Summer is almost upon us…sort of. There plenty of events happening this month in the world of UX, tech and business. Make sure you don’t miss out!

Women Who Code Bristol: Top Tips in UX

Tuesday 5th May 2015 – 6pmMixRadio Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

Learn a little more about UX with this month’s meetup. Indu Kaila will go through topics such as user testing, designing for a user’s needs and creating your very own UX toolkit. Learn all the top tips from working in the UX field!

Bristol Clojurians: Programming in the Pub

Tuesday 5th May 2015 – 6pmSmall Bar, 31 King Street, The Beermuda Triangle, Bristol, BS1 4DZ

A group for lovers of all things Clojure! Bring your laptop to the pub and feel free to work on whatever Clojure project takes your fancy over a pint or two (or three).

Bristol Java Meetup: ‘Sweet Streams are Made of This’

Tuesday 5th May 2015 – 6:30pmBrightpearl Office, New Bond House, Bristol, BS2 9AG

The long-awaited sequel to Java 8 Lambdan given by resident Brightpearl member Gareth Jones. If you’re interested in doing a talk then drop the guys a message!

The Flag & Bell: For techies and entrepreneurs

Wednesday 6th May 2015 – 7pmThe Bell Inn, 103 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BW

A meetup group with a difference. The Flag & Bell (F.A.B) is a monthly mini pub crawl for techies and entrepreneurs in and around the Bath area. Fun, friendly and rewarding, you’ll meet more folk interested in the world of web/mobile/cloud tech and startups. Definitely one to put in your diary!

UK General Election 2015

Thursday 7th May 2015Nationwide

Don’t forget to vote!

BathSPARK: Coffee and Networking at the Hub

Thursday 7th May 2015 – 10:30amThe Guild Coworking Hub, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB

Drop by the coffee mornings to meet and greet others in the tech community. Connect with people, spark ideas and introduce yourself!

TechSPARK Venturefest 2015: The Pitching Competition

Thursday 7th May 2015 – 6pmPervasive Media Studio, Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

As part of June’s Venturefest 2015, a one-day event showcasing Bristol and Bath’s most innovative and enterprising startups, this meetup gives companies the chance to pitch to some of the top investors.
TechSPARK are hosting two pitching competitions in Bristol (this one) and Bath (on the 13th May), to shortlist the very best. Think you’ve got what it takes?

Bath Ruby User Group: Hangout

Thursday 7th May 2015 – 6:30pmPicnic Coffee, 9 Saracen Street, Bath, BA1 5BR

Bring your laptop and the rest is up to you! You can either pair on a problem you’ve been having or have an informal chat about Ruby or Rails along with some tea, coffee or something a little stronger.

Bristech: ‘Responsive Game Design’ & ‘Open Source All The Things’

Thursday 7th May 2015 – 7pmEngine Shed, Temple Meads, Station Approach, Bristol, BS1 6QH

What do you need to think about when bringing a mobile game into the living room? Simon Howard holds an interactive session where he walks through the steps you need to take via a handy little game on his Amazon Fire TV.
Adam Butler talks about why he made the change to open source all of his projects: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Bristol Business Parents: PR for Small Businesses

Monday 11th May 2015 – 10:45am

PR superstar and mum of two Amanda Thurston will be talking about PR, starting from the very basics and how it can work for you and your business. It’s a great opportunity to get a better understanding of what PR is, how it works and ask Amanda any burning questions you may have.

TechSPARK Techie Brekkie: The ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of Venture Capital

Tuesday 12th May 2015 – 8:15amEngine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH

Particularly useful for those who have never considered Venture Capital, this meetup will show you the sort of commitment it means for you and your business and allow you to connect with others who have been through the experience. Learn all about the investment process and the pros and cons of life with investors.

CodeHub Bristol: JavaScript 101 #5

Tuesday 12th May 2015 – 10:30amRoll for the Soul (Bristol’s Community Bike Café), 2 Quay Street, Bristol, BS1 2JL

Work through chapters 13-16 of EloqJS with other JavaScript folk and get familiar with DOM & event handling and platform game & using Canvas.

Market Network Bath & Bristol: “Why Some Ideas Fly and Others Die”

Tuesday 12th May 5:30pmThe Clifton Club, 22 The Mall, Bristol, BS8 4DS

Hear from Sift Digital’s CEO Ben Heald as he shares some of the company’s diabolical disasters and tales of glittering growth. It’s guaranteed to be an entertaining talk, plus you’ll also learn some valuable do’s and dont’s for your business along the way.

CodeHub Bristol: Hack Night

Tuesday 12th May 2015 – 6pmMomentum Financial Technology Office, 5th Floor, 10 Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6FL

Bring your laptop and work on current projects or learn new technologies, it’s up to you! All are welcome: experts, newbies and everyone in between.

SWUX: ‘The Human Experience’

Tuesday 12th May 2015 – 7pmMixRadio, Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

What are the universals of the human condition and how are they applicable to product and user experience design? Mixing western developmental psychology and eastern philosophy, Pete Francomb will take you on a journey from paradise to purgatory, illustrated with examples from a bunch of sites and apps.

South. West. Test. #1 Meetup

Wednesday 13th May 2015 – 6pmWaterside 2, Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

A warm welcome to the new meetup on the block! It’s for those who are interested in all things testing and welcomes all skill levels. Share experiences, stories, best practices and your tools of the trade.

PHPSW: Frameworks

Wednesday 13th May 2015 – 6:30pmMixRadio Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

Three exciting talks this month! The first will give you a glimpse of the newly released PPI 2.1 and you’ll learn about the extra value using an interop framework brings on top of just using a single standalone framework.
The second will give you a brief introduction to PSR-7 and the core concepts around phly/http, a concrete implementation of the standard.

