Current Events Meetups Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events (Week of Monday, January 9, 2023)

Here’s the list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the second week of 2023: Monday, January 9 through the Sunday, January 15, 2023. Welcome to the first full work week of 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

Monday, January 9

Group Event Name Time
Florida Center for Creative Photography Monday Morning PhotoWalk at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve 8:30 AM
Florida Agile – Helping You Achieve Business Agility! LIVE Certified ScrumMaster Workshop – Tampa, FL 8:30 AM
Women Who Code Tampa WWCode Days of Code Challenge: An Ongoing Online Coding Event 9:00 AM
Florida Agile – Helping You Achieve Business Agility! Leading SAFe 5.1 Certification Course – Online Via ZOOM 10:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect! In person at Fords Garage St Pete 11:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business Connections Downtown St Pete Business Professionals Lunch 11:00 AM
Clean Fiction Writers of Central Florida Writing Publishing & Marketing Your Book 11:00 AM
Option Trading Strategies (Tampa Bay area) Meetup Group Option Trading Strategies Meetup (Online) 11:00 AM
Christian Professionals Network Tampa Bay Live Online Connection Meeting- Monday 11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with St. Pete Networking Lunch! Fords Garage! Monday’s 11:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect! Start the Week with more connections! JOIN us at Cafe Delanie All Welcome 11:30 AM
Tampa Startup Founder 101 SEO Basics for Startups with Nick Jordan 1:00 PM
Second Chance Events – Tampa Learn How to Create a Super Easy Second Income on LinkedIn 3:00 PM
Evolve Events with Us – Tampa How to Create an extraordinary easy Passive Monthly Second Income on Linkedin 3:00 PM
SCIPS, a 50+ Tampa Bay Singles Club EUCHRE, Rummy Q and other Board Games for ENTHUSIASTIC GAME PLAYERS 4:00 PM
Tampa St Pete Stocks and Options Trading Group Success in Stagflation: Learn to Protect Your Wealth 4:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/Internet YouTube Basics (ONLINE CLASS) – FREE for Hillsborough County Residents 4:00 PM
Entrepreneurs & Startups – Bradenton Networking & Education Sara Hand: A Game for Change: Recombinant Innovation 5:30 PM
Brews N Board Games Board Game Night at Persimmon Hollow Flamingo Crossings 6:00 PM
Orlando Bitcoin Maximalists Orlando Bitcoin Maximalists Meetup 6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Tabletoppers Monday Feast & Game Night 6:00 PM
Critical Hit Games MTG: Commander Night 6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more! Casual Pokemon League at Nerdy Needs 6:00 PM
Board Game Meetup: Board Game Boxcar Monday Weekly Board Game Night! (Lazy Moon Colonial Location) 6:00 PM
Shut Up & Write!® Orlando Shut Up & Write!® Dr. Phillips/Orlando 6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz Meetup Trivia Night – Off the Wagon Kitchen & Brewery Smartphone Trivia Game Show 6:30 PM
Hosted By Tampa# – C# and .NET Group Code Challenge [Virtual] 6:30 PM
Orlando Social Poker Club Texas Holdem cash games Online every night at 7PM EST 7:00 PM
Library Book Clubs – OCLS Virtual Event: Southeast Book Club 7:00 PM
Tampa Hackerspace Introduction to Fusion 360 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 Pros Members as far back as 2008 can access their photos 7:00 PM
Orlando Stoics ONLINE: “Stoicism, Ellis, & Beck” (Part 2) 7:00 PM
North Florida Stock Investing Education North Florida Chapter Model Investment Club 7:30 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards Guild World of Greyhawk: 1E One-Shots 7:30 PM
Bitcoiners of Southwest Florida Where is Bitcoin Going? 9:00 PM
Civo Navigate takes place in Tampa’s Armature Works in February!
Find out about this conference and how you can attend for 50% off.

