Welcome to the March 16, 2020 installment of the What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene list! I’ve been putting together this list since 2017 (next week is its third anniversary). My goal was simple: to give the Tampa Bay technology community a useful, convenient resource for finding tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events. I watched as regular techie get-togethers helped grow the scenes in my former homes of Toronto and Silicon Valley, and I believe that bringing together the bright lights of Tampa Bay will do the same here.
Three years ago, I put together my first “What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech scene” post here on Global Nerdy. What started as a little project to give me an additional edge over other people looking for work has turned into a community service for the Tampa Bay tech, entrepreneur, and nerd communities that I’m only too happy to perform. I’d like to thank all of you for your support and for making me feel welcome here, and I plan to keep this list up for as long as people find it useful.
As far as any of the events on this list are concerned, I have a two-word bit of advice for you: Expect cancellations. If you’re planning on attending any of the events listed below, check with the organizers, as they might no longer be happening.
As for me, I’m following the advice of my sister, Dr. Eileen deVilla, who’s the Medical Officer of Health for my old home town, Toronto (community service runs in our family!). As the head of the public health agency in Canada’s largest city and economic capital, and as someone who’s been working in public health since the SARS outbreak, she’s forgotten more about dealing with the spread of viral diseases than most of us will learn. Along with just about public health official and a number of scientists and mathematicians, she’s advising that we all take up the practice of social distancing in the short term to prevent much worse things happening in the long term. Hence the postponement or cancellation of many gatherings from meetups of a couple dozen people all the ways to large events including South by Southwest and the rest of the NBA and NHL seasons.
For this reason, I’m putting the Coders, Creatives, and Craft Beer meetup on hold this month, and holding off on re-starting the in-person Tampa iOS Meetup until I get the word from public health officials — my sister included — that it’s safe to resume regular socializing. I’m an extrovert and don’t relish the idea of clearing out my social calendar, but I’ll deal with it.
In the meantime, stay safe, don’t touch your face or your 401(k), and keep an eye on Global Nerdy for tips on how techies can make the most of the current situation.
Monday, March 16
- Tampa Bay Connections — Monday Referral Partners! Wrights Gourmet House & Deli @ Wright’s Gourmet House, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Learn Cybersecurity Tampa — WEBINAR: The 5 Essential Skills for Success: Online Learning @ Online, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — ROOKIES SPORTS BAR – SPRING HILL – LIVE TEAM TRIVIA !!! @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Sunshine City Podcasters — Launching Your Podcast – Part 3 @ Rising Tide Innovation Center, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
- Cool ‘n Confident Toastmasters @ SPC – St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — 3 DAUGHTERS BREWING – LIVE TEAM TRIVIA – ST. PETERSBURG @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, March 17
- Westshore Toastmasters @ FIVE Labs, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Tech — GET READY FOR THE CLOUD @ Centre Club – Tampa, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
- Brandon Boardgamers — Tuesday Night Gaming @ Cool Stuff Games, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Tampa SQL User Groups — Pinellas – Monthly Meeting @ St Pete College – EpiCenter, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — WESTSHORE PIZZA – BELLEAIR BLUFFS – LIVE TEAM TRIVIA !!! @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Spirited Toastmasters @ St Stephens Catholic School, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
- Woodshop Tool Sign Off-Jointer, Planer, & Bandsaw (Members Only) @ Tampa Hackerspace West, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Nerd Night Out — Pints & Pixels @ Yard of Ale! @ Yard of Ale Soho, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
- America’s TriviAddiction — DAIQUIRI SHAK RAW BAR & GRILL – MADEIRA BEACH – LIVE TEAM TRIVIA @ 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Wednesday, March 18
- Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking Group — Downtown St Pete Networking at the Hanger~ Wednesday Mornings @ The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
- Business over Breakfast Palm Harbor @ Tiffany’s, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
- Tampa Bay WaVE — OPEN/FREE Coworking for Veteran Entrepreneurs @ FirstWaVE Venture Center, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Connections — Ybor Networking @ Bernini of Ybor, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Tech4Good Tampa — Social Media Panel Discussion & Small Group Breakouts @ Power Design, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
- High Tech Connect — March Tech Fest @ WeWork – Downtown Tampa, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Divi Tampa — Divi Developers March Merging of Minds at the Fab Lab @ AMRoC FabLab, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Learn Cybersecurity Tampa — Cybersecurity Capture the Flag for all Levels @ SecureSet, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Kanban — What’s the difference between resource efficiency vs flow efficiency? @ Dale Carnegie Tampa Bay, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
