Best Tech Events This Week (LittleBits Makeathon, NYU Job Fair, Hack n Jill, German Innovation Showcase, Nolcha Fashion Week, ERA Happy Hour)

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]

Can’t walk down the street without bumping into a model? Haven’t had much sleep lately? Friends suddenly dressing up like Lady Gaga? Yup, it must be Fashion Week! MakerBot’s getting in on the fun with a 3D-printed, Francis Bitonti-designed Verlan Dress, made from the all-new MakerBot Flexible Filament. And don’t miss indie-designer-focused Nolcha Fashion WeekI’m giving away three free Passes to the Fashion Lounge (with Modalyst) AND your special invite to the closing party (which I’m co-sponsoring).

Wanna hang out with Katie Couric, Tyra Banks, Christine Quinn, and Brooke Shields? Yes, you do! Next Friday is WIE Symposium (Women, Inspiration, Enterprise). The theme is Female Advantage (play to your strengths, stay authentic), and I’m giving away two free passes.

On September 11 is Enterprise Tech Roundtable: Startup Exits & Acquisitions with Barry Silbert (CEO, SecondMarket), Ben Boissevain (Bois Capital), Ed Zimmerman (Lowenstein Sandler) and Deirdre Bolton (Bloomberg Anchor). I’m giving away 10 free passes. 

On September 23 is Startup Grind’s fireside chat with Steve Blank (customer development guru and 4 Steps to Epiphany author). I’m giving away three free passes!

On September 25 is Startup Essentials: How to Found a Company (tools & training to take your ideas to the next level). I’m giving away five Free Passes!

On September 26 is Georgetown Angels’ VC Pitch Network Event. Network w/ Angel & VC investors and hear startup pitches. I’m giving away five Free Passes (worth $45 each)!

On September 28, my buddy Pavan’s organizing Freestyle Fashion Conference, which is a series of sessions related to the business of fashion and retail. Topics include the State of Fashion Tech, Licensing Fashion, Data Driven Decisions, Project Runway & more! I’m giving away two free passes.

On October 3 is Israeli Tech Made In NY. Top 10 Israeli startups + Top 100 NYC investors. You don’t wanna miss this! I’m giving away two free passes. On October 9 is Digital DUMBO dd:IMPACT – The Connected Life, showcasing how apps, devices, data and networks are changing our lifestyles, work and entire cities.

Don’t miss this week … Get Control of Your F.A.T. (Business Model Generation) on September 10. Enterprise Tech Meetup (demos by Trapezoid, Narrative Science, Virtustream and Trek Medics; I’m giving away five free passes) on September 11. German Innovation Showcase (demos by Peak Lab, Qumram, Henrichsen, Kisi and Fundcuisine) on September 12.

Coming up: CukeUp (New York’s first Cucumber conference, keynote by Cucumber creator Aslak Hellesoy) on September 17. Cleantech Demo Day (with NYSERDA, NYC ACRE and others) on September 24. Launch Mobile and Wearables Summit (exclusive 150-person summit in San Francisco hosted by Jason Calacanis) on September 30 and October 1.

The New York Daily News is launching an Innovation Lab to bring in startups to work on projects addressing media industry development needs and potentially become scale businesses. Details of projects to be presented on October 1 at SwitchPitch. Applications accepted October 1 thru October 31.

Bunch of deadlines coming up: September 15 for Flatiron School’s Web Development Fellowship Program (It’s free, saving you $12,000!). September 17 for Knight News Challenge (funding innovative ideas for health data). October 11 for Techstars-powered R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator.

Wanna win FREE dedicated fiber optic cable directly to your office? Duh! Then you need to sign up for the ConnectNYC Fiber Access Program, pronto. 😉

This Saturday and Sunday is Northside Media’s Taste & Talks, with panels like Navigate a Cookbook Deal, Chef Horror Stories, Contemporary Restaurant Design and Food Photography and followed by all-star cookout. With Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, April Bloomfield, Alessandro Porcelli.

Don’t forget, the primaries are tomorrow. Remember to vote!

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

FinTech Reception
With Jean-Philippe Linteau (head of investment) and Miriam Bekkouche (innovation officer) of Consulate General of Canada in New York. Startups include 4Pay, FinanceIt, Finmaven, Market IQ, Quantify Labs, Sentry Metrics, Ticksmith and Zighra.
Monday (Sept. 9), 5:30 p.m. @ Official Residence of Consul General of Canada, 550 Park Avenue, entrance on 62nd Street

Tesla Sustainable Style Night
See the premier of Remedy’s new line, mingle with models and designers and support sustainable style.
Monday (Sept. 9), 6:30 p.m. @ Tesla Chelsea Showroom, 511 W. 25th Street

Design, Make, Play (featuring NYSCI and Maker Faire)
Innovative learning methodology to rekindle children’s innate curiosity in fields of STEM. With Dr. Margaret Honey (President, New York Hall of Science). Demos of Chillin’ on Mars, Experimental Sound Studio & more.
Monday (Sept. 9), 6:30 p.m. @ AppNexus, 28 W 23rd Street, 4th Fl.

