Best Tech Events This Week: Techcrunch Hackathon, Feast on Innovation, TechDrinkup, Queens Tech & 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]

Internet Week is May 19 to 25. And its hottest party? ==> Webutante Ball (aka REAL #nerdprom!), 2 Free Passes! Hola Community Mgrs, CMX Summit (Jun 12) w/ Scott Belsky (founder, Behance), Scott Heiferman (founder, Meetup).

Apr 28 – May 7 Digital Content Newfronts w/ Youtube, Aol, VICE, Buzzfeed, Hulu. Apr 28 Cooladata Webinar w/ Aurélie Pols on security across data lifecycle. Startup Sales School ==> Learn sales skills to work in startups!

Apr 29 ENGAGE Digital Storytelling w/ Troy Young (Hearst), Michal Pasternak (CEO, Huge). Apr 30 Customer Acquisition + Corp. Culture @ Orrick (FREE) w/ Joanne Wilson, Carly Strife (BarkBox), Tanya Menendez (Makers Row).

Apr 30 TiE NY Equity Crowdfunding w/ FINRA, SeedInvest, Dreamit, 5 Free Passes! May 01 Michelangelo inspired Feast on Innovation (w/ 5-course Renaissance feast). May 05 TechCrunch Disrupt ($1000 off w/ Garys14).

May 07 USI (US Israel) Tech Roadshow (200+ founders, execs & investors), 30% off w/ GarysGuide. May 09 Best practices in Crowdfunding (FREE) w/ Kickstarter, Indiegogo @ NYU Stern Center for Business Analytics.

May 10 Charming Robot Nuts & Bolts of Product w/ Steve Schlafman (RRE), Steve Martocci (GroupMe), 20% off w/ GARYSGUIDE, 2 Free Passes ($300 each!). May 17 Andrew Weinreich (founder, MeetMoi & SixDegrees) on product, mktg, deals, 20% off w/ garysguide20, 2 Free Passes ($275 each!).

May 22 HappyGroups (private dining startup) Launch Party (FREE) @ Lucky Strike. May 22 Geoweb Summit (Internet of Things, Indoor Positioning, Augmented Reality), 50% off w/ GarysGuide, 2 Free Passes worth $160 each!

NYC startup LittleBits (w/ NASA) launching Space Kit, DIY versions of devices used by astronauts! I’m giving away FREE kit ($189 value) to 1 lucky winner! 🙂

Cause Spotlight ==> Per Scholas (free tech education + job placement for unemployed & underemployed) creating a Software Testing Center w/ Doran Jones (8 week program, 150 tech jobs) in Mott Haven (South Bronx). Nice!

This week … Apr 29 Web Dev for newbies. Apr 29 Queens Tech Meetup (5 Free Passes). Apr 30 Law Office To Startup Office w/ Gawker, Tumblr, Warby Parker (2 Free Passes). Apr 30 Startup Rock Climbing, 2 Free Passes. May 03 StrategyHack! matching startups & marketers, 5 Free Passes.

Coming up … May 06 Legal Issues for Tech Startups. May 09 Search for Office Space (2 Free Passes). May 13 Rubicon VC Startups & VC Panel w/ Metaphormic VC, Red Swan Ventures, High Peaks Ventures (5 Free Passes). May 14 Enterprise Tech (5 Free Passes). May 18 Tech Picnic. May 21 Startup Grind w/ Anthony Casalena (Founder, Squarespace) 5 Free Passes.

Verizon Powerful Answers Award, $1 million / winner!, apply by June 30. SquadUP Summer Fellowship Program @ AlleyNYC (access to 20 fellows + free office space) for event startups & event coordinators. Instacart $15 in Free groceries 🙂 & 1 winner => 6 mo FREE Instacart Express!

Deadlines ==> Apr 30 HYPOTHEkids Summer of Science (STEM for kids). Apr 30 Comcast B4B. May 01 TEALS Program. May 01 Grand Central Tech Accelerator. May 02 Fullstack Academy Class. May 03 BookExpo Challenge.

More deadlines ==> May 05 Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards. May 08 NYCEDC Competition THRIVE help immigrant founders ($125k). May 21 Blueprint Health Summer Program. May 23 NYCEDC Pilot Health Tech. June 20 Drone Innovation ($10k). Harlem BioSpace application.

Awesome classes ==> Beginner (Big Data w/ Hadoop, Data Science w/ Python, Data Visualization w/ D3.js, Web development w/ Node.js) & Intermediate (Data Skills w/ Excel, Data Science w/ R).

Opportunity Fund (scholarships for veterans, minorities & women), apply here. Significance Labs 3 month tech fellowship. Work-Bench Spring membership. Daily News Innovation Lab! NYU ITP Summer Camp. BigApps competition.