Tuesday, January 10

GroupEvent NameTime
Tampa Free Writing GroupWriting Meetup6:30 PM
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
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Sisters in CrimeIN-PERSON and ONLINE FLGC SinC Monthly Chapter Meeting10:30 AM
Shut Up & Write!® St. PetersburgShut Up & Write! – Starbucks in DTSP10:00 AM
Clean Fiction Writers of Central FloridaWriting Publishing & Marketing Your Book11:00 AM
Shut Up & Write!® OrlandoShut Up & Write!® Dr. Phillips/Orlando6:30 PM
Business Strategy Meetup GroupBusiness Networking7:15 AM
Tampa Cybersecurity TrainingHow to Bounce Back from a Layoff because Luck is NOT a Strategy10:00 AM
Orlando Digital Media Design MeetupOnline Class – Adobe Illustrator Level 110:00 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 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
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Referral Pros Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa, Business ProfessionalsNew Tampa Networking Lunch at Glory Day’s Grill New Tampa11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netNew Tampa RGA Chapter ~ Glory Days Meet your next referral partner!11:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeProfessional Business Networking Lunch Glory Day’s New Tampa11:30 AM
Tampa Bay IRA Investing GroupTHE SECURE ACT 2.0—WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW12:00 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
Evolve Events with Us – TampaHow To Start An Online Business In 2023 And Form A Success-Oriented Mindset3:00 PM
Free Video Production Classes – TV/InternetSocial Video Marketing Tips(ONLINE CLASS)-FREE for Hillsborough County Residents4:30 PM
St. Pete Social Club “SPSC”Cryptocurrency/NFT/Web3.0 Happy Hour5:30 PM
Young Professionals in Orlando Young Professional Network & Social @ Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company5:30 PM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyMeet & Greet at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant6:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildDDAL05-xx Storm King’s Thunder Tier 3 (Continued)6:00 PM
NFT and web3 Meetup GroupMusic in the Metaverse: How NFTs Are Shifting the Industry6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesMarvel Crisis Protocol Night6:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWeekly Open Make Night6:00 PM
The Sarasota Creative Writers Meetup GroupThe Sarasota Creative Writers6:30 PM
Hosted By Young Entrepreneurs of America YEA Meetup GroupYEA Young Entrepreneur Meetup! Seminar & Networking6:30 PM
Florida Podcasters AssociationFlorida Podcasters Association General Meeting!!!6:30 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Moose Lodge 2117 Smartphone Trivia Game Show6:30 PM
Tampa eMarketing GroupsLearn About Podcasting and How to Monetize Your Interest!6:30 PM
Crypto & NFT Investor’s Club–Sarasota/Bradenton ChapterFacilitated Discussion on Cryptocurrency/NFT/Web3.07:00 PM
Tampa Bay Wargaming SocietyFallout Wasteland Warfare: The Vestiges Resurgent7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Armada Games7:00 PM
Orlando Horror Movie Fans 20s-30sMΞGAN7:00 PM
Central Florida Books and BrewsLet’s Meetup and Discuss “The Last House on Needless Street” by Catriona Ward7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceElectronics Meetup7:00 PM
St. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games for Young AdultsSt. Pete Beers ‘n Board Games Meetup for Young Adults7:00 PM
Florida AWS Security Users Meetup GroupPenTesting.Cloud – Challenge Walk Throughs7:00 PM
Lakeland Note Investing GroupLakeland Note Investing Meetup Group7:00 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
Bitcoiners of Southwest FloridaTrading Tuesday8:00 PM

Wednesday, January 11

GroupEvent NameTime
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Profit Partners Chapter – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals7:30 AM
Greater Brandon Chamber of CommerceBrandon’s Wonder Women Power Hour8:00 AM
Data, Cloud and AI in TampaCulture Revolution for a new Digital Age of Trusted AI8:00 AM
1 Million Cups – Orlando1 Million Cups – Orlando Weekly Meetup8:30 AM
Florida Agile – Helping You Achieve Business Agility!LIVE Advanced Certified ScrumMaster Workshop – Tampa, FL8:30 AM
Network After Work Tampa – Networking EventsReal Success Live Online Summit8:30 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyCoffee & Photography at O’Keefe’s Family Restaurant in Clearwater9:00 AM
Orlando Cybersecurity MeetupThe top-5 correlation rules to master threat detection in your network11:00 AM
ManageEngine’s Cybersecurity MeetupsAttacking AD by abusing DNS vulnerabilities11:00 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netIn Person Networking BRANDON! Just Love Coffee Cafe – Brandon FL11:15 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
Orlando Professional Networking Meetup GroupOrlando Networking Lunch11:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Brandon Business Professionals Just Love Coffee11:30 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsBrandon Business Professionals IN Person!!!!11:30 AM
Web Design And SEO/SEM Three Sixty DegreesWeb Design And SEO/SEM Three Sixty Degrees12:00 PM
Tampa Startup Founder 101How To Identify a Viable Business Idea (Online)1:00 PM
Board Game Players ClubBoard game playing1:00 PM
Professional Women’s MeetupHappy Hour & Networking3:00 PM
The Tampa Chapter of the Society for the Exploration of PlayPlaying Games in the Alley5:00 PM
Hosted By North St Pete, Member Driven, Fun Social Group!St Pete Innovation District – State of Science 20235:00 PM
Brandon BoardgamersBoard Gaming – In Person5:00 PM
Central Florida CitySecSwanCitySec Meetup5:00 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildWednesday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Sarasota Business Exchange ClubWe ARE meeting again at Rusty Bucket Restaurant5:30 PM
Orlando Volunteers!Network and Discuss Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities5:30 PM
Saint Pete BoardgamersBoard Game Night!6:00 PM
Suncoast Critical Thinking Discussion GroupCritical thinkers dinner at Chinese Super buffet on fruitville RD6:00 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s Guild[HISTORIC] Durlag’s Tower Tier 3 – DM Robert6:00 PM
Eccentricity Club (Foodies and Fun)Korean at Korea House in Longwood6:15 PM
Shut Up & Write!® TampaShut Up & Write!® [Tampa] – IN PERSON6:30 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupCamera Basics6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Inventors Council – www.TampaBayInventors.orgTampa Bay Inventors Council – bi-monthly Meetup6:30 PM
Tampa Writers AllianceTampa Writers Alliance Critique Group6:30 PM
SWFL CodersChatGPT for Coders 🤖6:30 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Makerspace Art Of Electronics Guild7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!MtG Modern Constructed at Armada Games7:00 PM
Writers of Central Florida or ThereaboutsThe Short Attention Span Storytelling Hour7:00 PM
Geekocracy!Book Club – The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi7:00 PM
Nerd Night OutGames & Grog – Party Games Social Night7:00 PM
Suncoast Developers GuildOpen Code7:00 PM
Broward Drupal Users GroupCall for presenters7:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildNew Beginnings & Old Rivalries7:00 PM
Castaways Euchre ClubCastaways Euchre Club7:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupSmartphone Trivia Game Show at Wilders Pizza7:00 PM
Florida Writer’s Association / OrlandoFlorida Writer’s Association / Orlando7:00 PM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode challenge bi-weekly coding session8:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesWerewolf9:00 PM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsCarollwood Professionals Networking Lunch!11:30 PM
The Art Of Photography – Tampa/Gulf Coast ChapterTechnique WED 2/1 at 7 PM – AN OVERVIEW OF BASIC COMPOSITION by LYNNE MASS7:00 PM

