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GW calendar logoCommunity organizers will kick off a new initiative, Solstice Social Good, in conjunction with Seattle’s annual Fremont Solstice festival, on Friday, June 17. The kick-off event provides a forum to connect businesses and non-profits, network and share innovative approaches to social good.

solstice social goodPresented by the Tableau Foundation, Solstice Social Good begins at 3 p.m. with a happy hour followed by brief presentations on “innovate initiatives, using technology to do good and highlighting innovative partnerships.” Representatives include Fremont Abbey Arts, Adobe, Killer Infographics, and more. GeekWire is a partner for this inaugural event.

The event will conclude with an informal Q&A for attendees to engage with the presenters. Tickets are available for $20 here, all proceeds benefit the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.

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.

SeaJUG Special Event: The Future of Robotics

seajugWhat: “Robots have been in our minds for ages. Our imagination has been fed by science fiction, movies, cartoons. But where are the robots to be seen today? You might wonder.

At SoftBank Robotics, we’ve been making robots for the last 10 years. Programmable humanoid robots. Social robots. Robots that don’t focus on performance but rather on interacting with people. We get the feeling they are the ultimate interface. But what are they useful for? How do they work? And more importantly: why should you pay attention to them?

In this presentation, we’ll invite Pepper on stage to do some demos, we’ll discuss software, hardware, sensors and emotions, we’ll share our vision about the future of robotics, and as much as we can, we’ll try to answer all the questions you have about this new species that will soon take over the world.”

When: June 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Disney, 924 4th Ave, Suite 400, Seattle, WA

Register: Join and RSVP for this meetup here.

Seattle Sports Tech Meetup

seattle sports techWhat: “Grant Farwell from Matcherino will be joining us – don’t this miss this up-and-coming eSports startup! Grant studied Economics at Roger Williams University and served as one of the Founders and the CEO of both Barc and Matcherino. Matcherino is a startup that provides a platform for fans to better interact with their game streaming idols.”

When: June 15, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: SURF Incubator, 999 Third Ave

Register: Join and RSVP for this meetup here.

TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off: Seattle 2016

TechCrunch MeetupsWhat: “TechCrunch’s legendary meetup + pitch-off event is coming to Seattle! Join us for beer, good conversation, and a battle to the death to see which entrepreneurs can dazzle and excite the judges in under sixty seconds. And whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, dreamer or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the event so we can grab a beer and hear your thoughts. Come one, come all. It’s sure to be a night to remember.

We’ll select approximately 10 great Seattle-based startups to explain to our panel of VCs and TechCrunch editors why their startup is awesome in 60 seconds or less. You’ll be competing for an opportunity to attend our flagship event TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on September 12-14.”

When: June 16, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Showbox SODO

Register: Tickets are available for $10 here.

Seattle RailsBridge Rails for Women Workshop

railsbridge_horizontal_orange-5a5e9a6b0999b281514f94e92e9805870ebb625639f10427c9b482350b1439a4What: “This workshop is intended to reach out to women who are new to Ruby and Rails. Men are welcome to come – please find the woman in your life that wants to learn Ruby and Rails who will register and bring you as a guest.

In this workshop, we’ll take you through building a complete web application using Ruby on Rails. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have an application on the internet that connects to a database and reads and writes information.”

When: June 17, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and June 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Code Fellows Seattle

Register: RSVP for this free workshop here.

3D MakerFest at the Future of Flight

Makerfest logo1What: “Every one of us is a Maker. With today’s technology, the tools we have to create are greater than ever before, allowing the things we imagine to become realities. Whether you have never seen a 3D printer or your career is based in advanced manufacturing, the vendors and speakers at this event will welcome and enlighten you regarding aspects of 3D printing that you may not have encountered before.

Most kids make things for their dads on Father’s Day. This year, kids can learn to make things with their dads at the Institute of Flight’s 3D MakerFest, Father’s Day weekend.”

When: June 18 – 19

Where: Future of Flight Aviation Center

Register: Tickets are available for $9-14 here.

NewSpace 2016

new spaceWhat: “NewSpace is the only conference that brings the three pillars of the space industry — startups, established companies, and government agencies — together with private investors and tech innovators. The three-day conference focuses on the current, near term, and future issues and challenges in commercial space and is attended by distinguished members from all sectors and verticals of the space industry, making this conference a hotbed of innovation and partnership.”

When: June 21 – 23

Where: Motif Seattle Hotel

Register: Passes for the conference are available for $249 – $949 here.

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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