Events

It’s all happening here, with networking and social events going on every week in the building and around Tech Square—all designed to bring innovators, creators, mentors and leaders together. Check back often for details on upcoming events.

Past Events


Chinese New YearThursday January 26

Happy New Year! Come celebrate the Year of the Rooster with us at our second annual Lunar New Year Celebration! Event will include traditional dragon dancers, Chinese style food, the traditional Red envelopes, and more! Join us on Thursday January 26 starting at 5:00 pm in the SQ5 lobby!


Thanksgiving DinnerThursday, November 17th | 5:00 pm


SQ5 WeekMonday, Oct 17, 2016 - Friday, Oct 21, 2016

Join us in the lobby every day this week!

Monday 10/17: 9-11am Cereal Bar + Fall Odyssey Origami Showdown
Tuesday 10/18: 11am-12pm Sack Lunch + Fall Odyssey Engineering League
Wednesday 10/19: 5-6pm Spaghetti Dinner (catered by Twisted Kitchen) with Guest of Honor Bal Bansal, Head of Innovation for Coca-Cola Enterprises
Thursday 10/20: 11am-1pm Spirit Day! Buzz, Ramblin’ Wreck, Monster Energy, and Fox Bros BBQ in the SQ5 Courtyard
Friday 10/21: 4pm-6pm Ice Cream Bar


Come and Chill @ Catan + CerealThursday, February 25th | 8:00 - 10:00PM | The Garage Under Tech Square

Sheep for wheat? Ore for brick?

Calling all SQ5 Settlers: Come down to The Garage from 8-10PM this Thursday for our first Catan + Cereal sesh! Make sure to bring your board, expansion packs, and of course, your A-game.

We will be providing your favorite childhood cereals (and milk!).

Only rule: No crying into your cereal bowl if all of your wheat gets monopolized.

Don’t know what Catan is? Come let us teach you as we #SettleTheGarage.

Let's #SettleTheGarage Over Some Cereal


Tech Square ServesMonday, February 29th | 4:00 - 7:00pm | The Garage Under Tech Square

Thanks to the Gregorian calendar, you get an extra day this year. So, why not put part of it to good use?

On Leap Day, we’re not only celebrating the opening day of The Garage, but we’re challenging the Tech Square community to make 1,000 sandwiches to donate to the Atlanta Mission for those in need.

Mark your calendar and start to put your team together (sandwich-themed names encouraged!) so you can take home the coveted double-decker Golden Sandwich trophy.

My Team Wants the Golden Sandwich Trophy!


Tech Square Job FairThursday, March 31 | 12-6pm | The Garage Under Tech Square

This ain’t your momma’s job fair. Those stiff, complicated job searches everyone else is hosting are for the birds. This will be a casual opportunity for local students to make meaningful connections with potential employers. Take your pick from startups and corporate innovators located both here at Tech Square and around Atlanta.


Code & ChillSaturday, Feb 13 |12-5:00pm | The Garage Under Tech Square

Code & Chill took the place of Netflix & Chill this past Saturday, when our friends from HackGT connected with SQ5 members, startup developers, and Georgia Tech’s CIC (Convergence Innovation Competition) to program alongside friends. Students and developers came together to hack away on projects that they had been putting off and spent some time serving as mentors to others in the coding community.

With the grand opening of The Garage coming up, make sure to keep your eyeballs peeled for upcoming hackathons!


Free Friday LunchFriday, February 5 | 12-1:15pm | The Garage Under Tech Square

Everyone was wondering what the heck The Garage is and how in the world you would be able to use it.

This was where you got to finally check it out.

On Friday, February 5 we welcomed 75 residents to join us for SQ5’s first ever Free Friday Lunch. They got to check out The Garage Under Tech Square and learn about how they, as a member of SQ5, get to utilize this incredible event/work space. We enjoyed lunch from Heirloom Market BBQ and a short talk on leadership and entrepreneurship from Partpic CEO & 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, Jewel Burks.