Thursday, January 12

GroupEvent NameTime
Tampa Bay BitcoinBitcoin Social7:30 PM
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
TampaBayNetworkersSuncoast Networkers8:30 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 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
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsClearwater/Central Pinellas Networking Lunch11:00 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpPinellas County’s Largest Networking Lunch and your invited!11:00 AM
ManageEngine’s Cybersecurity MeetupsBuild a holistic hybrid identity management system11:00 AM
Florida Startup: Idea to IPOHow to Cut Product Development Costs by up to 50%!11:00 AM
Business Professionals of Pinellas, Pasco & HillsboroughClearwater Professional Networking Lunch11:00 AM
Network Professionals Inc. of South Pinellas (NPI)NPI Power Lunch – Exchange Qualified Business Referrals11:30 AM
Downtown Networking Community by Serendipity Labs OrlandoLunch and Learn: Your Healthiest You -Making 2023 the Year of Lasting Change11:30 AM
Orlando Digital Media Design MeetupOnline Class – Adobe Illustrator Level 411:30 AM
Pasco County Young Entrepreneurs/Business Owners All WelcomeWesley Chapel Professional Networking Lunch at Chuck Lager America’s Tavern11:30 AM
Wesley Chapel, Trinity, New Tampa, Business ProfessionalsWesley Chapel Professional Networking Lunch11:30 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
Data, Cloud and AI in TampaCulture Revolution for a new Digital Age of Trusted AI3:30 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
Indian Rocks Beach D&D 5e Meetup GroupCurse of Strahd Session 46:00 PM
Sarasota Strategy Board Game LeagueTerraforming Mars – Thursday January 126:00 PM
Orlando Board Gaming Weekly MeetupCentral Florida Board Gaming at The Collective6:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesWarhammer Night6:00 PM
The Pinellas County Young “Professionals”2023 Happy Hour – Bar Chinchilla6:00 PM
Southwest Florida Board Game MeetupMeetup to Play Board Games6:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples the Social Tabletop (Board) GamersSpecial Edition Thursday Game Night @ Southern Lights6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Area Book ClubSecond Thursday Virtual Book Club Meeting6:30 PM
Tampa Bay UX GroupThe TBUX Revival Social6:30 PM
Tampa Bay Women in AgileLeadership Evolution and the Opportunities Women Bring to Business & Innovation6:30 PM
Real Life Trading – Tampa FLRLT Tampa Stock Trading Meetup7:00 PM
Tampa HackerspaceWoodshop Tool Sign Off-Jointer, Planer, & Bandsaw (Members Only)7:00 PM
Tampa Bay BitcoinBitdevs7:00 PM
Hosted By IIBA Tampa BayBABOK IIBA Tampa Bay Study Group7:00 PM
Tampa Bay Business Builders MeetupSaint Petersburg Business Builders7:00 PM
Communication Skills for Interviews and LifeHow to Increase Your Confidence and Communication7:00 PM
Live streaming production and talentLive streaming production and talent7:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Stocks – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Forex, Crypto & Futures (Online)7:00 PM
Sunshine Social Deduction GamingBotC night at Hourglass Brewery at the Hourglass District7:00 PM
Ladies Connect!Mobile Creation (vision board alternative)7:00 PM

