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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, April 18, 2022)

Here’s the list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, April 18 through Sunday, April 24, 2022.

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

Monday, April 18

GroupEvent NameTime
Tampa Cybersecurity TrainingTampa Bay’s Job Seeker Coffee Talks9:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupSouth Tampa Referrals11:30 AM
Coaching for Everyone: Sarasota-ManateeGreater Sarasota Coaches Alliance April 18 2022 In-Person Meeting11:30 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netSt. Pete Networking Lunch! Fords Garage! Monday’s11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netVirtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonVirtual Networking Lunch Monday11:30 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
SCIPS, a 50+ Tampa Bay Singles ClubEUCHRE, Rummy Q and other Board Games for ENTHUSIASTIC GAME PLAYERS4:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesMagic Mondays5:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DACE Advanced Toastmasters 32744806:00 PM
Sarasota “Doctor Who” Fan MeetupApril Viewing Party6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonMonthly N. Pinellas Humanist Social Dinner6:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Beginning Web DevelopmentWeekly Learning Session6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Orlando Melrose MakersVirtual: Programming Arduino Level 16:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Open Play6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarWeekly Game Night! (Lazy Moon Location)6:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[IN PERSON] DDAL05-12 – Bad Business in Parnast (Tier 1, FR, historic)6:30 PM
Boss TalksBoss Talks Tampa Chapter Launch6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Toastmasters District 48North Port Toastmasters Meets Online!!6:30 PM
Tampa# – C# and .NETGroup Code Challenge [Virtual]6:30 PM
Tampa HackerspaceIntro to the Babylock Embroidery Machine (Members Only)7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: “Free Will & Causality” (Part 2)7:00 PM
Library Book Clubs – OCLSVirtual Event: Hiawassee Book Club7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division ELakeland (FL) Toastmasters Club 7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsFree Movie Night! The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent!7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Zoom meeting tonight only! See you back in person next week April 25th!7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game Night at Armada Games7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Zoom meeting tonight only! See you back in person next week April 25th!7:00 PM
Tampa Area Crypto And NFT IRLTampa Area Crypto and NFTs – Share and Learn Group7:00 PM
Coded For Money, Flow and Fame – Tampa GroupHow to Get a Never-Ending Flow of Clients7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Analytics: Tools of the Trade9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsMonday Virtual Business Introductions11:30 PM

Tuesday, April 19

GroupEvent NameTime
Private Directors AssociationDeadline for registering for Board Oversight of Privacy and Cybersecurity Risks meeting (Meeting takes place Wednesday, April 27)
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netBreakfast with professionals at Perkins!!! New Location!7:30 AM
Business Game Changers GroupClearwater Breakfast Mastermind Village Inn7:30 AM
Toastmasters District 48Venice Area Toastmasters Club #54867:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpClearwater/Largo Professionals Networking Breakfast All Welcome7:30 AM
Bootstrappers Breakfast® – Tampa Bay AreaEast Coast Bootstrappers Breakfast®8:30 AM
Tampa Bay InfragardApril Membership Meeting9:00 AM
Suncoast Credit Union Micro Enterprise Development MeetupBusiness Plan in a Day9:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsOldsmar Professional Business Networking lunch11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersUpper Pinellas, Oldsmar,Safety Harbor, Westchase Business networking lunch11:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupIn Person Networking at the Great Catch ~~ Oldsmar All Welcome to connect!11:00 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Seminole Referral Pros Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsNew Tampa Networking Lunch at Glory Day’s Grill New Tampa11:30 AM
Pasco County Entrepreneurs MeetupProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceLadies Entrepreneurs of Dr. Phillips12:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Manatee River Business Exchange ClubGreat group for referrals – Several new members – WE are growing!!!12:00 PM
Front End Creatives12 Things you may be doing Wrong in your Job Search12:00 PM
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubBitcoin/Crypto. Buying, Selling and sharing ideas. Small group atmosphere.1:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual: VR Development Basics1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Business Intelligence and Data AnalyticsBeyond the Data Stack: Creating a Modern Data Experience2:00 PM
Tampa Bay PythonOffice hours: drop in for unstructured discussions among fellow Pythonistas3:00 PM
Learning Solutions Expo GroupLearning Solutions Expo4:00 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
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to JavaScript: Build a Virtual Pet6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
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 SQL Server User Group (TBSSUG)TBSSUG Monthly Meeting6:00 PM
Military Spouse Professional NetworkLeverage the Power of You!6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Tampa Investor/Training MeetupTampa Bay Investor Training6:30 PM
The Sarasota Creative Writers Meetup GroupThe Sarasota Creative Writers6:30 PM
Saint Petersburg Book Club Meetup GroupApril Book Club6:30 PM
Tampa Investor/Training MeetupTampa Bay Investor Training6:30 PM
West Pasco Toastmasters Club Weekly Meeting6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Moose Lodge 2117 Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Communication Skills for Quiet PeopleHow to Get Rid of Negative Thinking and Negative Emotions7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game Night at Hammerfall Games and Collectibles7:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyAMA – Ask Me Anything Related to Photography, Computers and Software7:00 PM
TampaBay TimebanksMonthly Meeting in Tampa7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online SEASONAL] Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden – DM Canon (Tier 2)7:00 PM
Geekocracy!Vegetarian Indian food at Roopa’s7:00 PM
Crypto/Trading/Online Business/Entrepreneurship nightsCrypto/Trading/Online Business/Entrepreneurship Nights7:00 PM
TMOC Bitcoin in Motion Enthusiasts OrlandoVirtual Satoshi Party Stacking Sats7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonOnline: Tampa Bay Technology Center (TBTC) Monthly Meeting7:00 PM
St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games for Young AdultsSt. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults7:00 PM
DOUX — Downtown Orlando UX MeetupBusiness-minded UX: Balancing user needs with business perspectives7:30 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess at Muddy Water!7:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom7:45 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Learn Data Analytics With Thinkful9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Wednesday, April 20

