Best Tech Events This Week (TON of Holiday Parties + BI Ignition, Mashable Media Summit, Photo Hack Day, NY Tech Meetup)

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.

500 Startups Accelerator Roadshow (Dec 04). Pipeline Fellowship Pitch Summit (Apr 15) for women founders w/ social ventures (apply by Dec 01). My friend Melissa’s new book Pop-up Paradigm (4 Free Copies)!

DON’T MISS! ==> Dec 10 (6pm) Aleph.VC’s cocktail reception + panel Data Driven 2015 Predictions (big data, shared economy, bitcoin) w/ CEOs of WeWork, Windward, itBit & Chief Data Scientist at Betaworks. 3 Free Passes!

DON’T MISS! ==> Dec 14 Ugly Sweater Rock Climbing Party w/ Steve Hindy (Founder, Brooklyn Brewery) + drinks, music, food, dancing! 🙂 2 Free Passes!

Dec 04 Digital Health Accelerator Demo Day. Dec 06 iOS Layout Strategy (Design Course) @ TurnToTech.

Dec 06-07 Tycoon Labs Workshop (Ecommerce, Marketing & Analytics) w/ GA’s Katie & Matt Iles (Tycoon, Nine Lines). Tix are 40% off! ($150 & $250)

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

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)!

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) ==> Dec 03 Latin American Tech Meetup w/ Bob Dorf (Author, Startup Owners Manual) & Brazilian singer-songwriter Kel do Nascimento. Dec 03 Startup Grind w/ Soraya Darabi (Founder, Zady). Dec 03 VentureOutNY German Tech Night w/ First Mark, 37 Angels, Comcast Ventures.

Mo’ FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Dec 05 Raising Startup Capital. Dec 10 Enterprise Tech. Dec 10 Ins & Outs of Fundraising with VCs w/ Union Sq 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. Dec 18 Content Distribution Roundtable.

TON of Holiday Parties! ==> Dec 01 NYC Tech Meta Party, Dec 03 Women In Wireless, Dec 03 Fintech Startups, Dec 04 Alliance For Girls, Dec 09 NYTech Party, Dec 11 UX Party, Dec 11 iOS Dev Party, Dec 11 Social Good Bash.

Classes ==> Dec 01 Legal Skills for Startups @ GA. Dec 03 Visual Design for Web & Mobile @ Noble. Dec 06 Intro to Programming in Python @ CodeCrew. Dec 06 Lead your team effectively w/ Joshua Spodek. Dec 08 Intermediate R Workshop @ Data Science Academy. Jan 12 JavaScript-driven curriculum @ Fullstack Academy. Ruby-on-Rails & iOS Bootcamps @ TurnToTech.

DEADLINES ==> Dec 05 Fintech Innovation Lab. Dec 05 Dreamit Baltimore. Dec 08 Orbital Bootcamp. Dec 08 Dreamit Philly. Dec 13 Data & Society 2015 Fellows. Dec 15 Fractured Atlas’ 2015 Arts Entrepreneurship Awards. Dec 19 Work-Bench Accelerator. Jan 09 Techstars Barclays Fintech Accelerator.

Mo’ Deadlines ==> Mar 31 Global Learning $15M XPRIZE. Thiel Fellowship. Hospitals Coded Challenge. Tech Talent Draft. Harlem Biospace Incubator. Blueprint Health Accelerator. AgricultureTech Incubator Farm2050 (apply).

Congrats! ==> To my peeps Brad Hargreaves (joining Maveron as a Venture Partner) and Ela Madej (joining Innovation Nest  as a Venture Partner)!

Thanks BuzzFeed for featuring us in 27 Delightfully Free Things To Do In NYC! 🙂

CAUSES ==> Dec 02 is Giving Tuesday & Dec 05 is International Volunteer Day. So, get involved! 🙂 ….. Donate toys to Toys for Tots, deliver food w/ CityMeals, volunteer @ Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, participate in Operation Santa Claus, donate to NY Cares Coat Drive, help w/ Holiday Toy Drive, volunteer @ Grand Central Food Program, make a kid’s day at Make-A-Wish Foundation, feed hungry w/ CityHarvest & get involved w/ FoodBank NYC.

Inspiring & beautiful sci-fi short film Wanderers by Erik Wernquist & narrated by Carl Sagan.

