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TAG Tech Summit @ Bellingham Cruise Terminal
Oct 19 all-day

Featuring cyber security in the cloud and on devices, user centered design, highlights of local tech businesses, and war stories. The TAG Tech Summit brings our community together.

Why the Tech Summit?
Formally known as Cyber Risk, the TAG Tech Summit 2017 is the premier technology conference in Northwest Washington. We draw participants from the entire Pacific Northwest region. The Tech Summit 2017 is a comprehensive tech event covering many topics.

Immerse Yourself in The Technology Community. You will have an opportunity to work with and learn from the people who are at the forefront of these industries while also networking and making great connections with your peers. Attendees range from early-stage entrepreneurs to senior execs representing enterprise companies. Over 200 people are expected to attend the Tech Summit!

It’s a Conference for the Team
You will return with valuable and actionable insight on how to improve your work and your business. There are tracks specifically designed to be relevant to your organization from C-level and Leadership Professionals to Tech Professionals. Break out into sessions targeted at your specific key concerns. Focus on risk management, abatement and response. Training and professional development designed specifically with you in mind.

Between the excellent connections and networking, the job and skill enhancements and the varied learning opportunities, the TAG Tech Summit is time well invested.

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October Lunch & Learn @ Invent Coworking
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Invent Coworking would like to invite you to have lunch and enjoy an educational talk with other professionals and entrepreneurs. Our selected speakers are designed to provide useful knowledge for growing businesses, professionals, and entrepreneurs. Lunch will be provided during the hour-long talk followed by a short Q+A. You will also have the opportunity to make professional connections and network with other Bellingham professionals in our vibrant coworking community.

Topic for October 24th: tba

Thu Meetup @ The Foundry Makerspace
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm is a social group dedicated to growing the local developer community. We meet on a monthly basis and the typical format for each event is to begin with several lightning talks and then socialize for the rest of the event. If you plan to attend, please RSVP on the event page on either: or so that we can make sure there is enough room for everyone.

In addition to attending our meetups, we also have a very active Slack team. You can join by requesting an invite

Innovation Roundtable @ Dorothy Haggen Conference Room
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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Collaborate > Design > Build. This event series offers local inventors an opportunity to gather and share their thoughts, experiences and needs on anything related to the world of inventing. Launched in 2017, Innovation Roundtable was created to complement Inventor Insights, which is an event series that features a subject matter expert on a range of inventor-related topics such as intellectual property, manufacturing, and licensing. Inventor Insights and Innovation Roundtable are both held on the first Wednesday of the month at Noon, but on alternating months.

About Innovation Roundtable:

Over the past 5 years the NWIRC has been on a mission to grow the Inventor community in NW Washington. Great things continue to be on the horizon for 2017 and we want more open innovation where people can take an active role in continuing to build this community of makers, inventors and entrepreneurs. Which is why we are starting a new series of events called Innovation Roundtables. We see this is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to come together to collaborate, design and build products and businesses that will continue to strengthen NW Washington’s economy.

Startup Challenge, Fall 2017 @ Invent Coworking
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 9:00 pm

Bring on the entrepreneurial excitement!

This 54-hour challenge is a unique opportunity for both aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs to work with and get to know new people over the course of an exciting and fast-paced weekend. A diverse, well-balanced team is critical for a startup to be successful and participants with interests in areas such as engineering, software development, branding, graphic design, marketing, sales and project management will be in attendance. Regardless of your skill level or specialty, the most important trait for all participants to have is the desire to learn and the willingness to work hard in order to achieve success.

We’ll kick off the event on Friday evening with a Meet & Greet and soon after we’ll start working to form weekend teams of 4-5 people. As the teams begin to solidify, each one will also choose a startup idea to pursue. Once both your team and idea are set, it’s time to get down to work because the clock is ticking!

Over the course of the next two days, an impressive mix of experienced startup mentors will work one-on-one with your team and help you to iterate quickly and pivot when needed. And to help maximize the time available to build traction for your startup, we’ll keep everyone well-fed all weekend. If your team makes good progress and manages its time well, you’ll be pulling everything together on Sunday afternoon and polishing off your startup pitch for Sunday evening.

For the final presentations, each team will have 5 minutes on stage to pitch their startup to a panel of judges as well as an audience of the general public. Once your pitch is complete, the judges will spend another 5 minutes asking questions in order to learn more about your startup. Once all of the teams have finished their pitches, the judges will deliberate and then announce who has won the coveted title of Startup Challenge 2017 Grand Champion!

*** Full-time students may use the promotional code, “student” to receive 20% off of any participant ticket. A valid student ID will be required at check-in on Friday night.

As a participant, your $99 ticket includes

  • chance to build skillsets with hands-on application and coaching from highly experienced mentors
  • network with other participants with the same drive to develop successful businesses
  • 24/7 access to the venue, 3D Printers, and a professional photo studio
  • 7 complimentary meals and beverages
  • 2017 Startup Challenge T-shirt
  • a chance for your team to become the Startup Challenge 2017 Grand Champion

Space is limited, so make sure to get your ticket early!

InnovationSocial @ Kombucha Town's Culture Cafe
Nov 13 @ 6:30 pm

FounderSocial-01InnovationSocial is a free event for innovators with an entrepreneurial mindset who would like to connect with each other for a fun, informal evening of socializing and networking. Catch up with old friends, make new ones, and in general simply enjoy hanging out with other smart, innovative, and driven people.

The type of folks you’ll meet at InnovationSocial are startup founders, mentors, investors, software developers, graphic designers, bizdev specialists, growth marketers, inventors, makers, engineers… essentially anyone who is working on something or would like to get involved with something innovative and entrepreneurial!

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