Best Tech Events This Week: Smart Girls, Amazon AWS Summit, Raincheck Party, Women 2.0 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]

2nd Annual 2014 GREAT Tech Awards (by UKTI & British Consulate General). Awesome competition encouraging tech companies to select UK for international growth. Judges incl. David Karp (Tumblr), Pete Cashmore (Mashable) & Lily Cole (Supermodel & 6 categories (Finance, Education, Lifestyle, Media, Health, Internet of Things). Past winners incl. Codecademy & Blippar. Prizes incl. Round-trip to London, 5 nights @ Corinthia Hotel, meeting @ 10 Downing St, ticket to Innovate Conf & mentoring by Rohan Silva (former No.10 Advisor) & Sir John Sorrell (Chair, London Design Festival). Awards Gala Oct 09. Apply by Aug. 1. Hurry, yo! 😉

This week ==> Jul 08 The Game w/ TheStreet & CNBC (5 Free Passes). Jul 08 Pricing Strategy w/ Arie (DreamIt), 2 Free Passes. Jul 09 Growth Hacking Startup Analytics (5 Free Passes). Jul 09 Fullstack Academy Hiring Day.

Coming up ==> July 14 iOS+Swift Deep Dive (part time). July 15 Founders Guide. Jul 16 FinTech Demo Day (3 Free Passes). July 16 Growth Hacking (5 Free Passes). July 16 Enterprise Tech (5 Free Passes). July 17 #TechGritas Party (10 Free Passes). July 17 Internet of Things. July 17 Fashion Career Week. July 17 Social Retail Summit (4 Free Passes, $160 each)!

Mo’ coming up ==> July 18 Hackers On Planet Earth. July 23 Fashion 2.0 Startup Showcase (5 Free Passes). Jul 25 Raising Capital, 2 Free Passes ($100 each)! Jul 30 Video Ecosystem w/ Fred Seibert (Frederator, MTV), 5 Free Passes. July 31 Decoded Fashion Intimates & Innovation (5 Free Passes).

July 08 Breakfast w/ IndieGoGo & #GivingTuesday (Global Day of Giving). July 14 Fred Wilson on Bitcoin for fundraising (proceeds to CSNYC).

Rise of Fintech report (by Partnership for NYC & Accenture) says fintech booming ($3 billion), banks launching VC funds & NYC fastest growing cluster!

Inside scoop on Biz Dev, Partnerships & Deals? Yes please! Check out Pitching & Closing by my buddy Alex Taub (Founder, SocialRank & ex-BD, Dwolla & Aviary) & Ellen DaSilva (Twitter). Am giving away 10 Free Copies!

Launching ==> NYU Game Center Incubator. SquadUP App (events, flash networks, social gallery).

Deadlines ==> Jul 07 3 Day Startup. July 11 Miss Bitcoin Project. July 11 DreamIt Philly. July 25 Ad:Tech Spotlight. Aug 01 Startup Leadership Program. Sep 09 AT&T Connected Intersections. Oppty Fund (vets, minorities, women). TechStars Hackstars. Hacker Paradise (12 wks in Costa Rica)!

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

Maker Camp 2014
FREE summer camp for building, tinkering & exploring!
Monday (Jul 07), 11 a.m. @ Venues all across town

Collab/Space New York
With Kimberly Lau (The Atlantic Digital) & Kareem Amin (News Corp). Demos by Google Course Builder, NY Times Streamtools, Quartz Chartbuilder, WSJ Modern CMS, NY Daily News Innovation Lab, Vox Media Cardstacks, Facebook Newswire.
Tuesday (Jul 08), 9 a.m. @ Ford Foundation, 320 E 43rd St

#GivingTuesday Crowdfunding Breakfast
With Gwen Nguyen (Cause Director @ Indiegogo) & #GivingTuesday team.
Tuesday (Jul 08), 10 a.m. @ 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave

Startup Grind NYC w/ Reshma Saujani (Founder, Girls Who Code)
With Reshma Saujani (Founder & CEO @ Girls Who Code)
Tuesday (Jul 08), 6 p.m. @ To Be Decided

Fireside chat with Jeff Raider
With Jeff Raider (Founder/CEO, Harry’s and Co-founder, Warby Parker)
Tuesday (Jul 08), 6 p.m. @ Beespace, 242 W 30th St, Ste 806

What Is A Private Conversation? Cocktails + Panel Discussion w/ Leading Thinkers
With Laurence Tribe (professor, Harvard Law), Daniel Menaker (celebrated author & ex New Yorker fiction editor), Ian Samuel (attorney, Lavabit) & Cindy Jeffers (CEO, Salon).
Tuesday (Jul 08), 6 p.m. @ SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St

Intro to Machine Learning
With Ilan Man (Analytics Manager @ Squarespace)
Tuesday (Jul 08), 7 p.m. @ Squarespace, 28 Mercer St

Smart Girls Conference 2014
With Lauren Bush Lauren (Founder, FEED Projects), Jill Abramson (former Exec Editor, NY Times), Brenda Berkman (1st Woman Firefighter @ NYFD), Naomi Hirabayashi (CMO, DoSomething) & others.
Wednesday (Jul 09), 8 a.m. @ Fordham University, 155 W 60th St

DevCon5 HTML5 & Mobile App Developer Conference
Learn HTML5 & other dev tools to create dynamic user experiences across multiple platforms. Networking, meals, keynotes & 25+ sessions. Use “GG” for 20% off!
Wednesday (Jul 09), 9 a.m. @ Kimmel Center @ NYU, 60 Washington Square S

