Best Tech Events This Week (Happy Holidays!)

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]

Last week I was at a launch party for my buddy Alec’s new karaoke app Just Sing It. Yup, the party where hard-partying, Hollywood bad girl Lindsay Lohan showed up! LiLo (& her bro) are big fans of the app as apparently is Snoop (Lion?) Dogg.

Thanks for ton of responses to my question about your Favorite Charities! I am looking to learn more about whats out there. Email me at

My friends at Startup Weekend and others are putting together Tech New Years Eve Party at Celsius in Bryant Park Winter Wonderland. You should come! And my buddy Eric with Songza folks curating Free Night of Live Music at Brooklyn Night Bazaar next Sat (Jan 4) headlined by their Artist of Month, Magic Man!

Coworkrs (115 E 23rd St @ Park Ave) is offering 50% off on 1st month! And 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!

Coming up … Dec 31 Preo New Years Eve party. On Jan 8 is VentureOutNY French (Tech) Connection w/ Joy Marcus (Gotham Ventures), David Teten (ffVC) (2 Free Passes!). Jan 08 FinTech Panel on Women & Entrepreneurship w/ Bina Kalola (MD, Bank of America), Sara Hanks (Founder, Crowdcheck). (5 Free Passes!).

More coming up … Jan 08 NYTECH UX Gamification. Jan 22 Enterprise Tech Meetup (5 Free Passes!). Jan 24 Phat Startup How to be Mayweather of Social Media w/ Gary Vaynerchuk (3 Free Passes!). Jan 25 Amusemi 2 Year Anniversary Party. Feb 01 3D Printing deep dive w/ Josh Levine (VP Engg, Shapeways). Feb 08 Angelhack & XO Group Hack Upon a Cause.

NYCEDC accepting registrations for startup CEOs & CTOs to speak at NYC Tech Talent Draft at Brown, Cornell & Penn. Deadline Fri Dec 27. Get on it, yo!

Craving FREE high-speed internet?! Apply to ConnectNYC Fiber Access by Mar 12. More deadlines … Dec 31 Techstars NYC. Dec 31 StartOut Demo Day.

Attention, all ye buspreneurs – its time! Time for yet another awesome edition of Startup Bus, that is. Apply here.

Submit your startup idea by Jan 7 to Elance Big Idea. 40 semi-finalist prizes of $2.5k each and grand prize of $10k! Also check out Workshop at Macys for high potential minority and/or women business owners. Apply by Feb 2.

Wanna make Downtown Brooklyn most connected neighborhood in NYC? Of course you do! Grab a free router from Fon who’re rolling out new program for Free WiFi.

Queens’ Grover Cleveland High School students working w/ Met Museum to design mock database to catalog works of art. Great learning experience!

Turn a science / tech idea into a venture? Check out Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture Program. Its free! 7 full weekday sessions. Apply by Jan 9. Existing entrepreneurs seeking to expand check out their GrowthVenture Program. Its free too! 8 evening sessions @ SUNY Levin. Apply by Jan 10. And Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Program starting Jan 30, also free!

Here are two articles from friends: Diego (WeHostels) on 10 lessons learned building a travel startup and Victoria (Flybridge) in one of year’s biggest VC wins!

End of year can only mean one thing – holiday video from my peeps @ First Round Capital 🙂 (warning: Howard Morgan swings on a wrecking ball)

Happy Holidays y’all, light up the fireplace & go easy on the eggnog!

