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Best Tech Events This Week (Glamour Fashion Hackathon, Details Tech & Tastemakers Summit, NY Tech Meetup, Tech Picnic)


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]

Hope y’all had an amazing long weekend! :) Now, can we get away with white after Labor Day? My fashion-tech founder peeps say it’s a-okay! And speaking of fashion: One of the events to check out during the upcoming craziness of Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week (starting this Thursday) is the Tesla Sustainable Style Night at the Tesla showroom on 25th Street.

Also check out the award-winning Nolcha Fashion Week with runway shows and collections showcasing the hottest independent fashion designers! My friend Jill (cofounder/CEO, Modalyst) is co-organizing their Fashion Lounge + Media Brunch on September 12 (I’m giving away three Free passes). Email me for a special Invite to the Nolcha Fashion Week Closing Party (which I’m co-sponsoring).

Don’t miss this week: Beekman33 Salon (artist showcase + music startups + party, and I’m giving away five FREE passes) and the IndieCon Unconference are both on September 7. On September 8, you can choose between Glamour Magazine’s Fashion Hackathon and the NYC Tech Picnic Season Finale. Read More

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Startup News: NASA Space Apps Challenge in NYC and Outer Space, Hacker School and a Spotify Challenger

The map of participating NASA Space App Challenge locations

3..2..1..BLASTOFF. It’s official: NYC is now one of the spots for NASA’s Space Apps Challenge, a two-day development event happening in cities on six continents and aboard the International Space Station. StartupBus NYC and the NY Tech Council are both helping with the coordination of the event, which focuses on how technology can address problems with minimal resources in creative and innovative ways. Register here.

SPLISH SPLASH. Don’t you hate it when all your friends get into a band you’ve already been sick of for weeks? You tried to spread the good sonic vibrations early on but to no avail—the world simply wasn’t quite ready for that new fangled rock ‘n’ roll music. But that’s not a problem anymore. Splash.FM, a new social music platform, will make sure you get the credit for discovering a band before they were cool. Splash.FM has been in private beta since Jan. 16 and is preparing to go live publicaly on April 17th. Like on Spotify, users can follow friends, search for and stream songs and make recommendations for friends—called “splashing.” Beyond that users will be be able to see what songs are trending among their friends and assign “splash scores” to rate other’s music discovery skills. It’s an official hipster socreboard! Splash.FM plans to eventually allow artists and labels into their analytics to see how when, how often and where their songs are being played. Take that, Spotify! Read More