Best Tech Events This Week: TechStars R/GA Demo Day, Fashion 2.0 Awards and More

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]

Its IPO Time! 🙂 Much anticipated IPO by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (coming to New York) in potentially one of largest Internet IPOs ($15 billion) ever!

Don’t forget, yo! 🙂 ==> Inaugural Google Cloud Platform Developer Summit (NYC Viewing Party + fun stuff) Mar 25 (12-3pm) @ Google HQ (111 8th Ave). Its FREE! Learn about Google’s Big Data & Cloud Computing initiatives!

Speaking of Google ==> may be getting 4100 sq ft @ 131 Greene St (little Madison Ave) nr Louis Vuitton & Tiffany for FIRST brick-&-mortar store. Nice!

SALES HACKER Conference! (Apr 24) ==> Eric Friedman (Foursquare), TK Kader (ToutApp), Adam Liebman (SinglePlatform), Dave Govan (Sailthru).

Improve email deliverability, engagement AND revenue?! 🙂 Email delivery startup (& Techstars alum) SendGrid FREE event Apr 15 (devs & non-devs).

Speaking of Techstars, looking forward to Demo Day (1st batch) of R/GA Accelerator tomorrow! Good luck to the startups. And 2 FREE Passes!

Mar 20 5th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards w/ Coco Rocha, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, DKNY 10 Free Passes ($75 each!). Mar 25 Augmented World (AR & Wearable Tech) Expo. 50% off w/ “AWENY49”. 2 Free Passes ($99 each!).

Apr 3 Women Entrepreneurship Summit w/ Kay Koplowitz (Founder, USA Network, Winklevoss twins, Joanne Wilson, David Tisch 2 FREE Passes ($185 each!). Apr 22 Games for Change Festival w/ Jane McGonigal (Author), Noah Falstein (Google), Deborah Estrin (Cornell) 2 FREE Passes ($500 each!).

Wanna create disruptive solns in healthcare?! ==> Apply to Hacking Medicine (Apr 4) w/ MIT, WebMD & Cornell. Summer camp for grown-ups? ==> Apply to NYU ITP Camp 2014! (Jun 2-28). My founder friends Vin (Yipit), Ben (Dwolla), Nihal (LocalResponse) profiled in excellent book, Entrepreneurs And The Escape From Corporate America (by Kunal Mehta), 15 FREE Copies!

Cause(s) Spotlight ==> Mar 20 5th Annual Bowling for (@ Lucky Strike) supported by tech companies (Facebook, Yahoo, Aol, Simulmedia, Medialets, PlaceIQ, NBCUniversal). Mar 22 startup Preo hosting event w/ Michael J Fox Foundation to raise awareness for Parkinson’s research. And Uber donating to charity of your choice for each ride in March!

This week … Mar 19 SquadUp Startup Showcase (Shindig & Powerlinx). Mar 20 Show Me The Money w/ Tom Wisniewski 5 Free Passes. Mar 21 Raising Capital w/ Arie Abecassis (DreamIt) 2 Free Passes ($100 each!)

Coming up … Mar 25 Startup Grind w/ David Teten (ffVC) 5 Free Passes. Mar 25: DataDivas #HappensInAdOps. Mar 26 Wearable Wednesday KickOff (10 Free Passes). Mar 26 Space Invaders Search for Office Space (2 Free Passes). Mar 27 Amusemi Startup Dinner (Canary Ventures, Alpha Pipe). Mar 27 Cloud Computing in the Finance Industry.

More coming up … Mar 29 Lean Hardware Startup PCB 102 Design It (create Arduino clone). Apr 02 {c}0dEd App Factory Demo Day. Apr 02 VentureOut Canada. Apr 08 Info Security (5 Free Passes). Apr 09 Pricing Strategy w/ Arie Abecassis (DreamIt) 2 Free Passes. Apr 15 Phat Startup w/ Ben Horowitz (3 Free Passes)! May 03 StrategyHack! matching startups & marketers.

Mar 20 BitCoinference (2 Free Passes). Mar 21 500 Startups Commercism (2 Free Passes). Mar 30 NSI Entrepreneur Fest (20 Free Passes, $140 each!). Jul 09 DevCon5 HTML5 + Mobile (2 FREE Passes, $595 each!).

Deadlines … Mar 24 Venture for America Fellowship. Mar 25 Startup Chile! Mar 28 3 Day Startup. Mar 28 Canadian startups apply to join CTA in NYC. Mar 31 Columbia University Inst. for Data Sciences & Engg (IDSE) Masters Program (Fall). Mar 31 World to NYC seeking 15 innovators for Global Industry Challenge. Apr 1 New Museum NEW INC Incubator. Apr 16 Cadillac IVY Innovator Awards. May 8 Competition THRIVE help immigrant entrepreneurs succeed ($125k prizes!). May 23 NYCEDC + Health 2.0 Pilot Health Tech.

TurnToTech 12 wk iOS course. If ya qualify, pay AFTER course & job placement! Feedback + fundraise @ Enterprise Tech (Apr 9). Work-Bench Spring membership. Media startup? Apply to Daily News Innovation Lab!