Friday, January 13

GroupEvent NameTime
Agile OrlandoVirtual “2nd Fridays” Lean Coffee Orlando7:30 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
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Tampa Young Professionals Virtual Networking Friday Morning All WElCOME8:45 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netA.C.T. Acquire Connections Today Morning Business Networking All Welcome!8:45 AM
NTi Port Richey, FLNTi New Port Richey – Business Referral Network9:00 AM
Project CodexVirtual Coffee9:00 AM
Tampa / St Pete Business ConnectionsInternational Professionals Networking Meeting11:30 AM
Powerful Women NetworkingWINTER PARK: Join us for outrageous connection, growth and networking too!11:30 AM
Professional Business Networking with RGAnetwork.netFriday International Business Introductions at McAllisters Westshore11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Happy Hour/Meetings/Meet UpInternational Networking Westshore McAlisters Deli11:30 AM
Tampa Bay Business Networking Meetings & MixersMonday Business Introductions11:30 AM
Young Professionals Networking JOIN in and Connect!Start the Week with more connections! JOIN us at Cafe Delanie All Welcome11:30 AM
Enjoy the Crypto Space without the Roller CoasterPAMM Account Overview Zoom2:00 PM
Clermont Nerd GamesBoard Game Night!5:00 PM
Women In Tech OrlandoChaotic Book Chat- Special Edition (Friday the 13th)5:30 PM
Meeple Movers Gaming GroupLet’s Play Games ONLINE on Fridays!5:30 PM
Tampa Gaming GuildFriday Board Game Night5:30 PM
Hosted By Magic the Gathering Tampa/Brandon/St PeteCommander Night6:00 PM
Dunnellon Area Board GamersFriday Night Board Gaming6:00 PM
Self-Perfected OrlandoGROWTH MINDSET6:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsTaps & Drafts6:00 PM
Orlando Horror Movie Fans 20s-30sAMERICAN IDIOTS Concert on Friday the 13th6:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!Board Game night at The Strange Realms in Carrollwood Friday, 6 PM6:00 PM
New Wealth CoLab | Real Estate Investing WorkspaceWeb 3.0, Digital Assets & Blockchain Networking6:30 PM
Orlando Adventurer’s GuildCanon’s Custom Campaign Moonsea Tour – DM Canon (Tier 3)7:00 PM
MakerFX MakerspaceMakerFX Maskerspace Laser Guild7:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesDominaria Remastered Launch Party Draft7:00 PM
Tampa – Sarasota – Venice Trivia & Quiz MeetupTrivia Night – Daiquiri Deck on the Island in Venice7:30 PM
Orlando Financial Literacy NetworkHow to give yourself a 46% raise9:00 PM

Saturday, January 14

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 PhotographyFREE – Learn Your Camera Series, Part 1 – Aperture9:00 AM
Florida Agile – Helping You Achieve Business Agility!SAFe Scrum Master 5.1 Certification Course – Online via ZOOM9:30 AM
Chess RepublicSaturday Chess at Wholefoods in Midtown, Tampa9:30 AM
Writers Group at the Haunted Antique ShopWriters Group at the Haunted Antique Shop9:30 AM
Passive Real Estate Investing Network of Tampa BayDouble Your Income in 52 Weeks: Millionaire Wealth Principles10:00 AM
Learn EntrepreneurshipFinally, First Online Meet Jan. 14th (In-Person Feb. 4th 2023)10:00 AM
Tampa HackerspaceWood Shop Router Table 101 (Members Only)10:00 AM
The Art Of Photography – Tampa/Gulf Coast ChapterSAT 1/14 at 10 AM FREE ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY CRITIQUE PROGRAM10:00 AM
Orlando Lady Developers MeetupCode with me – learning sessions weekly on Saturdays10:00 AM
Learn EntrepreneurshipLaunch Meetup Virtual on Zoom10:00 AM
Learn EntrepreneurshipFirst Virtual Meeting, Sat., Jan. 14, 202310:00 AM
Orlando Melrose MakersIn-Person: Makerspace Open Lab10:30 AM
Tampa Options Trading Group for Monthly IncomeThe Ultimate Side Hustle: Day Trading the SPX11:00 AM
North Florida Stock Investing EducationBetterInvesting Yankee Model Investment Club Meeting11:00 AM
Oviedo Middle Aged Gamers (OMAG)Bravo Group Campaign Continues11:00 AM
Business Networking for Entrepreneurs of ColorHow to Have Your Best Year While Everyone Else is Scared11:00 AM
Tampa Gaming GuildSaturday Gaming11:00 AM
Very Simple IntrovertNo Pressure Ever: The opportunity to write, speak, listen, and/or share.1:00 PM
Saint Pete BoardgamersLearn to play Star Wars Legion!1:00 PM
Suncoast MakersFREE Fab Lab Orientation1:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNNO Book Club: A Psalm for the Wild-Built1:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesStar Wars Legion: Demo & Casual Play1:00 PM
Tampa Amazon Seller Meetup GroupTop Tips to Crush Competition with Product Launches1:00 PM
St. Pete Short Video Projects Meetup GroupJoin us for our first puppet show at the Multimedia studio2:00 PM
Central Florida Florida Foam Fighting (Fumetsu)Fighter Practice! (Newbies welcome)2:00 PM
Bradenton Photo GroupBoudoir Photography with Billy “D” Dzwonkowski3:30 PM
Bitcoin OrlandoMonthly Bitcoin: Q and A4:30 PM
Esports Players Club TampaFortnite Zone Wars Solo5:30 PM
Eccentricity Club (Foodies and Fun)Baby Back Ribs @ Oakwood Restaurant6:00 PM
Central Florida AD&D (1st ed.) Grognards GuildTHE ONE-SHOT GUILD7:00 PM
Nerdbrew EventsCommunity Hang-out Night7:00 PM

