#GreenTechSouthWest Meetup Launch!

We’re super excited to announce that we’re teaming up with Future Economy Network to bring you GreenTech South-West – a meetup and a community. “Making the South West greener.”

We’re here to provide you with expert insight and thought-provoking discussions on how technology is aiming to help preserve our environment and battle the massive and urgent issue of climate change. We’ll be running regular meet-ups with a range of lightning presentations, round-room debates and panel discussions from some of the South West’s leaders in Green Technology.

Definition of Green Tech: Where technology enables a positive improvement in greening our environment. This includes innovative apps, software, systems and tech initiatives that promote sustainability, regeneration and renewability.

The events are open to anybody interested in the developments of GreenTech locally. Predominantly aimed at a technical audience, we welcome everyone from seasoned professionals looking to learn something new to people new to the tech scene and simply looking to grow your knowledge.


Zone Digital are kindly providing the venue and refreshments for our launch event which will take place at 6:00 pm on the 27th of February.

Expert speakers confirmed are:

Matt Thurling, Founder of Sapling Technologies

His Topic: ‘Tackling Decarbonisation with Artificial Intelligence and Common Sense’.

Matt is an entrepreneur and developer who likes to use his diverse skills to tackle problems worth solving. He has led groundbreaking projects for EMI, Deloitte, EA Games and Greenpeace, to name a few, has launched and exited education companies and has been CTO of tech startups. Matt’s latest venture, Sapling, is using machine intelligence to tackle the challenge of decarbonisation.

Chris Wallace – Member of Bristol Tree Forum

His topic: ‘bristoltrees.space: Mapping the Trees of Bristol’

Chris is a member of the volunteer group Bristol Tree Forum which campaigns for urban trees in Bristol. Founded by a councillor to act as an interface between citizens and the Bristol City Council, BTF aims to agitate for retention and planning of urban trees, to work towards the target to double tree canopy by 2046 and via https://bristoltrees.space/Tree/, provide a public knowledge-base of urban trees. Chris is a retired UWE computing lecturer and a member of Bristol Hackspace and Bristol Open Data.

Katherine Piper – Director of Future Economy Network

Her topic: ‘Introduction to Future Economy Network and Upcoming Events’

Director of The Future Economy Network (part of The Future Economy Group). FEN is an Events & Communications service, delivering sustainability events & networking opportunities whilst providing an invaluable mechanism for strategic communication to help the growth of your sustainable business. Katherine is also a Director of Bedminster Energy Group.

**Additional Speaker TBA**

Tim Kindberg – Digital Technologist and Founder

His Topic: ‘I Didn’t Buy: an online tool for empowering consumers to act against environmental collapse’

Tim is a digital technologist and founder of matter II media, based in Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio, which specialises in software for people to act collectively. Products include social video platforms Vorb and Nth Screen. Nowadays he concentrates on projects to tackle the climate emergency such as I Didn’t Buy, and projects to foster social justice and inclusion. He is co-founder of Grapevine which links print to audio stories for inclusive sharing via WhatsApp.

Hannah Smith – Freelance Web Developer, Consultant, Speaker & Writer

Her Topic: ‘Tools I use to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of websites I build’

Hannah is a freelance WordPress developer from Bristol with a BSc in Computer Science. Before freelance life, she honed her management skills at the Environment Agency, where she managed large organisational business change projects. Currently, she’s part of the Extinction Rebellion websites team and also an active member of Climate Action Tech. Cheers!

60-second intro’s! – A chance for anyone working on a GreenTech project to share with the group.

If you’d like to attend Green-Tech South-West, grab yourself a free ticket on the meetup page. Additionally, if you’d be interested in speaking at future events, please email Mike Harley or Ellen Davies.

See you there!

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