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Tampa Bay tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events (Week of Monday, January 2, 2023)

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Here’s the list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the first week of 2023: Monday, January 2 through the Sunday, January 8, 2023. Happy new year!

Every week, with the assistance of a couple of Jupyter Notebooks that I put together, I compile this list for the Tampa Bay tech community.

As far as event types go, this list casts a rather wide net. It includes events that would be of interest to techies, nerds, and entrepreneurs. It includes (but isn’t limited to) events that fall under the category of:

  • Programming, DevOps, systems administration, and testing
  • Tech project management / agile processes
  • Video, board, and role-playing games
  • Book, philosophy, and discussion clubs
  • Tech, business, and entrepreneur networking events
  • Toastmasters (because nerds really need to up their presentation game)
  • Sci-fi, fantasy, and other genre fandoms
  • Anything I deem geeky

By “Tampa Bay and surrounding areas”, this list covers events that originate or are aimed at the area within 100 miles of the Port of Tampa. At the very least, that includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, but as far north as Ocala, as far south as Fort Myers, and includes Orlando and its surrounding cities.

This week’s events

Keep these two things in mind for the next couple of weeks:

  • The first week of January is usually a slow time for meetups.
  • A number of organizers schedule their events using Meetup.com’s “autopilot” feature, using an option like “1st Monday of every month,” and it doesn’t account for things like New Year’s Day or the day after, which is a day off for many people.

Double-check with the organizers before attending an event!

Monday, January 2

GroupEvent NameTime
Recruiting Web Dev and Smart Contract For Crypto Start UpStart-up in Crypto Space Looking For Coders: Web Dev & Smart Contract Programmer9:00 AM
Option Trading Strategies (Tampa Bay area) Meetup GroupOption Trading Strategies Meetup (Online)11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsDowntown St Pete Business Professionals Lunch11:00 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetYouTube Basics (ONLINE CLASS) – FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:00 PM
SCIPS, a 50+ Tampa Bay Singles ClubEUCHRE, Rummy Q and other Board Games for ENTHUSIASTIC GAME PLAYERS4:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DACE Advanced Toastmasters 32744806:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarMonday Weekly Board Game Night! (Lazy Moon Colonial Location)6:00 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Persimmon Hollow Flamingo Crossings6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Night6:00 PM
Shut Up & Write!® OrlandoShut Up & Write!® Dr. Phillips/Orlando6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[In-Person]: Swords Beneath the Moonsea (Tier 2, APL 5)- DM Calvin6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game Night at Armada Games7:00 PM
Light Study PRO – A Photography Workshop for Emerging ProsMembers as far back as 2008 can access their photos7:00 PM
Workaholics NonanonymousNational “Thank God It’s Monday” Day Virtual Meet up7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division GSpanglish Toastmasters Club 77037317:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Forex – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division ELakeland (FL) Toastmasters Club 7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (0NLINE)7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationNorth Florida Chapter Model Investment Club7:30 PM
Hosted By Defcon813Cert Study Session8:00 PM

Tuesday, January 3

GroupEvent NameTime
Business Strategy Meetup GroupBusiness Networking7:15 AM
The 360 Exchange -Dr PhillipsThe 360 Exchange – Dr Philips8:00 AM
Women In Tech OrlandoWIT: Coffee & Chat9:00 AM
Recruiting Web Dev and Smart Contract For Crypto Start UpStart-up in Crypto Space Looking For Coders: Web Dev & Smart Contract Programmer9:00 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Westchase/Oldsmar Business Networking Lunch ~ All Welcome11:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Find Product Market Fit Quickly11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsWestchase/Oldsmar Business Networking Lunch ~ All Welcome11:00 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa, Business ProfessionalsNew Tampa Networking Lunch at Glory Day’s Grill New Tampa11:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Global Networking SummitNetworking Brunch12:00 PM
WEB3CFL -Art – Music – Gaming -Bitcoin -Crypto -BlockchainBitcoin/Crypto. Buying, Selling and sharing ideas. Small group atmosphere.1:00 PM
Orlando Digital Media Design MeetupOnline Class – Logo Design & Development with Adobe Illustrator3:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetSocial Video Marketing Tips(ONLINE CLASS)-FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® OrlandoShut Up & Write!® at [FOXTAIL COFFEE / HOWELL BRANCH RD]6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMarvel Crisis Protocol Night6:00 PM
St. Petersburg Business Networking Pick-up BasketballWeekly pickup networking basketball6:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyMeet & Greet at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant6:00 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
West Pasco Toastmasters Club Weekly Meeting6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Android Developers GroupCompose Camp Session 106:30 PM
Pinellas WritersWeekly Group Meetings – All Writers Welcome!6:30 PM
Orlando Social Poker ClubTexas Holdem cash games Online every night at 7PM EST7:00 PM
Orlando Crypto MeetupCrypto/Trading/Online Business/Entrepreneurship Nights7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Armada Games7:00 PM
Hosted By IIBA Tampa BayBABOK IIBA Tampa Bay Study Group7:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Makerspace 3D Printing Basics7:00 PM
St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games for Young AdultsSt. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceTHS Member Meeting7:00 PM
Business and Tech Startup Network of TampaTampa Business and Tech Start up Networking Night! Meet & Greet7:30 PM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationTuesday Training Workshop: Equity Research Deep Dive Series – Economic Reports7:30 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess at 54th Ave Kava House!7:30 PM
Become A Crypto-Verse-Preneur! Get A Free NFT!Become A Crypto-Verse-Preneur!7:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom7:45 PM

