Seattle Google Developer Group (GDG)

The Chrome Dev Summit is a 2-day developer event happening Oct 23-24 in California. It is the signature event from the Chrome team, and likely to be of huge interest to the web development community. Check out the SCHEDULE here: 

This meetup event is a PLACEHOLDER to share information about the livestream, and host discussions about relevant updates & announcements at that event. RSVP to get this event on your calendar and be notified of updates.

This is * NOT * an in-venue event in Seattle.

Bleeding Blue

Kent Web Design Meetup

West Seattle Technology Group

Our popular bi-weekly get-together of anyone wanting to talk ideas and drink coffee. 

The Seattle Ruby on Rails Developers Meetup Group

Our weekly Rails meetup at Cafe Racer has been growing - come build your rails projects and learn to code on Mondays at Cafe Racer from 7PM-9PM (though some show up early!). You can also take advantage of the beer+shot $7 special. Cafe Racer is all-ages.

SURF Incubator

Learn the fundamentals of forming your business. From contracts, legal partnership documents, term sheet creation, and more during this evening workshop. 

After the presentation, there will be networking until 8:30

Starting a new venture is fraught with risks and avoidable pitfalls that every founder and CEO should know and understand. Come learn from startup lawyer Andy Albertson how to properly structure your new technology venture, avoid common mistakes and optimize your governance and equity ownership for success. We will discuss:

•Which type of entity is right for you
•How to manage co-founders and dilution
•How to use a properly use a Stock Option Plan to motivate your team​

Free parking is provided by SURF (must park after 5:00 PM)

Event is created and sponsored by Fenwick & West

<a>SURF Incubator</a> is excited to formally announce this event as a first in a series of 300 events planned for the next 14 months.

These events will cover a wide array of topic that every startup entrepreneur should know as much about as possible. In fact, in some cases, the lack of this knowledge may lead to failure. Or, alternatively, the knowledge and contacts gained through attending these diverse events may well be a driver towards success.

For more info: [masked]

About Andrew:

Andrew Albertson counsels public and private life sciences and technology companies. Andy’s practice focuses on providing strategic and practical counseling to high growth life sciences and technology companies, ranging from early startup teams to mature public companies, as well as many leading venture capital and private equity firms. Andy has extensive experience structuring, negotiating and executing a wide variety of corporate transactions including: seed and venture capital financings, growth equity/structured minority equity financings, debt financings, corporate reorganizations and recapitalizations, joint ventures, complex mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions.

About Fenwick & West

45 years working closely with technology and life sciences companies that are changing the world through innovation, and the venture capital and investment banking firms that are financing them. 

• More than 350 attorneys focused on representing technology and life sciences companies in all facets of their legal needs

• Offices throughout the United States and abroad: Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai and New York

• One of the first technology law firms in the world. Now one of the 100 largest law firms in the U.S. Representation of leading technology and life sciences companies, research institutions and emerging innovators, such as Airbnb,, Cisco Systems, Cray, Facebook, Google, GoPro, Intuit, Symantec, Twitter, Uber Technologies and University of Washington

• Nationally ranked practices in initial public offerings, complex financial and commercial transactions, intellectual property protection and licensing, mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international tax planning and tax controversies

• Many Fenwick attorneys, patent agents, engineers and staff scientists have advanced technical degrees and business or research experience prior to their legal careers.

Bothell Web Developers Meetup

Our Weekly meetup at Cafe Ladro in Bothell.  We will be working on projects and talking about code.  This is a good chance to share new ideas and get some coding done on that project you have been meaning to do. 

Please make sure to RSVP if you plan to attend and let us know if you can not make it as seats are limited.  We use the information in the RSVP question to prep for the meetup so please do not skip it.

Disclaimer: This is not a recruitment event. We welcome developers and aspiring developers to come and talk shop or work on projects.  As seats are limited and we wish to keep the talk on topic, we request that non-technical members and recruiters do not attend.  We have discussion forums for project / job postings and a place to ask the group questions.***

Seattle Tech Mentors

Get (or give) real-world advice on tech careers from seasoned experts. Head over to Beer & Code afterwards.

Open Seattle

Open Seattle meets regularly on the fourth Wednesday of every month to discuss new and existing projects; any general member business; and to have some dedicated project work time. 


6:00 - 6:30: Eat food! Talk to awesome people who care about civic tech!

