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GW calendar logoCelebrate Earth Day with two industries that have shaped Seattle: fishing and technology.

The third annual Fishackathon is hosted by the U.S. Department of State and invites coders to apply tech solutions to global fishery challenges.

One of 41 simultaneous hackathons, Fishackathon Seattle will be held on April 22 – 24 at Impact Hub Seattle. Nine challenges related to sustainable fishing will be unveiled at the beginning of the hackathon and one winner will go on to participate in the global competition. Participation is free and the hackathon is open to the public.

“It’s gonna be off the hook!”

Begun in 2014, Fishackathon brings together computer programmers and innovators to address the problem of worldwide overfishing. Across the globe, 1.5 billion people rely on fish in their diet and Fishackathon seeks solutions for unsustainable fishing practices. Additional information and registration are available 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.

AngelHack Seattle 2016

AngelHack-LogoWhat: “4 years. More than 250 hackathons. More than 72 cities around the globe. We’ve seen it all. And from all of these events, we’ve noticed one thing: Anyone. Can. Code.

Age, race, gender, experience level, it doesn’t matter. Passion and dedication is what you need to create apps and technologies that have never been imagined before. Implementation and creativity are what differentiate you. Mind and skill are what conquer all.

Welcome to AngelHack’s 9th Global Hackathon Series, where Anyone. Can. Code.”

Where: Google Seattle Parkview Center of the Universe Event Center (Fremont)

When: April 16, 9 a.m. – April 17, 5 p.m.

Register: Tickets are available for $10 here.

Virtual Reality Meets NASA in Seattle

VRJam+WorkshopWhat: “Chronos VR Development School will be hosting a VR Jam themed “Space” this Sunday, April 17 from 8 am to 5pm at SURF Incubator…The VR Jam is a condensed version of how Chronos VR courses are taught…When people buy a ticket for the Jam, they are guaranteed a seat on a team. Teams will be comprised of 5 or more people, and each team will have an HTC Vive to work with as well as a computer built for VR development, and access to Chronos Instructors.

Participants seeking a less hands-on experience or with more general interests in VR tech are also welcome to simply attend the series of workshops, demo the HTC Vive, and watch VR development in action. Workshops will include Unity 3D and Unreal Engine, VR Audio, Autodesk Maya, and developing for Augmented Reality.”

Where: Chronos VR at SURF Incubator

When: April 17, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Register: Tickets for General Admissions, VR Developer/Team Member and the After Party are available here.

Not All Fields Are Created Equal: Examining Gender Differences in STEM

Final_Cheryan-Sapna-flyer-shortenedWhat: “Increasing women’s participation in STEM fields has been a national topic that has led to changes in both education policy and business practices. Join us, as Dr. Sapna Cheryan unravels myths about women in STEM and explains why gender differences persist in some STEM fields, but not others. Explore the latest research and learn about possible solutions.”

Where: Kane Hall, University of Washington

When: April 18, 7 – 9 p.m.

Register: Admission is free but seating is limited.

Entrepreneurship Chat with Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet

thumb_General-Interview-PanelWhat: “We are excited to have Mark Mader with us for a fireside chat. Mark sometimes commutes to work on a Sea-Doo that he purchased to avoid traffic. So who better to share Startup Lessons From the Sea, a series of nautical-inspired tips for entrepreneurs. The chat will be followed by a Q&A so if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or tech enthusiast, get involved!”

Where: General Assembly, Seattle Tower

When: April 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Register: RSVP for free here.

Bringing Compassion Into This Digital Era with Dungse Jampal Norbu

Dungse-Jampal-Norbu-250What: “Technology has drawn us closer together, but it has also pulled us farther apart. It is easy to connect with friends thousands of miles away, while on the other hand remain indifferent to others, who may only appear as blips on a screen. To have compassion in our digital age means to return to the fundamental connections we all share; it asks us to understand how empathy and kindness can serve as a foundation to our lives, so that they are enhanced by the unusual connectivity of our new age, rather than overtaken by it.”

Where: Nalanda West, Seattle

When: April 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Register: Tickets are available for $25 here.

IN-NW 2016: Digital Innovation Conference

IN-NW 2016What: “In ever-changing, wildly dynamic digital marketing space, innovation has never been more important. Buzz-wordy for sure, but for good reason. Digital industries are morphing and growing faster than you can say selfie stick. Enter IN-NW (that’s “in northwest” for you newbies) a convergence of keynotes focused on digital innovations in consumer engagement, marketing, and culture. This intimate, single-track conference will introduce ideas and spark innovations to help boost your own organizations and connect you with like-minded locals doing big things in their own businesses.

If you are in the worlds of Digital Marketing, Small Business Creation, Consulting, PR, Tech, Community Engagement (or you just dig all this stuff), the IN-NW Conference is designed with you in mind. Join us.”

Where: Showbox SODO

When: April 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Register: Tickets are available for $250 – 275 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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