Best Tech Events This Week (Empire Startup Summit, PSFK Future of Retail, Barclays Fintech Accelerator, Global Innovator Demo Night, Time Inc Hackathon)

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]

Nov is National Entrepreneurship Month. Nov 17-23 is Global Entrepreneurship Week. Bipartisan effort (by House of Representatives members) to have 3rd Tue in Nov recognized as National Entrepreneurs Day.

ANNOUNCING ==> Agents of Change: City Builders (10 great ideas for better NYC), apply by Nov 30. Popular Japanese app LINE (490M users) & NYC’s Collaborative Fund investing $10M in startups (apply by Nov 17). Get on it, yo!

ANNOUNCING ==> Apply (by Nov 13) to ERA Accelerator. Apply (by Dec 19) to Work-Bench. Apply to Blueprint Health Accelerator. Anu Duggal’s NYC-based $5M Female Founders Fund to invest in women-led startups. Nice! 🙂

DON’T MISS! ==> Nov 17 Digital Health Conference w/ Eric Topol (Scripps), David Whitlinger (Exec Director, NY eHealth Collaborative), Sky Christopherson (Olympic Athlete), Ariel Garten (Founder, InteraXon). 1 Free Pass ($900 value)!

DON’T MISS! ==> Nov 18 Decoded Fashion Interconnected (Wearables & Retail Innovation) w/ Bre Pettis (Makerbot), Uri Minkoff (Rebecca Minkoff), Aliza Licht (Donna Karan). 20% off w/ “DFNY_GG”. 5 Free Passes ($499 value)!

DON’T MISS! ==> Nov 12-13 is NYC Television Week (+ Content Show). Nov 20 Challenge Cup ($650K prizes) by NYU Poly & 1776 incubator, (apply).

Nov 10 Awesome Ruby-on-Rails & iOS Full-time Bootcamps @ TurnToTech.

Nov 13 Global Innovator Demo Night w/ FirstRound, Flybridge. 2 Free Passes! Nov 13 Telx Marketplace Live w/ Eric Haseltine (former CTO, US Intelligence).

Nov 21 Tech808 Hip Hop & Entrepreneurship w/ Dan Porter (William Morris), Nihal Mehta (ENIAC Ventures), JP Lespinasse (BET). 5 Free Passes ($200)!

Dec 01 Business Insider’s Ignition: Future of Digital w/ Jeff Bezos (CEO, Amazon), Barry Diller (CEO, IAC), Tim Armstrong (CEO, AOL), Brendan Iribe (CEO, Oculus VR). 15% off w/ code “Gary15”. 3 Free Passes ($2995 value)!

Dec 10 The Next Web Conference w/ John Collision (Founder, Stripe), Neil Blumenthal (CEO, Warby Parker). TNW Startup Boost (apply by Nov 09).

Jan 28 GameDevHackerPast Trends & Future Bets w/ EA, Nickelodeon, Rovio, Arkadium, Dots, Playmatics. 20% off w/ exclusive code “GARY20“.

Coming Up ==> Nov 15 Startup Dim Sum. Nov 18 Artificial Intelligence Now & Future. Nov 20 NJTC Awards Celebration (honoring president Maxine Ballen). Nov 20 IoT NY Meetup Hack N Tell. Nov 21 Village Tech Breakfast. Dec 08 Internet of Things Fair. Dec 09 Startup Institute Talent Expo.

FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Nov 11 VentureOut Ireland. Nov 13 Raising Startup Capital ($100) w/ Arie (DreamIt). Nov 14 Startup Funeral. Nov 16 Software For Artists Day. Nov 19 Longform Tech Journalism (Forbes, New Yorker, NY Mag). Nov 19 Programmatic Advertising Roundtable.

Mo’ FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Nov 19 Conversations: Evolving Companies (w/ editors of NY Times,, WSJ). Nov 19 Enterprise Tech Meetup. Nov 20 1 and 1 Kickoff. Nov 25 Startup Rock Climbing + #ClimbTalk (w/ Behance). Dec 03 Startup Grind w/ Rytis Vitkauskas (Founder/CEO, YPlan).

