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Best Tech Events This Week (Personal Democracy Forum, GoRuCo, SXSW V2V, Queens Tech Forum, MakerFaire Townhall, FinTech, EnterpriseTech)

sponsor garys red tie Best Tech Events This Week (Personal Democracy Forum, GoRuCo, SXSW V2V, Queens Tech Forum, MakerFaire Townhall, FinTech, EnterpriseTech)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] garysguide.com.

Okay, so, meme sensation Grumpy Cat scored a movie deal, the Simpsons are getting their very own theme park and Prancercise is apparently a real thing. Welcome to June, everybody–it’s going to be a hot, hot month!

It’s coming: the Hacker Olympics. June 22. Get ready. And yes, even the registration process is going to test your mad hacking skillz!

This Thursday is the 10th Annual Personal Democracy Forum. Hear from tech, politics and advocacy experts including Nate Silver, Joi Ito, Nancy Lublin, Ben Rattray, Seth Godin and Doug Rushkoff. That is one killer lineup! Use code GARY2013 to get 20% off. Also this week: Bizzabo’s Networking Event at WeWork Labs (where old skool meets new skool!) on Friday, Gotham Ruby Conference (aka GoRuCo) on Saturday and StartingBloc’s Social Innovation Launch Party on Sunday.

Coming up next week on June 17 is the 10th Annual Games for Change Festival, the largest gaming event in NYC! Hang with technologists, content creators, game developers & designers exploring Innovation + Social Impact in Game Design. And lucky for you, I have two FREE passes to give away. Interested? Of course you are! ;) Apply here.

Also next week: On June 10 is VentureOutNY’s Portuguese Tech Night (With NY Angels’ Brian Cohen, Venrock’s David Pakman, WIM’s Deborah Jackson, DFJ Gotham’s Lucas Nelson and 10 kick-ass startups from Portugal for a night of food, drinks and tech awesomeness! Use code garysguide50 for 50 percent off). On June 11 is The Truth About VC Investing in NY and How To Get Funded (With Union Square Ventures’ Brad Burnham, FirstMark Capital’s Rick Heitzmann and Tribeca Venture Partners’ Brian Hirsch). And on June 12 is dd:COLLECTIVE – Music Ecstasy: The Future of Music APIs & Apps (presented by 7digital. DJ, drinks, and conversations with music industry veterans and influencers).

If you like the smell of money (and who doesn’t?), check out the CROWDFUNDxNYC Challenge for startups. The grand prize is $25,000! Application deadline is June 15. And don’t forget, the submission deadline for NYC BigApps is this Friday, June 7, by 5pm. And applications for the Rails Girls Summer of Code are also due by June 7.

As you know, crazy stuff is going down in Turkey. FYI, my buddy Murat and other folks are trying to get the word out about what’s happening and why it’s important.

Tomorrow is the second annual National Girlfriends Networking Day, aiming to raise awareness and help young women plan their career path. Main event hosted at the New York Times.

And finally, here’s recently uploaded video footage of New York City, circa summer of 1939 (the year of the first World Fair). It’s from 70 years ago, but for some reason it feels like we’d fit right in!

And now let’s see what’s going down in the Alley this week…

SXSW V2V Brooklyn Community Meet Up
We’ll be giving away a Free SXSW V2V pass to one lucky winner! V2V is an exciting new SXSW event scheduled August 11 to 14 in Las Vegas.
Monday (June 3), 6 p.m. @ Berry Park, 4 Berry Street

Enterprise Tech Meetup
Demos by Sailthru, Nomi and Floored. Fireside chat with David Eisenberg (CEO, Floored) and João-Pierre S. Ruth (editor, Xconomy NY).
Tuesday (June 4), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft NYC, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Fl.

FinTech Meetup
Demos by Ballooning Nest Eggs, CB Insights, Refundo, Dashlane, ACE Portal and iBillionaire.
Wednesday (June 5), 6:30 p.m. @ Dechert, 1095 6th Avenue, 28th Fl.