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

Digital Content Newfronts
With Google, Youtube, Aol, VICE, Buzzfeed, Yahoo, Hulu & others.
Tuesday (Apr 29), 9 a.m. @ To Be Decided

ENGAGE – The NYC Digital Storytelling Conference
With Troy Young (President, Hearst Digital), Megan Liberman (Editor, Yahoo News), Philippe Von Borries (Co-founder, Refinery29), Derek Murphy (GM, USA Today), Ellie Hirschhorn (Chief Digital Officer, Simon & Schuster), Michal Pasternak (CEO, HUGE).
Tuesday (Apr 29), 12 p.m. @ Hearst Tower, 300 W 57th St

Queens Tech Meetup 12
With Jackpocket, Chatwala, Shindig, Instatrade, SyncWords and
Tuesday (Apr 29), 6:30 p.m. @ Hunter’s Point Plaza, 47-40 21st St, 10th Fl, Long Island City

DLD (Digital Life Design) Conference NYC
With Deepak Chopra, Don Dodge (Google), Albert Wenger (Union Sq Ventures), David Tisch (Box Group), Howard Morgan (First Round Capital), Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed) & others.
Wednesday (Apr 30), 9 a.m. @ IAC HQ, 555 W 18th St

The Founders Guide – Customer Acquisition & Building a Successful Corporate Culture
With founders Tanya Menendez (Makers Row), Carly Strife (BarkBox), Danielle Weinblatt (Take the Interview, Mona Bijoor (Joor), Kellee Khalil (Loverly), Elissa Shevinsky (Glimpse) and Joy Marcus (CEO, Bloglovin), Nina Sodhi (CEO, Fon USA) & Kathleen Utecht (Comcast Ventures.
Wednesday (Apr 30), 5 p.m. @ Orrick @ The CBS Building, 51 W 52nd St

Dream it. Code it. Win it. Future of Innovation in a Networked World – Awards & Reception
With Joi Ito (Director, MIT Media Lab), Erik Nordlander (Partner, Google Ventures), Mike Perlis (CEO, Forbes), Jeanne Sullivan (Founder, StarVest), Alex Diaz (VP, Yahoo) & others.
Wednesday (Apr 30), 5:30 p.m. @ Great Hall @ Cooper Union, 7 E 7th St

TiE NY – Equity Crowdfunding – A Brave New World for Startups
With Thomas Sheldon (EVP, FINRA), Ryan Feit (Founder/CEO, SeedInvest), Kiran Lingam (The Indus Entrepreneurs – TiE) & Georgia Quinn (Seyfarth Shaw).
Wednesday (Apr 30), 6 p.m. @ Seyfarth Shaw, 620 8th Ave

Free Arts NYC – Annual Arts Auction
Celebrating Louisiana-born artist Scott Campbell. Hosted by Marc Jacobs & Roger Duffy.
Wednesday (Apr 30), 7 p.m. @ The Garage, 611 W 50th St

99U Conference
With Seth Godin, Marc Ecko, Jason Fried (Founder, Basecamp), Scott Heiferman (Founder, Meetup), John Maeda (Kleiner Perkins) & others.
Thursday (May 01), 9 a.m. @ Alice Tully Hall @ Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway

Feast on Innovation
Inspired by genius of Michelangelo. With talks by Rita King, James Jorasch, Gary Schwartz & James Heaton. Followed by intimate 5-course Renaissance feast in Science House by chefs from Feast on History!
Thursday (May 01), 5:30 p.m. @ Science House, 122 E 38th St

NYU Founders Forum
Pitches by LiveApplicant, Brooklinen, Yapster, Behive & Kipin Hall.
Thursday (May 01), 6 p.m. @ NYU Center for Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson St, Room GC95

The UX Awards
Thursday (May 01), 6:30 p.m. @ Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay St

TechDrinkup Party
It’s not a networking event. It’s not a meetup. It’s a party.
Thursday (May 01), 8 p.m. @ Lavo Nightclub, 39 E 58th St

TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon
24-hour hackathon, food, awards & more.
Saturday (May 03), 12:30 p.m. @ Manhattan Center, 311 W 34th St

Full-day event matching awesome startups w/ brilliant marketers to collaborate & create tailored marketing strategies.
Saturday (May 03), 6 p.m. @ Stack Exchange HQ, 110 William St, 28th Fl

More events on the horizon…
TechCrunch Disrupt NY on May 05 @ Manhattan Center
IT Workforce Training & Recruitment Happy Hour on May 05 @ Pranna
New York Ideas w/ The Atlantic and Aspen Institute on May 06 @ New York Historical Society
Tee It Up – Legal Issues to Consider When Starting Your Tech Startup on May 06 @ Humphrey at Eventi Hotel
May 2014 NY Tech Meetup on May 06 @ NYU Skirball Center For Performing Arts
UES Tech Breakfast on May 07 @ To be decided (UES)
USI Tech RoadShow on May 07 @ Morgan Stanley
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
New York VC Panel & Startups – Hosted by Rubicon VC / Georgetown Angels on May 13 @ Orrick HQ
NY Enterprise Technology Meetup on May 14 @ Cooley
Roadmap to Entrepreneurship w/ serial entrepreneur Andrew Weinreich on May 17 @ Venue
NYC Tech Picnic – 2014 Kick Off on May 18 @ Pier 64, Chelsea Piers
NYU ITP 2014 Spring Show on May 19 @ Tisch School of the Arts
First Annual M1 Mobile-First Summit on May 20 @ Grand Hyatt
The 2014 Webutante Ball! on May 20 @ Marquee
Startup Grind NYC w/ Anthony Casalena (Founder, Squarespace) on May 21 @ Squarespace HQ
Geoweb Summit #8 – Internet of Things, Indoor Positioning, Augmented Reality and GIS on May 22 @ Dumbo Spot
HappyGroups Launch Party on May 22 @ Lucky Strike Luxe Lounge
Hackfit New York City 2014 on May 30 @ NYU Polytech
Venture For America Summer Celebration on Jun 05 @ IAC HQ
CMX Summit on Jun 12 @ The Altman Building
Inbox Awesome on Jun 12 @ The Dumbo Loft

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉 Best Tech Events This Week: Techcrunch Hackathon, Feast on Innovation, TechDrinkup, Queens Tech & More