Classes ==> Nov 11 JavaScript for Non-Programmers @ Fullstack Academy. Nov 12 Sustainable Marketing Strategy @ GA. Nov 13 Startup Legal Issues @ Bryan Cave. Nov 16 Big Data w/ Hadoop @ Data Science Academy. Nov 16 SQL Bootcamp @ GA. Nov 17 Ruby on Rails @ Noble Desktop.

DEADLINES ==> Nov 10 GA & Dave McClure Fellowship (for women & minorities). Nov 17 New Media Ventures Innovation Fund ($50k each for 10 progressive startups). Nov 21 Anita Borg Women In Computing Award.

Mo’ Deadlines ==> Dec 05 Fintech Innovation Lab. Mar 31 Global Learning $15M XPRIZE (250M+ under served kids). Thiel Fellowship ($100k). Hospitals Coded Challenge. Tech Talent Draft. Harlem Biospace Incubator (apply).

Causes ==> Nov 14 Commit2Change (educating orphan girls) Art+Music Fundraiser @ Indian Consulate. Nov 18 Youth I.N.C. Annual Gala (benefiting NY kids) w/ MOUSE, Dancing Classrooms & Minds Matter @ Waldorf Astoria.

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

Empire Startup Summit
Robert Reffkin (Founder, Urban Compass), Matt Turck (FirstMark), Greg Rogers (TechStars), David Eisenberg (CEO, Floored), Maria Gotsch (CEO, Partnership Fund for NYC).
Monday (Nov 10), 9 a.m. @ Webster Hall, 125 E 11th St

SXSW Interactive – NYC Meetup
Network w/ SXSW Interactive staff and other tech innovators.
Monday (Nov 10), 6 p.m. @ Makeshift Society Brooklyn, 55 Hope St, Brooklyn

VentureOutNY Presents – Tech All Night To Get Lucky (Irish Tech Night)
2-Day accelerator program for Irish tech companies.
Tuesday (Nov 11), 6 p.m. @ WeWork Charging Bull, 25 Broadway, 10th Fl

Hardwired NYC #14
With Tim Chang (Mayfield Fund), Inder Singh (Founder, Kinsa), Ben Harris (Founder, Adaptics), Pete Wassell (Founder, Augmate) & Mark Belinsky (Founder, Birdi).
Tuesday (Nov 11), 6 p.m. @ Digitas, 355 Park Ave South

Techstars Barclays FinTech Accelerator + Open Mic Night
With Greg Rogers (MD, Techstars), Adil Kalani (Market IQ), Eddie George (Founder, NewFinance) & others.
Tuesday (Nov 11), 6 p.m. @ Techstars NYC, 1407 Broadway

Free Work Day
QNS Collective is 1st dedicated coworking & event space in Queens.
Wednesday (Nov 12), 9 a.m. @ QNS Collective, 36-27 36th St, LIC / Astoria

Product Hunt Community Meetup
With David Tisch (Co-founder, Spring).
Wednesday (Nov 12), 6:30 p.m. @ eBay HQ, 625 6th Ave, 3rd Fl

NYCEDC Next Top Makers – Bronx Pop Up
Featured makers include 3D Heights, eKick and Makeosity. Enjoy hors d’ouevres and Bronx beer.
Wednesday (Nov 12), 7 p.m. @ Bronx Business Incubator, 1231 Lafayette Ave, 2nd Fl, Bronx

Global Innovator November Demo Night
With Wiley Cirelli (First Round Capital), Matthew Witheiler (Flybridge Capital), David Nevas (Edison Partners), Jonathan Drillings (Comcast Ventures) & Shraysi Tandon (CCTV America).
Thursday (Nov 13), 5:30 p.m. @ Dentons, 1221 Ave of the Americas

Orrick Total Access – Fireside Chat
With Mike Brown (Founder, Bowery Capital) and Jonathan Lehr (Director of Venture Capital, Work-Bench).
Thursday (Nov 13), 6 p.m. @ WeWork SoHo, 69 Charlton St

