Best Tech Events This Week (Computer Science Education Week, Emoji Art Show, ITP Winter Show, Forbes Hackathon, 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] garysguide.com.

Did ya know Programming jobs are growing at 2X national average?! By 2020, we’ll have 1.4 million jobs but only 400k computer science students. Yikes! This week (Dec 9 – 15) is Computer Science Education Week 🙂 1,323,095 have learned an Hour of Code. Anybody can learn. You can too! As Mandela said – “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

TurnToTech accepting applications for February batch of 12 week iOS + Cloud Bootcamp. Apply by Jan 27. If you qualify, no payment till you land a job. Nice!

And MORE Holiday Parties!Female Makers (Dec 9), Annual Tech Holiday Party @ Suspenders (Dec 9), Fashion 2.0 (Dec 10), Decoded Fashion (Dec 10), Damsels in Design, (Dec 10) NYC UX (Dec 10), NYTECH (Dec 11), Design Gym (Dec 11), Vine-A-Thon (Dec 11), IDSA (Dec 11), Women 2.0 (Dec 12), EdTech (Dec 16), Jingle Bytes (Dec 13), SantaCon (Dec 14), Holly Jolly (Dec 17), Product Council (Dec 18) & NY Video (Dec 19). 

This week … Dec 9 Hour of Code presented by {c}0dEd. Dec 10 Startup Grind w/ Michael Bryzek, Co-founder/CTO, Gilt (3 Free Passes!). Dec 11 Fullstack Academy Hiring Day (students demo projects in science-fair format). Dec 11 Enterprise Tech Meetup w/ Yhat, WhoKnows, BETTER & ProdThink (5 Free Passes!). Dec 11 SquadUP Happy Hour + Startup Showcase w/ Go Labs & Vosmap (code alleynyc for free pass).

Coming up … Dec 16 8th Annual Charity:Ball w/ Jack Dorsey, Sean Parker, Troy Carter to celebrate Charity:Water. Dec 18 Startup Essentials #3 w/ Steven van Wel, Co-founder/CEO Karma (3 Free Passes!)

For all ye commuting from beyond Bronx, my friends Ilana & Michelle are launching Westchester Tech Meetup. Yup! Inaugural event (+ Holiday Party) this Wednesday in Hastings-on-Hudson. And if you wanna learn business strategies of Tom Ford, check out this event Dec 16. I’m giving away 5 Free Passes!

Congrats to Harlem Biospace on official launch & $100-million early-stage life-science fund. 16 biotech companies in residency. Open house Friday (5 – 6.30pm) @ 423 W 127th St. And congrats to my friend Julia Kaganskiy who’ll be the director of New Museum’s new Incubator for Art, Tech & Design, a $2 million collaborative work-space for young artists & entrepreneurs.

NYCEDC’s ConnectNYC Fiber Access deadline extended to Mar 12. Sooner you apply, sooner you get some of that FREE high-speed internet goodness! 😉

More deadlines … Dec 16 Work-bench Enterprise Tech. Dec 18 Conscious Venture Lab. Dec 20 Blueprint Health (apply). Dec 31 Techstars NYC (apply).

My friend Sarah Needleman @ Wall Street Journal wrote an excellent article on What You Need To Know to become an Angel Investor.

The biggest names in tech – Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Aol & LinkedIn – issued an open letter to the President & Congress last night calling for Reforms on Surveillance. About time, I say!

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

Hour of Code NYC (presented by the {c}0dEd)
1 hour intro to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.
Monday (Dec 09), 7 p.m. @ the {c}0dEd, 1120 Ave of the Americas, 4th Fl

Female Makers Holiday Market
NY Tech Meetup with Plum Alley & Tekserve are bringing together Female Makers for a special holiday market event
Monday (Dec 09), 7 p.m. @ Tekserve, 119 W 23rd St

TVOT NYC 2013 Hackathon
Hackathon winner Will Receive a $6,000 Grand Prize, sponsored by Comcast / NBCU.
Tuesday (Dec 10), 12 p.m. @ 450 W 31st St, 10th Fl

Startup Grind NYC
With Michael Bryzek (Co-founder & CTO, Gilt Groupe)
Tuesday (Dec 10), 6 p.m. @ AOL Ventures, 770 Broadway, 6th Fl, New York, NY

