Best Tech Events This Week (Happy New Year!)

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]

Retail Tech Accelerator ($25k, 12 wk program, free office space, high-level intros to retailers), apply by Jan 14.

3rd Annual Tesla Memorial Conference & Awards Gala (organized by Tesla Science Foundation) on Jan 10 @ New Yorker hotel.

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 09 Raising Startup Capital w/ Arie Abecassis (DreamIt Ventures & Co-Founder, AppStori), 2 Free Passes ($100 value)!

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 10 Brunchwork Kickoff w/ Michael Lisovetsky (Founder, Skylight) & Maia Josebachvili (VP, Greenhouse), 7 Free Passes!

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 13 Inaugural Mastercard Commerce Forum.

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 28 GameDevHacker Past Trends & Future Bets w/ EA, Nickelodeon, Rovio, Arkadium, Dots, Major League Gaming, Google Play. 20% off w/ exclusive code “GARY20“. 3 Free Passes ($250 value)!

BuzzFeed getting $4 million tax credit from NY State to expand (& stay) in New York. It’ll be moving to new HQ near Union Sq (225 Park Ave S, 11-16th floors, 200k sq ft) & add 475 employees over next 5 years!

Startup Institute Spring 2015 Program (apply by Jan 12).

Jan 06 Startup Chile Meetup (applications open Jan 13 – Feb 03).

Jan 07 FinTech Startups Demo Day (3 Free Passes)!

Jan 13 NY Tech Meetup Silicon Harlem Demo Night (apply by Jan 06).

Jan 15 Social Retail Summit w/ founders/CEOs from, Awl & Sundry, Smart Glamour, Nine Lines, Citybird, Imagination in Space, OneGround, Mercer, Shoppable. 50% off w/ code “SocialRetail”. 5 Free Passes ($160 each)!

Jan 15 Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator (powered by Techstars) Info Session.

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 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).

Feb 27 High Peaks VC 9th Annual Peak Pitch @ Hunter Mtn Ski Resort (75 entrepreneurs pitch 50+ investors while riding a chair lift).

FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Jan 13 Intro to Pricing Strategy. Jan 14 Startup Grind w/ Eli Pariser (Founder, Upworthy). Jan 14 Content Marketing For Beginners @ GA. Feb 04 VentureOutNY Tech-Mex (15 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 15 Data Science w/ R (Intro), Jan 17 Data Science with R (Data Analysis), Jan 17 Data Science w/ Python (Data Analysis), Jan 18 Data Science w/ R (Machine Learning), Jan 23 Popular Packages in R (Shiny), Feb 18 Advanced R (Applied Predictive Modeling).

DEADLINES ==> Jan 02 Jews For Entrepreneurship (JFE) Accelerator. Jan 09 Techstars Barclays Fintech Accelerator. Jan 09 C4Q Access Code. Jan 12 YCombinator Female Founders Conference. Feb 06 VentureWell Grants (upto $75k) for college founders. Mar 31 Global Learning $15M XPRIZE.

Mo’ Deadlines ==> Rothenberg Ventures’ River: VR Accelerator. Google Internet of Things Project Grants. Thiel Fellowship. Hospitals Coded Challenge. Tech Talent Draft. Harlem Biospace Incubator.

Mo’ Deadlines ==> Blueprint Health Accelerator. Farm2050 AgricultureTech Incubator. College Entrepreneur XFund ($100M). Google Journalism Fellowship. VICE + Knight Journalism Innovation Fund ($500K).

GarysGuide is often called GG & I like my namesakes (Golden Globes, Gossip Girl, Great Gatsby, Gotham Gal). Now there’s new pizza joint in E. Village called, you guessed it, GG’s! And its square grandma-style pizza getting rave reviews!

And finally, as 2014 comes to an end, I’ll leave you w/ these words from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith … “Tech is no longer a niche beat. It’s at the heart of the biggest cultural & economic transformation in the world today.”

Happy New Year, y’all. 2015 is gonna be AMAZING. I can feel it!

