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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, October 18, 2021)

Here’s your weekly list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events — plus a little area tech news — for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, October 18 through Sunday, October 24, 2021.

This is a weekly service from Tampa Bay’s tech blog, Global Nerdy! For the past four years, I’ve been compiling a list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events happening in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. There’s a lot going on in our scene here in “The Other Bay Area, on the Other West Coast”!

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

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

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

This week’s events

This list includes in-person events as well as online events. The COVID-19 numbers are dropping sharply, but be smart and responsible — get your shots, mask up in crowds, and we can get back to what passes for normal sooner!

Monday, October 18

i-Tech Support, Inc.Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 Bootcamp9:00 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Create a LEGO Video Game 3 Days Class Series – Day 110:00 AM
Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida2021 Florida Cyber ForumTue, Oct 19, 2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsLutz, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa Virtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netVirtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayLive Online Connection Meeting- Monday11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonVirtual Networking Lunch Monday & Wednesday11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs Empower EmpireOffice Hour12:00 PM
Amtgard of Brandon – Falling FirePractice4:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesMagic Mondays5:00 PM
Tampa Bay Geek AssociationLowry Parcade 🎮🕹🏆5:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Wireframes and Prototypes6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Tampa TabletopMonday Feast & Game Night6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!MTG: Commander Open Play (At Critical Hit Games)6:00 PM
Toastmasters Division GRadiant Ridge Toastmasters6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game BoxcarWeekly Game Night! (Lazy Moon Location)6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMTG: Commander Open Play6:00 PM
Beginning Web DevelopmentWeekly Learning Session6:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DACE Advanced Toastmasters Fall Contests6:00 PM
Thoughtful WritingPhilosophy in Writing6:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online HISTORIC] DDAL05-06 – Beneath the Fetid Chelimber6:30 PM
Toastmasters District 48North Port Toastmasters Meets Online!!6:30 PM
Orlando StoicsONLINE: Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek (Part 2)7:00 PM
Toastmasters Division ELakeland (FL) Toastmasters Club #22627:00 PM
Davenport Book ClubOctober Book Club – The Guest List7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsAnime Watch Party7:00 PM
Think Like a Coder!How I use Python and Jupyter Notebook to make the Tampa Bay Tech Events List7:00 PM
Library Book Clubs – OCLSVirtual Event: Hiawassee Book Club7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNerdBrew Party Game Night7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildWorld of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots7:30 PM
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar | Intro to UX/UI Design: User Research8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar | Intro to UX/UI Design: User Research8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
Thinkful Tampa | Careers in TechThinkful Webinar | Intro to UX/UI Design: User Research8:00 PM

