COVID-19 and changes to how the tech communities handle events and conferences

โ„น๏ธ NOTE: This post is updated regularly

With all the news of COVID-19 and the Irish Government's advisory statement regarding events held indoors and outdoors, this has a big knock on effect.

Initially before the statement, some were keeping watch and on the fence about cancelling or postponing. Many that have events this month and early next month have already postponed it to later this year. So come autumn and winter, conference season will be even more busier than normal.

Here's some events and conferences who have adapted to having their events virtually (I'll try and keep this post updated).

Events, Workshops & Conference

Coming Soon ๐Ÿ†•๐Ÿ”œ Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Nearly ready to release dates, but you can register your interest as a participant, mentor, partner, or helping the organizing team via this form.
Tue Jan 21, 12:00 - Tue Apr 7, 12:00 PST Train All The Things - A contest about machine learning Together with Digi-Key, Hackaday is proud to present the Train All the Things Contest. The goal is to come up with a project that uses Machine Learning in the weirdest, wildest way possible.
Mon Mar 30 - Wed Apr 1 GDC Relief fundraiser Via Twitch
Tue Mar 31 - Wed Apr 1 #HackRemote , virtual hackathon solving issues around remote work ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Apr 1 [TOG]Online Only Craft Night, Knitting, Sewing and Art, Open to All... Online ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Apr 1 Rust Dublin:April Remote Meetup ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Details of how to connect will be available the day before meetup.
Thu Apr 2 DevConf (Johannesburg)
Fri Apr 3, 12:30 - 13:30 Dogpatch Labs First Fridays Lightning Talks: Remote Working Best Practices ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Dogpatch Labs First Fridays are back virtually!
Fri Apr 3, 13:45 - 14:45 Weathering the Storm: Cashflow & Funding in A Time of Uncertainty ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Dogpatch Labs First Fridays are back virtually!
Fri Apr 3, 19:00 - 20:00 (Dublin AI Developer Group) AI webinar: Auto Data Visualization and Machine Learning, by Google Engineer ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Register via here to get unique link to join; using Zoom
Sat Apr 4 Women CyberSecurity Society (Dublin):Cybersecurity Conversations ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sun Apr 5 [TOG]Online Only - Electronics Night substitute meetup ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Wed Apr 8, 19:00 [TOG] Online - Science Fiction Book Club ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Their next book is "To Be Taught, If Fortunate" by Becky Chambers via Discord
Thu Apr 9, 14:30 - 15:30 [Wild Code School] Online Wild Talk - Clean Code ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Google Meet (link will be shared after you register)
Thu Apr 9, 17:00 - 18:00 [Wild Code School] Online Tech Workshop - Build your first React App ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Google Meet (link will be shared after you register)
Fri Apr 10 - Sun Apr 12 (TBC) Revision 2020 Revision is the world's biggest pure Demoscene event with visitors from more than 30 countries!
Tue Apr 14, 17:00 - 18:00 [Wild Code School] Online Tech Workshop - HTML/CSS/JS - Let's make pixel art! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Google Meet (link will be shared after you register)
Thu Apr 16, 17:00 - 18:00 [Wilde Code School] Online Tech Workshop - PHP for Beginners ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Google Meet (link will be shared after you register)
Mon 20 Apr 2020, 12:00 โ€“ Fri 24 Apr 2020, 20:00 ๐Ÿ†• Disrupt/ING Business Digital Festival ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Registering your interest at the moment. More details of various events will be coming soon, these will be separate registrations.
Tue Apr 21, 17:00 - 18:00 [Wild Code School] Online Tech Workshop - HTML/CSS - Add 'Learn To Code' To Your To-Do List! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Google Meet (link will be shared after you register)
Thu Apr 23, 17:00 - 18:00 [Wild Code School] Online Tech Workshop - Python for Beginners ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Google Meet (link will be shared after you register) and will be using Google CoLab as well.
Tue Apr 28, 17:00 - 18:00 [Wild Code School] Online Tech Workshop - Starting with HTML/CSS ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Google Meet (link will be shared after you register)
Thu Apr 30, 17:00 - 18:00 [Wild Code School] Online Tech Workshop - Data Analysis for Beginners ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Google Meet (link will be shared after you register) and will be using Google CoLab as well.
Tue May 12, 16:00 - 19:00 GMT Tech Inclusion Global Summit: The Next Wave of Leadership Tech Inclusion Global Summit connects the next wave of tech leaders from all over the world.
Mon Jun 1 - Wed Jun 3 VR/AR Global Online Summit
Wed Jun 10 - Thu Jun 11 SaaStock Remote Register your interest
Mon Jul 20 - Sun Jul 26 Virtual EuroPython 2020 See blog post
Wed Apr 1 onwards - Various dates's Community Events Members of the global Local community organize events and provide one another with resources to navigate careers in tech. They organize valuable meetups, codeathons, and our one-day HopperX1 events modeled after the Grace Hopper Celebration.
Wed Apr 1 onwards - Various dates Creative Mornings Field Trips

Mostly via Zoom

FieldTrips are meetups to interact, learn and collaborate in an effort to level-up your creative life. Built on top of our 20,000 monthly attendees at CreativeMornings talks, FieldTrips are designed and organized by amazing individuals and organizations from within our community.

