Best Tech Events This Week (Sharing Economy, Social Innovation in Food, Growth Hacking for Startups, Startup Rock Climbing)

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] garysguide.com.

ANNOUNCING ==> Amazon leasing building (470K sq ft) across Empire State Bldg for same-day shipping hub + warehouse + 1st ever brick & mortar location. Google launching world’s largest interactive billboard @ Times Sq.

ANNOUNCING ==> Google Exec Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors launching Farm2050 to support AgricultureTech startups (apply). Fractured Atlas’ 2015 Arts Entrepreneurship Awards (apply by Dec 15).

2 Oscar-buzz biopics ==> Theory of Everything (about genius astrophysicist Stephen Hawking) & Imitation Game (about genius mathematician Alan Turing). And speaking of Turing, Google’s Deep Mind developing Neural Turing Machine, a computer so smart it can program ITSELF!

DON’T MISS! ==> Dec 09 Financial Times’ FT Innovate America w/ Eric Schmidt (Chairman, Google), John Sheldon (MasterCard Labs), Eric Gertler (EVP, NYCEDC), Scott Painter (CEO, TrueCar). 2 Free Passes ($895 value)!

DON’T MISS! ==> Dec 04 Samsung Dolphin Tank (apply by Nov 24). Dec 05 NYU ITP Big Screens. Dec 06 Local Hack Day. Dec 06 HackBushwickBushwick’s 1st Hackathon (@ Livestream Public). Dec 13 TimesOpen Hack Day @ NY Times. Dec 13 HackathonukahHackathon of Lights.

DON’T MISS! ==> Dec 06-07 Tycoon Labs Workshop (Ecommerce, Marketing & Analytics), led by General Assembly’s Katie & Matt Iles (Tycoon, Nine Lines).

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 01-04 Hack Summit w/ David Hansson (Creator, Ruby on Rails), Tom Chi (Creator, Google Glass), Hakon Le (Creator, CSS), Bram Cohen (Inventor, Bittorrent), Gilad Bracha (Co-creator, Java). 25 Free Passes!

Dec 04 Looking fwd to Digital Health Accelerator Demo Day. Good luck to startups Noom, Allazo Health, Clinigence, Covertix, IQuartic, Sense Health.

Dec 06 iOS Layout Strategy (Design Course) @ TurnToTech.

Dec 08-14 Computer Science Education Week and Hour Of Code (introducing 100 million students & adults to coding). Volunteers needed.

Dec 10 The Next Web Conference w/ John Collision (Founder, Stripe), Neil Blumenthal (CEO, Warby Parker), Alexandra Chong (Founder, Lulu).

Dec 11 Sales Blazer w/ Sean Daly (Founder, Lead Collective), Debbie Madden (CEO, Stride NYC), Mike Cole (Sales Director, Reddit). 5 Free Passes!

Dec 12-13 Startup Sales School (learn how to build a repeatable sales engine) w/ Jake Dunlap (Founder, Skaled & ex-VP Sales, Glassdoor & Chartbeat).

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

Feb 21 NYC Drone Film Festival. Apply by Dec 28.

Coming Up ==> Dec 02 Inside Startup Fundraising w/ Box Group, Canaan, BOLDStart, EGFS. Dec 08 Internet of Things Fair (5 Free Passes). Dec 09 Startup Institute Talent Expo. Dec 09 Encryption for Email & Google Apps w/ Will Ackerly (CTO, Virtru). Dec 12 Village Tech Breakfast w/ Ryan McKillen (Uber). Dec 16 Artificial Intelligence (Now & The Future).

FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Nov 25 Startup Rock Climbing + Talk. Dec 01 Intro to Pricing Strategy w/ Arie (DreamIt Ventures). Dec 03 Startup Grind w/ Soraya Darabi (Founder, Zady). Dec 03 VentureOutNY German Tech Night w/ First Mark, 37 Angels, Comcast Ventures. Dec 05 Raising Startup Capital.

Mo’ FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Dec 10 Ins & Outs of Fundraising with VCs w/ Union Square Ventures, First Mark Capital, Bessemer Ventures. Dec 11 DigitalFlash: Marketing Trends of 2015 w/ RebelMouse, Brand Foundry Ventures. Dec 12 Damsels in Design Holiday Soiree.

Classes ==> Dec 01 Legal Skills for Startups @ General Assembly. Dec 03 Visual Design for Web & Mobile @ Noble Desktop. Dec 06 Leadership w/ Joshua Spodek (how to lead your team effectively). Dec 08 Intermediate R Workshop @ Data Science Academy. Jan 12 JavaScript-driven curriculum @ Fullstack Academy. Ruby-on-Rails & iOS Bootcamps @ TurnToTech.

