Best Tech Events This Week (NYU Entrepreneurs Festival, Startup Weekend EDU, Silicon Harlem Launch Party, ITP Big Screens, DUMBO Startup Lab Demo Day, Entrepreneurs Roundtable)

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]

You get an Oscar. And you get an Oscar. Everyone gets an Oscar! Well, maybe not everyone, but spreading the love was very much the theme of Hollywood’s big night, with awards divided fairly equally among Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, Django, Skyfall and others. Best photobomb goes to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and @RichardDreyfuss took home best tweet: “I always dreamed that the score of one of my films would be used to play people off at the Oscars. We did it, Steven!” 🙂 Also, really liked Ben Affleck’s heartfelt and emotional acceptance speech: “‎It doesn’t matter how much you get knocked down in life, you gotta get back up.” Word.

BUZZtheBar is a new mobile app (iPhone and Android) that allows you to order & pay for drinks on your phone. They’re throwing an awesome launch party on March 5: classy 1940s meets modern-style boozing, games, giveaways and more! And with the discount code “GarysGuide,” you can also get in for FREE. Offer only valid for the first 50 users, so ya better hurry! Once you sign up, you’ll also get a $10 credit in the app. Nice. 🙂

Heard of Startup Chile? They give you $40,000 to spend six wonderful, relaxing months in the lovely country of Chile. Sounds crazy right? Well, of course you also have to work on your startup while there. But still–tempting. Deadline is March 11.

Speaking of $40,000, what if I told you you could get the same amount right here in New York City and in only four months? Say hello to the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator! Early application deadline is March 7.

And speaking of deadlines, applications for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are due by March 8.

If you have a high-school kid who’s interested in tech/design, AIGA is offering a few free workshops this Sunday where they could learn how to make a mobile app, learn about graphic design or publish an e-book. This is part of their Inspire/Make Teen Program. Also check out TEALS, a grassroots program that recruits software engineers to teach computer science to high school students. Love this idea! More info here. They’re looking to recruit up to 50 software engineers here in New York City and there’s an information session next Monday on March 4. Interested? RSVP here.

Heard of International Business Week? They’re a one-week program (March 4 to 10) bringing entrepreneurs from around the world to Israel to expose them to the nation’s unique ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. Interested? You can apply here.

Our “ULTIMATE Guide to SXSW Parties” is now at a whopping 225 events! Hope y’all have been busy RSVP’ing 🙂 Some of the recently added parties I like: the Wall Street Journal Pool Party, Made In NY & American Express Sunset Rooftop Cocktails, Salesforce Rooftop VIP Party and the ff Massive Party. You had me at pool party!

FYI, the Red Tie for SXSW sponsorship is now sold out! But the demand is still strong so I’m opening up Overflow Sponsorship Slots on my lapels. Email me if interested!

My buddies @ General Assembly are giving away an Insider Access ticket for two to Silicon Valley. Roundtrip flights, hotel, tours of Apple, Facebook, Google, meetings with Sarah Lacy and Dave McClure and much more. Here’s the link. Just promise me you’ll come back to New York City. You will, right? Don’t make me have to come there and get you!

Ever dreamt of having a 3D-printing pen that would let you draw sculptures in midair? Well, who says dreams can’t come true? I give you The 3Doodler!

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

Entrepreneurs Roundtable 55
With Dayna Grayson (partner, NEA New Enterprise Associates)
Monday (Feb. 25), 6:30 p.m. @ NYU Stern, 44 W. 4th Street

The Elevator Pitch Roundtables and Workshop
With Brad Gillespie (IA Ventures), Micah Rosenbloom (Founder Collective), Ellie Wheeler (Greycroft Partners), Matt Witheiler (Flybridge Capital) and Lisa Wu (Norwest Venture Partners).
Tuesday (Feb. 26), 9 a.m. @ Orrick @ CBS Building, 51 W. 52nd Street, 23rd Fl.

