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Bristol Technology Festival 2019

Our aim is to create a platform that allows groups to run and promote tech events under the banner of Bristol Technology Festival and to provide support and guidance.

Mon 4th – Sun 10th Nov

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There are 25 events happening from Sat 2nd – Sun 10th Nov

Monday 4th Nov 2019

  • 'How To Be A Great Ally: Masterclass’ 

    Black Girl Convention will be hosting our signature ‘How To Be A Great Ally: Masterclass’ on November 4th, at Watershed based in Bristol, and will form part of the line up for Bristol Technology Festival.   Facilitated by Dr Mena Fombo – Coach, Trainer, Equality & Diversity consultant, Founder of Black Girl Convention and creator of the internationally recognised TEDx Talk “No. You Cannot Touch My Hair” along with a team of inspiring black female speakers specialising within the creative, digital and technology industry.   This is a practical workshop open to all backgrounds, designed to leave you feeling inspired to create change, with some actual tools to do so.
  • Overcoming Digital Transformational Challenges

    Hargreaves Lansdown
    Digital disruption is affecting all organisations, impacting not only how businesses use technology, but also how they drive innovation, organisational change and new cultural behaviours. One result of this seismic shift is the adoption of data science & machine learning with all the business implications this entails. How organisations go about managing these transformational opportunities and challenges is redefining how businesses succeed.
    Organised by
  • Bristol+Bath LegalTech 2020

    Burges Salmon
    Lawyer? Technologist? Creative? New to LegalTech? Or pretty sure about what you want to see happening? Now is the time to get involved and co-create our BBLT 2020 agenda. Join the ideation process and collaborate on the headline programme for 2020 across BBLT’s four core themes of events, skills, innovation and purpose. You are likely to know that Bristol+Bath is an incredible tech hub and has a booming legal industry with global reach.You might already know that LegalTech is one of the most dynamic new sectors, with a growing buzz around the UK as an international centre of excellence.  BBLT is where we fuse those things together and help create the foundations of a future key industry for the West of England.    Now, you are invited to join us at this Bristol Technology Festival event to help shape LegalTech’s impact and growth in the Bristol+Bath city region. Hear some of our leading LegalTech experts get under the skin of just where the sector is today and then be a part of a multi-disciplinary team co-creating the building blocks of BBLT’s programme.   
  • A digital future for the health and life science sectors

    Paintworks Bristol
    A networking event for all with an interest in health and life sciences with a special focus on digital technologies.  Come and meet people from the business support organisations and hear presentations by companies working in this area.  This will be followed by refreshments and networking.
    Organised by

Tuesday 5th Nov 2019

  • How to Rapidly Scale Your Digital Marketing

    Engine Shed
    Gain practical SEO tips to increase the volume of qualified leads to your website, determine if your content marketing strategy is going to work, discover how to consistently land guest posts on sites like Hubspot, and more. This event is aimed at CMO/CIO/CTO/CEOs of fast growing SaaS companies looking to hear from experts on how to save money and make money from their digital marketing. There will also be a panel discussion of Saas and start-up Business Leaders – People to be advised
  • New World Farming

    Engine Shed
    Farm491 is launching New World Farming – a call for innovation and rethinking of the problems facing the UK agri-food sector. From nutrient pollution and carbon negative farming to food waste and supply chain traceability, we are interested in new solutions that look to future technologies and how they can influence the agri-food system.
  • TechX – Forging Elite Entrepreneurs

    Engine Shed
    An overview of the unique and award winning TechX Accelerator designed for game changing tech start-ups looking to break into the UK Energy Sector. The programme is supported by BP, Equinor and KPMG. Come along and hear from the TechX Director David Millar and some of the TechX Pioneers making big waves in the world of Energy.
  • Trust & Ethics in Technology

    For BeingRelevant2019 LanciaConsult has brought together a range of speakers to delve into the challenging and interesting world of trust and ethics in technology. Come and hear our speakers and network with some of Bristol and the UK’s leading companies in an historic and beautiful venue.   The link to eventbrite will be published shortly.
    Organised by

Wednesday 6th Nov 2019

  • FinTech West Breakfast

    FinTech West supports the development of the FinTech community in Bristol and the south west and will be showcasing a number of Bristol-based FinTech developments at this breakfast event.
  • Bristol TechFin 2019

    A one-day event for leaders in finance & banking, technology, and legal & regulation to explore how new technologies in financial services can address financial exclusion.  The conference features panel discussions with audience participation. Each panel will address a key aspect of financial inclusion and how technology can transform the industry.
  • AI in Health and Care – How do we innovate responsibly?

