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Annual Women in Cloud Summit

January 25 @ 8:00 am - 7:30 pm

According to IDC, opportunities in the cloud will exceed $300B by 2020 from infrastructure technology spending alone. Adding other areas of digital innovation including quantum computing, ambient technology, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence extends the technology opportunity into multi-trillions of dollars with vast, ever-changing social and economic impact. This shift is also referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The opportunities in the cloud are both impressive and daunting. To ensure women are at the forefront of this tectonic shift,…

I Dig Dinos: Flight and Feathers

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The sky’s the limit for our very first I Dig Dinos program at the New Burke! Bring your budding paleontologist to explore fossilized fun at five hands-on stations designed especially for early learners. Dress-up like a pterosaur, make your own pterodactyl flyer, dig up theropod fossils, and learn how feathered dinosaurs evolved into today’s birds! Hold fossils and casts at the touch table, make scientific discoveries in the dig pit, engage in dramatic play, try our dino/not dino sorting game,…

Lunch & Learn: Market Trends

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us to learn about investment market trends. Where is capital flowing and what types of health care innovations have received funding? What are the projections for 2020? This Lunch & Learn will include a conversation between Dr. Will Canestaro from the Washington Research Foundation and Matt Parmett from Echo Health Ventures. An informal Q&A will follow.

Seattle Angel : Pitch Deconstruction – understanding the Angel Pitch process

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

If you are going to pitch investors, it is worth practicing your pitch. For the Seattle Angel Conference, there are 3 rounds of pitching for the participating companies. The Pitch deconstruction is a great opportunity to get feedback on your business pitch. Everyone who comes will have a chance to make a 1-minute pitch (without slides). The audience will select 4 companies to make a 3-minute pitch (with slides). Each of those 4 pitches will get detailed feedback from active…


January 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

TiE Entrepreneur Institute for Small Business Entrepreneur is a program by TiE Seattle to help aspiring entrepreneurs understand the fundamentals of building a successful small business from successful entrepreneurs, seasoned executives and domain experts in interactive sessions. TiE EISB Prog is for those entrepreneurs who are looking to build a small, community-based business i.e. not venture scale. Very often, aspiring entrepreneurs have expertise in their particular area of business but lack knowledge of the other domains also necessary for building…

From 0 to Over 100 Employees Meet the Founder of BitTitan – Geeman Yip

January 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Details Learn how to gain traction for your startup as we meet and interview Geeman Yip the founder of BitTitan. His startup has grown from 0 to over 100 employees today all from scratch! Cofounders Connect is about connecting startup cofounders to the resources they need within our local Seattle community. We have everyone from veteran Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists and Serial Entrepreneurs to first time entrepreneurs attending our events. During our event we have a 2 hour networking session…

Podcast RX – Taking your podcast to the next level.

January 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Larj Media's team will arm you with everything you need to take your podcast to the next level. You'll leave this course with a new and improved show ready to gain the audience you've always wanted! 1. Take your existing podcast to the next level 2. Learn how to grow your audience 3. Learn how to convey your topic in a great show 4. Do you simply need a refresh? We can help! In this collaborative workshop, you'll work in…

Investor Roundtable with Matt Parmett

January 30 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Q&A roundtable discussions are conducted by members of the community to provide opportunities for a small group discussion with subject matter experts. There are 8 seats at the table for the 90-minute discussion. A few days prior, we will send out "Confirmation Required" emails to registrants. You must email back to confirm your spot or we will have to release your ticket. Join Matt Parmett with Echo Health Ventures and a small group of peers for the opportunity to ask questions and…

DeviceConnect: Bringing Healthcare into the Home

January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Life Science Washington and Product Creation Studio Present: DeviceConnect Series Bringing Healthcare into the Home The global smart home healthcare market is exploding as more medical devices are designed for use wherever the patient is, including at home. A report by Research and Markets predicts sales of these devices to reach $30 billion by 2023, up from $4.5 billion in 2017. In many ways, the medtech industry is playing catch-up with consumer technology. The stakes are high, and getting the…

