All the signs that summer is drawing to a close are here: the days are getting shorter, college football is kicking off and the kids are back in school. Another sign is that the tech event and networking schedule is getting back into full swing.
Following are just some of the places at which you’ll find the movers and shakers in the greater Seattle-area tech community this September.
Google Places Tweet Up with Gnomedex
When: September 6th from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Parlor Billiards & Spirits in Bellevue
About: Google Seattle will be hosting their first tweet up in partnership with Gnomedex, and testing your knowledge of our favorite city. Network with people in the technology space and learn about setting up a business page on Google Places and getting feedback from customers.
Hops and Chops
When: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Auto Battery in Capitol Hill
About: A group of Seattle entrepreneurs and startup junkies who like to get together, drink beer, and talk shop.
When: September 7 and 21 (regularly held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month)
Where: The Spot Off Main in Bellevue
About: TechFoam is twice a month social networking event for local technology startups and those interested in technology startups.
Mobile Future Forward
When: September 12 (all day event)
Where: Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle
About: Mobile Future Forward is a mobile thought-leadership summit produced by Chetan Charma Consulting that attracts some of the most influential minds in the mobile industry who are very instrumental in shaping the industry, in innovation adoption, and in managing the growth of revenues and profits.
Rosstoberfest! BBQ and Networking with NWEN
When: September 14 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Williams-Helde Marketing Communications building in Seattle
About: What can be better than a sunny Summer day, smoky award-winning pulled pork and chicken, cold beer and conversation with your hundred closet startup friends? Rosstoberfest is the place to do it and you get a chance to meet the new Executive Director of NWEN Daniel Rossi too.
When: September 17 (all day event)
Where: Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue
About: StartupDay 2011 is the conference for pre-entrepreneurs interested in founding or joining a tech startup. Learn what’s important for creating a tech business from scratch. Meet one-on-one with advisors. Learn how to pick the right idea, build your team, fund the business, build your product, bring it to market and make a profit.
WTIA Mobile Executive Community Event: Strengthening the Seattle Mobile Ecosystem (Full disclosure: the WTIA is a Sterling client)
When: September 27 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Hotel 1000 in Seattle
About: Join the WTIA for their next Mobile Executive Community Event. Experts will discuss the current state of the mobile economy here in Washington State, specifically on how to create new opportunities that will impact growth beyond our state's borders.
Social Media Club Seattle
When: September 27 (regularly held the fourth Tuesday of every month) from 6-9 p.m.
Where: to be announced
About: The Seattle branch of Social Media Club, a national organization with the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and promoting media literacy around the emerging area of Social Media.
Seattle Startup Drinks
When: September 30 (regularly held the last Friday of every month), time TBD
Where: to be announced
About: A simple concept: startup culture in cities around the world gathers around a bar to have a pint and discuss what they are working on, what they need help with and what they can do for each other. In Seattle, usually on the last Friday of the month.
When: September 30 – October 2
Where: PACCAR Hall, University of Washington
About: No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours. Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.
It’s hard to say goodbye to summer – especially since it feels like the summer weather only arrived in Seattle a few weeks ago, but nothing will take our minds off the “summer that never was” like re-engaging with the vibrant and dynamic people in our local tech community. I look forward to seeing you at some of these events!
Chris Warfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @cwarfield.
(Photo above from Geekwire launch party, courtesy of Geekwire.com)