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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

Hackathons

What Is This Mysterious ‘Hacker Olympics’?

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Who is the best hacker in New York City? A tipster just forwarded us a link to this: The Hacker Olympics: NYC 2.18.12, The Search for the Chosen One. Here is a hackathon that really will be all hackers! The venue is secret, revealed only after the hacker solves a puzzle, a long, jumbly string that must be translated into a 10-digit number. “Hacker Policy: Don’t be a dick and share the answer,” the site says. “The point of this challenge is to weed out non-hackers and give you a fun and interesting way to register for the hackathon, k?” Read More