6:30 - 7:00: Open talks/pitches - your opportunity to hear what members are working on and how you can get involved, and/or to pitch or provide an update on your own project. Ping the #getinvolved Slack channel or email us at [masked] and we can add you to the agenda.*

7:00 - 9:00: Open project time

*You don't have to be on the agenda to talk. We always leave open time for members to discuss projects/events. 


Want to get involved in a project? Check out existing project ideas here:

Want to pitch a project at the meetup? Fill out this super-quick form to give us a few details about it:

You'll probably want a laptop (or be prepared to team up with someone that has a laptop, or work on projects that don't require a computer).

We plan things, ask/answer questions, and discuss projects using Slack.
Join the Open Seattle Slack channel here:

Enter the main doors at 705 5th Ave S. If the doors are locked, somebody should be there to let you in. Head inside and to your left to find the elevator lobby; Socrata is on the 6th floor. Once you're up there, follow the signs to reach Socrata's cafeteria at the west end of the building.

If you arrive and the door is locked:
Leave a comment on this page or call the number on the sign to get let in!

Ember.js Seattle

Having trouble finding the motivation to work on those Ember side projects? Want to get help from the Ember experts? Do you think you write better code with wood-fired pizza and craft beer?

Come hang out with your fellow Emberists, talk to the Ember experts (including some Ember core team members), and meet new friends. We'll be meeting at each second and fourth Wednesday every month.

Ember Project Nights: Because it sucks to work alone.

* By the way: vegan/gluten-free crusts and non-beer options are available, and produce similarly good code.

Seattle Ed Tech Meetup

Join us for our end-of-the-month happy hour! In addition to our usual - catching up, meeting new folks, and talking about the intersection of education and tech - this meetup will be a great time to discuss your ideas for changing education while meeting previous winners, participants, and organizers of Startup Weekend EDU (tickets now live!).

Keep in touch between meetups - join our Slack channel!

Look forward to seeing you soon! : )

ProductTank Seattle

Hear how the Netflix team made tough decisions about the hardest things - people, product and business - as it grew to support over 100 million members. This is “inside baseball,” revealing the decision-making process behind some of Netflix’s toughest decisions and reinforcing the importance of strategy, data and intuition to inform decisions and to create a highly innovative product culture.

This highly interactive talk presents five, “What would you do?” case studies. It presents two frameworks for describing both company and product strategy and illustrates the importance of defining clear tactics and metrics against each strategy. You'll be surprised at the extent Netflix learned through failure to become the worldwide streaming giant that most people know and love today.

About the speaker

Gibson Biddle was VP of Product at Netflix from[masked], then became the Chief Product Officer of the textbook rental company, Chegg, that went public in 2013. Today, he's an "EIR Product" and adviser for multiple consumer tech companies, as well as a guest lecturer at Stanford.  


1. Networking:  6:00 - 6.30 pm  
2. Speaker: 6:30 - 7:30 pm  
3. Q&A: 7:30 - 7:45 pm  
4. Further Networking:  7:45 pm - 8:30 pm (at the latest)

NOTE: Space will be limited. Please RSVP! Thank you.

Learn to Code Seattle

IMPORTANT:  Please register via Eventbrite. RSVP to this meetup does not guarantee entry.

Become an Amazon Alexa Skill Developer! 

Join a free workshop hosted by Galvanize and Amazon to learn more about building applications for Alexa! Students will learn to create applications for a voice user interface (VUI) and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow in AI, VUI design, and voice computing.

What is Alexa?

Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and the brain behind millions of devices including Amazon Echo.  Alexa provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to create a more personalized experience.  There are now more than 10,000 skills from companies like Starbucks, Uber, and Capital One as well as innovative designers and developers.  You, too, can build engaging skills and reach millions of customers with the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK).  ASK is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples that makes it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa.  With ASK, you can leverage Amazon’s knowledge and pioneering work in the field of voice design.  Attend this workshop to learn how to create compelling voice experiences for Alexa.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

• Introduction to Alexa Skills Kit

• Introduction to basic concepts like intents, utterances, and slotsHow to build your first skill

• How to leverage AWS LambdaHow to set your skill up for successful certification


Welcome and Intro to Alexa (20 mins)

• What are Skills and How do they Work? (20 mins)

• Building your first Skill! (40 mins)

• Intents, Utterances, and Slots (20 mins)

• Build a second skill! (40 mins)

• Advanced concepts, persistence, states, SDK (20 mins)

• Closing, and networking (20 mins)

What should I do prior to arrival?

• Sign up for an Amazon developer account (free)

• Sign up for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account (free but credit card required for signup)

• Download and install Node.js (optional, but recommended)

• Browse the Alexa GitHub repository

What should I bring?

