Wednesday September 12, 2012
Start: 18:30
End: 19:30

Speaker: Myrddin Jones
Lead Technologist; Electronics, Photonics & Electrical Systems
Technology Strategy Board

Venue: The Watershed, Room: Waterside three map

This is a Joint event with BEN

Please note that Registration is required.

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK's innovation agency. Our aim is simple - to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.

How? By being a catalyst; by highlighting opportunities; by connecting partners and networks and by funding - helping businesses of every size to transform great ideas into the growth products and services of tomorrow.

This meeting will provide an overview of the tools and programmes available from the Technology Strategy Board with a focus on SME support.

Thursday September 20, 2012
Start: 19:00
End: 21:00

Speakers: Sean Robbins, Brindusa Gabur, Adam Knight

Venue: City of Bristol College

7:00pm Refreshments, 7:30pm Main Talk

4 speakers give their experiences of software testing developed in an agile development environment. Followed by a panel session for more detailed questioning of the 4 speakers. Plus the chance to discuss and network over free refreshments.

Brindusa Gabur is a passionate and energetic agile practitioner, who helps ambitious companies across Europe to boost the quality of their product and processes.

Her software development journey started in 2006, whilst studying Computer Science in Bucharest. Since then she has lived, worked in and led agile teams across Romania, Greece, Germany, Spain and the UK. She is currently working as a Agile Consultant for TCL, where she continues to support companies agile adoption.

Sean Robbins Quality Analyst at Brightpearl

Adam Knight is currently Director of QA and Support at UK Big Data storage vendor RainStor. He has been successfully working in an agile organisation for 6 years and his work at RainStor was used as a case study for successful agile acceptance testing and automation in Gojko Adzic's 2011 book "Specification by Example". As a passionate tester and member of the UK testing community Adam maintains an active blog at and has spoken at various testing events including UKTMF and STC Meetups, TestBash and EUROstar.

Wednesday October 3, 2012
Start: 15:30
End: 18:00

Venue:Armada House, Telephone Avenue, BS1 4BQ Bristol

Tech Talks 5: A Digital World

Tech Talks 5 takes a digital slant and will looking at content as well as user experience. Our inspirational story comes from Steve Allpress who sold his company Icera to Nvidia in one of Bristol's biggest ever deals (£300m+)!

This event is a must for small and medium business owners, sole traders, managers and all those with an interest in business or technology.

What is Tech Talks Bristol?

Tech Talks Bristol was founded by technology enthusiasts SpiderGroup who's aim is to connect people in Bristol through technology and business themed events, which educate and inspire. Three speakers will each talk for 20 minutes about an area of technology or business which can help small and medium enterprises.

There is also tea/coffee and open networking.
This event is sponsored by Vodafone.
Registration is required vis the Tech Talks Eventbright page.

Monday October 8, 2012
Start: 19:00
End: 21:00

Speaker: John Wisker

Venue: City of Bristol College

7:00pm Refreshments, 7:30pm Main Talk

John Wisker is an MBA, MSP and PRINCE2 qualified professional. His start in IT was a baptism of fire, when with little IT knowledge he worked with a proscriptive vendor to implement the first computerised Point of Sale system in the photographic industry.

He rapidly acquired more IT expertise, and continued developing in a number of technical roles, progressing into IT project management. He managed several large complex outsourcing contracts and projects, before joining the NHS in 2008 to project manage effective delivery of informatics in a health care setting.

John passionately believes in the NHS, and that a step change in the way the health service exploits IT is a vital part of ensuring a sustainable health service for the future.

Because the Autumn school has been cancelled this is now a regular free branch meeting.

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