That’s the conclusion Re/code contributor Bob O’Donnell came to after attending the Bay Area’s 10th annual Maker Faire. O’Donnell, it turns out, is hardly alone in his opinion — Time recently published a similar piece, “How Maker Faires Are Inspiring Young ‘Makers’ All Over the World.”
These gatherings of “makers” — a subculture at the intersection of technology and do-it-yourself — provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, find inspiration, and foster collaboration. And now, General Assembly and Seattle Met are partnering to bring the Emerald City a makers event of its own.
Made in Seattle Week is a seven-day celebration of the Seattle maker community. The week’s events, which kick off Monday, June 1, include fireside chats, educational panels, presentations, and more.
That’s one of the selections from the GeekWire Calendar, our curated list of the Pacific Northwest’s top tech events. Keep reading and visit the full calendar for more.
What: “Join Cambia Grove for a fireside chat with entrepreneur community luminaries Russell Benaroya and Henry Albrecht. The event is part of the Cambia Grove Leadership Focus speaker series, in which experienced industry leaders share their insights about what it takes to find success in the increasingly competitive Seattle startup sector. Intended to engage and inform, Benaroya and Albrecht’s talk on May 27 will focus on “everything entrepreneurship” — from starting a business to forming a team, and encompassing the early stage startup life cycle, from securing funding through growth mode.”
When: May 27, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Cambia Grove, Seattle.
Register: RSVP for free here.
What: “The Brass Screw Confederacy, Port Townsend’s Steampunk festival, aims to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles. The event brings together the region’s finest Steampunk artists and entertainers for a weekend of the extraordinary — authors, panels, music, art, gritty history and whimsical flights of fantasy. Experience the mechanical contrivances of Tactical Croquet — miniature golf meets croquet — plus oddities and entertainments for all ages.”
When: May 29, 1 p.m. – May 31, 3 p.m.
Where: Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend.
Register: Tickets are on sale for $20 – $120 here.
What: “Seattle Mind Camp is a self-organizing, digitally minded, entrepreneur-driven, overnight Seattle confab, presented by Andru Edwards.
What happens when you put 200 of the smartest Seattleites in a creative environment for 24 hours? We know how awesome that is, but if you don’t, it’s time for you to find out. Come meet and connect with those involved in the interesting projects going on in and around the Seattle area.
Past attendees will tell you that Mind Camp isn’t just another social media event. Sure, the social media crowd definitely has a presence, but we pride ourselves on mixing geeks, entrepreneurs, artists, professors, musicians, philosophers, scientists, politicians, doctors, and more for a weekend where they all teach and learn from each other.”
When: June 6, 12 p.m. – June 7, 11 a.m.
Where: Facebook Seattle office
Register: Join the waitlist for free here.
What: “Join more than 800 business, academic and government leaders at the premier annual event for Washington’s innovation community. The 2015 State of Technology Luncheon will feature a keynote presentation by Steve Singh, CEO at Concur.”
When: June 5, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Westin, Seattle.
Register: Tickets are on sale for $85 here.