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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, December 13, 2021)

Here’s your weekly list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events — plus a little area tech news — for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, December 13 through Sunday, December 19, 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”!

As far as event types go, this list casts a rather wide net. It includes events that would be of interest to techies, nerds, and entrepreneurs. It includes (but isn’t limited to) events that fall under the category of:

  • Programming, DevOps, systems administration, and testing
  • Tech project management / agile processes
  • Video, board, and role-playing games
  • Book, philosophy, and discussion clubs
  • Tech, business, and entrepreneur networking events
  • Toastmasters (because nerds really need to up their presentation game)
  • Sci-fi, fantasy, and other genre fandoms
  • Anything I deem geeky

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.

This week’s events

This list includes in-person events as well as online events. The COVID-19 numbers are dropping sharply, but be smart and responsible — get your shots, mask up in crowds, and we can get back to what passes for normal sooner!

I try to keep this list up-to-date. I add new events as soon as I hear about them, so be sure to check this page often!

Monday, December 13

GroupEvent NameTime
CoachieveEntrepreneur Crash Course – Tampa
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Get More Targeted Instagram Followers in Tampa
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Facebook Marketing Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa
Tampa Bay Tech Career Advice ForumJob Seeker Coffee Talk9:00 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonVirtual Networking Lunch Monday & Wednesday11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netVirtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupSouth Tampa Referrals11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsSouth Tampa Professional Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsLutz, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa Virtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Orlando Video & Post Production MeetupVirtual Event: Video – Wireless Microphone Techniques11:30 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Entrepreneurs Empower EmpireOffice Hour12:00 PM
Tampa St Pete Stocks and Options Trading GroupVantage Point – Weekly Market Recap & Outlook of Future Market Conditions2:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonIn Person – Tampa Bay Technology Center Holiday Potluck4:30 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesMagic Mondays5:00 PM
AWS User Groups of Florida – TampaAWS Control Tower5:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCritical Hit Games: Board Game Night5:30 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarWeekly Game Night! (Lazy Moon Location)6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Open Play6:00 PM
Lakeland Black ProfessionalsLBP Dec Virtual Meeting6:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Tampa/Brandon/St PeteCommander Night6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Beginning Web DevelopmentWeekly Learning Session6:00 PM
St. Petersburg Crypto Investors and Miners ClubNFT Strategies for Investors6:00 PM
Thoughtful WritingPhilosophy in Writing6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!MTG: Commander Open Play (At Critical Hit Games)6:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48North Port Toastmasters Meets Online!!6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Nerdbrew EventsAnime Watch Party7:00 PM
Brandon WordPress MeetupTBA: Regular WordPress Meeting7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Fireside Lounge & Billiards 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (0NLINE)7:00 PM
Forex Automation and TradingCome Trade the Forex :: Crypto :: Stocks :: Investments7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsStoics v. Skeptics: What is Knowledge?7:00 PM
Tampa Flutter Meetup GroupIn-Person Meetup7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48South Tampa invites you to our Holiday Party 7p.m. at 717 South Howard Ave!7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceLearn to Solder Holiday Edition — Make a Christmas Tree or Menorah7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar | UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Thinkful Tampa | Careers in TechThinkful Webinar | UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes8:00 PM