    Engine Shed
    AI offers life-changing and cost-saving outcomes for health and care. But separating opportunities from hype and balancing risks against rewards, is hard. We’ll be looking at practical applications as well as debating complex issues, and discussing the value social scientists can bring to AI project teams. Aimed at both subject newcomers and experts from diverse professional and personal backgrounds, this event will be in our usual interactive style, wrapped up with friendly networking.
  • Bristol Tech Charity Sporting Networking Dinner

    The Bristol Hotel
    If you want to NETWORK with like- minded TECH professionals or meet them for the first time, together with a KEYTNOTE Rugby player as guest speaker, whilst helping a BRISTOL CHARITY this is the event for you.  Taking place at The Bristol Hotel, NETWORKING and Pre-Dinner Drinks, 3 course dinner, Keynote Speaker – Lee Mears, X-England & Bath Rugby Player, NETWORKING & SILENT AUCTION, funds raised going to a local Bristol charity nominated by the event sponsor.   Helping to raise the profile of BRISTOL TECH sector, networking and raising funds for charity all in one event ideal.  
    Organised by

Thursday 7th Nov 2019

  • Roadmap for fast growth, Navigating the tax & funding cycle

    The Old Vic
    For innovative businesses, it is vital to take advantage of support that can enable a business to grow. This includes tax reliefs aimed at the different stages in a business’s life cycle and the various avenues that are available for raising finance to take the business to the next level of its development. In this session we will look at the early stage of R&D claims and funding opportunities, through to share schemes, EIS and international expansion and the correlation with raising finance, both equity and debt, culminating in the final stage of the business being sold, what this can look like and how to be prepared.
  • How to design your marketing funnel for growth.

    Strawberry Thief

    Funnel mechanics, or how to find and attract the right customers to your business

    Our breakfast workshop is aimed at b2b focused marketing and business leaders of technology- and innovation-driven growth businesses in Bristol and the South West. We’ll look at the core elements of designing a marketing funnel that will drive growth. We’ll help you work out how to attract the attention of more of the right people and to draw them in to your business. If you’re wondering where your next phase of growth is going to come from and are looking for marketing inspiration this event is for you. What to expect:
    • A fun short session focused on knowledge sharing
    • Practical exercises in funnel design
    • Space to find inspiration for your marketing strategy
    • Networking with like-minded professionals
    • Breakfast to fuel your thinking
    We’re F&G. We’re Funnel Mechanics. We love helping technology- and innovation-driven companies making a positive impact in the South West to grow. And we’re on a mission to save good people from tedious marketing.

  • Invented Futures

    When we talk about technology, we’re really talking about ourselves. Emerging tech has become a container for our anxieties about future ways of living. What stories do we tell ourselves about tech, and how do these narratives shape our futures? An evening of wrangling all possible futures into one room with discussion, speculation and drinks.

Friday 8th Nov 2019

  • Bristol Tech Showcase

    Aerospace Bristol
    The Bristol Technology Showcase (BTS) is the first event of its kind to be held at the Aerospace Museum, home to the iconic Concorde. BTS is focused on emerging technologies and those themes encompassed in the 4th industrial revolution with a focus on how they will affect businesses and wider society as a whole.  
    • KEYNOTES & SPEAKERS- Listen to world class speakers on key issues being faced within business. How do you maintain the trust of your consumers in this new technological age? See what others are doing to work closer with their communities and understand the challenges that lay ahead for the skillsets that will be needed tomorrow and those that are becoming redundant. 
    • PANELS- Listen to industry leaders discuss, debate and challenge on some of the key issues that businesses need to consider in this technological revolution. approach.
    • THE FUTURE OF…. – Attend the Future’s Room to listen to industry leaders talking about the future of various technologies and industries. AI, Voice, Interaction, Robotics and more. With companies like XMOS, Ultraleap, Amazon and others presenting, see what the future holds, how it’s applicable to you and how you can innovate in your business.
    • EXHIBITION – At the heart of the event is our expo, showcasing the very best from Bristol tech and its digital ecosystem to senior decision makers. This is your chance to sell products and services to highly targeted, engaged visitors, face to face.
  • How is tech shaping the future of our relationship with public services?’

    Engine Shed
    This discussion, led by an expert panel of public sector and technology policymakers and innovators, will look at:
    • What, and who, is driving the public sector’s tech innovation strategy?
    • Is Government tech spend producing results that are saving and changing lives?
    • Is there a citizen-centric approach for innovation in the public sector, and are there areas of public service where tech can’t ‘save us’?
  • Data and community. A Bristol and Bath hackathon

    Engine Shed
    Data and Community’ is a two day hackathon for problem solvers, innovators, designers, and programmers, who want to be part of developing innovative digital solutions to some of Bristol and Bath’s biggest social challenges.   ‘Data and Community’ will give you insight into some of Bristol and Bath’s most intractable social challenges. And more importantly, it will give you the opportunity to create and develop digital solutions that can go some way to addressing these. No previous tech knowledge required. Through the weekend, teams will form and we will work collaboratively on data projects for social good. Prizes and awards on Sunday!


Saturday 9th Nov 2019

  • Bristol Tech Fair

    Colston Hall
    If you love TECH, this is THE EVENT for you. It’s BRISTOL TECH FAIR: a one-day celebration of technology, engineering, and science for EVERYONE. Think of it as a tech love story to inspire the kids, gain valuable careers advice and learn from some of the smartest voices and sharpest thinkers in the Tech | diversity intersection. And here’s the biggest news: IT’S FREE for everyone

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Our aim is to create a platform that allows groups to run and promote tech events under the banner of Bristol Technology Festival and to provide support and guidance.

Nick Sturge — Engine Shed

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