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NASA International Space Apps Challenge – Seattle,WA

October 19 - October 21

A GLOBAL COMMUNITY Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Because of citizens like you, we continue to grow each year. If you haven't already, join us to share ideas and engage with open data to address real-world problems, on Earth and in space. Work alone or with a team to solve challenges that could help change the world. THE WORLD NEEDS YOUR IDEAS Part of the Open Government Partnership, Space…

International Independent Video Store Day with Scarecrow Video

October 20 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Join us on October 20th from 11AM to 11PM for our annual Video Store Celebration. The festivities include: • A huge 50%-off sale on used items and select titles from The Criterion Collection and Kino Lorber (and remember that these sales open an hour early for Scarecrow members…learn more about becoming a member RIGHT HERE) • Games with prizes and giveaways including DVDs, movie collectibles, event tickets, restaurant and brewery gift cards, and wine from local wineries • DJs spinning…

Jamie Susskind: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech

October 22 @ 7:30 pm

As our technological capabilities expand, humanity finds ourselves confronting one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform our society? Author and speaker Jamie Susskind steps up to Town Hall’s stage to address this pressing question with perspectives from his book Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech. Susskind argues that rapid and relentless innovation in a range of technologies—from artificial intelligence to virtual reality—will increasingly control us if left unchecked, setting the limits…

Gamesforum Seattle

October 23 - October 24

Meet the biggest names and learn about the biggest trends at our cross platform games industry event. Taking place at the Bell Harbor Conference Center on the 23rd/24th October, Gamesforum Seattle offers you an unrivalled opportunity to meet the people who matter in our $110bn global industry. The event will also play host to a number of additional micro events, including a game pitching competition, a meet the publisher session and workshops Furthermore, there will be plenty of opportunities to…

SciTech Northwest 2018

October 23 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Low-cost, noninvasive cancer diagnostic tools. A ticker sticker that can be applied by first responders to patients in a mass casualty incident that will continually monitor vital signs. A software suite that can detect cybercriminals and physical attacks on your systems. Learn about these and other life sciences, cyber & data, and next-generation energy innovations ready or near-ready for licensing. If you’re looking to collaborate, invest, license intellectual property, or grow your business, you’ll want to attend SciTech Northwest ’18, the region’s only technology expo. Reserve your…

Innovation, Privacy And The Public Good In The Digital Age

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Seattle Public Library invites the community to a conversation about Innovation, Privacy and the Public Good in the Digital Age with Tony Ageh, Chief Digital Officer of the New York Public Library. This evening will be facilitated by GeekWire Columnist, Frank Catalano. In the digital age, there has been widespread disruption of long held norms, values and institutions. Join us for a conversation with Tony Ageh about these issues and the role of libraries in preserving privacy and the…

Beyond BIM – Lean Design

October 24 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

The Lean Construction Institute's "Beyond BIM" session will explore the pre-construction phase of projects and how technology is being used to leverage data in the Building Model to streamline the construction delivery. Join us October 24 to hear our expert panel discuss technology-driven design/manufacture/build solutions, mixed reality, supply chain organization, bringing the jobsite to the office, and more.

Housing Solutions Breakfast

October 24 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

There is growing momentum in Olympia for housing reform in the upcoming 2019 legislative session. Come hear a wide range of views from the Seattle area’s top housing experts as we work to increase housing supply and address our housing affordability crisis. Featuring Sen. Palumbo and chief economist for Windemere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner, the breakfast will include researchers, policy makers, and business professionals. Legislative priorities will be discussed, including condominium liability reform and the establishment of an urban net…

Building a Great Company

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Are looking to build a great company, either as a startup or an existing business? Did you know that getting good strategic advice from outside experts is one of the best predictors of long-term success? That’s why you won’t want to miss this opportunity to directly engage with local advisors in the key areas that lead to business success. This free workshop is where you can ask questions of experts, network with new people in the venture community, and enjoy…

GeekWire Live at NeighborHub, Oct. 24

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in the audience for the next live recording of the GeekWire podcast! Food and drinks are included. $5 admission - get your tickets here.

