Best Tech Events This Week (NY Tech Meetup, Civic Data Hack Day, Women 2.0 and More)

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

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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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Award (nominate or apply by Mar 06). 2014 winners incl. Jake Schwartz (Founder, General Assembly), Dwight Merriman (Founder, MongoDB) & Are Traasdahl (Founder, Tapad).

Data Bosses (Shark Tank for data-oriented ventures & projects), apply. INC seeking founders for 1-on-1 w/ Marcus Lemonis (host of CNBC’s The Profit).

Gertrude Crain Award (women in media), apply by Feb 09. Undercurrent Fellowship, apply by Feb 20. TopCoder Challenge, apply by Feb 25. Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program. Veterans Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

SxSW (aka Spring Break for Geeks) in Austin TX coming up! 🙂 Never been? My 2014 recap. We’re compiling Guide to all the Parties! I’ll be at TON of parties myself & my SxSW Red Tie (& lapels) available for sponsorship 😉 Email me, yo!

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 09 Techstars Mobility Accelerator (driven by Detroit) Info Session. Feb 11 Cyber Security w/ David Chaves (FBI), Steve Abbott (CEO, Ionic Security) & Ryan Stolte (CTO, Bay Dynamics). 2 Free Passes ($75 each)!

DON’T MISS! ==> Feb 11 I’m co-hosting Nolcha Fashion Week Industry Dinner + After Party (live performance by Ophelia Cache + surprise guests) @ Fogo de Chão.

DON’T MISS! ==> Feb 17 Founders Guide (@ Orrick) w/ founders Kellee (, Cheryl (Sherpaa), Danielle (Take the Interview), Mona (JOOR), Amanda (Food52), Shauna (AHAlife) & Chantel (Chloe+Isabel).

DON’T MISS! ==> Mar 04-08 Brooklyn Tech Triangle Entrepreneurship Symposium + Hackathon (Downtown Brooklyn, Navy Yard, DUMBO).

DON’T MISS! ==> Mar 07-08 Craftsman Product Manager Workshop (for product managers, marketers, designers, founders, CEOs). Learn to make products beyond MVP w/ Whole Product Mgmt. 16 product camps rolled into one!

DON’T MISS! ==> Apr 27 Inside Bitcoin Conference (largest Bitcoin event series) w/ founders from BitAngels, BitSpread, MaidSafe, Coinsetter, Ciphrex, Moneta, AlphaPoint, MintCombine, BitMex. 2 Free Passes ($599 each)!

DON’T MISS! ==> May 04-06 TechCrunch DISRUPT Conference (one of my fave tech events of the year)! FYI, Startup Battlefield applications now open. AND we’re giving away 3 FREE Passes ($2999 each). Get on it, yo! 🙂

Feb 01-06 VentureOutSF Accelerator For B2B Startups (meet investors & startups in SF). Contact Brian.

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 GameDevHacker Past Trends & Future Bets w/ EA, Nickelodeon, Rovio, Dots, Google Play. 3 Free Passes ($250 each)!

Feb 26 5 Boro Startup Pitch Slam Cocktails & Networking w/ Founders, Investors, CEOs. Invite Only. 5 Free Passes!

Feb 26 Global Innovator Demo Night w/ Samer Hamadeh (Founder, Zeel) and Metamorphic VC, FuturePerfect VC, BOLDstart VC & FirstMark Capital. 2 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 06 Columbia Business School Private Equity & VC Conference w/ Josh Kushner (Founder, Thrive Capital) & Alex Navab (PE Head @ KKR). 2 Free Passes ($500 each)!

Mar 14-15 Roadmap to Entrepreneurship (free) w/ Andrew Weinreich (7 startups, 4 exits). Apply by Feb 06.

Apr 07 FinTech Startups Conference. Apr 23 NY Tech Day (aka America’s largest startup event)!

CAUSES! ==> Geeks Rule promotes STEM (Science, Tech, Engg & Math) among underserved youth. Info Session + Happy Hour on Thu (Feb 05).

FREE PASSES! (browse) ==> Feb 03 Future of IoT. Feb 03 StrategyChat Tech+Mktg w/ Jamyn Edis (Founder, Dash) & David Berkowitz (CMO, MRY). Feb 04 AlleyNYC Startup Showcase (Olark, Placelist, EasyGuests). Feb 04 Pricing Strategy. Feb 04 VentureOutNY Tech-Mex. Feb 05 Latin America Tech Investing (StartupMexico, Riverwood VC).

