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— Since Silicon Valley became home to the development of computer chips, tech has grown into something that’s seamlessly woven into just about everything we do. The history of that growth and how it’s changed things is the topic of a book called The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by University of Washington professor Margaret O’Mara. The Cloud City Tech Meetup Group is hosting O’Mara as a speaker in Seattle on Sept. 26 when she’ll talk about her book and the research she did while writing it.

— Sept. 21 is the National Day of Civic Hacking and events are being held around the country, including one at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond. The event is designed to bring together people from multiple disciplines to help create projects for the greater good. Local projects include creating a streamlined way for voters to learn about candidates and initiatives; a home screen app for students with blindness; and a game about managing transportation in a large city.

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