There is a lot happening in the technology scene this week in Washington, DC, with events on openness in government, R, and mobiles in international development. Add to the mix two storytelling events and some happy hours, and it’s a great week. Below is our roundup of events, and you can find a full calendar over at DC Tech Events.
Tuesday, February 7
The Anecdote: Stories about Not Love : In preparation of Valentine’s Day — or in spite of it — come out for a night of storytelling about failed love, dating troubles, and overall bad romance. Danny Harris from the People’s District — whose stories we helped map — is one of the presenters.
Wednesday, February 8
Open Innovation: Tools to Solve Problems and Grow the Economy : At this event held by the Center for American Progress, exiting U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra will talk about his work pushing for open policies around innovation and how the government can stay on track — and open — moving forward.
Thursday, February 9
Mobile Disconnect: Can Mobile Solutions Really Combat Global Poverty? : This panel discussion hosted by the New America Foundation will look at the potential of mobile phones aiding international development and political activism, and also the limitations in their use.
ICT4Drinks in DC : After the Mobile Disconnect event, attendees and others in the international development and technology sectors will meet to continue the discussion over drinks. If you want to talk mobiles in development and pick the brains of presenters and attendees, check this out.
R Lightning Talks : Want to dip your toe into a bunch of different topics around R? This month’s R user group will feature seven lightning talks on topics like R’s spatial tools, version control in Git, and webscraping with R.
Saturday, February 11
Nerd Nite: Nerds in Love : Want to start your Saturday night by learning about the science of love, sexual attraction to objects, and frogs mixed with some drinks and live music? Then Nerd Nite at DC9 is your ticket.