We’ve compiled together a list of all the top tech events taking place in the South West this month. This is your one-stop shop for knowing what’s on…

Ktown Jelly

Thursday 1st October 2015 – 10amCosta Coffee, 50 High Street, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1DX

Jelly is an informal co-working event where freelancers, home workers and small/micro business owners bring their laptop or other work and work, chat and collaborate with other small business owners.
The ethos of Jelly is to be accessible to all and being able to meetg up with like-minded people to work together in a different environment, to exchange help and advice, and maybe come up with a new idea to collaborate on.

HBN Breakfast: Do beautiful websites convert the best?

Friday 2nd October 2015 – 8amGlove Factory Studios, Brook Lane, Holt, Bradford-On-Avon, Wiltshire, BA14 6RL

CRO Director at Search Star, Ryan Webb spends his days finding ways to improve user interaction, engagement and conversion on clients’ websites. Over the past 16 years, he’s helped more than 200 businesses improve their websites and marketing strategies.
Ryan will be discussing whether the most ‘beautiful’ sites actual convert the most.

Bristol Java Meetup: Social Pub Night

Friday 2nd October 2015 – 6:30pmKongs of King Street, 13-15 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF

Start in Kongs for a few beers and tech talk, then move onwards and upwards as the night progresses.

HBN Breakfast: Raising finance for your business

Friday 6nd October 2015 – 8amGlove Factory Studios, Brook Lane, Holt, Bradford-On-Avon, Wiltshire, BA14 6RL

Whilst growing a business can be achieved through organic means and through re-investing profits, sometimes external finance is needed to provide that extra boost to the business.
At this HBN Breakfast session, Roger Wilkins will be looking at the various types of funding that businesses might consider, when and where each might be appropriate and how to make sure your business is prepared.

Bristol WordPress People: Using tools to manage WordPress

Thursday 6th October 2015 – 6:30pmFamous Royal Navy Volunteer, 17-18 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF

This month features two great talks from some excellent speakers:
Ross Wintle will cover all things Git and how to use with with your WordPress projects.
– Hannah Smith will be showing us what Trello is and how to make use of it for your WordPress projects.

Bristol Digital Analytics Meetup: Top digital marketing & analytics templates to save you time

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

A free 45 minute Google Analytics session is being trialled with the topic being ‘Top Digital Templates’, to save you time when auditing and implementing. This is especially applicable for agencies, or anyone conducting internal digital audits.

Bristol Business Brainstorm

Wednesday 7th October 2015 – 7pmHalo, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8BA

With 3 facilitated brainstorming sessions happening at this meetup, you will have the change to contribute ideas, suggestions and questions. The groups are open to anyone and everyone who is interested so pop along and have an interesting conversation or two with other folk!

Robosoft: Industrial networking and engagement day on soft technologies

Thursday 8th October 2015 – 9:30amBristol Robotics Lab T Block, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

Explore the possibilities of soft technologies and soft robotics in your field!

ORG Bristol: Let’s stop the Snoopers’ Charter

Sunday 11th October 2015 – 3pmBristol Games Hub, 77 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RD

ORG Bristol are holding a workshop for interested / concerned citizens who would be willing to lobby their local MP on the Snoopers’ Charter. The bill will be going to parliament soon so it’s vital to educate your MP about it.
They’ll provide talking points and relevant material and you’ll practice what to say and how. You can meet other people at this meeting so that you can lobby as part of a group – which is less daunting if it’s your first time.

BathSPARK: Techie Brekkie – Going Continental

Tuesday 13th October 2015 – 8:15amThe Guild Coworking Hub, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB

Discuss and discover the ins and outs of taking a business overseas!
Experts from the Enterprise Europe Network will be introducing some pros and cons of taking a business overseas and giving us some tips on how to create strong partnerships within Europe. They will also be discussing how to look for and choose the best outsourced development and business development companies in Europe.

SWUX: “The Internet of Things” – Tinker Tayler Solder Pi

Tuesday 13th October 2015 – 7pmcxpartners, 2 College Square, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5HL

Stuart Tayler, Senior User Experience Consultant at cxpartners, will showcase his exploration into digital services and the connected physical home. He’ll also show how this led to the invention of a remarkable device that brought his family/work life closer.

