Full line up of speakers announced for Bristech 2016


Friday, September 23, 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 hello@bris.tech.


Media contact:

Jule Wilson, Chart.PR, Marketing Communications Manager at jwilson@scottlogic.com

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Notes to Editors:


Bristech 2016 gold partners


Scott Logic is a bespoke software consultancy with offices in Newcastle (est. 2005), Edinburgh (est. 2006), Bristol (est. 2011) and London (est. 2014). The company was founded in 2005 by Gary Scott with the goal of building a successful software development consultancy, that prides itself on quality service and the calibre of its people, which now number almost 200.

With a number of longstanding clients from a range of sectors including investment banking, financial services, energy trading and oil and gas, the company provides a broad range of services, including User Experience (UX) design, project delivery and testing

Scott Logic has also expanded to form a product-based business, shinobicontrols, which specialises in creating charts and tools for use on mobile apps, both for the individual developer and those in enterprise. For further information, visit scottlogic.com.



The ForgeRock Identity Platform™ transforms the way hundreds of millions of customers and citizens interact with businesses and governments online, providing better security, building relationships, and enabling new cloud, mobile, and IoT offerings from any device or connected thing. ForgeRock serves hundreds of brands including Morningstar, Vodafone, GEICO, TomTom, and Pearson, as well as governments like Norway, Canada, and Belgium, among many others.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, ForgeRock has offices in London, Paris, Düsseldorf, Bristol, Grenoble, Oslo, Sydney, and Vancouver, Washington. ForgeRock is privately held, backed by leading global venture capital firms Accel Partners, Foundation Capital, and Meritech Capital. For the latest news, information and free downloads, visit ForgeRock.com.



Dyson is a global technology company. Using frustration as a catalyst for invention, our team of 3,000 engineers and scientists develop technology which performs better. Dyson’s home is in England’s oldest borough, Malmesbury, and it has recently opened its new £250 technology campus to fuel its development pipeline. Dyson spends £5 million a week on research and development and works with more than 40 universities worldwide to develop technologies.


Bristech 2016 silver partners


Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK’s number one ‘investment supermarket’ for private investors. For more than 30 years, we have helped investors save time, tax and money on their investments. Today we are trusted with more than £60 billion by 832,000 clients.

Hargreaves Lansdown is a secure FTSE 100 company. We are based in Bristol where we now employ more than 950 people and continue to maintain a 100 per cent UK presence. Find out more at hl.co.uk.



Zoetrope IoT consulting and development helps companies develop connected products and services for the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables and other smart things. We’re here to help, through consulting and product development work. Zoetrope’s small and agile team is able to work quickly to help develop connected products and services, to stay ahead in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. Find out more at zoetrope.io.



Purple Secure Systems was founded in March 2006 by David Harris and Jez Williams, who recognised that many Government and defence organisations have a regular need to supplement their in-house systems and software engineering capability with external support. David and Jez formed Purple Secure Systems in response to the growing demand for a high quality and agile systems and software engineering partner to support these customers. Find out more at purplesecure.com.


Bristech 2016 bronze partner


Invest Bristol & Bath is a dedicated investment service established to attract investment to the region. It is tasked with helping the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership achieve its target of creating 95,000 jobs by 2030.

Invest Bristol & Bath aims to make investment in the region as straightforward and hassle-free as possible. Provided by the Economic Development teams of the four West of England local authorities, its Service for Major Investors includes:

  • Dedicated account management for investors;
  • Simplified access to relevant services;
  • Help to find the right property and location;
  • A convenient way of accessing staff and training;
  • Invaluable local knowledge;
  • Introductions to key players in the region;
  • Access to incentives;
  • Advice, support and assistance for relocating staff. Find out more at co.uk.


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