How to Increase Signal with Effective Candidate and Interviewer Communication

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

The promise of an interview is simple: it should identify the right candidate for the right job. But all too often, software engineers are often unsure how to put their best foot forward and hiring managers are equally unsure how to get the most signal out each technical interview. If you are interviewing for a role as a software engineer or hiring software engineers, join Karat Director of Developer Relations Lusen Mendel and Interview R&D Engineer Kasey Champion for an…

Fundamentals for Startups: How to Build a Deep Tech Enterprise Software Company as a Technical Founder

January 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Technology has been driving innovation and changing the landscape in the enterprise space over the last decade, and founders with deep technical backgrounds are in a unique position to create products and teams that bring unique differentiation to the market. Tim Chen sees a set of common errors that first-time founders often make. In this talk, Tim will discuss these mistakes and how to navigate them while sharing his journey as a founder, investor and mentor. Timothy Chen: Tim is…

Seattle Code 101: Explore Software Development

February 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thinking about a new career in software development? Start here! In this one-day workshop, you'll get a taste of a day in the life of a software developer. Code 101 helps you learn what it’s like to be a software developer through a day-long immersive course for beginners that focuses on front-end web development technologies. Get a taste of the Code Fellows learning experience, find out how websites are built, and code a webpage yourself using professional coding practices. Outcomes:…

Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“When am I ever going to use this in the real world?”. This pervasive question has crossed the mind of almost every child who’s taken a math class. The answer—according to “stand-up mathematician” Matt Parker—is: not nearly enough. Parker, who is best known for his YouTube channels “Standupmaths” and “Numberphile” uncovers the bizarre ways numbers trip us up and what these blunders reveal about how math has an essential place in our world. He explores a litany of glitches, near misses,…

Seattle Angel : Due Diligence 101

February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

When an investor and a startup founder start the process of closing an investment deal, both of them should be doing due diligence to make sure that the foundations of the deal are coming together. What are the issues that an investor is going to want to see the details of? We know from Angel Investing Research that doing reasonable due diligence improves your investment outcomes. This discussion will explore the process of doing due diligence. All good Angel Investments…

Bees, Guts, Soil, and Cancer

February 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

How are the health of soil, plants, bees, and humans connected? An all-star panel of experts joins us to answer this question with a discussion of the microscopic universe at the beginning and end of our food chain—the microbiome. Delve into the intricate world of microbes present in every human, the bacteria that help us digest food, regulate our immune system, and produce vitamins essential to our health. Explore unique connections that expand our everyday understanding—the decline of bees as related…

Securing Your Business Workshop

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Securing Your Business workshop is designed to assist businesses to better understand and protect their business from potential security breaches. Working with businesses of all sizes for the past 14 years, we discovered many businesses are not prepared nor have the essential knowledge in protecting their business from a security breach. What You Will Learn: In this workshop, you will learn: • Where your data resides and understanding it’s use • The causes of security breach – how hackers get…

Founders Live South Sound

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Founders Live is an unforgettable happy hour competition sweeping the globe and now it's coming to Tacoma! Five handpicked companies take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company in front of an eager crowd, including a global audience via livestream! After the pitches and Q&A, the crowd votes on a winner who will receive an award, crowd recognition, and the chance to talk more about their product or service. Bring your friends and coworkers, grab some…

Seattle Arts and Lectures: Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

February 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are the first husband and wife to share a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. The authors of the acclaimed, best-selling Half the Sky now issue a plea in their new book, Tightrope—told through the lives of real Americans—to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half-century of governmental failure.

CodingU powered by Code Fellows Launch Party

February 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Come and celebrate the opening of CodingU, an exciting new intensive coding bootcamp brought to you by WTU in partnership with Code Fellows. Washington Technology University - in partnership with Code Fellows, Seattle's most presigious Coding School - is pleased to announce the launch of CodingU ( This exciting, new coding bootcamp brings Code Fellows' proven programs to students on the Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Renton and beyond). Come and help us celebrate the launch of CodingU. Everyone is welcome!…

UW Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Info Session

February 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have a great idea? Want to start a company? Have you started a company but want to broaden your skill set? Join the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship team at the UW Foster School of Business for an informative session where you’ll learn about the details and benefits of this 12-month, full-time program. Discover more at If you aren't available on this date, please reach out to us directly at and we will be happy to set up…

GIX Information Session: UW Campus

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn more about GIX programs through our information session at the University of Washington campus, Seattle on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Meet with members of the GIX faculty, staff, and other prospective or current students to get your application questions answered and hear about the student experience.

