Best Tech Events This Week (Happy Holidays, Yo!)

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.

High Peaks Venture Partners’ 9th Annual Peak Pitch Event (Feb 27) @ Hunter Mountain Ski Resort where 75 hand-picked entrepreneurs pitch to 50+ investors while riding a chair lift. Get on it, yo! 🙂

Rothenberg Ventures’ River: Virtual Reality Accelerator. NY Tech Meetup Silicon Harlem Demo Night (apply by Jan 06). C4Q Access Code (apply by Jan 09). YCombinator Female Founders Conference Feb 21 (apply by Jan 12). Startup Institute Spring 2015 Program (apply by Jan 12).

Internet of Things Grants by Google (call for proposals in UI, privacy, security) Hack.Pledge (programmers mentor each other in 2015).

CAUSE ==> Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, info sessions: Jan 05 Etsy, Jan 07 Hoboken, Jan 14 StartUp Box, Jan 15 Newark, Jan 21 Twitter.

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 06 Startup Chile Meetup (FYI, applications open Jan 13 – Feb 03). Jan 07 FinTech Startups Demo Day (3 Free Passes)! Jan 15 Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator (powered by Techstars) Info Session.

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 15 Social Retail Summit w/ founders/CEOs from Hatch.co, Awl & Sundry, Smart Glamour, Nine Lines, Citybird, Imagination in Space, Shoppable. 50% off w/ code “SocialRetail”. 5 Free Passes ($160 each)!

Jan 16 Ask a VC Tech Breakfast w/ Bain Capital Ventures, Bowery Capital, Comcast VC, ffVC, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, RRE. 5 Free Passes ($40 each)!

Jan 20 IDC Briefing on Understanding The Modern Consumer (panels + cocktail reception) @ Microsoft HQ.

Jan 21 Daily News Innovation Lab Conversations w/ Vivian Schiller (ex Global Chair of News @ Twitter & Chief Digital Officer @ NBC News), 20 Free Passes!

Jan 21-22 5th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Festival @ NYU ITP. Highly recommended! By invitation. 240 participants only. Apply here.

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

Jan 30 Cracking The Code Hackathon for Women Entrepreneurs in Digital News. Invite only. Email Nadine Hoffman for invitation.

Feb 21 NYC Drone Film Festival (apply by Dec 28).

FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Jan 14 Startup Grind w/ Eli Pariser (Founder, Upworthy). Jan 14 Content Marketing For Beginners @ GA. Feb 04 VentureOutNY Tech-Mex (15 most promising Mexican tech startups).

Classes ==> Jan 05 RampUp (Ruby, Web Design, Technical Mktg) @ Startup Institute. Jan 05 Web Dev @ Noble. Jan 06 Product Mgmt @ GA. Jan 07 Biz Financial Plan @ GA. Jan 12 JavaScript @ Fullstack Academy. Jan 12 Mobile Design @ Noble. Mar 04 Fullstack Web Dev @ CodeCrew. iOS @ TurnToTech.

Mo’ Classes (Data Science Academy) ==> Jan 03 Data Science with R (Data Analysis). Jan 08 Data Science w/ R (Intro), Jan 15 Popular Packages in R (Shiny), Jan 17 Data Science w/ Python (Data Analysis), Jan 18 Data Science w/ R (Machine Learning), Jan 20 Advanced R (Applied Predictive Modeling).

DEADLINES ==> Dec 23 Liam Neeson will endorse your particular set of skills on LinkedIn! Jan 02 Jews For Entrepreneurship (JFE) Accelerator. Jan 09 Techstars Barclays Fintech Accelerator. Feb 06 VentureWell Grants (upto $75k) for college founders. Mar 31 Global Learning $15M XPRIZE.

Mo’ Deadlines ==> Thiel Fellowship. Hospitals Coded Challenge. Tech Talent Draft. Harlem Biospace Incubator. Blueprint Health Accelerator. Farm2050 AgricultureTech Incubator. College Entrepreneur XFund ($100M). Google Journalism Fellowship. VICE + Knight Journalism Innovation Fund ($500K).