Various dates Hackaday's calendar of virtual events and classes
Various dates Women Who Code Remote Events

Recurring & Ongoing Events

[Update] I've split out recurring and ongoing events, hope this helps. ๐Ÿ˜Š

โฉ From Fri Mar 20 onwards Science Gallery Dublin online events programme ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Kicking off on Fri Mar 20 with a discussion on minding your mental health while #socialdistancing - got a question for their experts? Head over to their Instagram @SciGalleryDub to add yours!
๐Ÿ” From Fri Mar 20 onwards Quarantine Thermo Seminar Series (TCD) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช 1st in a serires starting on Mar 20th. See more via!forum/quarantinethermo/join
โฉ From Tue Mar 24 (Tue and Thu) How to make a basic website with Davey Faherty. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช The workshops "would be spread over 3 leisurely sessions of less than 2 hours, with an hour allowed after each one for helping everyone". Live classes url:
๐Ÿ” Mon Mar 30 onwards (Every Mon morning) Women Who Cowork Dublin - Virtual Coworking Coffee ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Zoom:
๐Ÿ” Fri Apr 3, 17:00 onwards (Every Fri evening) Women Who Cowork Dublin - Cocktail o'clock with WomenCo ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Via Zoom - see their meetup page for more info

โ„น๏ธ More virtual events

๐Ÿ‘‰ There's more virtual conferences listed in the following doc (thanks to the cool women in tech slack group): View live Google Doc

๐Ÿ’ช Events that need your help:

Open Source Ventilator Project This group is being formed to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions.
Startup Weekend COVID-19 Remote Edition ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Register your interest

๐Ÿ˜“ Cancelled/Postponed events

If there's any cancelled or postponed events, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks in advance.

Cancelled ๐Ÿšซ

Irish GameBased Learning Conference (Cork) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
TOG Hackerspace Public Events ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Cancelled until Sun April 5
UX Belfast Cancelled indefinitely

Postponed ๐Ÿ”ฎ

ARVR Innovate ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Postponed but looking into hosting virtually on same date - Thu May 7
Dublin Maker 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Postponed to Summer 2021. See @DublinMaker on Twitter for latest updates.
๐Ÿ†• Dublin Tech Summit 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Rescheduled to Wed Sep 10 - Thu Sep 11 2020
EuroPython Dublin 2021 Postponed physcial EuroPython 2020 in Dublin to 2021.
Futurescope 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Moved to quarter four
Global AppSec Dublin Conference ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Changed to Feb Mon 15- Feb Fri 19, 2021
MeasureBowling (Belfast) Moving to autumn
NI Developer Conference Moved to Sat Sep 19 2020
OFFSET 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Moved to Fri Apr 23- Sun Apr 25, 2021
๐Ÿ†• PyCon 2020 Remote Postponed PyCon 2020 but going remote, updates via their newsletter, sign up via and also keep an eye on their Youtube channel
RebelCon ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Postponed to later in the year
Security BSides Dublin 2020 Postponed to later date, check website for updates

๐Ÿ†’ Opportunities

Other opportunities since the Coding Grace March newsletter was published:

๐Ÿ†• UN Global Call to Creatives For the first time, the UN is launching an Open Brief to Creatives everywhere to help spread public health messages in ways that will be effective, accessible and shareable. Together we can flatten the curve. There is no deadline.
Ladies that UX Dublin Mentorship ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Currently looking for mentors
Applications welcome from startups and SMEs with innovative solutions to tackle Coronavirus outbreak Deadline Wed Mar 20 (Brussels local time)
Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship For queer women and non-binary techies (Deadline: March 21st, Midnight EST)

If you have others to share, add them in the comments below... I'll try and update this blog post and will note it for April's newsletter.

๐Ÿค– AOB Events

This section is for any other things that doesn't fit in the categories above, like moving off meetup, and so on.

BelfastFP moving away from Meetup New site:
New MongoDB User Group Events site for Dublin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช On April 28th, 2020, they will no longer run any user groups or events on Meetup. To continue interacting with your user group after that date, you need to create an account on their new platform.

๐Ÿค“ Resources for Organisers on organising virtual events

Managing Eventbrite virtual events Info for organisers using Eventbrite (due to covid-19)
Hosting an online event on Meetup Because of COVID-19, they temporarily updated their in-person event policy to permit groups to host events online. They have high level pointers to various tools and some tips.

๐ŸŒˆ Finally

As our Taoiseach said in his statement on Thursday (Mar 12th):

"I know that some of this is coming as a real shock and it is going to involve big changes in the way we live our lives. [...] Weโ€™re doing it for each other. Together, we can slow the virus in its tracks and push it back. Acting together, as one nation, we can save many lives."

Let's do our part and make sure help slow down the spread of the virus and protect our community and all those loved ones around us. โค๏ธ

๐Ÿ—„ Past virtual events since last post -

[UPDATE] Moved to the end, as this ARCHIVED events list is getting really long! ๐Ÿ˜†

I've decided to add this section as it might be helpful for others who are looking into running virtual events, and share ideas used.