- Tampa Power Apps and Flow User Group — Power Platform Overview + Governance & COE @ Microsoft Office, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- PLAYlive Nation Tyrone — Wednesday Night D&D Adventurers League @ Tyrone Mall, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- GDG Suncoast — Firebase Study Jam @ Suncoast Developers Guild, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Qlik Meetup Tampa — Enabling Self Service with Qlik @ Tampa Bay Wave, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Seminole Mystery Book/Dinner Club @ Rizzottos Pizzaria, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Central Florida Red Hat User Group (CFRUG) — March 2020 CFRUG All things Ansible Tower @ Tech Data Corporation, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Read Between The Wines Book Club —March Book – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Defcon813 — CigarCitySec @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Nerdbrew Events — Games & Grog @ Peabody’s! @ Peabody’s Billiards and Games, 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
- Central Florida CitySec — CigarCitySec Meetup @ Cigar City Brewing, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- I Love Marketing! – Let’s talk about using marketing to grow your business @ The Lodge, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, March 19
- MELLOW MUSHROOM THURSDAY’S NETWORKING LUNCH @ Mellow Mushroom, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Lean Beer for All Things Agile (Tampa) @ The Pub (at Bay Street in Int’l. Plaza), 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
- FL Biz Incubator EVENING Brew ‘N Do This Week! @ Woodwright Brewing Company, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Tampa SEO & Internet Marketing Meetup with Steve Scott — Simple and Easy Link Building Ideas @ In The Loop Brewing Company, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- St. Pete Makers — Third Thursday – Open Make Night @ St. Pete Makers, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- FL Biz Incubator Brew ‘n Do! Clearwater Brewing @ 1700 N Fort Harrison Ave, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of Play — Village Inn Gaming @ Village Inn, 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM
- cYbor Security Meetup — Get Hired: How Moffitt Cancer Center does Cybersecurity (Members Only) @ The Undercroft, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Data Science Group — Your Presentation Title HERE! @ To Be Determined, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
- Dunedin Beers & Board Games — Beers and Board Games at Cueni Brewing in Dunedin (Every Thursday) @ Cueni Brewing Co., 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
- 3D Printer Deltamaker Orientation (members only) @ Tampa Hackerspace, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
- The Pinellas County Young “Professionals” — Bi-Weekly Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour @ No Vacancy, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- The Tampa Ruby Brigade — Tampa.rb: Mystery Meetup! @Suncoast Developers Guild, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- Kakkoii-Otaku Clan — A Quiet Place 2 (AMC Veterans – IMAX Showing) @ 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday, March 20
- Cloud Security Alliance Tampa Bay Chapter — Cyber Security Summit – Tampa 2020 @ Hilton Tampa Downtown, 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
- Speaker Training to Help You Speak to any group/organization — CREATE Your Success in TAMPA March 20th & 21st @ Tampa Airport Marriott, Friday 8:00 AM to Saturday 4:00 PM
- Homebrew Hillsborough — Mar 2020 Homebrew Hillsborough: WeWork @ WeWork Place, 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
- Elevated for Success Women’s Networking Group — Connect and Chat – Roundtable Mastermind @ Panera, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Tampa JPMorgan Chase & Co. Technology Events — JPMorgan Chase “Information Technology” Interview Day @ 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
- Tampa Bay Networking Friday Lunch @ McAlister’s Deli, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
- Learn Cybersecurity Tampa — ONLINE Cybersecurity Capture the Flag for all Levels @ Online, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, March 21
- Game Club Tampa Meetup — D&D 5e: Not Snow White’s Dwarves @ Seminole Heights Branch Library, 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
- Hack The Box Meetup: Tampa, FL @ 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
- WordSmitten Writing Workshop — Advanced Class @ 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
- Geekocracy! — Knit a chunky blanket @ 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
- Microcontroller Monthly Meetup (M3) @ Tampa Hackerspace, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
- New Port Richey Casual Games and Fun Socializing Group! — C’mon Dine & Play Games at IHOP! @ IHOP on US 19 in NPR, 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
- Kitchen Table Book Club: Year of International Voices — “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi @ The Womb Sanctuary, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Saint Petersburg Board Games Meetup — Board Games @ Stephanie’s, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- Tampa Bay Young Professionals Group — Now let’s do Ice Skating ⛸️ next! @ 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
- Geekocracy! — Game Night at Southern Brewing @ Southern Brewing & Winemaking, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, March 22
- Book vs Movie Club — Who Framed Roger Rabbit @ The Bricks Ybor, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
- Intellectual Connection for Myers-Briggs N’s (Intuitives) — Why have manners faded in today’s society? @ Life Time Athletic and Life Spa, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
- Lakeland Black Professionals — HERStory (The Well’s March B2B Blender) @ Magnolia Building, Lakeland, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
- Nerdbrew Events — Taps & Drafts @ Yard of Ale Soho, 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
- Sew What? (Textile Arts & Crafts) @ Tampa Hackerspace West, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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