Tuesday, October 19

Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netVirtual Networking Breakfast Tuesday & Thursday’s in October7:30 AM
BNI LegendsBNI Legends – Business Networking7:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonTuesday/ Thursday Zoom Breakfast meeting!7:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupTampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Tuesday & Thudsday7:30 AM
Tampa Bay Latin ChamberCafé Con Conexiones7:30 AM to 9:30 AM EDT
BNI Abundance – Winter Park Professional Networking GroupBNI Abundance – Networking, Introductions, and Business Referrals8:00 AM
The 360 Exchange – Winter Garden LocationThe 360 Exchange – Where Referrals Come Full Circle8:00 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Science: The Art of Visualizations9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Science: The Art of Visualizations9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT
Splunk Palm Harbor.conf21 Virtual9:00 AM
E-Community Connect GroupE-Community Networking – Maitland, FL – Online9:00 AM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Create a LEGO Video Game 3 Days Class Series – Day 210:00 AM
Block Co-op – Crypto Blockchain Orlando & Beyond ClubFree Crypto Set-up Workshop -Limited to 5 Seats Only10:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersUpper Pinellas, Oldsmar,Safety Harbor, Westchase Business networking lunch11:00 AM
SWAT Networking – Successful Women Aligning TogetherSWAT Networking Bradenton Luncheon11:00 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupProfessional 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
TampaBayNetworkersJoin the BAYSIDE GROUP for great networking!11:30 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Seminole Referral Pros Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceLadies Entrepreneurs of Dr. Phillips12:00 PM
Manatee River Business Exchange ClubGreat group for referrals – Several new members – WE are growing!!!12:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DPost Toasters Toastmasters Club12:00 PM
Downtown SRQ Happy Hour NetworkingHappy Hour Networking is just that – Networking during Happy Hour!4:00 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 || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Creating A Design System6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Card Game Night at Hammerfall Games and Collectibles6:00 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyMeet & Greet at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant6:00 PM
Tampa Entrepreneurship GroupEntrepreneurship Collaboration at HCC InLab6:00 PM
Tampa Bay SQL Server User Group (TBSSUG)TBSSUG Monthly Meeting6:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayCool Stuff Games: Board game night6:00 PM
Tampa Drones MeetupMicro Drone Night @ AMRoC Fab Lab6:30 PM
Saint Petersburg Book Club Meetup GroupOct Book Club6:30 PM
Black Orlando Tech (BOT)Salesforce Administration Cohort6:30 PM
Toastmasters District 48Spirited Toastmasters6:30 PM
Tampa Investor/Training MeetupTampa Bay Investor Training6:30 PM
Brews N Board GamesBoard Game Night at Castle Church Brewing6:30 PM
West Pasco Toastmasters Club #2824Weekly Meeting6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Moose Lodge 2117 Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
The Sarasota Creative Writers Meetup GroupThe Sarasota Creative Writers6:30 PM
Toastmasters Division EToast of Celebration Toastmasters6:45 PM
Toastmasters Division GSpanglish Toastmasters Club 77037317:00 PM
Library Book Clubs – OCLSLet’s Talk: Geoengineering the Climate: Podcast Discussion Group7:00 PM
Orlando Young SharksRooftop Young Professionals Mastermind7:00 PM
Suncoast GamersBoard Games for fully vaxed7:00 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
TampaBay TimebanksMonthly Meeting in Tampa7:00 PM
SWFL 20s and 30s Social GroupGeneral Knowledge Trivia at The Standard (Downtown Fort Myers)7:00 PM
Women’s Prosperity Network | Volusia CountyOnline | Zoom Networking with a Twist!7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonOnline: Tampa Bay Technology Center (TBTC) Monthly Meeting7:00 PM
Orlando Writer’s Critique GroupOrlando Writer’s Critique Group7:00 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaOnline Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom7:45 PM
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar | Data Analytics: Tools Of The Trade8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar | Data Analytics: Tools Of The Trade8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
Thinkful Tampa | Careers in TechThinkful Webinar | Data Analytics: Tools Of The Trade8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 20

Cigar City ToastmastersCigar City Toastmasters 
Valencia College-Center for Accelerated TrainingValencia College-Advanced Manufacturing Tours 
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking & Professional Development7:00 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI St. Pete Sunrise Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Manasota East Exchange ClubWeekly Meeting7:30 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyCoffee & Photography at O’Keefe’s Restaurant9:00 AM
North Tampa Networking GroupBusiness networking9:00 AM
Suncoast Photo & Video Drone ClubVeterans Memorial Park Oldsmar9:30 AM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupVirtual Event: Create a LEGO Video Game 3 Days Class Series – Day 310:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersBrandon Networking Professionals Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking GroupBrandon Business Professionals Carrabba’s Italian Grill11:30 AM
Entrepreneurs & Business Owners of Sarasota & BradentonVirtual Networking Lunch Monday & Wednesday11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa Business ProfessionalsLutz, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa Virtual Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Excel Basics12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Christian Professionals Network Tampa BayOnline Networking 3rd. Wednesday12:00 PM
Business to Business Networking GroupB2B Networking Event12:00 PM
Success Strategies for Business OwnersFine Tuning Your Business – BMC12:00 PM
TampaBayNetworkersPinellas Sales Force12:00 PM
Tampa Bay WaVETampa Bay Wave CORE Program “Ask Me Anything” Session12:00 PM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs MeetupWednesday Business Networking Lunch New Port Richey at Widow Fleatchers12:30 PM
Heart of Agile St. Pete – Tampa – OrlandoHeart of Agile Weekly Coffee Corner12:30 PM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netNew Port Richey Professional Business Networking Lunch Widow Fletchers12:30 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetDigital Video Editing Class (ONLINE CLASS) -FREE for Hillsborough residents only1:00 PM
Network After Work Tampa – Networking EventsLinkedIn Profile Page and Content Creation Mastery Workshop3:00 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
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[HISTORIC] Storm King’s Thunder Tier 2 – DM Robert5:00 PM
Sarasota Business Exchange ClubWe ARE meeting again at CineBistro5:30 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildWednesday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Learn Digital Marketing With Thinkful6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Learn Digital Marketing With Thinkful6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Critical Hit GamesBoard Game Night6:00 PM
Continuous Improvement Network (CI Net)C.I.NET MeetUp – Let’s Chat6:00 PM
West Orange Comics & Video GamesVS. System Wednesdays6:00 PM
SWFL Hackerspace Beer, Bits & BytesHackerspace Meetup at Millenial Brewing Company6:30 PM
SWFL CodersCode Collab: Hacktoberfest 2021 🎃 ONLINE6:30 PM
Central Florida CitySecCigarCitySec Meetup7:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceOrlando 3D Printing Meetup7:00 PM
Tampa Hackerspace3D Printing Orientation: Models and Slicers7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Wednesday Night DnD at Hammerfall Games and Collectibles7:00 PM
Orlando 3D Printing Meetup3rd Wednesdays: 3D Printing Hangout & Factory Tour7:00 PM
Tampa Bay stock market & real estate investing & networkingPasco County – stock market & real estate investing & networking7:00 PM
Black Orlando Tech (BOT)AWS Cloud Cohort7:00 PM
Toastmasters District 48Carrollwood Toastmasters Meetings now conducted Online using Zoom7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Bitcoin[Virtual] Tampa Bay Bitcoin Meetup: News, Markets, & Community7:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”Wednesday Walkin’7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildNew Beginnings & Old Rivalries7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
GDG SunCoastAndroid Study Jams7:00 PM
The Psych Book Club for MillennialsThe Four Agreements Book Discussion7:30 PM
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar | Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar | Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode challenge bi-weekly coding session8:00 PM
Thinkful Tampa | Careers in TechThinkful Webinar | Intro to HTML & CSS Build Your Own Website8:00 PM

