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GW calendar logoWith controversial ride-sharing rules dividing Seattle, next week’s Seattle Legal Innovation and Technology Meetup will explore the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the “sharing economy” — the phenomenon that’s transforming industries as diverse as transportation, housing, errands, and yes, even dog-sitting.

The free meetup, on the theme of “Hacking the Sharing Economy,” will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. next Tuesday, April 29, at Google’s offices in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The event will include an expert panel, followed by an hour of actual problem solving/hacking, concluding with refreshments and a discussion of ideas.

That’s one of the highlights from the GeekWire Calendar, our listing of the top tech industry and community events in the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading for the rest of our picks, and see the calendar for more.

Nate Silver
Nate Silver

Ahead of the Curve: Predicting baseball, politics and everything in between

Former New York Times reporter and legendary statistician Nate Silver is poised to share his expertise on the world of data forecasting. Prediction is the very thing that propelled Silver to fame in 2008 when he accurately anticipated the results of the primaries and presidential winner in 49 states. In 2012 he predicted 50 out of 50. Silver recently relaunched his award winning site FiveThirtyEight, which applies his trademark analysis strategy to politics, sports, and other data-driven subjects.

This event is officially sold out, but how much of a Nate Silver fan are you? If you show up you could get in on standby, but no guarantee. And failing that, stay tuned for an interview with Silver on GeekWire.

When & Where: April 25, 7:00pm-8:30pm. UW Meany Hall


Seattle Theater Group Presents: Video Games Live!

The world’s most popular video games jump off the screen and into reality with this immersive concert event. Live artists will perform along with “exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists,” and live action interactive segments. This concert is hosted by the video game industry to support the culture and art-form that gaming has become.

When & Where: April 27, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Paramount Theatre, Seattle.

scifiSeattle Cinerama Sci-Fi Film Festival

Geek out with this incredible showcase of some of the best Sci-Fi films of all time. Whether you prefer to dive down the rabbit hole with Neo, step aboard the Starship Enterprise, or buckle up next to Doc in the Dolorean — this 12-day lineup has something for everyone.

When & Where: May 1, 6:00pm-10:00pm. Cinerama, Seattle.

Hack to End Homelessness

The tech community gives back with this four-day fundraiser. Seattle’s housing advocacy community will connect with thought leaders in technology and innovation to address all forms of homelessness. The event will include a screening of @home, a documentary following e-activist Mark Horvath, an ArtWalk, and a hackathon. Check out this list of projects. All manner of hackers, from developers to PR pros, are welcome.

When & Where: May 2, 7:00pm. Impact Hub in Seattle’s Pioneer Square

ARA Seattle: Women in Tech Forum

Dawn Lepore 130
Dawn Lepore

This panel will address gender issues, talent shortages, and the role of women in the technology industry. Female executives in the Seattle tech community will discuss solutions and ways to elevate the role of women in a historically male-dominated field. The event will include networking opportunities and special guest speaker Dawn Lepore, former CEO.

When & Where: May 6, 5:30p-8:00pm. Lively Lounge in Seattle

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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