Meetings & Events

The New Hampshire Tech & Creative Calendar is a collaborative project for NH tech group organizers and anyone who is interested in finding tech and creative events around the state. If you are interested in sharing your event please contact me at buzz@queencity.buzz

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: Beatniks, Coffee Houses, and Coders Finding the Magic in a Left-Brain World with the Manchester Poetry Meetup

For some weird reason, poetry groups always make me think of Dobie Gillis.  I don't know why.  I've never seen the tv show.  I don't even know what Dobie looks like, though I'm pretty sure that the guy who played Gilligan on Gilligan's Island played his best friend.  

But I digress. 

I've been featuring a lot of business and left-brain events lately so when I saw the new Manchester Poetry meetup I thought I'd take a minute to give a shout out to a less linear group.  

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek:  Ever wondered how to sell your products & services to the federal government?  Check out these 3 important tech-biz workshops from the Small Business Association of New England & University of New Hampshire

Since the events calendar is a little light this week, I thought I'd take a minute to share a few upcoming workshops from the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE) and University of New Hampshire (UNH).

On Wednesday, November 29th, The Law offices of Sheehan Phinney will be hosting a workshop called "Protecting Your Business From a Data Breach" from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM, 1000 Elm Street, 17th Floor, in Manchester.  The discussion will include the legal risk of a data breach, defending against data breaches, and insuring for data breaches. 

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By Pat Hammond

Feeling the Geek Love - Three Tech Groups Bringing Technology, Information, and Security to You, Your Business, and Your Community

At the time of year when tech groups usually go on hiatus, we've got two groups stepping up with timely content, and a brand new group focussed on the latest buzz in data management and security.

The New Hampshire Chapter of the International Systems and Security Association (ISSA) is hosting a discussion called "Are We Ready? Examining United States Readiness for Cyber-attacks on the Power Grid" 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 15th, in Portsmouth.

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By Pat Hammond

Somewhat North of Boston, PHP, Hoopla & NaNoWriMo -- The November Events Calendar is Bringing its A-Game

Don't let the calendar fool you.  It may look like another week of random creative, science and tech events, but you don't have to look too far to see that next week is bringing the A-list of networking, meetings, and workshops.

The 2017 SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival will be featuring 50 independent films from Thursday, November 9th - Sunday, November 12th at the Red River Theatre in Concord. 

For the many aspiring writers, the Pelham Public Library is celebrating NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) by hosting 4 weekly sessions from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM starting Tuesday, November 7th to help you reach your 50,000-word goal.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: TechOut 2017 -- The Prizes and Competition Are Bigger Than Ever!

Heads up to all my tech peeps -- TechOut is back on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Oracle (Dyn), 150 Dow Street, Manchester.

Anyone who has been following the local tech news the last few months knows that the Millworks II Fund has substantially increased prize money with this year's first place winner taking home $200,000 and the second place winner walking away with an impressive $100,000.

The goal of TechOut is to identify "talented, hungry tech entrepreneurs and fund them through investment capital awards," and with this kind of prize money two very lucky startups will be enjoying a huge leg up in their entrepreneurial adventure.

The competition includes live pitches and product demonstrations in front of the event judges and a live audience. 

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By Pat Hammond

Unit 5 -- How Freaking Cool is This???

Some people wonder how creative, science and tech events ended up on the same calendar, the answer is pretty simple.  In spite of the whole left brain vs. right brain conundrum, there is a lot of cross-over between creativity, science, and technology.   The ability to think outside the box, to see possibilities, and apply logic all come together to pursue ideas and build things bigger than ourselves.  

With that in mind, this week's shoutout is to the Unit 5 comic. 

Created by Skip Winter, Unit 5 follows the lives of five people with personal connections to the World Trade Center bombing who are recruited by the government to fight against global terror.  Unit 5 is the story of regular people who become superheroes.  They don't come from a different planet, didn't get bitten by a radiated spider, they're just five people who react to their circumstance by standing up to make a difference.

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By Pat Hammond

Lots of networking, hands-on activities, and left-brain thinking this week...

If painting and welding aren't your things, there are two different patent discussions, a bunch of tech groups, three engineering events, including a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain.  And if that's not enough, the new Nashua Cryptoparty group is hosting their first meeting on Wednesday.

Too tired for hands-on work or high-brow thinking?  Kick back and hang out with the creatives from the New Hampshire Creative Club at their networking event at Stark Brewing Company 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM on Monday, October 16th.

Does your creative, science or tech group have an event you'd like included on the NH Tech & Creative calendar? Drop me a line.  I can be reached at buzz@queencity.buzz.

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By Pat Hammond

October Sneak Peek

Here's a quick look at two events coming up near the end of the month.

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is presenting "Build It and They'll Come: Greater Concord's Creative Economy and It's Economic Impact" at their monthly lunch forum from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM on Monday, October 23rd at the Holiday Inn, 172 North Main Street, Concord. 

The event will discuss Concord area's creative economy and its impact on local business.  

Cost: $25/Members, $35/Non-Members

For more information please visit the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

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By Pat Hammond

Ssshhh....Alpha Loft is Moving!

I'm not sure why this seems like some kind of state secret, but Alpha Loft Manchester is moving to the 2nd floor of 1087 Elm Street on October 1st.  

It's kind of weird since it's been in the Union Leader and I've personally confirmed it with the peeps at Alpha Loft, but you will find almost no mention of it anywhere on the web.  (Not even on Alpha Loft's website...)

I wish I could say I'm going to miss the wonky conference room floor of their old space at 844 Elm Street, but I'm not.  It was always a toss up between showing up early for a prime end-of-table spot and risking a parking ticket at the time-sensitive meters or spend an entire meeting trying to keep your chair from rolling on the steeply slanted floor so you didn't break a rib when you hit the conference table.  

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By Pat Hammond

NH Tech Hub...the things you find once you start looking

Did you know there is a website that aggregates New Hampshire tech news, tech events, tech jobs, and tech resources?  

I'm a web developer and I spend hours every week researching local business and tech events and I had no idea.

NH Tech Hub is the pet project of Joshua Cyr, Director of Acceleration and Education at Alpha Loft.  His goal seems to be to bring together the local tech community to share information and resources to build a stronger tech workforce.  

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