Because Rhode Island is a veritable hive of cool people doing cool things and hiring personal assistants is expensive, we at Rhode Island Inno have established a curated calendar of state-wide goings-on we think readers will enjoy — alllll in one spot. Look for new events listings every month, and don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s more (or less) of a type of event you’d like to hear more of.


Week One

Monday, 1/1
Robot Club: Meet at the Ocean State Maker Mill in Pawtucket from 7:00p.m. to 11:00p.m. to discuss “robots and what makes a robot, a robot.” Attendees are encouraged to bring projects they are working on. RSVP here.

Tuesday, 1/2
Monthly Drinks with Designers: AIGA RI will host its January meet-up at Wild Colonial. 

Wednesday, 1/3
Open Coffee: Howell Legal will host an informal coffee and breakfast event for those in the Rhode Island entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem at Olga’s Cup & Saucer in Providence, from 8:30a.m to 10:00a.m. Get more information here.


Week Two

Tuesday, 1/9
Code and Coffee: Hosted by Girl Develop It Providence, this informal meeting looks to connect members old and new, allow participants to work on projects, and ask programming questions. Join the group at 6:15p.m., and don’t forget your laptop and charger! RSVP here.

Wednesday, 1/10
Providence Code Night with the Mayor: Join Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and the <Intra City Geeks> for a free night of code instruction in the Providence Public Library’s Rhode Island room. The 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. course will cover HTML, JavaScript, Bootstrap, CSS and more. Laptop and RSVP are required; registration will close after the first 80 spots are filled. More information here.

EdTech Opportunities: Virtual Learning and the Death of the Textbook: The Slater Technology Fund will host Pearson Chief Product Officer Luyen Chou at South Street Landing from 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. for a discussion on how digital tech is influencing education. RSVP here

Book Club: Hosted by Girl Develop It Providence, this discussion will revolve around  “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.” Swing by New Harvest Coffee and Spirits from 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. Get more information here.

Week Three

Tuesday, 1/16
Get Feedback on your Startup’s Marketing from Entrepreneurs: This Meetaway-hosted event at 3:00p.m. is a free opportunity for tech entrepreneurs to connect with others around the U.S. to get perspective on their company’s marketing challenges. Get more information here.

DrupalPVD Meetup: From 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m., join the Drupal Providence Group at Oomph Inc. in Providence, with their new monthly meeting format that includes a Module of the Month and Tip of the Month series. RSVP here.

MedMates After Hours Networking Event: From 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m., join MedMates for an evening featuring Rajiv Kumar, president of Virgin Pulse. Get more information here.

Wednesday, 1/17
Bitcoin Revolution: What is Cryptocurrency and Blockchain?: The Rhode Island Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Association will host a a networking panel on blockchain at Red DWG Library from 5:30p.m. to 9:00p.m. Panelists include Nicholas Napp, Dave Aiello and John Hargrave. RSVP here.

Providence Geeks: At AS200 from 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m., the Providence Geeks will host their monthly meeting with speaking Arnell Milhouse of <IntraCity Geeks.> RSVP here.

Thursday, 1/18
Providence Green Drinks with Sphere E: From 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m., the Social Enterprise Greenhouse will host Sphere E for its monthly Green Drinks. Expect food, drink, discussion and networking. RSVP to this free event here.


Week Four

Wednesday, 1/24
Monthly Meetup: The Providence 2600 Meetup Group will discuss anything from general tech issues to privacy, to online security and gadgets, at their January meeting beginning at 6:30p.m. More information here.