Silicon Harlem Launch Party + Around The Way Launch Party
Silicon Harlem supports tech entrepreneurs of color and creates technology-enabled job opportunities. Come network with the Harlem Tech Community!
Tuesday (Feb. 26), 6 p.m. @ MIST Harlem, 46 W. 116th Street

Brooklyn Tech Meetup
With Mark O’Neill (CTO, Thrillist). Demos by Tutonic and Advisoray.
Tuesday (Feb. 26), 7 p.m. @ Brooklyn Law School Feil Hall, 205 State Street, 22nd Fl., Brooklyn

AIPAC Technology Division: Launch Event w/ Dan Senor
Featuring Dan Senor, coauthor of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle.
Wednesday (Feb. 27), 6 p.m. @ Bloomberg Tower, 731 Lexington Avenue

DUMBO Startup Lab Demo Day
Panelists include Owen Davis (NYC Seed), Ryan Armburst (ff Venture) and Harrison Weber (The Next Web).
Wednesday (Feb. 27), 6 p.m. @ DUMBO Startup Lab, 68 Jay Street, #718

Engineering @ Scale: Scaling Right Media – Architecting for hypergrowth
A fireside chat with Matt Philips (cofounder, Right Media) and Brian O’Kelley (CEO, AppNexus)
Wednesday (Feb. 27), 7 p.m. @ AppNexus, 28 W. 23rd Street, 4th Fl.

Hack+Startup by First Round Capital
Bringing together engineering leaders to direct technical discussions on crafting superior software. The theme this time around is working with data.
Thursday (Feb. 28), 6:30 p.m. @ AppNexus, 28 West 23rd St, 4th Fl

Speakeasy – A New Monthly Happy Hour for Community Managers
Hosted by Tina Yip (R/GA), Zack McCune (R/GA), Sarah Judd Welch (LoyalCX), Allie MacPherson (TEXT 100) and Arielle Calderon (Gotham Inc).
Thursday (Feb. 28), 7 p.m. @ Percolate HQ, 481 Broadway, 2nd Fl.

Startup! Real Stories & Life-saving Tips
With Rick Webb (Tumblr, angel investor), Allison Goldberg (Managing Director & VP, Time Warner Investments), Ryan Freitas (cofounder,, Gino Zahnd (cofounder, Cozy) and others.
Thursday (Feb. 28), 7 p.m. @ Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue

2nd Annual NYU Entrepreneurs Festival
Rockstar group of speakers including Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square), Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures), Herb Kelleher (Southwest Airlines), Alexandre Douzet (TheLadders), Rachel Haot (Chief Digital Officer NYC), Dan Porter (CEO, OMGPOP) and more.
Friday (Mar. 1), 10:30 a.m. @ Tisch Hall, 40 W. 4th Street

NYC EDU Startup Weekend
Friday (Mar. 1), 6 p.m. @ Alley NYC, 500 7th Avenue, 17th Fl.

ITP Presents: Big Screens
Friday (Mar. 1), 6:30 p.m. @ IAC, 555 W. 18th Street

More events on the horizon…
BRITE 2013 Conference on Mar 04 @ Columbia University Lerner Hall
Founders@Fail: How To Build A Community on Mar 04 @ General Assembly East
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator Happy Hour on Mar 04 @ Galway Pub
BUZZtheBar Launch Party! (Free with discount code GARYSGUIDE) on Mar 05 @ Hotel Chantelle
Spacebrew: A Toolkit for An Open Internet of Things on Mar 07 @ General Assembly
In NYC for SxSW? Join us for Brunch! on Mar 10 @ Venue
Unleash the Beast: How to Hack a Hackathon Save the World and Make Your Parents Proud on Mar 14 @ Internet Media Labs
Investor Feedback Forum (New York March) on Mar 14 @ Microsoft
March 2013 NY Tech Meetup on Mar 19 @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Mobile UX Design Four-Part Series: Theory, Science, Optimization & Design on Mar 20 @ Frankfurt Kurnit

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉 Best Tech Events This Week (NYU Entrepreneurs Festival, Startup Weekend EDU, Silicon Harlem Launch Party, ITP Big Screens, DUMBO Startup Lab Demo Day, Entrepreneurs Roundtable)