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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, January 17, 2022)

Here’s the third weekly list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for 2021! This one’s for the week of Monday, January 17 through Sunday, January 23, 2022, a week that includes the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. His actual birthday falls on the 15th — it’s just that MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January.

This list is a weekly service from Tampa Bay’s tech blog, Global Nerdy! For almost five 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.

The mandatory omicron variant announcement

Prior to the omicron variant, there was still a pretty good chance that you didn’t personally know someone who’d caught COVID. Today, thanks to its contagiousness, omicron has made it so much more likely that someone you personally know has caught it — and probably has it now.

Omicron’s out there, and it’s not as “mild” as some people have described it. Be smart and responsible — get your booster, mask up in crowds, favor outdoor and online events, and we can get back to what passes for normal sooner!

This week’s events

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 17 (MLK Day)

Creative Commons photo by Minnesota Historical Society. Click to see the source.
GroupEvent NameTime
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Analytics: SQL Fundamentals8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Rafael StuchinerBlockchain, Bitcoin, Crypto! What’s all the Fuss?~~~Tampa, FL
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarWeekly Game Night! (Lazy Moon Location)6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonN Pinellas – Monthly TBCoR* Humanist Social Dinner7:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night9:45 AM
Coaching for Everyone: Sarasota-ManateeGSCA January 17th “Virtual” Meeting11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsLutz, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa Virtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netSt. Pete Networking Lunch! Fords Garage! Monday’s11:30 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupSouth Tampa Referrals11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsSouth Tampa Professional Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonVirtual Networking Lunch Monday11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs Empower EmpireOffice Hour12:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesMagic Mondays5:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCritical Hit Games: Board Game Night5:30 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Open Painting at Warehouse 516:00 PM
Beginning Web DevelopmentWeekly Learning Session6:00 PM
Thoughtful WritingPhilosophy in Writing6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Open Play6:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DACE Advanced Toastmasters 32744806:00 PM
Tampa Bay DevOps MeetupTBDevOps monthly meeting6:30 PM
New Wealth Advisors Club TampaHow to close great deals with ONE powerful marketing strategy6:30 PM
Toastmasters District 48North Port Toastmasters Meets Online!!6:30 PM
Toastmasters Division GTriple Crown Toastmasters Club 4147 (Virtual)6:30 PM
Toastmasters Division ELakeland (FL) Toastmasters Club #22627:00 PM
Tampa Flutter Meetup GroupIn-Person Meetup7:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFREE Lightroom Study Group7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Time to Take Speaking Your Passion to the Next Level at South Tampa TM!7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (0NLINE)7:00 PM
ShutterObi – Orlando Photography GroupThe Business Of Photography : Commercial Images – Will They Sell? An Online Zoom7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsAnime Watch Party7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
Latino CRYPTO Professional NetworkingCrypto/Trading/Negocios Online/Enprendimiento7:00 PM
Agile OrlandoA Conversation on Enterprise Agile Coaching7:00 PM
Tampa Area Crypto And NFT IRL Hosted By Endangered Mints NFTTampa Area Crypto and NFTs – Share and Learn Group7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 18

GroupEvent NameTime
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What Tech Career Is Right For Me?10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Military Spouse Professional NetworkEntrepreneurship Through Comedy with Dr. Kerry Szymanski6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom10:00 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Tampa Investor/Training MeetupTampa Bay Investor Training6:30 PM
The 360 Exchange – Winter Garden LocationThe 360 Exchange – Where Referrals Come Full Circle11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netBreakfast with professionals Village Inn Clearwater7:30 AM
Tampa Bay Agilev-Lean Coffee7:30 AM
Bootstrappers Breakfast® – Tampa Bay AreaEast Coast Bootstrappers Breakfast®8:30 AM
Write the Docs FloridaMorning social8:30 AM
Front End CreativesTransferring your Personal Brand to your New Career10:00 AM
The 360 Exchange – Lake NonaThe 360 Exchange – Lake Nona Networking11:30 AM
Toastmasters District 48MESSAGE CRAFTERS12:00 PM
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceLadies Entrepreneurs of Dr. Phillips12:00 PM
Essential Communication Skills for Career AdvancementLearn and Practice Communication For A More Confident Approach7:30 PM
Suncoast Credit Union Micro Enterprise Development MeetupSBDC Hillsborough County: Starting Your Business7:30 PM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOTop Ten Legal Mistakes that Could Kill Your Startup3:00 PM
Crypto Currency Alliance OpportunitiesRECAP OF CRYPTO 2021 – WHERE ARE WE? and WHATS NEXT6:00 PM
Full Stack MeetupUnit Testing with .NET 5 Part 36:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
Saint Petersburg Book Club Meetup GroupJan. Book Club6:30 PM
Wealth Builders Real Estate Enreprenuers AssociationWealth Builders Monthly Meeting6:30 PM
Library Book Clubs – OCLSLet’s Talk: All About Drugs-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
DOUX — Downtown Orlando UX MeetupHow to survive an epic failure7:30 PM
Tampa Entrepreneurs NetworkBe a confident negotiator and close 27% more deals | Karen Judd Smith8:00 PM
Sisters in TechnologyLearn Coding- Why Coding8:00 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupSelf Assignment Photo Challenge – Holiday Lights and Bokeh7:00 PM
Cult, Mystery & Suspense Movie ClubCrime Noir Double-Feature – SHOCK & WHIRLPOOL7:00 PM
Orlando Writer’s Critique GroupOrlando Writer’s Critique Group7:00 PM
Tampa Bay SQL Server User Group (TBSSUG)TBSSUG Monthly Meeting5:30 PM