Thursday, October 21

Brandon free Business Networking Events Meetup GroupQuarterly strategy meeting8:00 AM
The 360 Exchange SEMINOLE!The 360 Exchange SEMINOLE!8:00 AM
TampaBayNetworkersSun Coast Networking Meeting8:30 AM
Orlando Unity Developers GroupUnity Fundamentals Class Series – Class 5 – Controlling Animations in Unity10:00 AM
Power Business NetworkingPower Business Networking Thursday 11:45 am 2021 10 2111:45 AM
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Tableau Basics12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro To Data Analytics: Tableau Basics12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Microsoft Tech Talks – FloridaMicrosoft VIVA1:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupSouth Orlando Board Gaming Meetup3:30 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFCCP Weekly Photo Assignment 42: Silhouette5:00 PM
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Free Crash Course: JavaScript Fundamentals6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Free Crash Course: JavaScript Fundamentals6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Tampa SEO & Internet Marketing Meetup with Steve ScottOptimizing Your Site for Multiple Languages with Steve Scott6:00 PM
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceDr. Phillips Chamber Business After Hours6:00 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D Group1st ed AD&D Campaign.6:00 PM
Southwest Florida Board Game MeetupMeetup to Play Board Games6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Microsoft 365 User GroupPragmatic Governance for Microsoft Teams6:00 PM
West Orlando WordPress MeetupThe Business of Building WordPress Sites with Geno Quiroz6:00 PM
We Write Here Black and Women of Color Writing GroupVirtual Writing Get Downs6:00 PM
Tampa Bay AgileLean Beer for All Things Agile (Tampa)6:00 PM
Pasco Options And Derivatives Trading Meetup GroupMonthly Squawk Box Futures and Options Educational Meeting6:00 PM
Power Couples & Singles of OrlandoThrive Thursday LIVE6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Data Science GroupTBDSG: Your Presentation Title HERE!6:30 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupClose-up, Macro Photography and Focus Stacking6:30 PM
Riverview Card, Dice, Dominos and Misc Social Game NightCARD NIGHT — Exploding Kittens!! Bring a Snack and Your Drink of Choice!7:00 PM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorVirtual Business Networking & Professional Development7:00 PM
Tampa Devs3rd Thursday Foodtrucks @ Channelside7:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersTHURSDAY Game Night @ de Bine Brewing Co.7:00 PM
Latinas in dataASK A DATA SCIENTIST PART TWO7:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”CHARITY MEETUP @ DRACULAS WINE BAR7:00 PM
Tampa Hackerspace3D Printer Orientation: Printing at Tampa Hackerspace (THS Members only)7:00 PM
Orlando Lady Developers Meetup[repeating] Server-side Development Study Group – AWS 12 week series8:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || UX/UI Design: Designing A UX Case Study9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Friday, October 22