Wikipedia and the future of free knowledge

October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us at KEXP at the Seattle Center on October 24, 2018 for an exclusive cocktail reception with Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Katherine Maher and special guests as we celebrate the independence, impact, and longevity of Wikipedia. Wikipedia started in 2001 with an impossible idea: to build a free encyclopedia for and by the world. Seventeen years later, we’ve made some serious progress. Nearly 300 languages, more than 45 million articles, hundreds of millions of monthly readers, and millions of…

ACTIVATE NOW! Presents WeWork Labs Pitch Competition

October 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

SUMMARY: ACTIVATE NOW! is a series of events that sources the best talent in Seattle for a short-form pitch competition. We help find exceptional companies that are looking for the resources they need to succeed. Our October 25th event focuses on tech companies that are looking to secure a spot in WeWork Labs in Downtown Seattle. AGENDA: 5:30 - 6:00 PM: Networking 6:00 - 7:00 PM: Pitches 7:15 PM: Announcements 7:30 PM+: Socialize + Wrap-up FEATURES OF THE SHOW: 6+…

Orrick x Lighter Capital: Panel Event – The Fundraising Landscape

October 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The fundraising process is a journey. There are a lot of ins-and-out that can shift and change as your startup grows. Join us for a session to cover your bases. From the basics, to sources of capital you might not be aware of – you won't want to miss this! TOPICS: • Funding 101 • Funding options as startups grow • Debt equity, capital stack, tech lending, VC • Legal implications / cap tables • Exploring alternate / lesser known…

Founder Series: What It Takes To Be A Portlander

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening discussing what it takes to be a Portlander with Oregon-based companies’ CEOs and founders. We have partnered with Macy’s to host a fireside chat with local founders and CEOs, moderated by b8ta co-founder William Mintun. William will moderate the discussion between Kenneth Pogson and Tres Shannon, founders of Voodoo Doughnut; Paul Vu, CEO/founder of EDA Frames; and Sydney Newton, CEO/founder of Appcessori. Attendees will get the chance to learn about their experiences with starting up,…

Girl Develop It – Intro to Web Concepts

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Want to learn how to code but not sure where to start? Tired of techies throwing around acronyms that make your head spin? If you are a complete beginner to coding and/or want to learn how to communicate better with your technical team/friends, this is for you. In this lecture/discussion class, we will walk through the fundamentals of web development in layperson's terms. While we won't be writing code, we'll take you through various components of the web and how…

Serverless in Alibaba Cloud

October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Abstract: Alibaba Cloud is the cloud operating system that manages a planet-scale distributed infrastructure after a decade of development from scratch. It is the biggest cloud provider in China and has data centers in all but one continent in the world. Statistics show that in recent years, more than 70% of new services or features launched by cloud service providers are serverless. With the increasing types of serverless services on the cloud, users can quickly build elastic and high-availability cloud…

2018 Washington State Life Science Summit

October 26 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Registration is open for the 14th Annual Washington State Life Science Summit! Join leaders from Washington state’s life sciences community as we discuss what’s ahead for our industry. Mr. Mark Alles, Chairman & CEO of Celgene is this year’s keynote speaker. Well known to Washington’s life science community, Celgene is a global leader in the discovery, development, and commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions. Mr. Alles has led Celgene for the past two years and…

Fundamentals for Startup Fridays

October 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CoMotion Labs presents, “Startup Leadership” with Ken Myer. Ken Myer has over 25 years of successful experience in the technology industry leading companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 100. Ken currently serves as an interim executive and advisor to technology companies undergoing leadership or organizational transition. He is also a Lecturer at the UW Foster School of Business, teaching classes on Leadership of High Performance Organizations and Technology Commercialization. Ken recently served interim executive roles at HydraMaster,,…

Black Women in Technology PNW Summit

October 27

Black Women in Technology NW Summit 2018 is a cutting-edge technology, leadership and professional development conference hosting women of color to engage in hands-on learning, networking opportunities, and a chance to build relationships with tech leaders such as Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile and more.

IOT & Security Blockchain Hackathon #T-LabsHACK @Create33

October 27 @ 8:30 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm

Hello Fellow hackers! The Blockchain Society together with Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T- Labs) presents the #T-LabsHACK! T-Labs is the research and innovation unit of Deutsche Telekom, mother company of T-Mobile US. Learn more about T-Labs: What is the #T-LabsHACK you may ask? Well, with the increasing popularity of blockchain technology in the industry today, there comes a desire to always be ahead of the curve; with this event, we will bring you up to speed on some of the…