Wednesday, January 4

GroupEvent NameTime
Toastmasters Division EWorld Toasters7:10 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Profit Partners Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Networking 4 ProfitReferral Networking Meeting Orlando Area7:30 AM
WordPress OrlandoCoffee and WordPress at Foxtail Coffee8:00 AM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking – Entrepreneurs of Color8:00 AM
1 Million Cups – Orlando1 Million Cups – Orlando Weekly Meetup8:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersBrandon Networking Professionals Networking Lunch11:30 AM
National Association of Entrepreneurs Mastermind GroupNational Association of Entrepreneurs Mastermind Group Meeting11:30 AM
Bradenton/Sarasota Networking Meetings and MixersBusiness Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonSarasota Business Networking Lunch All Welcome, Just purchase Lunch!11:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Brandon Business Professionals Just Love Coffee11:30 AM
Orlando StoicsHYBRID EVENT: Business Ethics 202311:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netCarrollwood Professional Networking Lunch Wednesday All Welcome JOIN us11:30 AM
Web Design And SEO/SEM Three Sixty DegreesWeb Design And SEO/SEM Three Sixty Degrees12:00 PM
The Woman Entrepreneur NetworkTake Back Your Life Workshop12:00 PM
Tampa Startup Founder 101Starting Up in 2023: Connect with Aspiring Entrepreneurs1:00 PM
Evolve Events with Us – TampaHow Best to Invest Most Successfully in the Stock Market: An Introduction2:00 PM
TampaBayNetworkers15+30 Virtual Networking2:45 PM
Professional Women’s MeetupHappy Hour & Networking3:00 PM
Tampa Bay Beach and Sunset Photography and Modeling ClassesJanuary Sunset Group Shoot – Capturing Motion4:30 PM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOFREE WEBINAR: How to Outsource Development of Your App5:00 PM
Brandon BoardgamersBoard Gaming – In Person5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildWednesday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Sarasota Business Exchange ClubWe ARE meeting again at Rusty Bucket Restaurant5:30 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Deadwords Brewing6:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCritical Hit Games: Board Game Night6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Hobby Night – Minis Painting Tips & Tricks at Armada Games6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesBoard Game Night6:00 PM
Eccentricity Club (Foodies and Fun)Thai Time at Siam Garden Thai Restaurant6:15 PM
The Weirder Things Book ClubWealth of Time -midway6:30 PM
Geekocracy!Geeks do trivia at Wulfhaven Brewing6:30 PM
WordPress TampaTo be announced: Scheduled Talk6:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaShut Up & Write!® [Tampa / Bula Kavananda Kava Bar & Coffee House] – IN PERSON6:30 PM
Crypto & NFT Investors Club–Tampa Bay ChapterCrypto Investors Club (5 STAR RATED)6:30 PM
Florida Writer’s Association / OrlandoOrlando Florida Writer’s Association6:30 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildNew Beginnings & Old Rivalries7:00 PM
Port Charlotte Writers GroupJanuary 4th Zoom Meeting7:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupSmartphone Trivia Game Show at Wilders Pizza7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Amazon Sellers E-commerce MeetupNew Location and 1st Meetup of 2023 w/ Local Amazon Seller Aaron Cordovez7:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsBrandon Business Professionals IN Person!!!!11:30 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsCarollwood Professionals Networking Lunch!11:30 PM

Thursday, January 5

GroupEvent NameTime
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeHappy Hangar Early Bird Professionals Networking7:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeHappy Hangar Early Bird Professionals Networking7:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netWesley Chapel/Lutz networking breakfast7:30 AM
Orlando Digital Media Design MeetupOnline Class – Adobe InDesign 10110:00 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsClearwater/Central Pinellas Networking Lunch11:00 AM
WEB3CFL -Art – Music – Gaming -Bitcoin -Crypto -BlockchainCrypto Set-up Class -Limited to 5 Seats Only11:00 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!The Founders Meeting where it all Began! JOIN us! Bring a guest and get a gift11:00 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa, Business ProfessionalsWesley Chapel Professional Networking Lunch11:30 AM
SWAT Networking – Successful Women Aligning TogetherSWAT Networking Parrish Luncheon11:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeWesley Chapel Professional Networking Lunch at Chuck Lager America’s Tavern11:30 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Power Lunch – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
“Learn and Earn” Millionaire Mind Secrets & NetworkingOnline Zoom! Millionaire Mind Lunch; Book Club and Networking!12:00 PM
Network After Work Tampa – Networking EventsHow to Start & Grow a Business Virtual Summit1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Commander Open Play Night at Armada Games1:00 PM
Evolve Events with Us – TampaWork From Home, Start a Print-on-Demand Business, With Zero Set-up Costs3:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Bunkers Bar of Sun City Center Smartphone Trivia Game Show4:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsAfter hours Networking & Tasting, Food By 3’C’s Catering5:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”2023 Happy Hour – Pinellas Ale Works6:00 PM
Clearwater Christian Boardgame NightChristian Board Game Night6:00 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D and Rifts (Palladium) Group2nd ed. AD&D Campaign.6:00 PM
Indian Rocks Beach D&D 5e Meetup GroupCurse of Strahd Session 46:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesWarhammer Night6:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupCentral Florida Board Gaming at The Collective6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpAfter Hours Networking Happy Hour! Food provided by 3C’s Catering6:00 PM
Tampa Free Writing GroupWriting Meetup6:30 PM
Tampa Bay BitcoinBitdevs7:00 PM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking – Entrepreneurs of Color7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Drupal User GroupTampa Bay Drupal & Web Technologies Q&A. Everyone welcome!7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Video Production ProfessionalsWorkshop: Creating Effective Vertical Video Content7:00 PM
Live streaming production and talentLive streaming production and talent7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Interviews and LifeCommunication Practice and Improvement7:00 PM
Books & Brews!January – The Midnight Library7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceShopbot Safety and Usage (Members Only)7:00 PM

Friday, January 6

GroupEvent NameTime
Winter Park Toastmasters – Learn while having FUN!Improve your communication, listening, and leadership skills7:15 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!7:45 AM
Brandon Biz ProsBuild your Business with Brandon Biz Pros8:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!8:45 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!8:45 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Tampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Friday Morning All WElCOME8:45 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFCCP Morning Photowalk at Florida Botanical Garden9:00 AM
Project CodexVirtual Coffee9:00 AM
NTi Port Richey, FLNTi New Port Richey – Business Referral Network9:00 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayImprove Speaking Skills & Build Confidence9:25 AM
West Orlando WordPress MeetupFirst Friday WordPress Collaboration Meetup – January 202310:00 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
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
Clermont Nerd GamesBoard Game Night!5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game night at The Strange Realms in Carrollwood Friday, 6 PM6:00 PM
Dunnellon Area Board GamersFriday Night Board Gaming6:00 PM
Nerd Night OutTaps & Drafts6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Photographic Arts CommunityNew Year Open House and Party6:00 PM
Sunshine Social Deduction GamingBlood on the Clocktower at Blackbird Comics and Coffeehouse6:00 PM
Tampa Japanese MeetupFL JETAA Tsudoi7:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: The Brothers’ War Draft7:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Makerspace Soft Arts Guild7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: “Stoic Wisdom” by Nancy Sherman (Finale!)7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildCanon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Tabletop: Friday Board Game Night7:00 PM
Tampa StoicsIN-PERSON: “How to Think Like a Roman Emperor” (Chapter 3)7:00 PM
Horror Fan Fun Time GangHorror Friends Movie Night – Megan!!!7:20 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Daiquiri Deck on the Island in Venice7:30 PM
Indica Cafe EventsFriday night game night9:00 PM