Wednesday, January 19

GroupEvent NameTime
Entrepreneur Collaborative Center1 Million Cups Tampa 
RGANetwork.netCarrollwood Professionals Networking Lunch Join us! All Welcome 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Analytics: Tools of the Trade8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceCommunity Insight Workshops – FREE11:30 AM
TechDeLandDigital DeLand Monthly Meeting9:00 AM
North Port Business Referral Networking Meetup GroupNetworking Meeting- Weekly11:00 AM
North Tampa Networking GroupBusiness networking11:30 AM
The 360 Exchange South DowntownThe 360 Exchange – South Downtown11:30 AM
Lean Startup OrlandoState of Lean Startup 2022 – Rajiv Menon & Jared McGuire9:00 AM
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
Central Florida CitySecCigarCitySec Meetup2:00 PM
Suncoast Credit Union Micro Enterprise Development MeetupThe Importance of a Business Banking Relationship9:30 AM
The 360 Exchange – Virtual Networking ExchangeThe 360 Exchange; Virtual Referral Meeting!11:15 AM
Tampa Bay WaVETampa Bay Wave CORE Program “Ask Me Anything” Session12:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyVirtual Photo Challenge: Change Perspective and Show a Vanishing Point1:00 PM
Tampa Startup Founder 101How They Did It: Success Stories & Advice from Top Entrepreneurs in Tech1:00 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Gatlin Hall Brewing6:00 PM
Continuous Improvement Network (CI Net)C.I.NET MeetUp6:00 PM
Read Between The Wines Book ClubJanuary Book – The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson6:30 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupLight Basics – Working with Flash6:30 PM
GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s ClubBook Club Kick Off6:30 PM
IDEAS For UsIDEAS Hive6:45 PM
Tampa Bay Bitcoin[Virtual] Tampa Bay Bitcoin Meetup: News, Markets, & Community7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceGirls Who Code Python for Grades 6-127:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Tampa Hackerspace3D Printing Orientation: Models and Slicers7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade – In The Zone (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
Learn Cybersecurity Tampa | Flatiron SchoolVirtual – Flatiron School | Info Session8:00 PM
South Florida Startup: Idea to IPOPitch Practice: How to Pitch to Investors and Get the Deal in a COVID-19 World10:00 PM

Thursday, January 20

GroupEvent NameTime
Corporate Work Study ProgramCEO Breakfast8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to JavaScript: Build a Virtual Pet5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Babe CraftedBoss On Tap™6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
Ben GohlkeUnderdog Devs Presents: Xcoding for Fun & Profit6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Learn Data Analytics With Thinkful8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
The 360 Exchange SEMINOLE!The 360 Exchange SEMINOLE!8:00 AM
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubCrypto Set-up Class -Limited to 5 Seats Only11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Tech Career Advice ForumCareer Success is Not an Accident12:00 PM
Hyperledger TampaScript-free, Production-Grade Hybrid Hyperledger Fabric Deployment & Management1:00 PM
Network After Work Tampa – Networking EventsNetwork After Work Virtual Networking2:00 PM
Tampa Bay Microsoft 365 User GroupAn Overview of Compliance in Microsoft 365 with Erica Toelle6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League6:00 PM
Tampa SEO & Internet Marketing Meetup with Steve ScottMarketing Your Business on the Web with Steve Scott6:00 PM
Entrepreneur Social ClubEntrepreneur Social Club at NOVA 535 and on ZOOM6:00 PM
Network & Social – Tampa/St. Pete Networking EventsDowntown Tampa Networking Social at The Aloft Hotel WXYZ Lounge6:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”January Happy Hour / Party with a Purpose6:30 PM
Low Light Photography GroupLow Light Photo Group – Online Meeting7:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersTHURSDAY Game Night @ de Bine Brewing Co.7:00 PM
Tampa Bay AgileLean Beer for All Things Agile (Tampa)7:00 PM
The Tampa Ruby BrigadeTampa.rb: Mystery Meetup!7:00 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
Tampa Hackerspace3D Printer Orientation: Printing at Tampa Hackerspace (THS Members only)7:00 PM

