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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, January 3, 2022)

Happy new year!

Here’s the very first weekly list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for 2022! This one’s for the week of Monday, January 3 through Sunday, January 9, 2022.

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. 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!

Monday, January 3

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google Analytics Beginners Tips & Tricks 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
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCritical Hit Games: Board Game Night5:30 PM
Thoughtful WritingPhilosophy in Writing2:00 PM
Option Trading Strategies (Tampa Bay area) Meetup GroupOption Trading Strategies Meetup (Online)11:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupSouth Tampa Referrals11:30 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsSouth Tampa Professional Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netVirtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netSt. Pete Networking Lunch! Fords Garage! Monday’s11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs’ Empowerment EmpireOffice Hour12:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesMagic Mondays5:00 PM
Tampa# – C# and .NETGroup Code Challenge [Virtual]5:30 PM
Beginning Web DevelopmentWeekly Learning Session6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Open Play6:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DACE Advanced Toastmasters 32744806:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarWeekly Game Night! (Lazy Moon Location)6:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Tampa/Brandon/St PeteCommander Night6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Open Painting at Warehouse 516:00 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
Toastmasters District 48Time to Take Speaking Your Passion to the Next Level at South Tampa TM!7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Fireside Lounge & Billiards 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsAnime Watch Party7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: “Stoicism: Life Hack or Existential Tool?”7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division ELakeland (FL) Toastmasters Club #22627:00 PM
Tampa Flutter Meetup GroupIn-Person Meetup7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNB Online Anime Watch Party7:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFREE Lightroom Study Group7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsLutz, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa Virtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonVirtual Networking Lunch Monday & Wednesday5:30 PM

Tuesday, January 4

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google Analytics Beginners Tips & Tricks in Tampa
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] SEO Keyword Research Tips, Tricks & Tools in Tampa
RGANetwork.netAfter hours Networking Mixer Cafe Delanie
k smithConquer Your Fear of Public Speaking- Tampa- Virtual Free Trial Class
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupTampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Tuesday & Thursday All WElCOME7:30 AM
BNI LegendsBNI Legends – Business Networking7:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netVirtual Networking Breakfast Tuesday & Thursday’s in October7:30 AM
Tampa Bay Agilev-Lean Coffee7:30 AM
Abundance Networking – Events & BNI MeetingsBNI Abundance – Networking, Introductions, and Business Referrals8:00 AM
Write the Docs FloridaMorning social8:30 AM
Entrepreneurs with ADHDCoffee and Introductions9:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersUpper Pinellas, Oldsmar,Safety Harbor, Westchase Business networking lunch11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsOldsmar Professional Business Networking lunch11:00 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsNew Tampa Networking Lunch at Glory Day’s Grill New Tampa11:30 AM
The Lab OrlandoTap In Tuesday11:30 AM
Toastmasters District 48Westshore Toastmasters12:00 PM
Manatee River Business Exchange ClubGreat group for referrals – Several new members – WE are growing!!!12:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DPost Toasters Toastmasters Club12:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48MESSAGE CRAFTERS12:00 PM
Network After Work Tampa – Networking EventsNetwork After Work Virtual Networking2:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetSocial Video Marketing Tips(ONLINE CLASS)-FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:15 PM
South Florida Photographic SocietyLight Study Pro, Intermediate Lighting for Pro Portrait/Commercial Photographer.4:30 PM
SOLE® Connection™ Community, Camaraderie, & CollaborationProfessional Development, Accountability, & Achievement5:45 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCool Stuff Games: Board game night6:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Card Game Night at Hammerfall Games and Collectibles6:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyMeet & Greet at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant6:00 PM
West Pasco Toastmasters Club #2824Weekly Meeting6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Moose Lodge 2117 Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Suncoast Developers GuildWordPress St Pete Meetup at SDG6:30 PM
Toastmasters Division EToast of Celebration Toastmasters6:45 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online SEASONAL] Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden – DM Canon (Tier 2)7:00 PM
Punta Gorda Business Referral Networking Meetup GroupNetworking Meeting- Weekly7:00 PM
South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment GroupFREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Best of British 7 PM Start7:00 PM
Simplicity BrandonFlesh & Blood Armory Night7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade For Beginners – (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division GSpanglish Toastmasters Club 77037317:00 PM
3D Printing Orlando3D Printing Basics7:00 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess at 54th Kava House!7:30 PM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationTuesday Stock Training Workshop – Rotating Topics7:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom7:45 PM
St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games for Young AdultsSt. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults7:00 PM
Crypto/Trading/Online Business/Entrepreneurship nightsCrypto/Trading/Online Business/Entrepreneurship Nights8:00 PM

Wednesday, January 5

GroupEvent NameTime
RGANetwork.netCarrollwood Professionals Networking Lunch Join us! All Welcome 
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
Tampa Bay WaVEOpen/FREE Coworking for Latino Tech Entrepreneurs8:00 AM
North Tampa Networking GroupBusiness networking9:00 AM
Suncoast Photo & Video Drone ClubAlligator Lake, Safety Harbor9:00 AM
1 Million Cups – Orlando1 Million Cups – Orlando Weekly Meetup9:00 AM
The Lab OrlandoThe Orlando Grants Meetup, Powered by The Lab Orlando10:00 AM
North Port Business Referral Networking Meetup GroupNetworking Meeting- Weekly11:45 AM
Tampa Bay AgileHeart of Agile Weekly Coffee Corner12:30 PM
Tampa Startup Founder 101Co-Founder Networking: Start 2022 by Finding a Business Partner, Online1:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetDigital Video Editing Class (ONLINE CLASS) -FREE for Hillsborough residents only1:00 PM
Crypto Investors Club OrgCrypto Investors Club (5 STAR RATED)6:30 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupCamera Basics6:30 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade – In The Zone (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceGirls Who Code Python for Grades 6-127:00 PM

