It can be easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget that when you live in the Bay Area, you have easy access to some of the greatest minds and most innovative projects in the global tech community.
Indeed, we live amongst high achievers, and these folks want to share their information, get connected, and start great projects. So, whether you’re one of those high achievers yourself or you’re a “wantrapreneur,” a dreamer, or just a fan-boy, there is no better time than now to get out and get inspired.
February and March are shaping up to be hot months for local tech events. No excuses. You would be remiss if you took a pass on attending at least one of these.
Here are some of the events we thought you should know about. Let us know if you’ll be attending one and we’ll try to catch up with you.
Bay Area Tech Events in February, 2013
Dates: January 31-Feb. 2
Location: Moscone Center, SF
The big kahuna of tech events draws Mac fans from throughout the nation. Everyone’s gonna be there…
DeveloperWeek Conference and Festival: The Art of the App
Dates: Feb. 1-7
Location: SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, SF
This event combines a 4-day educational conference, technology-specific app development contests, developer tech exhibitors, startup lightning pitches, and keynote talks from the top engineers across app development, data science, and mobile deployment.
Startup Weekend Transmedia
Dates: February 1-February 3
Location: PARISOMA Coworking Space, 169 11th St., SF
Startup Weekend Transmedia is a weekend-long event that brings together developers, game designers, producers, writers, advertisers and more to envision and build prototype transmedia experiences and then pitch them to a jury of industry experts from LucasFilm, AKQA and ideo.org.
SF Beta: Developer Week Edition
Date: February 4th, 6:00-9:00pm
Location: 111 Minna Gallery
SF Beta bills itself as San Francisco’s premier startup mixer. Casual atmosphere. Good libations. Developers, founders, investors and media professionals in attendance. Who could ask for anything more?
Startup Product Summit
Date: February 7th
Location: 600 Townsend Building, SF
“Product is evolving. Increasingly, the responsibility for creating and maintaining a great product falls on everyone’s shoulders, especially in startups. We aim to bring together everyone who touches product to exchange perspectives on creating and sustaining product value. Straight talk from real people sharing concrete, relevant stories to spark conversation around the entire life of a product – from prototyping to sunsetting. Discover how to work together to build amazing products.”
Vator Splash SF
Date: February 13th, 3:30-midnight
Location: Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., SF
One of SF’s most popular startup competitions. Lots of opportunities to mingle with founders and investors, too.
Women 2.0 Conference 2013: The Next Billion (early-bird pricing available until Jan. 31st)
Date: February 14
Location: Westin St. Francis, SF, 335 Powell St., SF
“Women 2.0 Conference is a conference for investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and designers focused on exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation. This year’s event will feature successful women entrepreneurs who reached milestones of billions, including a Facebook case study, and best practice presentations from some of the most successful female startup founders and executives in tech.”
Upcoming Bay Area Tech Events in March, 2013
The Hacker Fair
Date: March 3, 1-8pm
Location: Hacker Dojo, 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA
“The Hacker Fair is an awesome opportunity to find the candidate or job of your dreams. Candidates will set up science-fair-like booths displaying their awesome skills. Companies will come around and shop for awesome candidates and interview them.”
Dates: March 16-17
Location: Fort Mason Center, SF
This is a brand new event that is being launched to give consumers and tech fans an opportunity to get their hands on new and innovative gadgets and to hear from the incredible people who design and invent them.
Health IT Summit
Dates: March 26-27
Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
This event focuses on improving the world of healthcare through better information technology and information sharing.
If you’d like to plan your calendar for the year, here is a list of major startup events and organizations throughout the SF Bay Area.