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Best Tech Events This Week (Computer Science Education Week, Emoji Art Show, ITP Winter Show, Forbes Hackathon, Startup Grind)

sponsor garys red tie Best Tech Events This Week (Computer Science Education Week, Emoji Art Show, ITP Winter Show, Forbes Hackathon, Startup Grind)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]

Did ya know Programming jobs are growing at 2X national average?! By 2020, we’ll have 1.4 million jobs but only 400k computer science students. Yikes! This week (Dec 9 – 15) is Computer Science Education Week :) 1,323,095 have learned an Hour of Code. Anybody can learn. You can too! As Mandela said – “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

TurnToTech accepting applications for February batch of 12 week iOS + Cloud Bootcamp. Apply by Jan 27. If you qualify, no payment till you land a job. Nice!

And MORE Holiday Parties!Female Makers (Dec 9), Annual Tech Holiday Party @ Suspenders (Dec 9), Fashion 2.0 (Dec 10), Decoded Fashion (Dec 10), Damsels in Design, (Dec 10) NYC UX (Dec 10), NYTECH (Dec 11), Design Gym (Dec 11), Vine-A-Thon (Dec 11), IDSA (Dec 11), Women 2.0 (Dec 12), EdTech (Dec 16), Jingle Bytes (Dec 13), SantaCon (Dec 14), Holly Jolly (Dec 17), Product Council (Dec 18) & NY Video (Dec 19). 

This week … Dec 9 Hour of Code presented by {c}0dEd. Dec 10 Startup Grind w/ Michael Bryzek, Co-founder/CTO, Gilt (3 Free Passes!). Dec 11 Fullstack Academy Hiring Day (students demo projects in science-fair format). Dec 11 Enterprise Tech Meetup w/ Yhat, WhoKnows, BETTER & ProdThink (5 Free Passes!). Dec 11 SquadUP Happy Hour + Startup Showcase w/ Go Labs & Vosmap (code alleynyc for free pass).

Coming up … Dec 16 8th Annual Charity:Ball w/ Jack Dorsey, Sean Parker, Troy Carter to celebrate Charity:Water. Dec 18 Startup Essentials #3 w/ Steven van Wel, Co-founder/CEO Karma (3 Free Passes!)

For all ye commuting from beyond Bronx, my friends Ilana & Michelle are launching Westchester Tech Meetup. Yup! Inaugural event (+ Holiday Party) this Wednesday in Hastings-on-Hudson. And if you wanna learn business strategies of Tom Ford, check out this event Dec 16. I’m giving away 5 Free Passes!

Congrats to Harlem Biospace on official launch & $100-million early-stage life-science fund. 16 biotech companies in residency. Open house Friday (5 – 6.30pm) @ 423 W 127th St. And congrats to my friend Julia Kaganskiy who’ll be the director of New Museum’s new Incubator for Art, Tech & Design, a $2 million collaborative work-space for young artists & entrepreneurs.

NYCEDC’s ConnectNYC Fiber Access deadline extended to Mar 12. Sooner you apply, sooner you get some of that FREE high-speed internet goodness! ;)

More deadlines … Dec 16 Work-bench Enterprise Tech. Dec 18 Conscious Venture Lab. Dec 20 Blueprint Health (apply). Dec 31 Techstars NYC (apply).

My friend Sarah Needleman @ Wall Street Journal wrote an excellent article on What You Need To Know to become an Angel Investor.

The biggest names in tech – Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, Aol & LinkedIn – issued an open letter to the President & Congress last night calling for Reforms on Surveillance. About time, I say!

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

Hour of Code NYC (presented by the {c}0dEd)
1 hour intro to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.
Monday (Dec 09), 7 p.m. @ the {c}0dEd, 1120 Ave of the Americas, 4th Fl

Female Makers Holiday Market
NY Tech Meetup with Plum Alley & Tekserve are bringing together Female Makers for a special holiday market event
Monday (Dec 09), 7 p.m. @ Tekserve, 119 W 23rd St

TVOT NYC 2013 Hackathon
Hackathon winner Will Receive a $6,000 Grand Prize, sponsored by Comcast / NBCU.
Tuesday (Dec 10), 12 p.m. @ 450 W 31st St, 10th Fl

