CIVIC HACK NIGHT: Join the weekly civic hack sessions in Wynwood, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St. More info: thelabmiami.com (click on events).
1 MILLION CUPS: South Florida startups make a pitch, present their biggest challenges and gain feedback, 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, Venture Hive, 1010 NE Second Ave., Miami. More info or to sign up to present: 1millioncups.com/Miami.
OPEN TECH NIGHT @ NSU: Coders and non-coders are invited to join Code for Fort Lauderdale for civic hacking, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Carl DeSantis Building, Rm. 4030, Davie. More info: meetup.com/Code-for-FTL.
CREATIVE MORNINGS: This free monthly breakfast event features P. Scott Cunningham, a poet and founder/director of O, Miami, dedicated to advancing literary culture, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 8, Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St, Miami. RSVP: creativemornings.com/cities/mia
STARTUP GRIND: Hear a discussion with Mario Cruz, CTO of Choose Digital, recently acquired by Viggle, and network with others, 6:30-9 p.m., Aug. 12, Venture Hive, 1010 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. More info: startupgrind.com/Miami.
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Nancy Dahlberg @ndahlberg