Meetups and Events

We run regular meetups on the last thursday of every other month (you can find them listed on meetup.com/techexeter) and we also run other events from time to time!

“Really friendly group – lots of smart and engaging people.”

“… a good group with a fairly diverse mix of people and interests in the industry. It’s the perfect ground for expanding your knowledge from other professionals experiences …”

“Nice blend of tech/non-tech and some interesting conversations and debates. Very worthwhile”

“Good talks and event at @Exeter_Web last night! Look forward to seeing what comes of #TechExeter”

“The ladies are absolutely rocking @Exeter_Web, impressive talk from Rachel from @informatics_lab”

“Brilliant talks at @Exeter_Web this evening on machine learning and webgl”

The meetups are normally informal gatherings which begin with three 10 minute talks, Q&As and then networking afterwards. This super-friendly group includes engineers, designers, software developers, data scientists and many more tech related professions from all walks of life.

The events are great opportunities for peer-learning and meeting other professionals in the field of tech. The informal environment and friendly audience make it a great place to try public speaking and practice presentation skills – we welcome speakers on many different subjects, whether it is their first or one-hundredth talk!

Get involved:
Give a 10 minute lightning talk, run a workshop or speak at our conference
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Feb 22nd: TechExeter x Bristol Games Hub Posted in: Meetups, Pinned

A joint crossover event between TechExeter and Bristol Games Hub, we’re at the University of Exeter’s “Creative Quadrant” building for an evening all about gaming 🎮

We’ll be facilitated by Fiona Rourke who will be adding some playfulness throughout the evening, and we have 3 great lightning talks from:

  • Dr Tomas Rawlings (Studio Director at Auroch Digital) – How to start a games studio
  • Dr Rob Sherman (Digital Liberal Arts & Digital Cultures, University of Exeter) – Fortnite “WONDERS: Pyramids of Giza”
  • Fraser McCormick (Principle Programmer at Auroch Digital) – How to Survive a Console Port using Unity

There’ll be free refreshments and pizza (kindly supplied by TechExeter sponsor CA TechTalent and Bristol Game Hub’s sponsor Auroch Digital).

>> BOOK YOUR SPACE >> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/techexeter-x-bristol-games-hub-tickets-791989320377?aff=website

29th Nov meetup Posted in: Meetups

This month will be a selection of lightning talks, plus an opportunity to check out some Raspberry Pi 5 units hot off of the production line!

(We’d love to hear about your Raspberry Pi powered projects!)

PLEASE NOTE – we’ve changed the date to Nov 29th to avoid a clash with ProductTank Exeter that was running on the 23rd.

Our speakers for the evening:

  • Erin Templeman
    Type 1 Diabetes risk calculator using clinical features
  • Geoff Revill
    Confidentiality in digital engagement for healthcare
  • Lauren Lemmer
    Unlocking the Power of Organic Growth: Reaching More People on Social Media for Free!
  • Amy Stell
    Provably Safe AI: Trustworthy machine learning and robust AI

Event Timings (provisional):

  • 7.00pm doors open
  • 7.20pm talks start
  • 7.50pm break
  • 8.10pm talks resume
  • 9.00pm venue closes

>> Register Here : ‌https://meetu.ps/e/Mx8sN/fcQhg/i

Speaker profiles:

Erin Templeman

PhD student at University of Exeter

(bio to follow shortly)

Geoff Revill

Co Founder and CEO at Safe Space One Ltd

Geoff has 25+ years in digital systems development leadership, mostly in Operating systems and middleware development and distributed data architectures for system of systems interoperability. Acquisitions led to product leadership role in silicon valley (strategic product lead for 10 product managers, 300 software engineers, 1000+ field sales people). Returning to the UK, Geoff built 2 start-ups, both innovation competition winners. Currently focussed on health tech leading Safe Space One Ltd. Also, pro bono Director for SW Cyber Security Cluster driving an ecosystem to support cyber innovators and cyber skills development.

Lauren Lemmer

Founder Lemon Tree Digital Marketing and Coach at Trade Ninja

As a marketing professional with over 15 years of experience, Lauren holds a wealth of expertise in marketing strategy. Her career has spanned across diverse companies, from large corporations like Flybe and Avon to smaller operations such as high street shops and e-commerce start ups. She now runs a small marketing agency which manages social media for a broad range of clients.