Saturday, January 7

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
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyThird Annual Frank Planes Memorial PhotoWalk to Circle B Bar Reserve8:00 AM
Orlando Coffee CrawlsCoffee Talk – Bynx Orlando9:00 AM
Pinellas WritersMonthly In Person Group Meeting – All Writers Welcome!9:00 AM
Writers Group at the Haunted Antique ShopWriters Group at the Haunted Antique Shop9:30 AM
Chess RepublicSaturday Chess at Wholefoods in Midtown, Tampa9:30 AM
Toastmasters Division EHunters Creek Toastmasters9:30 AM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationDiscounted Cash Flow Series10:00 AM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode with me – learning sessions weekly on Saturdays10:00 AM
Suncoast CruisersLet’s ride to Gibtown Bike Fest with the WCFR’s10:00 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Bootstrap Business SchoolBootstrap Business School Bootcamp – Start a Business in just 2 weeks!11:00 AM
Tampa Options Trading Group for Monthly IncomeOptions Basics Series (Part 1 of 3): What are call & put options?11:00 AM
Gen GeekAnnual Squid Games 😝12:00 PM
Inventors Council of Central FloridaICCF January presentation meeting1:00 PM
Suncoast MakersFREE Fab Lab Orientation1:00 PM
Central Florida Florida Foam Fighting (Fumetsu)Fighter Practice! (Newbies welcome)2:00 PM
Casual Scrabble PlayScrabble for ALL levels!2:00 PM
Kissimmee Video Game Design Virtual Meetup GroupKissimmee Virtual Meetup2:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[In-Person] Riddle of the Raven Queen – DM Calvin (Tier 2)5:00 PM
Orlando StoicsIN-PERSON: “The Discourses of Epictetus” (Part 2)5:00 PM
Indica Cafe EventsDungeons and Dragons Saturday Nights at 75:00 PM
Esports Players Club TampaMadden 235:30 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Golf Group – RPG One-Shots6:30 PM
Orlando Social Poker ClubTexas Holdem cash games Online every night at 7PM EST7:00 PM
The Non Non Non Fiction Book Club3rd Book Club Meeting: The Mushroom at The End of the World by Anna Tsing7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsCommunity Hang-out Night7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildTHE ONE-SHOT GUILD7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNB Community Hang-out Night!7:00 PM
Orlando Horror Movie Fans 20s-30sMonth 2 of 12 till Halloween9:30 PM

Sunday, January 8

GroupEvent NameTime
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFree – Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Class – Part 19:00 AM
The Art Of Photography – Tampa/Gulf Coast ChapterSUN 1/8 at 10 AM FREE ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY CRITIQUE PROGRAM10:00 AM
Shut Up & Write!® St. PetersburgShut Up & Write! – Starbucks in DTSP10:00 AM
There’s A Book For That: Self-Improvement Book ClubWeekly meeting10:00 AM
Soberish Hang Outs and Book ClubDiscussing Doctor Sleep by Stephen King10:00 AM
Eccentricity Club (Foodies and Fun)DAJEN EATS🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲12:30 PM
Drunk’n Meeples West Pasco (Boardgames)Weekend Game Day1:00 PM
Beginners Guide to D & D (Tampa Bay area)D&D Adventurers League1:00 PM
Gen GeekMegan showing at AMC Theater Veterans!1:30 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Critical Hit Games2:00 PM
Geekocracy!Game Day at Southern Brewing2:00 PM
Chess RepublicSunday Chess at Grassroots Kava House in Ybor2:00 PM
Central Florida Computer SocietyPlease join us2:45 PM
Business Owners and ProfessionalsLet’s start the new year with a Bang3:00 PM
Orlando Digital Media Design MeetupOnline Class – How to Create Custom Pokémon Cards4:00 PM
Tampa StoicsIN-PERSON: A Walking Meditation – Causeway Trail4:30 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D and Rifts (Palladium) GroupRifts5:00 PM
The Guild of Independent Game DevelopersLecture5:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceSew Awesome! (Textile Arts & Crafts)5:30 PM
Toastmasters Division EFind Your Funny Toastmaster6:30 PM
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Cryptos, Forex & Futures (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Stocks – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Crypto, Forex & Futures (Online)7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutA Duck Presents NB Movie Night7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Forex – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Forex, Crypto & Futures (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Solana – TampaOffice Hours8:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsNerdBrew Karaoke @ MacDinton’s!8:00 PM

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Tampa Bay tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events (Week of Monday, December 26, 2022)

Here’s the list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the last week of 2022: Monday, December 26 through the first day of the new year, Sunday, January 1, 2023!

Every week, with the assistance of a couple of Jupyter Notebooks that I put together, I compile this list for the Tampa Bay tech community.

As far as event types go, this list casts a rather wide net. It includes events that would be of interest to techies, nerds, and entrepreneurs. It includes (but isn’t limited to) events that fall under the category of:

  • Programming, DevOps, systems administration, and testing
  • Tech project management / agile processes
  • Video, board, and role-playing games
  • Book, philosophy, and discussion clubs
  • Tech, business, and entrepreneur networking events
  • Toastmasters (because nerds really need to up their presentation game)
  • Sci-fi, fantasy, and other genre fandoms
  • Anything I deem geeky

By “Tampa Bay and surrounding areas”, this list covers events that originate or are aimed at the area within 100 miles of the Port of Tampa. At the very least, that includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, but as far north as Ocala, as far south as Fort Myers, and includes Orlando and its surrounding cities.

This week’s events

Keep these two things in mind for the next couple of weeks:

  • The end of December is usually a slow time for meetups.
  • A number of organizers schedule their events using Meetup.com’s “autopilot” feature, using an option like “2nd Tuesday of every month,” and it doesn’t account for the general slow-down during the last two weeks of December.

