Best Tech Events This Week (NYC Tech Holiday Party, Startup Weekend Holiday Party, Data Driven, Startup Battles, NJ Tech)

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]

This Thursday, I’m co-hosting 3rd Annual NYC Tech Holiday Party with my buddies Michael Gold (Empirically) & Graham Lawler (Ultralight Startups) at Mister H @ Mondrian SoHo. I am giving away 25 free passes! And on Friday, I’m cohosting another holiday party with StartupWeekend, Swill, StrategyHack & others!

And MORE Holiday Parties!EdTech (Dec 16), Holly Jolly (Dec 17), BK Entrepreneurs (Dec 18) & NY Video (Dec 19). 

Quick question: What are some of your favorite charities? I am looking to learn more about whats out there. You can email me at Thanks!

Congrats to winners of $1.25 million Take The HELM (Hire+Expand in Lower Manhattan) competition! … SiSense, Startup Institute, HWKN & SumAll.

Coworkrs (115 E 23rd St @ Park Ave) is offering 50% off on a first 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!

This week … Dec 16 8th Annual Charity:Ball for Charity:Water w/ Jack Dorsey & Sean Parker. Dec 16 Fashion Business Strategies (5 Free Passes). Dec 18 Startup Essentials #3 w/ Steven van Wel, Co-founder Karma (3 Free Passes).

Coming up … Dec 31 Preo NYE. Jan 08 NYTECH UX Gamification. Jan 09 Amusemi Startup Dinner. Feb 01 3D Printing w/ Josh Levine (Shapeways).

Congrats to my buddy Jukay Hsu and Coalition for Queens on being awarded $125,000 to create a tech incubator in Long Island City. Sweet!

Last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced the Harlem WiFi network. Its FREE & covers 95 blocks (110 to 138 St betn Frederick Douglass Blvd & Madison Ave), the largest continuous free outdoor public wireless network in US!

My buddy Steve Rosenbaum, NYCEDC Entrepreneur-at-large, has office hours this Thu to answer your startup questions. Want FREE high-speed internet? Of course you do! 😉 NYCEDC’s ConnectNYC Fiber Access deadline is Mar 12.

Deadlines: Dec 16 Work-bench Enterprise Tech. Dec 18 Conscious Venture Lab. Dec 20 Blueprint Health. Dec 31 Techstars NYC. Dec 31 StartOut Demo Day.

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

Entrepreneurs Roundtable 65
With Danny Schultz (Co-Founder & Managing Director, Gotham Ventures)
Monday (Dec 16), 6 p.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 1290 6th Ave, 6th Fl

NJ Tech Meetup
With Josh Kopelman (Partner, First Round Capital)
Monday (Dec 16), 6:30 p.m. @ Howe Center, Stevens Institute of Technology, 4th Fl, Hoboken

EdTech the Halls – Holiday Bonanza for Charity
100% of money raised will go towards supporting 2 tech-related student projects.
Monday (Dec 16), 7 p.m. @ New Work City, 412 Broadway, 2nd Fl

Data Driven NYC #21
With David Soloff (CEO, Premise), Itai Gurari (CEO, Judicata), Tim Hwang (CEO, FiscalNote), Chris Neumann (CEO, DataHero) & Matthew Granade (CEO, Domino Data Lab).
Tuesday (Dec 17), 5:30 p.m. @ Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Ave, 7th Fl

Mobile for Kids & Parents
With Stephen Baer (Founder, Game Agency), Offir Gutelzon (Founder, Keepy), Drew Lesicko (Product Lead, AOL Mobile Studio) & Sep Riahi (Seasame Workshop)
Tuesday (Dec 17), 6:30 p.m. @ AOL, 770 Broadway

Startup & Tech Holly Jolly Holiday Party
With Swill, Elance, Clarity PR, CardSpark & Pricing Engine.
Tuesday (Dec 17), 6:30 p.m. @ WeWork Soho West, 175 Varick St, 8th Fl

Startup Battles
With celebrity guest Judge Romany Malco and Joy Marcus (Gotham Ventures). Hosted By Hot 97’s DJ Cipha Sounds.
Tuesday (Dec 17), 7 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

#Startupfix: December Round
Demos by Decorilla, Greatist, Locket and Startup Threads.
Wednesday (Dec 18), 7 p.m. @ Culturefix, 9 Clinton St

Startup Grind NYC
With Michael Bryzek (Co-founder & CTO, Gilt Groupe)
Thursday (Dec 19), 6 p.m. @ AOL Ventures, 770 Broadway, 6th Fl, New York, NY

NY Video 2.0 Holiday Party
An evening of food, drink & merriment
Thursday (Dec 19), 7 p.m. @ Magnify / Waywire HQ, 135 W 29th St

3rd Annual NYC Tech Holiday Party!
Co-hosted by Michael Gold (TechDrinkup, Empirically), Graham Lawler (Ultralight Startups) & Gary Sharma (GaryGuide).
Thursday (Dec 19), 8 p.m. @ Mister H, 9 Crosby St

Startup Weekend Holiday Party!
With folks from Startup Weekend, GarysGuide, Swill, StrategyHack, OS Fashion & others
Friday (Dec 20), 7 p.m. @ Professor Thoms, 219 2nd Ave, Upstairs Loft

More events on the horizon…
New Years Eve w/ Preo @ Union Sq Ballroom on Dec 31 @ Union Sq Ballroom
New Years Eve w/ Preo @ The DL Rooftop on Dec 31 @ The DL
The Product Group January 2014 on Jan 02 @ NYC
Gamification in UX: Ultimate Tool or Ultimate Hype? on Jan 08 @ XO Group HQ
Amusemi Startup Dinner on Jan 09 @ Venue in Gramercy
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
DeepDive ShapeJS (3D Printing) on Feb 01 @ TurnToTech
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 (NYC Tech Holiday Party, Startup Weekend Holiday Party, Data Driven, Startup Battles, NJ Tech)