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By Pat Hammond

Limited networking events next week. 

It's to be expected, next week is the week before Christmas and the events calendar is a little light.  

The good news is there are a few events like Strategies & Skills for Successful Negotiations, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM on Wednesday, and two Toastmasters meetings, Thursday morning and evening for anyone looking to dust off or learn a new skill for the new year. 

If you're like me an still have a little shopping to do, the Craftworkers' Guild is hosting their annual Holiday Fair now through Saturday, December 22nd at the Oliver Kendall House, 5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford.  Doors are open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. It's a great opportunity to check work from local artists and find a unique gift for that hard-to-shop-for relative.

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By Pat Hammond

TechWomen Power Breakfast - "How to Thrive in a Hyper-Connected World" with Cisco chief security officer, Edna Conway

How much thought do you give to the information shared by the apps on your phone?  

Angry Birds, Pinterest, and Facebook all rub elbows with email, Google Maps, and Instagram.

I bet you even do banking from your phone.  It's a convenience, right? 

But what about security?  

Every time you download an app you get a pop-up screen detailing which files and processes the app "needs" access to.  

You might feel confident in your banking app's ability to protect your data, but what about all those other fun little games and tools you download on a whim?  Are they really safe?  And how much access do they really need to your personal data?

Cisco's chief security officer Edna Conway will be presenting "How to Thrive in a Hyper-connected World" at this month's TechWomen Power Breakfast 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Wednesday, December 12th at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford.  

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By Pat Hammond

You don't have to be a STEAM professional to go to STEAM events.  

You know how I'm always saying that networking happens everywhere?  That's not just for business.  STEAM covers a lot of areas including gaming, writing, art, photography, robotics, and all those data nerds. (Yes, that's really a thing.)

Whether you're interested in trying a new hobby or making new business connections, don't be afraid to mingle with the STEAM crowd. Science and tech businesses have the same needs as regular businesses (accountants, sales, marketing, call centers, admins, etc...). And given the region's emphasis on technology, your next client, job, or sales lead may be hidden in the STEAM.

Remember, every time you make a connection you are opening the door to connecting with everyone that person knows. 

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By Pat Hammond

Oh yeah, tech is back on the STEAM calendar :)

Heads up fellow techs, I know the STEAM calendar has been a little thin on tech events the last couple months, but this week's post-holiday STEAM calendar is proof that New Hampshire is serious about becoming a regional, dare I say national tech hub.  

Starting with NH Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI) November Stakeholder Meeting on Monday, next week is all about starting tech businesses and creating the local workforce to support them. 

And if you're looking for something more hands-on, there is a weekly bitcoin meetup at Murphy's Taproom on Sunday and the monthly NH Python Group meeting on Thursday.  

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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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