A new year marks the start of healthy eating, more trips to the gym, and brand new meetups / events! Make your new year’s resolution to pop down to some of them to learn new things and meet some like-minded people.

Bristech: “Share all the Things” – James Phillpotts, “No REST for the Whippet” – Tom Spencer

Thursday 7th January 2016 – 7pmEngine Shed, Temple Meads, Stations Approach, Bristol, BS1 6QH

“Share All The Things” – James Phillpotts
When OAuth came along, it gave us an easy way to allow a user to authorize one application to act as us on another application. And lo and behold, a never-ending list of demo applications using the Twitter API were born. But still, you could only allow your application to use your user’s access to the protected application as themselves. What about when you want a user to grant a different user the ability to access their resources – like Google Docs?
User Managed Access is a new profile of OAuth 2 that extends the 2-application, 1 user standard to 3 applications and two users. Join James, Alice and Bob to find out how you can add this to your applications right now.
“No REST For the Whippet” – Tom Spencer
After years of fiddling around with RPCs and SOAP, RESTful APIs have won out to become the defacto standard for data exchange on the web. In this talk, Tom describes his process for designing such an API. After discussing the benefits of RESTful design, you’ll continue with basic CRUD, authentication, error handling and more advanced actions. All using dogs as examples!

Bristol Salesforce Developer Group: January Trailhead Smash

Thursday 7th January 2016 – 6:30pmDesynit Offices, City Point, Temple Gate, Bristol, BS1 6PL

Like pizza, like prizes and like Trailhead? Then this night is for you.On Thursday 7th January the Bristol Salesforce Developer Group will be holding another Trailhead special night. If you are stuck on a module, need an incentive to progress or just want to earn all the badges, head on over to the City Point building opposite Temple Meads station for the January meetup.

F# |> Bristol: “Crunching through big data with MBrace, Azure & F#” – Mathias Brandewinder

Tuesday 12th January 2016 – 6:30pmJUST EAT, 2nd Floor Broad Quay House, Prince Street, BS1 4DJ

For data exploration and rapid prototyping, the productivity of an interactive scripting environment is hard to beat: simply grab data, run code, and iterate based on immediate feedback. However, that story starts to break down when the data you have to process is big, or the computations expensive. Your local machine becomes the bottleneck, and you are left with a slow and unresponsive environment.
In this talk, Mathias Brandewinder will introduce MBrace, an open-source and free engine for scalable cloud programming. Using the MBrace programming model, you can keep working in your beloved familiar scripting environment, and easily execute C# or F# code on a cluster of machines on Azure. You will focus primarily on live demos, provisioning an Azure cluster, and analyzing large datasets in a distributed fashion; in particular, you’ll discuss how this setup is relevant to data science and machine learning.

SWUX: Co-design – Group therapy to bridge the client-user gap

Tuesday 12th January 2016 – 6:45pmcxpartners, 2 College Square, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5HL

It’s no surprise that observing users interacting with digital products can be eye-opening for designers, product owners and C-level chaps. However, empathising behind a one-way mirror is limited comparing to an environment set up for collaboration and creativity. Getting users and client stakeholders in the same room entails risks but can be a very valuable tool to have in your UX toolbox.
In this talk, Stavros Garzonis will discuss his experiences and offer practical tips about planning and facilitating co-design workshops, where clients and users get together to co-create.

PHPSW: Profiling and Benchmarking

Wednesday 13th January 2016 – 6:30pmMixRadio, Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine STreet, Bristol, BS1 2PH

“Profiling your PHP application”Michael Heap
So, you’ve been through and changed all your double quotes to single quotes but your application still isn’t running at the speed of light. What’s going on?
Making an application scale is generally seen as something that only the most magical of developers can do, but it’s easy once you have the correct tools. Fortunately, these tools are freely available online! In this talk, you’ll take a look at a few options that are available to work out what your application is actually doing, help identify bottlenecks and fix them so that you can move on to the more important part of the project: delivering features.
“Benchmarking in PHP & PHPBench”Daniel Leech
In this talk Daniel will introduce benchmarking as it applies to PHP, discuss when it can be used and present a tool with which to do it, PHPBench.

Bristol eLearning technologies – Fringe eLearning Technologies

Wednesday 13th January 2016 – 6:30pmThe King William, 20 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF

This meetup will be an informal chat about using fringe technologies and solutions for eLearning, such as virtual reality, branching video, physical props etc.

