The low down on what’s on in Bristol and Bath for tech events and meet-ups for July.

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We might be a little late to the party this month, but we couldn’t go on without giving you an idea of what’s on in Bristol and Bath this month for all things tech. We’ll be at a few of these – namely the South West Founders meet-up this Weds (13th), the Bristol Entrepreneurs and Opportunity Seekers night at Llandoger Trow on Monday 18th and the TechSPARK Techie Brekkie on Tuesday 19th – so, come and say hi if you’re there.

Javascript 101

Tuesday 12th/19th July 2016 – 10am to 1pmBeatroot Cafe, 20-21 Lower Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5BN

This group get together is all about getting to grips with Javascript. So far, they’ve been looking at the book, Eloquent Javascript, as a base. Throughout 2016, the group have been focusing on utilising technologies such as Node and React, then sharing their experiences.
If you have a basic knowledge of Javascript, that’s great. If not, feel free to have a look at Codecademy’s JS track or work on your own project. You can read more about the format of the meetings here.

Flappy Bird in MonoGame: hands-on session with Phil Trelford

Tuesday 12th July 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:30pmJust Eat office, 2nd floor Broad Quay House, Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4DJ

Most people will have heard of the mobile game sensation, Flappy Birds. Why not come along and have a go at adapting your own version of it? You don’t need any previous experience of working with F#, but please bring a laptop with it installed prior to the event – there are details on how to do this on the Meetup page.

South West Data Social

Tuesday 12th July 2016 – 7pm to 10pmPeninsula Bar, The Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Involved in using/learning about/discovering data technologies? Then this is your chance to meet up with some like-minded people. This social takes place on the second Tuesday of every month. You’ll find them at the bar…

SWUX Research Anaylisis talk: “Getting more out of your data”

Tuesday 12th July 2016 – 7pm to 8:30pmCX Partners, 2 College Square, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5UE

SWUX are putting on a talk by James Land at CX Partners – having spent nearly 20 years in user research, he’s worked for people such as eBay, British Airways, Unilever and the BBC. Currently, he’s focusing on research innovation at CX Partners, but his “first love” is the technical side of qualitative interviewing.
This talk will introduce you to a core method of analysing qualitative data, plus a few extra tricks and techniques to help you get extra value out of your research projects.

BathSPARK’s Techie Brekkie: SXSW 2017 – “How to convince the boss”

Wednesday 13th July 2016 – 8:15am to 10:30amThe Guild co-working space, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

This Techie Brekkie is all about SXSW – South by South West, a music/indie film/emerging tech conference based in Austin, Texas (USA). In a talk from Gabby, she will demonstrate how to convince your boss to let you go, justify the cost and how to measure the value of investment of your attendance.

Bristol Clojurians: “CHIP-8 in Clojure” talk by Kris Jacobs

Wednesday 13th July 2016 – 6pm to 9pmOracle Bristol, Tower Wharf, Cheese Lane, Bristol, BS2 0JJ

The Bristol Clojurians group are having a talk by Kris Jacobs about his implementation of the CHIP-8 virtual machine in Clojure. His talk will start around 6:30pm, followed by food and discussion, as well as a programming session in Clojure afterwards.

South West Founders Meet-up

Wednesday 13th July 2016 – 7pm to 10pmThe Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Join the monthly meet-up for start-up founders, old, new and aspiring, to talk about your business ideas. Entrepreneurs and tech investors are welcome, but freelancers, consultants, lawyers and other service providers are discouraged, as the meet-up is more about founding or mentoring start-up businesses. It’s a very casual evening, so there’s a strict ‘no selling’ policy.

Bath Elixir Hangout

Thursday 14th July 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:30pmPicnic Coffee, 9 Saracen Street, bath, BA1 5BR

An agenda-free evening where you can come along to chat about Elixir/Phoenix/Erlang or bring your laptop, pair up and tackle a digital problem you’ve been having.