The closer an event is to Christmas or New Year’s Day, both of which falls on a Sunday this year, the more likely it is to be cancelled. Double-check with the organizers before attending an event!

Monday, December 26

GroupEvent NameTime
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!In person at Fords Garage St Pete11:00 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netSt. Pete Networking Lunch! Fords Garage! Monday’s11:30 AM
SCIPS, a 50+ Tampa Bay Singles ClubEUCHRE, Rummy Q and other Board Games for ENTHUSIASTIC GAME PLAYERS4:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetYouTube Basics (ONLINE CLASS) – FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarMonday Weekly Board Game Night! (Lazy Moon Colonial Location)6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Night6:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (0NLINE)7:00 PM
Tampa Online Poker ClubTexas Holdem cash games Online every night at 7PM EST7:00 PM
Geekocracy!Geeks at the Lowry Parcade7:00 PM
Meet New People As Adults – Which is Harder Than ExpectedTrivia Night to Meet New People7:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Makerspace: I just got a 3D Printer, now what?7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Forex – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Light Study PRO – A Photography Workshop for Emerging ProsMembers as far back as 2008 can access their photos7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game Night at Armada Games7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: “Learning from Epictetus” (Part 2)7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
Real Estate Investing for Social EntrepreneursHow to Increase Your Sales by 400%7:30 PM

Tuesday, December 27

GroupEvent NameTime
Business Strategy Meetup GroupBusiness Networking7:15 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersUpper Pinellas,Oldsmar,Westchase Networking Lunch -Wild Rover Brewing Company11:00 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netOldsmar/Westchase Networking Lunch – Wild Rover Brewing Company11:00 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Westchase/Oldsmar Business Networking Lunch ~ All Welcome11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsWestchase/Oldsmar Business Networking Lunch ~ All Welcome11:00 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa, Business ProfessionalsNew Tampa Networking Lunch at Glory Day’s Grill New Tampa11:30 AM
Manatee River Business Exchange ClubGreat group for referrals – Several new members – WE are growing!!!12:00 PM
Global Networking SummitNetworking Brunch12:00 PM
WEB3CFL -Art – Music – Gaming -Bitcoin -Crypto -BlockchainBitcoin/Crypto. Buying, Selling and sharing ideas. Small group atmosphere.1:00 PM
Tampa St Pete Stocks and Options Trading GroupSuccess in Stagflation: Learn to Protect Your Wealth4:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetSocial Video Marketing Tips(ONLINE CLASS)-FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:30 PM
St. Petersburg Business Networking Pick-up BasketballWeekly pickup networking basketball6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersBoardgame at Sunshine Games6:00 PM
Toastmasters Division EBartow Toastmasters HYBRID Meeting6:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMarvel Crisis Protocol Night6:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyMeet & Greet at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant6:00 PM
Adventures On Tap DnD and Board GamesNerd Night at Deadwords Brewing6:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Moose Lodge 2117 Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
West Pasco Toastmasters Club Weekly Meeting6:30 PM
Pinellas WritersWeekly Group Meetings – All Writers Welcome!6:30 PM
The Sarasota Creative Writers Meetup GroupThe Sarasota Creative Writers6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Armada Games7:00 PM
St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games for Young AdultsSt. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults7:00 PM
LIVE-LOVE AND ENJOY!ITS GAME NIGHT7:00 PM
Central Florida Computer SocietyCentral Florida Computer Society TechSIG (Please join us!!)7:00 PM
Become A Crypto-Verse-Preneur! Get A Free NFT!Become A Crypto-Verse-Preneur!7:30 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess at 54th Ave Kava House!7:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom7:45 PM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationStock Investing Roundtable – Manifest Investing8:30 PM

Wednesday, December 28

GroupEvent NameTime
Toastmasters Division EWorld Toasters7:10 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Profit Partners Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
North Venice Business Referral Networking Meetup GroupNetworking Meeting- Weekly8:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Brandon Business Professionals Just Love Coffee11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netCarrollwood Professional Networking Lunch Wednesday All Welcome JOIN us11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonSarasota Business Networking Lunch All Welcome, Just purchase Lunch!11:30 AM
Bradenton/Sarasota Networking Meetings and MixersBusiness Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersBrandon Networking Professionals Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Sarasota Web Development Meetup GroupLunch Hour Meetup12:00 PM
Web Design And SEO/SEM Three Sixty DegreesWeb Design And SEO/SEM Three Sixty Degrees12:00 PM
Heart of Agile St. Pete – Tampa – OrlandoHeart of Agile 4th Wed of the month – MONTHLY Coffee Corner12:30 PM
Heart of Agile St. Pete – Tampa – OrlandoHeart of Agile MONTHLY Coffee Corner12:30 PM
Board Game Players ClubBoard game playing1:00 PM
TampaBayNetworkers15+30 Virtual Networking2:45 PM
Professional Women’s MeetupHappy Hour & Networking3:00 PM
Brandon BoardgamersBoard Gaming – In Person5:00 PM
Business Networking and Other EventsWind Down Wednesdays Business Networking5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildWednesday Board Game Night5:30 PM
DigitalDeLandDigital DeLand 1st Annual Holiday Gathering6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Hobby Night – Minis Painting Tips & Tricks at Armada Games6:00 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Deadwords Brewing6:00 PM
Suncoast Critical Thinking Discussion GroupCRITICAL THINKERS SUPPER AT AMOB LANDSIDE IN PRIVATE ROOM6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarBlood on the Clocktower & Board Games! (Deadwords Brewing Location)6:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCritical Hit Games: Board Game Night6:00 PM
Tampa Writers AllianceTampa Writers Alliance Critique Group6:30 PM
Kitchen Table Book Club: Year of Short Stories“Motherfuckers”- Roxane Gay6:30 PM
Nerd Night OutGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Monthly Membership Meeting7:00 PM
Apopka Foliage ToastmastersApopka Foliage Toastmasters7:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupSmartphone Trivia Game Show at Wilders Pizza7:00 PM
Tampa Hackerspace3D Printing Orientation: Models and Slicers7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildNew Beginnings & Old Rivalries7:00 PM
Central Florida CitySecCitrusSec Meetup7:00 PM
Tampa Options Trading Group for Monthly Income4 Great Option Trades for an IRA (Retirement Accounts)8:30 PM
Critical Hit GamesWerewolf9:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsCarollwood Professionals Networking Lunch!11:30 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsBrandon Business Professionals IN Person!!!!11:30 PM

