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July 8, 2008 3:32 PM

It's tech party time in Seattle, here's the list

Posted by Brier Dudley

Is it time to party like it's 1999?

The calendar's busting with tech parties this month, coinciding with conferences and events like BizJam starting Wednesday, BarCamp's SocialMediaCampSeattle on Saturday followed by Mashable's SummerMash. Then there are two game conferences here the week of the 21st.

Here's the social calendar:


Thursday - BizJam Seattle 08 Evening Soiree

Where: New Little Red Studio, 750 Harrison
Cost: Cover included with both one-day and two-day conference passes, or $10 cover at the door for non-event-attendees on space available basis. No cover after 10pm.
Consumables: "light artful confections from award-winning chef, Tiberio Simone." Cash bar.
Schedule: 7-8 p.m. arrival and networking; 8-10 p.m. evening program; 10-2 a.m. party.
Program: Brief solo performance by international actor and improviser Matt Smith leading the room in an interactive story-telling adventure. Biznik co-founders Lara Eve Feltin and Dan McComb host the Biznik Award show. Concludes with rope and silk tissue aerial performance by the students of Biznik Beverly Sobelman of Versatile Arts. Party features downtempo ambient beats provided by DJ b. wonder Jones and DJ Digitroll of Bluesdome.

Saturday - Mashable party

When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave. S.
What else: DJ El Toro, light appetizers, drink tickets, door prizes and more
RSVP: Tickets will be released through Eventbrite, 21+ Only
Socialize: Facebook, MySpace, Meetup and Upcoming

Thursday - 7/17 - WTIA Beer Garden

What: "The tech industry's summer celebration"
When: 5-8 p.m.
Where: Pyramid Alehouse
Music: Dan Purser Band (sponsored by Yahoo!!)
Cost: $25 to $35, details here
Prizes: Mariners memorabilia, iPod given by Sun Microsystems

Tuesday, 7/22 - StartPad Countdown

(Not really a party, but there will be pizza and drinks ...)
What: StartPad Countdown 6 -- Venture Capital Unplugged: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Speaker: Bill Bryant
When: 6 p.m.
Where: StartPad offices, 811 First Ave., Suite 480
Cost: Free

Tuesday - 7/22 - Microsoft Gamefest

What: Game developer conference; must register to attend
Party: 7-11 p.m.
Where: Washington State Convention and Trade Center

Thursday - 7/24 - Lunch 2.0 Happy Hour

When: 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: Evri, 206 First Ave. S., Suite 310
What: Networking, plus Everi CEO Neil Roseman will discuss the company's first product
RSVP: Details at Seattle Lunch 2.0

Parties for attendees of the Casual Games Association conference:

Tuesday - 7/22 - Mochi Media Pre-Funk & Badge Pick-up

When: 6:30-10 p.m.
Where: Triple Door
What: Networking reception
Chow: Snacks, full bar

Wednesday - 7/23 - EA reception

When: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Rock Bottom Brewery
What: Networking reception
Chow: light snacks, full bar

Wednesday - 7/23 - RealGames Rocks Seattle

When: 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Showbox Sodo
What: Party, live music
Chow: Light dinner, full bar

Thursday - 7/24 - Casual Games Association Best of 2007 Awards Show
with the Zeebys

When: 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Benaroya Hall, Taper Auditorium
What: Awards show
Chow: Light snacks, pre-show drinks

Thursday - 7/24 - Nickelodeon Kids And Family Group Party

When: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Where: Seattle Aquarium
What: "Relaxed, loungy party"
Chow: Light apps, full bar

Thursday - 7/24 - PopCap CGA Party

When: 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: Triple Door
RSVP: Invite only

Did I miss any?

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