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

Hacks & Hackers – The Return of Demo

Demos by CityBeat, Software Defined Radio, Gender Map and NYTravelogue.
Monday (Mar 17), 6:30 p.m. @ The Wall Street Journal, 1155 Ave of the Americas

TED 2014 – Exclusive Live Streaming
Presented by TEDxNewYorkSalon
Tuesday (Mar 18), 10 a.m. @ NY Insight Meditation Center, 28 W 27th St, #10

Techstars R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator Demo Day
Startups include Enertiv, Footmarks, Grove, HammerHead, Keen, Kyte Labs, Owlet, Alvi, Qualia Health & RingBlingz.
Tuesday (Mar 18), 5 p.m. @ To Be Disclosed

Data Driven NYC #25
With Jake Klamka (Founder, Insight Data Science), Jesse St Charles (Managing Data Scientist, Knewton) and Sean Gourley (Founder/CTO, Quid).
Tuesday (Mar 18), 5:30 p.m. @ Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Ave, 7th Fl

How We Watch – The Future of TV
Fred Graver (Head of TV, Twitter) interviewed by Zach Seward (Sr Editor, Quartz)
Tuesday (Mar 18), 6:30 p.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl

2014 StartupBus After-Party Showcase
NYC StartupBus has returned from Austin with 5 awesome start-ups to showcase – SmartHost, MiniMap, DatalizeMe, Roll and Sttack.
Tuesday (Mar 18), 7 p.m. @ Neo, 22 W 21st St, 8th Fl

Gigaom Structure Data 2014
From grand new uses to nuts & bolts of capturing, storing, analyzing & serving it, get the bottom line on Big Data now.
Wednesday (Mar 19), 8:30 a.m. @ Pier Sixty at The Chelsea Piers, 23rd St and W Side Highway

Hardwired NYC #8
With Raymond Velez (CTO, Razorfish), Nate Oostendorp (Co-founder, Slashdot), Ben Einstein (Founder, Bolt), Max Bogue (Founder, WobbleWorks, creator of 3Doodler), Jia Huang (Founder, Tessel) & Dylan Reid (Founder,
Wednesday (Mar 19), 5:30 p.m. @ Digitas, 355 Park Ave S, 8th Fl

World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders & MassChallenge Innovation Happy Hour
With World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders, John Harthorne (Founder/CEO, MassChallenge) & others. MassChallenge is largest-ever startup accelerator!
Wednesday (Mar 19), 5:30 p.m. @ Flatiron Lounge, 37 W 19th St

Future of Work – How Purpose Will Drive Economy in 21st Century
With Arthur Woods (Co-founder, Imperative), Sophie Faris (B Lab), Dev Auja (Catalog), Nate Heasley (Goodnik) & Harsh Mehta (Co-Founder/COO, OfficeLinks).
Wednesday (Mar 19), 6:30 p.m. @ OfficeLinks HUB, 460 Park Ave S, 12th Fl

Apply to StartupChile Next Round – The South American Experience
Startup Chile once again funding 100 startups so they develop their global business ideas in Chile. Get 40k of free equity money!

Wednesday (Mar 19), 6:30 p.m. @ WeWork Labs, 175 Varick St, 4th Fl

Google Glass NYC – Intro to Designing & Developing for Google Glass
Presentations include – Thinking for Glass (by Allen) and How I Linked My Nerf Blaster to Glass (by Zack)
Wednesday (Mar 19), 7 p.m. @ Google HQ, 76 Ninth Ave

TechCrunch Meetup
Beer, good conversation & a battle to see which entrepreneurs can dazzle & excite the judges in under sixty seconds!
Thursday (Mar 20), 6 p.m. @ Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St

The 5th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards
Celebrating the most innovative fashion brands & startups. Nominees include Burberry, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Michael Kors & others.
Thursday (Mar 20), 6:30 p.m. @ Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W 67th St

Johnson Women in Technology Conference
A student led collaboration between the High Tech Club and the Women’s Management Council
Friday (Mar 21), 8 a.m. @ Citigroup Auditorium, 388 Greenwich St, 27th Fl

More events on the horizon…
UWS Startup Breakfast on Mar 25 @ Venue to be decided (UWS)
Startup Grind NYC w/ David Teten (ff VC) on Mar 25 @ AOL HQ
DataDivas – #HappensInAdOps on Mar 25 @ PeekAnalytics
ThinkFWD – Can Tech Rebuild the Middle Class & the American Dream? on Mar 26 @ AOL HQ
Cloud Computing in the Finance Industry on Mar 27 @ NY Law School
Amusemi Startup Dinner on Mar 27 @ Venue
HackHands Launch Party on Mar 27 @ WeWork Fulton Center
[MakeSimply] Lean Hardware Startup – PCB 102 Design it on Mar 29 @ NYU Polytechnic School of Engg
VentureOutNY – Startups, Eh? Canadian Tech Showcase w/ White Star, Gotham, Scout & WIM on Apr 02 @ Flatiron Hotel
App Factory Demo Day presented by {c}0dEd on Apr 02 @ Parlor
Womens Entrepreneurship (WE) Summit 2014 on Apr 03 @ 7 World Trade Center
SendGrid Delivered International Tour (NYC) on Apr 15 @ Ace Hotel
Sales Hacker Conference on Apr 24 @ McGraw-Hill
[MakeSimply] Lean Hardware Startup – PCB 103 Build it on Apr 26 @ NYU Polytechnic School of Engg
StrategyHack! on May 03 @ Stack Exchange HQ

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉 Best Tech Events This Week: TechStars R/GA Demo Day, Fashion 2.0 Awards and More