Best Tech Events This Week: Social Media Week and a Silicon Alley Masquerade Ball

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]

Congrats to my buddy Andrew Ackerman on new gig as Managing Director @ DreamIt Ventures! 🙂 FYI, deadline for applying to their Summer Program is Mar 14 and Office Hrs @ SXSW w/ co-founder Steve Welch & CEO Kerry Rupp.

Speaking of SXSW, 100+ parties in our guide! Here’re details about my SxSW Red Tie (& Lapels) Sponsorship🙂 Win Free Trip to SXSW w/ General Assembly. And I’m co-hosting (w/ AlleyNYC, StartupBus & others) BIG Epic Pre-SXSW Blowout Party on Feb 27 @ Gansevoort Rooftop Lounge. You should come, yo! 😉

Apr 3 Women Entrepreneurship Summit w/ Kay Koplowitz (Founder, USA Network), Winklevoss twins, Joanne Wilson (Angel), Yaron Galai (Outbrain), David Tisch (Angel). Apply to demo by Feb 17. 2 Free Passes worth $185 each!

Feb 18 I’m co-hosting Nolcha Fashion Wk party @ Empire Rooftop (RSVP w/ code: 2062). Feb 18 I’m co-hosting Tech Masquerade Ball (10 Free Passes)! Feb 22 Career Transition w/ Michael Peggs (Google), Elaine Manios (Bloomberg) 2 Free Passes worth $105 each! Feb 27 Global Innovator III w/ Scott Levin (Time Warner), John Elton (Greycroft), Ross Goldstein (Gotham) 2 Free Passes!

This week … Feb 18 Brooklyn Tech (3 Free Passes). Feb 18 NY Tech w/ Steve Schlafman (RRE) 5 Free Passes. Feb 19 Startup Grind w/ Jeff Pulver (Zula, Twitter) 3 Free Passes. Feb 19 Wall St to Silicon Alley (1 Free Pass). Feb 20 NYC Apps w/ Swill & Shopsy (5 Free Passes). Feb 21 Startup Weekend, 4 Free Passes!. Feb 22 StrategyHack Mktg Hackathon (5 Free Passes).

Coming up … Feb 25 Queens Tech w/ RapGenius (5 Free Passes). Feb 26 Startup Rock Climbing (2 Free Passes)! Feb 28 Multi-Million Dollar Empire (3 Free Passes). Mar 4 Info Security Meetup (5 Free Passes). Mar 8 Amusemi Stay in NYC for SXSW. Mar 31 VentureOut Canada Showcase.

TurnToTech 12 wk iOS course. If ya qualify, pay AFTER course & job placement! Walt Disney (w/ TechStars) Summer Accelerator (10 startups, $20k each). NYC BigApps looking for mentors. NYCEDC & Health 2.0 launching Pilot Health Tech ($1M funding, find partner by Feb 17, apply by May 23).

Deadlines … Feb 19 Mentor @ Code4Tomorrow hackathon. Feb 21 Hardware Making Cities Better (w/ BMW Mini). Feb 23 FedEx Small Business Big Grant ($25k). Feb 27 Girls Who Code Summer Program. Mar 5 ERA Accelerator.

More deadlines … Mar 11 JFE Spring Accelerator. Mar 12 ConnectNYC Free Fiber Access! Mar 15 Ready Set Grow Trip to Monaco for EY Entrepreneur Of Year. Mar 24 Venture for America Fellowship. Mar 28 3 Day Startup.

Congrats to my buddy Gary Vaynerchuk on launching $25 mil seed fund! 🙂 And my buddy Justin Soffer will help run new early stage seed fund Tsai Ventures.

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

Social Media Week
Monday (Feb 17), 5:30 p.m. @ Highline Stages, 440 W 15th St

The Future of UGC and the News
With Eric Carvin (Social Media Editor, AP), Mark Little (Founder/CEO, Storyful), Erik Martin (GM, Reddit), Katie Rogers (Social News Editor, Guardian US), Julie Whitaker (Social Media Editor, WNYC) & Elana Zak (Social Media Producer, WSJ)
Tuesday (Feb 18), 6 p.m. @ Associated Press, 450 W 33rd St

Tech Masquerade Ball
NY’s hottest Startup, Media, VCs & Angels.
Tuesday (Feb 18), 7 p.m. @ WeWork Bryant Park, 54 W 40th St

Hardwired NYC #7
With Ben Kaufman (Founder, Quirky), Hugo Fiennes (Founder, Electric Imp), Emile Petrone (Founder, Tindie), Alice Taylor (Founder, Makie) & Bram de Zwart (Founder, 3D Hubs).
Wednesday (Feb 19), 5:30 p.m. @ Quirky, 606 W 28th St, 7th Fl

