Happy New Year! Welcome 2015 in by attending a few of the great new meetups in January, along with some of the more familiar.

Bath Networking Marketing Meetup: Share your views & experiences of network marketing

Tuesday 6th January 2015 – 6:45pm

Where: The Huntsman, 1 Terrace Walk, North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LY

Are you interested in developing and building your network? This group allows members to share sales experience, tips and techniques and provide a support service for each other. This week there will be a training video on selling and also one evaluating market potential. If you’ve finally recovered from your new year celebrations then head on over and get networking!

Bristol DevOps: ‘Ansible meets Jenkins’

Wednesday 7th January 2015 – 6:30pm

Where: Basekit Office, 4th Floor, The Pithay, Bristol, BS1 2ND

In this meetup you’ll find a step-by-step walkthrough on how Ansible is used to ‘give life’ to a fully configured jenkins CD pipeline server. Intrigued? Check out the trailer to find out more.

South West Data: Bristol is Open

Thursday 8th January 2015 – 7pm

Where: Pervasive Media Studio, The Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Bristol City Council have been exploring the potential of open data to transform the city and council services. If you wish to learn about some of these initiatives, Kevin O’Malley will be outlining some of these and demonstrating some new resources for the developer community. There will also be information about some exciting upcoming opportunities!

Bristech: “Real-time NodeJS” and “Amazon Web Services”

Thursday 8th January 2015 – 7pm

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

James Jackson will be presenting a talk on building realtime systems with Node.JS. Topics covered includes how to build peer to peer video/voice/data connections using WebRTC & Node.JS. He’s an Interactive BAFTA award-winning full stack web professional, so it’s bound to be a good one!

Afterwards, Andy Patterson, software developer at Softwire, chats about Amazon Web Services and how great it is as a cloud computing provider. He’ll go through its basic components, sample architectures for various workloads and other advantages of using AWS.

South West Data Social

Tuesday 13th January 2015 – 7pm

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

An evening for an informal chit-chat, along with some learning and discovering new data technologies with other data enthusiasts.

SWUX: ‘Perceptive UX – Consideration Crafts Better Experiences’

Tuesday 13th January 2015 – 7pm

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

UX designer Dave Allen presents some interesting views on why approaching a project from a UX mind-set means great experience for the user. There will be focus on how being perceptive, emphatic and communicative throughout the process can create a better end product.

BathSPARK: Techie Brekkie – E-Commerce

Wednesday 14th January 2015 – 8:15am

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

As Amazon celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary, this group looks at the challenges e-commerce businesses and developers face over the Christmas period.
Come along and share your ideas as they’re fresh in your mind after the festive break and meet others working within the industry.

South West Founders Meetup

Wednesday 14th January 2015 – 7pm

Another casual meetup for those who are involved or interested in the tech start-up world.

PHPSW: Server orchestration

Wednesday 14th January 2015 – 7pm

Where: Basekit Office, 4th Floor, The Pithay, Bristol, BS1 2ND

To ease everyone into the new year, PHPSW start with the light topic of simplifying server orchestration and containerisation. Talks include ‘Getting started with Docker and PHP’ and ‘Ansible, EC2 and PHP: easy orchestration’.

Bristol Business Mums: Bring on 2015! Talk about our Business goals for the new year

Wednesday 14th January 2015 – 10am

A new year means a fresh new start for this group. It creates a fantastic and relaxed opportunity for mothers that are already in business, or those who are thinking of starting one up to get together. Use this meeting to discuss business goals, share experiences and create a rough blueprint of how to get to your business destination. Feel free to bring the kids along too!

Networking with Freelance Mum

Thursday 15th January 2015 – 10am

Where: St Paul’s Church, Coronation Road, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1DG

Another one for the mums this month! Get involved (with or without the little one) and network in this family friendly environment. There’s something special this month as Rob Law (Dragon’s Den reject) shares his story and ideas for the New Year.

Bath Ruby User Group: Battlebots coding evening

Thursday 15th January 2015 – 7pm

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

It’s time for some fun this month! If you get involved in this meetup, you’ll be able to write an AI for a bot and watch as it battles in a Gosu-powered arena. A little like Robot Wars, but with little less Craig Charles.

The Idea Machine: Expert Evening – What is seed funding?

Thursday 15th January 2015 – 7pm

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

Come along and find out exactly how Venture Capital and Funding actually works. An expert panel will guide you through how the funding process works and what they look for when making a funding decision. This is especially useful for startup companies who don’t really know what to expect if seeking funding from a VC or other investor.

Bristol Freelancers: “On the Nail” monthly meetup

Tuesday 20th January 2015 – 12pm

Where: St Nicholas Market, All Saints Street, Bristol, BS1 1JQ

This is a great meetup for freelancers to start the new year. It gives you an opportunity to discuss ongoing projects and gather ideas and inspiration from others, all while munching on cake and drinking hot drinks.

Chippenham Tech Chat

Tuesday 20th January 2015 6:30pm

Where: Mango’s offices, 2 Methuen Park, Scisys Building, Chippenham, SN14 0GB

Looking slightly further afield this month, with Chippenham hosting 2 great presentations on ‘something cool’ in the app development world. Topics are to be decided, but Docker and Flask are looking popular.

Bristol WordPress People: “Setting up WordPress”

Wednesday 21st January 2015 – 7pm

This meetup will cater for all skill levels: there’ll be a guide for beginners, with the basics you need to know about setting up a WordPress site. If you’re more advanced in the WordPress world then there will be some tips and trick on how to get the best out of a server, amongst other things.

Women Who Code Bristol and G+V: Innovate Outlook for 2015

Tuesday 27th January 2015 6:30pm

Where: Goram & Vincent, 54-56 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JN

The first meetup of 2015 for this group will be held at the offices of Goram & Vincent. Katja Durrani will begin the evening by discussing how to make websites with JavaScript. She’ll share her experiences with learning new JS technologies and building things with it (focusing on Node and React).
The second half of the get-together features Nick Clarkson who will talk about SASS and Compass House Style.

BristolJS: HTML5 game development in Phaser.js

Wednesday 28th January 2015 – 7pm

Where: Basekit Office, 4th Floor, The Pithay, Bristol, BS1 2ND

Interested in making games with Javascript? Well look no further! Jeff Schomay will show you how to go from a blank page to a fully playable game in 2 hours. The presentation is aimed at devs who understand Javascript, but who haven’t made games before. It’s a chance to learn something new! View the tutorial blog post here.

Bristol Open Source User Group: Winter Social

Wednesday 28th January 2015 – 7pm

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

It’s the first meetup for this group so make an effort, grab your coat and brave the January weather to attend! The group focuses on open source software usage, design, development and support. It’s the first of many for 2015, so if you use, contribute, develop or just enjoy open source software, then this is the group for you.

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