Best Tech Events This Week (April Showers Edition)

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at]

Congrats to Greg Galant and Lee Semel for another amazing edition of the Shorty Awards (“Oscars for social media peeps”). In case you missed it, here’s my blog post with the highlights.

Dave McClure and the folks at 500 Startups are organizing a one-day conference called Mama Bear (yep, thats whats its called) for startups, platforms, and thought leaders to explore new technology for moms, kids and families (which is a whopping $2.1 trillion market).

On April 15, Brooklyn Law School’s Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (aka BLIP) is hosting their first ever “Legal Hackathon,” an all-day event featuring a bunch of interesting panels & workshops with speakers including Tim Wu, Art Chang, Andrew Rasiej, professor Jonathan Askin and others.

April 19 is NY Tech Day, a ‘Science Fair’ for tech startups to get their feet wet in the NYC tech community. They’re also holding a competition where one lucky startup will win a free booth to exhibit. Go check them out.

And now lets see, what crazy shenanigans are going down in Silicon Alley land this week…

Hacks/Hackers Demo Day 4
Presenting are Jeff Larson (“You Probably Don’t Know Janet”), Kim Rees (VoteEasy voter education tool), Luke Miller & Anna Kardaleva (WSJ Live: Multiple Platforms and a Unified UX), Gary Kazantsev (sentiment analysis of financial news), Frank Hebbert (Shareabouts participatory mapping tool) and Brian Hamman (The How and Why of the New York Times dashboards).
Monday (Apr 02), 6 p.m. @ Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Avenue

Mondays w/ Shared, Squared. Get media attention for your sharing startup!
Featuring Roo Rogers (Author, “What’s Mine is Yours”), Don Faller (Double Wide Media) and Doug Krugman (Web Thrift Store). Moderated by Greg Matusky (Gregory FCA Media & PR).
Monday (Apr 02), 6:30 p.m. @ Chadbourne & Park , 30 Rockafeller Plaza, NY

NY Tech Women Manic Monday Happy Hour
Kick-ass group of members who are very eager to help and share their knowledge and experiences.
Monday (Apr 02), 6:30 p.m. @ Vapiano, 113 University Place

BK Tech Talks: MTA BusTime: Real Time GPS Tracking of New York City Buses
With Michael Frumin (Systems Engineering Manager at the MTA), Jeff Maki (head of Transportation at OpenPlans) and Benjamin Stein (CTO of Mobile Commons).
Monday (Apr 02), 7 p.m. @ NYU-Poly DUMBO Incubator, 20 Jay Street, #313, Brooklyn

Noam Wasserman – The Founders Dilemmas
The Founder’s Dilemmas draws on the inside stories of founders like Evan Williams of Twitter and Tim Westergren of Pandora, while mining quantitative data on almost 10,000 founders. Author Noam Wasserman is a professor at Harvard Business School where, for more than a decade, his research has focused on founders’ early decisions.
Tuesday (Apr 03), 11:30 a.m. @ NYU Stern, Kaufman Management Building, 44 W 4th Street, 11th Floor

April NY FinTech Startups Meetup
Founder story and Q&A featuring Lightspeed Financial.
Wednesday (Apr 04), 7 p.m. @ Day Pitney, 7 Times Sq, #20 at Times Sq Tower

ER Accelerator Happy Hour
Applications now open for ERA June 2012 class.
Thursday (Apr 05), 6:30 p.m. @ Projective Space, 72 Allen St, 3rd Floor

Inside BizDev:, Etsy, and Seatgeek
With Ben Luban (Head of Business Development,, Carrington Williams (Director of Strategic Finance, Etsy) and Nihar Singhal (VP Business Development & Strategy, Seatgeek). Moderated by Anand Chopra-McGowan (biz dev, General Assembly).
Thursday (Apr 05), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

The Product Group April 2012
With Jeff Frese, Director of mobile products for Jeff leads all iOS, Android OS, Blackberry OS and Mobile Web Products for CNNMoney.
Thursday (Apr 05), 7 p.m. @ MTV Networks / Viacom, 1515 Broadway, Rm 44-02

NYC Startup Bus Demo Day
An invite-only event with at least 10 companies presenting, refreshments and a chance to meet all the buspreneurs.
Thursday (Apr 05), 7 p.m.

More on the horizon…
Women in Design & Technology Series: The Future of Fashion: Trendsetting in the High-Tech Age on Apr 10 @ General Assembly
Investor Feedback Forum: Future Energy on Apr 11 @ NYU Stern Business School Kaufman Management Ctr
Ideas Are Worthless Conference: NYC 2012 on Apr 11 @ Goodwin Procter
Design + Tech: Stories of Collaboration from the Past, Present and Future on Apr 11 @ General Assembly
Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Legal Hackathon on Apr 15 @ Brooklyn Law School
New York Tech Day on Apr 19 @ Lexington Armory

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉

Best Tech Events This Week (April Showers Edition)