SEPTEMBER 10 – 24, 2016



Geek Week is an opportunity to come together at every level to showcase our culture of collaboration and innovation: grassroots, academic and institutional. Geek Week aims to raise the profile of Waterloo Region as a premier destination for visitors.

From hackers and makers to movers and shakers, Geek Week invites the world to Waterloo Region to find out what’s new and what’s next. Visitors can sample the ingredients of Waterloo’s world-class innovation community through a diverse array of events


Thanks to our geek-tacular community, we have a lineup of super-cool events to help channel your inner geekery. Please be advised that each individual event has its own registration - just click through for all the deets.

10 SEPT 2016
10 AM - 6 PM

Maker Expo is a diverse, family-friendly showcase of makers, artists & organizations who create amazing things in celebration of the do-it-yourself spirit. @makerexpo

10 SEPT 2016
10 AM - 5:30 PM
Lookin' for Heroes: Richard Zajac sketches

Comic book aficionados rejoice! DC comic artist Richard Zajac (Batwing, Soulfire, G.I. Joe) will be sigining and doing free sketches as part of Lookin’ For Heroes’ 27th anniversary celebration.

12 SEPT 2016
8 PM - 11 PM
HackerNest Kitchener-Waterloo

HackerNest Tech Socials are a fun, relaxed way to connect with your local tech brethren. Atmosphere: chill, friendly, unpretentious, agenda-free (no sales pitch, yo), and brimming with UltraSmart(TM) people.

12 SEPT 2016
6 PM - 10:30 PM
Startup to Scale

Join us for a evening of craft beer, tasty eats and great conversation! Building a company is tough work, take it from us! We are a group of startups in the Tannery looking to kick back and relax while we share our experiences being built from startup to scale through incubator and venture capitalist all-in-one, Atomic Labs.

13 SEPT 2016
8 AM - 7 PM
AutoTech Symposium

Aims to connect new and existing Ontario automotive technology companies with automotive decision-makers in the areas of autonomous vehicle technology, software, occupant and vehicle safety, and "greening."

13 SEPT 2016
7 PM - 9 PM
KW Intersections meetup

We celebrate mathematics, computer science, programming languages, and intersectional activities like data science. Peter Higdon (@McPedr0) from VIP.McPedr0. Online talks about how he built an ESL simulator with open data. Steven Taschuk resents a paper about post-quantum cryptography. @IntersectionsKW

13 SEPT 2016
TWH Social | Old School Gaming Console Video Game Tournament

Gamers wanted!! We're hosting a gaming tournament! N64 anyone? $20 registration fee gets your team of 2-4 people entrance to the tournament. Winning team gets bragging rights and all monies collected from registration fees will go to their charity of choice! First round of gaming takes place Tuesday September 13th.... Call 519-745-8478 to register!! #geekweekWR #dtk #gamerswanted #N64 #oldiebutagoodie

14 SEPT 2016
6 PM - 9 PM
Girl Geek Dinners Waterloo Region: User-Centered Design

Girl Geek Dinners Waterloo Region provides fun, welcoming events where all types of people in Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics can come together, meet ‘n’ greet, learn, network, and talk tech through monthly dinners. Learn more about user centric design (UCD) principles.

15 SEPT 2016
5 PM - 8:30 PM
Tech Talks Small Business

TECH talks SMALL BIZ is aimed at traditional businesses looking to embrace digital thinking in order to boost sales. The event includes local technology businesses who will discuss e-commerce trends, social media, cyber security, digital marketing tools and tips, SEO advice, website development, video marketing and more! @SmallBizWRSBC

15 - 16 SEPT 2016
Waterloo Innovation Summit

An unpredictable economy is an environment for the agile, not the fragile. Join some of the world's top influencers to explore what governments, universities and business can do to turn ideas into enterprises.

16 - 18 SEPT 2016
Hack the North

Hack the North is Canada’s biggest hackathon. 1,000 students from around the world come together at the University of Waterloo to experiment, connect and create in 36 hours.

17 SEPT 2016
10 AM - 5 PM
Doors Open Waterloo Region: Into Science + Tech

You’re invited to tour noteworthy buildings, interesting places and heritage sites in Waterloo Region, many of which are not regularly open to the public. Get into science and tech...literally! Visit special places that have earned our region an international reputation as a hub of science and technology. @DoorsOpenWR

19 SEPT 2016
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Hacking Health Waterloo Cafe

Where will care occur in 2025? Whether you’re a tech professional interested in developing or designing for the healthcare industry; or a healthcare professional with an interesting idea, join us at Hacking Heath Cafe Waterloo for a fun and inspiring evening as we aim to innovate within the health economy! @HHWaterloo

20 SEPT 2016
5 PM - 8 PM
Tech Jam

Come to Tech Jam and expect the unexpected. There’s no stuffy suits or awkward clipboard-lead conversations, just matchmaking between kickass companies and rockstar talent. #TechJamWR

20 SEPT 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Meet your Maker: Maker Meetup

We live in a creative community full of makers, tinkerers, and designers. Come meet a few Makers for some DIY inspiration. Working on a project or want to connect with other makers in your community? Bring out your work-inprogress (or budding ideas!) and create with others. @kitchlibrary

20 SEPT 2016
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Latte Art Throwdown

Matter of Taste hosts a Latte Art Throwdown! Baristas & coffee geeks converge to compete head-to-head in a free pour latte show down. The winner from each round moves on until only one remain. Competitors must register and there is a $5 buy in. The pot goes to the winner. #LatteArtThrowdownKW

21 SEPT 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Nerd Nite

Join us for a special edition celebrating our local nerd and geek culture! Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 90 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines.

21 SEPT 2016
6 PM - 9 PM
Girl Geek Dinners Waterloo Region: Chatbots!

Learn about chatbots at this special edition of Geek Girls! You’ll discover what chat bots are, where they came from, why they’re gaining a foothold only now, and what the the future may hold. Plus, we’ll talk about how to design effective and useful chatbots.

21 SEPT 2016
7 PM - 9 PM
Why Not Own It?

A panel discussion with Brierwood Design Co-operative, Moss Digital Worker Co-op and Together We’re Bitter Co-op on how to use the Worker Co-op model to control your own future in the IT sector. @ontariocoops

22 SEPT 2016
5 PM - 9 PM
Startups and Beer

Great things happen when you combine fast growing startups in Canada with amazing local craft brews. Startups and Beer brings these together so you can meet interesting tech companies in WR and sample microbreweries. #StartupsandBeer

24 SEPT 2016
Summer Lights Movie Under the Stars

Johnny 5! Watch the cult-classic Short Circuit (1986) under the stars in Victoria Park. Bring a blanket and experience games, food trucks, popcorn, sing-a-longs and a scavenger hunt. Open to all ages. Plus, bring a food item to help the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. @slfmovies

24 SEPT 2016
10 AM - 4 PM
National Learn to Code Day 2016

In this hands-on, beginner-friendly workshop, you will create a game, quiz, or interactive story that’s centred on a case, community, or message that you care about while learning critical coding skills.