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Here’s a peek at our upcoming events for April. We’ll update this post as new things are added, but these are all listed on our events calendar as well. Most descriptions are from the events’ respective sites.

Speaking Engagements:

Arvi Raquel-Santos at PARISOMA: Rethinking Notifications - April 7

Arvi will be speaking at PARISOMA about notifications. This will be a part of a series of group activities and discussions exploring the untapped potential and opportunities of the notification.

Melissa Scott at AIGA Seattle Student Design Exchange - April 17

JumpStart is a panel discussion that marks the start of SSDX and serves as a means to help students and young professionals learn more about entering the design profession. Each year a diverse panel of design professionals for our community share valuable insights on the interview process, various career paths within the design industry, what design businesses look for in portfolios as well as future employees, and also offer useful tips for getting a job.

Marcy Sutton at FluentConf SF: Accessibility in AngularJS and Beyond – April 22

In this talk, AngularJS core contributor Marcy Sutton will highlight common accessibility challenges in single-page apps and discuss how Angular has begun supporting web developers with accessibility features baked right into the framework, proving that it’s never too late to start.

AIGA Seattle Student Design Exchange Studio Tour - April 24

SSDX Studio Tours & Lectures are a chance for students and emerging designers to experience and see where designers work and what kind of design they practice. We all know that the work a digital studio does is sometimes very different from what an in-house team does, and is even more different from what a branding firm does. By allowing students into this world they can not only get a taste of what it is like to work professionally, but also what specifically their day to day life could be like.


NSNorth – April 10-12

NSNorth is Canada’s independent conference crafted specifically for developers and designers who specialize in Apple’s platforms of iOS, Apple Watch, and Mac.

FluentConf SF – April 20-22

The O’Reilly Fluent Conference was first launched in 2012 as a new event for developers working with JavaScript, HTML5, and other web technologies. Fluent covers the full scope of the Web Platform and its associated technologies, including WebGL, CSS3, mobile APIs, Node.js, AngularJS, ECMAScript 6, and more.

Other Meetups:

Beer&&Code– April 1, 15, & 29

Beer&&Code is a coder’s meetup in Seattle. A typical Beer&&Coder likes to use any programming language for work or for fun, enjoy a tasty drink, meet other Beer&&Coders and be a part of a community, and be challenged and learn from others. Whether you are new developer, a veteran, a designer, or none of those, you can hang out at Beer&&Code.

Substantial + PARISOMA Spring Reset - April 2 To get ready for the upcoming Notifications Workshop at PARISOMA on April 7th, Substantial will be hosting a happy hour at PARISOMA! Spring cocktails, wine, beer and snacks will be provided.

Seattle.rb Monthly Meetup – April 7

Seattle.rb was the first Ruby and Rails user group in North America and has met regularly for over a decade. We convene every Tuesday night to contribute to open source, work on personal projects, and teach and learn from one another. All skill levels are welcome!

Refresh Seattle – April 22

Refresh Seattle is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of New Media endeavors in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Promoting design, technology, usability, and standards, Refresh Seattle is a part of Refresh and the associated Refreshing Cities

Design Thinking & Innovation Collective – April 23

Seattle Design Thinking & Innovation Collective aims to bring people together from a wide variety of industries, backgrounds and roles to collaborate and discuss practices, methodologies, tactics and experiences to help us collectively bring innovative ideas to the world.

Creative Mornings - SF – April 24

We’re sponsoring this session of Creative Mornings, in which designers, developers, PMs, and other creatives come together to listen and share insight on a variety of topics. The current series is on the topic of humility, and we’ll be providing a video confessional booth. When have you experienced a moment of humility?

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