Best Tech Events This Week: Fast Company Innovation Uncensored, Shorty Awards, Kingpins of Silicon Alley and More

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide

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]

Verizon global challenge 2014 Powerful Answers Award ==> generating ideas & solns to world’s biggest issues in Education, Healthcare, Sustainability & Transportation. Last year winners incl. TinyTap, Zapitalism, Seratis, Smartster, Mosaic. Apply by June 30. $1 million per winner per category, yo! 😉

Best practices in Crowdfunding + Crowdsourcing (May 09) w/ Kickstarter, Indiegogo, PlumAlley @ NYU Stern Center for Business Analytics.

This week, a Crypto Currency Convention is in town.

NY Tech Day (Apr 24) LARGEST 1-day startup event! (10,000+ attendees, Free!). Core77 Design Awards (Apply) 17 categories of design, awesome trophy & spot on winners pages. Sales Hacker Conference (Apr 24) w/ Eric Friedman (Foursquare), TK Kader (ToutApp), Adam Liebman (SinglePlatform).

Mobile First Summit (May 20) w/ Ken Chenault (CEO, Amex), Dinesh Moorjani (Co-Founder, Tinder), Omar Hamoui (Sequoia).

Fast Company Innovation Uncensored Apr 10 ($50 off w/ “garysguide”) w/ Ashton Kutcher, Jack Dorsey, Sean Parker. 2 FREE Passes ($700 each)!

Apr 15 SendGrid FREE event to improve email deliverability, engagement & revenue. Apr 22 Games for Change w/ Jane McGonigal (Author), Noah Falstein (Google), Deborah Estrin (Cornell) 2 FREE Passes ($500 each!). Apr 30 Equity Crowdfunding (What if Oculus Rift Kickstarter backers received equity?)

Fox casting new reality show, UTOPIA. 15 folks move to isolated location & create new civilization 🙂 Sounds very Peter Thiel! Interested?? Contact Lisa.

Cause Spotlight ==> TEALS, grassroots employee driven program to recruit, mentor & place tech folks into high school classes as part-time teachers. Nice! Apply by May 01. Info sessions on Apr 15 (Relay GSE) & Apr 24 (Microsoft).

This week … Apr 09 Pricing Strategy w/ Arie (DreamIt) 2 Free Passes. Apr 09 Enterprise Tech w/ Flybridge, RRE (5 Free Passes). Apr 12 Fashion Tech Brunch w/ Stylitics, StyleCaster. Apr 12 Intro to Glass Design (1 Free Pass).

Coming up … Apr 15 Phat Startup w/ Ben Horowitz (3 Free Passes)! Apr 22 Empire Angels Young Investors Series w/ Greycroft Partners (5 Free Passes). Apr 23 Startup Grind w/ Anthony Casalena (Founder, Squarespace) 5 Free Passes. Apr 24 Global Innovator 4 w/ FirstMark, ffVC (2 Free Passes).

More coming up … Apr 26 MakeSimply Lean Hardware (make Arduino SMT clones)! Apr 29 Web Dev for newbies. May 03 StrategyHack! matching startups & marketers. Jul 09 DevCon5 HTML5 + Mobile (2 FREE Passes, $595 each!).

NYC BigApps, largest civic tech event back w/ new rules & mission! Partnership Fund of NYC’s Digital Health Accelerator, apply by Apr 18. Grand Central Tech Accelerator (free space, mentors, no equity), apply by May 01.

Deadlines ==> Apr 10 ERA Accelerator. Apr 11 Submit demo for Mobile Futures. Apr 16 Cadillac IVY Innovator Awards. Apr 30 Comcast B4B ($25k).

More deadlines ==> May 08 NYCEDC Competition THRIVE help immigrant entrepreneurs succeed ($125k prizes!, info session Apr 08). May 23 NYCEDC Health 2.0 Pilot Health Tech. June 20 Drone Innovation ($10k).

Significance Labs 3 month tech fellowship (to tackle big problems). Feedback + fundraise @ Enterprise Tech (Apr 9). Work-Bench Spring membership. Daily News Innovation Lab! NYU ITP Summer Camp.

Tribeca Film Festival (Apr 16-27, Free screenings Fri). 2 films ==> Chef (preview, directed by Jon Favreau) & Search for General Tso (produced by my friend Jenny). Also Tribeca Film Festival hosting Innovation Week (hackathon, awards & more)!

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

Inside Bitcoins – The Future of Virtual Currency
With Jeremy Allaire (Circle), Jaron Lukasiewicz (Coinsetter), Matthew Roszak (BitAngels) & others. FREE Expo Hall (10am-7pm).
Monday (Apr 07), 9 a.m. @ Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th St

6th Annual Shorty Awards
The Oscars of Social Media
Monday (Apr 07), 6:30 p.m. @ Times Center @ NY Times, 242 W 41st St

2nd Annual Kingpins of Silicon Alley
First & only NYC startup bowling competition! Fundraiser & friendly competition for entrepreneurial community in NYC to benefit InSITE
Monday (Apr 07), 7 p.m. @ Bowlmor, Chelsea Piers, Pier 60

What Investors Want
With Scott Wolfgang (Quotidian Ventures), Ellie Wheeler (Greycroft Partners) and Namek Zu’bi (Silicon Badia).
Tuesday (Apr 08), 6:30 p.m. @ WeWork Fulton Center, 222 Broadway, 19th Fl

