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Some entrepreneurs start their journey early — for teens in LaunchX Clubs, as early as 14 years old. The national network helps high school students get entrepreneurial experience by building real-world startups, including hundreds of students in the Pacific Northwest.

On March 17, it’s game day for 150 student entrepreneurs as they demo their businesses at LaunchX’s Demo Day event. Angela Lin, the student regional director for the club’s northwest chapter, said the organization is a huge boon for young entrepreneurs.

“LaunchX gives students the skills and mindset to start real companies. Launch’s programs teach high school students to leverage their talents and tenacity to build viable startups from idea to execution and create real impact,” she told GeekWire via email.

Lin said the Demo Day will be educational and fun for all ages, including tech and startup professionals and educators. It’s a way to help foster a “pipeline of prospective students who identify as self-directed problem-solvers, interested in creating a real impact,” she said.

The event runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, in the University of Washington’s communications building. See a full agenda and register for the event here.

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.

GeekWire Bash 2018

What: “The most unique and fun event on the Seattle tech calendar — featuring a hotly contested ping-pong, dodgeball and foosball tournaments, as well as beer pong, a classic video game arcade, virtual reality demos, board games and much more in the middle of a giant party. Brings together a broad cross-section of the tech community, including many developers and engineers, competing for glory, corporate pride and bragging rights in some of the tech industry’s official pastimes.”

When: March 15

Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center

Get involved: Event details and tickets available here.

Be Bold Seattle – International Women’s Day

What: “Be Bold Seattle, a not for profit founded by Nickie Smith & Kate Isler, are hosting their 3rd annual celebratory event for International Women’s Day at the prestigious Benaroya Hall in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in downtown Seattle… We will be featuring influential speakers who share our philosophy to inspire, empower and support each other to take bold pragmatic action to accelerate equality.”

When: March 8

Where: Benaroya Hall

Get involved: More details and tickets available here.

International Women’s Day: Taking Charge of Your Success

What: “International Women’s Day is here, and we’re ready to celebrate! … In the workforce, across the nation, and among women around the world, there is a strong call to action to progress gender parity. But we don’t have to do it alone. This International Women’s Day, join the founders of The Second Shift and The Riveter for a special conversation on the importance of community and women empowerment in the workplace (whether formal or informal space!) and how you can continue to take charge of your destiny and your success.”

When: March 8, 8:30 – 10 a.m.

Where: The Riveter – Capitol Hill

Get involved: See more details and register for the event here.

Future Festival Seattle

What: “Future Festival’s Seattle Business Conference will begin with a comprehensive overview of the 6 Patterns of Opportunity and the 18 Megatrends that are currently shaping consumer insights. The rest of the day will be filled with highly curated sessions that will explore future trends and pinpoint overlooked opportunities. The innovation conference will end with an immersive Future Party and you will go home with $4,000 worth of practical takeaway materials.”

When: March 12

Where: AMC Pacific Place 11

Get involved: Agenda and ticket options here.

Blockchain Basics: Asset or currency? The implications of ICO and bitcoin investment

What: “Join CoMotion Labs, the Seattle Angel Conference, the Seattle Angel Fund, and the Seattle Entrepreneurship Club to discuss the ins and outs of blockchain. Moderator: John Sechrest, Seattle Angel. Panelists: Lawrence Lee, Cowork Box; Rahul Sood, Unikrn; Amy Pettigrew, Arkham Storage.”

When: March 20, 12 – 1 p.m.

Where: CoMotion Labs@HQ

Get involved: See more details and more events in this series here.

Seattle Women in Tech Salesforce User Group Happy Hour

What: “Join the other Women in Tech for a Salesforce User Group Happy Hour on March 22nd! Admins, Developers, Consultants, Architects, End Users, Executives, all those that are part of the Salesforce ecosystem are welcome. Informal networking event for the Salesforce Ohana to connect with local WIT to talk about current projects, get advice and tips, learn trips, share about apps, and hear what events have happened so far in 2018 and how they went, what events are coming up in Q2.”

When: March 22, 4 – 7 p.m.

Get involved: Sign up for the event here.

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