It’s the last month of the year, and that means it’s your last chance to get involved in your local communities, including local tech and startup groups! Before you resolve in 2016 to be more active in your resident community, check out these events hosted by regular meetup groups to see which you’d like to more deeply commit to in the new year!:
Wednesday 12/2 @ 9 AM – 1 Million Cups – Denver
After a couple of snow-related cancellations and the Thanksgiving holiday week, 1 Million Cups is back in action. Perfect for founders looking to get ideas, service providers looking to talk to startups, community members who can offer great startup advice, and sometimes even folks who might be looking for a job. Each week, there are two presenters, who have a half hour each to engage the audience on their startup idea, as well as the areas in which they need the most help–then they crowdsource that help from the attendees! Also, if you are a startup or thinking about one, and would like to get some advice of your own, you can volunteer to speak–they are always looking for new startup minds!
Wednesday – Sunday 12/3 – 12/6 @ 5 PM – Holiday Flea – Denver
It’s your last opportunity of the year to attend one of the amazing Denver Flea events! Held quarterly, these flea-markets-on-a-grander-scale are designed to highlight local makers, bringing together a lot of “shop local” goods and services for you to peruse. It’s the perfect time to get all of your holiday shopping done so you don’t have to think about it for the rest of the month. Certain days require paid tickets, while others are free, so check out the website and see what holds the best value for you!
Friday 12/4 @ 8 PM – 9News Parade of Lights – Denver
It’s that time of year again! Bundle up and get ready for a beautiful parade featuring Denver businesses and local celebrities and mascots. Make sure to get there early for a good viewing spot, bring your warm layers, and a nice beverage to either keep your hands warm or warm up your insides!
Tuesday 12/8 @ 6 PM – December Developer Happy Hour – Denver
If you’re a developer in the Denver or Boulder area and are looking to network for skill-building, hiring, or job-seeking purposes, or just to know other developers in your community, this is the happy hour to hit. Enjoy drinks and conversation without an agenda, meet others in the local tech scene, and simply get to know one another without pretenses!
Tuesday 12/8 @ 6:30 PM – The Founder Institute Startup Mentor Workshop – Denver
Maybe you’re not a developer, so the above happy hour doesn’t work for you…but you do have a great business idea and now just need a place to begin. If you think you have a hit concept, but you’ve always wanted to pick the brains of some more local and very successful business owners–including startup founders, C-suite folks, and investor types–make sure you hit up this workshop. You’ll get instant engagement and feedback on your ideas, giving you new and improved revisions to your drawing board. Come early to find parking…it can be difficult in the area!
Wednesday 12/9 @ 2 PM – Web Development Career Fair – Boulder
Are you a developer looking for a new gig? Maybe you’re a recent grad or you will be soon and you want to stay ahead of the curve. Or perhaps you are in need of good developers and want to scope people out the old-fashioned way: in person. Either way, RefactorU is having their quarterly career fair in Boulder and bringing with them a variety of both candidates and companies to play a little professional matchmaking!
Wednesday 12/9 @ 6:30 PM – Refresh Denver: Joanne Cheng, Keen.io – Denver
Do you have a special passion for GIS, mapping, and geographical data? This will be an excellent presentation for you if you do–Joanne Cheng will be discussing unique ways to display geographical information that will allow designers to tell a variety of stories with the data depending upon their design.
Friday 12/11 @ 7 PM – Holiday Startup Crawl – Denver
Springboarding off of the epic startup crawl that took place over Denver Startup Week, Startup Denver is hosting a miniature startup crawl to make local startup nerds aware of the cool businesses sprouting up all around them. Start out at Rocky Mountain Patent and eventually make your way over to Wurstkuche, and be sure to ask plenty of questions at each location!
Tuesday 12/15 @ 6 PM – Women Who Startup – Denver
The last WWS of the year! Ladies, you will want to make sure that you make it out to hear Eva Fry, cofounder of ikonomo corp. ikonomo has created both a self-titled grocery shopping list application, as well as uGrocery, an application that helps you plug in your grocery needs for the week and scope out which stores will have the best deals on your desired items. Come drink and network with other women in the local startup community, and prepare a lot of questions for Eva to learn from someone who has made her business ideas happen!
Wednesday 12/30 @ 6 PM – Denver Founders – Denver
Capping off 2015 are the Denver Founders, who gather monthly for an informal Q&A with…you guessed it…the founders of other local Denver businesses. Whether you’re just starting up or you’re a couple years in, you won’t want to miss the valuable information that these founders can provide as they answer your toughest, and most candid, questions.