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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, June 14, 2021)

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It’s mid-June!

Here’s your list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, June 14 through Sunday, June 20, 2021.

This is a weekly service from Tampa Bay’s tech blog, Global Nerdy! For the past four years, I’ve been compiling a list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events happening in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. There’s a lot going on in our scene here in “The Other Bay Area, on the Other West Coast”!

By “Tampa Bay and surrounding areas”, this list covers events that originate or are aimed at the area within 100 miles of the Port of Tampa. At the very least, that includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, but as far north as Ocala, as far south as Fort Myers, and includes Orlando and its surrounding cities.

How long will this list contain only ONLINE and OUTDOOR events?

A month ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that anyone who is fully vaccinated — meaning that they had their final vaccine two weeks or longer ago — can now stop masking and social distancing, including indoors in many cases. That means this list will start including in-person events, right?

Not just yet. This list will stick to online and outdoor events for the time being.

As I write this:

  • 41.0% of the Florida population has been fully vaccinated (I’m one of them), and 50.8% has had their first dose.
  • 43.1% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated, and 52.5% has had their first dose.

Those numbers are a good sign, but they could be better. I’m holding off on listing indoor in-person events until after the 4th of July for the following reasons:

  • Most of the events aimed at a tech, entrepreneur, or nerd audience are still being held online.
  • The CDC’s announcement depends on people exercising good judgement. We live in Florida. Do the math.
  • If the CDC’s call was right, we’ll know by July 4th. If the CDC’s call was wrong, we’ll also know by July 4th.

I’m looking forward to life getting back to normal, but I’m also happy to exercise a few weeks’ worth of caution because I think it’s worth it.

Stay home, stay safe, stay connected, and #MakeItTampaBay!

This week’s events

Monday, June 14

Tuesday, June 15

Wednesday, June 16

Thursday, June 17

Friday, June 18

Saturday, June 19

Sunday, June 20

Other area news

Tampa Bay’s tech startup future is female-led
Be sure to check out the recent piece by Tampa Bay Business Journal on the women behind Tampa Bay’s major startup organizations. It’s one of the things that sets Tampa Bay’s tech scene apart from the others.

Celsius Network’s CTO moved to Tampa
Celsius Network’s CTO Nuke Goldstein (an action hero name, for sure!) visited Tampa Bay for a month and ended up moving himself and his family here in May. He’s already had meetings with Mayor Jane Castor and Embarc Collective CEO Lakshmi Shenoy. He says: “I met more friends and connections in one month in Tampa than I did in three years in New York. The people are so friendly and open and energized.”

Company that expanded to Tampa is on a hiring spree
Drift, the Boston-based company that expanded into Tampa, and whose platform assists with B2B buying, has already hired 50 people locally, and is looking to add 40 more.

Tampa fintech startup accepted to prestigious 1871 accelerator program
Trustate, a company that aims to help streamline and automate the estate administration process, has been accepted to the “WMN-FINtech program,” a joint project of BMO Harris Bank and 1871, the Chicago-based incubator that gave us Embarc Collective’s Lakshmi Shenoy.

Do you have any events or announcements that you’d like to see on this list?

Let me know at joey@joeydevilla.com!

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