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

Launching and Managing an App Company
Thursday (Dec 26), 7 p.m. @ To Be Decided

3D Thursday
Come hang out, or bring a project to work on with our tools.
Thursday (Dec 26), 7 p.m. @ Hack Manhattan, 137 W 14th St, 2nd Fl

DUMBO Tech Breakfast Meetup
Friday (Dec 27), 8:30 a.m. @ DUMBO Kitchen, 108 Jay St, Brooklyn

Programming for Non-Programmers
With Dustin Coates (Engineer @ GA)
Friday (Dec 27), 12 p.m. @ General Assembly West, 10 E 21st St, 4th Fl

Ugly Sweater Contest
Winner get one Absolut bottle service for the night!
Friday (Dec 27), 9 p.m. @ Sweet & Vicious, 5 Spring St

Digital Marketing for Business Growth
With Eric Morrow (Digital Marketer and Consultant)
Saturday (Dec 28), 10 a.m. @ General Assembly West, 10 E 21st St, 4th Fl

Introduction to Ruby on Rails Weekend
With Brian Fountain (Digital Director, Mister Face)
Saturday (Dec 28), 11 a.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl

Holiday Games Night
Monday (Dec 30), 6 p.m. @ MakerBar, 38 Jackson St. 2nd Floor, Hoboken

AngularJS Fundamentals
Monday (Dec 30), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 1290 Ave of the Americas, 6th Fl

New Years Eve
Tuesday (Dec 31), 8 p.m. @ Sweet & Vicious, 5 Spring St

New Years Eve w/ Preo @ Union Sq Ballroom
6 Hour Premium Open Bar. Preo guests have exclusive access to the Preo Bar and a raffle for every 50 orders! Use code “preo” for $5 off tickets.
Tuesday (Dec 31), 9 p.m. @ Union Sq Ballroom, 29 Union Square W

New Years Eve w/ Preo @ The DL Rooftop
5 Hour Premium Open Bar. Preo guests have exclusive access to the Preo Bar. Use code “preo” for $5 off tickets.
Tuesday (Dec 31), 9 p.m. @ The DL, 95 Delancey St

Startup Weekend Presents – New Years Eve 2014
At Celsius in Bryant Park: A Winter Wonderland. With folks from Startup Weekend, OS Fashion & others!
Tuesday (Dec 31), 9 p.m. @ Celsius at Bryant Park, 41 W 40th St

The Product Group Meetup
Featuring Marco Santini (Product Person at Inclusion)
Thursday (Jan 02), 7 p.m. @ MTV Networks / Viacom, 1515 Broadway, Rm 44-02

Hacking Revenge Porn
Thursday (Jan 02), 7 p.m. @ The Made in NY Media Center by IFP, 30 John St, DUMBO, Brooklyn Presents – Magic Man & Friends
With Photocomfort, The Novel Ideas, Jarrod Dickenson and Magic Man DJ
Saturday (Jan 04), 6 p.m. @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 165 Banker St, Brooklyn

More events on the horizon…
January 2014 NY Tech Meetup on Jan 07 @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Gamification in UX: Ultimate Tool or Ultimate Hype? on Jan 08 @ XO Group HQ
January FinTech Panel: Women and Entrepreneurship on Jan 08 @ Dechert LLP
VentureOutNY & Effective Capital Present – The French (Tech) Connection! on Jan 08 @ Greenhouse
Happy Hour Startup Showcase Hosted By SquadUP on Jan 08 @ AlleyNYC
NJ Tech Meetup #44 w/ Vinit Bharara, co-founder Quidsi (,, Wag) on Jan 09 @ Babbio Center
Amusemi Startup Dinner on Jan 09 @ Venue in Gramercy
NY Innovative Tech on Jan 14 @ AOL Patch Labs
Women Entrepreneurs Festival 2014 (hosted by NYU ITP) on Jan 14 @ NYU Stern School of Business
Social Retail Summit #6 on Jan 16 @ Dumbo Spot
January 2014 NY Enterprise Technology Meetup on Jan 22 @ Cooley
How to be the Mayweather of Social Media with Gary Vaynerchuk on Jan 24 @ AlleyNYC
Amusemi 2 Year Anniversary Party! on Jan 25 @ Venue (TriBeCa)
DeepDive ShapeJS (3D Printing) on Feb 01 @ TurnToTech
Hack Upon a Cause on Feb 08 @ XO Group HQ
Gigaom Structure Data 2014 on Mar 19 @ Pier Sixty at The Chelsea Piers

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉 Best Tech Events This Week (Happy Holidays!)