Thursday, December 29

GroupEvent NameTime
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netWesley Chapel/Lutz networking breakfast7:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeHappy Hangar Early Bird Professionals Networking7:30 AM
TampaBayNetworkersSuncoast Networkers8:30 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!The Founders Meeting where it all Began! JOIN us! Bring a guest and get a gift11:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!11:00 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
WEB3CFL -Art – Music – Gaming -Bitcoin -Crypto -BlockchainCrypto Set-up Class -Limited to 5 Seats Only11:00 AM
Business Game Changers GroupClearwater Professional Networking Lunch11:00 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa, Business ProfessionalsWesley Chapel Professional Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeWesley Chapel Professional Networking Lunch at Chuck Lager America’s Tavern11:30 AM
“Learn and Earn” Millionaire Mind Secrets & NetworkingOnline Zoom! Millionaire Mind Lunch; Book Club and Networking!12:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Commander Open Play Night at Armada Games1:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Bunkers Bar of Sun City Center Smartphone Trivia Game Show4:00 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D and Rifts (Palladium) Group2nd ed. AD&D Campaign.6:00 PM
Clearwater Christian Boardgame NightChristian Board Game Night6:00 PM
Summerfield Board/Card Game NightSummerfield Tabletop/Board/Card Games6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesWarhammer Night6:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupCentral Florida Board Gaming at The Collective6:00 PM
Social & Networking EventSocial/Networking Event6:00 PM
Sunshine Social Deduction GamingBotC night at Hourglass Brewery at the Hourglass District7:00 PM
Live streaming production and talentLive streaming production and talent7:00 PM

Friday, December 30

GroupEvent NameTime
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!7:45 AM
Brandon Biz ProsBuild your Business with Brandon Biz Pros8:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!8:45 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!8:45 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Tampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Friday Morning All WElCOME8:45 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersFriday Business Introductions!11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsInternational Professionals Networking Meeting11:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Friday Business Introductions JOIN us at Cafe Delanie All Welcome11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpInternational Networking Westshore McAlisters Deli11:30 AM
Clermont Nerd GamesBoard Game Night!5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Meeple Movers Gaming GroupLet’s Play Games ONLINE on Fridays!5:30 PM
Dunnellon Area Board GamersFriday Night Board Gaming6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game night at The Strange Realms in Carrollwood Friday, 6 PM6:00 PM
Nerd Night OutTaps & Drafts6:00 PM
Self-Perfected OrlandoGROWTH MINDSET6:00 PM
Our Photo Tribe Workshops2022 Photo Walk: Holiday Lights at the FL Botanical Gardens6:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildCanon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: The Brothers’ War Draft7:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Daiquiri Deck on the Island in Venice7:30 PM
Horror Fan Fun Time GangHorror Friend Hang Out at Spookeasy Lounge!!!8:00 PM
Indica Cafe EventsFriday night game night9:00 PM
Gen GeekIts my birthday! karaoke 🎤9:00 PM

Saturday, December 31

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
Writers Group at the Haunted Antique ShopWriters Group at the Haunted Antique Shop9:30 AM
Chess RepublicSaturday Chess at Wholefoods in Midtown, Tampa9:30 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Bravo Group Campaign Continues11:00 AM
Tampa Gaming GuildSaturday Gaming11:00 AM
Suncoast MakersFREE Fab Lab Orientation1:00 PM
The Maker Team – Plant CityLaser Cutting1:00 PM
Gen GeekNew Years Lights Fest4:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesStore New Year’s Eve Party with Potluck6:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildTHE ONE-SHOT GUILD7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNB Community Hang-out Night!7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsNerd Year’s Eve 🤵🆚🛌 Formal vs. PJs Party!7:00 PM

Sunday, January 1…2023!

GroupEvent NameTime
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyNew Year’s Day Morning with Duke and Duchess (Bald Eagles)8:00 AM
Soberish Hang Outs and Book ClubNew Year’s Day Sober Support and Connection10:00 AM
Gen GeekNew years Dim Sum11:00 AM
Beginners Guide to D & D (Tampa Bay area)D&D Adventurers League1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Critical Hit Games2:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DWeekend Toastmasters3:00 PM
The Tampa Bay Movie Fans Meetup GroupAvatar: The Way of Water on Jan. 13:30 PM
Hosted By Volusia Young Professionals Group (covers East and West)February West Volusia Networking Social6:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Stocks – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Crypto, Forex & Futures (Online)7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Forex – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Forex, Crypto & Futures (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsHidden Gems Night, Presented by A Duck!7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Cryptos, Forex & Futures (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNerdBrew Karaoke @ MacDinton’s!8:00 PM
Solana – TampaOffice Hours8:00 PM

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Twitter users have spoken!

Two stills from an episode of “The Simpsons” where Kirk Van Houten (Milhouse’s father) gets fired from the cracker factory. Still 1: Kirk Van Houten, labelled as “Elon”: “So, that’s after after two months? ‘So long, good luck?‘” Still 2: Kirk’s boss, labelled as “Twitter users”: “I don’t recall saying ‘Good luck.’”

For context, this is about the results of a Twitter poll that Elon Musk posted on December 18th:

This is a screenshot because Elon has a knack for deleting Tweets that backfire on him. Click the screenshot to view the original — if he hasn’t deleted it!

Here’s the original scene from The Simpsons:

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…and just like that, Twitter rescinded the policy

“I’m so happy / ’cause today I found my friends / they’re on Mastodon…”

Mere hours ago, I posted an article title Twitter just banned links to many other social media services. Near the end of that article, I wrote:

Twitter might revoke the policy by the end of this week. It wouldn’t be the first time since Elon took charge that they did something rash, then undid it hastily.

(I added some additional emphasis to that first sentence.)

Never mind by the end of the week; they revoked the policy by the end of the day! At 9:50 p.m. EDT on Sunday, December 18, Molly White (@molly0xFFF on Twitter) tweeted:

As I keep saying: at Twitter, there is no plan, just knee-jerk responses to stimuli.

If you’re still using Twitter, ask yourself why.

And if you’re still working at Twitter and there isn’t something like an H-1B, medical insurance, or a much-needed contribution to the household income keeping you there, ask yourself why twice.

