For the last three decades, Capital Network Solutions (CNS) has helped Northern California businesses solve their technology problems.  However, as the premier Northern California MSP and technology consulting company, our commitment to the Sacramento community doesn’t end at the computer terminal.  In addition to providing IT support to local businesses, we also provide charitable support to local nonprofit organizations.

We also look forward to the day that the Sacramento region is known as a science and technolgoy center.  You can see the early signs of that technological transition occurring everywhere.  For example, construction started last year on the Powerhouse Science Center, with a projected opening date of 2021.  Located in the 100-year-old PG&E powerhouse along the Sacramento River, this Sacramento science center will include a park, a planetarium and over 20,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Without further ado, here are some of the top Sacramento science and tech events happening this month.  Click the title of each event to get more details on Eventbrite.

Sacramento Science and Tech Events — February 2020

iCAP (Introduction to Cyber Security & Programming) Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 1, 12 to 5 p.m. (East County Family Justice Center, Antioch)

Want to learn how to code a video game in Python and create security ciphers?  Some of the most successful tech companies in the world use Python, and this programming workshop aims to teach coding to low-income residents.  Sponsored by Emerald HPC International, the free event includes complimentary lunch, business attire and backpacks.  The iCAP workshop is intended for low- or no-income people over 16 years of age.

Fostering Hope Summit 2020

Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. (Sierra Health Foundation, Sacramento)

The Sacramento chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women hosts this free event that focuses on black girls and technology.  According to the event description, the Fostering Hope Summit is “aimed at dispelling the myths that girls are bad at science and math and are less interested in science than boys.”  Participants will take part in science and technology-related demonstrations and games.

Cancer Research Interprogrammatic Mini-Symposium

Monday, Feb. 10, 7:30 to 11 a.m. (UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Davis)

This second annual mini-symposium includes “rotating themes and featured programs” related to cancer research.  The featured keynote speaker at this free event is Dr. Erin Kobetz from the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Some of the featured programs include Comparative Oncology, Molecular Oncology and Population Sciences and Health Disparities.  Coffee and breakfast will get provided to all mini-symposium attendees.

EWRI Sacramento Chapter February Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6 to 8 p.m. (Claim Jumper Restaurant, Sacramento)

The Sacramento Chapter of EWRI (Environmental Water Resources Institute) discusses the hydrologic outlook for 2020 at its monthly meeting.  This month’s guest speaker is Dr. Michael Anderson, Ph.D., P.E., the State Climatologist for California.  Tickets to the event, which include a free dinner, cost $30 for professionals, but only $15 for students.

Cyber Security Boot Camp and Youth Hack-a-Thon

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Hacker Lab, Sacramento)

Code for Hood, TechLatino, Hacker Lab, EC Council and the California Department of Technology team up to host this cyber security boot camp for young people.  The event intends to increase diversity in the cyber security workforce by offering hands-on experience to students between the ages of 13 and 18.  Meanwhile, tickets to the event cost $25.

Trash Datathon 2020 Event Series Kickoff

Friday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CalEPA Headquarters Building, Sacramento)

Alerting all trash nerds!  The California State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Information Management and Analysis puts on this free event, the first in a series for 2020.  Participants in this “datathon” will work to answer questions and tackle issues developed during the 2019 Trash Data Drive.  Key topics will include data models, data preparation and storytelling.