Sunday, January 15

GroupEvent NameTime
Bradenton Photo GroupSunrise over the Skyway7:00 AM
Florida Center for Creative PhotographyFree – Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Class – Part 29:00 AM
The Art Of Photography – Tampa/Gulf Coast ChapterSUN 1/15 at 10 AM FREE ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY CRITIQUE PROGRAM10:00 AM
Geekocracy!Geeks Go Manatee Looking & Food After10:00 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
Sarasota Strategy Board Game LeagueDIPLOMACY! Sunday Jan 15 at Descent into Gaming12:00 PM
Gen GeekBoyd Hill hike12:00 PM
Beginners Guide to D & D (Tampa Bay area)D&D Adventurers League1:00 PM
Drunk’n Meeples West Pasco (Boardgames)Weekend Game Day1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Gaming: RPG’s, Board Games & more!D&D Adventurers League at Critical Hit Games2:00 PM
Chess RepublicSunday Chess at Grassroots Kava House in Ybor2:00 PM
Critical Hit GamesD&D Adventurers League2:00 PM
Toastmasters, Division DWeekend Toastmasters3:00 PM
Brandon and Seffner area AD&D and Rifts (Palladium) GroupRifts5:00 PM
Learn-To-Trade Forex – Online (As seen on Orlando Sentinel)Learn-To-Trade Forex, Crypto & 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
Nerdbrew EventsHidden Gems Night, Presented by A Duck!7:00 PM
Enjoy the Crypto Space without the Roller CoasterPAMM Account Overview Zoom8:00 PM
Nerd Night OutNerdBrew Karaoke @ MacDinton’s!8:00 PM
Solana – TampaOffice Hours8:00 PM

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This Monday at TechTalksTO: Edward and Daniel from Shopify Talk Open Data!

Edward and Daniel on Open Data

If you’re into Open Data and in the Toronto area on Monday, you’ll want to catch my fellow Shopifolks Edward Ocampo-Gooding and Daniel Beauchamp at TechTalksTO. They’re going to be talking about how you can (and should) write apps that make use of open data — that’s public information that’s been put online in a form that applications that use, crunch and mash up. It’s out there, it’s free, and it’s there for the public good, so get out there and make the most of it!

Here’s the description of the event:

  • Wondering what your next big project should be?
  • Need some ideas for new and innovative features?

Work on something that matters. You’re bright and hungry to sink your teeth into using new tech all the time. Instead of making yet another X, build something for yourself and for your neighbours & city. Do it with open data: public records now online in an easily hackable form.

Edward and Daniel will talk about how making cool and interesting art & tools backed by open data has catapulted Ottawa hackers into the limelight with coverage & support from the City of Ottawa, CBC, newspapers, local radio and TV stations, and a *lot* of citizens. We’ll show you what’s worked for us, what the scene is like and how you can make open data work for you in your city.

Edward Ocampo-Gooding’s awesome titles include Developer Advocate at Shopify (talk to me about APIs and apps) and lead Organizer at Open Data Ottawa (talk to me about APIs and apps). Daniel Beauchamp is a developer at Shopify and one of the core members of Open Data Ottawa. Along with Edward, he has given several talks on open data, and has recently helped organize a hackfest spanning 76 cities worldwide.

