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5 Must-Attend Events to Make the Washington Tech Scene

Want to be a tech pro? Check out these local meet-ups and conferences.
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1. General Assembly’s Intro to the DC Startup Community

When: About twice per quarter.

Where: 1133 15th St., NW.

What: Introduces neophytes to the people, companies, investors, and events crucial to the area’s tech ecosystem.

2. DC Tech Meetup

When: Monthly.

Where: Varies.

What: Hundreds-strong events at which start-ups do product demos; also open-mike session to share job opportunities.

3. Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Titans Breakfast Series

When: Four to five times a year.

Where: Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

What: Early-morning speaker series that in its long run has hosted Steve Ballmer, Michael Dell, and Bill Gates.

4. Fosterly Collaborate Conference

When: Once a year.

Where: Varies.

What: Private- and public-sector innovators gather for two days of speakers, workshops, pitch practices, and more.

5. DC and NoVA Nightowls

When: Two to three times a month.

Where: Various co-working spaces.

What: Entrepreneurs and techies meet to work on personal projects in after-hours sessions that stretch past midnight.

This article appears in our May 2015 issue of Washingtonian, in our Tech Titans feature.

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Michael J. Gaynor has written about fake Navy SEALs, a town without cell phones, his Russian spy landlord, and many more weird and fascinating stories for the Washingtonian. He lives in DC, where his landlord is no longer a Russian spy.