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Battling climate change is one of the many points of disagreement between West Coast leaders and the Trump Administration. In light of that divide, this year’s annual GoGreen Conference in Seattle is highlighting grassroots work on climate change by government leaders and businesses in Washington state.

The day-long conference on April 3 features keynotes from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and PCC Community Markets executive Brenna Davis, who leads social and environmental responsibility for the grocery chain. Throughout the day, sessions on topics like clean energy, e-mobility and corporate activism will highlight how businesses in the Seattle area are working with local governments and nonprofits to make a change.

Speakers from Seattle’s business community include Alisha Valavanis, president and general manager of the Seattle Storm; Steve Lippman, director of corporate responsibility at Microsoft; and Lori Mason Curran, an investment strategy director at Paul Allen’s Vulcan.

See the full event schedule and more details here. The GoGreen Conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

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.

Startup253: Tacoma and South Sound Founders Series

What: “The Startup253: Tacoma and South Sound Founders Series is a happy hour event where five, Tacoma and/or South Sound based startups have 1 minute to pitch their company and detail their value proposition. Following the startup pitches, attendees will vote for the winner.”

When: March 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Union Club Tacoma

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Founders Live Seattle

What: “Founders Live is an unforgettable happy hour competition sweeping the country where up to five handpicked companies take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. After the pitches and audience Q&A, the crowd will vote on a winner who will not only receive an award, but recognition from the crowd and also the opportunity to talk more about their product or service.”

When: March 29, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: The Riveter – Capitol Hill

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Oracle VP of Bots, AI, and Mobile Product Management

What: “We’re honored to have Suhas Uliyar as our next speaker! Suhas is Oracle’s Vice President of Bots, A.I., and Mobile Product Management. As you can see, it’s quite a mouthful. We’re all excited for him to share the chatbot initiatives that Oracle has been stacking up the past year, including the partnerships with Slack and Chatbox and how they complement the Oracle Mobile Cloud.”

When: March 29, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Thinkspace Seattle

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UW Startup Job Fair 2018

What: “If you’re a startup looking for smart, motivated interns/job candidates to help you ramp up fast, join us for the 5th Annual UW Startup Job Fair! We have a great group of entrepreneurial students, including MBAs and undergraduates from disciplines as diverse as business, engineering, computer science, design, and more. These students are looking for business-related opportunities at early stage companies.”

When: April 3, 4 – 7 p.m.

Where: UW Dempsey Hall

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Startup Weekend Vancouver 2018

What: “Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with? Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.”

When: April 6 – 8

Where: Colab Coworking Space, Vancouver, B.C.

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Yuri’s Night

What: “Dance, drink and geek out in celebration of humankind’s first space flight! On April 12 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to orbit the Earth and we celebrate this historic moment with music from Seattle’s own Noise Complaint, local food trucks, aerospace guest stars and a costume contest!”

When: April 14, 7 – 11 p.m.

Where: The Museum of Flight

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