Best Tech Events This Week (Mo’ Holiday Parties + CoInvent Summit, Startup Snowball, ITP Winter Show, Food Hackers, Standup For Passion)

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.

Fun hanging out w/ Prince William (aka Duke of Cambridge & future King of England), Mayor de Blasio & tech / startup peeps last week.

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

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

VentureWell Grants for college founders. Alt School (re-inventing primary education) soon in Brooklyn. Gates, Branson etc put $25M in Change.org. Liam Neeson will endorse your particular set of skills on LinkedIn 😉

DON’T MISS! ==> Dec 17 Scaling: Good, Bad & Ugly w/ David Blanke (EVP @ Sailthru) & Alan Federman (VP @ ClassPass). 5 Free Passes!

DON’T MISS! ==> Dec 18 DAYBREAKER Holiday Cruise Party (1 year anniversary) w/ legendary DJ Scumfrog, musicians from Juilliard & more.

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 20 IDC Briefing on Understanding The Modern Consumer (panels + cocktail reception) @ Microsoft HQ.

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 28 GameDevHacker Past Trends & Future Bets w/ EA, Nickelodeon, Rovio, Arkadium, Dots. 20% off w/ exclusive code “GARY20“.

Dec 17 Entrepreneurs Stand Up for Passion w/ Nihal Mehta (Eniac Ventures), Dmitry Koltunov (Co-founder & CTO, Alice), 5 Free Passes.

Dec 18 Content Distribution Roundtable w/ Buzzfeed, NewsCred, Wired, Huff Po, 4 Free Passes ($50 each)! Jan 09 Village Tech Breakfast w/ top builders.

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

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

FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Dec 16 BK Tech Non-Profits w/ TED. Dec 16 Product-Market Fit w/ Wiser. Dec 16 Social Good For Profit w/ Etsy, Affect Mag, Purpose. Jan 14 Startup Grind w/ Eli Pariser (Founder, Upworthy). Jan 14 Content Marketing For Beginners @ GA. Feb 04 VentureOutNY Tech-Mex.

Classes ==> Dec 16 Product Mgmt @ GA. Dec 18 Big Data @ GA. Jan 05 Web Dev @ Noble. Jan 12 JavaScript @ Fullstack Academy. Jan 12 Mobile Design @ Noble. Mar 04 Fullstack Web Dev @ CodeCrew. iOS, Rails @ 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).

Promos ==> $25 credit w/ code “GARY” @ shipping startup Shyp. Win exclusive collection of fashion, accessories, home goods etc from NYC’s hottest startups!

DEADLINES ==> Dec 15 McGraw Fellowship for Biz Journalism. Dec 15 Fractured Atlas’ 2015 Arts Entrepreneurship Awards. Dec 19 Work-Bench Accelerator. Jan 02 Jews For Entrepreneurship (JFE) 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. Farm2050 AgricultureTech Incubator. College Entrepreneur XFund ($100M). Google Journalism Fellowship. VICE + Knight Journalism Innovation Fund ($500K).

Congrats to Adam, Miguel & WeWork rumored to be closing MASSIVE new funding round of $300-$400 million.

Cause ==> Operation Santa: Donate toys to underprivileged kids in NYC (FYI, toy donations can be picked up from your home or office).

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

Food Hackers – Tis the Spirit!
With Benzi Ronen (Founder, Farmigo), Jackie Summers (Jack from Brooklyn), Bridget Firtle (Noble Experiment), Andrew Young (Founder, Swill) & Ralph Barbosa (Founder, Port Morris Distillery).
Monday (Dec 15), 7 p.m. @ Farmigo- Gowanus Industrial Arts Complex, 55-C 9th St, Brooklyn

CoInvent Startup Summit 2014 – New York
With David Pakman (Venrock), William Porteous (RRE), Jonathan Stein (Founder, Betterment), Brad Svrluga (High Peaks VC), Somak Chattopadhyay (Armory Square Ventures), Alex Iskold (Techstars) & others.
Tuesday (Dec 16), 8 a.m. @ ANCHIN BLOCK amp; ANCHIN LLP, 1375 BROADWAY #23

Downtown Tech Breakfast
With Tiff Willson (Co-founder, RoomHints).
Tuesday (Dec 16), 8:30 a.m. @ To be decided (Lower Manhattan), 108 William St

Women Entrepreneurs: Own Your Voice – Be Indy Jane!
With Jan Mercer Dahms (MD, Plum Alley), Tamar Donikyan (Partner, Ellenoff Grossman), Leslie Grossman (Women’s Leadership Exchange) & Olga Vidisheva (Founder, Shoptiques).
Tuesday (Dec 16), 5:30 p.m. @ Thoughtworks NYC, 99 Madison Ave, 15th Fl

