Best Tech Events This Week (Social Retail Summit, Next Top Makers, Open Book Hack Day, Startup Grind, WeWork Labs Demo Day, Tech Tapas, Ask A VC)

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]

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Apply to Startup Institute Spring 2015 Program by Jan 12. Startup Chile applications open Jan 13. Apply to NY Fashion Tech Lab (Mar-Jun) by Jan 14. FirstMark Elite (matching computer science & engg students w/ paid summer internships at leading NYC startups), apply by Jan 20.

NYCEDC & Specialty Food Association’s Taste of NYC: Fancy Food Fellowship for 4 NYC immigrant food & beverage entrepreneurs @ 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show (Jun 28-30), apply by Feb 27.

My buddy Jonathan Teo (Binary Capital) is part of Big Imagination who’re building one of the largest installations @ Burning Man 2015 w/ a real Boeing 747! Looking for folks who wanna get involved.

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 14 Fitness startup Elevate Launch Party (& monthly event series kickoff) @ Farm (SoHo) w/ trainers, workouts, snacks, prizes.

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 26 Travel Marketing Summit w/ Diane DiMeo (Director of Mexico Food & Wine Festival), Sree Sreenivasan (Chief Digital Officer, Met Museum), Seth Forman (GM, Travelzoo), Bill O’Gorman (Google Travel). 66% off w/ code “GarysGuide”. 2 Free Passes ($599 each)!

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)!

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

Jan 14 Amazing NYC Women & Honest Conversations w/ KIND, Lean Startup Machine & Startup Institute. 2 Free Passes!

Jan 15 Social Retail Summit w/ founders @ Hatch, Awl & Sundry, Nine Lines, Shoppable. 50% off w/ “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 19/20 Two awesome courses @ TurnToTech in Flatiron (part-time, 8 weeks, 3 hrs / class, twice a week, 6-8:30pm, hands-on, one-on-one)Android (Jan 19 – Mar 16) and iOS Development w/ Swift (Jan 20 – Mar 17).

Jan 20 Women In Social Media w/ Lisa Manowitz (Head of Partnerships, Pinterest), Dae Mellencamp (President, Vimeo), Katherine Shappley (Director, Facebook). 2 Free Passes ($50 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!

Jan 21-22 5th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Festival @ NYU ITP. 240 participants only. Apply.

Jan 30 Cracking Code Hackathon for Women Entrepreneurs in Digital News. Email Nadine Hoffman for invite.

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. Jan 13 Social Media In Political Campaigns. Jan 14 VentureOutNY Tech Tapas. Jan 14 Startup Grind w/ Eli Pariser (Founder, Upworthy). Jan 14 Content Marketing For Beginners @ GA. Jan 14 Enterprise Tech Meetup. Jan 14 Music Tech Meetup.

Mo’ FREE Passes (browse) ==> Jan 15 NYC Apps Next Era of Video Messaging. Jan 15 SEO Talk + Book Signing w/ Matthew Capala. Jan 27 Wall Street to Silicon Alley w/ Spotify, Honest Buildings, Tremor Video.

Upcoming Events ==> Jan 13 Inaugural Mastercard Commerce Forum. Jan 15 TechStars + Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Info Session. Jan 20 Understanding Modern Consumer (panels + cocktail reception) @ Microsoft. Jan 20 UWS Startup Breakfast. Jan 21 IoT NY Meetup. Jan 23 Village Tech Breakfast. Jan 27 Downtown Tech Breakfast. Feb 21 NYC Drone Film Festival.

Classes ==> Jan 12 JavaScript @ Fullstack Academy. Jan 12 Mobile Design @ Noble. Jan 23 Design Thinking @ GA. Jan 30 User Research Methods @ GA. Feb 03 PHP & MySQL @ Noble. Feb 05 RampUp (Ruby, Web Design, Technical Mktg) @ Startup Institute. Mar 04 Fullstack Web Dev @ CodeCrew.

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 12 YCombinator Female Founders Conference. Jan 14 Retail Tech Accelerator. Jan 14 SBIR Impact (life sciences & healthcare). Jan 30 Microsoft Ventures Accelerator. 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. NYC Biotech Tax Credit ($250k).

