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— Since its founding in 1984, TED has become the most prolific provider of expert talks on a wide range of topics. TEDxSeattle, now in its 10th year, has given local artists, activists, and scientists a platform to provide their expertise to the local community. This year’s show features presentations about gene editing, biomechanics, and using virtual reality to combat pain. TEDxSeattle takes place at McCaw Hall on Nov. 23.

— As the holiday season gets underway, lots of people take extra time to help others. That’s exactly what multiple Seattle area schools and tech organizations are doing. Hack to Give Thanks is a full-day event where anyone, regardless of background, can come work on tech projects aimed at helping the environment and community. Some of the projects in development include an app that will allow people to listen for orcas; an app aimed to help rural people get a good education; and a project to help close the gap on the digital divide. Hack to Give Thanks takes place at Code Fellows on Nov. 23.

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