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
Dr. Phillips Chamber of CommerceFriday Weekly Leads Group of Dr. Phillips FACE-To-FACE Networking8:30 AM
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT
Project Codex: Orlando Junior DevelopersVirtual Coffee9:00 AM
TampaBayNetworkersNetworkers of Integrity and Excellence11:15 AM
Meeple Movers Gaming GroupLet’s Play Games ONLINE on Fridays!5:30 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Intro to JavaScript: Build a Virtual Pet6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to JavaScript: Build a Virtual Pet6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Bruton Memorial LibraryHow to Get Started in Astronomy | Craig MacDougal 
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[Online HISTORIC] Canon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
Simplicity BrandonD&D Adventurers League7:00 PM
► Tampa Bay Young Professionals GroupEvening Hangout on the Waterfront7:30 PM
Geekocracy!The Spice Must Flow: Dune at AMC West Shore7:45 PM
Gen GeekDune8:00 PM

Saturday, October 23

Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to HTML & CSS: Build Your Own Website9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT
West Coast Photo Group34th Annual All British Field Meet & Autojumble9:00 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyLightroom Class at O’Keefe’s in Clearwater — Class 5 of 89:00 AM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode with me – learning sessions weekly on Saturdays10:00 AM
CS Lewis Book ClubOrganizational Meeting10:00 AM
Tampa HackerspaceWood Shop Lathe 101 (Members Only)10:00 AM
Orlando YouTube Meetup GroupOrlando YouTube Group Meetup (October 2021)10:00 AM
James Corwin Johnson Photo ExperienceIntro to Digital Photography Class: Only $2010:00 AM
CS Lewis FansGet started meeting10:00 AM
Tampa Gaming GuildWestern Empires at TGG10:30 AM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Bravo Group Campaign Continues11:00 AM
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Science: Python Fundamentals12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Intro to Data Science: Python Fundamentals12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Tampa Bay Coalition of ReasonOctober – Center for Inquiry’s SHARE Book Club12:00 PM
Writers 4 All Seasons Tampa BayWriters 4 All Seasons Tampa Bay Zoom meeting1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Geek AssociationReplay Museum 🕹🥇1:00 PM
Central Florida Florida Foam Fighting (Fumetsu)Fighter Practice! (Newbies welcome)2:00 PM
WordSmitten Writing WorkshopMeet John Grisham’s Marketing Consultant, John D. Pitts – Amazing!2:00 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupLight Basics – Working with Flash2:30 PM
Orlando StoicsIN PERSON: Lived Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius (Part 4)5:00 PM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Learn Data Science with Thinkful6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Learn Data Science with Thinkful6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Simplicity BrandonCall for Duty Cold War Zombie Apocalypse Tournament7:00 PM
Gen GeekUndead In The Water8:00 PM
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Bootcamp Alumni Success Secrets9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EDT

Sunday, October 24

Shut Up & Write!® St. PetersburgShut Up & Write! – October 24th at the Station House in St Pete10:00 AM
Continuous Improvement Network (CI Net)C.I.NET MeetUp – Kayaking at Weedon Island – Networking on the Water10:30 AM
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Data Science Fundamentals: The Pandas Library12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Data Science Fundamentals: The Pandas Library12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
Tampa Bay Geek AssociationMain Event – Arcades & Fun1:00 PM
Book Reading and DiscussionTRUTH – degrees of probability – Books?2:00 PM
Dialogue and Human Experience.What does the phrase “Be Real” mean to you?2:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsTaps & Drafts2:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DWeekend Toastmasters3:00 PM
Thinkful OrlandoThinkful Webinar || Learn Technical Project Management with Thinkful6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Thinkful TampaThinkful Webinar || Learn Technical Project Management with Thinkful6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildOctober New Player Nights – Various DMs (Tier 1)6:00 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!7:00 PM

Do you have any events or announcements that you’d like to see on this list?

Let me know at joey@joeydevilla.com!

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Tonight’s developer meetups (Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021)

Here are the developer meetups in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas that I think you might find interesting and useful. All of them are online!

Women Who Code Tampa — Lightning Talks (6:30 p.m.)

From their Meetup page:

Ever wanted to give a tech talk? Did you build something cool and want to share it? Want to workshop a presentation? Then this event is perfect for you!

A lightning talk is a short presentation. For this event, we are looking for about 6 people to give 10 minute talks with about 5 minutes for questions at the end of the presentation. We are looking for both technical and non technical talks related to programming, career support, education, or other relevant topics. Preference will be given to those giving their first presentation, but we will accept any level.