PHPSW: Lightning Talks

Wednesday 14th October 2015 – 6:30pmMixRadio, Prudential Building, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

On the October line up is:
– “Mirror, mirror on the wall” – James Titcumb briefly explores how the Better Reflection library can be used to maximise your reflection-fu in PHP.
– “Nobody likes you Jenkins” – Andy Gale explains how to take the hassle out of CI by using online CI, so you can rid yourself of that high-maintenance chancer butler.

South West Founders meetup

Wednesday 14th October 2015 – 7pm

South West Founders is a monthly meet-up for people based in the South-West who have been, are, or want to be tech start-up founders. They welcome entrepreneurs and tech investors with open arms, but discourage freelancers, consultants, lawyers and other service providers unless they have a genuine interest in founding or mentoring start-up businesses.


Thursday 15th October 2015 – 8:30amAt-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside Bristol, BS1 5LL

A one day conference for developers based in and around Bristol, with a snapshot of the ever-changing tech landscape by way of eighteen quality speakers across three streams: Web/mobile, techniques and languages/platforms.

Startup Support for New Business: All you need to know about accounting… in an hour

Thursday 15th October 2015 – 6:45pmThe Stables, 18 St Mary’s Place, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1EN

Whether you have an accountant or not, the basic accounting concepts are important to understand in order to drive your business (or business idea!) in the direction you want. They’re not rocket science either… you can do a useful summary of your business on the back of an envelope, given some simple guidance.
Come to this meeting and leave with a very handy scrap of paper. Bring some basic information about your business, or you can just make it up when you’re here then substitute actual figures afterwards.

BathSPARK: ‘SPARKUp school for entrepreneurs – Building a winning startup team’

Tuesday 20th October 2015 – 10amBath Innovation Centre, Carpenter House, Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UB

Building a team from scratch can be daunting and comes with responsibilities and pressures, but the right team is key; even if you think of yourself as a one-person operation, you’ll need a team of support people to help you.
Find out how to build an ‘investable’ founding team, as well as the legal issues and questions about risk and reward at the latest session of the SPARKUP School for Entrepreneurs (a collaboration between TechSpark and UBIC
There are plenty of interesting speakers, including Dom Moorhouse (serial entrepreneur and founder of Moorhouse) and Gabby Shaw (Principal Consultant at ADLIB).

Bath: Hacked – Curators Night

Wednesday 21st October 2015 – 6pmThe Guild Coworking Hub, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB

Sit down this month, work on adding new data to the datastore abd talk about open data. Not just for developers, this group is a great way to get involved in a community initiative and discuss new ideas in an informal setting.

Bristol DevOps: Sensu

Wednesday 21st October 2015 – 7pm

Learn all about Sensu – A DevOps guide to monitoring. This presentation given by Toby Jackson will introduce some core monitoring concepts, and the architecture and configuration of Sensu in a number of different scenarios.

ACCU Bristol: “How low can you go?”

Wednesday 21st October 2015 – 7pmBristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD

In this talk, Edward Nutting will discuss how in the next ten years, low-level development will be seeing a dramatic comeback. He’ll also explain the importance of high-level developers understanding the low-level architecture, the educational challenge of facing schools and Universities and how you can get ahead of the game using FlingOS and other online resources.

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

Thursday 22nd October 2015 – 10amColston Hall, Bristol

Attend this one-day event to be inspired by entrepreneurial speakers and meet advisors who can help your business grow. You can also attend workshops on topics from social media to sales, raising finance and selling to retailers. Featuring a fantastic line up of speakers and workshops, it’s definitely not one to miss.

BristolJS: JSPM & ES6

Wednesday 28th October 2015 – 7pmJust Eat, 2nd Floor Broad Quay House, Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4DJ

Details to come!

Bath Scrum User Group: Nigel Baker – ‘Sympathy for the Agile Coach’

Thursday 29th October 2015 – 7pm

Louis Cypher is an Agile Consultant and will take you on a journey of his personal experiences of Agile and show you the nature of his game. He will reveal a range of fantastic opportunities and ideas to take back to your teams and take your career to new heights.

South West Data: Apache Solr

Friday 6nd October 2015 – 8amPervasive Media Studio, 1 Canon’s Rd, Avon, Bristol BS1 5TX

Whilst growing a business can be achieved through organic means and through re-investing profits, sometimes external finance is needed to provide that extra boost to the business.

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