GroupEvent NameTime
Cigar City ToastmastersCigar City Toastmasters Meeting 
Entrepreneur Collaborative Center1 Million Cups Tampa 
RGANetwork.netCarrollwood Professionals Networking Lunch Join us! All Welcome 
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Profit Partners Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFCCP Coffee & Photography Meetup at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant in Clearwater9:00 AM
North Tampa Networking GroupBusiness networking9:00 AM
Tampa Bay WaVEOPEN/FREE Coworking for Veteran Entrepreneurs9:00 AM
1 Million Cups – Orlando1 Million Cups – Orlando Weekly Meetup9:00 AM
JobFairXTampa Job Fair – Tampa Career Fair11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayOnline Mastermind 3rd. Wednesday11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersBrandon Networking Professionals Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netCarrollwood Professional Networking Lunch Wednesday All Welcome JOIN us11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsLutz, Wesley Chapel, New Port Richey Networking Lunch11:30 AM
WESOS Tampa ChapterWESOS Tampa: How to Perfect your 30 sec Elevator Speech11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupBrandon Business Professionals Carrabba’s Italian Grill11:30 AM
Success Strategies for Business OwnersSales Ser Part 3 of 4 New Economy; New Digital Sales Tools; Same Old Bad Habits12:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Science vs. Data Analytics12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Pasco County Entrepreneurs MeetupWednesday Business Networking Lunch New Port Richey at Widow Fleatchers12:30 PM
OpenStack Central FloridaDSS Virtual: AI & Machine Learning in the Enterprise1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Business Intelligence and Data AnalyticsDSS Virtual: AI & Machine Learning in the Enterprise1:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetDigital Video Editing Class (ONLINE CLASS) -FREE for Hillsborough residents only1:00 PM
Data, Cloud and AI in TampaIBM Data Science Community: R Shiny Dashboard in Real Life – Lessons Learned2:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Game Development Open Lab2:00 PM
Work From Home -Online Business Opportunities and NetworkingLearn Print ON Demand – A Masterclass3:00 PM
The Woman Entrepreneur NetworkHow to Bust Your Limiting Beliefs in 60 Minutes or Less3:30 PM
Brandon BoardgamersBoard Gaming – In Person5:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[HISTORIC] Storm King’s Thunder Tier 2 – DM Robert5:00 PM
Sarasota Business Exchange ClubWe ARE meeting again at Rusty Bucket Restaurant5:30 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildWednesday Board Game Night5:30 PM
The MainframeThe Mainframe Presents: Techies & Innovators Happy Hour6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
DigitalDeLandDigital DeLand Monthly Meeting6:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesVS. System Wednesdays6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Hobby Night – Minis Painting Tips & Tricks at Armada Games6:00 PM
Pasco County Entrepreneurs MeetupBusiness Networking Evening Dinner at Brick City Eatery6:00 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Gatlin Hall Brewing6:00 PM
Thoughtful WritingPhilosophy in Writing6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesBoard Game Night6:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCritical Hit Games: Board Game Night6:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Tableau Basics6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Continuous Improvement Network (CI Net)C.I.NET MeetUp6:00 PM
Around The World: International Book Club – MetrowestAUSTRIA: The Painted Kiss – Elizabath Hickey6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpLutz /Land O Lakes /Odessa /Trinity Evening Networking Dinner All Welcome6:30 PM
Go TampaReal-Time Data Pipelines6:30 PM
Downtown Tampa Software DevelopersArmature Works Developer Hangout7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceGirls Who Code Python for Grades 6-127:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildNew Beginnings & Old Rivalries7:00 PM
Tampa Hackerspace3D Printing Orientation: Models and Slicers7:00 PM
Central Florida CitySecCigarCitySec Meetup7:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Let Go of Your Past and Make New Positive FriendsHow to Be a More Confident Communicator7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Carrollwood Toastmasters Meetings meet In-Person and Online7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Quiet PeopleHow to Open Yourself Up and Connect with People7:00 PM
Low Light Photography GroupLow Light and Into the Night (with Erica Robinson)7:00 PM
Gen GeekWeekly Team Triva!7:30 PM
Tampa Startup Founder 101How to Build an MVP Without a Technical Co-Founder with Nelly Yusupova (Online)8:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Free Crash Course: JavaScript Fundamentals9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsBrandon Business Professionals IN Person!!!!11:30 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsCarollwood Professionals Networking Lunch!11:30 PM

