Best Tech Events This Week (99% Conf, Startup Weekend, Arts+Tech, Startup 2012, Women 2.0)

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide

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]

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Launch Education & Kids
There’s no denying that Edu+Tech is red hot in the startup world right now. In fact there’s an accelerator focused on this space launching soon in NYC. More details to come. Meanwhile my buddy Jason Calacanis (Mahalo, ThisWeekIn) is doing a spinoff of his Launch Conference next month called LAUNCH Education & Kids where, as the name implies, the focus will be on demos by 25 awesome companies (including 5 stealth startups) in the education space. In addition to the demos, the event will also be about sharing best practices. The event is in Mountain View but if your startup is in this space, it should definitely be on your radar.

Creative Week NYC
Next week (May 7 to 11) is Creative Week NYC 2012, an annual celebration of creativity in advertising, design, digital media and the arts that feed and touch those disciplines. Also part of Creative Week is The unConference, a faced-paced, free-form, highly interactive event to answer the prompt “What I Learned From…” Share ideas and explore opportunities emerging in today’s shifting media landscape.

And now, here’s where startup & tech peeps will be hanging out in the city this week…

Decoded Fashion
Instagram discusses Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition, CFDA Panel w/ Alice+Olivia, Nicole Miller, DKNY & Kate Spade, Bonobos’ founder talks about Nordstrom’s $16 million investment, Launch of the New Fashion Tech Startup, Tumblr’s new Fashion Content plans, The Retail Display of the Future and much, much more
Monday (Apr 30), 9 a.m. @ Lincoln Center – Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway

MIT Enterprise Forum Presents: FinTech Leaders: Navigating Rough Seas and Uncharted Courses to Great Success
With Philippe Buhannic (CEO, TradingScreen), Todd Harrison (Founder & CEO, Minyanville Media), Peter Lehrman (CEO, AxialMarket) and Ryan Terpstra (Founder & CEO, Selerity). Moderated by Larry Kramer (Former CEO & Founder, MarketWatch, Adjunct Professor and Author of C-Scape: Conquer the Forces Changing Business Today).
Tuesday (May 01), 5:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor

Making Startups Work: Getting Creative when you are on a Deadline
Presentations by KC Oh (Fjord), Jessica Harllee (Kickstarter), Allan Yu (Svppy & NYPD), Stephanie Wu (Warby Parker) and Valli Ravindran (Refinery29).
Tuesday (May 01), 7 p.m. @ Refinery29, 30 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

#WDESIGN: An Instagram Exhibition
W Times Square and Instagram NYC are bringing some of the most talented Instagram photographers out from behind their iPhones and into the spotlight in one of Manhattan’s first-ever Instagram photo exhibitions. With @astrodub, @bridif, @cxcart, @johndeguzman, @newyorkcity and @uptowneastnyc. DJ sets by @mickboogie and Instagram inspired cocktails by @kanonvodka.
Tuesday (May 01), 7 p.m. @ W New York – Times Square, 1567 Broadway

Women in Technology: Breaking New Ground
With Peggy Wallace (Managing Director, Golden Seeds), Veronika Sonsev (CEO, InSparq and Co-Founder, Women Innovate Mobile), Nina Sodhi (Founder, BluTrumpet) and Yin Yin Chan (Co-Founder, OnePager). Moderated by Nelly Yusupova (CTO, Webgrrls).
Wednesday (May 02), 6 p.m. @ Citrin Cooperman, 529 5th Avenue

Google Presents, YouTube Brandcast
An exclusive first look at YouTube’s original programming and insights into the world’s biggest audience.
Wednesday (May 02), 6 p.m. @ Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway

Small Business 911
Cocktails, Canapes and Conversation! Panel of Experts including Wendy Sturgis (Yext), Matt Shampine (WeWork), Heather Rasley (Goodsie), Chris Myers (BodeTree), Matt Bramson (RingByName). Moderated by Loren Feldman (NY Times).
Wednesday (May 02), 6:30 p.m. @ The Morris + King Company, 101 5th Avenue, 8th Floor

Journalism in a Digital Era: A NewsCred Event
With Chris Ahearn (Former President, Reuters Media), Dylan Cohen (Global Team Leader, Content Syndication, Bloomberg) and Betsy Morgan (President, The Blaze and Former CEO, Huffington Post). Moderated by Shafqat Islam (CEO & Cofounder, NewsCred).
Wednesday (May 02), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

[Eyebeam Presents] #ArtsTech: Disruptive Tech in the Arts
With Jen Bekman (20×200), Duann Scott (Shapeways), Khoi Vinh (Mixel) and Jonah Brucker-Cohen (Artist, researcher, writer).
Wednesday (May 02), 7 p.m. @ Eyebeam, 540 W 21st St

Business Insider Presents: Startup 2012
Rockstar lineup of speakers including Arianna Huffington (AOL), Jason Goldberg (Fab), Leah Busque (TaskRabbit), Philip James (Lot18), Brad Hargreaves (General Assembly), Ben Milne (Dwolla), David Rose (Gust), Rachel Sterne (Chief Digital Officer, NYC) and others.
Thursday (May 03), 8 a.m. @ New World Stages, 340 W 50th St

Awesome list of speakers including Alexis Ohanian (Reddit, BreadPig, Hipmunk), Baratunde Thurston (Onion, Author of ‘How To Be Black’), Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere), Garrett Camp (StumbleUpon), Jason Goldberg (Fab), Jennifer Hyman (Rent the Runway), Neil Blumenthal (Warby Parker), Scott Belsky (Behance), Tony Fadell (Nest) and more.
Thursday (May 03), 1 p.m. @ The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street

Startup Roundtable Series 11 with Naval Ravikant
Featuring Naval Ravikant (@naval) from AngelList and VentureHacks. Including a live office hour with Naval with 3-5 entrepreneurs invited to share the stage and pitch their ideas and get real time feedback from Naval.
Friday (May 04), 1 p.m. @ Chadbourne & Parke LLP, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 36th Floor

TheBlu Launches in Times Square!
Celebrate the launch of the ocean-inspired app called “TheBlu,” possibly the largest globally shared digital art and entertainment experience ever created.
Friday (May 04), 5 p.m. @ Times Square, Times Square and 43rd Street

Music & Gaming Startup Weekend NYC
Highlights include Music Startup Academy (learn the basics of starting a music startup), API talks from top gaming companies, industry mentors and prizes (including tickets to SF Music Tech Summit)!
Friday (May 04), 6 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

More on the horizon…
2nd Annual Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit on May 08 @ Trump SoHo
May 2012 NY Tech Meetup on May 09 @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Investor Feedback Forum and Pitch Showdown on May 10 @ Microsoft
Women in Design & Tech Conversation Series: Innovating Mobile Technology on May 10 @ General Assembly
Internet Week New York 2012 on May 14 @ 82 Mercer
TechCrunch Disrupt NY on May 21 @ Pier 94

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

Best Tech Events This Week (99% Conf, Startup Weekend, Arts+Tech, Startup 2012, Women 2.0)