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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, June 15, 2020)

Greetings, Tampa Bay techies, entrepreneurs, and nerds! Welcome to the June 15, 2020 edition of the list! Here’s this week’s list of online-only events for techies, entrepreneurs, and nerds based in an around the Tampa Bay area. Keep an eye on this post; I update it when I hear about new events, it’s always changing. Stay safe, stay connected, and #MakeItTampaBay!

Suncoast Developer Group’s Summer 2020 Hackathon: Friday to Sunday

Don’t forget that Suncoast Developers Guild is holding an online Summer Solstice Hackathon this coming weekend! It starts on the afternoon of Friday, June 19th and runs through Sunday the 21st. As they put it, it’s an opportunity to “spend the longest day of the year solving the hardest challenges of 2020 with fellow developers, designers, and champions of economic development in our region.”

There will be three key themes for this hackathon:

Pandemic preparedness and recovery: Every day in this region, software developers are solving problems for non-profits, businesses, families, and communities. As COVID-19 has shown us, this recovery depends on solving problems in creative ways. How can we best be prepared for the next pandemic?

Inclusion, diversity, and intersectionality in the tech workforce: Yes, Houston, we have a problem. When a workforce does not represent the communities it serves, it causes harm and hampers vibrant solutions. SDG’s is working to change this; come and help us.

Building a smarter, more connected Tampa Bay: Developers understand both sustainability and problem-solving. Harness our power by solving a Smart City challenge that will elevate us all. Can we build IoT and Smart City solutions that help our region’s residents without hurting their privacy?

There will be three cash prizes for each theme: $1000 for the main prize, $750 for the runner-up, and $250 for the solo participant. That’s nine prizes in total!

Once again, this event will happen online. You can hack in the comfort of your own home — all hanging out will be done on Discord. Registration and participation is free-as-in-beer.

This is a great way to put your skills to good use and test them, get connected with the Tampa Bay community, and make Tampa Bay a better place in which to live, work, and play. Find out more at the Summer Solstice Hackathon site at hack.suncoast.io!

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