Future of Education – New Models for 21st Century Learning
With Kane Sarhan (Founder, Enstitute), Anna Lindow (General Assembly), Jonathan Soma (Founder, Brooklyn Brainery), Darrell Silver (Founder, Thinkful) & Marcos Salazar (Founder, Be Social Change).
Thursday (Nov 13), 6:30 p.m. @ Knewton, 100 5th Ave, 8th Fl

Investor Feedback Forum
With Owen Davis (NYC Seed), Nikhil Kalghatgi (Vast Ventures), Marc Michel (Metamorphic Ventures) & David Teten (ffVC). Pitches by Hackers Collective, Tourlandish, Meals to Heal,, Pijon & others.
Thursday (Nov 13), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Square

PSFK NYC – The Future Of Retail 2015
With Tristan Pollock (Co-Founder, Storefront), Rachel Shechtman (Founder, Story), Charlie Cole (CEO, The Line), Keith Butters (Co-Founder, Barbarian Group), Nikki Kaufman (Founder, Normal) & others.
Friday (Nov 14), 8:30 a.m. @ Scholastic Auditorium, 557 Broadway

Uncubed Job Fair
Friday (Nov 14), 10 a.m. @ Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St

Fusion RiseUp Hackathon – New York
Explore ways to transform rising tides of protest into waves of progress.
Saturday (Nov 15), 9 a.m. @ CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W 40th St

Startup Dim Sum
With Cynthia Koo (Lead Product Designer at Estimize).
Saturday (Nov 15), 11 a.m. @ To be decided (Chinatown), 50 Bayard St

Time Inc Hackathon
Media companies have a problem. Fewer millennials buy print magazines. Create a solution that showcases media content in an innovative digital way.
Saturday (Nov 15), 12 p.m. @ Time Inc Digital Studio, 205 Hudson St

Software For Artists Day
Bringing together artists & developers to illustrate software & hardware tools for contemporary art practice.
Sunday (Nov 16), 10 a.m. @ Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn

More events on the horizon…
Digital Health Conference on Nov 17 @ Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers
Founders Unplugged – Marc Benioff (Chairman & CEO of Salesforce) on Nov 17 @ NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
NJ Tech Meetup 54 on Nov 17 @ Howe Center
Inside the Founders Studio w Shane Snow of Contently on Nov 17 @ Meetup HQ
HackerNest NYC – November Tech Social on Nov 17 @ Techstars
Decoded Fashion Interconnected – Summit on Wearables & Retail Innovation on Nov 18 @ Metropolitan West
What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean for Now and the Future? on Nov 18 @ TurnToTech
New News Organization – Evolving Companies on Nov 19 @ Microsoft HQ
Challenge Cup – NYC on Nov 20 @ NYU Polytechnic Incubator
NJTC Awards Celebration 2014 on Nov 20 @ Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
IoT NY Meetup #13 – IoT Hack N Tell on Nov 20 @ Cardozo Law School
Village Tech Breakfast on Nov 21 @ To be decided (Village)
Tech808 – Where Hip Hop And Entrepreneurship Converge on Nov 21 @ Eisner & Lubin Auditorium @ NYU
Downtown Tech Breakfast on Nov 25 @ To be decided (Lower Manhattan)
Business Insider – Ignition: Future of Digital on Dec 01 @ The TimesCenter
Inside Startup Fundraising – Free Breakfast Panel on Dec 02 @ Cooley @ Grace Building
Startup Grind NYC with Rytis Vitkauskas (Founder of YPlan) on Dec 03 @ Pivotal Labs
Health 2.0 NYC – Hospitals Coded Challenge on Dec 03 @ Goodwin Procter @ NY Times Bldg
NYC IoT Fall 2014 Internet of Things Fair on Dec 08 @ Google HQ
Startup Institute TalentExpo – Fall 2014 on Dec 09 @ Joynture
The Next Web Conference 2014 on Dec 10 @ 23 Wall St
GameDevHacker – Past Trends & Future Bets on Jan 28 @ Microsoft HQ

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

Best Tech Events This Week (Empire Startup Summit, PSFK Future of Retail, Barclays Fintech Accelerator, Global Innovator Demo Night, Time Inc Hackathon)