Taste Talks
Deb Puchalla (Food Network), Ben Robinson (Thrillist), Nick Taranto (Co-founder, Plated), Geoff Bartakovics (Founder, TastingTable), Joe Ariel (Founder, Goldbely), Ben & Ratha (Founders, Num Pang Sandwich Shop) & others.
Tuesday (Apr 08), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl

NYC Next Idea Global Venture Competition
With Jon Steinberg (President, BuzzFeed), Mike Brown (Bowery Capital), Maria Gotsch (CEO, Partnership Fund for NYC), Scott Levine (Time Warner Investments), Jerry Neumann (Neu Venture Capital) & Veronika Sonsev (Insparq).
Wednesday (Apr 09), 5:30 p.m. @ AppNexus HQ, 28 W 23rd St

April NY Enterprise Technology Meetup
David Aronoff (Flybridge Capital Partners), Tom Loverro (RRE Ventures), Ellie Wheeler (Greycroft Partners) & Jonathan Lehr (Work-Bench).
Wednesday (Apr 09), 6:30 p.m. @ Cooley, 1114 Ave of the Americas

Entrepreneurship Lab NYC 2014 Pitch Day
20 Life Sciences startups will present to community of investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, academics & entrepreneurs.
Thursday (Apr 10), 8:30 a.m. @ Microsoft, 11 Times Square, 6th Fl

Fast Company – Innovation Uncensored
With Oscar-winner Jared Leto, actor Ashton Kutcher, singer Pharrell (Get Lucky), Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square), Sean Parker (Spotify, Facebook), designers Diane Von Furstenberg & Tory Burch, David Karp (Tumblr), Jeremy Stoppelmann (Yelp), Neil Blumenthal (Warby Parker) & Ben Silbermann (Pinterest).
Thursday (Apr 10), 9 a.m. @ The TimesCenter, 242 W 41st St

Machine Learning Conference
With Corinna Cortes (Head of Research, Google), Josh Wills (Director of Data Science, Cloudera), Ted Willke (Intel Lab), Edo Liberty (Research Scientist, Yahoo) & others.
Friday (Apr 11), 8 a.m. @ Helen Mills Theatre, 137 W 26th St

PSFK Conference 2014
With Kevin Alloca (Director of Culture & Trends, YouTube), Ricky Van Veen (Founder, College Humor) & others.
Friday (Apr 11), 8:30 a.m. @ Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place

NASA 2014 International Space Apps Challenge
Produce technologies to improve space exploration missions & quality of life on Earth.
Saturday (Apr 12), 8:30 a.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

Spring Break Game Jam
For high school students (from under-resourced communities) to learn about professional game development & build related technical skills.
Saturday (Apr 12), 9 a.m. @ Microsoft, 11 Times Square

Fashion Tech Brunch
With Rohan Deuskar (CEO, Stylitics), Jie Zheng and Rie Yano (Co-founders, Material Wrld), Noah Goldenberg and Ani Mamourian (StyleCaster).
Saturday (Apr 12), 12 p.m. @ To be decided (Chelsea), 127 8th Ave

NYU Local Presents – Young Media Weekend 2014
With Sam Biddle (Valleywag), Emma Carmichael (The Hairpin), Jared Keller (Al Jazeera America), Sapna Maheshwari (Buzzfeed), Sarah Prickett (Adult Mag), Jessica Roy (Time Magazine) & Pablo Torre (ESPN).
Saturday (Apr 12), 9 p.m. @ The Counting Room, 44 Berry St

More events on the horizon…
SendGrid Delivered International Tour (NYC) on Apr 15 @ Ace Hotel
TEALS Volunteer Info Session on Apr 15 @ Relay Grad School of Education
Startups Are Hard – Keeping It Real w/ Ben Horowitz on Apr 15 @ AlleyNYC
Women Who Code NYC Monthly Hacknight – Inaugural Meetup! on Apr 17 @ Donor’s Choose
2014 Games for Change Festival on Apr 22 @ NYU Skirball Center For Performing Arts
Empire Angels Young Investors Series – Doing the Math on Apr 22 @ Coworkrs
Startup Grind NYC w/ Anthony Casalena (Founder, Squarespace) on Apr 23 @ Squarespace HQ
Silicon Harlem Demo Day #1 on Apr 23 @ Harlem Garage
Sales Hacker Conference on Apr 24 @ McGraw-Hill
Global Innovator 4 on Apr 24 @ Dentons
[MakeSimply] Lean Hardware Startup – PCB 103 Build it on Apr 26 @ NYU Polytechnic School of Eng
Web Development For Newbies on Apr 29 @ TurnToTech
TiE NY – Equity Crowdfunding – A Brave New World for Startups on Apr 30 @ Seyfarth Shaw
StrategyHack! on May 03 @ Stack Exchange HQ
TechCrunch Disrupt NY on May 05 @ Manhattan Center
Crowds 2.0 – New Frontiers in Crowdfunding + Crowdsourcing on May 09 @ Center for Business Analytics @ NYU Stern
StartUp Series – The Nuts and Bolts of Product on May 10 @ Projective Space
First Annual M1 Mobile-First Summit on May 20 @ Grand Hyatt

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

Best Tech Events This Week: Fast Company Innovation Uncensored, Shorty Awards, Kingpins of Silicon Alley and More