Jewel shared with the attending SQ5ers her five major keys to startup success:

  • 1st 🔑 // Build + maintain relationships. You can’t get an idea off to the ground by yourself!
  • 2nd 🔑 // Always be learning – be a perpetual student.
  • 3rd 🔑 // Control your mind + push yourself. Being a first-time founder is mentally taxing.
  • 4th 🔑 // Go ahead and get your first failure under your belt now so you can learn from the experience.
  • 5th 🔑 // Bring mastered knowledge from past experiences into a new space.

 


Lunar New Year CelebrationThursday, Feb 4 | 5:30-7pm | SQ5 Lobby

There ain’t no party like a Lunar New Year Party. That’s how the saying goes, right?

Either way, we swept away the bad luck and welcomed all the good fortune. The party went down in the SQ5 lobby and was complete with free food from Happy Family Chinese Restaurant, fortune cookies, and prizes in red envelopes.


S’mores Study BreakThursday, December 3 | 11pm-Midnight | 25th Floor Terrace

Over 60 SQ5 members joined us on the terrace of the 25th floor for a midnight study break in the middle of dead week. We huddled over make-shift camp fires (gas grills), made s’mores, made friends, and took a break from the studying madness.


AestheticFriday, November 20 | 7-9pm | SQ5 Alleyway

A night of art, music, and connecting FOR SQ5, BY SQ5.

This was a party! King Guru played a great show, Favor provided delicious tacos, QueueUp (created by SQ5 residents) kept the down time pumping with great tunes, and Patio Mob created an awesome collaborative graffiti mural. This was a night to remember.

 


SQ5 ServesWednesday, November 4 - Friday, November 20

As Thanksgiving approached, we thought we’d do our part in making sure the people around us are taken care of. That’s why we’ hosted a canned food drive in partnership with Atlanta Community Food Bank!

Thanks to everyone who gave and helped give someone else a reason to be thankful this holiday season.


Thanksgiving DinnerThursday, Nov 19 | 5:30-7pm | SQ5 Lobby

The first annual SQ5 Thanksgiving Dinner was a great success. We had over 100 students join us in the lobby as the leasing office team served up a feast fit only for the finest of SQ5 residents. We can’t wait for next year!


Mentor Mixer with Ernie Garcia Jr, Carvana CEOWednesday, Nov 18 | 6-7pm | SQ5 Lobby

SQ5 residents had the chance to connect with the CEO of Carvana, Ernie Garcia Jr. before he took the stage as the Keynote speaker for Technori’s inaugural event here in Atlanta.

Here’s what Ernie had to say about his time with 12 of SQ5’s residents:

“I thought these students did a great job of asking questions and probing where they didn’t have complete understanding. They were very respectful and I hope they look me up on LinkedIn and come to work for me. I think these students are very impressive.”


Snack Attack: Week 4Monday, November 9 - Thursday, November 12 | 9:30-11:30am

We’ve been sharing donuts and coffee for a couple of hours every day on each floor and we’ll keep going until Thanksgiving.

But it’s way more than free donuts and coffee.

We’ve had a blast getting to meet residents and sharing what they want to do before they die with the rest of the folks who live on their floor. Once we’re done, we’ll take all the profiles and create an awesome installation on the main floor of SQ5. Here are a few profiles from week 1 – floors 11, 13, 21, 7, and 5:

Before I die, I want to…

“Hike the Great Wall of China” – Davey Smith, Computer Science – 23rd Floor

“Camp in Death Valley” – Melissa Tallant, Computer Science – 23rd Floor

“Bike across the USA” – Hayley Snyder, Mechanical Engineering – 14th Floor

“Visit the 7 Wonders of the World” – Andreina Castillo, ISYE – 14th Floor

“Become a CEO” – Ha Min Oh, Industrial Engineering – 9th Floor

“Fly for the NAVY” – Kara Klein, Mechanical Engineering – 9th Floor

“Live in a flat in London” – Jenna Zivalich, Business – 19th Floor

“Meet as many people as I can” – Jarr Strydom – 19th Floor


Lunch Bunch: Sandbox Crew Power MealTuesday, Nov 10 | 12:00-1:00pm | 25th Floor of SQ5

Connect with real leaders doing real work as we collaborate with The Sandbox Crew to provide SQ5 residents with meaningful connections.

