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Greg Gottesman speaking at TEDxSeattle in 2013. (GeekWire Photo)

Next week is a quiet one, but we have some fun events coming up before and after the turkey feast. Tomorrow, Nov. 18, TEDxSeattle takes over McCaw Hall in the Seattle center for a full eight hours of talks on everything from the future of our cities, to artificial intelligence, to how we process death.

Tomorrow, Nov. 18, TEDxSeattle takes over McCaw Hall in the Seattle Center for a full eight hours of talks on everything from the future of our cities, to artificial intelligence, to how we process death.

TEDx events are independently organized TED Talks, a kind of public forum that gathers leaders from all areas of society to discuss issues and ideas important to them. TEDxSeattle is held once a year, and is planned by a group of very dedicated volunteers.

geekwire calendarSpeakers at this year’s event include Oren Etzioni, an artificial intelligence expert and 25-year professor at the University of Washington’s Computer Science Department; Kymeta CEO and Founder Nathan Kundtz; and Seattle architect and future cities enthusiast Scott Wyatt, along with a host of other researchers and thinkers from around the Pacific Northwest.

The TEDx event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets are still available here, as of publishing. Check out the full list of speakers is online here and the event’s live stream here.

That’s one of the highlights from the GeekWire Calendar, our curated list of the Pacific Northwest’s top tech events. Keep reading for a roundup of events after the Thanksgiving weekend, and visit the full calendar for more.

img_4020Code Oregon Labs – November 2016

What: Code Fellows PDX and Code Oregon are teaming up to host this open lab for anyone learning to code online, regardless of what class they’re taking or language they’re learning. Volunteers from Portland’s tech community will tutor learners and help give them that extra oomph that online learning can often lack. And best of all, there’s free pizza!

When: Nov. 30,  6 p.m.9 p.m.

Where: Code Fellows PDX, Portland, Oregon

Register: Free registration here.

tech-policy-lab-fall-2016_1My Politics as a Technologist – Tech Policy Lab Fall Distinguished Lecture

What: Get your thinking caps on for this discussion of personal politics and technology, hosted by the University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab. Stanford University computer science professor and early advisor to Google Terry Winograd and UW computer science professor and civics engagement researcher Alan Borning will discuss how the personal politics and ethics of technology makers intersect with the products they produce.

When: Nov. 30, 7 p.m.8:30 p.m.

Where: University of Washington – Kane Hall, Seattle

Register: More information and registration here.

ur_8-5x11_flyer_vistaprintreadySpecial Olympics Unified Robotics High School Championship

What: Special Olympics Unified Robotics is a student-designed and implemented robotics program open to students with and without intellectual disabilities, as well as students with a variety of learning and behavior challenges. The program offers opportunities for students who are normally excluded from extracurriculars to explore the world of STEM and robotics. At this competition, students from twelve Washington high schools will present the robots they have built and programmed and will face off in a game designed to test the bot’s abilities.

When: Dec. 3, 10 a.m.3 p.m.

Where: Pacific Science Center, Seattle

Register: Event is open to the public, no registration required.

aoa-logo-finalA Conversation with Geoff Entress

What: This interactive workshop is a great opportunity to learn about trends in startup financing, angel investing and venture capital. Vice Chair of the Alliance of Angels and Managing Director of Pioneer Square Labs Geoff Entress will be joined by Seattle Bank’s Chief Banking Officer Josh Williams for a discussion of all things startup financing, as well as answering questions from audience members. Hosted by the Alliance of Angels.

When: Dec. 7, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: K&L Gates, Seattle

Register: Registration and more information available here.

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