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Rub shoulders with Virginia’s governor, twice [Events Roundup]

Plus: Check out iPad art and indie VR games at the Smithsonian.

"Starry Heavens" is an art installation by architect Nathalie Pozzi and video game designer Eric Zimmerman that includes steel plates and weather balloons. Check it out this Saturday at the Smithsonian. (Photo via ericzimmerman.com)

Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is so with it. He’ll be making two appearances at tech-focused events this week, headlining at Startup Grind DC this Wednesday and participating in a digital fluency panel at Capital One. Other celebrations sans governor include access-focused RELOAD Happy Hour on Tuesday, Potomac Tech Wire’s cybersecurity conference on Friday and a fun exhibit of technology-backed art at the Smithsonian on Saturday.


Talk with NASA Astronaut Butch Wilmore
Meet the first man to 3D print something in space (a wrench).
Monday, June 22
6:45-7:30 p.m.
TechShop DC-Arlington, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington, Va.
RSVP. Free.

RELOAD Happy Hour
Hang out with various factions of #dctech in this event organized by DC Web Women, DC Innovates, DMV Startup and Code for Progress.
Tuesday, June 23
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Barcode, 1101 17th St. NW
RSVP. Free.

Startup Grind Washington DC Hosts Governor Terry McAuliffe (Virginia)
Don’t miss an opportunity to hear the governor woo entrepreneurs, as he tries to re-market Northern Virginia, a historical hub for government contractors that has been hard hit by defense cuts.
Wednesday, June 24
6:00-9:00 p.m.
1776, 1133 15th St. NW, 12th Floor
RSVP. $25.

DC Social Innovation Labs – Community of practice (June session)
It’s not too late to join the movement. It is the second session of Impact Hub DC’s “social labs” series, taught by instructor Andres Marquez-Lara of the Promethean Community.
Wednesday, June 24
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Impact Hub DC, 419 7th St. NW, 3rd Floor
RSVP. Free.

#A11yhack Follow-Up: Hacking Accessibility
DC Legal Hackers will be recapping and demoing some of the hacks developed during its March hackathon at the White House.
Wednesday, June 24
7:00-9:00 p.m.
WeWork Chinatown, 718 7th St. NW
RSVP. Free.

Cybersecurity Outlook 2016
Meet with mid-Atlantic region execs at this Potomac Tech Wire conference, to discuss trends in cybersecurity, from government to startups.
Friday, June 26
7:30-10:00 a.m.
McLean Hilton, 7920 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, Va.
RSVP. $79.

The Role of Digital Fluency in Virginia’s New Economy
McAuliffe is making another appearance  to discuss “digital fluency,” as Capital One and Burning Glass Technologies unveil new research on the digital workforce gap in Virginia and the District.
Friday, June 26
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Capital One, 8020 Towers Crescent Dr., 3rd Floor, Tysons, Va.
RSVP. Free.

America Now! Innovation in Art
Check out high-tech art performances and pieces at the Smithsonian, including virtual reality games, iPad paintings and an “an abstract political fable” installation.
Saturday, June 27
4:00-7:00 p.m.
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, 800 G St. NW
RSVP. Free.

Companies: DC Innovates / Potomac Tech Wire / Startup Grind / Capital One / DC Legal Hackers / DC Web Women / Impact Hub DC / Code for Progress / WeWork / 76 Forward / Smithsonian

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