StartOut NY 2014 Demo Day
With Jessica Lawrence (NY Tech Meetup), Andy Wheeler (Google Ventures), Patrick Chung (NEA), Chirag Chotalia (New World), Brad Svrluga (High Peaks), Blake Lyon (Lerer), Brian Cohen (NY Angels). Demos by Select, Crushed, The Shoplift, Skyword, Thinkful, Vidaao, Groupiphany, ScoreSync & Vaultsy.
Wednesday (Feb 19), 6 p.m. @ NYIT Auditorium, 1871 Broadway

Startup Grind NYC
With Jeff Pulver (Co-Founder of Vonage & Zula and Angel Investor, Twitter)
Wednesday (Feb 19), 6 p.m. @ AOL, 770 Broadway, 6th Fl, New York, NY

[Social Media Week] – Tech in Motion: Wearable Tech Fashion Show
With Atlas Wearables, Augmate, BrickSimple, Continuum Fashion, Everpurse, Ministry of Supply, Sensoree, TheLaserGirls & more.
Wednesday (Feb 19), 6 p.m. @ Highline Stages, 440 W 15th St, 2nd Fl

From Wall Street to Silicon Alley
Alexa Baggio (Project 2020), David Snider (COO, Urban Compass), Hart Lambur (Co-founder, Openfolio), Hayden Williams (Co-founder, Treatings).
Wednesday (Feb 19), 7:30 p.m. @ Spark Capital, 138 Spring St, 6th Fl

Brand New World – Expanding Role of Digital CMO
With Doug Rushkoff (Author, Present Shock), Harper Reed (CEO, Lunar Technology), Henrik Werdelin (Founder, Prehype) & Jill Nussbaum (Product Interaction Designer)
Thursday (Feb 20), 8 a.m. @ Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Ave

A Free Digital Society – An Evening with Richard Stallman
Presented by NY Tech Meetup, HuffPost Code & Cooper Union. A talk by Dr Richard Stallman (Founder, GNU project and President, Free Software Foundation)
Thursday (Feb 20), 7 p.m. @ The Great Hall @ Cooper Union, 7 E 7th St

NYC Startup Weekend
Friday (Feb 21), 6:30 p.m. @ WeWork SoHo, 154 Grand St

Look Before You Leap – Entrepreneurship & Career Transition
With Michael Peggs (Biz Dev, Google), Michael Parrish DuDell (Founder, Race + Vine), Sonny Byrd (EIR, Prehype), Elaine Manios (Global Dir. of Social Media, Bloomberg) & others.
Saturday (Feb 22), 10 a.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl

Need marketing help? StrategyHack is a one-day marketing hackathon pairing startups with marketers.
Saturday (Feb 22), 6 p.m. @ StackExchange HQ, 110 William St, 28th Fl

More events on the horizon…
Data Driven NYC #24 on Feb 24 @ Venue
Queens Tech Meetup #11 on Feb 25 @ Hunter’s Point Plaza
What Can I Use & How Can I Use It? Copying & Reposting Online Content on Feb 25 @ Magnet Media
UES Tech Breakfast on Feb 26 @ To be decided (UES)
Developing Offshore Tech Partnerships for International Expansion on Feb 26 @ Anchin
AlleyNYCs Happy Hour Showcase powered by SquadUP on Feb 26 @ AlleyNYC
Startup Rock Climbing on Feb 26 @ Brooklyn Boulders
Global Innovator III on Feb 27 @ Dentons
2014 Columbia Business School Private Equity Venture Capital Conference on Feb 28 @ Sheraton New York Hotel
Village Tech Breakfast w/ Tze Chun (Founder, Uprise Art) on Feb 28 @ Pret a Manger
How To Build A Multi-Million Dollar Online Empire w/ Greg Selkoe of Karmaloop on Feb 28 @ AlleyNYC
DeepDive into Algorithmic Trading on Mar 01 @ TurnToTech
Web Development for Newbies on Mar 04 @ TurnToTech
NYTECH Members-Only Spring Mixer on Mar 13 @ Anchin
Startup Grind NYC w/ David Teten (ff VC) on Mar 25 @ Venue
VentureOutNY – Startups, Eh? Another Canadian Tech Showcase on Mar 31 @ Venue
Womens Entrepreneurship (WE) Summit 2014 on Apr 03 @ 7 World Trade Center
2nd Annual Kingpins of Silicon Alley on Apr 07 @ Bowlmor Chelsea Piers

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉 Best Tech Events This Week: Social Media Week and a Silicon Alley Masquerade Ball