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Friday, January 21

GroupEvent NameTime
Computer Advantage, Apple Premier PartnerAdvantage Talks: Sharing, Collaborating and Working with Apple10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Science vs. Data Analytics10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
JobFairXTampa Job Fair – Tampa Career Fair11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Tableau Basics5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Free Crash Course: JavaScript Fundamentals8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Project Codex: Orlando Junior DevelopersVirtual Coffee6:00 PM
The Lakeland Shooters, Polk County Photography & ModelingFri Jan 21 & Sat Jan 22 are visitor days at Alafia River Rendezvous.9:00 AM
MahjCon Mah Jongg Tourney, The Villages FLMahjCon Tourney9:00 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayImprove Speaking Skills & Build Confidence9:25 AM
Tampa Bay Tech Career Advice ForumThis Aint Your Fathers Analytics10:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Build a Startup Funding Strategy12:00 PM
Gen GeekTampa Bay Grand Prix (Clearwater)6:30 PM
Tampa HackerspaceLearn to Solder — Valentine Message Heart7:00 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Tabletop: Friday Board Game Night7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online HISTORIC] Canon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Geekocracy!Meet and Geek at Lowry Parcade7:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMagic The Gathering: Standard Draft7:00 PM

Saturday, January 22

GroupEvent NameTime
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Enhancing Your Career With Mindfulness10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Bradenton Photo GroupSigma Demo Day, Photo Walk and Review7:00 AM
Tampa Gaming GuildSaturday Gaming10:00 AM
Tampa HackerspaceWood Shop Lathe 101 (Members Only)10:00 AM
Gen GeekHorseback Trail Riding11:00 AM
South Florida Pinball & Arcade Video Game PlayersSunshine State Pinball Championship Qualifying #3 of #4 Oviedo (Open to ALL)11:00 AM
Aspiring Black CodersABC virtual meet up – Personal Projects!12:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonJanuary – N. Pinellas Book Club12:00 PM
Writers 4 All Seasons Tampa BayWriters 4 All Seasons Tampa Bay Zoom meeting1:00 PM
Tampa Entrepreneurs NetworkAttract ideal clients by giving virtual interviews | Abigail Sinclaire1:00 PM
Central Florida Florida Foam Fighting (Fumetsu)Fighter Practice! (Newbies welcome)2:00 PM
Orlando StoicsIN PERSON: Lived Philosophy of Henry David Thoreau (Part 6)5:00 PM
Simplicity BrandonHalo Infinite Slayer 1v1 Tournament7:00 PM
Orlando YouTube Meetup GroupOrlando YouTube Group Meetup (January 2022)6:00 PM

Sunday, January 23

GroupEvent NameTime
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free SEO Masterclass] How Google Works Ranking Websites in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How To Optimize & Rank YouTube Videos in Tampa 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] Google Analytics Beginners Tips & Tricks in 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 
Brandon Leibowitz from SEO Optimizers[Free Masterclass] How to Write SEO Friendly Google Content in Tampa 
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Analytics: SQL Fundamentals10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What Tech Career Is Right For Me?5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST
Tampa Bay Beach and Sunset Photography and Modeling ClassesBoho-style Beach Sunset Workshop **Photographer Signup Page**10:30 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyBeginning Birding – Including Bird ID, Equipment, Binoculars and Much More9:00 AM
West Coast Photo GroupFestivals of Speed St Petersburg4:00 PM
Code with Clever Programmer – Tampa, FLCode with Clever Programmer – Tampa **IN-PERSON**11:00 AM
Comics, Animation and etc.Animation Nights New York presents Program 6711:00 AM
Geekocracy!American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum and Sparkman’s Wharf12:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceFamily Open Make Day1:00 PM
Young Entrepreneurs of TampaHosted Event – Young Entrepreneurs of America5:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceSew Awesome! (Textile Arts & Crafts)5:30 PM
Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Using Trading Systems – (ONLINE)6:00 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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