BathSPARK: Techie Brekkie – Freelancer finances, what you need to know

Thursday 14th January 2016 – 8:30amBath Innovation Centre, Carpenter House, Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UB

Do phrases like: “End of your year tax”, “VAT return”, “Tax deductions”, and so on leave you with a mild sense of panic or dread? Do you know the intricacies of the taxes you need to be thinking about as you approach tax return deadlines?
This breakfast workshop has been designed to help freelance designers and developers get to grips with their finances. Join Emily and Matt from Freeagent for a cuppa as they share practical tips you can start using straight away. Matt will talk you through a freelancer’s most common challenges with invoicing, collecting and chasing payments and keeping track of expenses – and Emily will update you on the changing terrain of freelancer tax.

Bristol Entrepreneurs & Opportunity Seekers: An evening of networking & talks

Monday 18th January 2016 – 7pmLlandoger Trow, King Street , Old City, Bristol, BS1 4ER

This meetup will give people an opportunity to present their business, project or ideas and get some feedback – but an audience is needed too so please come along to meet your fellow entrepreneurs or to offer support and advise to others. Presentations will be fast-paced at only 3-4 minutes long, followed by a short Q&A brainstorming session.

Bristol Programming Languages: Fortran

Wednesday 20th January 2016 – 6:30pmMixRadio, Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine STreet, Bristol, BS1 2PH

The first meetup will focus on one of the earliest general purpose programming languages, Fortran – which will be 60 years old next year. The talk will last for 30 to 45 minutes and will then be followed by a couple of hours to try writing some Fortran – either in groups or by yourself. You can grab a Vagrantfile to setup a VM with a Fortran compiler installed here.

OWASP Bristol: January Meetup

Thursday 21st January 2016 – 7pmJUST EAT, 2nd Floor Broad Quay House, Prince Street, BS1 4DJ

“Don’t Panic! Maintain Security in Continuous Deployments” – Chris Dare
Continuous deployment may seem intimidating to the information security professional – there’s no way most security teams have the scale to approve each release. Chris Dare will show how you continuous deployment can be a benefit to security, and how changes to process as well as tooling can ensure risk is kept at an acceptable level.
“New Adventures in Security Testing” – Dan Billing
In Dan’s words, being a tester is as much about learning new skills and ways of working as it is creating great products and services for customers as part of a great development team. After more than ten years as a tester, he’s going to talk about how security testing has reinvigorated his love for testing by introducing him to new ideas, techniques and possibilities. He’ll also demonstrate how he approaches security testing , making what appears to be a dark art much more accessible for testers who aren’t penetration testing experts.

Bristol JS: NativeScript

Wednesday 27th January 2016 – 6:45pmcxpartners, 2 College Square, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5HL

NativeScript is an OpenSource framework that lets you use JavaScript to build native mobile applications utilising platform specific, native API calls. It supports iOS, Android, and soon Windows Universal. In this talk, you will learn how to build a native mobile app with just a bit of JavaScript and XML.

.NET: “What I’ve learned from 220 million breached records” – Troy Hunt

Wednesday 27th January 2016 – 6:30pmJUST EAT, 2nd Floor Broad Quay House, Prince Street, BS1 4DJ

We can learn a huge amount about security by reviewing the failures of those who have come before us. In maintaining the data breach notification service “Have I been pwned?”, Troy Hunt has dealt with literally hundreds of millions of breached records over time and have seen some fascinating things. In this talk you’ll look at the patterns organisations who suffered data breaches were using, the types of data that were exposed and the things they could have done to protect themselves from malicious attacks.

Talend community user group Bristol & SW

Thursday 28th January 2016 – 6pm

This event will also feature a ‘Learning zone’ so you can come along and build your own Talend jobs using the Talend 6 sandbox. Come and have a go. January’s meetup will be focusing on customer insight and merging source systems to get that illusive 360 picture of customer interaction. You can also look at shopping cart abandonment and how Talend 6 is addressing that.

Smart Success Business Network of Bristol – Networking party

Thursday 28th January 2016 – 6pmHighbury Vaults, St Michael’s Hill, Bristol, BS2 8DE

Mix and mingle with new friends in the Bristol business community in a relaxed environment. This is a great opportunity to meet business savvy individuals in your area to network, learn and connect as you build your reputation in your industry. It is also a powerful way to grow your business and referral network

Apache Spark South West: Building your first Spark Streaming Application

Thursday 28th January 2016 – 7pmThe Westgate Pub, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

A brand new meetup for 2016! The first event – building your first Spark Streaming Application – is for those who are about to use Spark Streaming or are wishing to try it out. By the end of the evening you should have the knowledge, code and network to help you build your first prototype or application. You will be using Apache Kafka as a streaming source, and process and output to db using Spark Streaming.

Bristol Games Hub Global Game Jam

Friday 29th – 31st January 2016 – 4pmcxpartners, 2 College Square, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5HL

Come together, be creative, share experiences and express yourself in a multitude of ways using video games
Cveryone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.
The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.

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