Civic Tech Events This October

| Matt Stempeck

NY October

We’re not sure how summer snuck away from us so quickly, but we’re ready for layers, leaves, and lots of events to keep us going through October. Fall into civic tech with us with our top events for the month:

October 1 – 2 — Code for America Summit: Our team is heading to Oakland to be inspired by some of the nation’s top leaders in civic tech, transforming government one hack at a time.

October 1 – 4 — Lesbians Who Tech (and allies) New York Summit: Lesbians Who Tech is hosting the second annual Summit in New York from October 1st -4th in New York. The Summit is an effort to bring together over 1,000 queer women in tech (and allies), a group that is rarely represented in either of the communities of which they are a part – the tech community or the LGBT community – for the most unique technology conference ever.

October 1 — Meet Link.: Cities all over the world are beginning to explore how technology can improve life for residents, workers and visitors. New York City is leading the way with LinkNYC, the largest and fastest free public Wi-Fi and smart cities network in the world, which will help bridge the digital divide and serve as a platform for civic and commercial innovation.

October 1 — Paper Prototyping Workout: You have the concept for your game but need it to be wildly addictive. You need to develop a way to quickly test versions to figure out what’s working best. You need an advanced method for rapid paper prototyping–and you need it now.Join us as Josh DeBonis, game designer for BumbleBear Games, walks us through best practices in mastering gaming mechanics through rapid paper prototyping. This will be a unique style for us as Joshua will give a full breakout of his method, facilitate a hands-on group exercise, and then leave ample time for questions.

October 4 — Data for Good Global Picnic: Grab your picnic blanket, your favorite international snack and any friends interested in enjoying a sunset in Brooklyn Bridge Park with fellow data enthusiasts from around the world.

October 6 — Selling to Government: Join the NYC Department of Small Business Services to learn how the government can become your customer.

October 6 — How to Build a Puzzle Game: Whether or not you’re a beginner, building a puzzle game can be a lot trickier than you think. Luckily, Kurt Bieg has done all the hard work for you. Just bring your laptop and your imagination and he’ll provide you with everything you need to create a fully functioning match three game.

October 6 — October 2015 NY Tech Meetup and Afterparty: Join fellow technologists for an evening of live demos from companies developing great technology in New York.

October 8 — Demo & Play Night: Rise of the Tomb Raider & Just Cause 3!: Playcrafting NYC is excited to team up with Square Enix and Microsoft for a very special edition of their monthly Demo & Play Night! Join us for live demos and playtime with 2 of the hottest titles coming to Xbox One this year. Developers from Crystal Dynamics will be on hand to showcase the all-new Rise of the Tomb Raider. And Avalanche Studios will be showing the next installment in the hit series Just Cause 3.

October 9 — Not Just Cats: Llamas, Goats, and Other Animal Memes From Around the World: Cats are regular fixtures on many national internets around the globe, but some cultures tend to focus on different animals, while others rarely engage with animals online at all. An Xiao Mina (The Civic Beat), Matt Stempeck (Microsoft), Ben Valentine (The Civic Beat), and Luis Daniel (Bloomberg) discuss the many animals featured online around the world and how they reflect the diversity of cultures online.

October 12 — Mapping for Civic Importance: For this GeoNYC we honor the bridge between NYC and San Francisco. Two cities that are doing awesome and innovative work on the geospatial spectrum. Each of our guests have done location work in NYC but the original idea, perspective and impact began in San Francisco. From the history of our cities in old photographs, to an atlas of navigating the city, to a designer perspective that captures both, we humbly acknowledge that geo in NYC is not created on its own but in a continual dialogue with other centers of the universe.

October 13 — Basics of Business for Indie Developers: Find out what it takes to start a games studio from incorporation and capital-raising to selling your game.

October 14 — 3rd Annual C4Q Tech Bash: You’re invited to what’s sure to be an unforgettable night celebrating with our growing tech community—including entrepreneurs, technologists, civic and business leaders, and community residents—at the 3rd Annual #C4QTechBash fundraiser at the MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Museum!

October 15 — Marketing for Game Developers – Standing out on App Stores: Learn how to effectively market your game to worldwide player bases, detailing how to create branding, positioning, App Store assets, longterm PR plans, marketing content in-game, community management, and perhaps most importantly, marketing in the first user experience.

October 16 — Silicon Harlem Conference – Connected for Good!: The Silicon Harlem Annual Technology Conference gathers top innovation leaders, leading edge companies, and emerging technologies that impact communities.

October 16 – 18 — The Scientista Symposium: The Scientista Symposium is a three-day conference that aims to empower pre-professional women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by introducing you to inspirational role models and by providing you with opportunities to hone valuable skills.

October 19 — Women in Tech – Growing Your Career: Join the New York Technology Council and ChickTech for a fun, candid discussion about talent recruitment and career development for female engineers and developers.

October 20 — Game Writing Portfolio Workout: A hands-on writing class for people who want to start building their game writing portfolio.

October 22 — Playcrafting NYC Fall Expo!: Over sixty game developers will be showing off their latest games one-on-one to a crowd of 500 people. For developers, this is a great opportunity to show off their games (finished or unfinished) and get direct feedback from players. For everyone else, it’s a unique opportunity to try out the biggest collection of games made in and around NYC all in one place. Each game gets its own booth as players meet the developers and try out their games. Throw pizza into the mix and you get Playcrafting’s biggest event!

October 27 — The Subway Map: The Last 50 Years, The Next 50 Years: An event about the New York City Subway Map: A presentation on the evolution of the New York City subway map over the past 50 years, and a discussion and debate on how it should evolve over the coming 50 years.

October 27 — Legal Issues for Game Developers 101: Running your own game studio is hard enough without worrying about the host of legal needs every game developer encounters as they build their company. Come join Chris, a New York Gaming Attorney as he walks you through what every Developer should know about legal issues, but is afraid to ask.

October 29 — Level Up Your Game’s Audio: Learn how to level up your game audio with real-world strategies for finding and working with audio designers, even on a tight budget.

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