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For many people, games are more than just a fun past time. From cutting-edge virtual reality games to some old-fashioned live-action roleplaying, games are a way to learn about the world around us and even come to grips with advanced technology.

Seattle’s Pacific Science Center is encouraging the entire Puget Sound region to get curious about games with a full weekend of game-themed exhibitions and activities. From July 13 to 15, the center will be taken over by local game creators, interactive puzzle rooms and even scientists who study games and their effect.

The event is family friendly and encourages fun for every age. Organizations like Seattle Indies and the University of Washington Center for Game Science will host activities throughout the weekend, like beta testing virtual reality games, a coding workshop for aspiring game makers and even learning about the theory behind how games make us feel.

See the Pacific Science Center website for more details on the exhibitions and tickets. This event is part of the Center’s monthly Curiosity Days series.

That’s one of the highlights from our GeekWire community calendar, the spot for geek and tech events in Seattle and 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.

A.I., Automation and the Workforce of Tomorrow

What: “Interested in learning more about A.I., automation, and their impacts on society and work? Join the Community Technology Advisory Board and a panel of public, private and nonprofit experts for a community conversation on Tuesday, July 10 from 6-7:30pm at Impact Hub.”

When: July 10, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Impact Hub

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Women in 3D Printing – Seattle chapter

What: “We invite you to have a drink with us every month in Seattle. Our first location is the Queen Anne Beer Hall! This will be a casual meetup for members to meet and discuss with new faces and 3D printing veterans. We hope to see many of you during these happy hour events every month and look forward to connecting! Check us out online:

When: July 12, 7 – 9 p.m.

Where: Queen Anne Beer Hall

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AWC: The insider track to working at Amazon, Tableau, Chef and Zillow

What: “AWC, Amazon Bound, Chef, Tableau and Zillow are excited to present a facilitated panel discussion taking an intimate look at working at Amazon, Tableau, Chef and Zillow. During this event we will explore how these local, sought-after companies differentiate themselves in how they recruit, what they look for during the interview, how best to prepare for an interview or a role at one of these firms, desired “hard” and “soft” skills, company culture and what it takes to not only be successful as a team member, but also, what will help you rise to the top of the resume pile when seeking a role with one of these companies. This is a very special event, providing an “insider” perspective of each of these companies. Although this is not a traditional “career fair”, we will have recruiters and representatives from the firms with us that evening to share their experiences and discuss open roles.”

When: July 12, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Tableau Software

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The Playbook from GeekWire

What: “The Playbook: Business, Sports, Tech and Culture is a new event series hosted by GeekWire and the Seattle Sounders, presented by Lane Powell. The series will focus on the innovators and iconoclasts who are reshaping the rules of business, technology, sports and culture. The three-part speaker series will be timed to weekday matches of the Seattle Sounders FC, featuring some of the top minds in sports, business and technology talking about the lessons they’ve learned on their entrepreneurial journies. The first event in the series features a well-known startup and business leader and takes place on Wednesday, July 25 at The Ninety (406 Occidental Avenue South) with a fireside chat followed by networking and a viewing party for the Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes away match.”

When: July 25, 4:30 – 10 p.m.

Where: The Ninety

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Seattle Mechanical Keyboard Meetup

What: “cKeys is throwing our 5th semi-annual SMKmeetup! Keyboard and electronics presentations, keyboard building workshops, contests, giveaways, great community, and more. Expect keyboards in all shapes and sizes. All kinds of keyboards. A lot of keyboards. So many keyboards! This will be an all day event. Expect talks and workshops in the morning and games, giveaways, and plenty of keyboards on display in the afternoon.”

When: July 28, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Seattle Pacific University, Upper Gwinn Commons

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