There is no shortage of events inspired by our local tech-loving population. Take your pick and mark your calendar.
Seattle Shorts Film Festival (Nov. 11–13)
Set inside SIFF’s state-of-the-art Seattle Center facility, this festival showcases some of the best short films from around the world. Attend this event and you just might be previewing the future: some iconic full-length movies have started off as short films, including Napoleon Dynamite and Office Space.
• For more information, visit seattleshort.org
TEDxSeattle (Nov. 19)
Ever watched a TED Talk and wished you had been there? Formerly TEDxRainier, this independently organized TED Talk event offers a chance to hear from a diverse group of speakers in the picturesque McCaw Hall.
• For more information, visit tedxseattle.com
People > Purpose > Passion (Nov. 1)
Hosted by the Smithsonian’s campaign to spark discovery and inspire learning, this year’s speaker series promises to be an inspiring evening. Past “thinkers, doers and dreamers” featured include “dinosaur detectives” to STEM educators to art lovers.
• For more information, visit smithsoniancampaign.org/inyourcity
Space Fest: Ladies Who Launch (Nov. 4–5)
This conference hosted by the Museum of Flight is the perfect opportunity for aerospace professionals and enthusiasts to network, attend lectures, and hear from author Nathalia Holt, who literally wrote the book on women in aerospace.
• For more information visit museumofflight.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Calendar-of-Events
FSE 2016: International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (Nov. 13–18)
Held at the trendy Motif hotel in downtown Seattle, this conference features speakers, research papers and workshops on subjects such as natural language processing and software analytics.
• For more information, visit cs.ucdavis.edu/fse2016/
Joomla! World Conference (Nov. 11–13)
Road trip up to Vancouver, BC, for this conference on Joomla, a website software and content management system with growing popularity around the world.
• For more information, visit conference.joomla.org
SecureWorld Expo (Nov. 9–10)
With the mission to “equip and inspire IT professionals on the front lines,” SecureWorld comes to the Meydenbauer Center to host expert cybersecurity speakers and exhibitors. Plus, attendees can earn CPE credit.
• For more information, visit secureworldexpo.com/seattle/home
Green Building Slam (Nov. 4)
This informative night features 10 10-minute talks on the subject of sustainable, eco-friendly building. It’s the perfect event for architects, builders, designers and homeowners looking to build or renovate with the environment in mind.
• For more information, visit ecobuilding.org/seattle/gbs
Living Computer Museum (ongoing)
In a town focused on the next big thing in technology, this museum reminds us of our roots. With the goal to breathe life into computer history, the Living Computer Museum features interactive exhibits and restored vintage computers. Cue the 1980s flashbacks!
• For more information, visit livingcomputermuseum.org
Jet City Comic Show (Nov. 5–6)
This convention features some of the big names in comics like Archie’s Bob Smith and Wolverine’s Joe Rubinstein, plus the works of over 100 other artists and exhibitors. Don’t miss the panels, events and gaming opportunities—and don’t forget to dress up for the costume contest!
• For more information, visit jetcitycomicshow.com
Short Run Comix and Art Festival (Nov. 5)
This free festival in the Fisher Pavilion showcases the works of artists and illustrators from around the world. The event is hosted by Short Run Micropress, publisher of unique handcrafted art and comics. Come for the cartoons, stay for the creativity.
• For more information, visit shortrun.org