Here’s the list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the final full week of January 2021 — Monday, January 24 through Sunday, January 30, 2022.
This coming week includes National Florida Day, January 25th, which falls on a Tuesday this year. It celebrates Florida’s arrival as the U.S.’ 27th state in 1845. I plan on celebrating by using my Wintel gaming laptop as my primary computer that day (the IBM PC was born in Florida, on IBM’s Boca Raton campus) and possibly making questionable choices in the spirit of Florida Man.
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 24
|Tampa Bay Times||Tampa Bay Job & Career Fair||10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST|
|Thinkful Tampa||Thinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?||10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST|
|Thinkful Tampa||Thinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets||5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST|
|Thinkful Tampa||Thinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes||8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST|
|Tampa Bay Tabletoppers||Monday Feast & Game Night||5:30 PM|
|Board Game Meetup: Board Game Boxcar||Weekly Game Night! (Lazy Moon Location)||6:00 PM|
|Tampa / St Pete Business Connections||South Tampa Professional Networking Lunch||11:30 AM|
|Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & Bradenton||Virtual Networking Lunch Monday||11:30 AM|
|Christian Professionals Network Tampa Bay||Live Online Connection Meeting- Monday||11:30 AM|
|Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.net||Monday Virtual Networking Lunch||11:30 AM|
|Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business Professionals||Lutz, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa Virtual Networking Lunch||11:30 AM|
|West Orange Comics & Video Games||Magic Mondays||5:00 PM|
|Tampa# – C# and .NET||Group Code Challenge [Virtual]||5:30 PM|
|The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of Play||Critical Hit Games: Board Game Night||5:30 PM|
|Beginning Web Development||Weekly Learning Session||6:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!||Open Painting at Warehouse 51||6:00 PM|
|Critical Hit Games||MTG: Commander Open Play||6:00 PM|
|Orlando Adventurer’s Guild||[FR] Waterdeep: Dragon Heist – DM Carson (Tier 1)||6:00 PM|
|Thoughtful Writing||Philosophy in Writing||6:00 PM|
|Toastmasters District 48||North Port Toastmasters Meets Online!!||6:30 PM|
|Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz Meetup||Trivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show||6:30 PM|
|Nerdbrew Events||Anime Watch Party||7:00 PM|
|Toastmasters District 48||Time to Take Speaking Your Passion to the Next Level at South Tampa TM!||7:00 PM|
|South Florida Poker, Music & Entertainment Group||FREE Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments at Fireside Lounge & Billiards 7 PM Start||7:00 PM|
|Orlando Stoics||ONLINE: “The Stoicism of Ben Franklin”||7:00 PM|
|Coded For Money, Flow and Fame – Tampa Group||How to Get a Never-Ending Flow of Clients||7:00 PM|
|Tampa Hackerspace||Intro to the Babylock Embroidery Machine (Members Only)||7:00 PM|
|Florida Center for Creative Photography||FREE Lightroom Study Group||7:00 PM|
|Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)||Learn-To-Trade Q&A (0NLINE)||7:00 PM|
|Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards Guild||World of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots||7:30 PM|
|Tampa Flutter Meetup Group||In-Person Meetup||7:00 PM|
Tuesday, January 25
Wednesday, January 26
Thursday, January 27
Friday, January 28
Saturday, January 29
Sunday, January 30
|Thinkful Tampa||Thinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?||5:00 PM to 6:30 PM EST|
|Thinkful Tampa||Thinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics||8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST|
|Lakeland Black Professionals||January Monthly Meeting and Book Club||7:00 PM|
|Florida Center for Creative Photography||Birds on a Budget||9:00 AM|
|Bradenton Photo Group||Bok Tower Gardens – Photo Walk||10:00 AM|
|Nerdbrew Events||Illuminerdy Trading Card Game Con Trip||12:00 PM|
|Tampa Hackerspace||3D Printer Orientation: Prusa mk3s Printer (THS Members only)||2:00 PM|
|Drunk’n Meeples West Pasco||Weekend Game Day||2:00 PM|
|Learn-To-Trade Cryptocurrency (as seen on Orlando Sentinel)||Learn-To-Trade Using Trading Systems – (ONLINE)||6:00 PM|
|Orlando Adventurer’s Guild||January New Player Nights – Various DMs (Tier 1)||6:00 PM|
|The Historical History Book Club||Book Discussion: My Uncle Napoleon by Iraj Pezeshkzad||7:00 PM|
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