Meet Bath's next generation of thinkers
The Bath area is home to a thriving ecosystem of technologists, engineers and creative thinkers who are busy partnering and collaborating to solve problems and to improve how things work.
The presence of large firms such as Civica, Altran and AMDOCS – as well as firms involved in digital publishing such as Future - has helped to foster an entrepreneurial environment locally, and a large number of small consultancy firms are designing a range of systems including online applications and services. The Filter counts NBC, Sony Music, Warner Brothers and Nokia as clients for their content relevance optimisation software.
Much of the commercial activity here has “spun out” of the University of Bath, which is internationally known for its teaching and research strengths in computer science, engineering and design.
The University of Bath Innovation Centre - provides a unique environment that combines work space, business support and inspiration for high-growth, high-tech companies and the entrepreneurs that create them. Virtual membership is available.
The Guild Coworking Hub - Bath's quirkiest work and collaboration space for the area's creative and tech thinkers.
High Tech Bristol and Bath - organises a range of Special Interest Groups which promote the application of high technologies to solve problems.
Bath Digital - Bath Digital is a collaborative organisation set up to represent the interests of the area's many thriving digital communities, networks and groups.
Bath Digital Festival and SPARKie Awards - launched in 2012, when a group of local digital technology enthusiasts came together to showcase and celebrate the expertise and creativity present in the area. The SPARKie Awards are the digital and technology awards for the West, and held as part of the Digital Festival.
TechSPARK - the information hub for all things tech in Bath and Bristol. Brings the tech community together in a series of informal meetups that foster collaboration, learning and the sparking of new ideas.
SPARKup school - a series of educational and motivational workshops for tech entrepreneurs, run by TechSPARK in partnership with the Innovation Centre (see above).
Bath: HACKED - a group of local developers liberating data and making useful things. New members very welcome.
BathCamp - describing itself as a “monthly meet-up for interesting people”, BathCamp offers another way to connect with like-minded techies and to chat about topics close to your heart.
Bath Girl Geeks - part of the Girl Geek Dinners UK network, and is a team of dedicated women who are committed to supporting one another within the technology and engineering sectors.
OpenMIC (Mobile Innovation Camp) - run from the University of Bath’s Innovation Centre, OpenMIC is an un-conference for discussion and debate focusing on the development of new mobile applications and mobile web services.