Thursday, January 6

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How to Write SEO Friendly Google Content in Tampa 
St Pete NetworkingSt Pete Networking12:00 PM
Tampa Startup Founder 101AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan1:00 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupLightroom Classic Basics5:00 PM
The Lab OrlandoMove The Needle Thursday, Empowered by Sherloc!6:00 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D Group1st ed AD&D Campaign.6:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Stocks, Options & ETFs- (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking – Entrepreneurs of Color7:00 PM
Books & Brews!January – The Island of Missing Trees7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceShopbot Safety and Usage (Members Only)7:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersTHURSDAY Game Night @ de Bine Brewing Co.7:00 PM
Orlando Lady Developers Meetup2022 restart! [repeating] Server-side Development Study Group8:00 PM

​Friday, January 7

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How to Write SEO Friendly Google Content in Tampa 
Central Florida SWENetworking Dinner with the Central FL Society of Women Engineers (CFL-SWE)5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Hodge-Podge Board Games and Japanese MahjongMonthly Game Night6:00 PM
Creative Content MastermindThink Differently + Speak Differently = Sell More8:30 AM
Project Codex: Orlando Junior DevelopersVirtual Coffee9:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Protect Your Intellectual Property12:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupSouth Orlando Friday Night Board Gaming6:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Tampa/Brandon/St PeteCommander Night6:00 PM
Central Florida Social ClubGet Social and Play Board Games6:00 PM
Gen GeekPho Ha Tien 😋6:30 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Tabletop: Friday Board Game Night7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: How To Think Like A Roman Emperor (Chapter 8)7:00 PM
Tampa StoicsIN-PERSON: Epictetus Discourses (Part 6)7:00 PM
Tampa Japanese MeetupFL JETAA Tsudoi7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online HISTORIC] Canon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
► Tampa Bay Young Professionals GroupSoon-after-New-Year’s Dinner Celebration on the Patio – Welcome Back!7:15 PM

Saturday, January 8

GroupEvent NameTime
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFREE Beginning Photography Class, part 1 of 4 — Aperture9:00 AM
Tampa HackerspaceMake THS Better Workday9:00 AM
Chess RepublicCoffee & Chess: Tampa Midtown9:30 AM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWinter Tournament (Gnome Realms: Dawn of the Undead) (In-Person Event)10:00 AM
Tampa HackerspaceWood Shop Router Table 101 (Members Only)10:00 AM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode with me – learning sessions weekly on Saturdays10:00 AM
Toastmasters Division EKeynotes and More Advanced Toastmasters Monthly Meeting10:30 AM
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Sisters in CrimeChapter Meeting – Interviewing & Interrogation Techniques with Heather Shanosky10:30 AM
► Tampa Bay Young Professionals GroupBrunch at new rooftop bar Sal y Mar10:40 AM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationBetterInvesting Yankee Model Investment Club Meeting11:00 AM
Critical Hit GamesTAMPA BAY OPEN: STAR WARS LEGION TOURNAMENT11:00 AM
Gen Geek“SQUID GAME”11:30 AM
Northern Tampa Bay GamersFirst Meeting: Meet, Greet, and Planning1:00 PM
Writers 4 All Seasons Tampa BayWriters 4 All Seasons Tampa Bay Zoom meeting1:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNNO Book Club: Snow Crash1:00 PM
Saint Petersburg Introverts Socializing (Ages 25-40)Professional Headshots Event @ St Pete Pier3:00 PM
St. Petersburg Anime LoversSt. Pete Comic Con3:00 PM
Orlando StoicsIN PERSON: Lived Philosophy of Henry David Thoreau (Part 5)4:00 PM
Bitcoin OrlandoMonthly Bitcoin: Q and A4:30 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)ALPHA GROUP – Blast From the Past – Game 745:00 PM
Lithia Dungeons & Dragons And Gaming GuildRIFTs (Palladium Games)6:00 PM
Simplicity BrandonPokémon Standard Saturday League6:00 PM
Tampa Game DevelopersLet’s chat about Game Development!7:00 PM
The New Normal Book Club – OrlandoALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells7:00 PM

Sunday, January 9

GroupEvent NameTime
Low Light Photography GroupSunrise over the Skyway7:00 AM
Suncoast Photo & Video Drone ClubMobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve9:00 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyLightroom Class at O’Keefe’s in Clearwater — Class 8 of 89:00 AM
Toastmasters District 48Clearwater Sunday Speakers Toastmasters Club9:30 AM
Board Games and Card Games in Sarasota & BradentonGames at Table Talk SRQ12:00 PM
Stone HillStone Hill Monthly Meeting1:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceFamily Open Make Day1:00 PM
Gen GeekHeritage Village1:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”Chill Sunday Travel Buddy Meetup in Historic Uptown3:00 PM
Tampa StoicsIN-PERSON: A Walking Meditation – Causeway Trail4:30 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

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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