Friday’s business agenda


Big data, privacy, and security

Harvard University Berkman Fellow and cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier is speaking about the future of privacy and security in a big-data world. The event is part of HUBweek, which is cofounded by The Boston Globe. Friday, 1 to 2 p.m., Harvard University, Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Hall B, Cambridge.


The audience’s verdict is final

Nine Boston-area universities will pitch their startup ideas at the Beantown Throwdown, hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. The audience will determine the winners. The event is part of HUBweek, which is co-founded by The Boston Globe. Friday, 5:30 to 9 p.m., District Hall, 75 Northern Ave., Boston. Free to $45.


Marketing tips from the experts

Sleek Marketing University, a digital marketing training firm, is organizing a daylong seminar with break-out sessions that highlight new marketing techniques. Workshop leaders include individuals from Constant Contact, New England College of Business, and Cintell, a cloud-based customer intelligence platform. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Center for Digital Arts, 274 Moody St., Waltham. $29 to $250.


Communicate through visual design


Ben Spear, a strategy consultant, is teaching a General Assembly class on visual design. The workshop is geared towards user-experience designers and digital marketers. Monday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., General Assembly, 51 Melcher St., Boston. $35.


Networking is a skill

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Tom Maloney, a speaker from Climbing the Success Ladder, is hosting a workshop on how to improve the skill of networking. Monday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive #1, Cambridge. $39.

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