Edward and Daniel’s TechTalk takes place this Monday, May 9th from 6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, just east of Dufferin). Admission is $3.00 (free for students) and if you want to attend, you need to register here.


“BieberSmash” at Tonight’s Canada’s Technology Triangle .NET User Group Meeting

bieberTonight, I’ll be in Kitchener speaking at the Canada’s Technology Triangle .NET User Group Meeting, where I’ll be talking about game programming on Windows Phone using XNA.

Assisting me – albeit indirectly – will be Justin Bieber, in sprite form. Starting from the humble “File –> New”, I’ll code up some simple 2D gaming fun where we’ll learn about XNA and 2D game development basics and play with pop’s most annoying star in the process!

Some details about the event:

  • Where: Manulife Financial (25 Water St. South, Kitchener)
  • Day: Wednesday September 29th, 2010
  • Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
  • Note: Please Register for the Event as we order Pizza and Pop based on Registration as of 12pm (Noon) on the day of the Event.

Photo of Justin Bieber courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.


Jeff “Cooking for Geeks” Potter’s Book Tour

Jeff Potter poses with his book, Cooking for Geeks, at HacklabTO

Last night, I caught Jeff Potter’s presentation in support of his book, Cooking for Geeks, at HacklabTO, a hackerspace in Toronto’s Kensington Market. Like most authors, he’s been touring around, promoting the book, but unlike most authors, he’s avoided the usual venues. Rather than talking at bookstores or pubs, he’s been holding his book gatherings in cosier settings such as living rooms and spaces like the Hacklab.

Cooking for Geeks is written with a specific sort of person in mind: one who likes to know how things work. It’s for the science buff who wants to know more than just how to cook the perfect steak, but why that method works. It’s for the tinkerer who wants to convert ordinary kitchen instruments into really cool cooking devices, either because s/he can’t afford those devices or because s/he’s driven to tinker. It’s about giving people the right mental models to understand the processes that happen when we take ingredients and turn them into dinner.

Jeff opened his presentation with a “What Type of Cook are You?” test borrowed from Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating, which help you better understand the way you see food and your approach to cooking. It turns out that I’m a hybrid of Type A (the “comfort food” sort of person) and Type D (the “experimental” sort of person). I’m the sort of person who often – but not always — follows the “Law of the Precious and Rare” at restaurants, ordering the thing I can’t get or make at home, or the dish that I haven’t had in ages.

Jeff’s presentation was eye-opening and even inspirational. Leigh Honeywell, who was also there, was so inspired by the part about sous-vide cooking and how you can put together your own immersion cooker by hacking a slow cooker’s thermostat that she’s sourcing the parts as I write this. Perhaps we’ll have tasty sous-vide steaks at Hacklab next week! Thanks, Jeff!

Cover of "Cooking for Geeks"If you missed last night’s presentation and you’re in Toronto, you’re in luck. Jeff’s doing his presentation today (Tuesday, September 21) in two places, and he’s got books for sale as well. He’ll be at:

Bonus! I bought an extra copy of Cooking for Geeks and had Jeff autograph it. I’m going to give it away in a contest of some sort – I just haven’t decided what sort of contest, Watch this space!

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.


Tonight at HacklabTO: Cooking for Geeks!

Cover of "Cooking for Geeks"

If you’re in or around Toronto’s Kensington Market area tonight, you might want to drop by the Hacklab (170a Baldwin Street, above Graffiti’s) to see O’Reilly author Jeff Potter as his book tour for Cooking for Geeks stops at Toronto’s downtown hackerspace. He’ll be there, talking about his book and possibly treating us to a demo or two, and I’ll be there, helping to host the event. Jeff says he’ll have a number of books on him for sale – but note that it’s first come, first serve, and I’m buying one!

Here’s a video of the author showing you how to make ice cream in 30 seconds (with liquid nitrogen!):

The event starts tonight (Monday, September 20th) at 7:00 p.m. – be there!

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.


Cross-Canada Windows Phone 7 “Coffee and Codes” Start Next Week!

cross-canada coffee and code

The idea behind Coffee and Code is simple: I, along with some of my fellow tech evangelists from Microsoft, take advantage of our status as mobile workers and choose a day to work at a cafe. We announce that we’re doing this and put out a general invitation to come join us – perhaps for a few minutes, a few hours or the entire time – to chat, ask questions, tell us what you think and get to know us. It’s us, working out in the open and making ourselves available to you.

With so few pre-launch Windows Phone 7 devices available, Coffee and Code is your best chance to see one up close and personal and test your apps before they hit the stores. Many developers have already joined us for coffee and a chat, checked out the phone and deployed and optimized their apps to an actual phone as opposed to the emulator. While you can get pretty far with the emulator, it’s no substitute for the real thing.