Thursday, April 21

GroupEvent NameTime
7th + GroveThird Thursdays with Fifth Third Bank 
Bianca Baez with United Wealth EducatorsBusiness Networking event 
Sykes College of Business2022 Adam Smith Breakfast7:15 AM to 9:30 AM EDT
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netVirtual Networking Breakfast Thursday’s7:30 AM
Pasco County Entrepreneurs MeetupHappy Hangar Early Bird Professionals Networking7:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupTampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Thursday Morning All WElCOME7:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netWesley Chapel/Lutz networking breakfast7:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsBusiness Over Breakfast ~ Happy Hangar IN PERSON JOIN US!7:30 AM
AMA Tampa BayRespecting Cultures in Marketing: Generational, Ethnic and Gender Inclusion9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsClearwater/Central Pinellas Networking Lunch11:00 AM
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubCrypto Set-up Class -Limited to 5 Seats Only11:00 AM
Business Game Changers GroupClearwater Professional Networking Lunch11:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!11:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupThe Founders Meeting where it all Began! JOIN us! Bring a guest and get a gift11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpPinellas County’s Largest Networking Lunch and your invited!11:00 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Power Lunch – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Suncoast Credit Union Micro Enterprise Development MeetupStartup Basics: Technology11:30 AM
Tampa Cybersecurity TrainingLunch & Learn: Career Success is Not an Accident12:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Sarasota Speakers Exchange Toastmasters12:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Enhancing Your Career With Mindfulness12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Big Data and Analytics TampaCloud Architecture Summit1:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetYouTube Basics (ONLINE CLASS) – FREE for Hillsborough County Residents3:00 PM
University of Tampa / Spartan CollectiveJoy Randels, CEO, Prowess Group & New Market Partners: Raising capital (with real-world examples)4:00 PM
Tampa Professional Networking MeetupHappy Hour Networking – Cigars, Fine Wines and Brews5:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Bunkers Bar of Sun City Center Smartphone Trivia Game Show5:00 PM
Tampa Bay Microsoft 365 User Group“Out of the Loop? Not anymore!” presented by Matt Wade6:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupCentral Florida Board Gaming at the Collective6:00 PM
Tampa SEO & Internet Marketing Meetup with Steve ScottTampa SEO and Internet Marketing Meetup with Steve Scott6:00 PM
Network After Work Tampa – Networking EventsVirtual Cocktails and Connections6:00 PM
Entrepreneur Collaborative CenterFail Forward6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D Group1st ed AD&D Campaign.6:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Tampa/Brandon/St PeteNerdy Needs (Casual Thursday Commander Night)6:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesThursday Night Yu-gi-oh!6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Critical Hit Games6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League6:00 PM
Orlando Melrose MakersVirtual: Make an Earth Day Decal for a Water Bottle (with the Silhouette Cameo)6:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Network & Social – Tampa/St. Pete Networking EventsCocktails, Connections, and Pool Fashion Show at The Aloft Hotel6:00 PM
West Orlando WordPress MeetupTopher DeRosia – Moving from SMB to Enterprise: How Everything Changes6:00 PM
We Write Here Black and Women of Color Writing GroupVirtual Writing Get Downs- Share It Now!6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Data Science GroupTBDSG: Your Presentation Title HERE!6:30 PM
Code For OrlandoIdea Generation through Science and Science Fiction (Virtual)6:30 PM
Tampa Bay AgileLean Beer for All Things Agile (Tampa)6:30 PM
Tampa TechTech Professionals Networking7:00 PM
The Tampa Ruby BrigadeTampa.rb: Mystery Meetup!7:00 PM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOStartup Workshop: Understanding & Negotiating The Details In Term Sheets7:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersTHURSDAY Game Night @ de Bine Brewing Co.7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceLaser Cutter Orientation (Members Only)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
Live streaming production and talentLive streaming production and talent7:00 PM
3D Printing OrlandoIntro to OpenSCAD7:00 PM
Masterminds Tampa, Blockspaces, High Tech ConnectRAISING CAPITAL IN TAMPA BAY – A FIRESIDE CHAT7:30 PM to 10:30 PM EDT
Masterminds Tampa BayRaising Capital in Tampa Bay | A Fireside Chat @ Tampa Bay Wave7:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT
Tampa Bay Atlassian Community EventsLet’s have some Florida Fun with the Old Street Solutions Team!10:30 PM

Friday, April 22

GroupEvent NameTime
RGAnetwork.netInternational Professional Networking JOIN us to grow your business 
RGANetwork.netProfessional Business Networking in East Tampa/ Sabal Park at Cafe Delanie 
Winter Park Toastmasters – Learn while having FUN!Improve your communication, listening, and leadership skills7:15 AM
Tampa Bay AgileLean Coffee for All Things Agile (Westshore)7:30 AM
Laid Back Leads GroupLaid Back Leads Group8:00 AM
Brandon Biz ProsBuild your Business with Brandon Biz Pros8:30 AM
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceFriday Weekly Leads Group of Dr. Phillips FACE-To-FACE Networking8:30 AM
NTi Port Richey, FLNTi New Port Richey – Business Referral Network9:00 AM
Project Codex: Orlando Junior DevelopersVirtual Coffee9:00 AM
Toastmasters District 48Real Talkers #73069:15 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayImprove Speaking Skills & Build Confidence9:25 AM
Computer Advantage, Apple Premier PartnerAdvantage Talks: Apple Watch10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Central Florida’s Best Real Estate Investing CommunityFOLLOW UP Q&A FROM INTRO – CHICAGO11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsInternational Professionals Networking Meeting11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpInternational Networking Westshore McAlisters Deli11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupFriday Business Introductions JOIN us at Cafe Delanie All Welcome11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netIn PERSON Networking Lunch Sabal Park/Brandon Reserve your seat11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netFriday International Business Introductions at McAllisters Westshore11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersFriday Business Introductions!11:30 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Analytics: SQL Fundamentals12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Networking Leads4.22.22 NETWORKING EVENT12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
Hillsborough Community College (HCC) – InLabPitch for a Purpose3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
Meeple Movers Gaming GroupLet’s Play Games ONLINE on Fridays!5:30 PM
Toastmasters District 48MESSAGE CRAFTERS5:30 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
MakerFX Makerspace3D Printing Guild Hangout6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game night at The Strange Realms in Carrollwood Friday, 6 PM6:00 PM
3D Printing Orlando3D Printing Hang Out6:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Tampa/Brandon/St PeteCommander Night6:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What Tech Career Is Right For Me?6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Toastmasters District 48Positively Speaking Toastmasters6:15 PM
Gen GeekTampa Bay Grand Prix (Clearwater)6:30 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesFriday Night Magic6:30 PM
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As Seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Advanced Strategies (ONLINE & OFFICE)7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online HISTORIC] Canon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsThe Practicing Stoic – Chapter 7 (continued)7:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Streets of New Capenna Evening Prerelease7:00 PM
► Tampa Bay Young Professionals GroupDairy Joy sweet social in South Tampa7:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Saturday, April 23