Tuesday, December 14

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Get More Targeted Instagram Followers in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Facebook Marketing Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
RGANetwork.netAfter hours Networking Mixer Cafe Delanie 
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupTampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Tuesday & Thursday All WElCOME7:30 AM
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceMetrowest Exclusive Leads Group Meeting8:30 AM
Front End CreativesPlanning for Success in 202210:00 AM
Big Data and Analytics TampaHow to Bring Legacy Systems Into Your Modern Tech Stack10:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersUpper Pinellas, Oldsmar,Safety Harbor, Westchase Business networking lunch11:00 AM
Orlando Video & Post Production MeetupStreaming Live Video with OBS11:00 AM
The 360 Exchange – Lake NonaThe 360 Exchange – Lake Nona Networking11:15 AM
SWAT Networking – Successful Women Aligning TogetherSWAT Networking Lakewood Ranch Luncheon11:30 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Learn Data Analytics With Thinkful12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Tampa Bay IRA Investing GroupWebinar – Build Retirement Wealth with Steady Stream Income12:00 PM
ProductTank OrlandoThe 411 on Product MARKETING with Steve Robins12:00 PM
Data, Cloud and AI in TampaIBM Data Science Community: Language Models in Plain English2:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupUnity Fundamentals Class Series – Class 5 – Controlling Animations in Unity2:00 PM
AMA Tampa BayHoliday Mixer6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyMeet & Greet at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant6:00 PM
Crypto Fundamentals 101Crypto Basics: Top 10 Things To Know Before Investing6:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCool Stuff Games: Board game night6:00 PM
Tampa Apache Kafka® Meetup by ConfluentBYOM (Bring Your Own Monitor) to Apache Kafka®6:00 PM
The Sarasota Creative Writers Meetup GroupThe Sarasota Creative Writers6:30 PM
Florida Podcasters AssociationFlorida Podcasters Association General Meeting!!!6:30 PM
Tampa eMarketing GroupsLearn About Podcasting and How to Monetize Your Interest!6:30 PM
Lakeland Note Investing GroupLakeland Note Investing Meetup Group7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online SEASONAL] Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden – DM Canon (Tier 2)7:00 PM
ShutterObi – Orlando Photography GroupPortrait Photography Zoom Meetup- Ten Tips & Tricks For Taking Amazing Portraits7:00 PM
ONETUG – Orlando .NET User GroupDec 14th 2021: Jamie Philips – Kubernetes and Containers for the .NET Developer7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWoodshop Safety (Members Only)7:00 PM
The Essentials of Public Speaking[Online] Public Speaking and Your Success7:30 PM
Communicate with Self-Confidence Meetup, Tampa, FL[Online] How to Increase Your Self-Confidence in Public Speaking7:30 PM
Essential Communication Skills for Career AdvancementHow to Be a More Confident Communicator7:30 PM
DOUX — Downtown Orlando UX MeetupPresentation Karaoke 20217:30 PM
Tampa Entrepreneurs NetworkMake massive impact & build your authority with a TED-style talk | Roger Killen8:00 PM
Wordier Than Thou Meetup for Writers and Book LoversStorytelling & Prose Open Mic – Guest Author Tara Lush8:00 PM

​Wednesday, December 15

GroupEvent NameTime
Cigar City ToastmastersCigar City Toastmasters 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Get More Targeted Instagram Followers in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Facebook Marketing Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking – Entrepreneurs of Color7:00 AM
Networking 4 ProfitReferral Networking Meeting Orlando Area7:30 AM
Toastmasters, Division DTrailblazers Toastmasters7:30 AM
The 360 Exchange South DowntownThe 360 Exchange – South Downtown8:00 AM
North Tampa Networking GroupBusiness networking9:00 AM
Tampa Cybersecurity TrainingTop Tech Trends in 202210:00 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayOnline Networking 3rd. Wednesday12:00 PM
Success Strategies for Business OwnersUsing LinkedIn to Build Your Network12:00 PM
Tampa Bay WaVEOver the Waves Workshop1:00 PM
Tampa Startup Founder 101FI Alumni Panel: Meet Founders that Graduated FI and Ask Questions1:00 PM
Downtown SRQ Happy Hour NetworkingHolly Jolly Trivia Trolley Tour4:30 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[HISTORIC] Storm King’s Thunder Tier 2 – DM Robert5:00 PM
Future of Data: OrlandoCDP on Azure: Harnessing the Power of Data Flow and Event Processing5:00 PM
Continuous Improvement Network (CI Net)C.I.NET MeetUp – Holiday Get Together5:30 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupCreative Community Meetup 20216:00 PM
Around The World: International Book Club – MetrowestTURKEY: The Red-Haired Woman – Orhan Pamuk6:00 PM
TechDeLandTechDeLand Holiday Meeting6:00 PM
Orlando Photo + Design MeetupCreative Community Meetup – A Changing Industry6:00 PM
Network & Social – Orlando Networking EventsChristmas Toy Drive and Networking Mixer at Blue Martini Lounge6:00 PM
Full Stack MeetupUnit Testing with .NET 5 Part 37:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Wednesday Night DnD at Hammerfall Games and Collectibles7:00 PM
Tampa Cybersecurity Meetup | Flatiron SchoolVirtual – Intro to Data Science | Decision Trees Workshop7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Bitcoin[Virtual] Tampa Bay Bitcoin Meetup: News, Markets, & Community7:00 PM
Tampa Hackerspace3D Printing Orientation: Models and Slicers7:00 PM
Data and AI Central Florida User GroupBuilding Seamless Data & AI Solutions With Azure Cognitive Search7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade – In The Zone (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar | Learn Web Development With Thinkful8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Thinkful Tampa | Careers in TechThinkful Webinar | Learn Web Development With Thinkful8:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsCarollwood Professionals Networking Lunch!11:30 PM