Amy Stell

Doctor of Philosophy – PhD at University of Exeter

Amy’s research is in ensuring trustworthy machine learning for high assurance systems. In particular looking at formally modelling and verifying the behaviour of neural networks with the aim to improve the safety and security of these systems.

SpaceApps 2023 Posted in: Events, Pinned

Updated Nov 2023:
Pics and video now available!

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Mega Meetup 2023 Posted in: Meetups, Pinned

We’ve got a special version of our meetup this September – in lieu of a full on conference, we’ve got a set of awesome talks and a gorgeous venue to socialise in.

Topsham Brewery’s new upstairs space down on Exeter Quayside is ours for the evening, complete with fully stocked bar (card only)with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

AppleBlossom catering will be providing the food, which is included in the price of your ticket.

Doors open at 5pm (so you can come straight from work), and we close upstairs at 10pm but the party can continue on downstairs!

OUR SPEAKERS FOR THE NIGHT

* Andrew Joiner, NHS Clinical Scientist, Bioinformatics – Medical Image Research

Andrew is a Bioinformatics clinical scientist working in the NHS with a specialisation in research trials involving AI for cancer detection. His particular focus right now is helping to facilitate large scale nationwide AI research trials as part of the National Breast Screening Service (NBSS) in the UK.

* Madhuparna Das, University of Exeter, Mathematics – Exploring the Implications of Generative AI Adoption in Higher Education

Madhuparna is an EPSRC doctoral fellow at the department of Mathematics, and founder of ThinkLabs AI.

* Georgie Monaghan, Wholegrain Digital – Let’s talk digital sustainability

Passionate about helping businesses grow in the right way, Georgie brings more than 17 years experience from agency and brand side roles to support organisations make informed, sustainable decisions about their web presence and strategy.

* Kris Sum, Switch Systems / Tech Exeter – Building a haunted house live experience

Kris is director of Switch Systems, a tech consultancy he setup in 2007. This talk looks at building and operating a unique immersive experience, and the technological challenges faced in providing robust systems in an ever-changing film set.

Get your tickets from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mega-meetup-2023-tickets-698352590397

Summer Social, July 27th Posted in: Meetups

Come join us for free food and drink up at Exeter Science Park – we’ll be outside The Dome, with a selection of games and also (by popular demand) our fun quiz!

No speakers this month, just an opportunity to chat with your peers and meet new people.

We’ve got a tasty dinner coming from The Spanish Shop in the form of Paella, which is generously sponsored by CA Tech Talent. We’ll also have a selection of soft drinks, but feel free to BYOB.

Sign up : https://www.meetup.com/techexeter/events/290018716/

Agile on the Beach, July 6 – 7 Posted in: Events, Pinned

Agile on the Beach is a conference devoted to delivering an environment for businesses and individuals at all stages of their digital transformation and Agile journey to thrive, grow and develop.

With only 50 tickets left, the conference attracts attendees and speakers from all over the globe and includes two full days of talks, learning, workshops, networking and social events. We talk Software Delivery (the track Kris is hosting), Agility In Business, Team Working, Product Design & Management and there are multiple workshops over both days.

More info and tickets at https://agileonthebeach.com/

SpaceApps 2022 recap video Posted in: Events

A quick glimpse of 2022’s event as we ready preparations for this year!

Save the date: October 7-8, 2023.

March 9th Meetup Posted in: Meetups, Uncategorised

Join us (for FREE!) at Positive Light Projects on Sidwell Street for a mix of interesting lightning talks and networking, plus FREE PIZZA 🍕🍕🍕 courtesy of CA TechTalent!

Schedule

  • 7.00pm: Doors open
  • 7.30pm: Introduction and talks start
  • Anna Davey-Mittchel: The techno-politics of accountability: simulated humans, AI, and commercialism
  • Peter Stephenson: Homelessness in Exeter and the services St Petrock’s provides
  • Ross Edwards: Using Unreal Engine to bring together satellite imagery, lidar and gps telemetry data to generate detailed digital portals replicating real world environments
  • 9.00pm: Doors close.

There is no bar at the venue so it’s BYOB. Light refreshments, pizza and snacks provided by CA TechTalent.

