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Emerald City Comicon is this weekend. Do you have your tickets?

Emerald City Comicon is here. The Northwest’s premier comic book and pop culture convention is taking over the Washington State Convention Center April 7 – 10. After kicking off the festivities Thursday, the next three days will be filled with comics, movies, video games, cosplay, and more.

eccc-round-lowFeatured guests span the comic, entertainment and literary worlds. James & Oliver Phelps (aka the Weasley twins), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Norman Reedus (Walking Dead), and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) are among those in attendance. A wide variety of panels bring together fans with common interests and cover a wide range of skill sets from comic book publishing to zombie survival skills.

Although ECCC is officially sold out, fans near and far can still follow the action with ECCC Live! as well as on social media. Tickets are available through some secondary markets but beware of scalpers!

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.

Exploring the Myth of the Idea and the Upsidedown Startup

What: “Did you know that one of the bigg2016-03-The-Myth-of-The-Idea-Newton-Campos-300x167est problems that both entrepreneurs and people working for corporations face is not the absence of ideas, but rather how to select those with higher probability to succeed? How come do you locate or develop innovative ideas and select some of them to put in practice?

IE Business School invites you to an event to discuss the latest and most advanced topics within the Entrepreneurship field. From Design Thinking to Effectuation and from Open Innovation to Lean Startup, business founders as well as business managers will learn how Entrepreneurship is revolutionizing innovation practices in the beginning of this century.”

Where: Impact HUB Seattle

When: April 11, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Register: This event is free. More info here.

New Tech Seattle 4th annual UW event

DgCWGRUCHEwY-nSu7eRXtka-300x224What: “It’s spring and we’re back at the University of Washington! Kick off spring with us at New Tech’s 4th Annual UW Event. This year’s presenters will inspire you by sharing the innovative products they’re creating and their stories of building their companies. Company presentations include DataBlade, Igneous, Wellpepper, KRNL Labs, and Valant. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets includes light appetizers and no-host bar.

Where: Paul G. Allen center for computer science & engineering at UW

When: April 12, 5:00 pm7:05 pm

Register: Tickets available here.

Grow IT: The Growth of Hyperconvergence

1532039_1041564209191231_6899497983560616987_oWhat: This event is for “CIO, CTO, DEVOPS, SYS/NETWORK ADMINS (Students who are enrolled in a CIS program and have a .edu email address) WE LIMIT THIS TO 12 PEOPLE, so RSVP quick if you want in on this. What is the value: Neutral panel conversation, absolutely no powerpoints, only the sponsors (Scale Computing/PCM) can bring a sales person but they must bring their engineer with them so as to have balance and order and most importantly — NO SALES!!!

What is the value: Neutral panel conversation, absolutely no powerpoints, only the sponsors (Scale Computing/PCM) can bring a sales person but they must bring their engineer with them so as to have balance and order and most importantly — NO SALES!!!

Our Mission: Teach you why the growth of Hyper-Convergence is so hot right now and enjoy a brew at Rooftop Brewing’s new 15-barrel brewery, tasting room, and rooftop deck!

We want these to be intimate and only have the right audience so you will need to RSVP and if you are chosen you will be able to join in on the conversation. All others can watch online as we will be live streaming this event as well (event link will be posted here 30 min. prior to the event)

Our sponsor for this hybrid panel conversation is Scale Computing and they will have their top engineer on hand as one of the panelist. The other panelist will be neutral parties from the community and our goal is to bring a quality conversation to the brewery, hopefully one that turns into a great series.”

Where: Rooftoop Brewing, Seattle

Register: Space is limited, RSVP here.

Startup Grind Eastside hosts Gary Rubens (Angel Investor)

startupgrind44What: “Gary Rubens is a Startup Investor, Real Estate Developer, Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist and not always in that order. With a diverse 25 years of experience in launching startups, business acquisition, commercial real estate investing and running large scale businesses, Gary is richwith insights, growth and business strategies. He was President/CEO of ATG Stores, which was sold to Lowes. Most recently, he acquired i1 Biometrics which provides sensored products for the sporting industry, helping to identify head injuries and trauma.”

Where: Impact HUB Bellevue

When: April 13, 6:00 pm8:15 pm

Register: Tickets available here.

Networking 101 Presented by: YPOS ProDev and BECU

What: “YPOS is partnering with BECUProdev_cropped-300x141 and WeWork for the first event in our new educational series- ProDev (Professional + Development- get it?). And what better topic to segue into our new series than “Networking 101”? We’re bringing in a panel of leaders from Seattle’s top organizations to share their
wisdom after planning and attending years’ worth of networking events. They’ll discuss their tips for getting the most out of your networking event, how to follow up, commonly made mistakes and more.

At our maiden event, there will be a little networking, hosted drinks and appetizers, a panel discussion, and time after for an opportunity to discuss the evening’s topic with fellow attendees and the speakers.”

Where: WeWork Downtown

When: April 14, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Register: Tickets available here.

2016 Design for Good Changemaker Series Kick Off

AIGA_Homepage_Banner-1-300x117What: The Design for Good Changemaker Series unites creative professionals with organizations and nonprofits to enable design-driven social change. Our Kickoff event is designed to inspire you to make an impact—whatever your background or stage in your career. We will introduce our 2016 theme—Housing & Homelessness—and this year’s selected nonprofit and change org partners will present their missions and project challenges.”

Where: Kane Hall, University of Washington

When: April 14, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Register: Tickets are available for $4.14 – 21.99 here.

Fundamentals for Startups Fridays: Customers and Robotics

comotion-use-this-11-300x83What: The missiong of working sessions is to “provide our CoMotion Incubator Community and ELC Community with access to leading experts that can close the GAP in startup knowledge. These workshops will give startups, teams and students a chance to learn practical knowledge, as well as provide hands-on training, and networking opportunities with professionals in various branches of business.

The working sessions will have a topic and an area expert providing key insights and knowledge regarding the topic in a 20 minute lecture format. After the lecture, the attendees will break into working sessions to engage with the topic as it relates to them. Then we will have an ELC student presentation on a legal matter pertinent to startups. The Student will present for 25 to 35 min and then will work with the advising council to answer questions regarding that topic.

For both sessions, we will invite CoMotion mentors and EIRs as a resource to the attendees to help answer any questions and think through any problems they may be facing. All lecture portions will be video captured and livestreamed.

Where: CoMotion Incubator

When: April 15, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Register: This event is free. More info 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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