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Bellevue Code 101: Intro to Software Development & Careers in Tech

September 22

Thinking about a new career in software development? Start here! This one-day workshop is the perfect place to figure out if it’s for you. You’ll get a sneak peek of what a career in coding involves, plus a taste of the Code Fellows learning experience. Learn how websites are built and code one yourself using industry-standard tools and professional coding practices. An hour before the start of the workshop will be dedicated to helping students get their computers set up…

Revolutionizing Age-Old Industries: Energy and Agriculture

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Few industries have deeper roots than energy and agriculture, so affecting change often requires reinventing the wheel. Phytelligence and Texas Center for Superconductivity are looking to do just that by integrating the latest research in superconductivity and biotech with long-standing technology. Come discover how these revolutionizing developments offer the potential of global change.

Streamlined Investor Visa Strategies

September 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

U.S. immigration law is complex, but there are a number of visa options for entrepreneurs and those interested in business investment and ownership.  It is not necessary to invest $500,000 and wait years for an EB-5 visa.  This seminar will focus on alternative strategies for investors. Pre-register online in the link provided.

2018 AIGA Seattle Changemaker Showcase

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

How might we nurture local youth? Join the AIGA Seattle Changemaker teams as we celebrate the results of the 2018 Changemaker Series! Over the past few months, diverse volunteer creative teams have used their superpowers by collaborating with local nonprofits and change organizations on projects addressing challenges local youth face. -Celebrate the creative teams’ successes over some wine, beer, and light appetizers in the inspiring Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. -Meet passionate creatives and nonprofits in the community…

Seattle API City Conference

October 2 @ 8:00 am - October 4 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for our huge event at the Kitsap Conference Center on the Waterfront in Bremerton, WA, 1 block from the ferry terminal. With a focus on diversity, our 3 track conference creates an open event. We also keep in mind the importance of accessibility. Our venue holds up to 450 people. Our mission is to gather all varieties of developers and business people together to network and learn about other APIs and the business value it can bring to…

UW Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Info Session

October 2 @ 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…

Ignite Seattle

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

Enlighten us - but make it quick! Ignite Seattle is the largest open submission public speaking event in the Pacific Northwest. 3 to 4 times a year, one of the greatest audiences in the world gathers to hear interesting people tell interesting stories. Each speaker gets 20 slides, for 15 seconds each, to share a passion for 5 minutes – it’s an evening of curated discovery. We take pride in providing every audience with a deep sense of the community…

Scaling Your Healthy, Inclusive Startup Culture

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Culture is key to every successful startup. When do you start defining your culture, and how do you maintain it as the company grows? Scaling culture is a big challenge, and one that not every startup can master. When the leader no longer interviews every new hire, how can you be sure you're adding people with the right values who are passionate about your mission? We’re bringing together seasoned startup and recruiting experts who have built companies with amazing cultures…

Master of Science in Information Systems Open House

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Are you looking to create a career advantage? Learn more about how the one-year, work-compatible Master of Science in Information Systems Program at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business can help you take your career to the next level! Attend the MSIS Open House to hear about the program curriculum, features, and admissions requirements, and get your questions answered by Admissions staff. We can't wait to see you there!

AFA’s 13th Annual Aerospace Summit

October 10 @ 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

AFA's Annual Aerospace Summit is one of the most anticipated aerospace events of the year, with presentations, fireside chats, and in-depth analyses from top executives in the aerospace industry with unique and insider views of the trends and developments that are changing the industry today and into the future. ​This year's Summit Keynote Speaker is Kevin McAllister, Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company and President & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Other speakers include Bob Smith- CEO of Blue…

In the Wake of #MeToo: What’s Next for Leaders and People Ops

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a discussion on the roles of leadership, HR, and culture when a #MeToo concern surfaces at work. We'll talk about who should take action, how to take action, the obstacles we face, and recommendations to ensure a positive, respectful work environment. This session will be honest and educational. It will not be a platform to bash men. We support men and women at work, and want to help everyone learn to navigate tricky situations. Let's help women…