Fundamentals for Startups: Modern Mentorship and the Art of Storytelling

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

All great mentorships start with a spark of connection. Our personal stories hold the power to inspire others and create meaningful connections. Join Sarah Haggard, Tribute Founder and CEO to learn how to use your personal stories and life experiences to mentor others. In this session, you’ll learn why storytelling is so essential for effective mentoring, how to tell your story and how to set the stage for meaningful connections in your mentoring relationships. You’ll walk away with practical tips…

Exploration For All

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Exploration for All invites all families affected by autism to explore Pacific Science Center during a special free morning or evening visit before or after we open to the public. Experience exhibits without heavy crowds, softened general lighting, and decreased noise levels and visual stimulation wherever possible.

Seattle Angel : Pitch Deconstruction – Practicing the details

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Practice, Practice, Practice. Get feedback on your company pitch. Practice your pitch and get feedback often. This is another chance to get feedback on your pitch from active Angel Investors. Everyone who comes will have a chance to make a 1 minute pitch (without slides). The audience will select 4 companies to make 3 minute pitch (with slides). Each of those 4 pitches will get detailed feedback from active investors who are participating in the Seattle Angel Conference process. This…

The Science of Friendship: Your Most Essential Relationship?

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For centuries, friendship was considered cultural, not biological, and valued but not invaluable. That view has changed as scientists have recognized the critical importance of strong social bonds for health and well-being. Join science journalist Lydia Denworth, author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond, for a discussion on how the new science of friendship has simultaneously clarified what friendship is and blurred the lines between friendship, romance, and family. Plus, she’ll explain why friendship…

SAC Workshop – How to find an investor who gets your business

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

angelEvery startup needs capital to run a business. Capital can come from your friends, your family, and especially investors. Looking for an investor is a challenge because it takes a lot of time and energy, between getting ready for investment, networking and practicing your presentations. However, not every investor is a good investor for you. You will need to be doing due diligence and checking if the investor fits with your business. When you find an investor who understands your…

Fundamentals for Startups: Building a Compelling Investor Pitch

February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In this talk, Shirish Nadkarni will outline how to go about building a compelling investor pitch that significantly improves your chances of raising funding. He will first discuss how to go about researching which VCs you should target for your fund raise. He will then suggest a specific outline for your presentation that you can use to build your investor pitch and the key components that you should go into each slide. Finally, he will discuss some key dos &…

AAAS Family Science Days

February 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

AAAS Family Science Days is a free public science event that offers an array of hands-on family and child-friendly activities. The 2020 AAAS Family Science Days event will be held Saturday, February 15, and Sunday, February 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Seattle, WA. The schedule includes a sensory-friendly hour on Sunday, February 16 at 11am-12pm. Family Science Days features interactive booths appropriate for K-12 children and their families, highlighting diverse areas of…

Seattle Angel : Financials for Fundraising with Andrew Klein

February 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

At the core of any equity-based fundable startup is a business model that shows exponential growth and a large market. Without a grounded financial model, the proverbial hockey-stick growth slide is just vapor-ware. By understanding your key financial foundations and your cash-flow projection, you get a better grasp on the numbers at the base of your business. Andrew Klein from Zccounting will walk through the basic information and reports that you should have a good handle on before you seek…

Leah Plunkett Why We Should Be Cautious With Our Kids’ Data

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Our children’s first digital footprints are made before they can walk—even before they are born. More and more parents are using fertility apps to aid conception, posting ultrasound images to social media, installing baby monitors with built-in AI, and storing terabytes of baby pictures in the cloud. Educator Leah Plunkett arrives at Town Hall to examine the implications of this phenomenon, which she calls “sharenthood”—adults’ excessive digital sharing of children’s data. Drawing from her book Sharenthood: Why We Should Think before We…

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