Best Tech Events This Week (Venture Forward, AngelHack, Tech Drinkup, Games for Change, NJ Tech Meetup, S.H.E. Summit)

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 reach him at gary [at]

There have been plenty of hackathons happening in the city over the last year or so–photo hackathons, video hackathons, local hackathons, gov hackathons, you name it. Hackathons are awesome and really help spur creativity and enable the building of cool stuff. And, for folks who have full-time jobs but are intrigued by entrepreneurship, this is a good way to dip their toes into the startup pool. This week we have AngelHack, with hundreds of developers, four simultaneous, connected locations, $100,000 in prizes including $50,000 in angel funding, an amazing list of mentors, and much more. So go check it out.

And now let’s see what’s happening in the Alley this week…

Business Development and APIs
With Chris Ackermann (Facebook), Shaival Shah (Hunch), Nihar Singhal (SeatGeek), Tim Devane (Bitly) and Daphne Earp (Yext). Moderated by Alex Taub (Dwolla).
Monday (Jun 18), 7 p.m. @ BluePrint Health, 483 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Games for Change Festival
Keynotes by Jane McGonigal (SuperBetter Labs), Nolan Bushnell (founder, Atari Corporation & Brainrush) and Lucy Bradshaw, (GM, Maxis Label).
Monday (Jun 18), 9 a.m. @ NYU Skirball Center, 566 Laguardia Place

VideoNuze Online Video Advertising Summit
Speakers include Jon Miller (Chief Digital Officer, News Corp), Marcien Jenckes (SVP, Comcast), Alisa Bowen (GM, Wall Street Journal Digital Network), Marc DeBevoise (SVP, CBS Interactive) and others.
Tuesday (Jun 19), 7:30 a.m. @ New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street

#140Conf: The State of Now 2012
Speakers include Andrew Rasiej (founder, Personal Democracy Forum; chairman, NY Tech Meetup), John Borthwick (CEO, Betaworks), Robert Stephens (founder, Geek Squad) and others.
Tuesday (Jun 19), 8 a.m. @ 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street

NY Tech: Secrets to Digital Success in the Big Apple
Panelists include Rafat Ali (CEO & founder, Skift), L.Gordon Crovitz (cofounder, Press+) and Rufus Griscom (cofounder, Babble). Moderated by Owen Davis (managing director, NYC Seed).
Tuesday (Jun 19), 5:30 p.m. @ Chadbourne & Parke LLP, 30 Rockefeller Plaza

Tech Tuesday
Hosted by Internet Week + Netted + Flavorpill. DJs Silent Drape Runners and Steven Rojas.
Tuesday (Jun 19), 7 p.m. @ Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas

VentureForward 2012 Conference
A rockstar list of speakers including David Rose (Gust), Josh Kopelman (First Round Capital), Scott Kurnit (AdKeeper), Gil Beyda (Genatech Ventures), Esther Dyson (EDVenture Holdings), Stephanie Hanbury-Brown (Golden Seeds), Eric Hippeau (Lerer Ventures), David Hornik (August Capital), Howard Morgan (First Round Capital) and David Tisch (TechStars).
Wednesday (Jun 20), 8:30 a.m. @ The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 40th Floor

NYC Mobile Demo Night & Crit Session!
Demos by Consumr, AppStori, Stamped, Eachscape Lite and Boosst.
Wednesday (Jun 20), 6:30 p.m. @ Aol Ventures, 770 Broadway, 6th Floor

S.H.E. Summit – Remarkable Women’s Evening of Cocktails and Conversations
Hosted by Lauren Bush and Claudia Chan. Guests include Katia Beauchamp (Birchbox), Rachael Chong (Catchafire), Reshma Saujani, Natalia Oberti Noguera (Pipeline), Stephanie Newby (Golden Seeds) and others.
Thursday (Jun 21), 6:30 p.m. @ 82 Mercer, 82 Mercer Street

NJ Tech Meetup 25
Feature Speaker: Jeff Hoffman (a member of the founding team of Startups demoing include SpaceSpiltter, Artistpreneurs, BuzzTable and Spinomedics.
Thursday (Jun 21), 7 p.m. @ Babbio Center at Stevens Institute Of Technology, 513 River Street

Startup Demo Night
Demos by InArticle (analyzes online news articles for key phrases and sentiment), Stipple (cloud service for online images) and SpokenLayer (gathers written articles from the Web, transforms them into narrated audio).
Thursday (Jun 21), 7 p.m. @ Huge Brooklyn, 45 Main St, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn

#techdrinkup – Summer Kickoff Open Bar
A party for NYC’s brightest and savviest people in tech to get together at exclusive NYC venues and mingle over drinks and food.
Thursday (Jun 21), 8 p.m. @ 49 Grove, 49 Grove St.

AngelHack Summer 2012: New York
Guaranteed to be one of the best hackathons you’ve ever attended. $100,000 of incredible prizes including $50,000 in angel funding.
Saturday (Jun 23), 9 a.m. @ Microsoft Offices, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor

Gotham Ruby Conference (GoRuCo)
Great speaker lineup + Yacht after-party!
Saturday (Jun 23), 9 a.m. @ The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th Street

More on the horizon…
gdgt live in New York on Jun 25 @ The Altman Building
NYVC: Speaker Series with Will Peng from Raptor Ventures on Jun 25 @ New Work City
Entrepreneurs Roundtable 48 on Jun 26 @ NYU Stern
Consumer Electronics Week on Jun 27 @ Metropolitan Pavilion
Startup Tours for Developers: Boxee & AppNexus on Jun 27 @ Boxee
Big Data & Sports Business on Jun 27 @ General Assembly
Startup Exits: Deal-Making in Social Commerce on Jul 12 @ General Assembly

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉 Best Tech Events This Week (Venture Forward, AngelHack, Tech Drinkup, Games for Change, NJ Tech Meetup, S.H.E. Summit)