DEADLINES ==> Nov 30 Agents of Change: City Builders. Dec 05 Fintech Innovation Lab. Dec 05 Dreamit Baltimore. Dec 08 Dreamit Philly. Dec 13 Data & Society 2015 Fellows. Dec 19 Work-Bench Accelerator. Jan 09 Techstars Barclays Fintech Accelerator. Mar 31 Global Learning $15M XPRIZE.

Mo’ Deadlines ==> Thiel Fellowship. Hospitals Coded Challenge. Tech Talent Draft. Harlem Biospace Incubator. Blueprint Health Accelerator.

CAUSES ==> Nov 13 – Dec 31 FoodBank’s Thankful to Give Campaign w/ Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Susan Sarandon. Nov 26 Millennial Ball 3.0 (benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research) @ Tao Downtown.

Check out my friend Ines Milans in this BlumLux Steal The Night commercial.

Happy Turkey Day, y’all … Gobble Gobble!

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

NYC Games Forum – November Demo Night
Game demos by Flamingo, Endanger, Mushroom 11, Synthesis (Oculus game) and Z0NE (Oculus game).
Monday (Nov 24), 6 p.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Square

Sharing Economy – Beyond the Hype
With Scott Heiferman (Founder/CEO, Meetup) and Arun Sundararajan (Professor, NYU).
Monday (Nov 24), 6:30 p.m. @ Meetup HQ, 632 Broadway, 9th Fl

NYC Data Science Academy – Student Demo day
Students from Data Analysis tracks – Data Science with R and Data Science with Python.
Monday (Nov 24), 7 p.m. @ SupStat Inc (SoHo), 241 Centre St, 6th Fl

Downtown Tech Breakfast
With Anna Nicanorova (Data Scientist, Annalect).
Tuesday (Nov 25), 8:30 a.m. @ To be decided (Lower Manhattan), 139 Fulton St

Six Degrees of Social Innovation – Food
Bringing together innovators in the food space. Hear from farmers, food startups, policy advisors, food strategists & others.
Tuesday (Nov 25), 6 p.m. @ Centre for Social Innovation, 601 W 26th St, #325

Growth Hacking for Startups
With Laura Moreno Cabanillas (CEO, Avanza Growth).
Tuesday (Nov 25), 6:30 p.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl

Startup Rock Climbing – #ClimbTalk with Behance
Rock climbing w/ tech peeps + featured speaker is Dave Stein from Behance
Tuesday (Nov 25), 7 p.m. @ Brooklyn Boulders, 575 DeGraw St, Brooklyn

ARNY – Augmented Reality Art & Smart Glasses Spectacular
Oculus DK2 vs Meta DK1 face-off, MagicLeap and more
Tuesday (Nov 25), 7 p.m. @ National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

Business Insider – Ignition: Future of Digital
With Jeff Bezos (Founder, Amazon), Barry Diller (Founder, IAC), Tim Armstrong (CEO, AOL), Brendan Iribe (Founder, Oculus), Beth Comstock (GE), Michael Hayward (Founder, Whisper) & others.
Monday (Dec 01), 9 a.m. @ The TimesCenter, 242 W 41st St

Annual NYC Tech Holiday Meta-Party
NYC technical user groups are joining forces to hold another holiday party to remember!
Monday (Dec 01), 7 p.m. @ Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine, 485 10th Ave

Inside Startup Fundraising – Free Breakfast Panel
With Adam Rothenberg (Box Group), Brendan Dickinson (Canaan Partners), Eliot Durbin (BOLDstart), David Ehrenberg (CEO, Early Growth Financial Services) & others.

Tuesday (Dec 02), 8:30 a.m. @ Cooley at Grace Building, 1114 Ave of the Americas

Startupmound Pitch Series #3
With Adam Plotkin (Partner, ff Venture Capital), Murat Aktihanoglu (Managing Director, ER Accelerator), Jessica Peltz (Investment Director, KBS+ Ventures) and Gina Waldhorn (Co-founder, Startupforbrands).
Tuesday (Dec 02), 6 p.m. @ Harlem Garage, 318 W 118th St

NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill. 5 minute cutting-edge tech demos. 850 fellow NY Tech startup folks. 1 amazing event!
Tuesday (Dec 02), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place

VentureOutNY Presents – Hackers & Hefeweizens, a German Tech Night
Showcasing German Tech companies. With Paul Cianciolo (First Mark Capital), Angela Lee (37 Angels) and Jonathan Drillings (Comcast Ventures).
Wednesday (Dec 03), 6 p.m. @ WeWork Charging Bull, 25 Broadway, 9th Fl