How Startups Can Win Top Talent

October 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Startups may not be able to offer the highest salaries or best 401k packages, but they can beat big companies in spades. From impact and learning opportunities, there are loads of ways startups can have the edge. With competition for talented candidates fierce, and no shortage of options to choose from, the war is on! Luckily, what big companies offer isn't typically on the list of talented job seekers. The best candidates in today’s market are looking for mission driven…

Elevate Inclusion 2018

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Providing startup funding to the next group of break-out entrepreneurs is only part of what Elevate Capital believes that venture capitalists and other investors should do. Working to ensure inclusion while providing mentorship and funding to entrepreneurs from underserved communities is a vital part of building thriving business communities. Please join us at Elevate Capital’s first annual Elevate Inclusion conference, a gathering of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds including women, minority entrepreneurs from underserved communities, and veterans as well as venture…

Young Professionals Annual Dinner

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join over 300 Young Professionals & Students in a separate room at the Bellevue Annual Dinner. Attendees network with like-minded peers & participate in exclusive Q&A sessions featuring the Annual Dinner’s keynote speakers, Hon. Newt Gingrich and Saul Spady. Washington Policy Center’s Annual Dinner gala events attract more than 2,500 elected officials & business & community leaders and are among the largest events of their kind in the country. TICKET INCLUDES Dinner....Drinks.....and an awesome time!

HIMSS WA Fall Conference – “Transforming the Experience for the Provider, Payer and Patient through Technology”

October 15 @ 8:30 am - October 16 @ 4:30 pm

The Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) WA Board is presenting the 6th Biennial Fall Conference. The HIMSS WA Chapter has over 1300 active members representing over 300 unique PNW organizations is one of our largest events which hosts 200+ attendees. This year’s theme is Transforming the Experience for the Provider, Payer and Patient through Technology. This event is for anyone (executives, care providers, administration, emerging professionals, veterans, etc) who want to learn how to drive and implement transformation…

Master the Marketplace

October 16 @ 3:00 pm - October 18 @ 12:00 pm

Ninety-seven percent of online shoppers purchase on marketplaces according to The 2017 Pulse of the Online Shopper by UPS and comScore. etailz, Inc., the #1 Amazon marketplace retailer with over $500M in lifetime marketplace sales, will hold its second annual Master the Marketplace conference, Oct. 16-18, 2018. The conference will offer best practices and new marketplace strategies aimed at increasing online marketplace sales through sessions taught by subject matter experts. Designed to help brands Master the Marketplace, attendees will leave…

UW Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Info Session

October 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 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…

Science of Spirits

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Pacific Science Center for a night of science served straight up and sip on samples from local distilleries, discuss the distilling process and discover the science behind spirits with the makers themselves. So far, the following distilleries are on board with more to join: 3 Howls Distillery Blackfish Spirits Bomond Vodka Cadée Distillery Copperworks Distilling Glass Vodka Distillery Heritage Distilling Co. Hood River Distillers Rolling River Spirits Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs Scratch Distillery Sea Bishop Spirits Temple Distilling Woodinville…

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…

Rotary Encoders and Interrupts

November 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

We'll touch on both in this hands-on presentation so bring your laptop and favorite Arduino-compatible board to follow along. A limited number of rotary encoders (the one pictured) will be available for $3 each if you want to experiment with the sample code as we go. Rotary encoders are deceptively simple and ingenious devices. They sense rotary motion, but unlike a potentiometer you can keep spinning them to your hearts content. We'll talk about the signals they emit and how…

From the CEO’s Perspective – Leadership in Our Challenging Times

November 8 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

The upheavals of the last 18 months have created unprecedented challenges for leaders. We’ve seen CEOs from companies of all sizes speak up as leaders and speak out as citizens. The highly-charged issues range from immigration, racism, sexual harassment and gun control and are magnified by the rapid dissemination of real, fake and moment-to-moment-changing news, as well as being amplified by social media. This is such a broad and important issue, it will be the focus of both CEO forums…

2018 STEM Career Fair

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

North Seattle College is excited to host the third-annual career fair focused specifically on positions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: the 2018 STEM Career Fair. Join us Wednesday, November 14 in the Opportunity Center for Employment and Education, right on the North Seattle College campus. Hiring representatives from both nationally-recognized companies and regional firms will be on site. Attendees can network with the representatives while learning about these organizations and the specific jobs and internships they have available. This…

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