Social Good For Profit Meetup
With Helaina Hovitz (Editor & Creator @ Affect Mag), Christina Brower (Dir. of Projects @ Purpose) & Matthew Stinchcomb (VP @ Etsy).
Tuesday (Dec 16), 6:30 p.m. @ NYU-Poly Incubator, 137 Varick St, 2nd Fl

Brooklyn Tech Meetup – Social Entrepreneurship
Conversation w/ TED and Clean Water for Everyone. With Michael McWatters (UX Architect, TED).
Tuesday (Dec 16), 7 p.m. @ Made in NY Media Center by IFP, 30 John St, Brooklyn

CTO School
With Kellan Elliott-McCrea (CTO, Etsy).
Wednesday (Dec 17), 9 a.m. @ Etsy Labs, 55 Washington St, Brooklyn

NYU ITP 2014 Winter Show
2 day exhibition of recent creative interactive projects by graduate students of ITP.
Wednesday (Dec 17), 5 p.m. @ Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 4th Fl

Scaling – The good, The Bad & The Ugly
With David Blanke (EVP Global Ops @ Sailthru) & Alan Federman (VP Finance @ Classpass & ex VP Finance @ HowAboutWe).
Wednesday (Dec 17), 6 p.m. @ WeWork Charging Bull, 25 Broadway, 9th Fl

User Experience (UX) and The Internet of Things
With Jeff Bartenbach (Head of Experience, Wink), Andy Goodman (President, Fjord US) & others.
Wednesday (Dec 17), 6 p.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl

(Entrepreneurs) Stand Up for Passion – 6th Edition
With Nihal Mehta (Eniac Ventures), Dmitry Koltunov (Founder, Alice), Gesche Waiyi Haas (Dreamers & Doers) & others. After-show networking, food & cocktails.
Wednesday (Dec 17), 7 p.m. @ AXA Center, 787 7th Ave

BetaTalk with NYC Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
With Minerva Tantoco (NYC’s FIRST CTO / Chief Technology Officer).
Wednesday (Dec 17), 7 p.m. @ Microsoft Civic, 641 Ave of the Americas

SeedInvest Presents – Startup Snowball Party
Drinking, Dancing, Dining!
Wednesday (Dec 17), 7:30 p.m. @ WeWork Fulton Center, 222 Broadway, 22nd Fl

Content Distribution Roundtable
With Melissa Rosenthal (Buzzfeed), Michael Lombardi (Taboola), Alicianne Rand (NewsCred), Robbie Sauerberg (Wired), Koda Wang (HuffPo), Devrin Carlson-Smith (Kik) & others.
Thursday (Dec 18), 8:30 a.m. @ Dentons, 1221 Ave of the Americas

Cereal Entrepreneurs Holiday Breakfast
With David Kidder (Co-Founder, Bionic), Sunny Bates, Laurel Touby (Founder, mediabistro.com) and Michael Gold (Empirically).
Thursday (Dec 18), 8:30 a.m. @ STORY, 144 10th Ave

Entrepreneurs Roundtable 77
With (Brad Svrluga, High Peaks Venture Partners).
Thursday (Dec 18), 6 p.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Square

Startup Weekend NYC Holiday Party
Party w/ the Startup Weekend NYC team!
Friday (Dec 19), 8 p.m. @ Amity Hall, 80 W 3rd St

Startup Dim Sum
With Kevin Cheng (Founder, MovieSpot).
Saturday (Dec 20), 11 a.m. @ Chinatown (To be decided), 50 Bayard St

More events on the horizon…
The Worlds Largest Startup Holiday Party on Dec 23 @ Iron Bar & Lounge
January 2015 NY Tech Meetup on Jan 06 @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
FinTech Startups Demo Day on Jan 07 @ Latham and Watkins
The State of HTML5 Gaming & Developing Your First Game with Phaser on Jan 07 @ TechStars
Women 2.0 NYC on Jan 08 @ Mastercard NY
Village Tech – Community Breakfast on Jan 09 @ Cosi Cafe
Startup Grind NYC w/ Eli Pariser (Upworthy) on Jan 14 @ Pivotal Labs
Ask a VC NYC Tech Breakfast 2.0 on Jan 16 @ Microsoft HQ
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
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

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

Best Tech Events This Week (Mo’ Holiday Parties + CoInvent Summit, Startup Snowball, ITP Winter Show, Food Hackers, Standup For Passion)