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startupgrindseattle1Car sharing and ride hailing services are become immensely popular in Seattle, with companies like Car2Go and Uber flourishing in the city. BMW’s new service, ReachNow, is a newcomer to the scene.

But it is making waves on the city streets.

Since the program’s launch in Seattle in April, ReachNow has expanded its fleet and recently added service to Seattle’s SeaTac airport. Next month it will also expand to Portland.

ReachNow CEO Steve Banfield, previously of connected car provider INRIX, will speak at this month’s Startup Grind Seattle about his experience in the industry. Banfield has a long history in the tech field, previously holding executive positions at Microsoft and Sony.GW calendar logo

Startup Grind’s weekly meetings feature talks from tech leaders, and a space for the startup community to build connections. This month’s event takes place Tuesday, August 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. More information and registration 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.

cigars-startups_bgCigars and Startups

What: “Cigars & Startups is a monthly event that connects entrepreneurs and investors over cigars and other libations (you don’t have to smoke cigars to enjoy, but there will be cigar smoke in the air).

This event will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel’s rooftop deck.

When: August 23, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, Seattle, Washington

Register: Tickets available here.

CambiaGrove_BrownCambia Grove’s Reverse Pitch Day with Anchor Partner Overlake Medical Center

What: “We’re excited to announce our next Reverse Pitch Day event, with Cambia Grove Anchor Partner Overlake Medical Center. Overlake is an award winning medical center committed to maintaining the highest standards in medical care as well as providing patients with innovative approaches to their health care. Overlake will present two opportunities for startups to earn a paid pilot on August 25. At their Reverse Pitch, you’ll learn how to propose your own customized solutions for the organizations’ business needs.”

Problem statements to be discussed by Overlake at the event will focus on:
– Patient Access to Care
– Patient Navigation”

When: August 25, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Cambia Grove, Seattle, Washington

Register: Tickets and more information available here.

tech crawlTech Crawl : Best Buy, Impinj

What: “This is fun. (If we do say so ourselves.) Imagine hopping from one awesome place to another, being fed, given drinks, playing games, and getting a first-hand look at some of the top, coolest tech companies in the region. WTIA’s your hookup. Join us for one—or all six—of our Tech Crawl series in 2016 to check out new spaces and to network with others in the tech community.”

When: August 25 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

Where: Best Buy Technology Development Center, Seattle, Washington

Register: Tickets and more information available here.

Clue-Quest-NW-headerClue Quest NW Seattle Scavenger Hunt

What: “Seattle’s Best Scavenger Hunt!

Give your brain a workout with an intense scavenger hunt in Downtown Seattle, custom-designed to challenge even the most competitive puzzle-solvers.

Our public hunt is on Saturday, August 27. The grand prize is a complete 4-day set of passes to PAX West 2016 for each member of your team.”

When: August 27, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Where: Moz HQ, Seattle, Washington

Register: More information and tickets available here.

Coming Up

GeekWire Summit

John Cook, left, and Todd Bishop, right, interview T-Mobile CEO John Legere at the 2014 GeekWire Summit
John Cook, left, and Todd Bishop, right, interview T-Mobile CEO John Legere at the 2014 GeekWire Summit

What: The GeekWire Summit is the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest with top speakers from Microsoft, Expedia, Juno Therapeutics and more. More than 800 business, tech, financial and media leaders attend the two-day event, which also features numerous networking parties and interactive demos.

When: Oct. 4-5

Where: Seattle Sheraton

Register: Go here to register, and note that early-bird rates end Aug. 31.

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