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Millennials get a bad rap sometimes, but an increasing number of movers and shakers in tech and other industries are part of this generation. This weekend, Seattle will host a set of events created by millennials, for millennials, bringing together Seattle’s rich and diverse millennial community to share the way they think about their city and their generation.calendar2

Millennial Weekend Seattle will include a talk at Town Hall on Sept. 15 from Millennial thought leaders, as well as a startup lounge on Sept. 16 for attendees to network, brainstorm ideas, and connect with experts for one-on-one advice and mentoring.

Speakers at the event include Millennial leaders Tiffany Pham, founder and CEO of the women-focused networking site Mogul, and Tonya Rapley, founder and CEO of finance advising platform My Fab Finance.

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.

blog-hero-improv_AR_VRImprov Your Way Through Augmented, Virtual, & Mixed Realities

What: “Join Smashing Ideas’ Associate Creative Director, Chris Hannon, and Senior UX Designer, Clemente Miller, for a happy hour of hilarity where you’ll laugh your way through the evolving concepts of augmented, virtual, and mixed realities. Through a series of hilarious interactive lessons you’ll learn the differences between the platforms and get a solid understanding of how to generate relevant ideas for these emerging technologies. What if you’re not even sure how AR, VR, and MR factor into what you do? We’ll take you through the strengths of each technology and how to generate creative concepts that will give you, and your business, a distinct advantage over your competition.”

When: September 15, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: Smashing Ideas, Seattle, WA

Register: Registration and more information available here.

vrSplash2Seattle VR Hackathon IV

What: “Come join us for a weekend of creativity, innovation, and learning! The VR Hackathon is an opportunity to learn about Virtual Reality and other immersive technologies, to meet new people, and to get hands-on experience with VR design and development. Join us on September 16 – 18 for a weekend of creating virtual reality (VR) experiences at the Seattle VR Hackathon!

You do not need technical experience to participate in a hackathon! We welcome anyone from any background and level of expertise, from newbie to enthusiast to professional. Prizes will be awarded for the best VR experiences in several categories that will be announced prior to the event via our webpage and various community channels. For more information, see our website ( or just jump right in and grab a ticket at our Eventbrite page below.With hardware reaching consumers this year, now is the perfect time to get involved in VR. We are excited to experience the magic that happens when we gather hundreds of VR creators under one roof!”

When: September 16  to September 18 

Where: UW Center for Education and Research in Construction, Seattle, WA

Register: Registration and more information available here.

Seattle mini Maker faireSeattle Mini Maker Faire

What: “Maker Faire, hailed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness—and a celebration of the maker movement: people not just hungry to talk about the next big thing, but to make it!

Now in its fifth year, Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, garage tinkerers, and commercial makers of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects with the public—anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit. Over the course of the weekend, guests are invited to get their hands dirty and try out the latest inventions, activities, and talks that blend art, engineering, science, and technology from more than 100 makers. It’s a vibrant gathering of innovative minds, and the perfect opportunity to learn as well as share!”

When: September 17 to September 18

Where: EMP Museum, Seattle, WA

Register: Tickets and more info available here.

WaCommerceNew Horizons for Unmanned Aircraft

What: “Please join K&L Gates and the Washington State Department of Commerce for an exciting half-day discussion in Seattle about the outlook for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized its long-awaited rules for commercial operation of UAS, also known as drones…. With deep resources and a rich heritage in technology, aviation, and innovation, Washington State is poised to be a hub of the UAS economy. Brian Bonlender, Director of the Washington Department of Commerce, will join us to highlight UAS research and entrepreneurial activity in the state, and discuss the potential for future expansion. Our other speakers will provide insight into the evolving policy environment, including perspectives from users and developers of UAS technology. They will also examine the transformative potential of UAS for research purposes, and provide an overview of insurance and security challenges that currently face the UAS industry.”

When: September 19, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: K&L Gates Seattle

Register:  Registration and more information available here.

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