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

It's TechWomen Ambassadors Week!

It's no surprise to anyone working in tech that there aren't a lot of women.  In fact, a report from the National Center for Women & Information Technology cites a 2016 Bureau of Labor statistic that women only account for 25% of all tech workers in the United States.  That's abysmal.  

Women make up 47% of the workforce, but only one in every four works in the one field that is guaranteed to continue growing. 

All of the research suggests that girls are interested in studying technology when they reach 11 years old, then it drops off between 13 and 15 years old. 

The data is all over the place when it comes to why, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the main reasons for this are:

  • Lack of tech women mentors and role models
  • Girls are actively discouraged in school from pursuing male-dominated fields 
  • There aren't a lot of opportunities to participate in hands-on activities

The NH Tech Alliance and TechWomen are actively working to change that.  

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By Pat Hammond

It's a bird, it's a plane...wait a minute, it's a drone

I'm going to start by saying yes, I realize Durham is nowhere near Manchester, but sometimes there are events that generate enough interest that I include them in STEAM or the Weekly Roundup.  

This week's non-Manchester event is the New England Drone Conference at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. 

Drones, formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are one of those things that straddle so many uses that there are very few industries that are unaffected by changes in drone legislation and technology.

  • Military & Public Safety
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Farming
  • Photography
  • Retail & Restaurant Delivery

With so many people and industries with an interest in the use, design, and legislation of UAV technology it seemed like it was worth a mention.

The 2018 New England Drone conference will be held on Thursday, November 8th from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM at the University of New Hampshire Durham Campus.  

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By Pat Hammond

Get your geek on with Granite State Code Camp!

Granite State Code Camp is hosting a FREE one-day code camp on Saturday, November 3rd at Manchester Community College, 1066 Front Street in Manchester.

This day-long event features over 30 sessions presented by local experts on topics such as:

  • Developing for Augmented Reality with JavaScript
  • Chatbots and the Microsoft Framework
  • Introduction to C# - You Had Me at "Hello World" 
  • Deploying Your Application in AWS
  • APIs Are Eating the World

It is a great opportunity for local developers and software engineers to share information and network with other New Hampshire techs. 

This kind of tech event usually costs around $2,500 in Boston, San Francisco, or Chicago, and we're getting it for free, right here in Manchester.  For more information, including speaker schedule and registration, please visit the Granite State Code Camp event page.

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By Pat Hammond

TechOut 2018 is right around the corner - Get your tickets now!

Last week I talked about the 7th Annual Flatley Challenge for new and emerging tech startups, this week we're looking at the annual NH Tech Alliance TechOut competition.

Like the Flatley Challenge, the NH Tech Alliance TechOut is an annual competition for New Hampshire tech companies and startups.  

With a first place prize of $200,000 and the addition of 4,000 square feet of office space from Brady Sullivan Properties, the annual TechOut NH Startup Competition is one of the most prominent tech business competitions of the year.  

And you can be there.

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By Pat Hammond

Flatley Seeking Tech Startups & Emerging Businesses for the 7th Annual Flatley Challenge Startup Competition - DEADLINE October 31st

Do you own a new or growing tech company in New Hampshire?

How would you like the chance to win $10,000 and 1 year of free office or lab space?

Started in 2011, the Flatley Challenge was created "to assist startups and emerging businesses in the fields of IT, communications, data storage, connectivity, robotics, clean tech, medical devices, digital health, mobile app design, life sciences, and other leading-edge technologies."

Now in the seventh year, the Flatley Challenge has already awarded $120,000 to New Hampshire and Massachusetts startups and is currently accepting applications for this year's competitors.

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By Pat Hammond

Events for Writers, Techs, Artists, & Medicine

The opening reception for fused glass artist Verne Orlosk's latest work is this evening from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the StudioVerne gallery, 81 Hanover Street in Manchester. 

The exhibit will feature her "Fall Footsteps" collection of fused glass leaves and runs until November 1st. 

In addition to her own original art, Orlosk takes commissioned projects and offers hands-on 2-hour fused glass workshops.   Visit the StudioVerne website for more information. 

The NH High Tech Council wants to remind you there is still time to get your ticket for next Wednesday's NH High Tech Council Product of the Year event. 

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By Pat Hammond

A little bit of tech, science, art, and medicine - STEAM has returned to Manchester!

If you want to get technical, the "M" in STEAM stands for mathematics and there is a debate about whether medicine should be considered a science, but Manchester doesn't have many math events, and I'm pretty sure the average person is going to identify medical topics with science, so the Queen City Buzz STEAM events calendar includes medicine and medical topics.  - I'm not really sure why there is even a debate when so much of modern medicine is based on new technology.  

The bottom line here is there are plenty of events on this week's calendar for the creatives, techs, and scientists in the Queen City.  Now all you have to do is choose one or two.

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By Pat Hammond

This is embarrassing. Manchester is supposed to be the new tech hub, but we can't even field a week's worth of STEAM events.

I was challenged to bring the focus of Queen City Buzz back to the Queen City, now it's your turn.  

I've pared down the events calendars to Manchester, Bedford, Hooksett, and Goffstown and it's a little thin.  

So thin that you'd never realize Manchester has one of the fastest growing tech economies in the United States.

If you manage a science, tech, engineering or artists group, I want to hear from you.

If you own or manage a science, tech, engineering, or art business, I want to hear from you. 

Meetups, workshops, webinars, open houses, new products or services.  This is your opportunity to promote your STEAM group, event, or business to a dedicated local audience.  As always, I can be reached at buzz@queencity.buzz.

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By Pat Hammond

Per the updated application, the deadline for the NH High Tech Council's 2018 TechOut NH Startup Competition has been extended until Friday, September 21st.

With a first place prize of $200,000 and second place prize of $100,000, the annual TechOut NH Startup Competition is a fantastic opportunity for local tech startups to get noticed and compete for some serious prize money. 

There is no cost to apply for the competition, but all submissions must include:

  • Completed Application
  • 10 Slide Pitch Deck following the Guy Kawasaki Pitch Deck Guidance 
  • Brief narrative - maximum 250 words, explaining "why winning this competition the company will move forward"
  • Brief narrative - maximum 250 words, outlining "how your company seeks to have a positive impact on New Hampshire"

Please visit the NH High Tech Council website for more information. 

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By Pat Hammond

DEADLINE: Call for speakers for this year's Granite State Code Camp has been extended to Friday, September 14th at midnight.

Granite State Code Camp has extended the speaker deadline for this year's event. 

Code Camp is a FREE one-day event for New Hampshire techs with a focus on software development. This year's code camp takes place on Saturday, November 3rd from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM at Manchester Community College 1066 Front Street in Manchester. 

Organizers are still looking for a few speakers to present 30, 60, or 120-minute sessions. 

Session style can be:

  • Show & Tell with slides or live coding
  • Lightning Talks - no slides or media
  • Workshop -- usually 120-minutes

Per the event website: "All speakers volunteer their time to share knowledge with fellow developers."

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