One of the best things about being a geek in the Seattle region is the abundance of stuff to do — meetups, hackathons, fan conventions, tech industry events and a whole lot more. In fact, there is so much that it’s hard to track sometimes, and it’s easy to miss an event that you otherwise would have wanted to attend.

calendarThat’s where our latest feature comes in. Today we’re pleased to introduce the GeekWire Calendar, our new directory of upcoming events in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Our goal is to give you a broad overview of the best events happening in the Seattle region, in addition to big out-of-town gatherings that might just be worth the trip. We’re including a broad range of events, from startup meetups and developer talks to comic book conventions and, yes, even an event or two for UFO fans.

The calendar, powered by technology from Vancouver, B.C., startup Timely, comes with built-in tools for filtering events by categories and tags, to help find exactly what you’re interested in.

We’ve seeded the GeekWire Calendar with our picks — the stuff that certain members of the GeekWire team would attend every night if we didn’t have young kids — but one of the best features is the ability for anyone to submit events for us to consider publishing as free editorial listings in the main section of the calendar.

Additional features include the ability to subscribe to the calendar in Outlook, Google Calendar and other calendar systems. You can also switch from the default Posterboard view to view events more easily by date.

Separately, we’re also offering new display advertising options on the calendar. If you’re an event organizer (or someone who provides services or venues for events) you can contact Daniel Rossi, daniel@geekwire.com, to talk about ways to advertise your event or service on the calendar or across GeekWire. (More details on GeekWire advertising on this page.)

A big thanks to the team at Timely, our development partners at Fresh Consulting, and also to events veteran Isaac Alexander for helping us get the GeekWire Calendar off the ground. We have lots of ideas for additional features, and we’re looking forward to your feedback as we improve the calendar over time.

Check out the new GeekWire Calendar, submit an event or two, let us know what you think … and thanks, as always, for being part of GeekWire.

Comments

  • Guest

    Are you guys integrating with the StartupSeattle calendar? I love their calendar and it has been my go-to place to find great events in the area.

  • ChetCrunch

    Awesome, thanks for sharing. I have to say I’m not too excited about the pinterest theme, but the content is great. Looking forward to using it!

    • johnhcook

      Thanks ChetCrunch. We are pretty excited about this new effort as we constantly get event information sent our way, and now we have a good place to consolidate the info. Just so you know, the themes can be changed, so you can get rid of the Pinterest/Posterboard theme if you don’t like it and go with the stream view which shows all events by date. (My personal favorite)

      http://www.geekwire.com/calendar/action:stream/

      You can also view on a monthly calendar.

      http://www.geekwire.com/calendar/action:month/

      Check out those views, and let us know what you think.

      • ChetCrunch

        That’s what I get for commenting before exploring! Those views are much more digestible. Thanks John!

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