TAG Expo + Job Fair 2019
Friday, April 26 @ 3pm-7pm
Bellingham Technical College

We’re excited to announce that this year’s TAG Expo + Job Fair will be a joint event with LinuxFest Northwest (LFNW)!

Registration is FREE! Exhibitor tables + event sponsorships available NOW!

Attendees Exhibitors Sponsorships

Industry Close up – Technology Tour Series
Wednesday, February 20 @ 10:30am-11:30am
Samson Rope 

This year TAG is partnering with the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce to give you the chance to get an inside look at some of the most successful and interesting tech manufacturing businesses in Whatcom County. The quarterly tech tour series kicks off with a tour of Samson Rope in Ferndale on Wednesday, February 20 from 10:30am-11:30am. Come see how Samson Rope’s innovative use of leading edge technology has provided unsurpassed service and field support to companies around the world.

TAG Members get priority registration for this event. Not a member? Become one today! 

Through innovative design and advanced construction, Samson ropes redefine industry standards in strength, durability, and performance. Utilizing a breadth of fibers, from high-performing synthetics to more traditional polyester and nylon to blends leveraging the strengths of each, Samson has a long history in custom designing ropes to meet specific application needs. Samson Rope prides itself on its quality and stands behind its products it manufactures in ISO- 2015 certified facilities utilizing LEAN manufacturing practices to ensure they provide the best-performing and highest-value ropes in the industry.

NextTech – February Meeting
Thursday, February 21 @ 6:30pm-7:30pm
Whidbey Island Coffee Shop, Burlington

Gil Lund of Fives Lund will be speaking on “Robots, Lasers and Carbon Fiber: The Next Frontier of the Industrial IoT”. The mission of NextTech is to facilitate the continued growth of our vibrant tech community through informative, yet fun events. We welcome all walks of technology, from programming to manufacturing the first time traveling machine! This is an open group that meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month to discuss the latest technology trends, economic impacts, challenges and successes.


Bellingham Chamber OnTopic: Tax Reform Update
Friday, February 22 @ 8am-9:30am
Whatcom Community College – Syre 104

TAG Sponsor VSH Certified Public  Accountants will be presenting a free update on Tax Reform. This is a great opportunity to get help understanding what is new in the tax reform legislation.


TAG Lunch + Learn
Tuesday, February 26 @ 12pm-1pm – RESCHEDULED DATE!
Alpha Technologies Training Room


TAG Lunch + Learn tech talks are back! This month’s speaker is Brian Faley, Director of Technology at OutBack Power who will be talking about solar power with storage – making the smart grid of the future more robust and resilient now. Come and find out the facts about why solar power with storage is a disruptive and enabling technology, and why the benefits make sense in today’s Northwest climate. This event is sponsored by Alpha Technologies who will be providing a light lunch. There will also be a brief tour of the Alpha facility after the talk.


TAG Women in Tech – February Meeting
Wednesday, February 27 @ 12pm-1pm
Faithlife | 204 W Holly Street

Bring a lunch and join us this at 12pm on Wednesday, February 20 at 206 W Holly Street, Bellingham, to meet other women working in technology! Every month we discuss a new topic about issues effecting women in tech. Check out our Women in Tech page and be sure to join our TAG Women in Tech FB group.


TAG Whatcom IT Professionals – March Meeting
Friday, March 1 @ 6pm-8pm
Plain English Technology Services

Whatcom IT Professionals (WITP) will hold its fourth meetup on Friday, March 1 from 6pm to 8pm at Plain English Technology Services. 


Erik Mcfrazier – Pacific IT Support
David Eguia & Garth Johnson – DIS Corp

Topics: MSP Management & Operations | Docker-Based Pico-Cluster

WITP is a group geared toward local business IT professionals to grow, share and explore the technical side of the business while maintaining a social atmosphere between established and new people of the industry. Topics will range from Networking, Servers, Documentation, Programming, Web Development and Customer Relations. Other minor topics may include trending IT related news within the industry. 

Plain English Technology Services is WITP’s primary sponsor.


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Bellingham Linux User Group (BLUG)  – March Meeting
Thursday, March 7 @ 6:30pm-9pm
Campus Center CC201 @ BTC

BLUG’s next monthly meeting is on Thursday, March 7 at Bellingham Technical College in Campus Center CC201. The  March meeting includes “Hands-on Help Time” from 6:30pm-7pm, BLUG/LFNW & Linux News, Q&A, and a presentation by John Blanford on Open Source Video Production for LinuxFest Northwest.



TAG IT Leadership – March Meeting
Wednesday, March 13 @ 12pm-1pm
Brandywine Kitchen Mezzanine

Come and connect with fellow IT Leaders in our community to share your knowledge and experience, support your peers, learn something new, and build excellent relationships. Reach out to Brian Bunke for more info!

Bellingham Chamber Speaker Series
State of the City/ County Addresses
Thursday, March 28 @ 7:30am-9:30am
Bellingham Golf & Country Club

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws present their State of the City/State of the County Addresses.


LinuxFest Northwest 2019
April 26-28
Bellingham Technical College

Established in 2000, LinuxFest Northwest is an annual Open Source event co-produced by Bellingham Linux Users Group and the Information Technology Department at BTC and features presentations and exhibits on free and open source topics, as well as Linux distributions and applications, InfoSec, and privacy – something for everyone from the novice to the professional!