Innovation isn’t spread evenly. How can we help underserved and overlooked communities benefit from technology advancements? Jeff Hilimire and Adam Walker of 48in48, Kristen Daniel of Pentorship, and Joey Womack of GoodieHack will share what they are doing to harness the power of tech volunteers to make a difference with real societal problems. Hosted by the Community Builders Stammtisch of Sandbox Crew.

Want to claim a seat? Email: jake@sandboxatl.com


Community DinnerSunday, Nov 8 | 6-7:30pm | 25th Floor of SQ5

We’ve always wanted SQ5 to be an opportunity for students to live differently. What better way to create that experience than to offer up opportunities where they get to facilitate its creation?

This community dinner was focused on creating just that – a unique experience exclusive to SQ5 residents where they get the opportunity to lead and execute an event specifically crafted for the SQ5 community, by the SQ5 community. We’ll continue to facilitate unique opportunities just like this one that equip and empower the SQ5 community members to make this place even more awesome.


Snack Attack: Week 3Monday, November 2 - Friday, November 6 | 9:30-11:30am

We’ve been sharing donuts and coffee for a couple of hours every day on each floor and we’ll keep going until Thanksgiving.

But it’s way more than free donuts and coffee.

We’ve had a blast getting to meet residents and sharing what they want to do before they die with the rest of the folks who live on their floor. Once we’re done, we’ll take all the profiles and create an awesome installation on the main floor of SQ5. Here are a few profiles from week 1 – floors 11, 13, 21, 7, and 5:

Before I die, I want to…

“Ride in an F-15” – Chelsea Fuller, Aerospace Engineering – 4th Floor

“Go to every continent” – Hannah Larson, Business – 4th Floor

“See healthcare become a universal right” – Arush Lal, Business – 18th Floor

“Perform with Cirque de SoLeil” – Bobby Cookson, Mechanical Engineering – 18th Floor

“Release an album” – Rucha Shrotriya, Industrial Engineering – 8th Floor

“Save a life” – Soha Noorani, Biology – 8th Floor

“Explore another planet” – Akhil Gupta, Aerospace Engineering – 22nd Floor

“Go to every baseball stadium in the US” – Nick George, Business – 22nd Floor

“Climb Mt. Kilamanjaro” – Bridget Eisele, Business – 3rd Floor

“Become a crazy cat lady” – Mary Peters, Nuclear Engineering – 3rd Floor


Field Trip: Robots!Thursday, Nov 5 | 12:00-1:30pm | Sewbots

We connected with our friends from Sandbox Crew as they joined KP Reddy, CEO of SoftWear Automation, on a tour of his company: Sewbots. We enjoyed lunch over a discussion about how robotics are disrupting “boring” industries and how robotic tailors are helping to eliminate sweatshops in developing countries.

Rad. Here’s a VIDEO with a sneak peek of what Sewbots are up to.


Snack Attack: Week 2Monday, October 19 - Friday, November 20 | 9:30-11:30am

We’ve been sharing donuts and coffee for a couple of hours every day on each floor and we’ll keep going until Thanksgiving.

But it’s way more than free donuts and coffee.

We’ve had a blast getting to meet residents and sharing what they want to do before they die with the rest of the folks who live on their floor. Once we’re done, we’ll take all the profiles and create an awesome installation on the main floor of SQ5. Here are a few profiles from week 1 – floors 11, 13, 21, 7, and 5:

Before I die, I want to…

 

“Bungee jump in New Zealand” – Avani Reddy, Industrial Engineering – 11th Floor

“Climb the Great Wall of China” – Richard Bryant, Industrial Engineering – 11th Floor

“Qualify for Iron Man” – Jim Peterson, Mechanical Engineering – 13th Floor

“Travel to all major art museums in the world” – Rachel Morrison, Business – 13th Floor