Mo’ Deadlines ==> Blueprint Health Accelerator. 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…

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

Downtown Tech Breakfast
With Peter Bell (Founder of Pragmatic Learning, Organizer of CTO Summit).
Tuesday (Jan 13), 8:30 a.m. @ To be decided (Lower Manhattan), 108 William St

Data Driven NYC #33
With Michael Karasick (VP Innovation & Head of $100M venture fund @ IBM Watson Group) & Alex Douzet (CEO @ 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

Amazing NYC Women & Honest Conversations
With Lisa Mann (Exec VP, KIND), Grace Ng (Co-founder, Lean Startup Machine & Quick MVP) & Diane Hessan (CEO, Startup Institute).
Wednesday (Jan 14), 7:30 a.m. @ District Cowork, 1204 Broadway, 4th Fl

Open Book Hack Day Volume 2 (The Public Domain)
Push limits of what’s possible w/ ebooks & open texts, liberate public domain docs onto open web, play w/ tools & more.
Wednesday (Jan 14), 9 a.m. @ NY Public Library, 476 Fifth Ave, Bartos Forum

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 (Manufacture NY), Susanne Katus (eRevalue), Anthony Serina (Revivn) & others.
Wednesday (Jan 14), 5:30 p.m. @ Interface NYC, 330 5th Ave, 12th Fl

VentureOutNY Presents – Tech Tapas (Spanish Tech Night)
15 of the most promising Spanish tech startups.
Wednesday (Jan 14), 6 p.m. @ WeWork Charging Bull, 25 Broadway, 9th Fl

General Assembly Web Developer Meet + Hire
Come meet 25 of our latest Web Development Immersive graduates at our reverse career fair.
Wednesday (Jan 14), 6 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th 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

NYCEDC Next Top Makers Brooklyn Pop Up
With Maker’s Row, Manufacture NY, Brooklyn Fashion & Design Accelerator and others.
Wednesday (Jan 14), 7 p.m. @ Urban Future Lab, 15 MetroTech Center, 19th Fl, Brooklyn

The Weight is Over – Elevate Launch Party
With Purvi Sheth (Beachboady Coach), Minila Shah (Ajna Dance), Ahmed Mirza (Co-founder, Elevate) & Marc Gugliuzza (Co-founder, Elevate).
Wednesday (Jan 14), 7 p.m. @ The Farm SoHo, 447 Broadway, 2nd Fl

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

Startup Dim Sum
With Brett Langdon (Software Engineer, Shapeways).
Saturday (Jan 17), 11 a.m. @ To be decided (Chinatown), 50 Bayard St

More events on the horizon…
Tech Talk – Women in Social Media on Jan 20 @ Venue
UWS Startup Breakfast on Jan 20 @ To be decided (UWS)
Hardwired NYC #16 on Jan 20 @ Normal
Big Data for CyberSecurity on Jan 20 @ Skadden Arps
Mobile Sales Summit on Jan 20 @ Work-Bench
Python on Storm – PyData meets Big Data on Jan 20 @ Spotify HQ
Microsoft Ventures Open House on Jan 20 @ NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
Rothenberg Ventures Luminary Series – NYC Tech Talent Pipeline on Jan 20 @ General Assembly
NYC Open Data Featured Talk with Owen Zhang on Jan 20 @ ThoughtWorks
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
Building the Sales Machine on Jan 21 @ Foursquare HQ
Browserify & Marionette & Backbone – App Demos & Dinner on Jan 21 @ Hook & Loop
IoT NY Meetup #15 – IoT in 2015 on Jan 21 @ Cardozo Law School
NY Digital Irish Event on Jan 21 @ WeWork Bryant Park
Hot Cocoa Party on Jan 21 @ TEEM Coworking
4.0 Schools – 2015 Launch Pitch Night NYC on Jan 22 @ Projective Space
Applied Predictive Modeling on Jan 22 @ Thoughtworks
Village Tech Breakfast on Jan 23 @ Village (To be decided)
UX Sketch Camp NYC on Jan 24 @ MRM // McCann
How To Build A Strong Startup on Jan 24 @ Columbia University
Travel Marketing Summit on Jan 26 @ Snapple Theater
Downtown Tech Breakfast on Jan 27 @ To be decided (Lower Manhattan)
What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean for Now and the Future? #2 on Jan 27 @ TurnToTech
From Wall Street to Silicon Alley on Jan 27 @ RRE Ventures (Flatiron)
GameDevHacker – Past Trends & Future Bets on Jan 28 @ Microsoft HQ
WeWork Labs Demo Day on Jan 28 @ WeWork SoHo West
Digital Media Award Celebration on Jan 28 @ Venue
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
Beacon Hackday NYC on Jan 31 @ Pace University
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 (Social Retail Summit, Next Top Makers, Open Book Hack Day, Startup Grind, WeWork Labs Demo Day, Tech Tapas, Ask A VC)