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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

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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By Pat Hammond

Concord, NH - Final sculpture installed on Main Street and the public exhibition is now open!

Next week is the last slow events week until Thanksgiving.  Take advantage of the sunny skies and warm temps to take a stroll down Main Street in Concord to see the 1st Concord public sculpture exhibit.

It's often overlooked by the mundanes, but creativity is an integral part of science and technology.  Whether you're an artist, science geek, or tech, take an afternoon to let the creative energy spark your gray matter, then stop by Gibson's for a coffee (tea for me!) and let the ideas flow. 

All of the sculpture on display is for sale, so if you see that perfect piece for your start-up's lobby or courtyard you can snap it up.

Even better, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce just announced that "The City will receive a 30% commission on any piece purchased to be placed into a dedicated fund towards the purchase of permanent public art in Concord." 

How cool is that? 

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By Pat Hammond

Savor the end of summer...once we get to September the STEAM events calendar is going to explode

Okay, explode may be an exaggeration, but after the first week of September, things should start to normalize as groups come back from their summer breaks. 

In the meantime, now is a good time to try some networking outside of your comfort zone.  

Think about the people or industries you're trying to reach and shift your focus 150

If you need to connect with small business owners or decision makers, think about going to an event for accountants.  (NH Society of Certified Public Accountants has tons of events.

Association events tend to be skewed to industry topics, but not always.  Check a group's calendar to see if they are doing an open networking event or mixer, introduce yourself and listen to what people are saying,  Remember, you're there to make connections, not sales. 

Another option is to be bold and invite a competitor for coffee. 

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By Pat Hammond

Anyone else amazed how many art events are popping up every week?

Sometimes we get so caught up in all the tech and engineering events that it's easy to forget that the "A" in STEAM stands for art. 

Not this week. 

Whether you're looking for a place to buy art, display art, network with other artists or just get some help figuring out how to set a price for your latest masterpiece, there is an event for you. 

And if art's not your thing, be sure to check out the science and tech events.  

TECH REMINDER: The SBIR Tour will be at UNH Manchester from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM on Thursday, This is a great opportunity for early-stage startups in tech, biotech, and related fields to find funding from US government agencies.  The free tickets have sold out on eventbrite.com, but you can still register via UNH. 

The cost is $25.

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By Pat Hammond

Are you as excited as I am? I know I said it a few weeks ago, but the local STEAM scene is buzzing. 

You might even say we're witnessing a renaissance.  

It may not look like there are a lot of events on the calendar, but there has been a consistent influx of new groups, conferences, and events all summer.  Four years ago when I started Queen City Buzz there weren't more than four or five events every week, now we have a separate calendar just for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  

It's amazing what happens when people believe in something then work to make it happen. 

Whether you're a trendsetter or trend follower, STEAM has come to the Granite State and it's gaining momentum. If you don't work in at STEAM field, it's time to embrace the changes and start thinking about how your products and services can be tweaked to fit the special needs of those markets. 

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By Pat Hammond

It may look a little thin, but this week's STEAM calendar features arts & crafts, tech, biotech, medicine, and engineering.  There's even a webinar for home healthcare providers. 

This week's top pick is a toss-up between the 85th Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair and the two ARMI Biofab USA events.

The 85th Annual Craftsman's Fair will be held Saturday, August 4th - Sunday, 12th at Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103 in Newbury. 

The fair includes exhibits, demonstrations, DIY workshops, music, and a "Science of Math of Craft tent."

Event hours are 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and admission is $15.  

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On the science side of the calendar, ARMI BioFab USA has two events, the Coordinated Continuum of Biological Systems Supporting Human Motion Conference on Thursday, August 9th in Andover, NH and a Workshop on Characterization of Fiber-based Scaffolds, Friday, August 10th in Manchester. 

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By Pat Hammond

Is it me or does it look like almost every science, tech, and art group in the state has gone on vacation?

There's not much on next week's STEAM calendar so I thought I'd share a couple events for authors.

The first one is a free event from the Griffin Free Public Library in Auburn.

The library will be hosting New York Times bestselling author Mark Dagostino as part of their Summer Author Series on Tuesday, July 31st, from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM.  

According to the event page, Dagostino will share lessons in life and business learned from the celebrity, sports, and leadership subjects of his 14 hit books, including his bestseller, “The Magnolia Story” with Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”

The second event is a sneak peek of an upcoming workshop for authors called "Market Your Book Using Facebook & Video...Painlessly" from Christine Halvorson and Nanette Perrotte. 

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek for Photographers & Models: NH Group Shoots is hosting a group photo shoot at White Park in Concord 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 11th

Their eventbrite page is a little short on details, but I think it's meant to be a way for people interested in photography to get together and enjoy a group outing.

Whatever the purpose, the event is free and it sounds kind of fun. 

In a similar vein, The World's Stage, a theater group "dedicated to guerrilla-style performances",  will be at Greeley Park in Nashua from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 28th for Comic Con of Errors.  

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