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Best Tech Events This Week (Games for Change, Mayoral Candidates Forum, Hacker Olympics, Summer Soiree, Summer Art Design Cruise)

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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.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oh wait, it’s a … Google Balloon? The company that gave us self-driving cars and wearable computer glasses presents Project Loon. Thousands of high-pressure balloons circling the earth providing internet to five billion unconnected people. I wonder what’s next, a space elevator?

Next week I’m co-hosting an awesome Fashion+Tech networking mixer, ALOHA to Summer!, with my friend Liza Kindred (3rd Wave) and the good folks at Magnet Media & Trinet. Unlimited cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, photobooth fun and a live DJ! Plus I’m giving away 10 free tickets.

I also have 3 FREE tickets to Startup Grind next wednesday, featuring a fireside chat with Jared Hecht & Steve Martocci, Founders of GroupMe which sold to Skype for $80 million!

ABC reality series Shark Tank is on a nationwide search to discover the next successful entrepreneur. Think ya got what it takes to swim with the sharks and take on Mark Cuban? Well, here’s the application packet! Read More

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Can Zynga Go From Schoolyard Bully to Class Angel by Backing a Charitable Facebook Game?

This dude wants some butterbeer. (Photo: insideipo.com)

It appears that Zynga, the evil mastermind behind FarmVille and Mafia Wars, is not completely hell-bent on destroying the world. The online game producer turned super villain announced today that it would help design a Facebook game to fight the oppression of women around the world.

The game is based on the novel Half the Sky, which follows the lives of women who have been victimized through sexual violence and trafficking, insufficient educational and financial opportunities and poor healthcare. It is part of a larger multimedia effort based on the book’s themes that will include a PBS miniseries as well as mobile games in India and Africa. Read More