Ho Ho Ho! Winter is upon us. I’m sure you’ve all had a busy year clicking, coding and learning. Check out all the festivities for December and squeeze in a few more socials before 2016

Bristol WordPress People: Help! I need a help tab and WP i18n & l10n*

Tuesday 1st December 2015 – 6:30pmFamous Royal Navy Volunteer, 17-18 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF

It’s the last WordPress meetup before the new year, with two talks from regular speakers Michael and Simon. They’ll cover two ways to help make your theme/plugin work for everyone of all skill levels.
Michael Burridge will be speaking about how you can ensure that your theme/plugin can be used by people of other cultures and by speakers of other languages.
The next talk will be by Simon Pollard. It will be about adding help text to your theme/plugin in the WordPress drop down help menu and looking into notification boxes for useful feedback to your users.

.NET Bristol: FlingOS™ – Using C# for an operating system

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – 7pmRoom 1.68, Queens Building, University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TR

In this talk Edward Nutting explains why he chose C# for FlingOS; and how it can be more effective for teaching than traditional approaches. He’ll walk you through some of the code, including bits about the compiler, debugger and main kernel.

The Bristol Business Brainstorm

Wednesday 2nd December – 7pmHalo, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8BA

This meetup is aimed at providing a social, interesting and potentially productive evening. Entrepreneurs get together and talk through business ideas, challenges or other related teopics. Develop a refreshing perspective, gain some valuable insight and get inspired.

Bristol Data Scientists

Thursday 3rd December 2015 – 6pmThe Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

The meeting will be an informal event aimed at the promotion of and shared learning around Data Science and will consist of a few short presentations followed by networking time over a drink. Talks include “What is a data scientist” and “Reproducible environments for analysis”.

Bristol Salesforce Platform Developer User Group: Christmas Pub Quiz

Thursday 3rd December 2015 – 6pmThe Stag & Hound, Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EJ

For the last meetup of the year it’s time to let your hair down and get into the festive spirit with a special, salesforce themed Christmas pub quiz! Teams will compete for points through answering force themed questions and completing cloud challenges. At the end the team with the highest number of points will receive a special prize! Who knows, there may even be a LIGHTNING ROUND! Come join your fellow Dev for a night of festive fun, top trivia and chatter.

Bath Ruby User Group: Hangout

Thursday 3rd December 2015 – 6:30pmPicnic Coffee, 9 Saracen Street, Bath, BA1 5BR

Bath Ruby Hangouts are bi-weekly, agenda-free get togethers in Picnic Coffee shop, bring your laptop and pair on a problem you’ve been having or just come along to chat about Ruby, Rails or anything really with other local ruby people. There’s everything you need for a relaxed evening with some very good teas, coffees, beers and cakes.

Bristech: “The Joy of Six” and “Avoiding the UK IoT Disaster”

Thursday 3rd December 2015The Famous Royal Navy Voluntee, 17-18 Kings Street, Old City, Bristol, BS1 4EF

Discover the Joy of Six! Passionate programmers have discovered how coding in Perl Six can be playful, imaginative, pleasurable and exhilarating. This talk includes tasteful illustrations for curious monoglot and polyglot programmers alike.

Afterwards, you’ll be shown how to avoid the UK IoT disaster. The Internet of Things is a growing phenomenon across the globe, with companies such as Imagination Technologies placing big bets on it becoming “the next big thing”. But while IoT is growing, the UK’s supply of appropriate developers is shrinking.

Come along and discuss the significant problems arising from IoT that are facing UK industry and, more crucially, education. Look at some of the potential impacts of these and what will be required to avoid them.

Bristol Digital Analytics: DataDive – Data Hackathon in Bristol

Friday 4th December 2015 – 7pmEngine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

Signup here before the FREE tickets run out!
The first evening will involve presentations from the invited charities followed immediately by a party to get everyone well mixed. This will give all of the participants a chance to meet each other and begin discussing projects with the organisation representatives and think about which project they want to spend the weekend working on.
On the Saturday, DataDivers will choose which organisation they’d like to work with and form teams around their individual project questions. Each organisation will have Data Ambassadors assigned to them who will help advise on and manage the projects throughout the day.
The final day will give you the chance to show the charities what you have done with their data. These presentations can be single or group work, but they can be no longer than 10 minutes each.
The Github repository can be found [here](https://github.com/DataKind-UK). You’re not obliged to stay the entire weekend to participate in the event. Neither do you have to work with the same organisation for the whole weekend. You should bring your own laptop and come ready to use whatever data tools you like. Have fun!

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

Monday 7th December – 7pmLlandoger Trow, King Street, Old City, Bristol, BS1 4ER

This meetup will give you the opportunity to present their business, project or ideas and get some feedback. If you’re not one for public speaking, be sure to pop along to meet your fellow entrepreneurs or to offer support and advise to others. Presentations will be 3-4 minutes long and followed by a short Q&A / brainstorming session.

SWUX: Christmas Social

Tuesday 8th December 2015 – 6pmBrewdog Bristol, 58 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1QW

SWUX and Bristol Usability Group (BUG) are having a joint Christmas social again this year. It will be kept simple – there’ll be some drinks and snacks in Brewdog and a bit of money behind the bar. There might be the odd UX themed table game… maybe.

TechSPARK: Merry Christmas Mixer

Tuesday 8th December 2015 – 6pmThe Famous Royal Navy Voluntee, 17-18 Kings Street, Old City, Bristol, BS1 4EF

Time to dust off your Christmas jumper and get ready for some techie cheer! The TechSPARK Christmas mixer will offer the perfect environment to meet and mix with talented techies. But, of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a tipple or two to get you in the mood…
TechSPARK mixers welcome all members, both old and new to meet, mix and mingle. So whether you’re a developer, digital designer, newbie freelancer, founder of a startup or something in between, do come and celebrate the festive season with like-minded techies from Bristol, Bath and the South West of England.

Bristol Java Meetup

Tuesday 8th December 2015 – 6:30pmBrightpearl, New Bond House, Bond Street, Bristol, BS2 9AG

This meetup will be a Christmas social and feature a series of non-technical lightning talks before hitting the pub. Confirmed talks so far are:
Robin Warren – BBQ
Erik Nice – Starting up a Youtube channel, the in’s and out’s
Jon Holloway – Making Your Own Chilli Sauce – The Basics
Jakub Korab – Automating a consultancy business on a shoestring budget

Bristol Unity Game Developers Meetup: Christmas Dinner at Noa

Wednesday 9th December 2015 – 7pmNoa Japanese Restaurant, 12-13 Waterloo Station, Bristol, BS8 4BT

If you fancy meeting up with fellow Unity game devs one last time before Christmas, then this is the place to be. Head to Noa which does excellent ramen and who knows it might even facilitate some enlightening conversations on the topic of spaghetti code?

PHPSW: Pub Quiz 2015

Wednesday 9th December 2015 – 7pmThe Bristol Ram, 32 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JA

For the end of 2015 it’s a welcome return to PHPSW’s now annual tech-themed Pub Quiz! The questions will be techy, but not too serious, geeky, or necessarily, even PHP-orientated. There’ll be a bar tab along with some bar snacks and we’re in the process of putting a selection of prizes together.