[The Phat Startup] – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of the VC World
With Nikhil Kalghatgi (Founding Partner, Vast Ventures)
Wednesday (Jul 09), 6 p.m. @ 49 Grove, 49 Grove St

Future of Fashion #3 – Technology Meets Sustainable Fashion
With Stephanie Benedetto (Paper No. 9), Richard Honiball (Haggar Clothing), Miki Agrawal (THINX), Crystal Butler (bodyLAB) & Summer Rayne Oakes (Source4Style).
Wednesday (Jul 09), 6:30 p.m. @ Wix Lounge, 235 W 23rd St, 8th Fl

Amazon AWS Summit
Hear from AWS execs, technical sessions, training bootcamps & more. Featured speaker is Werner Vogels (CTO, Amazon).
Thursday (Jul 10), 9:30 a.m. @ Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th St

Women 2.0 NYC
With Anda Gansca (Co-Founder, Knotch), Kegan Schouwenburg (Co-Founder, SOLS Systems) & Shaherose Charania (Founder, Women 2.0).
Thursday (Jul 10), 6:30 p.m. @ Impact Hub NYC, 394 Broadway

Amusemi Startup Drinks
With Rob Matzkin (CEO, Booze Carriage), Seth Berger (CTO, Wellthie), Alanna Gregory (CEO, VIVE) & others.
Thursday (Jul 10), 6:30 p.m. @ Venue (East Village), To Be Decided

Through the Fire – Storytelling with Local Food Entrepreneurs
With Benzi Ronen (Founder, Farmigo), Erin Fairbanks (Heritage Radio), Josh Hix (Founder, Plated), Brian Leventhal (Founder, Brooklyn Winery) & Alison Cayne (Founder, Haven’s Kitchen).
Thursday (Jul 10), 6:30 p.m. @ Gowanus Industrial Arts Complex, 53 9th St, 55-C, Brooklyn

Raincheck Party!
#NYCtechTAKEOVER returns 😉
Thursday (Jul 10), 7 p.m. @ To Be Decided

IDEO NY Hacks – Waste
IDEO collaborating w/ BigApps to tackle one of NYC’s biggest problems – waste.
Friday (Jul 11), 5:30 p.m. @ IDEO, 408 Broadway

Salesforce Summer of Hacks
$12.5K in cash prizes
Friday (Jul 11), 6:30 p.m. @ Impact Hub, 394 Broadway

More events on the horizon…
[Data Science Academy] – Python Beginner: Introduction to Data Analysis on Jul 12 @ AlleyNYC
[Data Science Academy] – Data Science with R (Beginner Level) on Jul 13 @ AlleyNYC
iOS Using Swift – Part Time Bootcamp on Jul 14 @ TurnToTech
A Fred Talk For Good on Jul 14 @ Eisner & Lubin Auditorium @ NYU
Demo Day – Students of Data Visualization with Tableau on Jul 14 @ SupStat Inc
Ask a VC Special on Jul 15 @ AOL / Huffington Post
UWS Startup Breakfast on Jul 15 @ To be decided (UWS)
The Founder’s Guide #2 on Jul 15 @ Orrick @ The CBS Building
R/GA Accelerator Open House on Jul 15 @ R/GA Accelerator
[The Phat Startup] – Hacking The Music Industry on Jul 15 @ AlleyNYC
Open Doors Party New York on Jul 15 @ Village Pourhouse
NYU-SCPS Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities on Jul 16 @ NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
Data Science Wednesdays – Office Hours on Jul 16 @ AlleyNYC
NY Enterprise Technology Meetup on Jul 16 @ Cooley
Growth Hacking Meetup w/ Sean Ellis on Jul 16 @ Venue
NYC Fashion Career Week on Jul 17 @ Venues
Social Retail Summit #7 on Jul 17 @ Dumbo Spot
The Internet of Things on Jul 17 @ Orrick @ The CBS Building
South America Tech Meetup on Jul 17 @ The Farm
Enterprise Founders Upfront on Jul 17 @ Work-Bench
#TechGritas Party on Jul 17 @ Sweet & Vicious
Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) X on Jul 18 @ Hotel Pennsylvania
[Data Science Academy] – Statistical Modeling & Computation with C++ on Jul 19 @ AlleyNYC
NYC BigApps Block Party on Jul 19 @ Industry City
NYC Tech Picnic – Mid Summer on Jul 20 @ Pier 64, Chelsea Piers
UNPLUG: NYTECH Heads To The Derby – Annual Summer Party on Jul 22 @ The Derby
Fashion 2.0 – The 6th Annual Startup Showcase on Jul 23 @ Scandinavia House
Flavor Tripping Party #3 on Jul 23 @ Hotel Chantelle
Entrepreneurs Roundtable 72 on Jul 24 @ Microsoft
CommonBond Annual Summer Gala on Jul 24 @ Midtown Loft & Terrace
Raising Startup Capital on Jul 25 @ General Assembly West
Startup Weekend NYC – Social Impact on Jul 25 @ WeWork
VideoInk & BigScreen LittleScreen Present – Diversifying the Video Ecosystem on Jul 30 @ Magnet Media
Decoded Fashion – Underthings III, Intimates & Innovation on Jul 31 @ WeWork
Wordcamp NYC on Aug 02 @ NY Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge
General Assembly Open House on Aug 21 @ General Assembly East
Disruptive Technologists in NYC – Internet of Things on Aug 25 @ ATT AdWorks Lab

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! 😉 Best Tech Events This Week: Smart Girls, Amazon AWS Summit, Raincheck Party, Women 2.0 and More