Southend Tech Meetup

We are now meeting in person at The Old Waterworks on the first Thursday of the month and weekly Mondays.

Southend Tech Meetup, over 18s
First Thursday of the month 7pm-10pm
The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend

Southend Tech Meetup is a friendly tech event for those who are interested in all things digital and tech.

Please be considerate of other people’s health:
Continue to social distance, use the sanitisers provided and wear face masks when walking around the building, as well as checking in and out.

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, future dates/activities, previous talks and photos below.

First Thursday of the month 6pm-10pm
The Old Waterworks, North Road/Chelmsford Avenue

6pm – Doors open for early arrivals
7.00 pm – Arrivals
7.30 pm – Announcements / Talks
9pm – Networking
10.00 pm – Suggested last departure.

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

Monday evenings 7-9pm
Click here for Monday meetings.


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.

See here for location details and free parking.

Previous events and details



March 2020 – Thomas Chaplin demoed his currency converter built in React.

Thursday 3rd October 2019 6pm-10pm
3D design, printing, modelling, rendering, VR/AR, 360 photos/video, immersive experiences

App discussed

Thursday 5th September 2019 6pm-10pm
The Old Waterworks, North Road/Chelmsford Avenue
“Project Management” by Allison Coucher.
Allison is a Senior Project Manager at Sky. With over 20 years experience in technology managing technical deliverables she will explain the skills, qualifications and details of project management

Thursday 1st August 2019
Talks: Beginners guide to building and marketing a website on social media

4th July – digital skills, learning to code / ed tech / Raspberry Pi / Microbit with teachers/educators, etc. at The Old Waterworks…

Thursday 6th June 2019 6pm-10pm
Talks by women in tech

iSocialCircle – creating a startup to connect people offline.
Hephzi Tagoe – feeding the biotech pipeline with skills for the future.
Maria Solecki – effective writing for web traffic, conversion and SEO.
Dorothy M0LMR – tech skills through amateur radio.
CocaCoder – image recognition

Thursday 7th March 2019

Post Jam meetup
Here is the link for the electric car conversion one of the members discussed.

Thursday 7th February 2019
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.

Thursday 3rd January 2019 6.30pm-10.00pm
7 min lightning talks
Docker – Matthew
Hackathons – Edmund – local hackathons to come
Learning to code as an adult – Jen
Software testing – Lewis

Raspberry Jam Tech Festival – Andy, Southend Tech
Parking IoT project
Project Beeswax – IoT pollination project – Andy, Simulsystemsltd


Docker BBC Emulator instructions:
1. Install Docker
2. docker run –name bbc -d -p 5920:5920 -v <some directory on your host>/bbcmicro/ssd:/home/bbcmicro/ssd elminster/b2:latest
3. Copy a BBC disk image (.ssd file to <some directory on your host>/bbcmicro.ssd)
4. Using a VNC Client connect to localhost:5920
5. File->Drive 0->Disc Image-><select ssd file from bbcmicro/ssd directory>
6. shift + brk will load the disc image. On my Mac this maps to shift + f11. See tools->Keyboard Layout for key mappings from BBC keyboard to your machine.


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