Tonight’s topics:

  • Breaking to Building: Bug Bounty Hunting for Developers (Justin Hurt)
  • How to Get Hired Fast After Tech Bootcamps (John Swartz)
  • The Importance of Hiring Women in Tech (Angelica Chadwick)
  • Git: Rewriting History with Interactive Rebase (Lydia Hendricks)
  • Life Lessons with Leonardo da Vinci (Vicki Tiller)
  • 3 Tips to Seed Up Your Website (Tameera Corporal)

For more details about this event, see its Meetup page.

Suncoast Developers Guild’s Open Code (7:00 p.m.)

Hey, Tampa Bay developers — come meet your local peers at Suncoast Developers Guild’s Open Code! It’s where local people who work with code can get together, bounce ideas off each other, ask questions or look for help, and get to know each other. This is the kind of get-together that makes a city a tech hub.

From their Meetup page:

We don’t have any particular format, and we won’t be doing any presentations. But we do a brief round of introductions at about 7:15 just to help break the ice and get to know each other a bit.

For more details about this event, see its Meetup page.

GDG SunCoast — Android Study Jams (7:00 p.m.)

From their page:

Each week we will learn a bit more in our journey to become Android developers.

We begin by building different Android apps with the Kotlin programming language. This includes creating multiple layouts and adding user interactivity to our Android apps. We define navigation paths and start an external activity. You will learn how handle complex lifecycle situations and add logging.

We continue our journey by learning about architecture components, such as ViewModel and LiveData. We create a database using the Room library. And display a list of clickable items with RecyclerView. We will load and display data from the internet. Making our app more accessible for all users.

In the final weeks we learn the more advanced techniques of building Android apps using libraries, testing, Jetpack and more to increase the quality of your app

For more details about this event, see this page.

Orlando Elixir Users Group — Functional Data Structures in Elixir (7:00 p.m.)

From their Meetup page:

In this talk, presented by AJ, we will learn how Elixir lays out structures in memory, and how it behaves when we transform data immutably. Then, we’ll use this knowledge to guide how we choose data structures for a real world app.

For more details about this event, see its Meetup page.

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Tonight @ St. Pete .NET Meetup: “Get Git in 45 minutes with Jesse Liberty”

Want to make sure that you really understand Git and all its workings? Want to learn from someone who really knows their stuff? Then join tonight’s St. Pete .NET Meetup virtual session with Jesse Liberty, who’ll start with the basics, but ramp up to cover advanced topics such as rebasing, interactive rebasing, and bisect (which is for finding the commit that broke your code).

When I needed to brush up on my C++ during the dot-com boom, I had Stroustrup’s book, but it was this Jesse Liberty C++ book that was my true guide…

…and when I got a developer relations job at Microsoft in late 2008 and had to relearn C# in a hurry, I turned to this Jesse Liberty book:

So along with his Microsoft and Xamarin MVP credentials, and his courses for Pluralsight, LinkedIn Learning, and Packt, there’s also my endorsement (for what it’s worth) that he can teach tricky tech topics in a way that makes it “stick”.

Catch Get Git in 45 minutes with Jesse Liberty ONLINE at St. Pete .NET Meetup, tonight at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.!

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Career Meetups

The power of friendship

Having skills is only part of the game. Because life is a team sport, connections matter too!

Want to harness the power of friendship?

Then you’ll want to catch this online panel, State of The Tampa Tech Scene, where you’ll find me and other organizers behind Tampa’s influential startups and meetups talking about the current state of technology and the tech industry, as well as how you can get involved and grow your network. Find out more on the event’s Meetup page.

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Synapse panel: “A Tactical Approach to Supplier Diversity” (Tuesday, September 28)

Synapse, the Florida-focused innovation hub based in Tampa behind events such as Synapse Summit, are hosting a panel discussion event tomorrow (Tuesday, September 28) at 4:30 p.m. titled A Tactical Approach to Supplier Diversity.

It’s a hybrid event — both in-person and virtual. I’ll be attending virtually.

Here’s their description:

Businesses with diverse partners are empircally more successful. But, the roadmap for building a strong and diverse network of partners and suppliers is not always clear. Join us for a tactical conversation about putting best intentions into best practices.

Here are the panelists:

  • Jocelyn Azada is the director of Business Diversity, Supply Chain ESG, and Risk at Nielsen. She’s passionately committed to creating solutions for environmental and social challenges through the power of procurement and global supply chains. She was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the development of the ISO Standard for Sustainable Procurement, ISO 20400, and is on the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Coalition. She also represents Nielsen as a founding member of the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition, a global network of leading companies including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, creating digital jobs for people with limited access to these opportunities.

