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It’s the last “Tampa Bay tech events” list of 2019...and of the decade!

The time around Christmas always sees a sharp decline in tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events, which is why this edition is listing the events for the last two weeks on the year. I hope you had a great 2019, and I’ll see you in 2020!

This weekly list, which I started in 2017, has been around for about three years. and I hope you’ve found it useful. The mailing list version is a relatively new thing — thanks to Justin Davis for the suggestions — and will continue into the new year and the new decade.

News items

Here are some bits of Tampa Bay news that you may find interesting...

Embarc Collective opens its doors in the new year

“We're excited to announce that before the holidays, construction on our 32,000 square foot facility will be done and startups will move into the space just after the New Year,” says their announcement, and that’s great news. This means Embarc Collective, whose goal is to help Tampa Bay startups grow into successful, thriving companies and turn Tampa Bay into one of the go-to places for startups, will finally have a space they can call their own, as will the 40 startups under their wing.

You don’t have to be from one of their startups to benefit from their new space, either. It’s also going to be an event space, and as they say, “We hope to be the home to 100+ tech- and entrepreneurship-focused events in 2020, led by different organizations in the community.” I may have to see about hosting Tampa iOS Meetup — or the meetup I’m thinking of morphing it into — there sometime!

Find out more: Embarc Collective is Opening. What does this mean for Tampa Bay?

Drift opens a Tampa office

“As we grow to support our customers’ diverse needs, we recognized that we needed to expand our footprint and seek out a location with a budding tech scene and a diverse talent pool,” says David Cancel, founder and CEO of Drift, the Boston-based company that makes a “conversational marketing” platform that simplifies business-to-business buying.

“It needed to be an up-and-coming location that hadn’t been penetrated by the Googles and Accentures of the world," Cancel said. "To not have the competition. We want to be on the upswing and Tampa is booming.”

It also helped that Drift co-founder and CTO Elias Torres is a local who went to both high school and university (USF) here, and that he has a connection with Tampa Bay Lightning owner and Tampa booster Jeff Vinik, who flew Cancel to Tampa, showed him the Water Street project, and introduced him to Mayor Jane Castor as well as other local business leaders.

The end result: Drift is opening its fourth office in Tampa at 401 East Jackson, with plans to hire up to 100 employees by 2021. As of this writing, there are four Tampa-based jobs listed on their “careers” pageBusiness Development RepresentativeCustomer Advocate - Entry LevelCustomer Education Manager, and one that sound particularly intriguing: AI Conversation Designer.

Find out more:


Kin is coming to Tampa Bay

Here’s an interesting article from Suncoast Developers Guild featuring a Q&A with Jason Fraley, managing director of engineering for Kin, the online insurance company. While their headquarters are in Chicago, they’re expanding and opening an office in Tampa Bay, and among the locals he’s been hiring are Suncoast Developers Guild graduates.

Find out more: Managing Director of Engineering on Why He Hires SDG Grads

Tampa Bay tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events for the rest of 2019

Monday, December 16

Tuesday, December 17

Wednesday, December 18

Thursday, December 19

Friday, December 20

Saturday, December 21

Sunday, December 22

Things are a little quiet between the 23rd and New Years’ Day. If you’re thinking about attending any of the events listed below, you might want to confirm with the organizers that they’re actually taking place!

Monday, December 23

Tuesday, December 24

Wednesday, December 25

(No events)

Thursday, December 26

Friday, December 27

Saturday, December 28

Sunday, December 29

Monday, December 30

Tuesday, December 31

Do you have an upcoming event that you’d like to see on this list?

If you know of an upcoming event that you think should appear on this list, please let me know!

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