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One of Seattle’s geekiest weekends is just around the corner!

Emerald City ComiCon is celebrating its 15th anniversary next weekend, March 2 through March 5. For those few days, the Washington State Convention Center and the better part of downtown Seattle will be overtaken by dashing heroes, handsome villains and more than a few famous geeks.

The con features a cosplay contest, board and video game demos, panels and talks galore, along with special guests like Marvel’s Stan Lee and Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. The convention’s showfloor is also a force to be reckoned with, featuring hundreds of exhibitors and geeky swag from around the world.

You might even run into a GeekWire reporter or two, scouting for the geekiest costumes and coolest local games.

Tickets are still available for Thursday and Friday, and check out all the exhibitors and events on the ECCC 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.

Startup Grind Hosts Paul Stahura, CEO and Co-Founder (Donuts, Inc)

What: Paul Stahura is an internet domain name expert. After many years as an entrepreneur and executive in the field, he co-founded domain name startup Donuts, Inc. in 2011. At this Startup Grind event, Paul will talk about his experience leading Donuts and the wide world of domain names.

When: Feb. 28, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Galvanize

Register: Tickets available here.

How Genetic Technology is Changing Us

What: Genetic testing of unborn and very young children is a thorny subject. At this event, Seattle journalist Bonnie Rochman asks (and possibly answers) the question: is this tech “a triumph of modern medicine or a Pandora’s box of complications?”

When: Feb. 28, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Town Hall Seattle

Register: Tickets and more info available here.

Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars — Info Session 

What: The Alexa Accelerator is a brand spanking new startup incubator, giving startups that want to build tech around Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant a chance to show their stuff. Stop by this info session to learn about the program and how to apply to be in the program’s first cohort. There’s also a chance to meet with the Techstars and Alexa teams to talk about your idea.

When: March 6, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Startup Hall

Register: Registration here.

Seattle Web Fest 2017

What: You’ve heard of film festivals, but what about TV festivals? The Seattle Web Fest puts the spotlight on independent, web-based fiction TV produced in Seattle and around the world, and it’s completely free to attend! Grab some popcorn and see what the world of web TV has to offer.

When: March 11

Where: Northwest Film Forum

Register: No registration required.

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