Full line up of speakers announced for Bristech 2016

Some of the technology’s brightest lights are among the newly announced line up for this year’s Bristech conference.

After sifting through 100+ submissions, organisers have selected 18 passionate speakers to present at the event, which this year takes place on November 3rd at The Watershed. Sessions will cover a diverse range of topics from across the technical spectrum including new programming languages, DevOps techniques, web frameworks and approaches to security.

Speakers include:

  • Tim Jarrett, Security strategist, and DevOps enthusiast at Veracode
  • Jen Williams, Developer of linked open data tech at Networked Planet
  • Dan Fairs, Founder, ex-Tech Director at Second Sync.

Bespoke software consultancy Scott Logic, the leading open platform provider of identity management solutions ForgeRock, and Dyson, the technology company that invented the first bagless vacuum cleaner, are the conference’s gold sponsors this year, and along with their fellow partners, are hoping such a diverse mix of speakers will help double last year’s attendance.

Bristech co-founder Nic Hemley, who is also Head of Development at Scott Logic’s Bristol Development Centre said: “We feel incredibly privileged indeed to be announcing such a strong line-up of speakers with local, overseas and female technologists.

“Our key task is to curate a diverse set of quality talks and our job is made so much the easier by the sheer quality of submissions. We will now be enthusiastically counting down the weeks to the event, and opening our doors to around 400 delegates on the day.”

Evolving from the success of the regular Bristech Meetup group, which was founded in Bristol in 2013, the inaugural Bristech conference was held as a sell-out event last October; early bird tickets for this year’s event have already sold out.

“We’re fortunate to have a vital, supportive community of developers and IT professionals here in Bristol,” said Jonathan Scudder, director of engineering and co-founder of ForgeRock.

“Bristol's collaborative, nurturing environment has been a key contributor to ForgeRock’s growth.  We’re delighted to be a gold sponsor of Bristech 2016 and have an opportunity to give back to the Bristol tech community.

“Developers building services that require user and device interactions will definitely want to be on hand for the talk by ForgeRock’s Simon Moffatt, who is presenting on the Identity Manifesto and the open source framework upon which identity and access management programs can be built.”

A Dyson representative from Dyson said: “Our focus is on hardware and software integrating seamlessly to enable better, more intelligent products. We want them to understand our preferences as well as the environment they are in.

“Bristol’s a brilliant place to be doing this with the minds that will allow us to develop more problem solving technology to export to the world.”

To get a flavour of what to expect at Bristech 2016, watch this video about last year’s event, or head to the website for tickets. For any other enquiries, contact [email protected].