December Enterprise Technology Meetup
Featuring demos from Yhat, WhoKnows, BETTER and ProdThink.
Wednesday (Dec 11), 6:30 p.m. @ Cooley, 1114 Ave of the Americas

SquadUP Happy Hour Wednesdays + Startup Showcase!
Featured presenters include GO LABS and Vosmap. Use promo code “alleynyc” for FREE passes!
Wednesday (Dec 11), 6:30 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

[NYTECH] Holiday Tech Bash 2013
Eat, drink and network with the NYC tech community!
Wednesday (Dec 11), 7 p.m. @ Steelcase, 4 Columbus Circle

LATAM to NYC
Meet Latin America’s rising entrepreneurs and mingle with NYC tech entrepreneurs & investors. Open bar, hors d’oeuvres & live music from Los Hacheros.
Wednesday (Dec 11), 9 p.m. @ Salon de Lafayette, 157 Lafayette

Women 2.0 Founder Friday – Holiday Edition
Featured speakers include Shaherose Charania (Co-Founder, Women 2.0) and Pooja Badlani (Co-Founder, Rank & Style)
Thursday (Dec 12), 6 p.m. @ WeWork Labs, 175 Varick St, 8th Fl

Investor Feedback Forum
Panelists include Jeffrey Finkle (ARC Angel Fund), Josh Guttman (SoftBank Capital), Adam Rothenberg (BoxGroup) & KJ Singh (TechStars NYC). Pitches by 225AM, LiveAce, Insight Replay, bonusly, Boosterville, Votopin, AbbeyPost & SeatAdvance.
Thursday (Dec 12), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Ave, 6th Fl

Tech and the City
With Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures), Alessandro Piol (Co-founder, Vedanta Capital), Jon Oringer (Founder/CEO, Shutterstock) & Mary Boyce (Dean, Columbia Engg).
Thursday (Dec 12), 6:30 p.m. @ 10 On the Park, Time Warner Center, 60 Columbus Circle

Jingle Bytes – International Tech Holiday Party!
Get your holiday groove on w/ World Wide Investor Network, NY Tech International & VentureOutNY.
Thursday (Dec 12), 7:30 p.m. @ Lillium, 201 Park Ave S

1st Forbes Hackathon of the series
Tracks include Inside Groove, Riff, Flow and Freestyle.
Friday (Dec 13), 10 a.m. @ Forbes Galleries, 60 5th Ave

Emoji Art & Design Show
Learn about the spread of emoji through popular culture with an art exhibition & pop-up market
Saturday (Dec 14), 3 p.m. @ Eyebeam, 540 W 21st St

2013 NYU ITP Winter Show
2 day exhibition of recent interactive works by ITP students. Dec 15 (2 – 8pm) and Dec 16 (4 – 8pm).
Sunday (Dec 15), 2 p.m. @ NYU ITP, 721 Broadway, 4th Fl

More events on the horizon…
Startup Lunch on Dec 16 @ Venue
Entrepreneurs Roundtable 65 on Dec 16 @ Microsoft
NJ Tech Meetup w/ Josh Kopelman (First Round Capital) on Dec 16 @ Howe Center
EdTech the Halls – Holiday Bonanza for Charity on Dec 16 @ New Work City
NY Innovative Tech on Dec 17 @ AOL Patch Labs
Simulmedia Salon Series on Dec 17 @ Simulmedia HQ
Startup and Tech Holly Jolly Holiday Party on Dec 17 @ WeWork Soho West
Startup Battles on Dec 17 @ AlleyNYC
Atlantic Presents – Moving the Needle Summit: A Collaborative Approach to Education Reform on Dec 18 @ The Lambs Club
Startup Essentials: #3 w/ Steven van Wel (Co-founder/CEO, Karma) on Dec 18 @ AlleyNYC
Product Council NYC – Holiday Edition on Dec 18 @ Pivotal Labs
NY Video 2.0 Holiday Party on Dec 19 @ Magnify /Waywire HQ
Gamification in UX: Ultimate Tool or Ultimate Hype? on Jan 08 @ XO Group HQ

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

Best Tech Events This Week (Computer Science Education Week, Emoji Art Show, ITP Winter Show, Forbes Hackathon, Startup Grind)