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CONFERENCE

Established since 2015, the annual conference is a regular fixture in the calendar. This year the event is on 7th Nov @ Watershed, Bristol. 

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MEETUP

Our regular “heartbeat” event happens on the first Thursday of the month and features two speakers on topics from across the technical spectrum.

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BYOL

Our newest initiative, Bristol BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) offers practical hands-on technical workshops delivered by proven experts.

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A MODERN APPROACH TO LEARNING

We believe that learning should be continuous, in-context, short, accessible and reflexive.

We have put some thought into our pedagogical approach and have captured our ethos to learning in a short manifesto that sums up our approach.

Talk to us about partnering!

We are always on the look-out for opportunities to partner with tech companies in the South West.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: GIVE A TALK

We are always on the lookout for an “authentic voice” to stimulate, inspire and entertain our highly-technical audience. The CFP for the conference is open, for the meetup, ping us.

NETWORKING: ATTEND AN EVENT

With events each and every month, there is always an opportunity to experience Bristech first-hand.

TRAINING: SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP

Our current crop of workshops are likely to be of relevance to your tech teams. If you don’t see something that is of relevance, do talk to us about your specific tech team training requirements!

SPONSORSHIP: SPONSOR AN EVENT

The sponsorship prospectus for the conference is launched in May each year.  We also have sponsorship opportunities for the meetup and workshop events.

CASE STUDY: MEETUPS

WHAT MAKES US TICK?

The meetup phenomenon has grown and grown in popularity with an abundance of venues, formats and specialist groups.  We ascertained from early on that we needed three key ingredients to make our events fly: a regular venue, a regular time and quality speakers. By reducing the parameters, we could ensure that people who signed up would “know what they are getting”.

FORMAT

Two 30 minute talks, with 15 mins for Q+A followed by pizza…with beer on tap throughout! 

AV

We record every talk and put them on our YouTube channel

SPEAKERS

We generally book 3 months in advance, so if you would like to speak at a forthcoming event, please get in touch!

VENUE

We hold all of our meetups at the Engine Shed, Temple Meads. Simples!

CASE STUDY: CONFERENCE

BRISTECH 2018

Bristech 2018 was held at the Watershed, Bristol, a cinema in the centre of town.  Holding a conference event in a cinema has proven to be a boon since a) the AV is top-notch and b) they serve popcorn (!) The spirit of the conference is captured in the marriage of high production values with a sense of fun.  Capacity is 500 and we sold-out with a few months to go.

TECH SPEAKERS

We host 18 speakers on technical topics from across the technical spectrum. As such, we are “tech agnostic” (but highly technical!). The themes are emergent each year depending on our curated speakers.

STATE-OF-THE-ART AV

The AV is top-notch, as you would expect from a working cinema.  Expect crisp, beautiful presentations delivered on state-of-the-art AV equipment.

CENTRAL VENUE

Our venue is the Watered, Harbourside.  For a single day we take over the cafe area, cinemas and three other rooms for a day of talks.

A SENSE OF FUN

Conferences can tend to be quite staid affairs and so we like to mix it up a bit. This translates into various things, such as ice cream, popcorn and we try not to take ourselves too seriously!

"Pushing management of infrastructure to Git ... means two repos: one for code and one for infrastructure ... [which means] CI & CD are now completely separate." - @ipedrazas on #GitOps @EngineShed_BB

Praise & Critique

We are open to both praise and (constructive) critique for our events since both help us to improve what we do. Here is a selection of (kinder) words from people:

Bristech 2018 provided
a well-organised and
vibrant platform for a mix
of technical, social, ethical,
(and even quantum!) talks …
It was a great opportunity
for networking, learning and
inspiration for attendees and proved to be one of the stand-
out conferences last year.”

Phil Beresford

Development Capability Lead, BJSS

Bristech is a fantastic
embodiment of the
enthusiasm and diversity
of the local tech scene.

Ric Hill

Chair, Ghyston

Bristech fosters an inspiring community of storytellers.
For a city that doesn’t always take itself too seriously,
Bristech has curated a fantastic space. It has brought
together passionate, friendly, and curious individuals and
organisations, doing good and solving some world-leading
problems.

Mark Gale

CTO (Bristol), CACI IIG

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