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Twitter just banned links to many other social media services

Two-panel graphic. Panel 1 has the text “Does your tweet have a link to something on these services?” followed by the icons for Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Nostr, Post, Tribel, and Truth Social. Panel 2 has the text “That’s a paddlin’”, featuring Jasper from “The Simpsons”, glowering and holding a paddle.

Earlier this afternoon U.S. Eastern time (UTC-5), while much of the world’s attention was on the World Cup — and in fact, while Elon Musk himself was in Qatar to catch the finals — Twitter announced a new policy prohibiting linking to anything on the following platforms, listed in alphabetical order:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Mastodon
  • Nostr
  • Post
  • Tribel
  • Truth Social

Nostr isn’t even a social media service, but a protocol that’s so new that the definitive site is its Github repo.

Because this is a Twitter story, there has to be a dumb twist: Jack Dorsey, former CEO of Twitter, recently donated to the Nostr project. Once again, because this is a Twitter story, there has to be an even dumber twist: that Jack’s donation was in Bitcoin — 14 BTC, or $235,000 as I write this (it was $245,000 when Coindesk wrote the story about the donation).

What doesn’t Twitter allow anymore under the new policy?

The Promotion of alternative social platforms policy page says that Twitter will remove “any free promotion of prohibited 3rd-party social media platforms, such as linking out (i.e. using URLs)” to the services listed above, or even any mention of your handle on those services, such as:

  • “follow me @username on Instagram”
  • “username@mastodon.social”
  • “check out my profile on Facebook – facebook.com/username”

The policy also states that “technical or non-technical” workarounds, including “plaintext obfuscation” (including the classic “I’m so-and-so at instagram dot com”) is a violation of this policy.

What does Twitter still allow under the new policy?

The page is a little more vague about links that aren’t a violation of the policy, which are summed up as links to social media platforms that “provide alternative experiences to Twitter, and allow users to post content to Twitter.” Presumably YouTube falls under this category, as does LinkedIn. The page also says that cross-posting to Twitter isn’t a violation of this policy, but only because it it were, it would be nearly impossible to enforce.

What are the consequences of posting something that contravenes the new policy?

Jasper from “The Simpsons,” glowering and holding a paddle.

First, there are violations at the per-tweet level. For tweets that count as “an isolated incident or first offense”, they have the option of deleting the offending tweet or temporarily locking your account. Repeat offenses mean getting locked out permanently.

Then, there are those violations at the account level — that is, where you mention one of the forbidden services in your Twitter bio or account name. As a matter of fact, as I write this, I am in violation of this new policy:

Screenshot of Joey deVilla’s Twitter bio, which includes his Mastodon handle, @AccordionGuy@mastodon.cloud and the URL for his Mastodon page, mastodon.cloud/@Accordionguy.

The policy states that anyone who does this will have their account temporarily suspended until they remove any mention of the offending services. Additional violations will result in a permanent suspension.

It’s just more evidence that there is no plan, just knee-jerk responses to stimuli

From the haphazard way they’ve been managing their own staff to disasters like the Blue Check program to the “Apple is kicking us out of the App Store!” non-event to capricious account suspensions to this, it should now be quite evident that there’s no plan being executed here — just a seat-of-the-pants scramble based on whatever whim Elon happens to have at the moment. I feel terrible for anyone who’s still working there.

This is NOT the time for premature compliance; this is the time to seek better places to post

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance that you have a Twitter post or bio that points to something on one of the now-forbidden services. Before you change that post or bio to comply with the new policy, consider:

  • Twitter might revoke the policy by the end of this week. It wouldn’t be the first time since Elon took charge that they did something rash, then undid it hastily.
  • Do you really want to comply with such a policy?

My recommendations:

  • Stop feeding the beast. End your use of Twitter. Keep your account so that someone else doesn’t take your Twitter identity, but don’t use it.
  • Find better places to post. Use the social media services that meet your needs and that aren’t under the control of a raging narcissist whose id is out of control.
  • If you like long-form tweeting or “tweetstorming,” consider blogging. It’s a better medium for longer-form posts, and it gives you control over everything, from content to presentation, and it means you really own your content.
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Twitter’s new “official unofficial” motto

It might as well be their real motto now.

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Tampa Bay tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events (Week of Monday, December 19, 2022)

Winter Village and Curtis Hixon Christmas Lights by Matthew Paulson.
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Here’s the list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, December 19 through Sunday, December 25, 2022. That’s right — this is the week leading up to Christmas!

Every week, with the assistance of a couple of Jupyter Notebooks that I put together, I compile this list for the Tampa Bay tech community.

As far as event types go, this list casts a rather wide net. It includes events that would be of interest to techies, nerds, and entrepreneurs. It includes (but isn’t limited to) events that fall under the category of:

  • Programming, DevOps, systems administration, and testing
  • Tech project management / agile processes
  • Video, board, and role-playing games
  • Book, philosophy, and discussion clubs
  • Tech, business, and entrepreneur networking events
  • Toastmasters (because nerds really need to up their presentation game)
  • Sci-fi, fantasy, and other genre fandoms
  • Anything I deem geeky

By “Tampa Bay and surrounding areas”, this list covers events that originate or are aimed at the area within 100 miles of the Port of Tampa. At the very least, that includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, but as far north as Ocala, as far south as Fort Myers, and includes Orlando and its surrounding cities.

This week’s events

Keep these two things in mind for the next couple of weeks:

  • The end of December is usually a slow time for meetups.
  • A number of organizers schedule their events using Meetup.com’s “autopilot” feature, using an option like “2nd Tuesday of every month,” and it doesn’t account for holidays with lengthier downtimes, like Christmas.

The closer an event is to Christmas, which falls on Sunday this year, the more likely it is to be cancelled. Double-check with the organizers before attending an event!