GroupEvent NameTime
Central Florida Philosophy MeetupWake Up and Think Clearly Saturday morning share and discuss.7:00 AM
Central Florida NORMLTampa Bay Cannabis Business Exp8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
Toastmasters Division GEarly Bird Ocala8:00 AM
Gen GeekMermaid show @Bucaneer Bay9:00 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyLearn Your Lenses — Zooms, Primes and More . . .9:00 AM
Pinellas WritersWeekly Group Meetings – All Writers Welcome!9:30 AM
Chess RepublicCoffee & Chess: Tampa Midtown9:30 AM
Tampa HackerspaceWood Shop Lathe 101 (Members Only)10:00 AM
► Tampa Bay Young Professionals GroupPicnic at Picnic Island: South Tampa’s Hidden Beach, with Games & Food/Drink10:45 AM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Bravo Group Campaign Continues11:00 AM
The Remote Work Collective | Sarasota | 20s/30s/40s/Beach Day – Lido Public Beach11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonApril – N. Pinellas Book Club11:00 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyA Day at the Races . . . Horse Racing at Tampa Bay Downs11:00 AM
Tampa Riichi Mahjong Meetup GroupBi-Week Riichi Mahjong Get Together11:00 AM
Tampa Gaming GuildSidereal Confluence at TGG11:30 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Aniras Events LLC.Women Unite Free Entrepreneur Conference Part II12:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT
Lithia Chess Meetup Group(Chess in the Park) Chess at Park Square Plaza12:00 PM
Tampa Entrepreneurs NetworkBuild a Loyal & Engaged Social Media Following | Ricky Shetty1:00 PM
Explorations in PhilosophyIntroduction to philosophy1:00 PM
Suncoast MakersFREE Fab Lab Orientation1:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Advanced Articulators Toastmasters1:00 PM
Central Florida Florida Foam Fighting (Fumetsu)Fighter Practice! (Newbies welcome)2:00 PM
The New Normal Book Club – OrlandoA SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN by Rosanne A. Brown2:00 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupLight Basics – Working with Flash2:30 PM
Orlando Machine Learning and Data Science[In-Person] 2 Talks About Workflow Orchestation and Distributed Compute3:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Saturday MTG Draft at Hammerfall Games and Collectibles3:00 PM
Tampa Bay Beach and Sunset Photography and Modeling ClassesBoudoir Instructional Workshop Photographer Signup Page4:00 PM
Lithia Dungeons & Dragons And Gaming GuildRIFTs (Palladium Games)6:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Nerd Night OutNB Community Hang-out Night!7:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Streets of New Capenna Evening 2 Headed Giant Prerelease7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsCommunity Hang-out Night7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildTHE ONE-SHOT GUILD8:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Sunday, April 24

GroupEvent NameTime
Florida Center for Creative PhotographySunday Morning PhotoWalk at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve8:30 AM
Toastmasters District 48Clearwater Sunday Speakers Toastmasters Club9:30 AM
Board Games and Card Games in Sarasota & BradentonGames at Table Talk Board Game Bistro12:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Analytics: Tools of the Trade12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildApril New Player Nights – AFTERNOON EDITION- Various DMs (Tier 1: Levels 1-4)1:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League2:00 PM
Dialogue and Human Experience.Do you know yourself? Are you self aware?2:00 PM
Official Intentional WomenBusiness Builder Blueprint 1012:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
Drunk’n Meeples West PascoWeekend Game Day2:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersBoard Games at Dented Keg (New Port Richey)2:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Critical Hit Games2:00 PM
@Lina_Leone__Content Creator Take 2 Social Media Class2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Orlando Business Leadership and Development Meetup GroupGet to Know You Session3:00 PM
Thinking While Drinking TampaHow To Stay Motivated3:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DWeekend Toastmasters3:00 PM
Explorations in PhilosophyIntroduction to philosophy4:30 PM
Lithia Dungeons & Dragons And Gaming Guild5E (ish) AD&D – Humble Beginnings Campaign (Trouble in Elm).6:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceLet’s Learn to Turn Pens!6:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As Seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Cryptos, Forex & Futures (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Tampa Electronics MeetupLet’s Chat about Electronics!7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsHidden Gems Night, Presented by A Duck!7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNerdBrew Karaoke @ MacDinton’s!8:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to JavaScript: Build a Virtual Pet9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

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Don’t let the “broligarch” buy Twitter

According to the subscription-only tech journal The Information, “Twitter’s board of directors views Elon Musk’s takeover offer as unwelcome, said a person familiar with the situation, suggesting it will fight the bid.”

I certainly hope they do. His move threatens to turn Twitter into early 2010s-era Reddit, when it was a cesspool of bigotry, disinformation, and that MAGA/QAnon test run called Gamergate.

Some thoughts:

  1. His “free speech absolutist” stance is wrong. TechDirt’s recent article, Why Moderating Content Actually Does More To Support The Principles Of Free Speech, outlines why moderation actually enhances a community’s ability to have conversation, right from the first paragraph, which includes “Some of that involves legal requirements, some of it involves trying to keep a community focused, some of it involves dealing with spam, and some of it involves just crazy difficult decisions about what kind of community you want.”
  2. What he truly cares about is his own free speech. Yours doesn’t matter. For example:
  3. What does Musk use his freedom of speech for? Well, there’s the whole “pedo guy” thing, which didn’t add anything useful to a situation where people were racing against the clock in a search-and-rescue operation.
  4. The only time he’s ever faced governmental consequences for things he’s posted on Twitter was when he was he was manipulating the market for his own gain. That tweet from August 2018 — “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” was him simultaneously playing to the retail investor crowd and the still-living-in-mom’s-basement crowd (and possibly the crowd where those two Venn circles overlap). As Quartz put it in their article, Elon Musk’s Twitter bid isn’t about free speech, “if Musk has gripes about free speech, they’re with the SEC and not the company he’s trying to acquire.”
  5. The loudest people celebrating Musk’s potential disruption of Twitter are human trash fires, incredible dumbasses, and often an unholy combination of the two: Jack Posobiec. Lauren Boebert. Jim Jordan. Marjorie Taylor Greene. Monica Crowley. Vladimir Putin’s newest bestest buddy, Tucker Carlson.

I’ll end with an observation from my friend, LinkedIn Learning’s Morten Rand-Hendriksen, whom I know from my Microsoft days:

“Elon Musk taking #Twitter private could mean an end to content moderation and a return of the platform as fertile ground for extremism, white supremacy, harrassment, and disinformation. Or it could mean nothing. Either way, if this deal goes through, it’ll change the social media landscape in a very big way.”

A very big way, certainly. But a good one? I doubt it.

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Current Events Tampa Bay

What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, April 11, 2022)

Here’s the list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17, 2022.