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

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

December CTO Roundtable
Roundtable discussion w/ Startup CTOs, VPs of Engg, Tech Leads & others.
Monday (Dec 29), 6:30 p.m. @ Merchantry, 355 Lexington Ave, 4th Fl

NY Android Dev – Holiday Drinks
Sponsored by Samsung Accelerator.
Tuesday (Dec 30), 6:30 p.m. @ Galway Pub, 7 E 36th 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 Program (Info Session)
Students, parents & 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

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

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

3rd Annual Tesla Memorial Conference & Tesla Spirit Awards Gala
Saturday (Jan 10), 9 a.m. @ New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave

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

Sharing Economy Meetup
Featured talk by Francesca Pick (Fest Chair @ OuiShare) + brief talks by NYC-area sharing economy startups.
Monday (Jan 12), 6:30 p.m. @ NYU Leslie eLab, 16 Washington Place

Data Driven NYC #33
With Michael Karasick (VP of Innovation & Head of $100 million venture fund @ IBM Watson Group) and Alex Douzet & Shankar Mishra (CEO & VP of Data Science @ TheLadders).
Tuesday (Jan 13), 5:30 p.m. @ Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Ave, 7th Fl

Mastercard Commerce Forum
With Karen Pascoe (Group Head of User Experience @ MasterCard) and Puneet Sabharwal (Head of Experience Design @ Olo).
Tuesday (Jan 13), 6 p.m. @ MasterCard Tech Hub, 114 5th Ave, 11th Fl

WeWork Labs Demo Day
Connect with entrepreneurs, enjoy food & drinks, and learn more about 5 exciting new tech startups.
Tuesday (Jan 13), 6 p.m. @ WeWork Fulton Center, 222 Broadway, 22nd Fl

Optimizing Mobile Apps – Featuring MINIBAR
MINIBAR Discusses Running an On-Demand App Service Model.
Tuesday (Jan 13), 6:30 p.m. @ Appboy Offices, 263 W 38th St, 16th Fl

Design Driven #3
With Scott Belsky (Founder/CEO @ Behance acquired by Adobe) and Matthew Tully (Director of Digital Products @ Harry’s).
Wednesday (Jan 14), 5:30 p.m. @ WeWork Soho West, 175 Varick St

Sustainability and the Startup
With Patrick Duffy (VP of Sustainability & External Affairs, Manufacture NY), Susanne Katus (VP Biz Dev Americas, eRevalue), Anthony Serina (Founder, Revivn) & Chris Chavez (Chief Community Cultivator, Prime Produce).
Wednesday (Jan 14), 5:30 p.m. @ Interface NYC, 330 5th Ave, 12th Fl

Startup Grind NYC w/ Eli Pariser (Upworthy)
With Eli Pariser (Co-founder & CEO, Upworthy)
Wednesday (Jan 14), 6:30 p.m. @ Pivotal Labs, 625 Ave of the Americas, 2nd Fl, New York, NY

Social Retail Summit #8
With founders Anastasia Leng (, Nikunj Marvania (Awl & Sundry), Mallorie Carrington (Smart Glamour), Matthew Iles (Nine Lines), Micah Clasper (Citybird), Heather Marie (Shoppable) & others.
Thursday (Jan 15), 3 p.m. @ Dumbo Spot, 160 Water St, Brooklyn

Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator (powered by Techstars) Info Session
Come join us for pizza, beer, and robots!
Thursday (Jan 15), 6:30 p.m. @ Techstars HQ, 1407 Broadway, 24th Fl

Ask a VC NYC Tech Breakfast 2.0
15 Investors, 2 Panels, Lightning Round & Venture Fair. With Bain Capital Ventures, Bowery Capital, Comcast VC, ffVC, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, RRE & others.
Friday (Jan 16), 8 a.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Square

More events on the horizon…
Big Data for CyberSecurity on Jan 20 @ Skadden Arps
Mobile Sales Summit on Jan 20 @ Work-Bench
NYC Open Data Featured Talk with Owen Zhang on Jan 20 @ Venue
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 Program (Info Session) on Jan 21 @ Twitter
Building the Sales Machine on Jan 21 @ Foursquare HQ
Applied Predictive Modeling on Jan 22 @ Thoughtworks
UX Sketch Camp NYC on Jan 24 @ MRM // McCann
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
WeWork Labs Demo Day on Jan 28 @ WeWork SoHo West
Cracking the Code Hackathon – Success for Women Digital News Entrepreneurs on Jan 30 @ One UN New York Millennium Hotel
SmartPitch Challenge 2015 Kickoff on Jan 30 @ Baruch College
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 New Year!)