SEPTEMBER 15 – 22, 2017



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.

23 AUG 2017
5pm - 9pm
Pre-Geek Week Event
TextNow Summer Games

Come show us your game face at TextNow's first Summer Games, an evening of games, drinks, food, socializing and hanging out with one of Waterloo's best-kept secrets. Meet and chat with Seán McCabe, Chief Technical Officer at TextNow, with over 23 years of experience scaling fast growth technology driven organizations. This event is by registration only; feel free to share the invite with your colleagues and friends. 19+ event.

9 SEPT 2017
10am - 4pm
Pre-Geek Week Event
Ladies Learning Code: Data Visualization for Beginners

In a world where there is more data than most of us really know what to do with, how do we go about displaying facts outside of a boring pie chart or common graph? Ever hear of the term "data visualization"? Data visualization not only helps us to compare and contrast information, but it also helps us understand common patterns, perceive certain outcomes, and aid in future decisions. Whether you’re a part of a marketing team, or just someone who needs a good infographic for a blog post, we’ll teach you how to manage collected data, and how to make it look fantastic.

11 SEPT 2017
8pm - 11pm
Pre-Geek Week Event
HackerNest Social

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 2017
Pre-Geek Week Event
Intersections K∩W Meetup

K∩W exists to celebrate mathematics, computer science, programming languages, and intersectional activities like data science. We encourage all to join us in this celebration. However, a background in undergraduate mathematics and computer science is recommend.

14 SEPT 2017
6pm - 8:45pm
Girl Geek Dinners Waterloo Region

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.

14-15 SEPT 2017
Waterloo Innovation Summit

"In a complex, unpredictable and fast-changing world, savvy leaders don’t stand still. Hacking the Future brings together influential speakers from an impressively wide range of sectors for forward-thinking discussions and interactive conversations. Hear what these leading edge thinkers and doers have to say about the disruptive and defining trends that are driving innovation — and what those trends mean for you."

15-17 SEPT 2017
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.

16 SEPT 2017
10am - 5pm
Doors Open Waterloo Region

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. This year's theme is Identity + Innovation. Theme sites will represent who we are as a region and the innovative spirit that contributes to this unique place.

17 SEPT 2017
12pm - 5pm
Open Streets Uptown Waterloo

Formerly known as the Outlaw Food Truck Picnic, we're back with a new name and tons of family fun on Sunday September 17th! We've got 12 awesome food trucks, a licensed area, amazing performances and activities - it's a great way to spend a Sunday :D

17 SEPT 2017
12pm - 9pm
Food Truck Fam Jam!

Open Streets are all about the livable cities movement! These community events promote playing and socializing. You're invited to enjoy live music, art activities, community groups, businesses, eateries and more.

19 SEPT 2017
6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Technology of Great Podcasting

With Matt Connell, owner of Northwood Studios. Do you have a great story to tell? Learn how to capture that story on your phone, your computer or digital device to upload it for the world to hear. This session will provide hands-on experience with the ins and outs of the technology to record your podcast and edit it like the pros.

20 SEPT 2017
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Geeking Out on Small Biz

In celebration of this year’s Geek Week the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre is getting together Waterloo Region’s most passionate entrepreneurs to “geek out” over their love of small business. The evening will inspire you through stories of perseverance, innovation, and passion. Hear from local entrepreneurs about what gets them fired up, how they started, the trials and tribulations they face, and what makes them successful. You’ll leave feeling determined to move towards your entrepreneurial goals and “geek out” on your own small biz.

23 SEPT 2017
10am - 4pm
National Learn to Code Day 2017

On September 23rd, 2017, Ladies Learning Code is hosting its fifth annual National Learn to Code Day -- the first and only event of its kind in Canada. On that day, over 1,500 Canadians will gather together in over 25 communities to challenge themselves to learn a new skill: Using Data to Solve Problems: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Beginners In partnership with Accenture, we'll build on our mission of teaching Canadians 21st century digital skills and encourage them to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to make meaning of data.

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