soft forms of finance available to the sector.

Bristol Ruby User Group

Thursday 25th September 2014 – 7pm

Where: CookiesHQ, Loft 3 The Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1TF

Back with a bang, the monthly BRUG has a brand new organiser (that’s not to say we’ve seen the back of Nicolas Apli!) If you have even a slight interest in Ruby, then RSVP and make some friends and connections in the process.

Cahootify Production Project Network – Talk about making projects happen

Thursday 25th September 2014 – 6pm

Where: The Elephant, 20 St Nicholas Street, BS1 1UB

This group is for people who are, or aspire to be, production industry independent professionals interested in developing collaborative projects with each other. Meet, drink, network and make projects happen! Director and lighting cameraman Paul Dudbridge will start the meetup with a talk on how to form and manage great teams.

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