Monday, December 19

GroupEvent NameTime
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!In person at Fords Garage St Pete11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsDowntown St Pete Business Professionals Lunch11:00 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
Clean Fiction Writers of Central FloridaWriting Publishing & Marketing Your Book12:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetYouTube Basics (ONLINE CLASS) – FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:00 PM
SCIPS, a 50+ Tampa Bay Singles ClubEUCHRE, Rummy Q and other Board Games for ENTHUSIASTIC GAME PLAYERS4:00 PM
OrlandopreneurOrlandopreneur Holiday party5:30 PM
Tampa Bay Google Cloud User GroupGoogle Cloud Next 22 Announcements5:30 PM
Toastmasters, Division DACE Advanced Toastmasters 32744806:00 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Persimmon Hollow Flamingo Crossings6:00 PM
Tampa Bay TabletoppersMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Night6:00 PM
TIME OF YOUR LIFE! 50+Trivia Social Liam Fitzpatricks / Lake Mary6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarMonday Weekly Board Game Night! (Lazy Moon Colonial Location)6:00 PM
Orlando Bitcoin MaximalistsSecond Orlando Bitcoin Maximalists meetup6:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® OrlandoShut Up & Write!® Dr. Phillips/Orlando6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildTomb of Annhilation (APL 6 Forgotten Realms) – DM Carson6:30 PM
Ironhack Tampa – Tech Careers, Learning and NetworkingLearn the Basics of Python Programming from an Industry Expert 📊7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (0NLINE)7:00 PM
Light Study PRO – A Photography Workshop for Emerging ProsMembers as far back as 2008 can access their photos7:00 PM
Library Book Clubs – OCLSVirtual Event: Hiawassee Book Club7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game Night at Armada Games7:00 PM
Tampa Online Poker ClubTexas Holdem cash games Online every night at 7PM EST7:00 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: “Learning from Epictetus” (Part 1)7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Forex – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Q&A (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Meet New People As Adults – Which is Harder Than ExpectedTrivia Night to Meet New People7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division ELakeland (FL) Toastmasters Club 7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division GSpanglish Toastmasters Club 77037317:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM

Tuesday, December 20

GroupEvent NameTime
Business Strategy Meetup GroupBusiness Networking7:15 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI St. Pete Business Builders Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Find Product Market Fit Quickly11:00 AM
ManageEngine’s Cybersecurity MeetupsEnhance your help desk productivity with ADManager Plus integration11:00 AM
SWAT Networking – Successful Women Aligning TogetherSWAT Networking Bradenton Luncheon11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersUpper Pinellas,Oldsmar,Westchase Networking Lunch -Wild Rover Brewing Company11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsWestchase/Oldsmar Business Networking Lunch ~ All Welcome11:00 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Westchase/Oldsmar Business Networking Lunch ~ All Welcome11:00 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netOldsmar/Westchase Networking Lunch – Wild Rover Brewing Company11:00 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa, Business ProfessionalsNew Tampa Networking Lunch at Glory Day’s Grill New Tampa11:30 AM
Manatee River Business Exchange ClubGreat group for referrals – Several new members – WE are growing!!!12:00 PM
Orlando Professional Networking Meetup GroupLadies Entrepreneurs of Dr. Phillips12:00 PM
Global Networking SummitNetworking Brunch12:00 PM
WEB3CFL -Art – Music – Gaming -Bitcoin -Crypto -BlockchainBitcoin/Crypto. Buying, Selling and sharing ideas. Small group atmosphere.1:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetSocial Video Marketing Tips(ONLINE CLASS)-FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:30 PM
St. Petersburg Business Networking Pick-up BasketballWeekly pickup networking basketball6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Photographic Arts CommunityHow To Sell Yourself with Booray Perry6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMarvel Crisis Protocol Night6:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyMeet & Greet at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant6:00 PM
Tampa Bay SQL Server User Group (TBSSUG)TBSSUG Monthly Meeting6:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
Network After Work Tampa – Networking EventsFree Virtual Tampa Networking6:00 PM
Women, Words and WineDecember book- The Beekeeper of Aleppo6:00 PM
Adventures On Tap DnD and Board GamesNerd Night at Deadwords Brewing6:00 PM
Pinellas WritersWeekly Group Meetings – All Writers Welcome!6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Moose Lodge 2117 Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Tampa Investor/Training MeetupTampa Bay Investor Training6:30 PM
West Pasco Toastmasters Club Weekly Meeting6:30 PM
WordPress St. PetersburgAsk Us Anything: WordPress Support Crowdsourcing Meetup6:30 PM
Tampa Investor/Training MeetupTampa Bay Investor Training6:30 PM
Saint Petersburg Book Club Meetup GroupDec Book Club6:30 PM
Ironhack Orlando – Tech Careers, Learning and NetworkingThe basics of Data Analytics 📈7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonOnline: Tampa Bay Technology Center (TBTC) Monthly Meeting7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Armada Games7:00 PM
St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games for Young AdultsSt. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults7:00 PM
TB Chess – Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Chess Meetup GroupLet’s play chess at 54th Ave Kava House!7:30 PM
Become A Crypto-Verse-Preneur! Get A Free NFT!Become A Crypto-Verse-Preneur!7:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom7:45 PM

Wednesday, December 21

GroupEvent NameTime
Toastmasters Division EWorld Toasters7:10 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Profit Partners Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking – Entrepreneurs of Color8:00 AM
Bootstrappers Breakfast® – Tampa Bay AreaEast Coast Bootstrappers Breakfast®8:30 AM
ManageEngine’s Cybersecurity MeetupsTracking Windows user logon 10111:00 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayOnline Mastermind 3rd. Wednesday11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersBrandon Networking Professionals Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonSarasota Business Networking Lunch All Welcome, Just purchase Lunch!11:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Brandon Business Professionals Just Love Coffee11:30 AM
Bradenton/Sarasota Networking Meetings and MixersBusiness Networking Lunch11:30 AM
National Association of Entrepreneurs Mastermind GroupNational Association of Entrepreneurs Mastermind Group Meeting11:30 AM
Web Design And SEO/SEM Three Sixty DegreesWeb Design And SEO/SEM Three Sixty Degrees12:00 PM
Tampa Startup Founder 101AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan1:00 PM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netPort Richey Professional Networking at NerdQuest Cafe inside Gulf View Mall1:30 PM
TampaBayNetworkers15+30 Virtual Networking2:45 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
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Hobby Night – Minis Painting Tips & Tricks at Armada Games6:00 PM
DigitalDeLandDigital DeLand Monthly Meeting6:00 PM
InFLOWential Leader & Entrepreneur Community SocialInFLOWential Leader & Entrepreneur Community Social6:00 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Deadwords Brewing6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarBlood on the Clocktower & Board Games! (Deadwords Brewing Location)6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesBoard Game Night6:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”Winter Solstice Wine Wednesday bitch @ Draculas legacy6:00 PM
The Weirder Things Book ClubDark Matter by Blake Crouch finish6:30 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaShut Up & Write!® [Tampa / Sorrento Sweets] – IN PERSON6:30 PM
Design St. PeteDesign St. Pete – Holiday Happy Hour6:30 PM
Tampa Hackerspace3D Printing Orientation: Models and Slicers7:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupSmartphone Trivia Game Show at Wilders Pizza7:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Bitcoin[Virtual] Tampa Bay Bitcoin Meetup: News, Markets, & Community7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildNew Beginnings & Old Rivalries7:00 PM
Central Florida CitySecCigarCitySec Meetup7:00 PM
Agile OrlandoThe Agile Un-Book Lean Beer7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
Comics, Animation and etc.Far Sector9:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsBrandon Business Professionals IN Person!!!!11:30 PM

