Best Tech Events This Week (AppHack, Refest Art+Tech Festival, Mobile Payments, NYC Gaming, UX for Internet of Things)

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]

My friend Rachel Hofstetter (Founder/CEO, Guesterly & former Food Editor @ Oprah Mag & Reader’s Digest) has a new book out, Cooking Up A Business! To celebrate, she’s throwing an event @ Levo League next week, Celebration of Food + Entrepreneurship – fireside chats w/ food entrepreneurs Cameron Hughes & Maddy D’Amato, wine flights, Chipotle bar, chocolate tasting + tons more food from the book! Invite only, but I have 5 Free Passes! 😉

But wait, there’s more! Later that week is A Night of Food, Wine & Big Business and I’m giving away 5 Free Passes (each with a Food Goodie Bag!)

Don’t forget … FREE Co-working @ TurnToTech @ 184 5th Ave (and 23rd St) and also (usually free) space for events & meetups. And more FREE Co-working at Coworkrs (+ free coffee + wi-fi) @ 115 23rd St (and Park Avenue) 8am – 6:30pm. So go check them out, yo!

On Dec. 9 is Xconomy Forum w/ Peter Weijmarshausen (CEO, Shapeways), Max Haot (CEO, Livestream). $75 w/ code “GGuide”. (2 Free Passes worth $175 each!).

On Dec. 13 is Fusion Games: creative, olympic-style games to get employees active, engaged, competitive & develop team skills. Proceeds to Resolution Project (non-profit helping colleges start social ventures). Contact Monica for details.

Coming up this week … Nov. 30 is AppHACK (presented by AngelHack) which is shaping up to be the largest Mobile App Hackathon, ever! Sign up here. On Dec. 1 is TurnToTech 12 week Mobile Development Bootcamp (+ Internship) on IOS and Amazon Cloud.

Coming up soon: On Dec. 3 is VentureOutNY Startups & Meatballs w/ ten hottest tech startups from Italy (code “vip25” for 25% discount). Dec. 4 is LeadDog Presents BARK Hot Seat w/ BJ Mendelson (Author of Social Media is Bullshit). Dec. 5 is Free DIY Series: Build an iOS App in 3 Hours. Dec. 6 is 48 Hour Application HackNation. Dec. 9 is Hour of Code NYC (presented by the {c}0dEd). Dec. 10 is Startup Grind NYC with Michael Bryzek, Co-founder & CTO, Gilt Groupe (I’m giving away 3 Free Passes). Dec. 16 is 8th Annual Charity:Ball w/ Jack Dorsey, Sean Parker, Troy Carter to celebrate work of Charity:Water.

KeyMe (the fast & easy way to manage, copy & share keys) is now delivering keys on demand in Manhattan. Scan your key now, thank yourself later. Use code “garysguide” for 20% off!

ZeroCater, the YC company that will magically make tasty meals appear in your office is now catering holiday parties. Yup, your life just got easier!

The Intel retail experience store @ 262 Mott St. Store changes three times a day & has free events every day (live bands, movie nights, football Sunday).

Apply to 500 Startups by Nov 27. Apply to Conscious Venture Lab (purpose driven startups) by Dec 18. Apply to Techstars NYC by Dec 31. Virgin Media seeking UK startups expanding to NYC. Apply here for Blueprint Health.

More deadlines … Dec. 6 4th Annual FinTech Innovation Lab. Dec. 12 NYCEDC ConnectNYC Free high-speed Internet! Dec. 16 Work-bench (Enterprise Tech Space).

Good luck to all the Take The Helm 2.0 challenge finalists including Uber, Enigma, WeWork, Loverly, SumAll, Splash, Blueprint Health & others!