Startup Grind NYC
With Michael Bryzek (Co-founder & CTO, Gilt Groupe)
Tuesday (Dec 10), 6 p.m. @ AOL Ventures, 770 Broadway, 6th Fl, New York, NY

December Enterprise Technology Meetup
Featuring demos from Yhat, WhoKnows, BETTER and ProdThink.
Wednesday (Dec 11), 6:30 p.m. @ Cooley, 1114 Ave of the Americas

SquadUP Happy Hour Wednesdays + Startup Showcase!
Featured presenters include GO LABS and Vosmap. Use promo code “alleynyc” for FREE passes!
Wednesday (Dec 11), 6:30 p.m. @ AlleyNYC, 500 7th Ave, 17th Fl

[NYTECH] Holiday Tech Bash 2013
Eat, drink and network with the NYC tech community!
Wednesday (Dec 11), 7 p.m. @ Steelcase, 4 Columbus Circle

Meet Latin America’s rising entrepreneurs and mingle with NYC tech entrepreneurs & investors. Open bar, hors d’oeuvres & live music from Los Hacheros.
Wednesday (Dec 11), 9 p.m. @ Salon de Lafayette, 157 Lafayette

Women 2.0 Founder Friday – Holiday Edition
Featured speakers include Shaherose Charania (Co-Founder, Women 2.0) and Pooja Badlani (Co-Founder, Rank & Style)
Thursday (Dec 12), 6 p.m. @ WeWork Labs, 175 Varick St, 8th Fl

Investor Feedback Forum
Panelists include Jeffrey Finkle (ARC Angel Fund), Josh Guttman (SoftBank Capital), Adam Rothenberg (BoxGroup) & KJ Singh (TechStars NYC). Pitches by 225AM, LiveAce, Insight Replay, bonusly, Boosterville, Votopin, AbbeyPost & SeatAdvance.
Thursday (Dec 12), 6:30 p.m. @ Microsoft, 1290 6th Ave, 6th Fl

Tech and the City
With Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures), Alessandro Piol (Co-founder, Vedanta Capital), Jon Oringer (Founder/CEO, Shutterstock) & Mary Boyce (Dean, Columbia Engg).
Thursday (Dec 12), 6:30 p.m. @ 10 On the Park, Time Warner Center, 60 Columbus Circle

Jingle Bytes – International Tech Holiday Party!
Get your holiday groove on w/ World Wide Investor Network, NY Tech International & VentureOutNY.
Thursday (Dec 12), 7:30 p.m. @ Lillium, 201 Park Ave S

1st Forbes Hackathon of the series
Tracks include Inside Groove, Riff, Flow and Freestyle.
Friday (Dec 13), 10 a.m. @ Forbes Galleries, 60 5th Ave

Emoji Art & Design Show
Learn about the spread of emoji through popular culture with an art exhibition & pop-up market
Saturday (Dec 14), 3 p.m. @ Eyebeam, 540 W 21st St

2013 NYU ITP Winter Show
2 day exhibition of recent interactive works by ITP students. Dec 15 (2 – 8pm) and Dec 16 (4 – 8pm).
Sunday (Dec 15), 2 p.m. @ NYU ITP, 721 Broadway, 4th Fl

More events on the horizon…
Startup Lunch on Dec 16 @ Venue
Entrepreneurs Roundtable 65 on Dec 16 @ Microsoft
NJ Tech Meetup w/ Josh Kopelman (First Round Capital) on Dec 16 @ Howe Center
EdTech the Halls – Holiday Bonanza for Charity on Dec 16 @ New Work City
NY Innovative Tech on Dec 17 @ AOL Patch Labs
Simulmedia Salon Series on Dec 17 @ Simulmedia HQ
Startup and Tech Holly Jolly Holiday Party on Dec 17 @ WeWork Soho West
Startup Battles on Dec 17 @ AlleyNYC
Atlantic Presents – Moving the Needle Summit: A Collaborative Approach to Education Reform on Dec 18 @ The Lambs Club
Startup Essentials: #3 w/ Steven van Wel (Co-founder/CEO, Karma) on Dec 18 @ AlleyNYC
Product Council NYC – Holiday Edition on Dec 18 @ Pivotal Labs
NY Video 2.0 Holiday Party on Dec 19 @ Magnify /Waywire HQ
Gamification in UX: Ultimate Tool or Ultimate Hype? on Jan 08 @ XO Group HQ

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

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