“Get a tattoo on every continent” – Lauren Traster, Biomedical Engineering – 21st Floor

“Sail in the TransPac” – Will Scott, Mechanical Engineering – 21st Floor

“Fly a jet fighter” – Nick Willard, Aerospace Engineering – 7th Floor

“Revolutionize the Education System” – Luisa Botelho, Comp. Media – 7th Floor

“Bike across the US” – Colin Santoro, Mechanical Engineering – 5th Floor

“Work with a non-profit” – Hayley Tsuchiyama, Chemical Engineering – 5th Floor


The Suite Life of SQ5Wednesday, October 14 - Wednesday, October 28

Residents had the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! We had 10 people participate by posting pictures of their freshly decorated suites to the SQ5 Private Facebook Group. Our resident, Grant Davidson took home the prize with over 40 likes!
Stay tuned for more contest opportunities just like this one. 


SQ5 Halloween PartyThursday, October 29 | 6:30-9pm | 25th Floor

We celebrated Halloween in style!

  • Costume Contest with CA$H prizes
  • FREE Food
  • FREE King of Pops
  • Airbrush Tattoos

 

 


Community DinnerSunday, October 25 | 6-7:30pm | 25th Club @ SQ5

We’ve always wanted SQ5 to be an opportunity for students to live differently. What better way to create that experience than to offer up opportunities where they get to facilitate its creation?

This community dinner was focused on creating just that – a unique experience exclusive to SQ5 residents where they get the opportunity to lead and execute an event specifically crafted for the SQ5 community, by the SQ5 community. We’ll continue to facilitate unique opportunities just like this one that equip and empower the SQ5 community members to make this place even more awesome.


Snack Attack: Week 1Monday, October 19 - Friday, November 20 | 9:30-11:30am

We’ve been sharing donuts and coffee for a couple of hours every day on each floor and we’ll keep going until Thanksgiving.

But it’s way more than free donuts and coffee.

Really, we’ve had a blast getting to meet residents and sharing what they want to do before they die with the rest of the folks who live on their floor. Once we’re done, we’ll take all the profiles and create an awesome installation on the main floor of SQ5. Here are a few profiles from week 1 – Floors 10, 20, 6, and 17:

Before I die, I want to…

“Work for Pixar.” – Amy Zhuang, Computer Science – 10th Floor

“Save a life as a doctor.” – Meera Kuntawala, Business & Pre-Med – 10th Floor

“Finish hiking the Appalachian Trail.” – Savannah Lee, CHBE – 6th Floor

“Visit 100 countries.” – Joshua Wade, Mechanical Engineering – 6th Floor

“Go to space!” – Mihir Kurande, Aerospace Engineering – 17th Floor

“Skydive.” – Gina Hadam, Chemical Engineering – 17th Floor

“Travel the world for 2 years, working for non-profits.” – Marissa D’Souza, Computer Science – 20th Floor

“Eat a burrito on all seven continents.” – Abby Huelfer, Business – 20th Floor


Community DinnerSunday, October 18 | 6-7:30pm | 25th West Club @ SQ5

We’ve always wanted SQ5 to be an opportunity for students to live differently. What better way to create that experience than to offer up opportunities where they get to facilitate its creation?

This community dinner was focused on creating just that – a unique experience exclusive to SQ5 residents where they get the opportunity to lead and execute an event specifically crafted for the SQ5 community, by the SQ5 community. We’ll continue to facilitate unique opportunities just like this one that equip and empower the SQ5 community members to make this place even more awesome.


Lunch BunchThursday, October 15 | 12noon-1pm | SQ5 Lobby

This time around, we invited three women tech leaders to share their experiences and advice with you. We learned from Kristianna George of Alii Healthcare, Roxana Shershin of Digital Additive, Carrie Moore of MJV Innovation Atlanta, Tiffany Wilson Karp of The Global Center for Medical Innovation, and Maria Joyner of Synapp.io.

