Best Tech Events This Week (Tesla Memorial Conference, NY Tech Meetup, Brunchwork Kickoff, Fintech Startups Demo Day)

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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Congrats to Danny & team @ ShakeShack (63 locations, $82M revenues) filing for IPO (“SHAK”) on NYSE w/ potential $1 billion offering!

NYC Dept of Finance exploring alternative payment methods (Paypal, Apple Pay, Bitcoin) for annual $600M parking ticket revenue.

NYC Biotech Tax Credit ($250k in tax incentives for small biotech companies & qualified investors in NYC). SBIR Impact NYC application assistance for 20 life sciences & healthcare companies (apply by Jan 14).

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 14 Amazing NYC Women & Honest Conversations w/ Lisa Mann (Exec VP, KIND), Grace Ng (Co-founder, Lean Startup Machine) & Diane Hessan (CEO, Startup Institute). 2 Free Passes! Jan 20 Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Open House (apply by Jan 30).

DON’T MISS! ==> Jan 20 Tech Talk: Women in Social Media w/ Lisa Manowitz (Head of Partnerships, Pinterest), Dae Mellencamp (President, Vimeo), Katherine Shappley (Director, Facebook), Cassidy Williams (Software Engineer, Venmo), Amanda Steinberg (Founder, DailyWorth). 2 Free Passes ($50 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)!

One of my New Year Resolutions is to get to know y’all better! So feel free to shoot me an email & introduce yourself 🙂

TurnToTech (in Flatiron @ 184 5th Ave) ==> 2 awesome courses (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 using Swift (Jan 20 – Mar 17).

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

Jan 07 FinTech Startups Demo Day (3 Free Passes)! Jan 09 Raising Startup Capital, 2 Free Passes ($100 each)!

Jan 10 Brunchwork Kickoff w/ Michael Lisovetsky (Founder, Skylight) & Maia Josebachvili (VP, Greenhouse), 7 Free Passes!

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

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 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 Uses & Misuses in Political Campaigns. Jan 14 Startup Grind w/ Eli Pariser (Founder, Upworthy). Jan 14 Content Marketing For Beginners @ GA. Jan 15 SEO Talk + Book Signing w/ Matthew Capala. Feb 04 VentureOutNY Tech-Mex.

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 23 Village Tech Breakfast. Feb 21 NYC Drone Film Festival.

Classes ==> 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. 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 09 Techstars Barclays Fintech Accelerator. Jan 09 C4Q Access Code. Jan 12 YCombinator Female Founders Conference. Jan 14 Retail Tech 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.

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

CAUSE ==> Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, info sessions: Jan 05 Etsy, Jan 07 Hoboken, Jan 14 StartUp Box, Jan 15 Newark, Jan 21 Twitter.

14th Annual No Pants Subway Ride (Jan 11) w/ ImprovEverywhere 🙂

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

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

General Assembly Extra Credit – No sleep() till Brooklyn
With James Turnbull (Kickstarter), Alan Washington (Downtown Brooklyn Partnership), Erica Berger (Catchpool) & Charlie O’Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures).
Wednesday (Jan 07), 7 p.m. @ Livestream Public, 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn

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

Pitch Night NYC w/
Bi-monthly pitch event designed to highlight the best of the startup world.
Thursday (Jan 08), 7 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th 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
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

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

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

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…
Tech Talk – Women in Social Media on Jan 20 @ Venue
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
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
Building the Sales Machine on Jan 21 @ Foursquare HQ
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
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
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
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 (Tesla Memorial Conference, NY Tech Meetup, Brunchwork Kickoff, Fintech Startups Demo Day)