5 tech events this week that could change the world

February 12, 2018
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Each week, we offer a curated calendar of NYC’s top tech events. This week is all about having those big, global conversations about how and why we shape the future of tech. Check out our picks below or head over to our full events listings here.

 

Getting to 80%: Building Technology to Increase National Voter Turnout, Feb. 13 at 6:00 p.m.

The United States is notorious for having one of the lowest voter turnouts of any modern nation. A group of engineers and tech-minded individuals is getting together to help change that fact and make our participatory democracy, well, participant-friendly! At this meetup, learn how you can get involved in their variety of projects, including TurboVote.

 

Bitcoin/Altcoins & Cryptocurrency Trading Enthusiast Night, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Finding smart cryptocurrency advice in this day and age can be difficult. Attend this meetup if you’re looking to swap stories or learn new strategies. Bitcoin, in particular, has faced a rough couple of weeks, so if you’re an investor seeking solace, you’ll likely find a pearl of wisdom (or a shoulder to cry on) here.

 

Marketing Meetup, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Let’s face it — not all of us have a romantic reservation at a five-star restaurant on Valentine’s Day. So, what better to do than swing by this marketing mixer, which will feature pizza, product discussion and pitches. Fate may very well work its course, and you’ll depart the Marketing Mixer arm-in-arm with the love of your life.

 

Hiring & Culture at Startups: Advice from the Experts, Feb 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Let’s say you have a killer business idea and a funding pitch that will knock it out of the park — it won’t be a one-man show forever, and you need to start thinking about staffing. At this event, you’ll learn how to shape the future of your company’s employee base and make smart hires that will create the company culture of your dream.

 

Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms & Other Threats of Toxic Tech, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, unconscious biases are capable of sneaking themselves into coding, marketing, hiring and more. As tech-minded individuals, it’s our responsibility to be aware of this threat and change practices as necessary. The city of New York recently launched an initiative to examine biases in its algorithms. This talk will examine how private companies can take these same measures — and why it’s so important that they should! Food (with vegan options!) will be provided.

 

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