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GiveCamp 2016 logoVolunteering can be a fun way to give back to the community, but for many people it can be hard to find a convenient way to donate their time and skills. The annual Seattle GiveCamp provides that convenient opportunity, bringing volunteers and local nonprofits together to solve pressing problems in a three-day marathon.

During the event, volunteers will work with a local nonprofit to solve a specific need the organization faces, everything from creating interactive maps to building a web presence.

And the event isn’t just for coders and developers — volunteers also include graphic designers, social media experts, and photographers, among others. Seattle GiveCamp kicks off Friday, October 14, and lasts through Sunday, October 16. Learn more about 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 for more selections, including summaries from event organizers, and visit the full calendar for more.


Milestone9 Logo 724x300What: 9Mile Labs is a high-tech startup company accelerator based in Seattle, focused on B2B software and cloud technologies. Milestone9 is the capstone event designed to celebrate the companies graduating from the 4-month-long 9Mile Labs program. The attendees at this event represent a microcosm of the Seattle startup community, including investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, press and corporate executives.

When: October 13, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Showbox Sodo, Seattle

Registration: You can register here, and GeekWire readers who use the code M9-GW receive a 50 percent discount.

GeekWire Podcast Live Recording at Fox’s Seattle

GeekWire's John Cook and Todd Bishop will bring the GeekWire podcast to Fox's Seattle Oct. 13th.
GeekWire’s John Cook and Todd Bishop will bring the GeekWire podcast to Fox’s Seattle Oct. 13th.

What: Join GeekWire co-founders Todd Bishop and John Cook for the next GeekWire radio show and podcast, which will be recorded in front of a live studio audience Thursday in downtown Seattle. This is your chance to talk tech with the GeekWire founders, and really see what goes on behind the scenes of the show. A few seats are available for the recording of this week’s show, which is taking place at Fox’s Seattle jewelry shop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. The show is free and open to the public if you sign up here. Beverages will be flowing, and we’ll encourage some fun audience interaction. We’re super excited to record from Fox’s Seattle, which has a rich entrepreneurial history in Seattle, founded in 1912.  We hope you’ll join us for the show to talk about the tech news of the week, enter to win awesome prizes and participate in our regular tech trivia segment.

When: October 13, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Fox’s Seattle showroom, 405 University St.

Registration: Registration is free, and available here.

hackathon header 2TeenTech Washington Techathon 2016

What: “The TeenTech Washington Techathon is a 14-hour civic hackathon open to grades 6-12. The goal of the Techathon is to engage students in civic problem solving through the use of modern technology. The Techathon provides an opportunity for innovative youths to work in teams to create tech solutions for real-world problems. We call it a Techathon, because it is open to any use of modern technology you can imagine. This could be programming, circuitry, 3D modeling, photo editing, or anything else. You do not need to know how to code and we encourage the participation of first-time hackers. Mentors will be on-hand to assist participants with their projects. Projects will be judged on social impact, feasibility, and how well they make use of technology — not how technically complicated they are.”

When: October 14, 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

Where: The Bush School, Seattle, Washington

Register: Registration has closed for this event, but find more information here.

chicktech seattleChickTech Presents: Developer Bootcamp Summit Sponsored by Amazon

What: “The tech industry in Seattle is booming with the salary of a Developer averaging $95K per year. If you’re considering pursuing a career as a Developer, now is the time! Discover how to acquire the skills needed to jump start your career.

If you are interested in learning more about what it takes to become a developer, join us on Saturday, October 15th for ChickTech’s Developer Bootcamp Summit. During this event you will have the opportunity to speak one on one with a representative from some of the top developer bootcamps in Seattle to obtain information on the programs offered and admission process. You’ll also gain insight from current students, program graduates and well-established developers within the community.”

When: October 15, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Amazon Galaxy building, Seattle, Washington

Register: Registration and more information available here.

BLC Header Convio and CventSeattle Growth Podcast Live

What: “What challenges and opportunities is Seattle’s growth bringing to the city? Join UW Foster Professor Jeff Shulman and a panel of community leaders in a discussion about Seattle’s future.This unique event kicks off with a networking opportunity to discuss Seattle’s growth at a reception with the panel members and other interested in the city. There will be appetizers and a cash bar prior to the panel discussion. Brought to you by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, the panel discussion will be moderated by the host of Seattle Growth Podcast, Jeff Shulman. This community event at the Impact Hub Seattle is an exciting opportunity for you to exchange ideas and learn from multiple perspectives about how the city’s economic and population growth affects the residents and workers of Seattle.”

When: October 17, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Impact Hub, Seattle, Washington

Register: Registration and more information available here.

spaceshiponeThe Road to SpaceShipOne

What: “National best-selling author Julian Guthrie talks about her new book, How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight. The book reveals a cast of characters including aviators, test pilots, engineering school drop outs, NASA retirees, billionaires, and space geeks who dreamed of getting to space without the government’s help.

The event also features special guests Peter Diamandis, Erik Lindbergh, Brian Binnie, and Geekwire’s Alan Boyle!”

When: October 17, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington

Register: Tickets and more information available Museum of Flight.

mgflogoMobile Games Forum Seattle

What: “The Mobile Games Forum is the world’s premium mobile gaming event, setting the industry benchmark for quality of speakers, content, attendees and networking. MGF is returning to Seattle in October for its flagship event, bringing together the most influential figures in the industry to discuss the challenges and opportunities currently at the heart of the global mobile games market. Join us at MGF to uncover the secrets behind long-term engagement, nurturing innovation, and leveraging new trends such as social influencer marketing, eSports, live streaming and disruptive tech.

With every one of the attendees at MGF events around the world of at least ‘Director’ level seniority, and over 50% of our attendees in 2015 being ‘C-level’ or ‘Founder’, we pride ourselves on collating the most senior and exclusive mobile gaming event on the planet.”

When: October 18 to October 19

Where: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, Washington

Register: Tickets and more information available here.

SeattleChamber2016 Regional Leadership Conference

What: “Our region is experiencing unprecedented success and job creation, but we need to ensure that all of our region’s residents are participating in this success. What are the near-term tactics to make progress toward this goal, and how does inclusive growth improve the global competitiveness of our region?

Join more than 250 of our region’s top business, government and community leaders to engage in this important conversation over three days at the Chamber’s annual Regional Leadership Conference.

Speakers include: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray; Dan Price, Founder & CEO, Gravity Payments; Spencer Rascoff, CEO, Zillow Group; Dr. Susan Desmond Hellmann, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and more.”

When: October 19 to October 21

Where: Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington

Register: Tickets and more information available here.

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