Best Tech Events This Week (GameDevHacker, Women Digital News Entrepreneurs Summit, Food Startup Bootcamp, Travel Marketing Summit)

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]

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]

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Today (Jan 26) is Community Manager Appreciation Day so hola to my CM peeps! Also today Australia Day & Indian Republic Day. Nice!

SeedInvest Demo Day Feb 05 (apply by Feb 02). Startup Chile (apply by Feb 03). Microsoft Student GameOn (free trip to Game Dev Conf!), apply by Feb 09. Startup Institute NYC, apply by Feb 09. AT&T Aspire Accelerator ($75k for tech to support edu & career success), apply by Feb 20.

AHA & Medstartr 2015 Open Innovation Challenge ($25k for innovative tech to lower risk of heart disease), apply by Feb 20. NJIT & JP Morgan Health IT Entrepreneurial Connections ($1.45M program), apply.

As y’all know, my New Years Resolution is to get to know GarysGuide members & subscribers better 🙂 So shoot me an email & introduce yourself!

DON’T MISS! ==> Feb 24-27 Social Media Week (w/ founders of Shutterstock, Elite Daily, Stripe). Feb 26 – Mar 08 NYC Social Innovation Festival (help build a better NY). Feb 28 Science x Kickstarter Hackathon. Mar 06-07 4th Annual NYU Entrepreneur Festival (“earlybird15” for 20% off).

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 each)!

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 31 Food Startup Fundraising Bootcamp w/ Paul Matteucci (US Venture Partners & Feeding 10 Billion) w/ investors of Brightfarms, Popchips, Nomiku. 1 FREE Pass ($400) + 5 FREE Passes (online) ($125 each)!

DON’T MISS! ==> Feb 26 Launch (5 Boro Startup Pitch Slam) Cocktails & Networking w/ Founders, Investors, CEOS. Invite Only. 5 Free Passes!

DON’T MISS! ==> Mar 06 Columbia Business School Private Equity & VC Conference w/ Josh Kushner (Founder, Thrive Capital) & Alexander Navab (Private Equity Head Americas @ KKR). 2 Free Passes ($500 each)!

DON’T MISS! ==> Apr 23 NY Tech Day (America’s Largest Startup Event). Early-bird pricing for exhibitor booths expires Jan 31. Get on it, yo! 😉

Jan 29 Video Consumption Roundtable w/ YouTube, Kaltura, TubeMogul, Rakuten, Rubicon Project, Waywire, Wibbitz. 5 Free Passes ($50 each)!

Feb 01-06 VentureOutSF Accelerator For B2B Startups (meet top investors & tech companies in San Francisco). Contact Brian.

Feb 02 Cardozo Law Tech Talks ==> Big Data Legal Impacts (Free), 3D Printing (Free) & Info Governance Bootcamp (5 Free Passes, $795 each)!

Feb 06 Raising Capital w/ Arie (DreamIt Ventures), 2 Free Passes ($100 val)!

Feb 10 Startup Sales School (tactical blueprint for founders to build repeatable sales engine) w/ Jake Dunlap (Founder, Skaled & ex-VP Sales, Chartbeat).

Feb 10 Disruptive Innovators w/ Tony Conrad (Founder, & Partner, True Ventures) & David Krane (Partner, Google Ventures), 5 Free Passes.

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

Mar 14-15 Roadmap to Entrepreneurship w/ Andrew Weinreich (7 startups, 4 exits) for founders. Deep dive (8 disciplines). Free! Apply (pitch deck) by Feb 06.

Apr 07 FinTech Startups Conference (founders, investors, industry leaders).

FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Jan 27 BK Tech Travel Meetup w/ Avi Millman (CEO, Stray Boots). Jan 27 Wall Street to Silicon Alley (Spotify, Honest Buildings, Tremor Video). Jan 27 #Climb Talk. Jan 28 Business of Food (Tiny Kitchen, Groupon Reserve, Organic Ave).

Mo’ Free Passes! (browse) ==> Jan 28 AlleyNYC Happy Hr House Party. Feb 04 Pricing Strategy. Feb 04 VentureOutNY Tech-Mex. Feb 17 Entrepreneurial Acquisitions. Feb 18 Startup Grind w/ Max Krohn (Founder, OkCupid).

Upcoming Events ==> Jan 27 Downtown Tech Breakfast. Feb 21 NYC Drone Film Festival.

Classes ==> Pen & Paper Coding: Intro to programming. Jan 30 User Research Methods @ GA. Feb 03 PHP & MySQL @ Noble. Feb 05 RampUp (Ruby, Web Design, Technical Mktg) @ Startup Institute. Feb 15 Python for Data Science @ GA. Feb 21 Lean UX Research @ GA. Mar 04 Fullstack Web Dev @ CodeCrew. Data Science w/ Python @ Data Science Academy. Data Science w/ R @ Data Science Academy.

DEADLINES ==> Jan 30 Microsoft Ventures Accelerator. Feb 03 Global Health Corps Tech Fellowships. Feb 06 VentureWell Grants (upto $75k) for college founders. Feb 08 Clean Energy Startup Prize ($400k). Feb 27 Taste of NYC Fancy Food Fellowship. 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. NYC Biotech Tax Credit ($250k).