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

Monday, April 11

GroupEvent NameTime
Tampa Cybersecurity TrainingTampa Bay’s Job Seeker Coffee Talks9:00 AM
Tampa Bay TimesTampa Bay Job & Career Fair10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupIn person at Fords Garage St Pete11:00 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonVirtual Networking Lunch Monday11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netVirtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netSt. Pete Networking Lunch! Fords Garage! Monday’s11:30 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
West Orange Comics & Video GamesMagic Mondays5:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarWeekly Game Night! (Lazy Moon Location)6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Analytics: SQL Fundamentals6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Beginning Web DevelopmentWeekly Learning Session6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Open Play6:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[IN PERSON] DDAL05-10 – Giant Diplomacy (Tier 1, FR, historic)6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Toastmasters District 48North Port Toastmasters Meets Online!!6:30 PM
Toastmasters Division GTriple Crown Toastmasters Club 4147 (Virtual)6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game Night at Armada Games7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: “Free Will & Causality” (Part 1)7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48ZOOM ONLY THIS WEEK as South Tampa Plays the 1810 Club in Table Topics Baseball!7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48ZOOM ONLY THIS WEEK as South Tampa Plays the 1810 Club in Table Topics Baseball!7:00 PM
Brandon WordPress MeetupTBA: Regular WordPress Meeting7:00 PM
Tampa Flutter Meetup GroupIn-Person Meetup7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What Tech Career Is Right For Me?9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsMonday Virtual Business Introductions11:30 PM

Tuesday, April 12

GroupEvent NameTime
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpClearwater/Largo Professionals Networking Breakfast All Welcome7:30 AM
Tampa Bay Agilev-Lean Coffee7:30 AM
Business Game Changers GroupClearwater Breakfast Mastermind Village Inn7:30 AM
Tampa Bay Amazon Sellers E-commerce MeetupAmazon Sellers Morning Coffee9:30 AM
Tampa Cybersecurity TrainingNetworking for Career Changers10:00 AM
Mahjongg Punta GordaMahjongg for all levels of players! Join us!10:30 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Find Product Market Fit Quickly11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsOldsmar Professional Business Networking lunch11:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPO15% OFF! Startup Grind Global Conference 2022 (In-Person) April 12-1311:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupIn Person Networking at the Great Catch ~~ Oldsmar All Welcome to connect!11:00 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsNew Tampa Networking Lunch at Glory Day’s Grill New Tampa11:30 AM
Pasco County Entrepreneurs MeetupProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netNew Tampa RGA Chapter ~ Glory Days Meet your next referral partner!11:30 AM
Manatee River Business Exchange ClubGreat group for referrals – Several new members – WE are growing!!!12:00 PM
PDM-SWUG, SolidWorks User GroupPDM SWUGs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner! (and maybe a midnight snack)12:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubBitcoin/Crypto. Buying, Selling and sharing ideas. Small group atmosphere.1:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Input Actions in Unity3:00 PM
Tampa Bay PythonOffice hours: drop in for unstructured discussions among fellow Pythonistas3:00 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
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCool Stuff Games: Board game night6:00 PM
Data Analytics – Tampa BayData Analytics – Tampa Bay – APRIL MEETUP6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Crypto MeetupReview DeFi projects of interest and discuss the latest events6:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
Cult, Mystery & Suspense Movie ClubAn Evening of British Comedy (& Mystery) Films, w/ Prizes, plus a Great Dinner!6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Photographic Arts CommunityMyra Thiessen6:00 PM
Florida Podcasters AssociationFlorida Podcasters Association General Meeting!!!6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Moose Lodge 2117 Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Tampa eMarketing GroupsLearn About Podcasting and How to Monetize Your Interest!6:30 PM
West Pasco Toastmasters Club Weekly Meeting6:30 PM
Their Eyes Were Watching Books – Classic Book MeetupApril Classics Book Club6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game Night at Hammerfall Games and Collectibles7:00 PM
Polk County BiggerPockets Members Networking GroupPolk County BiggerPockets Members Networking Meetup7:00 PM
St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games for Young AdultsSt. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online SEASONAL] Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden – DM Canon (Tier 2)7:00 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupNikon Z9: Making Sense of Menus7:00 PM
Lakeland Note Investing GroupLakeland Note Investing Meetup Group7:00 PM
Crypto/Trading/Online Business/Entrepreneurship nightsCrypto/Trading/Online Business/Entrepreneurship Nights7:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyAMA – Ask Me Anything Related to Photography, Computers and Software7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Quiet PeopleThe Guide to Beginning a New Relationship for Introverts7:00 PM
Tampa Entrepreneurs NetworkUse Improv Theatre techniques to make your programs more engaging | Izzy Gesell7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWoodshop Safety (Members Only)7:00 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess at Muddy Water!7:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom7:45 PM
Wordier Than Thou Meetup for Writers and Book LoversStorytelling & Prose Open Mic – Cheryl Hollon8:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Wednesday, April 13