Thursday, December 22

GroupEvent NameTime
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeHappy Hangar Early Bird Professionals Networking7:30 AM
TampaBayNetworkersSuncoast Networkers8:30 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!The 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
Orlando Cybersecurity Meetup5 incident response tips derived from cyberattacks in 202211:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!11:00 AM
WEB3CFL -Art – Music – Gaming -Bitcoin -Crypto -BlockchainCrypto Set-up Class -Limited to 5 Seats Only11:00 AM
ManageEngine’s Cybersecurity Meetups2 core concepts of Identity Management11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsClearwater/Central Pinellas Networking Lunch11:00 AM
Business Game Changers GroupClearwater Professional Networking Lunch11:00 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Power Lunch – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa, Business ProfessionalsWesley Chapel Professional Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeWesley Chapel Professional Networking Lunch at Chuck Lager America’s Tavern11:30 AM
“Learn and Earn” Millionaire Mind Secrets & NetworkingOnline Zoom! Millionaire Mind Lunch; Book Club and Networking!12:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Commander Open Play Night at Armada Games1:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Bunkers Bar of Sun City Center Smartphone Trivia Game Show4:00 PM
Summerfield Board/Card Game NightSummerfield Tabletop/Board/Card Games6:00 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D and Rifts (Palladium) Group2nd ed. AD&D Campaign.6:00 PM
Social & Networking EventSocial/Networking Event6:00 PM
Hosted By Magic the Gathering Tampa/Brandon/St PeteNerdy Needs (Casual Thursday Commander Night)6:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupCentral Florida Board Gaming at The Collective6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesWarhammer Night6:00 PM
Tampa Free Writing GroupWriting Meetup6:30 PM
Tampa Writers AllianceTampa Writers Alliance Poetry Group6:30 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersTHURSDAY Game Night @ Brighter Days Brewing Company6:30 PM
YEA Young Entrepreneurs of AmericaYEA: Young Entrepreneur Networking & Mixer6:30 PM
Live streaming production and talentLive streaming production and talent7:00 PM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking – Entrepreneurs of Color7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceLaser Cutter Orientation (Members Only)7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Forex – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Stocks, Options & ETFs (ONLINE)7:00 PM

Friday, December 23

🎄Keep in mind that a number of people schedule their LinkedIn events on “autopilot” and set the for “every 3rd Friday of the month,” or something similar. They often forget to account for holidays. Check with the organizers that an event is actually happening before going!

GroupEvent NameTime
Tampa Bay AgileLean Coffee for All Things Agile (Westshore)7:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!7:45 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Tampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Friday Morning All WElCOME8:45 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!8:45 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayImprove Speaking Skills & Build Confidence9:25 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersFriday Business Introductions!11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsInternational Professionals Networking Meeting11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netFriday International Business Introductions at McAllisters Westshore11:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Friday Business Introductions JOIN us at Cafe Delanie All Welcome11:30 AM
Clermont Nerd GamesBoard Game Night!5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game night at The Strange Realms in Carrollwood Friday, 6 PM6:00 PM
Nerd Night OutTaps & Drafts6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander FNM6:00 PM
Dunnellon Area Board GamersFriday Night Board Gaming6:00 PM
Florida Python NinjasPython Meet and Greet6:00 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Tabletop: Friday Board Game Night7:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Makerspace 3D Printing Guild7:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildCanon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Daiquiri Deck on the Island in Venice7:30 PM
Gen GeekChristmas caroling for a Cause7:30 PM

Saturday, December 24

🎄 Christmas Eve alert: These events are scheduled on LinkedIn and Eventbrite, but there’s no guarantee that they’re actually happening this day. Check with the organizers!

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
Chess RepublicCoffee & Chess: Tampa Midtown9:30 AM
Writers Group at the Haunted Antique ShopWriters Group at the Haunted Antique Shop9:30 AM
Winning The WeekWinning The Week – 4th Meet10:00 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Casual Scrabble PlayScrabble for ALL levels!11:00 AM
Suncoast MakersFREE Fab Lab Orientation1:00 PM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Golf Group – RPG One-Shots6:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsCommunity Hang-out Night7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildTHE ONE-SHOT GUILD7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNB Community Hang-out Night!7:00 PM

Sunday, December 25

🎄 Merry Christmas! Take all of the events listed below with a grain of salt and a big cup of eggnog — they may not actually be happening! Check with the organizers before you go.

GroupEvent NameTime
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyChristmas Morning with Duke and Duchess (Bald Eagles)8:00 AM
There’s A Book For That: Self-Improvement Book ClubWeekly meeting10:00 AM
Suncoast Critical Thinking Discussion GroupHoliday & Human Light Gathering1:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples West Pasco (Boardgames)Weekend Game Day1:00 PM
Beginners Guide to D & D (Tampa Bay area)D&D Adventurers League1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Critical Hit Games2:00 PM
Toastmasters Division EFind Your Funny Toastmaster6:30 PM
Learn-To-Trade Stocks – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Crypto, Forex & Futures (Online)7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Forex – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Forex, Crypto & Futures (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsHidden Gems Night, Presented by A Duck!7:00 PM
Orlando Social Poker ClubTexas Holdem cash games Online every night at 7PM EST7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Crypto – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Cryptos, Forex & Futures (ONLINE)7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNerdBrew Karaoke @ MacDinton’s!8:00 PM
Solana – TampaOffice Hours8:00 PM

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