Your laptop and charger. Tablets do not provide the multi-tab capabilities you will want.

Why should I learn to create Alexa skills?

With this workshop, you will learn about voice user interfaces (VUI) and will gain experience with three services: Amazon’s Alexa Skills Kit, AWS Lambda (part of Amazon Web Services), and the Node.js backend JavaScript framework.  Second, once certified, your new skill will be published in the Alexa skills store, so others can use it on devices with Alexa.  Finally, the way humans interact with machines is at an inflection point, and conversational artificial intelligence (AI) is at the center of the transformation.  Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, enables customers to interact with the world around them in a more intuitive way, using voice.  Get ready for the future of user experience.

About the Alexa Skills Kit

Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and the brain behind millions of devices including Amazon Echo. Alexa provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to create a more personalized experience. There are now more than 10,000 skills from companies like Starbucks, Uber, and Capital One as well as innovative designers and developers.

The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) enables designers, developers, and brands to build engaging skills and reach millions of customers. ASK is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples that makes it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. With ASK, you can leverage Amazon’s knowledge and pioneering work in the field of voice design.

Learn more about the Alexa Skills Kit.

About Galvanize

Galvanize is the premiere dynamic learning community for technology. With campuses located in booming technology sectors throughout the country, Galvanize provides a community for each the following:

Education - part-time and full-time training in web development, data science, and data engineering

Workspace - whether you’re a freelancer, startup, or established business, we provide beautiful spaces with a community dedicated to support your company’s growth

Networking - events in the tech industry happen constantly in our campuses, ranging from popular Meetups to multi-day international conferences

To learn more about Galvanize, visit

Seattle Internet Marketers

Our guest is Dallin Hall. He'll be talking about COOP marketing, supporting partnerships, and executing on sponsorship initiatives.

Dallin is a Marketing Manager for Amazon, Prime Now Retail. With 5+ years of supporting sponsorships and COOP marketing across outdoor retail, hospitality, and tech. Since obtaining his degree in Marketing from Westminster College, his career has focused on branding, marketing, and consumer insight initiatives.

StartupBlink Seattle

Hello, Seattle entrepreneurs!

This month's networking event will be celebrating the upcoming relaunch of StartupBlink and the release of a worldwide startup ecosystem report, ranking +100 countries and +1000 cities around the world! 

**** sign up to our Facebook event here to keep up to date with all of our events leading up to the launch around the globe, and online!*****

**** sign up to the webinar celebrating the launch with our CEO and guest hosts here! ******

This is your chance to lead your local city Networking event! We need one of you to Volunteer and make sure the event happens in your city.

Event leaders are responsible for two easy tasks:

1) Deciding on a location.

2) Welcoming those attending.

To lead an event, just send us a message via the group or email us at [masked] with the location you have picked and your phone/whatsapp so we can publish your details as the leader of the event in the group. If you have a project you would like to feature, we will include its description and link on the event description while also giving you a shout out as event organizer in our monthly newsletter sent to over 10,000 entrepreneurs around the world.  

The agenda of the event is simple: connect to other entrepreneurs and help your project grow by knowing the active people in your startup ecosystem. This is an unofficial and relaxed networking event for people looking for ideas, co-founders, team members, investors, suppliers, and clients.

Our events are usually joined by 2 - 15 members, each participant will get a chance to introduce themselves and their project to the other attendees.

If you are interested in becoming the official leader of the group, please consider joining our Startup Community Leaders Program.

Special request from us, please don't forget to add your Project on and join our closed startup group at:


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Whether you like mappuccino, geo-espessso, or just a good ole' cup of GIS joe, join us this weekend for some coffee and chatting. 

What to Expect: 
Good times with fellow mappers! We are a warm and welcoming group, and love meeting new members!

What to bring: 
Yourself! And perhaps a laptop if you want to work on or show off your latest mapping project. :)

In addition to coffee, Espresso Vivace has a variety of pastries, cookies, and snacks.

Art+Tech+Trash: Hands-On Collaborative Experiments

Maker Faire was a booming success this year. So many people participated we ran out of materials. We also met many new friends who will hopefully join us.

Let's meet in October and share project ideas as well as how we could do more skill sharing (at the Meetup and around Seattle)

Please RSVP and come!

StartupBlink Seattle

Along with re-launching the StartupBlink website, we're releasing the first (ever) countries and cities startup ranking. Find out how your city and country are ranked from +100 countries and +1000 cities around the world!

