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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, December 20, 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 20 through Sunday, December 26, 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

Keep in mind that many people schedule their events “autopilot” — every week, fortnight, or month on the same day, while forgetting that one of those days will happen on a holiday. Double-check any scheduled event with its organizers this week, especially if it’s close to Christmas Day.

This list includes in-person events as well as online events. Omicron’s out there, so be smart and responsible — get your booster, 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!

Have a wonderful holiday — and if you celebrate Christmas, have a merry Christmas!

Monday, December 20

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 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Coded For Money, Flow and Fame- Orlando Chapter(Free Event) ACTIVATE YOUR DAY WITH SARAH QUINN MARKETING EXPERT9:00 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsLutz, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa Virtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsSouth Tampa Professional Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonVirtual Networking Lunch Monday & Wednesday11:30 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netVirtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupSouth Tampa Referrals11:30 AM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesMagic Mondays5:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceI just got a 3D Printer – NOW WHAT?5:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCritical Hit Games: Board Game Night5:30 PM
Thoughtful WritingPhilosophy in Writing6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Open Painting at Warehouse 516:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Open Play6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonN Pinellas – Monthly CFI TAMPA BAY Humanist Social Dinner6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Beginning Web DevelopmentWeekly Learning Session6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarWeekly Game Night! (Lazy Moon Location)6:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DACE Advanced Toastmasters Table Topics Extravaganza6:00 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
Toastmasters Division GTriple Crown Toastmasters Club 4147 (Virtual)6:30 PM
Tampa Area Crypto And NFT IRL Hosted By Endangered Mints NFTTampa Area Crypto and NFTs – Share and Learn Group6:30 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: “Stoic Ontology: What is the nature of reality?”7:00 PM
3D Printing OrlandoI just got a Resin Printer – NOW WHAT?7:00 PM
Tampa Flutter Meetup GroupIn-Person Meetup7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Join us for our last meeting in 2021 at South Tampa TM! Prez Distinguished Club!7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (0NLINE)7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsAnime Watch Party7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division ELakeland (FL) Toastmasters Club #22627:00 PM
Forex Automation and TradingCome Trade the Forex :: Crypto :: Stocks :: Investments7:00 PM
Library Book Clubs – OCLSVirtual Event: Hiawassee Book Club7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Fireside Lounge & Billiards 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”Prophessor J Presents Jam Night @ Steep Station (St Pete)8:00 PM
Tampa Chapter of Nature Photography Classes📷 Live Free Class! Science & Emotions of Color in Nature Photography ⛰8:30 PM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationInternational Model Stock Investing Club Monthly Meeting8:30 PM

Tuesday, December 21

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 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Tampa Bay Agilev-Lean Coffee7:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupTampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Tuesday & Thursday All WElCOME7:30 AM
Orlando Digital Media Design MeetupVirtual Event: Adobe Illustrator Level 211:30 AM
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceLadies Entrepreneurs of Dr. Phillips12:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers Group🥽Intro to AR Development: Build an AR T-Shirt in Unity ! – TUE Dec 21, 3 PM 👀3:00 PM
South Florida Photographic SocietyLight Study Pro, Intermediate Lighting for Pro Portrait/Commercial Photographer.4:30 PM
Tampa Bay SQL Server User Group (TBSSUG)TBSSUG Monthly – “An Introduction to Machine Learning Services in SQL Server”6:00 PM
Central Florida Options GroupMonthly Meetup- Online6:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCool Stuff Games: Board game night6:00 PM
Crypto Fundamentals 101Crypto Basics: Top 10 Things To Know Before Investing6:15 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Castle Church Brewing6:30 PM
Saint Petersburg Book Club Meetup GroupDec. Book Club6:30 PM
Tampa Investor/Training MeetupTampa Bay Investor Training6:30 PM
Library Book Clubs – OCLSLet’s Talk: Kindness-Podcast Discussion Group7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade For Beginners – (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online SEASONAL] Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden – DM Canon (Tier 2)7:00 PM
Communicate with Self-Confidence Meetup, Tampa, FL[Online] How to Be a Confident Communicator7:30 PM
The Essentials of Public Speaking[Online] Tips for Public Speaking7:30 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess at 54th Kava House!7:30 PM
Essential Communication Skills for Career AdvancementLearn and Practice Communication7:30 PM
Tampa Entrepreneurs NetworkHow to Set & Achieve Your Personal & Professional Goals | Debra Eckerling8:00 PM
Code KatasCode Katas [Virtual] with Seattle JS Hackers8:30 PM
Bootstrappers Breakfast® – Tampa Bay AreaEast Coast Bootstrappers Breakfast®2:30 PM
Literate Ladies of Orlando…Well Bred…Well ReadA Redbird/White Elephant Chrismahanukwanzakah Potluck!2:00 PM
► Tampa Bay Young Professionals GroupOpen Mic at covered patio JF Kicks bar8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 22

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 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
1 Million Cups – Orlando1 Million Cups – Orlando Weekly Meetup9:00 AM
North Tampa Networking GroupBusiness networking9:00 AM
Orlando Digital Media Design MeetupVirtual Event: Adobe Illustrator Level 310:00 AM
ManageEngine’s Cybersecurity MeetupsExploring 5 most common types of cyberattacks2:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[IN-PERSON] [TIER 1] [NEW PLAYER FRIENDLY] DDAL00-04 Winter’s Flame (DM Michael)6:00 PM
America’s TriviAddictionORIGINAL WESTSHORE PIZZA-TAMPA-SPECIAL JAMES BOND THEMED TRIVIA !!!6:30 PM
Women, Words and WineDecember Meeting :: Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Bitcoin[Virtual] Tampa Bay Bitcoin Meetup: News, Markets, & Community7:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade – In The Zone (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Gen GeekMatrix 47:45 PM
Saint Petersburg Introverts Socializing (Ages 25-40)Introverts Socializing & Dining @ Pia’s Trattoria Gulfport8:30 PM
Orlando Young SharksEnd of Year Business Networking Party For Young Professionals & Business Owners6:00 PM

Thursday, December 23

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 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to JavaScript: Build a Virtual Pet12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST
Gen GeekSt pete pier beach and dinner4:30 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D Group1st ed AD&D Campaign.6:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”Brazilian Zouk on the Riverwalk6:00 PM
America’s TriviAddictionBAYSCAPE BISTRO AT HERITAGE ISLES – NEW TAMPA – LIVE TEAM TRIVIA !!!6:30 PM
Modern MinimalismCal Newport’s book “Digital Minimalism” (Chap. 5 continued)7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Stocks, Options & ETFs- (ONLINE)7:00 PM

Friday, December 24

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 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How to Write SEO Friendly Google Content in Tampa 
Project Codex: Orlando Junior DevelopersVirtual Coffee9:00 AM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Tabletop: Friday Board Game Night7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: How To Think Like A Roman Emperor (Chapter 7 continued)7:00 PM

Saturday, December 25

Make the most of this day! I’m going to have dinner with local family in person and FaceTime with family in Toronto.

Sunday, December 26

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 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How to Write SEO Friendly Google Content in Tampa 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What Tech Career Is Right For Me?12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Enhancing Your Career With Mindfulness6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League2:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Forex & Cryptos – (ONLINE)5:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceSew Awesome! (Textile Arts & Crafts)5:30 PM
Tampa HackerspaceLet’s Learn to Turn Pens!7:00 PM

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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