Best Tech Events This Week (TechCrunch Disrupt, IDEAS CITY, TechCocktail, Database Month, NYC BigApps, Queens Tech Meetup, Startup Grind)

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]

Get ready, people! Summer blockbuster season is almost here, and first up is the much-anticipated Iron Man 3which opens Friday. It already had a monster international opening ($195M in five days from 42 territories) and is the number-one film in every market. With Cinco de Mayo also on Sunday, this is going to be one fun, crazy weekend! 😉

Wanna hang out with David Aronoff (Flybridge Capital), Brad Svrluga (High Peaks Venture Partners), Andrew Cleland (Comcast Ventures) and other top investors at the Funding the Best in Global Innovation conference? Of course you do! Well, you’re in luck, because I have two free passes to the event. Hit me up!

Angelhack (a.k.a. the largest global hackathon competition) is back, yo! And this time it’ll take place in Brooklyn. Last year’s Angelhack NYC winner was selected for the AngelPad SF incubator. The event is on June 1. Get your tickets today (and get 35 percent off with discount code GG).

This month is Database Month, which means a bunch of cool database related events. Don’t miss the Office Ninja Tech Mixer & Showcase on May 2 ($5 off with code iAMninja), Innovating for the Connected Home, Living Room and TV on May 7 (hosted by Mashable, Verizon & MIT Enterprise Forum) and the Founder and the Entity also on May 7 (learn team building and evaluating the right entity structure).

If you wanna apply to be a teacher for TEALS (a grassroots program recruiting software engineers to teach computer science to high school students), applications are due by May 1. Applications for NYC Seed Start’s 3rd Accelerator class are also due by May 5, plus there’s an info session this evening.

Submissions for the Innovation By Design Awards are due by May 6. The awards, a celebration of the year’s most inspiring design work, are brought to you by Fast Company and Co.Design. Finalists will be featured in the October issue of Fast Company.

Summer Stage (a program of the City Parks Foundation) is looking for an app to engage its 280,000+ attendees at an annual summer-long festival. Deadline to apply is May 8.

Wanna leverage your enterprise tech experience and smarts to advise and mentor startups? Well then, check out this initiative by the NY Enterprise Tech meetup.

Could you go offline–100% unplugged, no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even Google–for a year? Sounds crazy, right? Well thats exactly what The Verge’s Paul Miller did. He’s now returning in a couple of days; what do you think he missed? Live event Tuesday at 11pm.

And finally, I’m no expert, but GarysGuide member Jennifer has pointed out that this is apparently THE time to go check out the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

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

TechCrunch Disrupt NY
Rockstar speaker list including Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures), Dennis Crowley (Foursquare), David Karp (Tumblr), Chris Dixon (Andreessen Horowitz), Bill Gurley (Benchmark), Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed) and others.
Monday (Apr. 29), 9 a.m. @ The Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th Street

Startup Grind NYC
With Bob Dorf (author, The Startup Owner’s Manual)
Monday (Apr. 29), 6 p.m. @ Pivotal Labs, 841 Broadway, 8th Fl.

Himelberg Speaker Series
The Story of Chobani Yogurt with founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya (a.k.a. “the Steve Jobs of yogurt”)
Monday (Apr. 29), 6 p.m. @ NYU Stern School of Business, 44 W. 4th Street, 11th Fl.

NYC SeedStart Enterprise Accelerator: Info Session
Monday (Apr. 29), 7 p.m. @ NYU-Poly Incubator, 137 Varick Street, 2nd Fl.

US Israel Business Council (USI) Presents: TechCrunch Innovation Roadshow
Meet 17 Israeli and Brazilian startups participating at TechCrunch Disrupt. Panelists include Brian Feinstein (Bessemer), Roi Carthy (Initial Capital) and Ron Yekutiel (CEO, Kaltura).
Tuesday (Apr. 30), 6 p.m. @ Morgan Stanley, 1985 Broadway

IDEAS CITY Conference
Exploring the future of cities. Keynote by Joi Ito (Director, MIT Media Lab)
Wednesday (May 1), 9 a.m. @ The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th Street

[Database Month] Future of 21st Century Databases
With Eliot Horowitz (cofounder & CTO, 10gen / MongoDB), Barry Morris (founder & CEO, NuoDB) and Bob Wiederhold (president & CEO, Couchbase).
Wednesday (May 1), 6:30 p.m. @ AOL, 770 Broadway, 6th Fl.

TechCocktail NYC Mixer & Startup Showcase
Thursday (May 2), 6:30 p.m. @ Projective Space L.E.S., 72 Allen Street

Queens Tech Meetup 7
Mobile Tech with Sonar, WeHostels, Uber, Tracks and AT&T.
Thursday (May 2), 7 p.m. @ Hunter’s Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, 10th Fl., Long Island City

With Justin Stefano (cofounder & co-CEO, Refinery29), Jason Baptiste (founder, OnSwipe), Zeeshan Zaidi (founder, HostCommittee), Gregory Besner (CFO, SecondMarket) and others.
Friday (May 3), 9:30 a.m. @ Helena & Martin Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square S.

Mothers (hack) Day
A one-day hackathon to build apps for your moms.
Saturday (May 4), 8:30 a.m. @ The Alley NYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl.

NYC BigApps Healthy Living + Lifelong Learning Hackathon
Mega-hackathon, taking over two floors of the Huffington Post, for teams competing in two competition tracks: Healthy Living and Lifelong Learning. $10,000 in prizes. Nice!
Saturday (May 4), 10 a.m. @ Huffington Post, 770 Broadway

More events on the horizon…
Innovating for the Connected TV, Living Room and Home on May 7 @ Hotel Yotel
Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World 2013 on May 8 @ Altman Building
New York Digital Health Accelerator Demo Day on May 8 @ The TimesCenter
Investor Feedback Forum on May 9 @ Microsoft
Funding the Best in Global Innovation III on May 16 @ Dentons
NYC Tech Picnic – 2013 Kick Off on May 19 @ Chelsea Piers, Pier 63
Opportunities for Mobile UX in Complex Business Models on May 23 @ Venue
AngelHack NYC – Spring 2013 on Jun 1 @ Huge Inc

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

Best Tech Events This Week (TechCrunch Disrupt, IDEAS CITY, TechCocktail, Database Month, NYC BigApps, Queens Tech Meetup, Startup Grind)