We’ll also learn how this massive database can continue to promoting your business, when we discuss 3 ways to gain more visibility for your project/business!

**** Please register using this link, spaces are limited: ****

What's the plan for this amazing event?

• Introducing the top 125 Countries and 1,000 cities around the world!

• Meet our dedicated Community Leaders and Premium Members from around the world, who'll present their projects and talk about their city and country rankings.

• A discussion with StartupBlink CEO about the methodology and algorithm which creates the rankings.

•  Learn 3 ways to gain more visibility for your project/business!

• Get a first look at the StartupBlink map - the new design and functionality!

• And more.

The Speaker

Eli David is StartupBlink's nomadic CEO.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, Economist, and an MBA graduate with work experience in such firms as KPMG and BDO. Eli is a digital nomad constantly changing locations since 2010, while and podcasting in

**** Please register using this link, spaces are limited: ****

We couldn't have relaunched without our partners at ANSYS Startup Program! Are you building a hardware product? ANSYS' program allows startups to get access to the world’s leading simulation tool to help you build an amazing virtual prototype. Find out if you’re one of the lucky eligible startups here.



In this workshop, we will introduce the concept of vector tiles.  We'll be looking at generating our own vector tiles with Tippecanoe (utility tool), styling vector tiles with Maputnik (vector tile style editor), serving vector tiles using Tileserver-gl (one of many vector tile servers), and creating web maps using the Mapbox-gl-js tool. Then, we'll have a hands-on exercise on bringing vector tiles into Maputnik to stylize and create a web map as well as Mapbox Studio workflow.

What to bring:

Be sure to bring your laptop with Chrome or Firefox browser installed. Please register for a GitHub account (if you don't have one already). 

Target Audience:

Anyone interested in learning about vector tiles! This is a more advanced topic, so we'll assume some prior GIS and web mapping knowledge. We'll be discussing various vector tile workflows in order to provide a broad overview of vector tiles use in web maps.

Where to go:

We will be meeting at Galvanize. When you arrive, let the person at the desk know that you're there for Maptime and they'll point you in the right direction.

About your instructor: 

Peter Keum is a senior GIS Specialist with the King County Wastewater Treatment Division. 

Seattle DevOps Meetup Group

Note: The last Tuesday of October is Halloween, so this is on Wednesday November 1st!

Intro Talk:

With the constant demand to build systems rapidly with more resiliency and less budget, compounded with on-call support duties and a seemingly endless stream of alerts, it’s no wonder that burnout has become a serious problem within the DevOps community.

In this session I’ll share ways that you can identify burnout and actions steps to prevent yourself from burning out. But we are also a DevOps community, which means we need to take care of each other. I’ll provide an easy to remember framework attendees can implement to identify, help and support others experiencing burnout and mental health issues.

Speaker: Jason Yee

Jason is a technical writer and evangelist at Datadog, where he works to inspire developers and ops engineers with the power of metrics and monitoring. He’s also a co-organizer of DevOpsDays Portland. When he’s not speaking at conferences or helping organize them, he likes to spend time on planes “travel hacking” and hunting for interesting, regional whiskey.

Round Table Discussion

After Jason's talk we'll have a round table discussion about burnout in our industry. 

Staff Picks

Young Professionals Seattle

Thompson Hotel


July 26, 2016

Tech Crawl

Casey, Larry

July 28, 2016

No actual pubs guys. Stops include:, Google and Thinkspace



July 21, 2016


Schedule of Deliverables

Assignment Notes Due Date
Individual - Submit your Brand Statements! Think about what your strengths in your past jobs are and how they can apply to your new life as a web developer. Please submit before 9am on the due date 20 Jul
Pods - Review Brand Statements! Review the brand statements of all your pod members by 9am on the due date. 25 Jul
Individual - Resumes round 2 Create a formatted version of your resume and save the link in your profile by 9am on the due date. If you need help, get resume writting tips from the Outcomes ppt. 21 Jul

Schedule of Deliverables

Assignment Notes Due Date
Individual - Submit your Brand Statements! Think about what your strengths in your past jobs are and how they can apply to your new life as a web developer. Please submit before 9am on the due date 21 Jul
Pods - Review Brand Statements! Review the brand statements of all your pod members by 9am on the due date. 25 Jul
Individual - Add the link to your resume Create a formatted version of your resume and save the link in your profile by 9am on the due date. If you need help, get resume writting tips from the Outcomes ppt. 27 Jul


Schedule of Deliverables

Assignment Notes Due Date