Develop Me: Coding Fellowship Introductory Evening

Thursday 14th/28th July 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:30pmUnit 1.8, Paintworks, Bristol, BS4 3EH

Want to know if the Develop Me Coding Fellowship is for you? Join the Develop Me team for an evening of coding, problem solving and fact finding to see if you’d be interested in becoming a Junior Developer upon completing the course. BYO-laptop to this one.

Digital Makers

Saturday 16th/23rd July 2016 – 12:30pm to 2:30pmThe Guild co-working space, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

If you’re looking for inspiration for something to do with the kids on a Saturday afternoon, look no further. The Guild co-working spaace are running workshops for children in KS2 and KS3 (aged 7-14) to experiment with making interactive graphics, websites and digital story making.
Tickets are available for the next few Saturdays in July. Please bring your own laptop, if you can.

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

Monday 18th July 2016 – 7pm to 10pmLlandoger Trow, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ER

Present your business, project or ideas and receive feedback at this evening of networking at the Bristol Entrepreneurs and Opportunity Seekers event. Each talk should be 3-4 minutes long, then rounded up with a short Q&A/brainstorming session to help the presenter – there’s a maximum of 6 presenters and afterwards, an opportunity to mingle with the group.
If you’re not up for presenting your ideas just yet, why not come along and be part of the audience, offering support to those that pitch, and get to know fellow entrepreneurs.

TechSPARK Bristol’s Techie Brekkie: Growth Hacking – “Lean marketing for startups”

Tuesday 19th July 2016 – 8:15am to 10:30amEngine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

Using start-ups that have grown from 0 – 10+ million users in a short space of time as a guide (I’m looking at you, Dropbox, Airbnb and Instagram), this TechieBrekkie looks at how a few growth hacks in your marketing strategy can make the difference between success and failure.
Speaker Tom Dewhurst, founder/CEO of Ordoo, will discuss how you can adopt the ‘growth hacker mindset’, use its’ process and methodologies to understand the customer journey and “build a product with virality and growth at its’ core.”

BYO Freelance lunch

Tuesday 19th July 2016 – 12:30pm to 3:30pmSeamus O’Donnells, 13 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1UE

Lunchtime meet-up for local freelancers with the chance for some informal networking and/or collaboration. They’ve started meeting on the third Tuesday of every month, so if you don’t catch this one, there will be another in August.

Bristol Hack Night

Tuesday 19th July 2016 – 6pm to 9pmMomentum Financial Technology office, 10 Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6FL

A chance for Developers in Bristol to get together and work on projects, learn and share with others in an informal setting. Plenty of power outlets, good wi-fi and table football/tennis. Food and drinks are provided, but BYO laptop. Any skill levels are welcome, so even if you’re a complete novice, please feel free to join in.

TechSPARK Mid-summer Mixer

Tuesday 19th July 2016 – 6pm to 9:30pmpmSpoke and Stringer, The Boat House, Unit 1 5AD, Bristol, BS1 5AD

TechSPARK are putting on a mid-summer get together, celebrating the growth of the SPARK cluster. It’ll be an evening to relax and socialise, and thanks to the Enterprise Europe Network, there will also be some food and fizz.
Location is the Spoke and Stringer – situated in a beautiful courtyard in the midst of the waterfront apartments, overlooking the S.S. Great Britain. Sign up on the event page, as numbers of attendees are required.

Girl Geek Dinners: ‘Body as Interface’ and ‘Interpreting the body’

Wednesday 20th July 2016 – 6:30pm to 10pmScott Logic, Venturers House, 25 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4PB

For July’s Girl Geek Dinner, User Experience Designer, Tamara Chehayeb Makarem will be exploring user interactions in her talk on ‘Body as Interface’ and Jennifer Gaudion – a Software Developer (both at Scott Logic), will be looking at examining the ways we can interpret data for the body in her talk, ‘Interpreting the Body’.
Come along early for pre-dinner mingling. As it’s a ‘girl geek dinner’, it’s requested that all male ‘geeks’ who wish to attend do so with a female friend (add a +1 on meetup). Make sure to book your space!