We’re taking advantage of our TechDays travel to hold Coffee and Codes in TechDays cities on the day after TechDays. Join us! Get to know your friendly Microsoft evangelists, find out about Windows Phone 7 and other parts of the Microsoft platform, and if you have Windows Phone 7 apps that you’d like to test on a real device, this is your chance!

We’ve got Coffee and Codes scheduled for the following dates, cities and locations:

When? City Where?
Thursday, Sept. 16
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Vancouver Take 5 Cafe

429 Granville St (at Hastings)

Thursday, Sept. 23
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Toronto Starbucks
4 King Street West
Thursday, Sept. 30
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Toronto Starbucks
4 King Street West
Thursday, Oct. 7
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Edmonton Second Cup

10209 Jasper Ave NW

Friday, Oct. 29
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Toronto Starbucks
4 King Street West
Thursday, Nov. 4
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Halifax Second Cup
5425 Spring Garden Road
Thursday, Nov. 11
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ottawa Second Cup
World Exchange Plaza
111 Albert
Thursday, Nov. 25
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Montreal Second Cup
2020 Rue University

…and yes, we’re confirming venues for December in Winnipeg and Calgary.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.


Windows Phone 7 Blogger Night in Toronto

Last night, we held a night to showcase some cool Windows Phone 7 apps being written by developers in and around the Toronto area. We invited some local tech and mobile industry bloggers and developers to see these apps in action and try out a late beta version of Windows Phone 7 on the hard-to-come-by advance devices and check out the look and feel of our new mobile operating system on some actual mobile hardware.

00aKing Street East, looking west from George Street (just east of Jarvis).

Rather than hold it in some bland “multi-purpose room” at the office, we chose to hold the event at Kultura, a nice little tapas restaurant on King Street, a short walk east of Toronto’s financial district, yet worlds away at the same time.

00bThe front room of Kultura’s second floor.

We held the event in the back room of Kultura’s second floor, a lounge area with enough space to do a big presentation followed by a number of small hands-on sessions with the apps:

00cThe back room of Kultura’s second floor.

Practice Run

Sure, seeing Steve Ballmer run around shouting “Developers, developers, developers, developers” is funny, but it’s also the truth. We’re a software platform company, and we know that a software platform ain’t nuthin’ without developers building apps for it. Windows Phone 7 is our newest software platform (coming soon!) and we want developers to build for it, so we decided to inspire people by showcasing local developers building apps for our phone and making them rock stars.

A well-run show requires a practice run. We asked the developers to come early and do a practice run through their presentations, and while they did that, I snapped some photos:

01Alexey Adamsky shows off his 3-D Sudoku app while Barranger Ridler waits his turn.
This looks like an album cover.

02Barranger Ridler demonstrates his “Where’s Timmy?” app,
which guides you to the Tim Hortons locations closest to you.

03Shawn Konopinksy shows us his social music app, “Songbuzz”.

04Mark Arteaga shows us his open data app, VanGuide.

05Mike Kasprzak demos his match-the-objects-to-eliminate-them game, “Smiles”.

The Real Thing

With the practice run done, I had a little time to grab a drink and chat with some of the guests as they arrived:

06Steve Syfuhs, Todd Lamothe and Colin Melia.

And soon after, it was time to start the presentations. I did the “opening monologue”, a quick three-minute overview of Windows Phone and what it means to both users and developers:

07“…and the Twitter hashtag for this event is #WP7dev…”

08“It’s like having an Xbox in your pocket.”

09“I’m never without my Windows Phone and my Microsoft Office ironic hipster trucker cap.”

10“Ever since Alexander Graham Bell, Canadian techies have always punched above their weight class.”

The audience sat in rapt attention, bedazzled by my scintillating oratory:

11Must…hang onto…every word…

And then came the developers, showing off their Windows Phone 7 wares running on the emulator, which made it easy to show apps on the phone to an audience.

First up was Alexey Adamsky, who with Alex Yakobovich, built Sudoku 3D, which literally adds an extra dimension to the popular puzzle game.:

12[3]Alexey Adamsky and Sudoku 3D.

Alexey and Alex work out of Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone, an incubator where Ryerson students and alumni with a technical bent and entrepreneurial ambition can work on their projects, start companies and take their ideas to market. Sudoku 3D started off life as a game for the Xbox 360 written using the XNA framework, but when they heard that Windows Phone 7 was going to be XNA-powered, they knew their project could be turned into a mobile game.

13Sudoku 3D, running as both a phone app (in the WP7 emulator) and a Windows application.

XNA lets Alexey and Alex target Windows, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7. Alexey says that most of the code is the same across all three platforms and that porting Sudoku 3D from the original Xbox version to the phone was very easy.

After Alexey finished, it was Barranger’s turn:

14Alexey Adamsky, Barranger Ridler and Shawn Konopinsky.