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

Data for Social Good Happy Hour
Hang w/ data analysts, data scientists, data-driven social entrepreneurs & others
Monday (Nov. 25), 5:30 p.m. @ To Be Decided

NYCCHI Presents – UX for Internet of Things: Agency Showcase
Talks around campaigns including “Wherever Ships May Sail” for Johnnie Walker, “miCoach Smart Run” Smart Watch for Adidas & more.
Monday (Nov. 25), 6:30 p.m. @ Gilt HQ, 2 Park Ave, 5th Fl

Mobile Development Bootcamp with iOS & Amazon Cloud
12 week mobile development bootcamp (+ internship) using iOS with Java backend on Amazon cloud.
Monday (Nov. 25), 7 p.m. @ TurnToTech, 184 5th Ave, 4th Fl

Business Development – Mobile Payments
With Alex Taub (Dwolla), Katharine Wolf (Zazma), Mike Dudas (Venmo/Braintree), Mark Egerman (Cover), Katie Wells (American Express), Eric Batscha (Knewton) & Alex Guttler (AppNexus).
Monday (Nov. 25), 7 p.m. @ AppNexus HQ, 28 W 23rd St, 4th Fl

Real Time Social Data Monetization Roundtable
With Ron WIlliams (CEO, Knodes), Sage Wohns (CEO, Agolo), Peter Bordes (CEO, Internet Media Labs), Jonathan Penn (, Joshua Neckes (Sulia) & others.
Tuesday (Nov. 26), 8:30 a.m. @ BNY Mellon, 200 Park Ave

NYC Gaming Demo Night
Demos by Stride and Prejudice, Starlicker, FPS Russia: The Game, 1-Bit Trip, SlashDash, Weamon, Let’s Attack and Release the Ninja.
Tuesday (Nov. 26), 6 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 Ave of the Americas

Roadmap for the Trillion Sensor Universe
An Internet of Things talk by Dr Janusz Bryzek
Tuesday (Nov. 26), 6:30 p.m. @ Gilt HQ, 2 Park Ave, 5th Fl

Augmented Reality Meetup
Demos by Metaio, Kazooloo, Xsyon, Hyper-Reality & Sulon Technologies.
Tuesday (Nov. 26), 7 p.m. @ NYU Poly, 5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn

Refest / Art + Tech Festival
Celebrating the convergence of new and old, digital and analog, near and far.
Friday (Nov. 29), 5 p.m. @ Studio, 47 Great Jones St

AppHACK (brought to you by AngelHack)
Join us this Fall, for the largest Mobile App Hackathon, ever. Over 30 cities and 6,000 developers will join in to build stronger developer ecosystem around the world.
Saturday (Nov. 30), 9 a.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

More events on the horizon…
Startup Demo Night Series #19 (Education) on Dec 02 @ Chadbourne & Parke
Inside Mobile Apps Conference on Dec 03 @ The New Yorker Hotel
How To Get Funding From A Shark II on Dec 03 @ NYIT Auditorium
VentureOutNY Presents – Startups & Meatballs (An Italian Tech Showcase) on Dec 03 @ Greenhouse
UES Tech Breakfast on Dec 04 @ Eli’s Manhattan
LeadDog Presents: BARK Hot Seat on Dec 04 @ WeWork Lounge
December NY Tech Meetup on Dec 04 @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Music Startup Academy – NYC on Dec 05 @ General Assembly
Lean for Social Good Summit on Dec 05 @ Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Free DIY Series: Build an iOS App in 3 Hours on Dec 05 @ TurnToTech
Designers + Geeks NY Holiday Social Mixer on Dec 05 @ Tom & Jerrys
A Night of Food Wine, and the Big Business Behind It on Dec 05 @ AlleyNYC
Amusemi Startup Dinner on Dec 05 @ Tribeca (TBA)
ITP Presents: Big Screens on Dec 06 @ IAC
Application Hacknation on Dec 06 @ TurnToTech
Xconomy Forum: The Hardtech Revolution – Makers, Markets & Mobile on Dec 09 @ AppNexus
Hour of Code NYC (presented by the {c}0dEd) on Dec 09 @ the {c}0dEd
Startup Grind NYC on Dec 10 @ AOL Ventures
[NYTECH] Holiday Tech Bash 2013 on Dec 11 @ Steelcase
Fusion Games on Dec 13 @ The SportsCenter @ Chelsea Piers

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉 Best Tech Events This Week (AppHack, Refest Art+Tech Festival, Mobile Payments, NYC Gaming, UX for Internet of Things)