Clean Tech

Techies Asked to Fix NYC’s Ancient Power Grid, Actual Rocket Scientists Needed

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In a dark conference hall lined with carafes dripping coffee unworthy of the name, a group of engineers, academics, brokers and analysts gathered around a dismal pile of spreadsheets. You wouldn’t think you were at Google’s New York headquarters, except that Google representatives were on standby to make sure no one ventured from the hall into the rest of the building.

Hefty stacks of NYC’s utility infrastructure data awaited them. This hackathon’s mission: to solve the problem of energy inefficiency in New York City. The event was a “Data Jam” — a fun and bouncy term for a big data hackathon — organized by energy data startup EnerKnol as a part of New York Energy Week. Read More

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Best NYC Tech Events This Week: LDV Vision, SEARS Hackathon, S.H.E. Summit and More

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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.

June 12-19 is annual SXSW-style NorthSide Festival, TradeShow & Job Fair, aka NYC’s BIGGEST Tech Party! Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (Hack Upon A Cause, KidScreen Summit, NY Tech Meetup, Data Privacy Legal Hackathon)

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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.

Fashion Week is here! On Wednesday is ManufactureNY’s Ready-To-Wear fashion show (2 Free Passes)! On Thursday is my friend Carrie Hammer’s fashion show (2 Free Passes)! Next week is Nolcha Fashion Week w/ runway shows by hot indie designers! I’m co-hosting closing party @ Empire Rooftop, RSVP here (code: 2062) Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (WIE Symposium, TED City 2.0, Maker Faire, Alley NYC Bash, Sports+Tech Hackathon, Queens Tech)

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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.

Ready for gridlock and high security? The U.N. General Assembly’s 68th session convenes tomorrow and heads of state (+ entourages) roll into town. On Friday is WIE Symposium (Women, Inspiration, Enterprise) withh Katie Couric, Tyra Banks, Christine Quinn, Brooke Shields (I’m giving away two free passes worth $500 each!). And next Monday is Clinton Global Initiative with President Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Bono and Sheryl Sandberg. Big policy-fueled week, yo! Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (Hasbro-a-thon, WeWork Summer Camp, Ruby Science Fair, Cryptocat Hackathon, Enterprise Tech Meetup, StartupGrind, Design Evenings)

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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.

First of all: Thanks for all the birthday wishes–and red ties! :)

Now, this week you don’t want to miss: Startup Grind (with Aereo Founder Chet Kanojia) and the Enterprise Tech Meetup (demos by Inktank, Bromium, Quandora and Pymetrics and I’m giving away 10 free passes) both on Augugust 14, followed by the Hasbro-a-thon (Toy+Game Hackathon) on August 17.

Coming up: NYC Tech for Reshma (candidate for public advocate) event on August 20. Spotify Hackettes Coding Competition on August 24. Beekman33 Salon (artist showcase + music startups + party! and I’m giving away five free passes) on September 7. Popular Mechanics DIY Hackathon on September 14. And Georgetown Angels VC Pitch on September 19. Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (Inside Bitcoins, 500 Startups DemoDay, Dating Disrupted, Voting Hackathon, Civic Hack Night, Young Tech Summer)

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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.

Don’t miss this week: Young Tech Summer (WIX, Primesense, GetTaxi, Wedeeo, Mobileye), which is on Wednesday, as well as TalkNYC’s Innovation in Impact Marketing (Droga5, Kenneth Cole, Causes, charity:water) and the 2nd CivicHackNight (with @CitiBikeNYC and #BikeNYC).

Coming up: Ad Think II: Emerging Tech in Advertising (Adcade, Locket, Oneqube, SponsorHub) on August 6. VentureOutNY Brazil (with David Teten of ff Venture & Ross Goldstein of DFJ Gotham, I’m giving away five FREE passes) also on August 6. And Startup Grind (w/ Aereo Founder Chet Kanojia, I’m giving away 3 FREE Passes) on August 14. Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (PayPal BattleHack, ATT Hackathon, Social Retail Summit, Startup Grind)

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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.

Its summertime! And instead of eating out at the same ol’ joints, I want to try out some new places. So send me your restaurant recommendations (and maybe mention what you liked about them and which dishes I should try). Read More

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Best Tech Events This Week (ALOHA To Summer!, CE Week, Spotify Music Hackathon, Alley Girls, Social Media Day, Brooklyn Tech, Startup Grind, Projective Space Demo Day)

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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.

This week is all about the weeks … and a day! First off we have Consumer Electronics (CE) Week with Mobile Apps Showdown, Engadget+gdgt Live, Mobile Happy Hour at WeWork and more. Then there is Energy Week organized by ESF (part of the NYC ACRE incubator, an anchor of NY’s energy startup community). Don’t miss the Rooftop Party at 230 Fifth! Next up is Telecom Week, followed by Wear New York Week (celebrating New York fashion & design). And last but not least is Social Media Day, the biggest celebration ever with Mashable, VICE and Milk, with music, dancing and unlimited libations! Read More

Hackathon Heroes

Facebook, Mozilla and the MacArthur Foundation Team Up for a Hackathon to Build a Better Web

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Yesterday on a grey and drizzly New York morning, hackers, designers and educators gathered in a loft space in Chelsea to participate in the Project: Connect hackathon. Hosted in conjunction with the MacArthur Foundation, Facebook, Mozilla and the Family Online Safety Institute, the event focused on building a “more equitable, social, and participatory internet.” Teams showed up at the space and were treated to a hot breakfast and escorted to the third floor for opening remarks before breaking into groups to start the hacking. Read More