  • A South Florida native, Avril Stinson moved to Tampa 18 years ago. Seasoned in investor/sponsor relations, and program management, she brings years of investor relations and sponsor engagement knowledge to the Tampa Bay Chamber. Stinson is passionate about powerful community support development and entrepreneurship, in addition to networking, programming, and strategic leadership within organizations.

    Stinson has previously worked at Tampa Bay Wave, as Director of Development, and at the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, as the Investor Relations Director, leading their investor engagement and programming efforts. Additionally, Stinson holds a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree from Marshall University in Counseling. Stinson was also an integral member of the Junior League of Tampa’s Marketing and Diversity Committees, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for MetArena, the social media app for indie game studios, and Mentoring with Purpose Charity, as well as mentoring for USF’s Black Leadership Network. Stinson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Business Development Corporation, as well as the Synapse Impact Board and is a founding member of the Synapse Inclusion Lives Here Committee. She recently joined Hillsborough Community College’s Art Gallery – Advisory Committee, as well as The Tampa Museum of Art’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Avril is a founding member of the Synapse Impact Board’s Inclusion Lives Here Committee.

  • Nikki Pardo is the founder of Global Alliance Solutions, a consulting company that offers simulation-based customized diversity training for corporations, non-profit agencies, school districts, and law enforcement agencies. She also is co-founder of The Pack, a community-based project that hosts conversations linked to inclusion, equity and community throughout Detroit. Nikki has been featured in several publications, received Corp! Magazine’s Diversity Business Leader Award for 2017, facilitates trainings across the country, and is a trusted consultant on the topic of diversity, equity, inclusion, and implicit bias.

    Nikki was appointed to the FBI-Detroit Division – Multi-Cultural Advisory Council, and is a graduate of the FBI Detroit Citizens Academy. She was also appointed to the Princeton University Prize in Race Relations – Detroit Committee, is a graduate of the New Detroit-The Coalition’s Multicultural Leadership Fellowship, and the national fellowship Seeking Education Equity and Diversity (SEED). She has served on numerous boards, and currently serves on Birmingham’s Race Relations and Diversity Task Force Board, and the Board of the Hispanic Police Officer Association – Detroit Chapter.

    Nikki is an avid researcher and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Management/Leadership, a Master of Science in Administration degree with a concentration in International Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree. She is also a nationally certified Global Career Development Facilitator, a member of the National Career Development Association, the National Diversity Council, and a Michigan-certified mediator. Nikki is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Jack and Jill of America – Oakland County Chapter.

  • Cesar Hernandez – Managing Director + CEO of Omni Public, Synapse Impact Board Member & President, Tampa Bay Latin Chamber – is a public affairs and public relations professional specializing in helping individuals/companies introduce and deploy new technologies, concepts, and ideas into the marketplace and engage with government, media, and industry.

    He has worked with government agencies, public officials, political candidates, and past clients to interact with the media and launch initiatives with disruptive companies such as Tesla, Google, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Bird, and IBM.

  • Lauren Prager is privileged to meet the incredible and diverse talent across Florida’s innovation communities in her role as Synapse’s VP of Community Engagement. As a result, she cultivates strategic partnerships that strengthen innovation across the state. She also curates the stories that are shaping Florida’s growth and showcasing our talent on the various Synapse stages hosted virtually in in person throughout the year.

Find out more about the event and register on its EventBrite page.

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The “Think Like a Coder!” meetup: Monday, October 4

I’m bringing back my Tampa-based programming meetup! It used to be Tampa iOS Meetup, and then Programmers of Portables, but I’m broadening its coverage and renamed it Think Like a Coder!

Think Like a Coder! is a meetup with a mission, which is to help with the programmer’s biggest challenge: How do you apply what you’ve learned about programming to actually write programs? How do you take what you’ve learned about loops, branches, functions, objects, and so on and turn them into applications?

During each meetup, we’ll take on a problem and try to solve it with code. As with my other meetups, these will be “code along with me” exercises — we’ll all learn by doing.

The meetup’s first session will take place ONLINE on Monday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m., and the exercise will be to answer a very “Florida” question: Are Publix subs on sale?

This session will cover scraping — the process of reading the contents of web pages — and then performing actions based on those contents. We’ll work together in JavaScript (and possibly Python) to look at how we can write a program that can answer the question “Are Publix subs on sale?”.

Join us ONLINE on Monday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. for the first session of Think Like a Coder!