Best Tech Events This Week (Hasbro-a-thon, WeWork Summer Camp, Ruby Science Fair, Cryptocat Hackathon, Enterprise Tech Meetup, StartupGrind, Design Evenings)

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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First of all: Thanks for all the birthday wishes–and red ties! 🙂

Now, this week you don’t want to miss: Startup Grind (with Aereo Founder Chet Kanojia) and the Enterprise Tech Meetup (demos by Inktank, Bromium, Quandora and Pymetrics and I’m giving away 10 free passes) both on Augugust 14, followed by the Hasbro-a-thon (Toy+Game Hackathon) on August 17.

Coming up: NYC Tech for Reshma (candidate for public advocate) event on August 20. Spotify Hackettes Coding Competition on August 24. Beekman33 Salon (artist showcase + music startups + party! and I’m giving away five free passes) on September 7. Popular Mechanics DIY Hackathon on September 14. And Georgetown Angels VC Pitch on September 19.

Dreaming of putting on your tuxedo and going for a swim? You’re in luck, pal! My friends at ImprovEverywhere are bringing back their annual Black Tie Beach this Sunday.

Check out NYCEDC’s Fall 2013 Tech Talent Draft. Computer science and engineering students get a firsthand look at exciting startup careers! First event is September 10.

I was recently chatting with British Consul General Danny Lopez and came away impressed with UKTI’s startup-focused initiatives. One of them is The GREAT Tech Awards. Five startups get a shot at a high-impact expansion to the UK, meetings with 10 Downing Street and UK VCs, attendance at the Wired Conference, and free flights on Virgin. Drooling already?! Apply by September 6.

Ben at High Peaks is hiring a venture apprentice. Taste of VC land? Grab your chance.

Launch your startup at DEMO? They’ll be in town this Wednesday at First Round Capital.

A bunch of deadlines coming up: August 15 for CMS’ Healthcare Innovation Awards, August 16 for 500 Startups’ Fall Accelerator Batch, August 20 for AT&T and MTA Transit App Quest, August 25 for Efma & Accenture Retail Banking Innovation Awards and the NYCEDC and US Israel Business Council Top Israeli Startups, and August 26 for StartMeUp Hong Kong.

Social media & marketing peeps, check out Mashable Mashie Awards (apply by August 15).

Wanna win 30 free round-trip tickets on American Airlines?! Of course you do! Also don’t forget: mad trivia skillz + NBC + $10 Million = Your golden opportunity. And for all the 4th through 8th graders out there, MoMath Summer Camp has a few spots left.

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

Panel Discussion: Taking Your Ecommerce Business to the Next Level
Panelists include Katie Finnegan (cofounder, Hukkster), Sari Bibliowicz (cofounder, Bib+Tuck) and Alain Miguel (Cofounder, Modalyst).
Monday (Aug. 12), 7 p.m. @ City Winery, 155 Varick Street

BubbleProof: Social Good for Profit Meetup
With Talmage Cooley (Cofounder,, Christina Rizk (Founder/COO, and David Cascino (Cofounder,
Tuesday (Aug. 13), 6:30 p.m. @ Pave, 151 Grand Street, 3rd Fl.

Meet The Innovators: Tech Changemakers
With Adda Birnir (SkillCrush), Kimberly Bryant (Black Girls Code), Jocelyn Leavitt and Samantha John (Hopscotch), Kristen Titus (Girls Who Code) and Rachel Weiss (L’Oreal).
Wednesday (Aug. 14), 6 p.m. @ Apple Retail Store SoHo, 103 Prince Street

Startup Grind NYC
Featuring Chet Kanojia (Founder/CEO, Aereo). Discussion, networking and food!
Wednesday (Aug. 14), 6 p.m. @ ThoughtWorks, 99 Madison Avenue

Apartment Therapy Design Evenings
With Susan Feldman and Alison Pincus (Cofounders, One Kings Lane)
Wednesday (Aug. 14), 6 p.m. @ Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street

August NY Enterprise Technology Meetup
Demos by Inktank, Bromium, Quandora and Pymetrics.
Wednesday (Aug. 14), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas

WeWork Summer Camp 2013
Artist lineup: Ra Ra Riot, The White Panda, Sound Remedy, Great Caesar, Jukebox the Ghost, Savoir Adore, Ponyhof, DJ Neza and DJ Devo!
Thursday (Aug. 15), 7 a.m. @ Raquette Lake Camp, Antlers Road, Raquette Lake

Flatiron School Science Fair: Ruby 002
Come mingle with great people, and see what apps this semester’s students have been working on!
Thursday (Aug. 15), 2 p.m. @ Time Inc, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 8th Fl.

Hasbro-a-thon: Playing with Innovation
A first of its kind toy & game hack! Hasbro is looking for new ideas for play for their awesome portfolio of brands & beyond. Use code “GarysGuide” for a free ticket.
Saturday (Aug. 17), 9 a.m. @ Hasbro HQ, 1027 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket

Cryptocat Hackathon
Help empower activists worldwide by improving useful tools and discussing the future of making privacy accessible.
Saturday (Aug. 17), 10 a.m. @ OpenITP Office, 199 Lafayette Street, Ste 3B

More events on the horizon…
Tech & Food: Lollipops, Cookbooks, Kitchen Incubators and Buzz! on Aug. 19 @ AT&T AdWorks Lab
NUI Central presents: the UX of NUI on Aug. 19 @ WeWork Labs
NYC Tech for Reshma: Candidate for Public Advocate on Aug. 20 @ Tribeca Grand Hotel
Impact Investor Night – Hosted by Return on Change on Aug. 22 @ Centre for Social Innovation
Education & Tech: How Technology is Redefining Online Education on Aug. 22 @ Knewton
Amusemi Dinner with Investor / VC on Aug. 22 @ SoHo (TBA)
Spotify Hackettes Coding Competition on Aug. 24 @ Green Spaces
Learn About The Future Of Marketing for Startups w/ Nihal Mehta on Aug. 28 @ Grind Spaces
The 2nd Beekman33 Salon: Artist Showcase, Music Startups and Party on Sept. 7 @ Complete Music Studios
The Business Model Canvas – Session 4 of the series: Get Control of Your F.A.T. in Your Lean Startup (Finance, Accounting Tax) on Sept. 10 @ Marks Paneth Shron
DataGotham 2013 on Sept. 13 @ NY Academy of Medicine
Popular Mechanics DIY Hackathon on Sept. 14 @ NY Hall of Science
Georgetown Angels VC Pitch Network Event on Sept. 19 @ Goodwin Procter @ The NY Times
Business Insider Presents: Startup 2013 on Oct. 24 @ Museum Of Jewish Heritage
Boot Camp for Digital Startups on Oct. 29 @ Town Hall Conference Center

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

Best Tech Events This Week (Hasbro-a-thon, WeWork Summer Camp, Ruby Science Fair, Cryptocat Hackathon, Enterprise Tech Meetup, StartupGrind, Design Evenings)