** If you’d like to talk at this or a future event, please get in touch with us!

Speakers

Anna Davey-Mitchell

Anna is a techno-political Researcher at the University of Bristol and sits on their Digital Societies Faculty Research Group Leadership team. Anna looks to understand issues of accountability and bias in the development of emerging technologies. Her research investigates the construction and commercialisation of humanoid AI robots, what these tell us about conceptions of womanhood and whiteness, and how this affects global socio-political spaces, policy and regulation, and ideas of citizenship.

Alongside her academic work, Anna is an experienced innovation and funding advisor, currently working with The University of Exeter’s SETsquared and Knowledge Transfer Partnership teams. She has supported leading UK business and academic partners across multiple sectors, aiding them to collaborate and secure millions of pounds in funding.

Peter Stephenson

Starting off as a structural engineer, Peter retrained in my late 20s to work in the church, but ended up volunteering in network of drug rehab centres in Madrid (long story!). This turned into a full time role and, on returning to the UK he started a career providing housing for people at risk of homelessness. After 18 years with YMCA in Exeter, Birmingham and Somerset, Peter became the Director of St Petrock’s in late 2021 in order to return to more grass-roots work with the most disadvantaged.

Ross Edwards

Ross is lead GIS Developer at UK Hydrographic Office.

FAQ

Q. I’m not a techy person; can I still attend?

A. YES! We welcome those working in tech/digital and those who want to find out more about tech!

Jan 26th Meetup Posted in: Meetups

We’re back with our first meetup of the year, and it’s bumper-packed with 4 speakers!

We’ll be at Positive Light Projects on Sidwell Street for a mix of interesting lightning talks and networking.

Schedule

  • 7.00pm: Doors open
  • 7.30pm: Introduction and talks start
  • Dr Chico Camargo (University of Exeter): Tech to track misinformation and disinformation
  • Dr Freddy Wordingham (DigiLab): Cutting edge data science learning
  • Tea/Coffee break
  • Joel Freedman (Satellite Applications Catapult): Designers in space
  • Tilly Loveland-Perkins (Cineon): Anxiety detection using eye-tracking
  • 9.00pm: Doors close.

There is no bar at the venue so it’s BYOB – but there will be tea/coffee available.

** If you’d like to talk at this or a future event, please get in touch with us!

FAQ
Q. I’m not a techy person, can I still attend?
A. YES! We welcome those working in tech/digital, and those who want to find out more about tech!

Register here : https://www.meetup.com/techexeter/events/290018705/

More on our speakers:

Chico Camargo

Chico Camargo is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Exeter, a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and director of the CC Lab. In his research, he develops new computational methods to study the evolution of information, combining approaches from the natural and social sciences. He is also a science communicator, having already written for Science, HuffPost Brasil, The Conversation, and produced more than 50 videos for YouTube.

Dr Freddy Wordingham

Prior to starting the University of Exeter’s RSE group with Omar Jamil, Freddy worked as the Research Assistant for Tim Harries’ Biophysics Group engineering HPC (high-performance computing) numerical simulations.

Focusing on cancer research, the group uses these simulators to investigate the interaction between light and molecules within the human body.

Freddy also leads software development as the Chief Technical Officer of Databound, a commercial software engineering company based in the southwest of England.

Joel Freedman

Joel is a Design and Innovation Consultant who has worked in the Space Sector for 10 years.  He specialises in applying a combination of human centred design and system innovation approaches to explore how cutting-edge technologies can be applied to solve complex social, environmental, and industrial challenges globally. 

He is the Head of Innovation Services at the Satellite Applications Catapult – a part-Government funded technology and innovation company focusing on growing the UK space sector, and co-founder of the Designers in Space Community – an international community bringing together space technology innovators with creative design practitioners.

Tilly Loveland-Perkins

Tilly is a Data Scientist and Researcher with a background in machine learning and animal sciences. At Cineon, her expertise is being used to integrate fundamental principles of psychology and neuroscience research to assess an individual’s cognitive and behavioural states. Using eye tracking, Cineon can detect these responses by analysing the spread, randomness, duration, error, or latency of particular eye movements during a task.

Xmas Bash! Posted in: Meetups

Our annual festive get together! 🎅🎄🥂

Join us at Kaleider Studios for some festive fun – we’ll have some seasonal snacks available and feel free to bring a bottle!

No talks for this session, just a last chance to meet up with people before the year is over. Maybe we’ll do some party games? 😁

Sign up : https://www.meetup.com/techexeter/events/289252830/