GroupEvent NameTime
Entrepreneur Collaborative Center1 Million Cups Tampa 
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersDOWNTOWN ST PETE YOUNG NETWORKING PROFESSIONALS BREAKFAST AT THE HANGAR!7:30 AM
North Venice Business Referral Networking Meetup GroupNetworking Meeting- Weekly8:30 AM
1 Million Cups – Orlando1 Million Cups – Orlando Weekly Meetup9:00 AM
North Tampa Networking GroupBusiness networking9:00 AM
Tampa Bay WaVEOpen/FREE Coworking for Women Tech Entrepreneurs9:00 AM
Josh HighSubmitting Strategic Offers11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netCarrollwood Professional Networking Lunch Wednesday All Welcome JOIN us11:30 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI North St. Pete Networkers Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsLutz, Wesley Chapel, New Port Richey Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupBrandon Business Professionals Carrabba’s Italian Grill11:30 AM
Success Strategies for Business OwnersSales Series – Part 2 of 4 – Delivering A World-Class Customer Experience12:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Professional Women’s MeetupGetting through the Mid-Week Hump12:00 PM
Pasco County Entrepreneurs MeetupWednesday Business Networking Lunch New Port Richey at Widow Fleatchers12:30 PM
Tampa Startup Founder 101Raising Capital with Alternative Securities Featuring Michael Hiles (Online)1:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetDigital Video Editing Class (ONLINE CLASS) -FREE for Hillsborough residents only1:00 PM
Big Data and Analytics TampaMaking the Business Case for Automated Data Governance2:00 PM
Network After Work Tampa – Networking EventsBuild a Multi-Six Figure Business through Social Media Marketing3:00 PM
The Woman Entrepreneur NetworkHow to Bust Your Limiting Beliefs in 60 Minutes or Less3:30 PM
Central Florida CitySecSwanCitySec Meetup5:00 PM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOFREE WEBINAR: How to Outsource Development of Your App5:00 PM
Brandon BoardgamersBoard Gaming – In Person5:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayPlaying Games in the Alley5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildWednesday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Sarasota Business Exchange ClubWe ARE meeting again at Rusty Bucket Restaurant5:30 PM
Critical Hit GamesBoard Game Night6:00 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Gatlin Hall Brewing6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Tech Career Advice ForumIntro to IT | Tech for Beginners6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Hobby Night – Minis Painting Tips & Tricks at Armada Games6:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Analytics: Tools of the Trade6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Pasco County Entrepreneurs MeetupBusiness Networking Evening Dinner at Brick City Eatery6:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesVS. System Wednesdays6:00 PM
Thoughtful WritingPhilosophy in Writing6:00 PM
Eccentricity Club (Foodies and Fun)Korean at Korea House in Longwood6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpLutz /Land O Lakes /Odessa /Trinity Evening Networking Dinner All Welcome6:30 PM
The Weirder Things Book ClubThe Essex Serpent- midway point6:30 PM
Ocala BitcoinersHow Bitcoin is driving innovation in the Energy Sector.6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Inventors Council – www.TampaBayInventors.orgTampa Bay Inventors Council – www.tbic.us bi-monthly Meetup6:30 PM
Tampa Writers AllianceTampa Writers Alliance Critique Group6:30 PM
Tampa HackerspaceIntroduction to Fusion 3607:00 PM
Broward Drupal Users GroupCall for presenters7:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Carrollwood Toastmasters Meetings meet In-Person and Online7:00 PM
Suncoast Developers GuildOpen Code7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceGirls Who Code Python for Grades 6-127:00 PM
Writers of Central Florida or ThereaboutsThe Short Attention Span Storytelling Hour7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildNew Beginnings & Old Rivalries7:00 PM
Florida Writer’s Association / OrlandoFlorida Writer’s Association / Orlando7:00 PM
Downtown Tampa Software DevelopersArmature Works Developer Hangout7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Quiet PeopleHow to Communicate Effectively7:00 PM
Tampa DevsTDevs – Meet & Greet @ Armatureworks [with Tampa20s and 30s groups]7:00 PM
Geekocracy!Book Club – The House of the Spirits7:00 PM
Gen GeekWeekly Team Triva!7:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsCarollwood Professionals Networking Lunch!11:30 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsBrandon Business Professionals IN Person!!!!11:30 PM

Thursday, April 14

GroupEvent NameTime
Bianca Baez with United Wealth EducatorsBusiness Networking event 
Pasco County Entrepreneurs MeetupHappy Hangar Early Bird Professionals Networking7:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netVirtual Networking Breakfast Thursday’s7:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netWesley Chapel/Lutz networking breakfast7:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsBusiness Over Breakfast ~ Happy Hangar IN PERSON JOIN US!7:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupTampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Thursday Morning All WElCOME7:30 AM
Business Networking Weekly Meeting for Local ProfessionalsBusiness Networking for Local Professionals8:00 AM
TampaBayNetworkersSun Coast Networking Meeting8:30 AM
SiemensSmart Hospitals9:00 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
Suncoast Credit Union Micro Enterprise Development MeetupThe Importance of a Business Banking Relationship9:30 AM
Business Game Changers GroupClearwater Professional Networking Lunch11:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!11:00 AM
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubCrypto Set-up Class -Limited to 5 Seats Only11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpPinellas County’s Largest Networking Lunch and your invited!11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsClearwater/Central Pinellas Networking Lunch11:00 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupThe Founders Meeting where it all Began! JOIN us! Bring a guest and get a gift11:00 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Power Lunch – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to JavaScript: Build a Virtual Pet12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Women Who Code TampaTechnical Recruiters’ Insider Takes12:00 PM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Position and Build Your Personal and Company Brand12:00 PM
Tampa Bay Tech Career Advice ForumLunch & Learn: Branding for IT Professionals12:00 PM
Tampa Cybersecurity TrainingLunch & Learn: Branding for IT Professionals12:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Sarasota Speakers Exchange Toastmasters12:00 PM
“Learn and Earn” Millionaire Mind Secrets & NetworkingOnline Zoom! Millionaire Mind Lunch; Book Club and Networking!12:00 PM
Success Strategies for Business OwnersDibuje Su Lienzo Unico ¿Cómo Crear Un Modelo Integral Exitoso Para Su Negocio?12:00 PM
The Orlando Python User GroupPython Lunch & Learn1:00 PM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Controlling Animations in Unity1:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetYouTube Basics (ONLINE CLASS) – FREE for Hillsborough County Residents3:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Bunkers Bar of Sun City Center Smartphone Trivia Game Show5:00 PM
Pinellas Tech NetworkLevel Up the Quality of Your Data Analytics5:00 PM
New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group Pinellas CountyDiscuss the MARCH 14 Issue5:30 PM
Tampa Bay AgileLean Beer for All Things Agile (Downtown St Pete)5:30 PM
Business and social networkingBusiness and social networking happy hour! Kona Grill UTC5:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Learn Data Analytics With Thinkful6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Tampa HackerspaceSteel TIG Welding Safety and Basic Usage (Members Only)6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Critical Hit Games6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League6:00 PM
Land O Lakes Cigars and Networking GroupCigars, Networking, Referrals –6:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupCentral Florida Board Gaming at the Collective6:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesThursday Night Yu-gi-oh!6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonSkeptical Inquirer Presents Science Denial: Why It Happens & What To Do About It7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWoodshop Tool Sign Off-Jointer, Planer, & Bandsaw (Members Only)7:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersTHURSDAY Game Night @ de Bine Brewing Co.7:00 PM
Cocktails and Convo: Book club for RomCom LoversMartinis and Book talk7:00 PM
Live streaming production and talentLive streaming production and talent7:00 PM
3D Printing OrlandoBasic 3D Design7:00 PM
South Tampa Home Cinema ClubScreening of Werner Herzog’s Burden of Dreams7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Bitcoin[In-Person] Bitdevs Tampa Bay *DEVS WANTED*7:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Science vs. Data Analytics9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Friday, April 15

