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Best Tech Events This Week (Open Tech NYC, First Round Capital Business+Startup, Columbia University Earth Summit, Fashion Disrupted, Startup Grind, NYC Gaming)

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First things first: Mark your calendars for this Sunday March 31, when Game of Thrones returns for Season 3. Finally!

The city recently announced NYC BigApps 2013, the fourth annual BigApps competition, an ongoing series of software challenges to promote government transparency and innovative new technologies. It’s your chance to solve big issues with data and design and maybe win $150,000 in prizes. There are also a series of events planned, starting with the BigApps expo and hackathon at eBay next week, on April 6.

Kaplan and TechStars are partnering to launch the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, a three-month intensive program for ten startups in New York City from June to September. What kindsof companies are they looking for? Apps, platforms, K-12, higher ed, professional ed, and everything in between. Deadline is April 14. You can apply here, and there’s an info session on April 2. Contact Phil Schwarz at edtechaccelerator@kaplan.com with any questions.  Read More

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Startup News: Sailthru Sails On, Quincy Gets Cash and Gamers Gather

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Instapaper proper Good news, Android users: No more workarounds for you. You can finally have for-real Instapaper, rather than the next best thing. The reading app is now available for the platform that’s not iOS. (That is, unless you’re unwilling to cough up the $2.99.)

Ever better Meanwhile, Sailthru is iterating all up in here. They’ve added new features including zip code radius, so users can now find subscribers within a certain geographical area. Plus you can now label templates with custom tags (simplifying search) and include data feeds in transactional emails.

Gamify your life The NYC Gaming Meetup is moving on uptown. The gathering has outgrown GA, so next Monday, June 11th, will be the first demo night at Microsoft’s offices, their new home. RSVPs due tomorrow, June 7th; holler at the organizers if you’ve got something you’d like to show off.

Gathering in Gotham Heads up for later in the month: The Gotham Ruby Conference is June 23. Here’s the speaker lineup for all you curious hackers. Also, we should probably mention that a yacht party is included in the cost of admission.

Just for me Quincy reportedly just closed a $950,000 seed round, led by Great Oaks Venture Capital. The company aims to offer better-fitting women’s clothing at a non-couture price point. Here’s how: Ditching the traditional S/M/L categories but eschewing the ultra-tailored approach, Quincy has developed its own, more customizable sizing system based on length, bust and cup size. Read More