December FinTech Startups Panel and Holiday Party
With Jake Howerton (Co-founder, Zipmark), Luan Cox (Founder, Crowdnetic), Christopher Ivey (Founder, Rizm) and Christopher Toppino (Founder, RentShare).
Wednesday (Dec 03), 6:30 p.m. @ Latham and Watkins, 885 3rd Ave, Ste 320

Hospitals 2.0 – Mega Challenge Event
6 amazing startups. Judges incl. Aurelia Boyer (CIO, NY Presbyterian), Steve Berman (Director, Montefiore IT), Randy Cheung (Founder, CipherHealth), Peter Frishauf (Founder, Medscape) & Erik Lium (VP, Mount Sinai).
Wednesday (Dec 03), 6:30 p.m. @ Goodwin Procter, 620 8th Ave

Startup Grind NYC
With Soraya Darabi (Co-founder, Zady).
Wednesday (Dec 03), 6:30 p.m. @ Pivotal Labs, 625 Ave of the Americas, 2nd Fl

Building a Team
With Isaac Oates (CEO, Justworks), Maya Prohovnik (Head of Community Development, Betaworks) and Underdog.io.
Wednesday (Dec 03), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl

Girl Geek Dinner NYC (GGDNYC)
With Helen Hou-Sandi (10up), Karen Sandler (Software Freedom Conservancy), Danielle Sucher (Stripe), Brenda Storer (ThoughtBot) & Ajanta Phatak (Showtime).
Thursday (Dec 04), 6 p.m. @ Yext HQ, 1 Madison Ave

Women 2.0 NYC
With Zavida Mangaru (Senior VP, MasterCard), Gillian Morris (Founder, Hitlist) & Rebecca Kaden (Maveron).
Thursday (Dec 04), 6:30 p.m. @ Mastercard, 114 5th Ave, 11th Fl

Women in Science at Columbia – Getting into & succeeding in Computer Science Industry
With Gloria Yuan (Software engineer, Google), Jiyang Ju (Sr Scientist, Pfizer), Yuan Du (Software Engineer, Facebook) and Mia Zhou (Software Engineer, Bank of America).
Thursday (Dec 04), 7 p.m. @ Alfred Lerner Hall @ Columbia University, 2920 Broadway

Mashable Media Summit – Formats of Creativity
With Aaron Shapiro (CEO, Huge), Chris Wiggins (Chief Data Scientist, NY Times), Steven Rosenblatt (CRO, Foursquare), Micha Benliel (Founder, OpenGarden) & others.
Friday (Dec 05), 10 a.m. @ The Hudson Theater, 145 W 44th St

Photo Hack Day NYC
Build amazing applications w/ web & mobile photo APIs.
Saturday (Dec 06), 9 a.m. @ Aviary HQ, 36 Cooper Square, 3rd Fl

Tycoon Lab – Ecommerce. Marketing. Analytics.
Highly practical, intensive 2-day workshop covering topics from Google Analytics to channel-specific strategies spanning email, social, search & more.
Saturday (Dec 06), 10 a.m. @ Daylight Studios, 15 W 28th St, 8th Fl

iOS Layout Strategy (Design Course)
With Alfonso Mata (iOS developer & CSO for Three-Bytes) and Sebastian Vidal (Mobile Visual Designer, Bloomberg).
Saturday (Dec 06), 10:30 a.m. @ TurnToTech, 184 5th Ave, 4th Fl

More events on the horizon…
NYC IoT Fall 2014 Internet of Things Fair on Dec 08 @ Google HQ
FT Innovate America 2014 on Dec 09 @ Dream Downtown
UWS Startup Breakfast on Dec 09 @ To be decided (UWS)
Startup Institute TalentExpo – Fall 2014 on Dec 09 @ AppNexus
Encryption for Email & Google Apps on Dec 09 @ BetterCloud
The Next Web Conference 2014 on Dec 10 @ 23 Wall St
VC Insider – Ins & Outs of Fundraising with VCs on Dec 10 @ AlleyNYC
Sales Blazer on Dec 11 @ WeWork NoMad
Village Tech Breakfast on Dec 12 @ To be decided (Village)
What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean for Now and the Future? #2 on Dec 16 @ TurnToTech
GameDevHacker – Past Trends & Future Bets on Jan 28 @ Microsoft HQ

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

Best Tech Events This Week (Sharing Economy, Social Innovation in Food, Growth Hacking for Startups, Startup Rock Climbing)