Creative, Fashion, Technology Start Ups Events in NYC | 1/17 -1/30, 2017

Dear Friend,

There are many great events coming up this end of January! I would like to highlight a couple of them.

On its last weekend there’s going to be the 3rd edition of the Start Up Weekend Global Fashion Battle — a fantastic opportunity for fashion tech enthusiasts to pitch their idea and work on its development in a group of highly motivated, smart and knowledgable people and pitch it to the group of fashion tech gurus. I’ve participated in it in 2015 where our team came up with the preliminary idea for HaveItMade, learned and struggled (in a good way) a lot, did market research, met amazing like-minded people who I became good friends with and just had an awesome time. Here’s an overly dramatic video we put together using Animoto reflecting on our experience during the Weekend. This year, I will be acting as a mentor to the teams: will help them develop their idea, validate it, build a prototype and prepare for the demo. Email me if you need any more insights/info on this event, will be happy to chat!

Also, highly recommend checking out the Fashion Is Your Business live podcast recording on Jan. 26th: The Future for IoT: A Conversation w/ Former White House Senior Advisor. If you haven’t been to a podcast recording event yet, you really should go and see how fun and educational this experience is, I hope to see you there!

News Digest:

  • Wearable tech has become beautiful. So now what? — WGSN
  • How Gosha Rubchinskiy and Adidas Are Refashioning Football — Business of Fashion
  • How 5 brands have approached their Messenger chatbots — Digiday
  • What happens when beauty, health and wellness products move from standardised to personalised? — Loose Threads
  • Asos, Nike and Airbnb first to use Instagram Stories’ new ad formats — The Drum
  • From gimmick to game-changer: How virtual reality will alter the fashion industry — Glossy


Tuesday, Jan.17

6:30pm — 9:00pm Machine Learning & Big Data Project Demo Day

Demos include: Enigma, Predicting Consumer Credit Default, Uber Driver Optimization System, Predicting Horse Race Results in India. Price: Free Location: NYC Data Science Academy, 500 8th Ave, Ste 905

6:30pm A Design Thinking Approach To Learning To Code

With Nate Cooper (Founder, Reboot @ qLabs). Price: $10 Location: qLabs, 16 W 22nd St

6:30pm Fireside Chat w/ Via

The evening will feature a fireside chat with Daniel Ramot, CEO of Israel founded, NYC basedVia, which is disrupting public transportation by providing ride sharing services for a flat fee of $5 + tax. Price: $10 Location: ADP Innovation Lab, 135 W 18th St, 5th fl

6:30–8:30pm Data Driven Performance Marketing

In addition to keeping up with stakeholder and market demands, agencies and internal marketing teams are also challenged by the constantly changing Digital Marketing landscape. Join us at General Assembly for a panel discussion, featuring seasoned experts, who will highlight the importance of data for performance marketing. Price: Free Location: General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

Wednesday, Jan. 18

6:00am Daybreaker NYC — Soul Disco

Tap into your inner Bee Gee, join hands & start a love train that will feel SOUL good. Price: $18 — $35 Location: TBD

5:30pm Content Rules?! Newsfeeds, Algorithms, Content Moderation, & Ethics

Our panel will address the technical and ethical questions raised by the social, political, and economic impact of the increasing prominence of these algorithmically negotiated information spaces. Price: Free Location: GrubHub 5 Bryant Park (6th Ave bet. 40th & 41st)

6:30–8:30pm How to Become a Product Manager “Ask Me Anything” with Senior PM at MasterCard

Would you like to get a job as a Product Manager? Join us for this free open doors session to get an overview of our part-time product management course curriculum, meet the lead instructor and have the chance to ask any additional questions that you might have about what it takes to become a product manager. Price: Free Location: Product School New York, 1412 Broadway, 22nd Floor

Thursday, Jan.19

6:00pm NY VR Meetup

With Jean-Francois Chianetta (CEO, Augment), Nick Landry (Sr Technical Evangelist, Microsoft), David Rose (‎CEO, PRSONAS), Mo Ben (Co-Founder/CTO, Body VR). Price: $5 Location: Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Sq

7:00–9:00pm An Evening Webby Talk In New York

David-Michel Davies is President of Webby Media Group, which owns and produces The Webby Awards, The Lovie Awards in Europe and Netted by the Webbys. Price: Free Location: GA NYC (Manhattan), HQ 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

