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GW calendar logoYesterday The U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced new measures to monitor people entering the U.S. from any of the three African nations faced with the Ebola epidemic. Travelers will be expected to check in with local health officials daily and report their temperatures during the 21-day incubation period.

In addition to these measures, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new curriculum to train healthcare workers treating Ebola patients. The WHO has asked Shift Labs, a Seattle-based company that creates affordable medical products for low-budget clinics, to create digital simulations to accompany the new course.

To address the time-sensitive issue, Shift Labs is hosting a three-day Ebola Training Hackathon, to kick off Friday at 5 p.m. and run through Sunday evening. Game developers, artists, and medical professionals are invited to work together to create simulation training using the Unity game engine.

“If you’re tired of all the bad news out there and want to use your game building/medical/training skills to make a difference, come spend the weekend of Oct 24-26 designing and building a prototype tool that will help prepare front line emergency workers who are treating Ebola patients around the world,” says Shift Labs.

The event will be held at the Living Computer Museum. Register for free here.

That’s just one of our selections from the GeekWire Calendar — our curated list of the top tech events in the Pacific Northwest. Keep reading and check out the calendar for more.

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Seattle geeks looking for something a little more light-hearted to do this weekend should check out .COMedy Live. Five comedians will get on stage to riff on all things geek.

“Come watch our team of comedians poke fun and have fun,” say event organizers. “Whether you are a Trekkie, a Trekker, a computer geek, a Ringer, a Gater, a ‘Scaper, a Whovian, a Coppertop, a steampunk, a retrofuturist, a Potterhead or an ASOIAF fan, we got you covered.”

Tickets are available for $15- $30 here.

When and where: Oct. 26, 8:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. Parlor Live, Bellevue. 

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Is your startup looking for funding? Every year 9Mile Labs invests in 18 young companies and the accelerator will be pitching at the upcoming Cigars & Startups meetup. “Also word on the street is that they have a larger fund to support the future 6 cohorts and make a few follow on investments,” writes event organizer Andrew Klein. Drinks and snacks are included in the $25 cover.

When and where: Oct. 28, 5:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. 9Mile Labs, Seattle. 

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Join the Young Professionals of Seattle (YPOS) for a fall celebration, complete with a hard cider bar and seasonal snacks. YPOS organizers expect to draw over 100 attendees for an evening of relaxed networking. There are only two rules: no name-tags and no sales pitches.

When and where: Oct. 28, 6:00p.m. Capitol Cider, Seattle. 

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Seattle non-profit Social Ventures Partners is crowning its picks for the city’s top social innovators and entrepreneurs. The SVP leading finalists will pitch on stage in front of a panel of judges and investors for a portion of a $250,00 grant prize. The Fast Pitch Finals are open to the public and guests can enjoy wine, appetizers, and networking with contestants. RSVP here.

When and where: Oct. 28, 5:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, Seattle. 

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Ignite Washington is hosting its first conference, an event that aims to address the challenge local businesses face in the world of e-commerce. As Ignite explains, more than 56% of U.S. adults shop online but 65% of local businesses have limited digital advertising, strategy, analytics, or tools to accept online payments. This inaugural event will bring together local business leaders to create “an ecosystem of support and growth for new jobs in Washington through digital commerce.” Apply to attend here.

When and where: Oct. 29, 1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. Mercer Island Community Events Center, Mercer Island. 

Mark your calendar for GeekWire’s 3rd annual Game Night at Seattle’s Spitfire bar on Nov. 11. We’ll be busting out the board games, including our favorite, Settlers of Catan, for this night of fun! Tickets available here.

Contact GeekWire’s Monica Nickelsburg at Listings for this feature are picked from the GeekWire Calendar, where you can submit free listings for technology-related events in the Pacific Northwest. 

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