This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (a.k.a. “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide and mentor at ER Accelerator.
Quote of the Week: “We’ll see if we can do hackathons every day so long as I don’t have to write code!” –Mayor Mike Bloomberg, at the Reinventing NYC hackathon winners’ breakfast at General Assembly last week.
Mayor Mike’s geek cred would have gone through the roof if he had decided to get down and dirty to crank out some code but big props on committing support to hackathons. Speaking of hackathons, we’ve got a bunch of hacking-related events this week.
Hack and Tell
The place to be if you have cool hardware, software, scripts or widgets to demo. Just here to watch? No problemo, as long as you remember that there are only three appropriate responses to a demo: constructive criticism, asking clarifying questions or remaining shocked. :O
Monday, 6:30 p.m. @ Meetup HQ, 632 Broadway
Hacking Print Media: Pitching Journalists and Getting Profiled
Jerry Guo, former Newsweek staff correspondent, gives start-ups the inside scoop on how to talk to and charm journalists. It’s about time there was a class for this.
Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor
Acting for Entrepreneurs
Let’s face it. More business plans would be getting funded if entrepreneurs could just channel their inner Al Pacino during VC partner pitch meetings. Hoo-ah!
Tuesday, 6 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor
iPhone Software Developers Meetup – Start-up Night
As per the event organizers, “the lead developers from a couple of innovative NYC start-ups will sneak out of their Objective-C bat caves for the evening and share some hard-earned technical solutions from the trenches.” Sounds interesting. Wait a min, did they say Objective-C bat caves?
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Avenue 6th Floor
DreamIt 2011 NYC Demo Day
Incubators, accelerators and their associated demo days are all the rage these days, and DreamIt is right up there with the best of them with alumni including SCVNGR, Easel and SeatGeek. Graduating this week will be their freshman NYC class including 1DocWay, AfterSteps, ClothesHorse, Cognection, CustomCoup, KeepRecipes, LetsGiftIt, ListenVoice, SocialAdMX, TakeTheInterview, Class.io, Hoot.me, LearnBop, NewQuill and Prepfly. Note: Event is by invitation only.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. @ DreamIt Ventures, 1221 6th Avenue
Websdays with Internet Week NY
I’m a big fan of David-Michel Davies (a.k.a. dmd), chair of Internet Week (New York’s answer to SXSW) and Richard Blakeley, creator of the wildly popular Webutante Ball (it’s prom night for geeks, yo!). And now they’ve joined forces to give us Websdays, a monthly schmooze-fest capturing the spirit of Internet Week. Wednesdays will never be the same again!
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ 200 Orchard Street
Feedback Forum And Pitch Showdown
Graham Lawlor is turning Ultra Light Startups into … American Idol! Ten start-ups pitch, an investor panel provides feedback and the audience votes via Twitter. In the judging hot seat will be Owen Davis (managing director, NYC Seed), William Reinisch (venture advisor, Paladin Capital), David Teten (partner, ff Venture Capital and founder, HBS Angels NY) and Mark Wachen (founder & CEO, Upstage Ventures and Managing Partner, DreamIt Ventures).
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. @ NYU Stern Kaufman Management Center, 44 West 4th Street
Digital Learning Series: Demos and Discussion
Demos from cool education start-ups including Learnbop, Hoot.Me, Socrative, Pictour.us and New Quill. Yes, there will be food + drinks.
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor
Startup Weekend NYC
Shelve your weekend plans and start flexing your lean start-up muscles. Startup Weekend is back in town for another round of late night hacking fueled by pizza and Red Bull at Manhattan’s urban campus, General Assembly. Speakers and judges including Alexis Ohanian (founder, Reddit + Hipmunk + BreadPig), Anthony Casalena (founder & CEO, SquareSpace), Jason Baptiste (founder and CEO, OnSwipe), Mike Horn (founder, CraftCoffee) and more.
Friday, 5 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor
DUMBO Tech Breakfast
For folks who like tech, live around Dumbo and can wake up early.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. @ Choice Market/The Gallery, 108 Jay Street, Brooklyn
Hacks & Hackers: Health Innovation & Open Data With Todd Park, CTO Dept of Health and Human Services
Stay up all night salivating about getting access to oodles of government healthcare data sets? Then you don’t want to miss this event.
Friday, 3:00 p.m. @ Pfizer Inc, 235 East 42nd Street
More on the horizon …
Entrepreneurs Roundtable 38 with Albert Wegener from Union Square Ventures @ Microsoft on Aug 17
NYC Startup Crawl @ 10gen on Aug 19
Photo Hack Day with Aviary @ General Assembly on Aug 20
Until next week. Stay social, my friends!