HEY SIRI: What are 5 Ways I can Get ‘Techie’ This January?

So, you made your 2019 goals and one of them happens to be to get a little more or a lot more “techie”. You keep reading blog after blog on how tech is the future so you’ve decided that you want to take part. Well, I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is, I’ve made it a lot easier for you to hit your goal and given you 5 ways to be involved with tech in #YQG and #CKont. The bad news is, I can’t get you off your Twitter/Snapchat/Fornite/Netflix/PopSugar to get it done. But don’t worry, I have faith in you 😉

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1. #OMGROBOTS: FIRST Robotics Competition Season Kickoff – January 5

On January 5, FIRST® Robotics Competition is launching an interstellar mission to inspire a new generation to set their sights on mysterious planets – and beyond. Grab your STEM squad and ready your robots –DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company blasts off Saturday, January 5, at 10:30 a.m. ET. Watch Twitch for the game reveal, live from Manchester, New Hampshire. The pre-show starts at 10:00 a.m. ET with the official show beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET.

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2. Detroit Auto Show – Automobili-D Showcase – January 14-17

No other event in North America provides an international platform for this vast array of companies, organizations and mobility thought leaders under one roof. Over 65 mobility startups are coming from around the world to the 2019 North American International Auto Show Automobili-D showcase, a technology-focused expo of the Auto Show that run from Monday, Jan. 14 through Thursday, Jan. 17. Please note, this event requires Media and/or Industry tickets.

More details at naias.com/tickets/#industry-preview.

Oh ya! Almost forgot. If you plan on attending, come say hello at booth UC30. Your friends from Windsor-Essex will be there, sharing our #canadabeginshere story.

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3. Learn to Code @ Canada Learning Code’s Windsor Chapter Kickoff (January 19)

Canada Learning Code will be kicking off its new Windsor Chapter – which plans to run regular adult coding workshops for beginners – with their first ladies learning code workshop that will teach learners how to create a multi-page website using HTML & CSS – the backbone technologies used to create and design websites.

For details, visit www.facebook.com/learningcodeyqg.

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4. Apply to be a Maker at the 2019 Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire

Attention all Makers! Don’t miss out on your chance to exhibit your innovative creations at the upcoming #WEMakerFaire. The University of Windsor’s EPICentre invites all makers to register for this community festival that is merging the world of tech & art.

For details, visit windsoressex.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers.

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Yvonne Pilon is the President and CEO of WEtech Alliance, one of the eighteen Regional Innovation Centres in the province of Ontario focused on driving the growth and success of Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent’s technology centric companies and entrepreneurs.