Best Tech Events This Week (PayPal BattleHack, ATT Hackathon, Social Retail Summit, 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]

Its summertime! And instead of eating out at the same ol’ joints, I want to try out some new places. So send me your restaurant recommendations (and maybe mention what you liked about them and which dishes I should try). Email me at Thanks! I really appreciate it.

Don’t miss this week … NYTECH’s Summer Networking Party on Tuesday, Enterprise Tech Meetup on Wednesday (I’m giving away 10 Free Passes), Lerer Ventures’ Talent Hack also on Wednesday, General Assembly’s Intro to Brand Partnerships on Thursday (I’m giving away 3 Free Passes), Startup Grind with Esther Dyson also on Thursday (I’m giving away 3 Free Passes), TechDrinkup also on Thursday and Amusemi’s Summer Tech Picnic on Sunday.

And coming up … Decoded Fashion’s Anniversary Startup Showcase next Wednesday (I’m giving away 5 Free Passes). NY Times’ Open Source Science Fair next Thursday. Young Tech Summer on July 31 (register by tonight to get a complimentary drink). And VentureOutNY’s Brazil (tech demos) on Aug 7.

Whats that? You want a few hackathons too? You got it, pal! Gamepress’ Game Development Hackathon today, AT&T’s veterans focused Mobile App Hackathon tomorrow, Paypal’s Battle Hack NY this Saturday, Mobext’s 24-hour mobile-centric hackathon next Saturday, Monthly Music Hackathon (handmade music @ Etsy) also next Saturday and Voting Information Projects’ first-ever NYC hackathon on Aug 2. Phewwww!

Don’t forget … Deadline for the $1.2 million Take The H.E.L.M. competition is today and deadline to apply for Coro NY Leadership Program is this Friday. And Startup Leadership Program (for outstanding founders & CEOs) will be having info sessions on July 15 and July 31.

Congrats to Maria Gotsch and team on the amazing Fintech Innovation Lab, an annual program run by the Partnership Fund for NYC and Accenture. And congrats to all the graduating startups at Demo Day last week – Dashlane, OpenFin, Centripetal Networks, NarrativeScience, Inktank and Scrollmotion. Many of the major banks had worked closely with the startups, mentoring them, providing access to their systems and implementing pilot projects. Chatting with CapitalOne CTO Monique Shivanandan, it was clear that the program was a win-win on all sides! Would love to see this replicated across other industry verticals.

My friend Tina is the founder of Bronx-based Exposure Camp which helps bridge the digital divide for teens in underserved communities. Upcoming programs include Digital Design Incubator (July 15 – Aug 2), Teen Tech Bash (4th fridays) and Athletech Camp.

And for kids with special needs, Tech Kids Unlimited organizes a bunch of tech workshops focused on programming, apps, games and more!

I’m an opera newbie but looking forward to the Metropolitan Opera Summer Series tomorrow in Central Park! 🙂 Arias and duets by up-and-coming Met artists Ying Fang (soprano), Mario Chang (tenor) and Brandon Cedel (bass-baritone).

And now lets see whats going down in the Alley this week…

Business Development and 3D Printing
With Charlie Maddock (Shapeways), JF Brandon (DShape), Kegan Fisher (Sols), Keith Ozar (3D Systems), Alex Taub (Dwolla) and Eric Batscha (AppNexus).
Monday (Jul 15), 7 p.m. @ AppNexus HQ, 28 W 23rd St, 4th Fl

Fashion 2.0: Open Mic & 5 Year Anniversary
With Sim Blaustein (Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments), Murat Aktihanoglu (ER Accelerator) and Lauren Indvik (Mashable).
Tuesday (Jul 16), 6 p.m. @ Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave

Cheekd Summer Lovin Party
A night of foosball, skee ball, photo-boothing, cheek’ng, pretzel tossing, drinking and mingling with cheeky peeps & good lookin’ strangers. Music by DJs AndrewAndrew.
Tuesday (Jul 16), 6 p.m. @ Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston St

Lerer Ventures & OrderGroove Present: NYCTalentHack
Bringing together job seekers with 25 awesome startups including Warby Parker, SeatGeek, Songza & Thrillist.
Wednesday (Jul 17), 5 p.m. @ OrderGroove, 75 Broad St, 23rd Fl

How NYC Startups Are Taking a Bite Out of the $55B US Pet Industry
With Brock Weatherup (CEO, Pet360), Alejandro Russo (CEO, Klooff), Davide Rossi (Co-Founder, FitBark), Danny Frost (Founder, Ruff Club) and Arie Abecassis (Venture Partner, DreamIt Ventures).
Wednesday (Jul 17), 6 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

Enterprise Tech Meetup: Selling to the Enterprise
With John DeMattia (Thomson Reuters), Conor Flynn (TD Securities), Diane Kennelly (Morgan Stanley), Dror Futter (SorinRand), Ken Going (Marsh & McLennan) and Laura Grana (Morgan Stanley).
Wednesday (Jul 17), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 Ave of the Americas

Social Retail Summit #5
With Jake Bronstein (Flint & Tinder), Stefan Loble (Bluff Works), Caroline Misan Alvo (Gambita), Gabe Bevilacqua (Rallyverse), Veronika Sonsev (InSparq), Kevin Lee (Didit) and others.
Thursday (Jul 18), 3 p.m. @ Dumbo Spot, 160 Water St, Brooklyn

Startup Grind with Esther Dyson (EDventure Holdings)
Featuring well-known angel investor Esther Dyson (EDventure Holdings).
Thursday (Jul 18), 6 p.m. @ ThoughtWorks, 99 Madison Ave, New York, NY

A party for the world’s brightest and savviest people in tech.
Thursday (Jul 18), 8 p.m. @ EVR, 54 W 39th St

ATT Mobile App Hackathon – Veterans
Develop mobile apps to meet the needs of veterans and their families – a community that has sacrificed a great deal for our nation’s safety and security.
Friday (Jul 19), 6 p.m. @ Knewton, 100 5th Ave

Paypal Battle Hack NY
10 City Hackathon series for devs to come test their skills and change the world!
Saturday (Jul 20), 9 a.m. @ Alley NYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

NYC Tech Picnic
Enjoy the outdoors with designers, entrepreneurs and techies making it happen in NYC.
Sunday (Jul 21), 2 p.m. @ Chelsea Piers, Pier 64, 64 Chelsea Piers

More events on the horizon…
Media Mega Mixer on Jul 17 @ WeWork Labs
Big Disruption, Small Companies: How Startups Are Pushing Media Companies To Innovate on Jul 22 @ General Assembly East
NYC Gaming July: Demo Night on Jul 23 @ Microsoft
Blogologues: Summer Rooftop Party on Jul 25 @ Chelsea Rooftop
Startup Jackpot NYC on Jul 27 @ Alley NYC
Mediabistro Presents: Inside Bitcoins – The Future of Virtual Currency on Jul 30 @ The New Yorker Hotel
TalkNYC: Do Good Better | Innovation in Impact Marketing on Jul 31 @ Crosby Street Hotel
Summer Opportunity Mixer on Jul 31 @ Center for Social Innovation
The Young Tech Summer Meetup on Jul 31 @ Slate
VentureOut Presents: The Brazilian – A Tech Demo Event on Aug 06 @ Greenhouse
Designers + Geeks: Sharp Corners and Learning Curves on Aug 08 @ General Assembly

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

Best Tech Events This Week (PayPal BattleHack, ATT Hackathon, Social Retail Summit, Startup Grind)