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GeekWire reporter Nat Levy tries out some VR gaming at the 2016 PAX. (GeekWire Photo)
GeekWire reporter Nat Levy tries out some VR gaming at the 2016 PAX convention. (GeekWire Photo)

Virtual and Augmented Reality is booming in the Pacific Northwest, and on Friday, a host of fun, talented, and geeky VR enthusiasts will flock to the famous Green Dragon in Portland to get started on shaping the future.

The event includes a three-hour industry showcase from 1 to 4 p.m. from VR startups in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C. The event then opens to the public for an evening of beer, VR, and hopefully no bad interactions between the two.

And although general admission tickets are sold out, there’s still time to register for free as an industry professional or to sign up for the company showcase. Check out registration options and more info on the event here.

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.

game-design-labGame Design Lab @ the Pacific Science Center

What: Seventeen independent game developers will set up camp in the Pacific Science Center this Sunday, for a day of family-friendly game fun. You can play test their games, meet and talk to developers, and learn about how the games get put together — plus get discounted admission to the Center. Looks like it’ll be raining all weekend, so get the kids out of the house and exploring some science!

When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.6 p.m.

Where: Pacific Science Center, Seattle

Register: Go to the Pacific Science Center site and enter the promo code “INDIES” for $15 tickets to the Center and the game lab.

larry-weisCleanTech Events: Breakfast with Larry Weis, CEO of Seattle City Light

What: If you care about clean local energy, this is a great place to learn more about Seattle’s first-class green utilities with the new CEO and General Manager of Seattle City Light Larry Weis. Weis will discuss the state of green energy in Seattle and his plans to continue the city’s legacy of renewable energy use. This is part of the CleanTech Alliance’s monthly breakfast series, which you can learn more about here.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7:30 a.m.9 a.m.

Where: Perkins Coie offices, Seattle

Register: General admission for this event is sold out, but if you want to attend this (and future) CleanTech breakfasts, there are tickets for the full series available here.

biohackers-seattleBiohackers Seattle Social Meetup 

What: Do you like health? Do you obsessively check your Fitbit? You might just be a biohacker. Join Seattle’s biohacker group for their monthly meetup, and talk about nutrition, healthy living, and biohacking over a cup of joe and a healthy snack.

When: Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m.8 p.m.

Where: Sweetgrass Food Co., Seattle

Register: No registration necessary. Check out more about Biohackers Seattle here.

beers-with-engineersBeers with Engineers Portland gathering

What: If there’s a theme to this week’s events, it is definitely food. Grab a beer and meet other geeky Portland area engineers at this casual meetup. And if you’re outside Portland, there are also Beers with Engineers meetups in Seattle and Rochester, New York.

When: Thursday Dec. 15, 5 p.m.8:30 p.m.

Where: 10 Barrel Brewing Co, Portland, Oregon

Register: No registration necessary. Check out more about the event here.

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