Event report: Bristol Re-Tech Meet up NOVEMBER 2023

Re-Tech V

This time around, it felt like Re-Tech’s coming of age.

The fifth edition of Re-Tech was bigger and more grown up than its predecessors. That’s not to say it wasn’t a lot of fun (it was), just more that the brand and format really got into their groove.

Despite the monsoon-like conditions, a big crowd gathered from early on. We even had people turn up early ahead of the official kick off time at 6pm.

Our new home this time was the Future Leap Hub on Gloucester Rd.


Flyer for Re-Tech 9 November 2023
Crowd at Re-Tech 9 November 2023

The format for Re-Tech five was pretty much the same as Re-Tech four in that we had three short talks from expert speakers from around the industry. We worked super hard to curate a combination of talks that would be both varied and give the audience plenty to think about. We definitely achieved the brief with Mark Finch, Alexandra Allen and Beccie Drake

Mark led the charge with his humorous and incredibly candid story of life as founder and the journey of Ternan Energy as it has gone from a one person consultancy through to a geoscience powerhouse with offices around the country. What felt like a confessional at times, Mark pulled no punches and told us about both the good times and the not so good times in the founder’s seat. 

Second speaker was Beccie Drake, digital offshore wind lead at Arup. Beccie came at us with a more technical topic, discussing what it means to say digitalisation in offshore wind. Her 15 minutes included lots of audience participation, with plenty of questions asked of the room on the fly. The point being that the definitions are not clear and what the industry terms meant to one person, can be very different for the next. Thought provoking stuff.

Last but certainly not least was Alexandra Allen, COO at Sennen Tech. Alex is an ex-charities sector operations professional, previously the founder of a bookshop and now finds herself in the demanding role of leading funding rounds Sennen. Alex told us of the weird and wonderful adventure she has been on, courting VC’s in the UK, Europe and the US. 

A massive thank you to all of our speakers.

Of course, the night would be nothing without the audience. You came, you saw, you chatted, you ate A LOT of mac n cheese. The room was buzzing with lots of new faces, first timers on the Re-Tech scene. Thank you to each and every one of you who came along and made the night such a success.

We wound the event down around 10.30 and some of us may have ‘continued the discussion’ in the various hostelries of Gloucester Road until it was way past my bed time and Uber o’clock. Friday was tough.

A final thanks to Karl Davis and the team at Empire Engineering. Their involvement meant not only could the event happen but ticket costs were kept right down.

2023 has been a huge year for Re-Tech Events.

We will be back in 2024. Watch this space.

Stu selfie with audience at Re-Tech 9 November 2023

We’re now actively looking for sponsors, speakers and supporters to make the next event happen. If you’d like to get involved please get in touch with the Re-Tech team.

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