(Norwescon Image) — “We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things.” That statement seems eerily on point for what’s going on in the world right now, but it’s actually a quote from “The Martian Chronicles,” written by Ray Bradbury back in 1950. Works from authors such as Bradbury and Isaac Asimov as well as newer books from fantasy and science fiction authors are the centerpiece of , which takes place from April 18 through April 21. While its focus is literary, the event also includes other media such as movies and games. It’s also where the annual Philip K. Dick Awards are presented for new science fiction books. — Everyone has some biases in their life, but those biases can bleed into the development of artificial intelligence in ways we may not realize. This is the topic of , which takes place on April 17. This presentation will focus on how companies can reduce biases slipping into their algorithms by helping employees to reduce biases in real life. Here are more highlights from the GeekWire Calendar: : The first in a number of presentations to help new business owners at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in Seattle; 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18. : A presentation about how startups can prepare themselves to do business on a global scale at Anthony’s Forum at the University of Washington in Seattle; 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18. : A presentation about the latest advancements in 3D printing technology and its uses at Thinkspace in Seattle; 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18. : A convention focused on anime at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle; Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21. : A showing of 18 popular anime films at Cinerama in Seattle; Friday, April 19 – Wednesday, April 24. A presentation for startups about how to determine their companies’ value and have discussions with investors at the University of Washington in Seattle; 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, April 19. A presentation about web accessibility and where to start at Code Fellows in Seattle; 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday, April 19. For more upcoming events, check out the , where you can find meetups, conferences, startup events, and geeky gatherings in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Organizing an event? .
One of the biggest pop culture conventions in the Pacific Northwest is happening in Portland the weekend of Feb. 22. draws in big crowds and big guests every year. Some of this year’s guests include Jason Momoa (Aquaman and Game of Thrones), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), and many guests from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What’s the best way to beat the blues after the biggest snowstorm in recent memory? Spending Valentine’s Day playing board games with your special someone, of course. Mox Boarding House, the combo pub and board game store in Bellevue, has some special food on the menu and lots of 2-player board games for you try out and you don’t have to figure out the rules on your own. Mox will have staff on hand to help you learn to play. The starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes until closing on Thursday, Feb. 14. Here are more highlights from the GeekWire Calendar: : A chance to meet game designers and give feedback on their latest games at Wayward Coffee House in Seattle; 2 to 6 p.m Sunday, Feb. 17. : A presentation about the basics of the startup business model at The Univerity of Washington CoMotion Innovation Lab in Seattle; 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb.22. : A presentation about the benefits of continuing to grow and learn throughout your career at Code Fellows in Seattle; 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. : A presentation to help startups figure out their valuation without revenue or profits at WeWork SLU in Seattle; 12 to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. : An event where beginners and experienced developers can work together on open source projects at North Seattle College in Seattle; 6p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. : A presentation about how startups can navigate public relations on a small budget at Galvanize in Seattle; 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. For more upcoming events, check out the , where you can find meetups, conferences, startup events, and geeky gatherings in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Organizing an event? .