Here are a few insights and advice they shared for the SQ5 community:

“SQ5 residents have a wealth of knowledge and opportunity just outside of their front doors! Surrounded by a leading university and dynamic businesses, SQ5 residents have access to some of the brightest minds in the world. SQ5 residents should tap into this local network that aims to connect tenants to their new community through engaging activities.” – Carrie Moore, Head of MJV Innovation Atlanta

“Do not be afraid to take a chance and try something new. Sometimes throwing yourself into the unknown is the greatest opportunity for you to grow and find out what you want to do.” – Kristianna George, Public Relations for Alii Healthcare


A Very British Breakfast (with the UK Consul General)Wednesday, October 14 | 8am-9am | SQ5 Lobby

A royal opportunity for SQ5 members, indeed.

We had a chance to enjoy a cuppa tea, bangers, and a bit of wisdom from British Consul General Pilmore-Bedford (he knows the queen). Even better, the entire UKTI team came to SQ5 (from all over the country) for their annual retreat.


Mentor Mixer: Tech Square HighlightsThursday, October 8 | 5pm-6pm | SQ5 Lobby

Our Mentor Mixers are opportunities to casually connect with various leaders and professionals in the Tech Square community. This time around we connected with folks from Thyssen Krupp, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Monsieur, Kanga, and Vehcon.

Here’s why you don’t need to miss the next one:

“The latest SQ5 Mixer was an excellent opportunity for Atlanta business professionals to get acquainted with some young, talented individuals. Students looking for employment with some of the best and most innovative companies in the area should consider attending. The atmosphere was very casual, the people were very friendly, and I believe everyone ultimately had a lot of fun.”Darren Pottinger, Monsieur

“This was a great chance to meet our new neighbors, and share what startup companies at ATDC are doing.  We are always looking for ways to connect with students looking for internships and jobs, as well as just meeting bright, creative folks in our neighborhood.” – Fred Blumer, Vehcon

“Meeting, interacting, and learning about members and students within the Centergy and SQ5 buildings was made possible by this mixer.  Even being right next to each other, the mixers encourage networking that otherwise wouldn’t occur due to our “busy schedules.” – Shawn Park, Thyssen Krupp

 


Grocery BingoTuesday, October 6 | 5:30-7pm | 25th Club @ SQ5

Over 20 SQ5 residents came out and played with us. We enjoyed snacks, drinks, music and of course, BINGO! Attendees competed for 8 different grocery bags of themed dinners. Don’t miss the next one!


Lunch Bunch Series: Meet The Tech Square CommunityFriday, October 2 | 12noon-1pm | SQ5 Lobby

The Lunch Bunch series gives you practical knowledge in a concise, relaxed setting that flows perfectly with your busy schedule.

This time around we go to hear from GT alumnus Rob Kischuk (CEO of Converge) about what it’s like to have Mark Cuban as an investor. Carl Bedingfield told stories from his time working in the legendary Bell Labs (and now in the AT&T Foundry), and Wei-Chun Tai gave the scoop on what it’s like to work as an investor under Sig Mosley.


Grill Out!Thursday, Sept 24 | 4pm-6pm | 25th Club @ SQ5

Now that you’re all settled into the sweet new digs, we wanted to show you just how excited we are to have you as a part of our community. We enjoyed grilled burgers and hot dogs, a dj, popcorn, a caricature artist, and games with 80 of our closest friends. If you missed this event, you won’t want to miss the next one!


Community DinnerMonday, Sept 21 | 6-7:30pm | SQ5 Lobby Conference Room

Access to leadership knowledge and expertise is available. The problem is, how do you know who is around and willing to spend time with you? That’s where we come in.

These exclusive, invite-only dinners give SQ5 members the opportunity to learn from one another, offer feedback to the community we are building, and gain deeper access to leaders willing to invest in you and connect you with other students working towards the same goals you have in front of you.

Huge thanks to our friends at Favor for the sponsorship and delivery! Check them out: https://favordelivery.com!