Sat Mar 14 - Sun Mar 15 IndieWebCamp London 2020 Used Zoom for the various tracks, and IRC and Slack for discussions
Tue Mar 17 - Wed Mar 18 EmberConf Not sure what they used, let me know, and I'll update it here. But here are speakers slides and transcripts.
Wed Mar 18 [TOG]Online Only Craft Night, Knitting, Sewing and Art, Open to All... Online ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Used Discord.
Thu Mar 19 Javascript Lab Dublin: Hacklunch: Advanced Angular Tips in an hour! Live Webinar session ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Working remotely getting you down? Not to worry! Hackages is here to help brush up your skills in Advanced Angular!

Used Youtube channel for live streaming, and live updates via @hackages, LinkedIn and @Hackages on Instagram

Mon Mar 16 - Fri Mar 20, from 09:00 PDT Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2020 Virtual Talks Streamed live on Twitch
Mon Mar 23, 18:30 TerminusDB Documentation + Django DRF API Tracking Used: Zoom and Discord
Sat Mar 14 - Tue Mar 24 Covid Co-Op - Analogue Jam ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Used
Tue Mar 24 [Webinar] IT@Cork: COVID-19, exponential growth & flattening the curve: how the tech sector is responding ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช it@cork is hosting a special webinar for its members and the general public on the current status of COVID-19 and the mathematical modelling behind the exponential spread of the virus globally.
Tue Mar 24 NI Design Chat On Air #1 The first online meetup of NI Design Chat. We'll be trying this out as a way to keep the Northern Irish design community connected while we go through this difficult phase of self-isolation.
Wed Mar 25, 12:00 - 12:30 Dublin Tech Talks - The New Normal YouTube Live with Sinead Griffin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Sign up to Youtube channel and first Video Podcast will be streamed live on Wed Mar 25th at 12:00
Wed Mar 25, 19:00 (CET) [VIRTUAL] Py.Amsterdam from home! #StayAtHome Via Zoom
Wed Mar 25, 12:00 PST [Lesbians Who Tech] Your (Not IRL)Squad Series: Diveristy and Inclusion in the Age of Coronovirus Don't know what they used
Thu Mar 26, 10:00 - 11:00 An introduction to Machine Learning with Python and scikit-learn (AWS DevDay Online: AI/ML Edition) Not sure what they are using
Thu Mar 26, 10:00 #RezzedDigital Not sure what they are using
Thur Mar 26, 11:00 - 12:00 Build, train, and deploy your machine learning models (AWS DevDay Online: AI/ML Edition) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Not sure what they are using
Thur Mar 26, 13:00 - 14:00 Deep Dive on Amazon SageMaker (AWS DevDay Online: AI/ML Edition) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Not sure what they are using
Thur Mar 26, 14:00 - 15:00 Building Models Automatically with Amazon SageMaker (AWS DevDay Online: AI/ML Edition) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Not sure what they are using
Thu Mar 26, 11:00 - 12:00 [Javascript Lab Dublin] Hacklunch: Deep dive into component design in Angular applications! Live Webinar ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Via Youtube channel:
Thu Mar 26, 16:00 Docker 7th Birthday Celebration (Virtual Meetup) This year's 7th birthday will be a virtual gathering of every Meetup chapter globally. There will be guest speakers from Docker (including Elton Stoneman) and Docker Captains, learning content and news of upcoming Docker features and roadmap.
Thu Mar 26, 16:00 - 17:00 Dublin Artificial Intelligence & Deep Learning: AI and Healthcare: Best Practices for Better Outcomes Virtual Meetup ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Register for virtual meetup via
Thu Mar 26, 10:00 โ€“ 11:00 PDT Production Essentials Webinar: Cultural Intelligence for the Games Industry Discover how Cultural Intelligence unlocks the true potential of diverse teams! This webinar will deliver content prepared for GDC20.
Mon Mar 23 - Fri Mar 27 SUSECON 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช See Update
Fri Mar 28 #CodeVsCOVID19 72h non-profit online hackathon to fight the COVID-19 crisis. This is an initiative under the patronage of the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs
Sat Mar 28, 11:00 - 13:00 EDT PyLadies Remote International Women's Month Lightning Talks March is International Women's Month (and Women's History Month!). Join PyLadies around the world and celebrate!
Thu Mar 26 - Mon Mar 30 #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon Timeline as follows:
  • 3/24: Registration opens on Devpost
  • 3/26: 9:00 AM PST Project submissions open on Devpost
  • 3/30: 9:00 AM PST Deadline to submit projects, including a 2-minute video walk-through
  • Week of 3/30: Judges will endeavor to provide feedback and connect with selected projects shortly after that (so long as these activities remain unaffected)
  • 4/3: Highlighted projects will be announced
Tue Mar 31, 14:00 - 18:00 GETConnected 2020 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Get Connected is a virtual mini-conference aiming to explore how recent developments in the Internet of Everything are impacting businesses and society.


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