Happy Holidays, y’all, and go easy on the eggnog! 😉

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

December D3.js Talks
With Sebastian Gutierrez (Author, Data Scientists at Work) and Nathan Epstein (Fullstack Academy).
Monday (Dec 22), 7 p.m. @ Pivotal Labs, 625 Ave of Americas, 2nd fl

Come Celebrate The Holidays
Open Bar, Food, Music and Good People.
Tuesday (Dec 23), 6 p.m. @ SoTechie Spaces, 28 W 39th St, #401

Worlds Largest Startup Holiday Party
Live DJ, food, drinks & tons of great people in the startup tech community.
Tuesday (Dec 23), 7 p.m. @ Iron Bar & Lounge, 713 8th Ave

Women In Media End-of-Year Happy Hour
Monday (Dec 29), 6 p.m. @ Pergola, 36 W 28th St

District Masquerade New Years Eve Party
What’s behind the mask?
Wednesday (Dec 31), 10:30 p.m. @ District Cowork, 1204 Broadway, 4th Fl

Girls Who Code – Summer Immersion (Info Session)
Learn more about Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program. Students, parents, and educators are welcome!
Monday (Jan 05), 6 p.m. @ Etsy, 55 Washington St, Brooklyn

January Be Social Change Happy Hour
Connect w/ purpose-driven entrepreneurs, educators, creatives, investors, social enterprises & more.
Monday (Jan 05), 6:30 p.m. @ Lunasa Bar, 126 1st Ave

RampUp – Startup Skills for Beginners
Startup Institute’s part-time programs. Intro to Ruby, Intro to Web Design, and Technical Marketing.
Monday (Jan 05), 7 p.m. @ Startup Institute, 25 Broadway, 10th Fl

Start-Up Chile Meetup
Apply now to the biggest startup network in the world (applications open from Jan 13 – Feb 03.
Tuesday (Jan 06), 6:30 p.m. @ DUMBO Startup Lab, 68 Jay St, #718, Brooklyn

January NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill. 5 minute cutting-edge tech demos. 850 fellow NY Tech startup folks. 1 amazing event!
Tuesday (Jan 06), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place

AlleyNYC Happy Hour Showcase powered by SquadUP
This week we’re featuring Shyp, Breather, and AptDeco!
Wednesday (Jan 07), 6:30 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

FinTech Startups Demo Day
5 red-hot FinTech startups demo their latest & greatest.
Wednesday (Jan 07), 6:30 p.m. @ Latham and Watkins, 885 3rd Ave, Ste 320

Big Data Warehousing – Spark SQL
With Joe Caserta (overview of Spark in Hadoop) and Elliott Cordo (deep dive into Spark SQL).
Wednesday (Jan 07), 7 p.m. @ BWG Strategy, 530 7th Ave, Ste 2201

Women 2.0 NYC
With Dwana Franklin-Davis (VP, Internet Engg @ Mastercard), Adam Quinton (Founder & CEO, Lucas Point Ventures) & Allison Dorst (Founder & CEO, Pinks & Greens).
Thursday (Jan 08), 6:30 p.m. @ Mastercard NY, 114 5th Ave, 11th Fl

Pitch Night NYC w/ Entrepreneur.com
Bi-monthly pitch event designed to highlight the best of the startup world.
Thursday (Jan 08), 7 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

Village Tech – Community Breakfast
Small events with top notch builders. Join us if you’d like to be featured!
Friday (Jan 09), 8:30 a.m. @ Cosi Cafe, 841 Broadway

Brunchwork Kickoff
With Michael Lisovetsky (Founder, Skylight) & Maia Josebachvili (VP, Greenhouse).
Saturday (Jan 10), 11:30 a.m. @ Greenhouse HQ, 455 Broadway

More events on the horizon…
NJ Tech Meetup 56 – Going From I-Banking To Peanuts on Jan 12 @ Howe Center
NYC Tech Breakfast on Jan 13 @ AOL / HuffPo
Girls Who Code – Summer Immersion (Info Session) on Jan 14 @ The Bronx: StartUp Box
Startup Grind NYC w/ Eli Pariser (Upworthy) on Jan 14 @ Pivotal Labs
Enterprise Technology Meetup on Jan 14 @ Cooley
Social Retail Summit #8 on Jan 15 @ Dumbo Spot
Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator (powered by Techstars) Info Session on Jan 15 @ Techstars HQ
Ask a VC NYC Tech Breakfast 2.0 on Jan 16 @ Microsoft HQ
Big Data for CyberSecurity on Jan 20 @ Skadden Arps
5th Annual Womens Entrepreneurs Festival on Jan 21 @ Tisch School of the Arts
Daily News Innovation Lab – Conversation w/ Vivian Schiller on Jan 21 @ Microsoft HQ
Girls Who Code – Summer Immersion (Info Session) on Jan 21 @ Twitter
What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean for Now and the Future? #2 on Jan 27 @ TurnToTech
GameDevHacker – Past Trends & Future Bets on Jan 28 @ Microsoft HQ
Cracking the Code Hackathon – Success for Women Digital News Entrepreneurs on Jan 30 @ One UN New York Millennium Hotel
VentureOutNY Presents: Tech-Mex on Feb 04 @ WeWork Charging Bull
PeakPitch 2015 Entrepreneur Invitation on Feb 27 @ Venue

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

Best Tech Events This Week (Happy Holidays, Yo!)