Bath: Hacked – Making Night: Energy Data & Green Spaces

Wednesday 20th July 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pmThe Guild co-working space, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW

Bath: Hacked are restarting their regular evening meet-ups, focusing on learning new skills and tools. This is a chance to take time to look at some of their recently publised data and explore ways in which to use it.
The topics/data sets they’ll be looking at this evening are “School Power!” – a means for presenting energy usage to schools to help them be more efficient – and “Who you going to call?” – a tool to help residents ask for help from the right local organisations. BYO laptop!

TechSPARK Bristol: Morning coffee and networking

Thursday 21st July 2016 – 10:30am to 12pmBeatroot Cafe, 20-21 Lower Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5BN

Bristol’s TechSPARK are following on from their partner group, BathSPARK’s coffee and networking events, and are starting up their own version this summer. The events are drop-in and very informal, where you can meet others who work in the tech industry locally. Feel free to pop on down, have a cofee and a friendly chat. Have a look at their meetup page for more info.

Bristol Web Performance: “Designing for performance and CPU is the next great web perf challenge”

Thursday 21st July 2016 – 7pm to 10pmCX Partners, 2 College Square, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5UE

This evening features talks by Mark Skinner and Simon Hearne. Mark’s talk will be on “Designing for performance: tales from the front-line” – if a site isn’t designed with performance in mind, it’s not likely to be fast. So how do you design for performance?; Simon’s topic of choice is “CPU is the next great web performance challenge” – as we rely on our customer’s browser to process large scale JavaScript applications and communicate in real-time, the increasing diversities of devices and network connections means that ensuring a fast experience is nearly impossible. The challenge is to understand how the CPU will be affected by web performance in 2016.

StartUp Britain bus tour

Friday 22nd July 2016 – 10am to 4pmEngine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

StartUp Britain is a national enterprise campaign that provides free mentoring, advice and workshops to aspiring/early-stage entrepreneurs, and they’re going on tour this summer. It’s ‘powered’ by Natwest and sponsored by 123Reg and .UK, so come down any time between 10am and 4pm for assistance setting up your website, expert advice from local accountants/lawyers, networking with local entrepreneurs, and guidance from a professional business coach, amongst many more helpful things.

Bristol Media Tuesdays

Tuesday 26th July 2016 – 6pm to 9pmLocation TBC – please check the Bristol Media meetup page for more details

Bristol Media Tuesdays are informal networking events for BM members and non-members alike to get together and chat the media industry in the South West, including subjects such as graphic design, PR, marketing, animation, web design, digital media etc. Regular attendees include freelancers and business owners/employees, so there’s a guaranteed mix of interesting people.

Bristol Clojurians: Programming in the pub

Wednesday 27th July 2016 – 6:15pm to 8:30pmSmall Bar, 31-32 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DZ

BYO laptop and work on whatever Clojure project you’re interested in, in the company of some like-minded individuals. Look for the Clojure symbol on the table.

YENA – Young Networking Bristol social

Wednesday 27th July 2016 – 6:30pm to 9pmThe Square Club, 15 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1HB

Come meet up with young entrepreneurs, aspiring or otherwise, for an informal networking event – discuss ideas, business dreams and experiences with other entrepreneurs. Later in the evening, there’ll also be a speaker who will share their story and give motivational talk to attendees, then another who will take part in a Q&A session where you can find out about their business and starting up your own.
The event generally runs for 2 hours – kick off for networking and introductions from the team starting at 7:30pm, with the two speakers starting at 8:10pm and 8:30pm, respectively. Follow the YENA Bristol twitter feed for more info.

Ladies that UX: Summer social

Thursday 28th July 2016 – 6:30pm to 9:30pmLocation TBC – please check the Ladies that UX Bristol meetup page for more details

To send all the Ladies that UX members a thank you, join them for a nice cold beverage in the last meet-up of the season. They’ll be talking all things UX, so bring all your ideas/issues/articles etc to discuss and confirm your attendance on the meetup page.