Saturday, Jan. 21

9:30am Women in Machine Learning & Data Science — Neural Networks Workshop

Introduction to feedforward neural networks (nodes, layers, activation functions, how a neural network produces output, how a neural network learns) Price: $5 Location: Stack Overflow, 110 William St, 28th Fl

Sunday, Jan. 22

2:00pm Probably Our Last Ever Gallery Tour of Williamsburg

Wiiliamsburg (Brooklyn) has nearly completed its transformation into a land of boutiques, chain stores, etc. We’ll attempt one more survey of the remaining galleries. This tour will end with a reception at Front Room Gallery, for their final day in Williamsburg. We can relax after our exhaustive survey of 3 or 4 local art spaces (sarcasm alert), have a glass of wine, mingle and conversate. Price: $5 Location: FIGUREWORKS 168 N. 6th Street, near Bedford Ave, 2nd Floor

3:00–6:00pm Material World: Precious Textiles and Their Painted Form

Please join us as Old Master Paintings Specialist and fashion writer, Jonquil O’Reilly along with Jill Lasersohn, textile and vestment expert, discuss the significance of various textiles in these masterpieces. Price: Free Location: Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue

Tuesday, Jan. 24

6:00pm Sensors, Io T, Wearables & Data Everywhere

With Brenda Deverell (Front End Web Developer, Koneksa Health), Tom Hosford (VP Engg, Koneksa Health), Alim Gafar (Developer Advocate, MongoDB). Price: Free Location: MongoDB, 229 W 43rd St, 5th Fl

6:30pm Non-Coders Guide To The Web

HTML/CSS, Frontend, Backend & more. Price: $10 Location: qLabs, 16 W 22nd St, 6th Fl

7:00–9:00pm Take Me Away — Experiences Are The New Luxury

Price: Free Location: Soho House, 29–35 9th Ave

Wednesday, Jan. 25

7:00pm Fashion Tech — Is 3D Printing The Future Of Fashion?

With Danit Peleg (3D Printing Fashion Designer and TED speaker). Price: $25 Location: The Mezzanine, 55 Broadway

Thursday, Jan. 26

5:30–7:30pm The Future for IoT: A Conversation w/ Former White House Senior Advisor

Join us for a live recording of the Fashion Is Your Business podcast, where we will chat with Vikrum Aiyer, Chief of Staff to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (Obama Administration) and former White House Senior Advisor for Innovation & Manufacturing Policy. Price: $45 Location: Sennheiser Store, 134 Prince Street

7:00pm Designers+Geeks — Finding Happiness In Age of Technology

Technology has made many improvements to the world around us. It connects, informs, and entertains us. It can distract and worry us, too, feeding bad habits and negative emotions. So how do we find happiness in the age of technology? With Gretchen Rubin (Author, The Happiness Project). Price: $20 Location: Spotify HQ, 45 W 18th St

Friday, Jan. 27 — Sunday, Jan. 29

6:00–9:00pm Start Up Weekend Global Fashion Battle

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together people from all backgrounds to build a startup business in a weekend! For this event, we are focusing on fashion technology. Price: $149 (Participation) $30 Demo Night Location: ThoughtWorks, Inc. 99 Madison Avenue

Monday, Jan. 30

6:00pm Disruptive Technologists — Augmented Reality Experience

With Nick Landry (Sr Tech Evangelist, Microsoft), Lynn Rogoff (Founder, Green Kids Media), Oleksandra Rohachova (Founder, Ink Hunter), Lindsay Boyajian (CMO, Augment), Alper Guler (Software Engineer, Pandora Reality), Kevin Pianko (WeiserMazars), David Carlos (CTO, B&L). Price: $15 Location: Microsoft HQ, 11 Times Sq

6:30pm Luxury In The Digital Age

With Vanessa Friedman (Fashion Director & Chief Fashion Critic, NY Times), Ron Frasch (Castanea Partners), Alexander Gilkes (Founder, Paddle8), Tony King (CEO & Creative Director, King & Partners), David Rosenblatt (CEO, 1stdibs), Claire Distenfeld (Owner, Fivestory). Price: $60 Location: The Jane Hotel, 113 Jane St

6:30–9:30pm Mosaic Tinycon: The Future Of Media — 2017 & Beyond

How are media and content properties evolving to address the challenges of tomorrow? Will the fragmentation of media continue for the foreseeable future? And how does the outlook for media affect the worlds of digital marketing and communications? Join us for networking, drinks, food, and world-renowned speakers! Price: $23 Location: General Assembly, 902 Broadway, 4th Floor

Stay Inspired,


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