Thursday, December 16

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Get More Targeted Instagram Followers in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Facebook Marketing Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
BNI Professional Alliance – Business Referral GroupBNI Professional Alliance – A Business Referral Group8:00 AM
Power Business NetworkingPower Business Networking Thursday 11:45 am 2021 12 1611:45 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to JavaScript: Build a Virtual Pet12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Tampa Bay WaVETampa Bay Wave CORE Program “Ask Me Anything” Session12:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFCCP Weekly Photo Assignment 50: Less Is More – Minimalist Photography5:00 PM
Tampa Professional Networking MeetupHappy Hour Networking – Cigars, Fine Wines and Brews5:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Tableau Basics6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST
Network After Work Tampa – Networking EventsVirtual Cocktails And Connections6:00 PM
We Write Here Black and Women of Color Writing GroupVirtual Writing Get Downs6:00 PM
Tampa SEO & Internet Marketing Meetup with Steve ScottGetting The Most From Your Google My Business Listing6:00 PM
Network & Social – Tampa/St. Pete Networking EventsTampa Toy Drive and Networking Mixer at The Aloft Hotel WXYZ Lounge6:00 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D Group1st ed AD&D Campaign.6:00 PM
Tampa Bay AgileLean Beer for All Things Agile (Tampa)6:00 PM
Southwest Florida Board Game MeetupMeetup to Play Board Games6:00 PM
Cult, Mystery & Suspense Movie ClubThe Princess Bride and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (1966)6:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersTHURSDAY Game Night @ de Bine Brewing Co.7:00 PM
Tampa Azure Databricks and BigData Meetup GroupTampa Azure Databricks Meet7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Stocks, Options & ETFs- (ONLINE)7:00 PM
West Orlando WordPress MeetupHoliday Dinner In-Person Meetup – West Orlando WordPress7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWoodshop Tool Sign Off-Jointer, Planer, & Bandsaw (Members Only)7:00 PM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking – Entrepreneurs of Color7:00 PM
ManageEngine’s Cybersecurity MeetupsEnhance your help desk productivity with ADManager Plus integration8:30 PM

