Southend Tech Meetup

Southend Tech Meetup is a friendly monthly event for those who are interested in all things tech. We run large Tech Festivals (Raspberry Pi Jams), hackathons, coding workshops and work with Councils, business and education.

All welcome from beginners to digital professionals. Check out detailed location, previous talks and photos below.

Thursday 3rd January 2019 6.30pm-10.00pm
The Old Waterworks, North Road/Chelmsford Avenue
6.30 pm – Doors open
7.30 pm -Announcements + 7 min lightning talks
IoT parking project
Local hackathons
Software modular synthesis
Raspberry Jam Tech Festival

Your talk ?
8.30 pm – Networking
10.00 pm – Suggested departure.

Strictly over 18 years old.
Feel free to bring drinks, light refreshments and tech toys eg. drones, VR, etc.


The format of our events will normally include an update on what’s happening locally in Southend and Essex, followed by either discussions or talks on different technology subjects. We will cover topics such as computer software, website design, cloud and internet technologies, hardware, Raspberry Pi, and much more.

The agenda is open to you! If you have any ideas for talks, we’re especially keen to hear from you.

Join us at Southend Tech Meetup to broaden your tech knowledge, as well as meeting new people from your local area!

Location and Facilities

We are also looking for people to do talks of around 15-25 mins. Please contact via Eventbrite if you are interested.

Projector, power sockets and wired/wireless internet are available.

Please check the location as The Old Waterworks is hard to find and has change recently. See here for location details and free parking.

Future dates: First Thursday of the month: 7th February, 7th March, 4th April at The Old Waterworks…

Sunday 3rd March 2019 – Large tech festival, coding workshops, talks, projects demoed.


Feb Talk: Southend Borough Council’s Proposed Data Warehouse / consultation (postponed from November)

Southend Borough Council is building a Data Warehouse to underpin the Council’s Smart City Intelligence Hub and publish Open Data and is looking for input from the local community to help shape its design and uses.
Find out from the council’s SQL DBA / Big Data Lead how this will enable new and improved public services, help solve social issues and how you could benefit commercially by using the data.

Previous events


Guitar code here:

Video of version 1 guitar as mentioned by David is here :

Microsoft Hololens showing mixed reality (interacting with virtual object which appears in real space) and Occulus Go.

Drones were also given instructions to fly using computer code.

The drones also have cameras live streaming. These photos were take from the drone. (Twitter reduces quality and resolution so raw photos are better.)



Members took part in the #ChallengeDementia Hackathon with Essex County Council and one idea developed went on to win £5,000.

3rd May 2018 – Salesforce and #DL100 cross collaboration in Southend #TechCityonSea

5th April  2018 Talk – Making Tech Simple

Making tech simpler for users is about avoiding unnecessary complexity, walking before you try to run, and getting a good nights sleep because things handle themselves. Covering UX, WordPress & SystemsArchitecture.
Also #ChallengeDementia and council systems discussion.


Thursday 1st March 2018 – cancelled due to snow.

Thursday 1st February 2018 7pm-9pm
The Old Waterworks, Southend

7.00 pm – Arrival
7.30 pm -Talk by Damian – IoT in business
Andy Lewis, SimulSystems Ltd – Easy programming IBM Watson Machine Learning AI and Scratch
8.30 pm – Networking
9.00 pm – Suggested departure.


Thursday 2nd November, The Old Waterworks, Southend
Talk – Artificial Intelligence Ethics” – Andy Lewis, SimulSystems Ltd