GroupEvent NameTime
RGAnetwork.netInternational Professional Networking JOIN us to grow your business 
RGANetwork.netProfessional Business Networking in East Tampa/ Sabal Park at Cafe Delanie 
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI St. Pete Business Builders Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Laid Back Leads GroupLaid Back Leads Group8:00 AM
Brandon Biz ProsBuild your Business with Brandon Biz Pros8:30 AM
NTi Port Richey, FLNTi New Port Richey – Business Referral Network9:00 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFCCP Friday Morning Photowalk at the Florida Botanical Gardens9:00 AM
Project Codex: Orlando Junior DevelopersVirtual Coffee9:00 AM
Toastmasters District 48Real Talkers #73069:15 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayImprove Speaking Skills & Build Confidence9:25 AM
Computer Advantage, Apple Premier PartnerAdvantage Talks: Apple TV, HomePod Mini, and AirPods10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpInternational Networking Westshore McAlisters Deli11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netFriday International Business Introductions at McAllisters Westshore11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersFriday Business Introductions!11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupFriday Business Introductions JOIN us at Cafe Delanie All Welcome11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsInternational Professionals Networking Meeting11:30 AM
Remote Workers Coffee ClubCoffee Hour at Tutto Caffe – Baldwin Perk12:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Tableau Basics12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
High Point GamerMADDEN GOD Tournament3:30 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Clermont Nerd GamesBoard Game Night!5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Toastmasters District 48MESSAGE CRAFTERS5:30 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander FNM6:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Free Crash Course: JavaScript Fundamentals6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game night at The Strange Realms in Carrollwood Friday, 6 PM6:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Woodshop Guild IRL Hangout6:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Positively Speaking Toastmasters6:15 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesFriday Night Magic6:30 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online HISTORIC] Canon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Tabletop: Friday Board Game Night7:00 PM
Geekocracy!Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore at Regal Citrus 207:30 PM
Gen GeekIchicoro Ramen7:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Enhancing Your Career With Mindfulness9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Saturday, April 16

GroupEvent NameTime
Central Florida Philosophy MeetupWake Up and Think Clearly Saturday morning share and discuss.7:00 AM
Toastmasters Division GEarly Bird Ocala8:00 AM
Tampa HackerspaceDesigning 3D Printable Objects with TinkerCAD9:00 AM
Chess RepublicCoffee & Chess: Tampa Midtown9:30 AM
Pinellas WritersWeekly Group Meetings – All Writers Welcome!9:30 AM
Toastmasters Division EHunters Creek Toastmasters9:30 AM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationSouth Florida Model Investment Club Meeting10:00 AM
High Point GamerBEYOND META 202211:00 AM to 7:00 PM EDT
Tampa Drones MeetupBeginners Guide to Flying Your Drone in Florida11:30 AM
New Wealth CoLabJoin a Team of Investors in Tampa Who Have Closed Hundreds of Deals12:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyJOIN our Facebook Group, LIKE our Fan Page and Invite your Friends12:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Lithia Chess Meetup Group(Chess in the Park) Chess at Park Square Plaza12:00 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Golf Group – Starfinder12:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesWarhammer 40K: Degenerate Doubles Tournament1:00 PM
Suncoast MakersFREE Fab Lab Orientation1:00 PM
Tampa Amazon Seller Meetup GroupHow to Source your next Profitable PL product1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Women’s Book Club Meetup GroupApril Book Club1:00 PM
Central Florida Florida Foam Fighting (Fumetsu)Fighter Practice! (Newbies welcome)2:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Saturday MTG Draft at Hammerfall Games and Collectibles3:00 PM
Tampa Book Club – Award-Winning BooksEmpire of Pain by Patrik Radden Keefe3:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceAdvanced Laser Cutter Skills (Members Only)4:00 PM
Tampa Games Developer GuildGame Project Therapy (Virtual)4:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[In-Person] The Wild Beyond the Witchlight – DM Calvin (Tier 1)5:00 PM
Girl Develop It OrlandoWeb Design Essentials 15:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Kitchen Table Book Club: Year of Short StoriesTraining School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker6:00 PM
Lithia Dungeons & Dragons And Gaming GuildRIFTs (Palladium Games)6:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsCommunity Hang-out Night7:00 PM
Gen GeekSILENT DISCO7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildTHE ONE-SHOT GUILD8:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Analytics: SQL Fundamentals9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Sunday, April 17

GroupEvent NameTime
Toastmasters District 48Clearwater Sunday Speakers Toastmasters Club9:30 AM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode with me – learning sessions weekly on Sunday!10:00 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What Tech Career Is Right For Me?12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Dialogue and Human Experience.Does humanity have moral obligations?2:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersBoard Games at Dented Keg (New Port Richey)2:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League2:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Critical Hit Games2:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples West PascoWeekend Game Day2:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As Seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Cryptos, Forex & Futures (ONLINE)5:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceSew Awesome! (Textile Arts & Crafts)5:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Lithia Dungeons & Dragons And Gaming Guild5E (ish) AD&D – Humble Beginnings Campaign (Trouble in Elm).6:00 PM
Thinking While Drinking TampaThe Seven Deadly Sins [ONLINE]6:00 PM
Nerd Night OutA Duck Presents NB Movie Night7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsHidden Gems Night, Presented by A Duck!7:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || What is UX/UI Design?9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

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Humor

The Windows 95 launch is a cringey ’90s time capsule

Pleated khakis eveywhere! It’s true: we got our fashion cues from Jerry Seinfeld in the 1990s.