Mo’ Free Passes! (browse) ==> Feb 06 Raising Capital ($100 value). Feb 10 Decoded Fashion Luxury Fashion Tech (TrueFacet, Trustev, Entrupy). Feb 17 Entrepreneurial Acquisitions. Feb 18 Startup Grind w/ Max Krohn (Founder, OkCupid). Feb 22 BrunchWork (Blackstone, Uncubed). Feb 25 Content Marketing.

Upcoming Events ==> Feb 21 NYC Drone Film Festival. Feb 26 – Mar 08 NYC Social Innovation Festival. Feb 28 Science x Kickstarter Hackathon. Mar 06-07 4th Annual NYU Entrepreneur Festival (“earlybird15” for 20% off).

Classes ==> Pen & Paper Coding: Intro to programming. Feb 03 PHP & MySQL @ Noble. Feb 05 RampUp (Ruby, Web Design, Technical Mktg) @ Startup Institute. Feb 09 Negotiating Startup Salary. 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 ==> Feb 03 Startup Chile. Feb 03 Global Health Corps Tech Fellowships. Feb 06 VentureWell Grants (upto $75k) for college founders. Feb 08 Clean Energy Startup Prize ($400k). Feb 09 Microsoft Student GameOn (free trip to Game Dev Conf).

Mo’ Deadlines ==> Feb 20 Open Innovation Challenge (lower risk of heart disease). Feb 20 AT&T Aspire Accelerator ($75k to support edu & career success). Feb 27 Taste of NYC Fancy Food Fellowship. Mar 31 Global Learning $15M XPRIZE.

Mo’ Deadlines ==> Health IT Entrepreneurial Connections ($1.45M program). Google Internet of Things Grants. College Entrepreneur XFund ($100M). VICE + Knight Journalism Innovation Fund ($500K).

New Tech City’s Bored & Brilliant challenge (reclaim lost art of spacing out), starts Feb 02.

Luna (smart sleep cover) Indiegogo campaign, ends Feb 26.

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

[Cardozo Law Tech Talks] Big Data and its Legal Impacts
Monday (Feb 02), 11 a.m. @ Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, 55 5th Ave

Data Privacy & Protection Day Town Hall
With Maureen Ohlhausen (FTC Commissioner), Joseph Lorenzo Hall (Ctr for Democracy & Tech), Caroline McCaffery (Chief Privacy Officer, Sailthru), Clark Russell (Depy Bureau Chief, NY Office of Attorney General).
Tuesday (Feb 03), 8 a.m. @ Bryan Cave, 1290 Ave of the Americas, 35th Fl

State of Legal Tech – Is Software Replacing Attorneys?
Demos by Clio, Hire an Esquire, Traklight, eBrevia, Lexicata, Legal Hero, Valcu, PatDek, Casetext, FactBox & Plainlegal.
Tuesday (Feb 03), 5:30 p.m. @ Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, 55 5th Ave

Open Source Brain-Computer Interface (OpenBCI) for Biosensing Consciousness
With creative technologists Joel Murphy & Conor Russomanno.
Tuesday (Feb 03), 6:30 p.m. @ The New School, 6 E 16th St

BK Tech – Travel & Tech Meetup
With Avi Millman (CEO, Stray Boots) and Tripda.
Tuesday (Feb 03), 7 p.m. @ WeWork Charging Bull, 25 Broadway

StrategyChat – Outlook of Tech in Marketing 2015
With Jamyn Edis (Founder/CEO, Dash) and David Berkowitz (CMO, MRY).
Tuesday (Feb 03), 7 p.m. @ MRY, 11 W 19th St, 3rd Fl

NY Tech Meetup
You know the drill. 5 minute cutting-edge tech demos. 850 fellow NY Tech startup folks. 1 amazing event!
Tuesday (Feb 03), 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place

Kickstarter for Journalists 101 – Getting Started
With Noah Rosenberg (Founder/CEO, Narratively) and Nicole He (Kickstarter).
Tuesday (Feb 03), 7 p.m. @ Kickstarter HQ, 58 Kent St

Midtown Tech Breakfast – Data in Real Estate
With Michael Mandel (Co-Founder & CEO of CompStak).
Wednesday (Feb 04), 8:30 a.m. @ To be decided (Midtown), 234 W 42nd St

ON21 – Digital Currencies and the African Economic Evolution
With Elizabeth Rossiello (Founder, BitPesa), Emmanuel Abiodun (CEO, PeerNova) and Michael Casey (Wall St Journal).
Wednesday (Feb 04), 5:30 p.m. @ BNY Mellon, 101 Barclay St, 16th Fl

Getting To Know You – Meet Startup Institute NY
Join co-founder Shaun Johnson & the Startup Institute NY team.
Wednesday (Feb 04), 6:30 p.m. @ Startup Institute NY, 25 Broadway, 10th Fl