Seattle Immersed: The Business of AI

October 30 @ 7:00 am - 9:15 am

Artificial intelligence: a technological avenue of opportunity or risk? For many industry leaders, AI spurs inspiration, innovation, and uncertainty, all at the same time. How is AI impacting the future of business, today? How will it transform our society? Can it be responsibly and ethically implemented and developed? According to Forbes, 80% of global enterprises are already investing in AI today, with 30% planning to expand their AI investment over the next 36 months. 62% expect to hire a Chief…

South Sound Summit

October 30 @ 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This half-day conference has all the components needed to advance south sound business. During “Influencers of the South Sound,“ your organization’s management will benefit from area leaders as they share their insight on how to disrupt the market and stay ahead of the competition through innovation and vision in these TED-like talks. All your employees, from business development representatives to human resources professionals, will learn real business solutions and the latest tips and trends from industry experts at our “Tactical…

Identity Is The New Money

October 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We're inviting a few speakers to describe how different blockchain platforms are enabling people to protect and manage valuable personal data rather than entrusting companies, banks and government agencies that may exploit or lose that data to theft. Schedule Agenda: 5:00 Doors Open 5:30 Panel Talk 6:30 Q&A Important to know: 1. There is 90 minute parking in the QFC garage or 2 hour street parking on 5th Avenue or Taylor Avenue North. $5 parking is available at 608 Taylor…

Startup Grind hosts Lisa Nelson, Managing Director M12 (Microsoft VC fund)

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring your notepads, everyone, we have the Managing Director of the startup funding group M12 from Microsoft. Lisa Nelson will be here to share how to get on her radar and what she is looking for in companies to invest. Also, they are big proponents of women-led startups. In addition to being an investing partner, Lisa also manages portfolio development, VC partnerships and marketing for the fund.

Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana

October 30 @ 7:30 pm

Dungeons & Dragons has become one of the most iconic game brands in the world. Since its genesis in 1974 the game has expanded far beyond its humble beginnings, and its scope increased by magnitudes after its induction into the publishing realm of Wizards of the Coast, based in Washington. To take us on an unprecedented journey through the visual evolution of the brand, Michael Witwer and Kyle Newman join us on Town Hall’s stage with highlights from their book Dungeons &…

Campout Cinema: A Nightmare on Elm Street

October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dir. Wes Craven (1984, R, 91 min.) A teenage girl must stop an evil spirit who haunts her dreams in the Halloween Campout Cinema screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). When the kids of Elm Street start getting attacked in their sleep by the spirit of Fred Krueger, it’s up to Nancy Thompson to find a way to stop him. As her friends slowly succumb in increasingly nightmarish ways, Nancy struggles to stay awake while searching for Freddy’s…

Japan Seattle AI Innovation Meetup 10.0 + AI Innovation Investor Track

November 1

Seattle startup community rejoyce! In the morning, major VC firms and CVC funds will pitch to you what kind of innovation they would like to invest, then in the afternoon, 20 of largest Japanese companies will appeal to you what kind of new technologies they are looking for and how they would like to do business with you. If you are startup CEO, network with them and meet them for one-on-one session on the following day. Revenue and Investment opportunities,…

How Startup Valuation Works

November 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Many entrepreneurs struggle with having the “valuation” discussion with investors. Given that many startups have no revenue, much less profits, well established quantitative methods simply do not work well. All too often, it feels to the entrepreneur that valuations are just being pulled out of thin air. Join Yi-Jian Ngo from the Alliance of Angels for an interactive workshop on startup valuation. We will walk thru some practical guidelines and three specific methods that entrepreneurs can use to guide their…

What SaaS Companies Need to Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act

November 1 @ 6:00 pm

Barb Rhoads-Weaver, a privacy-certified attorney at Focal PLLC, will give a presentation on the newly-passed California Consumer Privacy Act (CaCPA). The 45-minute event -- with room for questions -- will be hosted by Skilljar. Topics will include: *The basics: When will it be effective? What are the chances it will be amended prior to its effective date? *What businesses does it cover? *GDPR versus CaCPA: What are the major differences between GDPR and CaCPA? *A roadmap for compliance: What should…

Kirkland Investor Sharks

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Built on the foundation of the Kirkland Chamber's Kirkland Startup Weekend, Kirkland Investor Sharks provides local startup businesses with an opportunity to pitch to a panel of some of the reknown Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors in the Pacific Northwest Region, including leaders in the investment community such as Greg Gottesman, Co-Founder of Madrona Venture Labs; Gregg Bennett, Vice Chair of the Seattle Alliance of Angels; Todd Dean, a leader in the local entrepreneurial investment community, and others; and moderated…

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