Spring is officially here, Rays baseball season has begun in St. Petersburg, and members of the local technology and startup community are busy planning upcoming tech meetups in the Tampa Bay area.
To learn more about where to go and what to expect when rubbing shoulders with Tampa’s business leaders, entrepreneurs, and founders, check out the upcoming tech events listed below.
Thursday, April 7: USF Connect's Organize Your Business for Profitable Growth
3802 Spectrum Blvd.
Tampa FL 33612
Learn how to grow a business from a retired Air Force colonel and business adviser.
Saturday, April 9: Gulf Coast Maker Con
Florida State Fairgrounds, Special Events Center
4800 U.S. Highway 301
Tampa FL 33610
See what can happen when innovative makers, crafters, inventors and artists come together to showcase their talents! The annual event has displays on everything from sustainable heritage to cutting edge drone technology.
Thursday, April 21: F***Up Nights Tampa Bay (FUN Tampa Bay)
1617 N. Franklin St.
Tampa FL 33602
FUN Tampa Bay started as a chapter of a national group with a meeting of successful entrepreneurs back in November 2015
at Ybor City’s Blind Tiger Café and CoWork Ybor. Led by organizer Maria Alithinos, who has a background in PR and marketing, the group is a little different from typical gatherings of business leaders. Rather than highlighting success, F*** Up Nights Tampa Bay brings well-known members of the business community together to talk about failures, losses and the trials of being an entrepreneur.
Monday, April 25: Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s Professional Women’s Network Luncheon
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 1st St. S.
St. Petersburg FL 33701
Join local entrepreneurs and leaders to celebrate and recognize women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers, and to encourage female leaders in these industries to provide mentorship to girls and women.
Thursday, April 28: Geek Breakfast
Jimbo's Pit Bar-B-Q
4103 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa FL 33609
Join local self-described “geeks” as they enjoy breakfast BBQ and discuss all things technology. Recurring on the last Thursday of each month.
Friday, April 22: NASA Space Apps Challenge Hackathon
Softwerx, at the corner of 19th Ave. & 13th St. in Ybor City, Tampa
Work together with attendees and sponsors from Tampa Hackerspace and Microsoft to develop code with the use of NASA’s extensive data files.
Thursday, June 2: Code-a-thon: Improve Medical records for Foster Children
Adoption Related Services of Pinellas, Inc.
3941 68th Ave. N.
Pinellas Park FL 33781
Put your hacking skills to good service by coding for a cause.
Friday, June 3: Codapalooza, A National Day of Civic Hacking Event
8350 Parkedge Drive
Tampa FL 33637
The theme of the weekend-long event is “Gimme Shelter,” a nod to the code fest’s goal of helping the homeless population in Tampa Bay. The event is co-hosted by the Tampa Innovation Alliance
, along with Code for Tampa Bay and the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative
Saturday, June 4: Pinellas Hack-a-thon, A National Day of Civic Hacking Event
8 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Iron Yard
260 1st Ave. S., Suite 300
St. Petersburg FL 33701
Develop solutions for real-world community problems using data from Pinellas County during this one-day hack-a-thon, part of the National Day of Civic Hacking.