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Bristech meetup events are held on the first Thursday of every month (bar August). We provide pizza and drinks after the talks to give people the opportunity to discuss what they've seen and to network with other attendees.

We invite two speakers to share their knowledge on topics from across the technical spectrum (with a bias towards software), including professional developers, company founders, academic researchers, hobbyists and creatives.

A typical Bristech audience member may tend to be tech agnostic (and certainly ‘tech curious’) since we offer such a wide variety of topics and are not focused on any particular technology or software.

We do not try and ‘theme’ our evenings per se, which allows for the interest of odd technical pairings and very often interesting connections/overlaps between the two topics. Variety is the spice of life for Bristech (as is the pizza).

Past topics have included “Kube All The Things” (March 2016) and “Robot Swarms” (November 2014).

Please note - Bristech events are squarely aimed at a technical audience and are not intended to be recruitment events. Professional recruitment agents are welcome in a personal capacity only.

Since the events are tech talks and not recruitment events, please ask permission from the organisers before making any "We're Hiring!" declarations either at an event or in the public discussion forums.

If your organisation might be interested in sponsoring the monthly events please talk to us - hello@bris.tech

Upcoming events (2)


Bristol Engine Shed @ Temple Meads

// Tom Richards - Domain & Event Driven Development in Financial Services Reflection on the challenges faced by designing data structures within Financial Services, and how taking a domain/event driven approach can mitigate many of these challenges - whilst providing a bunch of new ones too! // About Tom Tom Richards looks after Redington’s Bristol office and development team. Tom has a passion for optimizing application development, focussing not just on technology but on the process and people that make it happen. Away from work, when he’s not chasing after his two sons, or cycling through the Mendips, Tom loves smashing shuttlecocks at unfortunate victims playing badminton! // Sam Williams - Consensus Algos Today I will talk about something that is provably impossible, making computers agree on stuff. Then I’ll go over some ways of doing it anyway. I’m fascinated by consensus (making computers agree). I think it can dramatically simplify systems, is often over looked, covered in FUD and in need of some attention. Let’s give it some! // About Sam Sam is the Chief Engineer at BJSS Bristol where he works with their awesome teams across a bunch of clients. He’s spent a fair while working in Financial Services, rebuilding a tier 1 global investment banks trading platform, then in a leadership capacity building out a digital delivery department from scratch. There was also a gaming start-up, building a distributed gaming platform and a bunch of digital agencies.


Bristol Engine Shed @ Temple Meads

// Katie Koschland - Load Testing: Ready, Steady, Crash! This talk will cover the core concepts behind load testing. It will look at what it means to ‘load test’ your application, how to get started with writing your first script and provide you with a case study and an insight into the tools and techniques that we use at the FT to help identify performance issues. // About Katie Katie Koschland is a Junior Engineer at the Financial Times in London. She is currently working in the Internal Products team building tools for employees of the company. // David Barton - Solving the Travelling Salesman Problem with a Neo4j Graph “As a Bath Christmas Market shopper, I would like to visit the chalets from where I want to buy gifts as efficiently as possible, so that I can get home before Christmas starts.” This requirement can be framed as something similar to the Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP). After some introduction to Neo4j the talk will look at how we can solve problem using a Neo4j graph. // About David David has been working in software for around 25 years, in companies ranging from startups to large corporates. His expertise includes software development, database design, system integration and functional architecture. As well as working on his own software, he offers freelance, contract and consultancy services.

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