Tis the season to be jolly! Keep the festivities flowing by attending some of the great meetups before the year ends.

SWUX (and BUG):’Christmas thing’

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 – 7pm

Where: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

This month SWUX are teaming up with Bristol Usability Group for Christmas drinks in the Arnolfini.
Expect some yummy food and silly games to celebrate the festive season!

CodeHub Bristol: Hack Night

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 – 7pm

Where: Engine Shed, Stations Approach, Temple Meads, BS1 6QH

The last hack night of the year will be filled with friendly developers, giving them the opportunity to work on projects, learn and share ideas with others.

It’s a great time to work on those projects on the “back burner” or learn something new altogether. Anyone is welcome: some may be experts in their technological field and others maybe newbies.

Food and drinks are provided! Bring you laptop.

Engine Shed festive drinks

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – 5:30pm

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

This event marks the one year anniversary of the Engine Shed launch and to reflect on the year’s success. Expect mulled cider, wine and sweet festive canapé reception.

CodeHub Bristol: December meetup

Thursday 4th December 2014 – 7pm

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

Come along and share what kind of projects you work on and what dev environment/tools you use. It’s like a dev “Show and Tell”!

Currently lined up is Adam Butler to talk about everything Open-source and Andrew Nesbitt with 24 Pull Requests

Bristech: Microservices & web components, and Danabox & PaaS

Thursday 4th December 2014 – 7pm

Where: Engine Shed, Stations Approach, Temple Meads, BS1 6QH

Tim Perry talks us through what microservices and web components really are, and examine how you would build full-stack Node.JS application using both of them.

Full-stack web developer Thomas Buckley-Houston asks what if Google was funded in the same way as Wikipedia? He’ll take a technical look at the Platform as a Service paradigm to see how it handles large scale traffic.

Bristol Open Source User Group: ‘Open source it now! & WordPress as a platform’

Monday 8th December 2014 – 7pm

Bristol Open Source User Group have a a great few talks lined up for the final meetup of 2014.
Adam Butler speaks for the 2nd time this month about Open Source. So if you missed him the first time round, catch him here!

This will be followed by Tim Stephenson letting us know about what’s new in WordPress, recapping recent announcements at Wold Camp San Francisco.

There’s plenty of time for questions and discussions and also the opportunity for a few Christmas drinks afterwards at the Colston Yard.

Bath Scrum User Group: Christmas Pub Quiz

Tuesday 9th December 2014 – 7pm

Where: The Ram, 20 Claverton Street, Bath, BA2 4LD

Jump straight into the Christmas spirit with a good ol’ pub quiz with some other Scrum folks! There will be some great prizes too!

SWmobile: Christmas drinks

Tuesday 9th December 2014 – 7:30pm

Where: Knights Templar, Temple Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6DG

Time to be merry and enjoy some drinks while you chat all things mobile with other enthusiasts!

The Idea Machine: Open mic night – VC mock interview and perfect your pitch

Tuesday 9th December 2014 – 6:30pm

Where: Toto’s Wine Bar, 125 Redcliffe Street, Bristol, BS1 6HU

As a startup, you’re going to need to persuade people to use your product or service. You’ve got a finite amount of time to do it and you have to get customer/investor attention fast. In this meetup, everyone will have the opportunity to test out their 30 second pitch with some time for feedback and review.

Part 2 will allow attendees to take part in a “mock interview” where they can experiment with your message in a low-risk environment.

Bristol Java meetup: Building data pipelines

Tuesday 9th December 2014 – 7pm

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

This month features talks on big data pipelines and frameworks, along with components for building data platforms.

Nick Moore will be first up to give a talk on data analysis with Hadoop/Pig.

The second talk will include what a data pipeline is, key properties and building them with Ruby, Javascript and Java.
Other options include Storm, Apache Falcon and Dispel4Py.

Tech Talks #12

Wednesday 10th December 2014 – 3:30pm

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

Technology enthusiasts SpiderGroup aim to connect people in Bristol through technology and business themed events, which educate and inspire. Speakers include Penny Cox (Director at Martrain), Andrew Farmer (Founder of MyOxygen) and Simon McCalla (Chief Technology Office at Nominet).

PHPSW: PHPub quiz

Wednesday 10th December 2014 – 7pm

Where: Smoke and mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol, BS1 5DQ

PHPSW are rounding off the year with something a little bit different – a tech-themed pub quiz to celebrate how they’ve redefined PHPSW in 2014!
Questions will be tech-related, with a fun twist, there’ll be a bar tab and food courtesy of Github, along with a bunch of great prizes.

UmBristol social: Christmas drinks

Thursday 11th December 2014 – 6pm

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

Festive food and drink and plenty of Umbraco chat, around the Bristol Harbourside.

Innovate UK: Creative and Digital Industries meetup Bristol

Thursday 11th December 2014 – 12pm

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

This event is a show and tell – local companies are invited to meet the Innovate UK team. There will be some useful presentations on how they can help companies to access their funding and support present.

The Guild presents…Designers meetup

Thursday 11th December 2014 – 12pm

Where: The Guild, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

A new fun and relaxed networking group aimed at designers – print, digital, web and designs. There is no formalities, just turn up and share work, talk about software or just come along to meet other professionals in your area. Mince pies and hot drinks included!

TechSPARK – Techie Brekkie: Sweat equity, the risks and rewards

Thursday 11th December 2014 – 8:15am

Where: Engine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads

“Sweat equity is a party’s contribution to a project in the form of effort, as opposed to financial equity, which is a contribution in the form of capital.” (Wiki)

So many questions that surround this topic, whether you’re looking to join a company in this capacity, or you are seeking someone to help you with your business – come along and discuss at the final Brekkie of 2014.

Bath Ruby User Group – Christmas social

Friday 12th December 2014 – 7pm

Where: The Raven, Queen Street, Bath, BA1 1HE

An informal get together so the Ruby folk can wish each other a Merry Christmas and talk about ideas for next year.

“On the Nail” – Monthly freelancer meetup

Tuesday 16th December 2014 – 12pm

Where: St Nicholas Market, The Exchange, Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1JQ

On the back of National Freelancers Day, this group is a general gathering for Freelancers to have lunch and discuss ongoing projects, bounce ideas off each other and get inspiration for the coming months.

BristolJS – 24 pull back requests hack-a-thon

Tuesday 16th December 2014 – 7pm

Where: Simpleweb HQ, Unit G, Albion Dockside Building, Hanover Place, Bristol, BS2 6UT

24 pull requests is all about giving back to open source for Christmas. Come along put in a pull-request or two, chat and enjoy some beers courtesy of their sponsor.

Bristol Girl Geek Christmas

Wednesday 17th December 2014 – 7pm

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

This December event is a more informal meetup giving girl geeks the opportunity to catch up and have a few drinks! Come along and discuss the exciting new things this group have lined up for the new year.

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