Friday, December 17

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] Increase Your Website Sales & Leads in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google AdWords Tutorial & Walk Through in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] How Google Works Ranking Websites in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google Analytics Beginners Tips & Tricks in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] On Page vs Off Page SEO Strategies in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How To Optimize & Rank YouTube Videos in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Get More Targeted Instagram Followers in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] SEO Link Building Strategies 101 in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] On Page SEO Strategies for Google in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Facebook Marketing Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] SEO Keyword Research Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How to Write SEO Friendly Google Content in Tampa 
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceFriday Weekly Leads Group of Dr. Phillips FACE-To-FACE Networking8:30 AM
Project Codex: Orlando Junior DevelopersVirtual Coffee9:00 AM
All For NerdsHoliday Matsuri 2021 (Orlando)10:00 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Analytics: SQL Fundamentals12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Tampa OtakuHoliday Matsuri 202112:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What Tech Career Is Right For Me?6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST
Magic the Gathering Tampa/Brandon/St PeteCommander Night6:00 PM
Network & Social – Tampa/St. Pete Networking EventsInspire St. Pete Christmas Toy Drive and Networking Mixer6:00 PM
Gen GeekSpiderman: No way home6:30 PM
Around The World: International Book Club – MetrowestBOSPHOROUS HOLIDAY DINNER7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online HISTORIC] Canon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Thinking While Drinking TampaSpinoff Event: Free Outdoor Movie Screening7:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! 🎄7:30 PM
Agile OrlandoAgile in the Morning7:30 PM
Geekocracy!Spiderman No Way Home at Regal Citrus Park9:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyMonthly Cell Phone Photo Showcase11:59 PM

Saturday, December 18

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GroupEvent NameTime
Lakshman SinghStartups Mentorship Program 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Get More Targeted Instagram Followers in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Facebook Marketing Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EST
Veterans Growing AmericaVeterans Business Expo, MacDill9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
► Tampa Bay Young Professionals GroupBeautiful Nature Walk weekend/holiday (6 ft apart): Date/place TBD, Hosts wanted9:45 AM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode with me – learning sessions weekly on Saturdays10:00 AM
All For NerdsHoliday Matsuri 2021 (Orlando)10:00 AM
Bec’s Beacon BookclubGuilt Unplugged – John Flaherty10:00 AM
Women of Wellness Business LoungeGirl! Get Paid: The End of Year Business Retreat for Women10:00 AM
Saint Petersburg Introverts Socializing (Ages 25-40)Morris Bridge Conservation Park trail10:00 AM
Tampa Gaming GuildSaturday Gaming10:00 AM
Tampa Drones MeetupBeginners Guide to Flying Your Drone in Florida11:30 AM
The Sarasota Book Club Meetup GroupDecember Book Club11:30 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Aspiring Black CodersABC virtual meet up – Interviews!12:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWoodshop Safety (Members Only)12:00 PM
Defcon813Introduction to Python Part 21:00 PM
Writers 4 All Seasons Tampa BayWriters 4 All Seasons Tampa Bay Zoom meeting1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Women’s Book Club Meetup GroupDecember Book Club/Book Exchange4:00 PM
Tampa Games Developer GuildGame Project Therapy (Virtual)4:00 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)ALPHA GROUP – Blast From the Past – Game 735:00 PM
Kitchen Table Book Club: Year of Afrofuturism“Brown Girl in the Ring “- Nalo Hopkins (1998)6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesCHG Reverse White Elephant Gift Party7:00 PM
Gen GeekFlorida Botantical Gardens (Holiday Lights)7:30 PM
Nerd Night OutGAME NIGHT!7:30 PM

Sunday, December 19

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] Increase Your Website Sales & Leads in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google AdWords Tutorial & Walk Through in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] How Google Works Ranking Websites in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] On Page vs Off Page SEO Strategies in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google Analytics Beginners Tips & Tricks in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How To Optimize & Rank YouTube Videos in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Get More Targeted Instagram Followers in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] SEO Link Building Strategies 101 in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] On Page SEO Strategies for Google in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] SEO Keyword Research Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Facebook Marketing Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How to Write SEO Friendly Google Content in Tampa 
Gen GeekKayak/manatee swim @Threesisters8:00 AM
All For NerdsHoliday Matsuri 2021 (Orlando)10:00 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Free Crash Course: JavaScript Fundamentals12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Dialogue and Human Experience.Holiday Greetings – (Online) Meeting2:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Forex & Cryptos – (ONLINE)5:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Analytics: SQL Fundamentals6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST

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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