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PacTech Picks: Top 5 Can’t-Miss Innovation Events in Washington and Oregon

The Pacific Northwest isn’t lacking for ways to engage with the tech community and attending events can be the fastest and easiest way to network with entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts in the area. This is just a small sampling of the many opportunities to get involved. Here are PacTech’s top five picks for tech events in Washington and Oregon.

Tech Alliance State of Technology Luncheon (Annually in Seattle)

The State of Technology Luncheon brings together nearly 1,000 leaders from business, research, education and government to gain perspectives from world-renowned technology visionaries and to celebrate the contributions of Oregon’s (should this be Washington? I looked at the website, it was not clear) vibrant innovation community. This year’s luncheon will feature keynote speaker Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. The event will be held on May 2, 2016 – for more information or to register, click here.

Oregon Tech Awards (Annually in Portland, OR)

The Oregon Tech Awards is an annual event that draws 500 of Oregon’s tech luminaries and celebrates the local tech community. Awards are given for excellence and achievement in the region’s technology industry. The event also honors outstanding individuals with prestigious Lifetime Achievement and Technology Executive of the Year awards. Finally, seven companies are recognized for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to the industry and community. The next event is scheduled for May 12, 2016 – for more information or to register, click here.

Beaver Barcamp (Annually at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR)

Attending an unconference isn’t for the faint of heart–no sessions are scheduled in advance, by design. The first order of business at an unconference like Beaver Barcamp, is for attendees to brainstorm and choose conference sessions, as well as speakers from the crowd. As a result, the event agenda is filled with the most up-to-the-minute topics and discussions. If you’re really hoping to get a handle on what student entrepreneurs are thinking about, there’s no better place to do that than Beaver Barcamp. The next event will be held on April 16, 2016 – for more information or to register, click here.

WTIA Tech Crawl (Monthly in Seattle, WA)

Want to get a feel for Seattle’s entrepreneurial community? Join the WTIA for Tech Crawl each month to visit a local startup office and network with local tech enthusiasts. Each month’s location is different, so keep an eye on the WTIA website for the latest. The next event will be held on April 28, 2016 – for more information or to register, click here.

1 Million Cups (Weekly in Portland, OR and Tacoma, WA)

If you’re looking for a more regular, accessible touch point to the entrepreneurs in Oregon or Washington, consider attending a 1 Million Cups event. These meetups, held weekly in Tacoma and Portland draw an intimate crowd of entrepreneurs to share information about their companies and entrepreneurial journeys. To see a full list of locations and attend an event, click here.

Categories Blog | Tags: | Posted on April 12, 2016

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