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of Windows 3.1 — the version where Windows started to show its true promise — but the truly entertaining bit of Windows history is Blue OS Museum’s recent posting of the Windows 95 Launch show, starring Bill Gates and special guest host Jay Leno!

I put the video on another screen to use as background noise while editing some articles this afternoon and found myself unable to look away, as if I were watching Plan 9 From Outer Space or The Room. It’s a so-bad-it’s good time capsule of technology and popular culture.

Some observations:

  • Jay Leno’s schtick was a combination of his usual topical Tonight Show gags and of being someone who didn’t use a computer regularly. This may seem weird to present-day viewers, but you have to keep in mind that this was 1995, when having a computer in your home was still an unusual thing, and sound cards and CD-ROMs were still new features. The original Microsoft goal of “a computer on every desk and in every home” hadn’t been reached yet.
  • The video is definitely a news time capsule too — Jay cracked a lot of Bill Clinton and OJ Simpson jokes, and I wonder if the references are lost on younger viewers. Early in the video, when joking about the limited memory of the Altair 8800 (for which Microsoft wrote a BASIC interpreter when they were getting started), he joked that it had better memory than Rosa Lopez. The name rang a bell, but I had to Google her (she was OJ Simpson’s housekeeper, and called to be a witness at his murder trial).
  • It’s also a fashion and hair time capsule. A painful one.
  • Multimedia on a computer! This was truly possible for the first time on Windows 95 (or Macintosh ’89), which was perfect timing as I was entering the job market at the time and landed a job developing multimedia CD-ROM applications.
  • Pre-emptive multitasking as the new hotness — wow, we lived in the stone age!
  • MSN, as in the Microsoft Network, which was their answer to AOL. They’d pivot to the internet shortly afterward.
  • And oh, that bit near the beginning where the programmers talked about life (and lack of hygiene) during crunch time while working on Windows 95 was straight out of Douglas Coupland’s novel, Microserfs. The only difference is that the Microserfs characters dated more.
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Current Events Players

Elon’s Musk to hold AMA with Twitter employees; internet starts making popcorn

“Every day on Twitter,” tweeted @maplecocaine back in January 2019, “there is one main character. The goal is never to be it.” If this is the case, Elon Musk has failed spectacularly, and we’re here for it.

The news came out in the Washington Post in an article with these opening paragraphs:

Twitter plans to host Elon Musk for a question-and-answer session with employees after a week of internal outcries over his appointment to the social network’s board of directors, according to company messages obtained by The Washington Post.

The announcement from Twitter chief executive Parag Agrawal of the highly unusual internal AMA — which stands for “ask me anything” — session was an effort to assuage anxious workers, who in recent days have expressed worries that the firebrand Musk could inflict damage to the company’s culture, as well as make it harder for people to do their jobs.

To borrow a phrase that we’d become accustomed to in the Trump era: This is not normal. Members of boards of directors generally aren’t seen as having an impact on the day-to-day operations of a company, but this is no ordinary board member. This is this guy:

We have historical proof that putting a narcissistic shitposter near the controls doesn’t yield optimal results, and that was one without a discernible talent or work ethic. While Twitter isn’t a nation-state superpower, it does yield a considerable amount of influence, and having a vaingloriously self-declared “free speech absolutist” who loves shutting down people who disagree with him with that much control over the platform is…worrisome.

I think Ken “PopeHat” White summed it up best:

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Process Tampa Bay

Anitra Pavka on Agile Podcast!

Anitra Pavka headshot

Anitra Pavka is on episode 54 of Agile Podcast, Tampa Bay’s own podcast on all things agile, chatting with hosts Brian Orlando and Om Patel!

About the video

Here’s the description of the video…

On this episode, Brian Orlando and Om Patel talk with Sr. Product Owner Anitra Pavka about her experiences across the software development and agility field – from Web Developer, to Business Analyst, to Scrum Master and Agile Coach, to Product Owner/Manager and beyond. …and BEYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOND!

…and here’s the chapter list:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:22 Anitra’s Background
  • 3:57 Exploring Cultures
  • 6:48 Agility Enters the Picture
  • 11:58 Learning by Trying
  • 13:09 Creating Great Teams
  • 16:17 Resistance, Perfection, and Bad Actors
  • 19:56 Agile Aggravations
  • 23:09 Job Descriptions in Agile (they’re getting worse)
  • 26:25 Improving Agile
  • 29:02 Adding Perspectives to Agile
  • 33:46 Intentional Exclusion
  • 36:23 Changing Agile: Systems Thinking & Agility at the Top
  • 42:06 Being an Organizational Change Agent
  • 44:58 Advice
  • 49:25 Influences and Influencers
  • 54:55 Forming Trust and Teams
  • 58:45 Coaching Up (Coaching the Organization)
  • 1:03:33 What’s Next for Anitra
  • 1:04:13 Wrap-Up

About Anitra

Anitra Pavka

Anitra has been a regular on Tampa’s tech scene since 2011, and chances are that you’ve seen her at a local event — perhaps at one of our local agile or UX gatherings, or at the Coders, Creatives, and Craft Beer meetup, which she co-organizes. She’s a Senior Product Owner at Deque (pronounced “D-Q”) Systems, creators of the axe line of tools for measuring and monitoring the accessibility of your sites and applications.

You may often see me hanging around Anitra, but there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation: I’m married to her. We met at BarCamp Tampa Bay in 2011, which makes us the prime example of why you should attend tech events here — you never know what’ll happen!

About Agile Podcast

Agile Podcast is Tampa Bay’s own video podcast on all things agile. Host Brian Orlando — often with co-host Om Patel — are joined each episode by a professional in or around the agile space for unscripted conversations about getting work done in an agile way. In one year, they’ve put together almost 60 podcasts, and they’re worth checking out whether you manage or are in an agile team!

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Just a reminder…

Diagram: Why technology is not neutral, created by the Center for Humane Technology.

I found this via Maria Lambert Bridge, the CCO for the Center for Human Technology. She writes:

Tech isn’t just a passive tool. Tech shapes us, and we shape technology.

Every design choice has an implication.
Every interaction has an effect.