South West Founders Meetup

Wednesday 13th May 2015 – 7pm

South West Founders is a great place to meet possible co-founders, especially if you’re interested in the technical sector. Entrepreneurs and investors are welcome, but don’t forget your name badge!

CodeHub Bristol: The Odin Project #1

Thursday 14th May 2015 – 6:30pm – *Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

As you progress through the Odin Project curriculum, this month’s target is to work through the HTML & CSS intro section.

“On the Nail”: Monthly Freelancer Meetup

Tuesday 19th May 2015 – 12pmSt Nicholas Market, All Saints Street, Bristol

Grab a sarnie and a cuppa and chat about your freelancing adventures in the Bristol area. The perfect opportunity for bouncing ideas off others and you may even get inspiration for your ongoing projects!

SWmobile: May Talk Night

Tuesday 19th May 2015 – 6:30pmMixRadio Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

It’s a good’un this month! There’s two exciting talks scheduled by some interesting speakers:
1) Simon Howard, is back again to provide an overview of the developer opportunity with the Amazon Appstore and Amazon APIs. He’ll also demo some cool stuff on Amazon Fire Tablets and Fire Phones. You may even win one!
2) Share experiences about making apps designed for Android Wear with Christopher McKirgan.
3) Jon Waring from the Green Crocodile Company will chat about his Crocodile app that encourages kids to walk or bike to school.

CodeHub Bristol: JSON-LD and how a data layer can help your SEO

Tuesday 19th May 2015 – 7pmHamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

Prepare to come to terms with a new protocol that’s certainly becoming a vital item in the contemporary digital market’s toolkit: JSON-LD (JavaScript Object Notation – Linked Data). As an alternative to using HTML markup, it relies on JSON to provide the same info to data consumers. Interested?

BathSPARK: Conversion Rate Optimisation (Do beautiful sites convert best)

Wednesday 20th May 8:15amThe Guild Coworking Hub, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB

This meetup has been postponed from last month. Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) has risen to the forefront over the last couple of years. It helps us get more bang for our buck! But should you care about CRO and can it really make a difference to your bottom line?
Come along and learn more about this area, share ideas and learn from others.

The Bristol Business Brainstorm

Wednesday 20th May 2015 – 7pmHalo, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8BA

This group is aimed at providing a social, interesting and productive evening for entrepreneurs to meet and talk through business ideas and challenges. Open to anyone and everyone interested.

Meanbee: May Hack Night

Wednesday 20th May 2015 – 6pmMeanbee, 30 Westgate Buildings, Bath, BA1 1EF

This month welcomes Meanbee’s fourth hacknight. So pop along and hang out with other developers and you might learn something new. All abilities welcome!

Bath: Hacked – Curators Night

Wednesday 20th May 2015 – 6pmThe Guild Coworking Hub, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB

Sit down once a month and work on adding new data to the datastore and talk about open data. Not just for developers, these meetups are a great away to get involved in a community initiative and discuss new ideas in an informal setting.

Bristol Unity Developers Meetup: Intro to Procedural Mesh Generation

Wednesday 20th May 2015 – 7:30pmBristol Games Hub, 77 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RD

Procedural Mesh Generation is a powerful tool as it allows complete control over creating and rendering 3D models. This talk will cover the basics of what a mesh is and how to use it. As always, the main talk will be followed by a show-and-tell and a relaxing pint.

Bath Ruby User Group: Hangout

Thursday 21st May 2015 – 6:30pmPicnic Coffee, 9 Saracen Street, Bath, BA1 5BR

The perfect opportunity for you to meet local Ruby folk and chat about Ruby, Rails or anything you fancy really. You have everything you need for a great relaxed evening: good wifi, friendly faces, drinks and most importantly, cake!

ACCU Bristol: Lightning Talks

Thursday 21st May 2015 – 7pmMarriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD

A fabulous setting for a fun and fast-paced evening of lightning talks. Listen to others as they share their experiences, have a rant or talk about something cool in less than 10 minutes!

.NET: ‘Stack Overflow Questions’ & ‘.NET for Indie Devs’

Thuesday 21st May 2015 – 7pmJustEAT Technology, Broad Quay House, Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1 4DJ

Free pizza and beer, plus two excellent talks and plenty of swag from some sponsors. What more could you want from a Thursday evening?!
Learn the why, what and how of asking good questions on Stack Overflow in order to receive high quality answers. Afterwards, you’ll be shown what can be done by your average teenager without forking out big bucks for a Visual Studio license.

Product Society Bristol: Volunteer Scrum Teams for Good

Thursday 21st May 2015 – 8pm

Gather at a local drinking establishment (still tbc) and get to know one another. Talk about problems that you’d like solved and some tech ideas/products for solving them. This meetup is more like a kick off session so get involved!

Accessible Bristol: “Custom Interfaces with HTML5, JavaScript & ARIA”

Tuesday 26th May 2015 – 7pmEngine Shed, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol

Digital accessibility consultant at The Paciello Group, Leonie Watson will look at the importance of the browser in the web accessibility stack and the way ARIA can manipulate the information exposed by the browser’s accessibility API. There will also be a demonstration of how to create custom controls and widgets with HTML5, JavaScript & ARIA, and explore the possible space of Web Components.

Bristol JS: Next-level Functional Programming with Ramda

Wednesday 27th May 2015 – 7pm

Continue the journey to Functional enlightenment by looking at Ramda and learn about immutability, currying and why you should favour composition over chaining.

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