Barranger Ridler is an indie developer who’s done some work for utility companies, and this work sometimes took him to small towns. One of the questions he often asked when arriving in a small town was “Where’s the nearest Tim Hortons?” His app, “Where’s Timmy?”, answers that question:

15Barranger Ridler demos Where’s Timmy?

Luckily for Barranger, Tim Hortons publishes their store location data as a static file saved in a number of formats. He took this data and put it into a database on a server that Where’s Timmy? can access. Where’s Timmy? uses this data, the user’s location (determined via the phone’s GPS) and Bing Maps to tell the user where the nearest ten Tim Hortons branches are and even provide step-by-step directions:

16Where’s Timmy? shows us the way to the nearest Tim Hortons.

Next up was long-time Windows Mobile developer and MVP Mark Arteaga, who showed us a couple of his apps, including VanGuide. Mark is one of my “go-to guys” for Windows Phone, and he’ll be sharing his knowledge in two Windows Phone sessions at the TechDays conference, which will take place in eight cities across Canada.

17Mark Arteaga shows the crowd his apps.

After Mark came Shawn Konopinsky of Nascent Digital, a Toronto-based company specializing in building applications based on touch technologies:

18Shawn Konopinsky and Songbuzz.

Shawn demoed Songbuzz, a social music app that allows users to share what they’re listening to, find out what their friends are listening to and discover new music:

19Songbuzz, close up.

20The audience, still captivated.

Closing the demos was Mike Kasprzak, creator of the puzzle game Smiles:

21Mike Kasprzak shows us Smiles.

22The Jedi Mind Trick doesn’t work on games.

It’s a really cute game with gorgeous graphics and great animations featuring several modes, from a full-on arcade mode to a more relaxed “zen mode”:

23A close-up of Smiles in action.

The Party

24Everyone to the bar!

With the demos done, it was time for mingling and socializing. The audience could talk to the developers and get personal demos of their Windows Phone apps, grab a drink and some tapas, and work the room.

25Everyone to the bar….again!

I got to chat with a number of guests, including Valerie Fox, Director of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone, Emil Protalinski, who write for Ars Technica’s column One Microsoft Way and Nitin Bharti of DZone.

26Mandatory arty shot.

I had my hands full chatting up guests, doing video interviews and answering technical (and some non-technical) questions, so I’m glad that my fellow evangelist Ruth Morton took most of these pictures. Also present was another evangelist on my team, Barnaby Jeans, who held court at a banquette as people came to him to find out more about Windows Azure:

27Barnaby Jeans and Michelle Michalak.

31Barnaby Jeans and Todd Lamothe.

It was a full and lively room…

28Everybody to the tapas!

…with some of the brightest lights in our local tech scene…

29Sandy Kemsley, Leigh Honeywell and Valerie Fox.

…and these guys, too! (I kid because I love, gentlemen!)

30Colin Melia, Steve Syfuhs, Jean-Rene Roy, Mark Arteaga and a guy I can’t identify.

I’d like to thank:

  • The developers: Alex Yakobovich, Alexey Adamsky, Barranger Ridler, Mark Arteaga, Mike Kasprzak and Shawn Konopinsky, for building those apps and showing them off so well.
  • Our PR company, High Road Communications, and especially Chantelle Bernard and Allison Colalillo for organizing the event. I always say: if you’re ever invited to an event held by High Road, you must RSVP “yes”.
  • Ruth Morton for helping me out by taking pictures and directing me to people who wanted to ask me questions or look at my Windows Phone.
  • The people at Kultura, who were gracious hosts and made great food and drinks!

This is Only the Beginning

For the developers who showcased their apps, this is only the beginning. They’re going to continue polishing them, and soon the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace is open up and they’ll submit them for approval. For them, the next few weeks look something like this:

  1. Register at the marketplace today.

  2. Finish their application or game using the Beta tools.

  3. Download the final Windows Phone Developer Tools when they are released on September 16th.

  4. Recompile their app or game using the final tools.

  5. Have their XAP ready for ingestion into the marketplace in early October when it opens.

For the Developer and Platform Evangelism Team at Microsoft Canada, this is only the beginning. We’ve got a cross-Canada conference starting next week, and Windows Phone 7 is going to be one of the big topics. It offers the most bang for the tech conference buck; if you haven’t registered for it yet, do it now!

We’re also looking for more Windows Phone 7 developers and their apps, and we want to showcase them! Do you have a Windows Phone 7 app that you’re working on? Drop me a line and tell me about it!

download wp7 dev tools

For you, this can be the beginning. The mobile platform is still new ground, and Windows Phone 7 is a great mobile platform for both developers and users. Download the developer tools today, check out some tutorials and make your mark!

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.