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GW calendar logoValentines Day is approaching, and what better way to beat the clichés than with a Zombie Prom? That’s right, Spooked in Seattle, a company that does ghost tours around town, is throwing an undead dance party this Feb. 14.

10850266_10152865480684330_2646532974555423030_n-1DJs will be spinning from 7 p.m to 12 a.m., and a professional makeup artist will begin spookifying guests earlier that morning. Flying solo this Valentines Day? The event organizers say that’s just fine.

“Even if you ate your other half, come on down solo, maybe you will meet the GHHHHOUL of your dreams.”

Tickets are available for $15 – $20, and all proceeds are, appropriately, going toward the Pacific Northwest’s first Death Museum.

Hack Housing: Empowering Smarter Decisions — A Weekend Hackathon

Zillow-box-logoData powerhouses like Zillow, Redfin, and their competitors have largely disrupted the home-buying experience. There’s a vast wealth of information out there for home buyers, but researching across multiple platforms and delving into government data can be daunting. That’s why the University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering school is partnering with Zillow for this three-day hackathon.

The event, which also has support from the former U.S. Deputy CTO at the White House, aims to produce creative solutions for home buyers. Zillow will supply hundreds of federal and local data sets and APIs, as well as its own data. The first place team will win $10,000 cash. Register for free here.

When and where: Feb. 6 – Feb. 8. Zillow, Seattle.

robotRe-Maker Fest: Crafting New Ways With Old Stuff

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the Maker Movement in Seattle…but what about re-makers? Stop by this free festival to learn about the world of repurposed, refurbished, and remade goods. Brown Paper Tickets CEO Steve Butcher, UW Lecturer/Dumpster-Diving Researcher David Giles, and other experts will hold a panel discussion. Stop by to unload some unwanted clutter, show off your own repurposed work, or just learn more about the movement. RSVP here.

When and where: Feb. 9, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Brown Paper Tickets Community Room, Seattle.

Slide1The Science of Genetic Sports Performance

Ever wonder what makes a truly phenomenal athlete? Does Marshawn Lynch just work harder than everyone else or is it something he’s born with? Explore these questions at the next Consumer and Personal Genomics Meetup. The event will feature a presentation from self-proclaimed “fat man to ironman” Scott Longden. Longden is also the president and founder of DNAeX, a lab focused on maximizing athletic performance. He’ll discuss his experiences and research, followed by a Q&A session and networking. RSVP here.

When and where: Feb. 13, 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle.

Photo via Flickr/Dannelle Meyers
Photo via Flickr/Dannelle Meyers

RadCon Sci-Fi/Fantasy Convention

This three-day celebration of Sci-Fi and Fantasy will feature panels on a variety of subgenres, a costume contest, classical tea party, a fire show, gaming tournaments, and other programming. Families are welcome to join and participate in KidCon, led by the local Girl Scout Troop. Children under 10 get free admission and adult tickets can be purchased at the door for $40.

When and where: Feb. 13 – 15. Red Lion Inn, Pasco, Wash.

Items for this feature are picked from the GeekWire Calendar, where you can submit free listings for geeky gatherings and technology-related events in the Pacific Northwest. 

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