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GW calendar logoCan we create a better future through inquiry? That is one question, of several, that Questions for a Better Future will explore on May 9. Dr. Joseph Williams, recently appointed as Washington State’s Director of Economic Development for the Information and Communication Technology sector, will provide opening remarks for this free, one-day summit.

Dr. Paul Kim, a keynote speaker at Questions for a Better Future.
Dr. Paul Kim, a keynote speaker at Questions for a Better Future.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Paul Kim of Stanford University and the founder of an international mobile learning platform, Warren Berger, author of “A More Beautiful Question,” and innovator/humanitarian Dr. Akhtar Badshah. Read more about the “Questioners” here.

Organized by Projects4Good, attendees are invited to “explore as a community how we can work together to create a better future and to make a difference in education, in the workplace and in our region.”

Questions for a Better Future begins at 8 a.m. at Seattle Town Hall. More information and registration is 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.

What’s Next? Innovation Breakfast featuring Nick Hanauer

nick hanauerWhat: “Join MOHAI and entrepreneur, venture capitalist, civic activist, and author Nick Hanauer for a stimulating conversation centered on Seattle’s global impact. In his keynote address, Diversity and Innovation: America’s Most Valuable, Hanauer will discuss the important role of diversity in innovative communities, and how it strengthens the ability to compete on a global stage.”

Where: MOHAI

When: May 11, 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Register: Suggested minimum donation of $150, RSVP here.

CoCA Pop-Up (AR)t, Book Release Party and Opening Reception

coca_AR_image_2_squareWhat: “As part of CoCA’s ongoing effort to push the boundaries of contemporary art—in this case by bringing new technology to its publications—CoCA jurors Joseph Roberts and David Francis have worked with Curator and Producer Ray C. Freeman III to select 18 contemporary artworks to present in a technology-enhanced art volume, Pop-up (AR)t Book. Similar to a traditional pop-up book, three dimensional versions of featured artists’ work will spring to life as the viewer turns each page. But instead of elaborate paper cutouts, new technology called Augmented Reality (AR) will allow the viewer to see the artwork in three dimensions on their mobile device – iPhone, iPad, and Android.”

Where: CoCA at Rubix

When: May 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Register: The gallery will be open as part of Capitol Hill ArtWalk

Breakfast for Global Health (Bellevue & Seattle)

bgh16-geekwire-calendarWhat: “What if you could help end a disease for good? At PATH’s 2016 Breakfast for Global Health, you’ll hear from the front lines of disease elimination—where history is being written for polio, malaria, and other diseases, thanks to technology innovation and partnerships between Seattle institutions and countries around the world.”

Please note: The 2016 Breakfast for Global Health is held in Bellevue on May 10 and in Seattle on May 13.

Where: Hilton Bellevue & Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center

When: May 10, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. (Bellevue)

May 13, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. (Seattle)

Register: Attendance is free, please register here.

Salesforce Seattle Women in Tech Happy Hour

Seattle WIT UG- Happy Hour May 13, 2016What: “Sit back, grab a drink, and get to know other Salesforce Women in Tech in Seattle at the Seattle Women in Tech User Group (formerly Girly Geeks) informal Happy Hour on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Diller Room in downtown Seattle.

This is our first event in quite some time, so there are tons of new members to our group to meet and connect with.”

Where: Diller Room, Downtown Seattle

When: May 13, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Register: Attendance is free, please register here.

Supercute Farewell Weekend at EMP Museum

Photo via EMP/Hello Kitty

What: “To celebrate the final days of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, EMP Museum is hosting the Hello Kitty Supercute Farewell Weekend on Saturday, May 14–Sunday, May 15Weekend events will feature Hello Kitty-inspired fun including exclusive Hello Kitty merchandise, food specials at the Hello Kitty Cafe truck, family-friendly activities, and a special visit by Hello Kitty herself.”

Where: EMP Museum

When: May 14 – 15

Register: Free with museum admission.

Techstars Seattle Demo Night

Techstars LogoWhat: “Join Techstars Seattle’s 2016 class of nine companies as they present their businesses to the community for the first time! Space is limited so reserve your spot today.

Our 2016 class embodies the best of our regional innovation ecosystem, tapping unique centers of excellence like space / satellite communications, data visualization, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs / drones), online gaming, retail and enterprise SaaS. The program begins on Monday, February 22 and culminates with a Community Demo Day on May 18th, where the companies will pitch their solution and seek investments from top Pacific Northwest angel investors and venture capitalists.”

Where: MOHAI

When: May 18, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Register: Attendance is free, please register 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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