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Events Roundup: The inaugural Good Game Fest is coming to Westminster this September

Summer, we barely knew you. With fall is on the horizon, here are a few IRL and virtual events to ease the transition and connect you to your local tech community.

The countdown to Good Game Fest. (Screenshot)

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Just like that, Labor Day is around the corner to mark the end of summer. And with the rise in breakthrough cases, you might be feeling an extra urgency to appreciate any in-person events happening now, because they’re by no means guaranteed for the fall.

One big one that just came across our desk: the inaugural Good Game Fest, a gaming festival and conference from Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (aka MAGIC), Tables and Towers and Save Point. The event will be held at Westminster’s TownMall and include a free-play retro arcade, console tournaments, gaming industry conferences, game jams, board game workshops and more.

“The purpose of Good Game Fest is to promote healthy gaming attitudes,” MAGIC Executive Director Graham Dodge said in a statement. “We want to highlight the different career paths that a passion for gaming can lead to in esports and the gaming industry.”

Attendees can also expect to hear from speakers such as Doug Whatley, the CEO of Breakaway Games, and Riot Games’ Greg Street, the former lead developer from World of Warcraft and League of Legends — and a McDaniel College alumni. It’s all happening Sept. 24 to 26.

Check out these other upcoming events that can connect you to your local tech community:

Technologist Slack AMAs with reporters editor Stephen Babcock will lead a chat with coworking space leaders and community members from around the region — including some reps from Spark Baltimore — on’s Slack in the #ama channel. Join our public Slack to be there for the live conversation and ask leaders of the coworking space a few questions of your own.

  • Thursday, Sept. 2
  • Noon to 1 p.m.

Baltimore Go Monthly Meeting

This gathering of Go programming enthusiasts, professionals and the just-curious will host an evening of presentations, learning and socializing at City Garage.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 7
  • 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

End of Summer Tech Mixer

Baltimore Womxn in Tech are hosting a social mixer at Union Craft Brewing with an an opportunity to test out the new LINK scooters in the city. No need to bring your own helmet.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 14
  • 6 p.n. to 8 p.m.

Grand opening of the StarTUp at the Armory

A new collaborative space for entrepreneurs is opening at Towson University. The grand opening celebration of the coworking space will include a tour along with TU President Kim Schatzel.

  • Monday, Sept. 20
  • 10 a.m.

Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers

The conference addresses university-based entrepreneurship programs with the goal to collaborate on best practices, develop programs and initiatives to teach the entrepreneurs of the future.

  • Oct. 13 to 16
Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
Companies: MAGIC

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