And finally, I wanted to wish a very Happy Birthday to my amazing mom 🙂

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

Business Insider – Ignition: Future of Digital
With Jeff Bezos (CEO, Amazon), Barry Diller (CEO, IAC), Tim Armstrong (CEO, AOL) & others.
Monday (Dec 01), 9 a.m. @ The TimesCenter, 242 W 41st St

Annual NYC Tech Holiday Meta-Party
NYC technical user groups 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 (ffVC), Murat Aktihanoglu (MD, ERA Accelerator), Jessica Peltz (KBS+ Ventures) & Gina Waldhorn (Founder, Startupforbrands).
Tuesday (Dec 02), 6 p.m. @ Harlem Garage, 318 W 118th St

NY Tech Meetup
Cutting-edge startups & tech demos w/ 850 fellow NY Tech startup folks.
Tuesday (Dec 02), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place

VentureOutNY Presents – Hackers & Hefeweizens, a German Tech Night
With Paul Cianciolo (First Mark Capital), Angela Lee (37 Angels) & 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 (Founder, Zipmark), Luan Cox (Founder, Crowdnetic), Christopher Ivey (Founder, Rizm) & 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
With Aurelia Boyer (CIO, NY Presbyterian), Steve Berman (Director, Montefiore IT), Randy Cheung (Founder, CipherHealth), Erik Lium (VP, Mount Sinai) & others.
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 (Betaworks) & Underdog.io.
Wednesday (Dec 03), 7 p.m. @ General Assembly East, 902 Broadway, 4th Fl

Understanding Role of Algorithms & Data at BuzzFeed
With Ky Harlin (Director of Data Science, Buzzfeed).
Thursday (Dec 04), 4 p.m. @ Brown Institute for Media Innovation, 2950 Broadway

Alliance for Girls in STEM – Holiday Party & Storytelling Competition
Alliance for Girls is about building stories w/ girls as main characters w/ science & tech themes.
Thursday (Dec 04), 6 p.m. @ TurnToTech, 184 5th Ave, 4th Fl

Girl Geek Dinner NYC (GGDNYC)
With folks from 10up, Software Freedom Conservancy, Stripe, ThoughtBot & 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

500 Startups Accelerator – Roadshow
Meet 500 Startups investment team.
Thursday (Dec 04), 7:30 p.m. @ District CoWork, 1204 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

NYU ITP Presents – BIG SCREENS 2014
8 projects, 120 feet of video wall and 2 showings (6:30PM and 7:30PM).
Friday (Dec 05), 6 p.m. @ IAC, 555 W 18th St

Photo Hack Day NYC
Weekend of build awesome photo-related apps!
Saturday (Dec 06), 9 a.m. @ Aviary HQ, 36 Cooper Square, 3rd Fl

HackDay + DemoDay
With Tech@NYU, Major League Hacking, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Association (EIA), and Create@Cooper.
Saturday (Dec 06), 9 a.m. @ Pivotal Labs, 625 Ave of the Americas

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
Hardwired NYC #15 on Dec 09 @ Digitas
Encryption for Email & Google Apps on Dec 09 @ BetterCloud
Why are Cyber Technologies Fundamentally Insecure? on Dec 10 @ NYU School of Engineering
Changing Landscape of Venture Capital on Dec 10 @ Goodwin Procter @ NY Times Bldg
The Next Web Conference 2014 on Dec 10 @ 23 Wall St
Coding Our Future – Expanding Computer Science Education in NYC on Dec 10 @ Microsoft HQ
VC Insider – Ins & Outs of Fundraising with VCs on Dec 10 @ AlleyNYC
Enterprise Technology Meetup on Dec 10 @ Cooley
Deeplink NYC on Dec 10 @ Venue
Sales Blazer on Dec 11 @ WeWork NoMad
Mobile Payments NYC Meetup on Dec 11 @ ERA Accelerator
Village Tech Breakfast on Dec 12 @ To be decided (Village)
The NY TImes Developers TimesOpen Hack Day on Dec 13 @ The NY Times Building
Hackathonukah – Hackathon of Lights on Dec 13 @ NY Code + Design Academy
Ugly Sweater Rock Climbing Startup Party on Dec 14 @ Brooklyn Boulders
Downtown Tech Breakfast on Dec 16 @ To be decided (Lower Manhattan)
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 (TON of Holiday Parties + BI Ignition, Mashable Media Summit, Photo Hack Day, NY Tech Meetup)