Startup Founder Roundtable
With Richard Park (CEO, CityMD), Michael Ehrlich (NJIT), Adam Griff (COO, MedStartr), Joe Daniels (Loeb & Loeb) & Adam Turinas (CEO, PracticeUnite).
Wednesday (Feb 04), 6:30 p.m. @ CityMD, 1345 Ave of the Americas

4 Startups Heating Up Food & Beverage Industry in NYC
With founders Alice Cheng (Culinary Agents), Louis Egasse (Eric Kayser), Johan Pesenti (Coperaco Coffee), Rob Edell (Servy), Alkis Valentin (HotelSwaps), Cynthia Balli (Maison de l’éclair).
Wednesday (Feb 04), 7:30 p.m. @ Maison Kayser @ Bryant Park, 8 W 40th St

Women 2.0 NYC
With Karen Pascoe (SVP UX @ Mastercard) and Alexandra Keating (Co-Founder & CEO, DWNLD).
Thursday (Feb 05), 6:30 p.m. @ MasterCard NY, 114 5th Ave, 11th Fl

Latin America Tech Meetup – Cross Border Startup Investing & StartupMexico
With Marcus Dantus (Founder, StartupMexico), Francisco Demalde (Riverwood Ventures), Hernan Fernandez (Angel Ventures), Patrick Macginnis (Dirigo Advisors) & Guillermo Garza (COO, StartupMexico).
Thursday (Feb 05), 6:30 p.m. @ The Farm, 447 Broadway

Bitten – A Food Conversation
With Peter Kim (Director, Museum of Food & Drink), Alexis Miesen (Founder, Blue Marble Ice Cream), Benzi Ronen (Founder, Farmigo), Lisa Gross (Founder, League of Kitchens), Gabi Lewis, Co-founder of Exo), Chris Stang (Founder, The Infatuation) & others.
Friday (Feb 06), 8:30 a.m. @ Scholastic Auditorium, 557 Broadway

Talent Acquisition Summit
With NBCUniversal, Kaplan, Ogilvy & Mather, Take The Interview & others.
Friday (Feb 06), 12 p.m. @ Kaplan Test Prep HQ, 395 Hudson St, 3rd Fl

NYPL Labs Civic Data Hack Day
Saturday (Feb 07), 10 a.m. @ New York Public Library, 476 Fifth Ave, Trustees Room

Downtown Tech Breakfast
With Alex Poon (COO & Founder – artificial intelligence powered personal assistant, former VP of Engg at Outbrain).
Tuesday (Feb 10), 8:30 a.m. @ To be decided (Lower Manhattan), 108 William St

GameDevHacker – Past Trends & Future Bets
40+ top notch speakers incl. EA, Nickelodeon, Rovio, Arkadium, Dots, Playmatics & Rockyou! 20% off w/ exclusive code “GARY20”.
Tuesday (Feb 10), 9 a.m. @ Microsoft HQ, 825 8th Ave

More events on the horizon…
Bitcoin: No Boundaries – Innovation In Bitcoin on Feb 09 @ Latham & Watkins
Techstars Mobility Accelerator – Info Session on Feb 09 @ Techstars
Downtown Tech Breakfast on Feb 10 @ To be decided (Lower Manhattan)
GameDevHacker – Past Trends & Future Bets on Feb 10 @ Microsoft HQ
Decoded Fashion – Luxury Fashion Tech on Feb 10 @ General Assembly
Cyber Security 2015 – Are You Prepared? on Feb 11 @ Goodwin Procter @ NY Times Bldg
COSIGN Launch Party on Feb 11 @ Studio Arte
[Nolcha Fashion Week] Industry Dinner + After Party on Feb 11 @ Fogo de Chão
Patenting & Licensing Early-Stage University Technology on Feb 12 @ Columbia University
Founders Guide #3 on Feb 17 @ Orrick @ The CBS Building
VentureOutNY Presents: Tech-Mex on Feb 18 @ WeWork Charging Bull
Startup Grind NYC with Max Krohn (Co-founder @ OkCupid and on Feb 18 @ Pivotal Labs
Brunchwork on Feb 22 @ Uncubed HQ
Social Media Week NYC on Feb 24 @ Highline Stages
NYC Social Innovation Festival on Feb 26 @ Venues
Global Innovator Demo Night on Feb 26 @ Dentons
5 Boro Pitch Slam – 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
Inside Bitcoins Conference & Expo on Apr 27 @ Javits Center
TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2015 on May 04 @ Manhattan Center

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

Best Tech Events This Week (NY Tech Meetup, Civic Data Hack Day, Women 2.0 and More)