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Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin speaks about how tech is changing sports at the 2016 GeekWire Sports Tech Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Seattle’s fervor for all things sports and all things tech make it the perfect spot for one of GeekWire’s major coverage areas: sports tech.

Last year was a big one in the sports tech world, and this year is shaping up to include even more innovations and surprises. And whether you’re a veteran sports techie or just interested in the field, you can help shape the coming year at the first 2017 meeting of Seattle’s Sports Tech Meetup, happening Thursday, Feb 16, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The meeting will include a product demo on a piece of locally made sports tech, plus time to socialize with other techies and fans. The group also holds field trips to local games and a variety of other events throughout the year.

The group’s organizers encourage community members to contribute ideas on what kinds of conversations the meetup should be having, and what kinds of tech it should focus on. Plus, you can get your feet wet before the second Sports Tech Hackathon, set to be held later this year.

More info about the meetup is available here, and check out GeekWire’s sports tech coverage here.

That’s one of the selections from the GeekWire Calendar, our curated list of the Pacific Northwest’s top tech events. Visit the full calendar for more, and keep reading for highlights of more upcoming events.

Bio on the Vine

What: Washington sometimes catches flak for being so quiet about its successful life science industry — but really, it’s pretty darn good. Grab a glass of wine and socialize with life science execs from around the state at this mixer hosted by Life Science Washington. Plus, hear a talk from sommelier and founder of Wine World, David LeClaire.

When: Thurs., Feb 9, 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: MOHAI

Register: Tickets and more information available here.

New Technology Landscape: Virtual Reality

What: VR has been dominating tech talks for the past few years, and beyond quirky demos the tech could have huge applications in a variety of fields. Join the University of Washington’s CoMotion Labs to talk about VR applications in this installment of their weekly ‘FUNdamentals for Startups’ seminar. Ivan Blaustein, director of product integration at commercial VR company VRstudios, will speak at the event along with members of the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.

When: Fri., Feb 10, 12 – 2 p.m.

Where: Fluke Hall

Register: No registration needed! More info about the event available here.

World premier of the Art of Rube Goldberg exhibit at MoPop

What: Many know Rube Glodberg for his overly-complex inventions. But few know that he was also a prolific artist and cartoonist, and drew more zany inventions than he actually made. This exhibition is the first time Golberg’s work will be comprehensively displayed in over 40 years, and features drawings, 3D puzzles, and more. This opening event includes special tours and presentations on his life and work.

When: Sat, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Museum of Pop Culture (Mo Pop)

Register: Find more info on the exhibit, including ticketing options for MoPop, here.

ABI.Seattle Presents: Distributed Deep Learning with Animashree Anandkumar

What: Anima Anandkumar is a principal scientist at Amazon Web Services, researching large-scale machine learning, among other things. She also has a resume choc-a-block with impressive titles: degrees from MIT and UC Irvine, time as a Microsoft research fellow, and more.  She talks about her research and the impact of deep learning at this month’s meeting of the Anita Borg Institute’s Seattle chapter.

When: Mon., Feb 13, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Amazon Day 1 Building

Register: Find more info and RSVP here.

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