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If you’re not a techie, the world of software development can seem like an overwhelming, alien land.

But knowing how to code or program is becoming an ever-more essential tool. Next weekend, ProtoHack Seattle is hoping to make that world a little less scary for entrepreneurs and others who want to be able to prototype products without having to get an engineering degree.

The 12-hour hackathon (or … anti-hackathon?) pits participants against each other in a competition to build a prototype without using a single line of code. At the end of the day, groups will demo their prototype on stage, and winners will walk away with prizes that might just help that prototype become a reality.

The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on April 8, at General Assembly in Seattle. Check out all the event details and ticket options on its website.

That’s one of the highlights from our GeekWire community calendar, the spot for geek and tech events in the greater Pacific Northwest. See the full calendar here, submit your event here and keep reading for more suggested events over the next few weeks.

Hacker News Meetup 39

What: Hacker News is the place to talk tech, startups and about any other geeky topic you can dream up. This meeting’s speaker is entrepreneur Ron Wiener. Plus, there’ll be a rochambeau tournament (apparently a fancy way of saying “rock-paper-scissors”) with the winner scoring two tickets to the GeekWire Awards. Sweet!

When: April 6, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Atlas Workbase

Register: RSVP here.

InfoCamp Seattle 2017

What: This “unconference” is all about information geeks! It’s billed as an affordable, inclusive space for people of all backgrounds to geek out over information science and technology, and strengthen the information community in Seattle.

When: April 8

Where: Mary Gates Hall, University of Washington campus

Register: More info and tickets here.

Thirsty Thursday with GeekWire

What: It’s exactly what it sounds like! Join GeekWire’s staff for some drinks and a game or two of giant Jenga at this intimate meetup. We only have 150 spots, so make sure to get tickets in advance.

When: April 20, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: Pike Brewing Company

Register: Tickets and more info here.

Paul Hawken: 100 Ways to Reverse Global Warming

What: Environmentally conscious folks are already recycling their plastic bags, buying Priuses and using energy efficient light bulbs. But will all that have an impact? What else can we do as a planet to address global warming? Author Paul Hawken explores those questions in his most recent book, and he’s in Seattle to tell you all about it.

When: April 21, 7:30 pm

Where: Seattle Town Hall

Register: Tickets and more information here.

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