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

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

Travel Marketing Summit
With Diane DiMeo (Director of Mexico Food & Wine Festival), Sree Sreenivasan (Chief Digital Officer, Met Museum), Seth Forman (GM, Travelzoo), Bill O’Gorman (Google Travel) & others.
Monday (Jan 26), 8:30 a.m. @ Snapple Theater, 1627 Broadway

Real Estate Connect New York 2015
Premier real estate technology event.
Tuesday (Jan 27), 8 a.m. @ New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway

Downtown Tech Breakfast
With Alex Poon (COO & Founder, – artificial intelligence powered personal assistant, former VP Engg at Outbrain).
Tuesday (Jan 27), 8:30 a.m. @ To be decided (Lower Manhattan), 108 William St

What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean for Now and the Future? #2
What does AI & cognitive computing mean for now & the future? Who’s using it right now? Which industries are getting most traction?
Tuesday (Jan 27), 6 p.m. @ TurnToTech, 184 5th Ave, 4th Fl

Alley Boost – Startup Investor Night
With Brendan Syron (Scout Ventures), Weston Reynolds (Greycroft Partners) & Jeff Pulver (Angel Investor).
Tuesday (Jan 27), 6 p.m. @ Mercy College, 66 W 35th St, Ste 704

Discussion of evolving definition of Data Scientist
With Hilary Mason (Data Scientist in Residence @ Accel).
Tuesday (Jan 27), 6:30 p.m. @ Pivotal Labs, 625 Ave of Americas, 2nd Fl

From Wall Street to Silicon Alley
With Alex Leung (Spotify), Geoff Lewis (Honest Buildings), Suraj Jain (Speakaboos) & Sameer Syed (Tremor Video).
Tuesday (Jan 27), 7:30 p.m. @ RRE Ventures (Flatiron), 54 W 21st St, #404

GameDevHacker – Past Trends & Future Bets
40+ top notch speakers incl. EA, Nickelodeon, Rovio, Arkadium, Dots, Playmatics & Rockyou! 20% off w/ exclusive code “GARY20”.
Wednesday (Jan 28), 9 a.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 825 8th Ave

WeWork Labs Demo Day
Demos by Ace&Everett, Brayola, Dear Kate, LookBooker, Pradux & Teddy Stratford. Judges incl. Augusta Falletta (BuzzFeed Style), Jacob Wood (Woodies Clothing), Sammy Walsh (CollegeFashionista) & Sutian Dong (FirstMark Capital).
Wednesday (Jan 28), 6 p.m. @ WeWork SoHo West, 69 Charlton St

Taboola Talks
With Elisabeth Sami (SVP Strategy & Biz Dev @ NBC Universal News Group).
Wednesday (Jan 28), 6 p.m. @ Taboola, 28 W 23rd St, 5th Fl

The Business of Food
With folks from A&B American Style, Tiny Kitchen Brands, Luke’s Lobster, Groupon Reserve & Organic Avenue.
Wednesday (Jan 28), 6:30 p.m. @ WeWork Soho West, 175 Varick St, 8th Fl

Winter Drinks at Airbnb
Featuring OuiShare & Lyft.
Wednesday (Jan 28), 6:30 p.m. @ Airbnb, 627 Broadway, 9th Fl

European Tech Meetup – Fireside Chat
With Dennis Mortensen (Founder/CEO, and James Wise (Investor, Balderton Capital).
Wednesday (Jan 28), 7 p.m. @ Techstars HQ, 1407 Broadway

Women Digital News Entrepreneurs Summit + Cracking the Code Hackathon
Presented by Intl. Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), Google & Ford Foundation. With Kara Swisher (Re/Code), Jessica Lessin (TheInformation), Stacy Donohue (Omidyar).
Friday (Jan 30), 8 a.m. @ One UN New York Millennium Hotel, 1 United Nations Plaza

SmartPitch Challenge 2015 Kickoff
SmartPitch is citywide student entrepreneurship competition. $40k cash prize!
Friday (Jan 30), 9 a.m. @ Baruch College, 151 E 25 St, Rm 750

Beacon Hackday NYC
$1000 worth of prizes!
Saturday (Jan 31), 7:30 a.m. @ Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza

Food Startup Venture Fundraising Bootcamp
Taught by Paul Matteucci (US Venture Partners & Founder @ Feeding 10 Billion) w/ rockstar food investors behind Brightfarms, Popchips & Nomiku.
Saturday (Jan 31), 9 a.m. @ Grind, 1412 Broadway

More events on the horizon…
[Cardozo Law Tech Talks] Information Governance (IG) Boot Camp on Feb 02 @ Benjamin Cardozo School of Law
Data Privacy & Protection Day Town Hall on Feb 03 @ Bryan Cave
NY Tech Meetup on Feb 03 @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
Midtown Tech Breakfast – Data in Real Estate on Feb 04 @ To be decided (Midtown)
VentureOutNY Presents: Tech-Mex on Feb 04 @ WeWork Charging Bull
Getting To Know You – Meet Startup Institute NY on Feb 04 @ Startup Institute NY
Boxed Founder & CEO Chieh Huang on Entrepreneurship on Feb 05 @ NYU
Bitten – A Food Conversation on Feb 06 @ Scholastic Auditorium
Village Tech – Community Breakfast on Feb 06 @ To be decided (Village)
Entrepreneurial Acquisitions on Feb 17 @ Stage Harbor Group
Startup Grind NYC with Max Krohn (Co-founder @ OkCupid and on Feb 18 @ Pivotal Labs
Social Media Week NYC on Feb 24 @ Highline Stages
NYC Social Innovation Festival on Feb 26 @ Venues
Official Startup Launch – Cocktails & Networking on Feb 26 @ Parlor
PeakPitch 2015 Entrepreneur Invitation on Feb 27 @ Venue
Science x Kickstarter Hackathon on Feb 28 @ NYU ITP
Columbia Business School Presents – 21st Annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference on Mar 06 @ Waldorf Astoria
4th Annual NYU Entrepreneurs Festival on Mar 06 @ NYU
3rd Annual FinTech Startups Conference on Apr 07 @ Webster Hall

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

Best Tech Events This Week (GameDevHacker, Women Digital News Entrepreneurs Summit, Food Startup Bootcamp, Travel Marketing Summit)