ERA Happy Hour
Free beers, conversation and networking in one of MicroOffice’s newest co-working spaces!
Tuesday (Sept. 10), 6 p.m. @ MicroOffice, 902 Broadway

Hack n’ Jill – Build n’ Play
With Patrick Moberg (Dots, Betaworks), Nicole Leffel (NBC Universal), Naomi Clark (Gamelab) and Laine Nooney (StonyBrook Univ).
Tuesday (Sept. 10), 6:30 p.m. @ Gilt Groupe, 2 Park Avenue, 5th Fl.

Software Meets Fashion
With Michael Bryzek (Cofounder & CTO, Gilt Groupe), Bryn McCoy (Cofounder & CTO, CitizenMade) and Michael O’Brien (Conde Nast).
Tuesday (Sept. 10), 7 p.m. @ Grind Broadway, 1412 Broadway, 22nd Fl.

Enterprise Tech Meetup Roundtable: Startup Exits & Acquisitions
With Barry Silbert (CEO, SecondMarket), Ed Zimmerman (Lowenstein Sandler), Ben Boissevain (Founder, Bois Capital) and moderated by Deirdre Bolton (Bloomberg Anchor).
Wednesday (Sept. 11), 7 p.m. @ LowenStein Sandler, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, 17th Fl.

NYU Fall Job and Internship Fair
NYU’s largest fair of the year and attracts students of various majors.
Thursday (Sept. 12), 11 a.m. @ NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S

RUSK Presents: Nolcha Fashion Week: Fashion Lounge + Media Brunch! (co-organized by Modalyst)
Independent fashion designers showcase their collections at award-winning Nolcha Fashion Week! Light bites by award winning Chef Richard Sandoval plus refresh pampering w/ RUSK.
Thursday (Sept. 12), 1 p.m. @ YOTEL, 570 10th Avenue

Ultra Light Startups – Investor Feedback Forum
With John Ason (Kewpie Associates), Bradley Harrison (Scout Ventures), Habib Kairouz (Rho Capital) and Laurel Touby (Founder, Mediabistro & Angel Investor). Demos by Rezzcard, Lookboard, KeyMe, Glyphr, RUKUS, BlitzCare, FitBark and Kindara.
Thursday (Sept. 12), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Avenue, 6th Fl.

German Innovation Showcase 2013
VentureOut & iFridge present night of networking w/ hot tech startups from Germany: Peak Lab, Qumram, Henrichsen, Kisi & Fundcuisine. With David Teten (ff Venture Capital), Joy Marcus (DFJ Gotham Ventures) & others.
Thursday (Sept. 12), 6:30 p.m. @ German Center for Research & Innovation, 871 United Nations Plaza

littleBits Global Makeathon
The world’s largest physical and virtual littleBits workshop.
Saturday (Sept. 14), 11 a.m. @ littleBits, 60 E. 11th Street

More events on the horizon…
Media Mega Mixer on Jul 17 @ WeWork Labs
NJ Tech Meetup (NJ EDA,, ff Ventures, Vitals) on Sept. 16 @ Howe Center @ Stevens Institute of Technology
New York Games Conference 2013 on Sept. 17 @ Museum of Jewish Heritage
CukeUp! NYC on Sept. 17 @ The Dumbo Spot
Cutting-Edge UX Innovations from the MIT Mobile Experience Lab on Sept. 19 @ EisnerAmper
WIE Symposium (Women, Inspiration & Enterprise) on Sept. 20 @ Center 548
Startup Grind hosts Steve Blank on Sept. 23 @ AlleyNYC
Structure or Serendipity: Where Is The Future Of Interactive Marketing Headed? on Sept. 24 @ Anchin
Trust: The Secret to Scaling a Tech Organization (with Gilt CTO Michael Bryzek) on Sept. 25 @ Gilt HQ
Georgetown Angels VC Pitch Network Event on Sept. 26 @ Goodwin Procter @ The NY Times
Freestyle Fashion Conference on Sept. 28 @ LIM College
Launch Mobile & Wearables Summit in SF (Sep 30, Oct 1) on Sept. 30 @ City View at Metreon
NYTECH Presents: The Art of Personalization on the Gilt eCommerce Platform (2/3) on Oct. 1 @ Gilt HQ
Israeli Tech Made In NY on Oct. 3 @ Morgan Stanley
Digital DUMBO dd:IMPACT Conference – The Connected Life on Oct. 9 @ Galapagos Art Space
Israel to NYC on Oct. 9 @ 7 World Trade Center
Tee It Up: Legal Issues To Consider When Starting Your Startup on Oct. 16 @ Apella
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 (LittleBits Makeathon, NYU Job Fair, Hack n Jill, German Innovation Showcase, Nolcha Fashion Week, ERA Happy Hour)