A note from Marty Reid: Bristol Tech Festival – ones to watch

With over 65 amazing events to navigate at this year’s Bristol Technology Festival, the Engine Shed team have put together our Ones to Watch – from inspirational talks for anyone wanting to start a career in tech to great regional tech cluster engagement events. 


Monday 10 October 

Health-Tech Products – Innovation to Implementation12pm @ Engine Shed 

A panel and discussion session on the challenges of developing health-tech products from startups, investors and supporters of the region’s exciting health tech cluster. 


Tuesday 11 October 

Bristol & Bath Cyber Conference – all day @ Watershed 

The region’s largest cyber collective, with workshops, hackathons, panel debates and 15+ industry leading speakers, designed to support those working in the industry and celebrate the most innovative cyber start-ups. There is a cost to this one, but student tickets are available for £5!  

Ada Lovelace: Inspiring girls and women in STEM – 4pm @ Engine Shed 

Discussion and networking with a group of inspiring women who have successfully navigated diverse careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Teachers, parents and accompanied children will be inspired… 


Wednesday 12 October 

How can we retain talent in the South West? – 8.30am @ Bristol Old Vic 

Grandees of the regional tech scene Ghyston are hosting a breakfast session on how we can work together to strengthen our talent pipeline through retention rather than endless recruitment! Having seen the Ghyston team pick up many “best place to work” awards over the years, we’re expecting a positive approach and some great discussions. 

Chairing early-stage tech businesses – and how can we do better – 10am @ Engine Shed 

A fresh look at the role of Chairs in early-stage tech businesses based on some exciting research which could change the way we look at leadership of our scaling companies.  

Recruit Differently: Temple Quarter – 2  – 4pm @ Engine Shed 

Western Training Provider Network are guiding employers on how to ‘recruit differently’, looking at skills gaps, a more resilient workforce and diversity. Free expert advice and consultancy are on offer. 


Thursday 13 October 

FinTech West Conference9am – 4.30pm @ TLT, Redcliff Street 

An incredible programme of all things fintech in the region, including startups insights, major industry trends, technical advice, regulation and plenty of opportunities to engage and network. 

Get Up, Startup! – from 6pm @ Engine Shed  

Very much at the sillier end of the week’s proceedings, SETsquared Bristol, Engine Shed and the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator are hosting an evening of lighting pitches, karaoke and a few other activities for startups, all guided by the ‘GetUp Startup Wheel of fortune’. 


Friday 14 October 

People, Place, Tech and beyond: Innovation in communities and cities12pm @ Future Space: 

Bristol Innovators Group are known for their engaging and inclusive “open-innovation” approach to tackling big issues in a collaborative way – for this session you’ll be joining a diverse group to take on “making change happen in neighbourhoods, communities and cities”. We’d also definitely recommend asking for a tour of the awesome Future Space innovation centre while you are there! 


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