World Maker Faire NY Town Hall
Wednesday (June 5), 6:30 p.m. @ SVA – Products of Design Dept., 136 W. 21st Street

10th Annual Personal Democracy Forum
Hear from tech, politics and advocacy experts including Nate Silver, Joi Ito, Nancy Lublin, Ben Rattray, Seth Godin and Douglas Rushkoff. Use GARY2013 code to get 20 percent off!
Thursday (June 6), 8 a.m. @ NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place

USI StartUp Roadshow: From Funding to Growth
With Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Winklevoss Capital), Jeremy Levine (Bessemer Venture Partners), Tal Kerret (Oberon Media), David Kleinhandler (ARX Social) and David Tisch (BoxGroup).
Thursday (June 6), 5 p.m. @ 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 10th Fl. Ballroom

Startup Showcase: Innovations in Media Technologies
With Eric Nordlander (Google Ventures), David Tisch (BoxGroup) and Hyuk-Jeen Suh (Samsung Ventures). Demos by Aerify Media and Common Desk.
Thursday (June 6), 5:30 p.m. @ Chadbourne & Parke, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 36th Fl.

Queens Borough President Candidates Tech Forum
With candidates Leroy Comrie, Barry Grodenchik, Melinda Katz, Jose Peralta and Peter Vallone Jr. Moderated by Claire Trapasso (Daily News) and Kelly Faircloth (Betabeat).
Thursday (June 6), 6:30 p.m. @ Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue

Summercon 2013
Summercon is America’s longest-running information security conference. It has shaped the format of virtually every hacker conference.
Friday (June 7), 10 a.m. @ 404 NYC, 404 10th Avenue

Bizzabo Networking NYC Event
Where old skool meets new skool. Think Polaroids, Capri Sun, Fruit Rollups and tons of networking opportunities!
Friday (June 7), 6 p.m. @ WeWork Labs, 175 Varick St.

Gotham Ruby Conference (GoRuCo)
For highly motivated programmers interested in all things Ruby.
Saturday (June 8), 8:30 a.m. @ Altman Building, 135 W. 18th Street

Commotion Hack NYC
Commotion Wireless is a platform designed to make mesh networking tools cross-platform, easy to use, and quick to deploy on.
Saturday (June 8), 9 a.m. @ OTI / New America NYC, 199 Lafayette Street, Ste 3B

NY 2013 Institute for Social Innovation Launch Party – StartingBloc
StartingBloc is celebrating its newest class of social change leaders.
Sunday (June 9), 7 a.m. @ 121 Fulton, 121 Fulton St.

More events on the horizon…
VentureOutNYs Portuguese Tech Night on June 10 @ Greenhouse
F.A.T. Session 2: Sales/Use Taxation for 21st Century Commerce on June 11 @ Marks Paneth & Shron
NYTECH Presents: The Truth About VC Investing in New York and How To Get Funded on June 11 @ PwC
June 2013 NY Tech Meetup on June 11 @ NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts
NY Enterprise Technology Meetup on June 12 @ Microsoft
dd:COLLECTIVE – Music Ecstasy: The Future of Music APIs, Apps …and Drinks Presented by 7digital on June 12 @ Projective Space
Inbox Awesome on June 13 @ The DUMBO Loft
Future Energy Investor Feedback Forum on June 13 @ Microsoft
Designers + Geeks: Beyond UX Research on June 13 @ General Assembly
Hackathon at Northside NeXt Festival on June 14 @ 3rd Ward
Hack to the Future on June 15 @ Bitly HQ
Assembled Capital: A Founders Guide to Fundraising on June 15 @ General Assembly
The 4th Annual NYC Resistor Interactive Show on June 15 @ NYC Resistor
10th Anniversary Games for Change Festival on June 17 @ New World Stages
Meet the New Orleans Launch Pad 2013 Class Breakfast in NY on June 19 @ Softbank Capital
NYTECH Presents: The Big Data Explosion: Using Cloud Computing to Clean Up the Mess on June 26 @ 10gen
Moonwalk NYC 2013 on July 20 @ Venue

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! ;)

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