Best Tech Events This Week (Inside Bitcoins, 500 Startups DemoDay, Dating Disrupted, Voting Hackathon, Civic Hack Night, Young Tech Summer)

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]

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Don’t miss this week: Young Tech Summer (WIX, Primesense, GetTaxi, Wedeeo, Mobileye), which is on Wednesday, as well as TalkNYC’s Innovation in Impact Marketing (Droga5, Kenneth Cole, Causes, charity:water) and the 2nd CivicHackNight (with @CitiBikeNYC and #BikeNYC).

Coming up: Ad Think II: Emerging Tech in Advertising (Adcade, Locket, Oneqube, SponsorHub) on August 6. VentureOutNY Brazil (with David Teten of ff Venture & Ross Goldstein of DFJ Gotham, I’m giving away five FREE passes) also on August 6. And Startup Grind (w/ Aereo Founder Chet Kanojia, I’m giving away 3 FREE Passes) on August 14.

Love toys and DIY stuff? Of course you do! 🙂 My friends at Angelhack are helping organize 2 big hackathons around those themes. On August 17 is Hasbro-a-thon, a first of its kind toy and game hack; Hasbro is looking for new ideas for play for their awesome portfolio of brands (I’m giving away three FREE Passes). And then on September 14 is the Popular Mechanics DIY Hackathon, where developers will inventively construct a prototype to assist with & simplify DIY projects around the home. Sounds pretty awesome, ja?! 🙂

On October 16, my friend Liz is organizing Decoded Fashion Milan (yup, in Italy), an opportunity for startups to pitch to a panel of industry fashion & retail experts + €10,000 in cash prizes. Sweet! Apply by September 27.

Don’t forget: Applications for Code for America fellowships due this Wednesday. Deadline for Miller Lite Tap The Future business plan competition ($250,000 grand prize!) is this Thursday. And apply for Blue Button Co-Design Challenge ($55,000 in prizes) by August 5.

MSN and NY Television Festival are partnering on the Short-Form Storytellers Challenge ($75k award). Submissions due by August 9. And the deadline for 500 Startups’ Fall Accelerator (aka Batch 007) is August 16. Think ya have what it takes? Then go for it!

SXSW 2014 housing registration opens this Thursday. And boy, do they go fast! So remember to be quick on the draw, pardner 🙂

Wanna win FREE dedicated fiber-optic cable directly to your office? DUH! Then you need to sign up for the NYC Fiber Access Challenge, pronto. 😉

Sprint just upped the ante and announced that its bringing cell service to all 277 underground subway stations! Your move, AT&T & Verizon.

I was recently at my buddy Jon’s Influencers dinner party, an invite-only affair where the guest list can run the gamut from the Winklevoss twins to Andre Royo, a.k.a. Bubbles from HBO’s The Wire. Speaking of The Wire, my friend Kevin told me about Defy Ventures, a NYC-based non-profit Prison Incubator that offers a year of entrepreneurial training & mentorship to people with criminal backgrounds. This Wednesday will be the launch of their third class of students. As Sir Richard Branson notes, everybody deserves a second chance.

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

Entrepreneurs Roundtable 60
With featured guest Allison Goldberg (VP & Managing Director, Time Warner Investments)
Monday (July 29), 6 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Avenue, 6th Fl.

Access Code Demo Day
22 Access Code students will be presenting their apps.
Monday (July 29), 6:30 p.m. @ See Exhibition Space, 26-19 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

Mediabistro Presents: Inside Bitcoins – The Future of Virtual Currency
With Shakil Khan (Head of Special Projects, Spotify and Founder, CoinDesk), Jaron Lukasiewicz (CEO, Coinsetter), James White (Director of Tax Issues, the U.S. Govt) & others.
Tuesday (July 30), 9 a.m. @ The New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave

Huge Demo Nights: Recommendation E-Commerce
Featuring 3 E-commerce startups – Grand St, TrunqShow and Notorious.
Tuesday (July 30), 7 p.m. @ Huge Brooklyn, 45 Main Street, Ste 220, Brooklyn

500 Startups Demo Day
Demos by Feast, Dropifi, Flyer, Binpress, AppSocially, Sverve, Credii, Mayvenn and more.
Wednesday (July 31), 12 p.m. @ To be decided

NY Founder Institute First Look Showcase
With Brian Cohen (Chairman, New York Angels), Jason Reynolds (ff Venture Capital), Jeff Stewart (Founder/CEO, Lenddo and Investor) and Jeff Wald (Founder, Work Market and Investor). Demos by Builder Buzz, Inkwell, CitiEdge, One + Love, Pathgather & Viewsafar.
Wednesday (July 31), 6 p.m. @ Microsoft BizSpark, 1290 Avenue of the Americas

2nd CivicHackNight
A night of @CitiBikeNYC and #BikeNYC projects & demos!
Wednesday (July 31), 6:30 p.m. @ NYU Wagner College @ The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street

The Young Tech Summer Meetup
Interactive Demos by top Israeli Startups: WIX, Primesense, GetTaxi, Wedeeo, Mobileye. Register by July 15 & get a complimentary drink!
Wednesday (July 31), 7 p.m. @ Slate, 54 W. 21st Street

Dating Disrupted: How Technology is Redefining Chemistry Romance
With Cindy Gallop (Founder/CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn), Aaron Schildkrout (Cofounder/Co-CEO, HowAboutWe), Joel Rodriguez (Cofounder/CEO, Acquaintable) and Lori Cheek (Founder/CEO, Cheek’d).
Thursday (Aug. 1), 7 p.m. @ Projective Space, 72 Allen Street, 3rd Fl.

The Voting Information Project’s first-ever NYC Hackathon
Build cool apps and tools to help voters get the information they need to vote.
Friday (Aug. 2), 7 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Avenue, 17th Fl.

More events on the horizon…
Media Mega Mixer on Jul 17 @ WeWork Labs
Ad Think II: Emerging Tech in Advertising on Aug. 6 @ Ernst & Young
VentureOut Presents: The Brazilian – A Tech Demo Event on Aug. 6 @ Greenhouse
August NY Tech Meetup on Aug. 7 @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Ultra Light Startups – Investor Feedback Forum on Aug. 8 @ Microsoft
Designers + Geeks: Sharp Corners and Learning Curves on Aug. 8 @ General Assembly
Founders@Fail: Peter Sullivan of Tripl on Aug. 12 @ General Assembly
Startup Grind NYC w/ Chet Kanojia (Founder of Aereo) on Aug. 14 @ ThoughtWorks
WeWork Summer Camp 2013 on Aug. 15 @ Raquette Lake Camp
Hasbro-a-thon: Playing with Innovation on Aug. 17 @ Hasbro HQ
Learn About The Future Of Marketing for Startups w/ Nihal Mehta on Aug. 20 @ Grind Spaces
Popular Mechanics DIY Hackathon on Sept. 14 @ New York Hall of Science

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

Best Tech Events This Week (Inside Bitcoins, 500 Startups DemoDay, Dating Disrupted, Voting Hackathon, Civic Hack Night, Young Tech Summer)