Service Opportunity: PARK(ing) Day 2015Friday, Sept 18 | 10:30am-2:30pm | 5th Street (Next to GT Trolley Stop)

SQ5 partnered with SandboxATL to help make Atlanta more awesome and we had a lot of fun doing it. Park(ing) Day is a global event where citizens, artists, activists, and students collaborate to temporarily turn parking spots into temporary public parks.

We had a blast collaborating on a double-wide spot with games, drinks, and plenty of opportunities to connect with the Tech Square community.


Field Trip: ATDC – Startup IncubatorThursday, Sept 17 | 4pm-5:30pm | ATDC - Centergy Building

This was SQ5’s first chance to check out ATDC inside the Centergy building. ATDC (Advanced Technology Development Center) is a startup incubator that helps entrepreneurs build and launch technology companies here in Georgia. We got a tour of the space and had the opportunity to connect with entrepreneurs getting it done.

 

 


Mentor Mixer: Personal Branding + Social MediaThursday, September 10 | 5-6pm | 25th West Club

What a blast the first ever Mentor Mixer was. Check out the insights our panelists spoke about below:

 

“In this day and age, social media is your resume. Everything you do on social media lives and breaths every day. So it’s important you stay on top of it and that you make sure it’s what you want your future boss to see.”

Jason Dominy
Social Media Manager
Dalton Agency

 

“Put yourself out there and stay focused on what can add to your personal brand. Demonstrating thought leadership in your field shows you’re focused on your future. If I come across someone who is passionate and thoughtful online, that’s impressive to me as an employer.”

Brett Trapp
Executive Vice President
Booster Enterprises

 

“Remember that you are the brand and be open to sharing your magic.”

Anitra Favors
Specialist of Cool
Panasonic Innovation Center

 

“Be authentic about yourself. Show your real self as well as your aspirations and personal interests.”

Lindsey Trinkle
Marketing Technologist
Write2Market Agency

Lunch Bunch Series: Roger Lopez – Resume + LinkedIn Tips To Help You Get a JobFriday, September 11| 12-1pm | SQ5 Lobby

The first of our weekly Lunch Bunch series with Roger Lopez was a huge hit. Roger is a world-record holder for the “Longest Wall of Flames” (seriously) and helped make “Elf On a Shelf” a thing. Currently he is the Vice President of Marketing for Sideqik. Check out his 5 Tips to a great LinkedIn profile below:

 

If you’re having troubles getting noticed on LinkedIn, here are my top 5 tips to optimize your profile to help generate more profile views and hopefully open potential doors for your future.
1. Complete Your Profile
A simple one, however, many seem to fail at this. You must ensure that there’s no big blank spaces in your profile and make sure that there is consistency throughout your profile.
2. Create a Unique URL
When you first set up your LinkedIn profile, you are given a default URL which consists of literally a million numbers. You need to change your URL to something that is a lot more SEO friendly to ensure you are ranking highly on major search engines. Creating one like this: linkedin.com/in/iamroger
3. Search Engine Optimize Your Profile
You can optimize your profile in order to get found by people searching LinkedIn for key terms that you wish to be associated with.
4. Use Keywords in Your Headline
Your LinkedIn headline is the first thing people are going to see when they visit your profile, so it’s safe to say it plays an important role in attracting the right users to your profile. Your headline will usually show your current or previous position however as your headline will appear in almost all of your LinkedIn activity this needs to be modified and made more descriptive.
5. Get Recommendations
In my opinion this is an absolute must! People trust people and if you can encourage past colleagues, current colleagues, management, customers and people you manage to leave you a recommendation it will make you stand out from the crowd.

SQ5 Rooftop PartyApril 22, 2015 | Top floor of Centergy Parking Deck

Meeting the people who will become your neighbors is always awkward, unless SQ5 is in charge. We met one another, ate free food, enjoyed King of Pops, played games, and found out what rooms we’d be living in for the next season of life. It was a rad day!


#BYODroneTuesday, Oct 7, 2014 | Top Floor of Centergy Parking Deck

You read that right.

Drones. Flying high around Tech Square and building plenty of hype for SQ5.

 

DRONE VIDEO