Like DC Inno Approved? A fresh version comes out every other Friday with new ideas of tech and networking events to check out. Here’s a list of great tech, business and networking events in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, to hit up in the next two weeks. 


Friday, March 31

Event: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

  • Location: The Cow Palace — Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville, Md.
  • Date/Time: Friday, March 31-Sunday, April 1
  • Event Type: festival, food
  • Price: $39-$99

“All You Care To Taste Beer and Bourbon Tastings as you stroll from table to table. There are 40 Bourbons and 60 Beers on Tap. Enjoy, but please drink responsibly.”  

The Weekend, April 1-2

Event: Sneak Attack DC

  • Location: Big Chief 2002 Fenwick St NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 1, 12 PM-5 PM
  • Event Type: entrepreneurship, fashion, merchandise
  • Price: $10

“Sneak Attack DC is a prime opportunity for you to sell or trade your sneakers with other sneaker enthusiasts! Enjoy access to some of the most exclusive collections from the area’s best vendors – find that grail you’ve been searching for, or turn that cluttered closet into cash. Take part in Sneak Attack DC, April 1st at Big Chief from noon til 5 pm. Enjoy catering by Capital Chicken & Waffles, and for those 21 and up, a full bar.” 

Event: Blossom Kite Festival

  • Location: Washington Monument, 2 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 1, 10 AM-4:30 PM
  • Event Type: D.C., festival, city life, family
  • Price: Free

“The Blossom Kite Festival soars into spring and kicks off the kite flying season with five areas to explore and enjoy: the Competition & Demonstration Field, Family Field, Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, and Public Field. See the creativity of kite makers and skill of kite fliers from across the US and internationally through competitions and demonstrations – including the popular Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle! Open kite flying is welcome on the Public Field.”  

Monday, April 3

Event: UMB Entrepreneurship and Innovation Expo – EIX

  • Location: SMC Campus Center, 621 West Lombard St, Elm Room A & B, Baltimore, Md.
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 3, 11 AM-6 PM
  • Event Type: workshop, entrepreneurship, panel discussion, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network (EIN) is pleased to present the 1st annual Entrepreneurship and Innovation Expo at University of Maryland, Baltimore.”

Event: Startup Grind’s Seth Goldman (CEO & Co-Founder of Honest Tea)

  • Location: 1776, 1133 15th St NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 3, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: panel discussion, speaker event, Q&A, innovation
  • Price: $10-$25

“Seth Goldman co-founded Honest Tea out of his home in 1998 with Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Today, Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling organic bottled tea, and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets. Under Seth’s leadership, Honest Tea has developed innovative partnerships with its organic and Fair Trade Certified™ suppliers. Seth graduated from Harvard College (1987) and the Yale School of Management (1995), and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Seth and Barry are the authors of the New York Times bestseller Mission in a Bottle, a business book told in comic book form, which was published in September 2013.”

Tuesday, April 4

Event: MySQL Tech Tour in Washington DC

  • Location: Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 4, 8 AM-11:30 AM
  • Event Type: speaker event, panel discussion, Q&A, advice, startups
  • Price: Free

“Please join MySQL and our partner, The Green Technology Group, at the Grand Hyatt Washington on April 4, 2017 where we will introduce the MySQL Cloud Service and discuss how to keep your MySQL systems secure, both on premise and in the cloud.”

Event: dHealth Happy Hour @ Don Titos

  • Location: American Chemical Society, 1155 16th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 4, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, speaker event, networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“There’s no agenda… We come, we drink, we introduce ourselves, we geek out on digital health, chatbots, big data… and help me fill a meetup calendar with demos and talks.”

Wednesday, April 5

Event: AmbrySpeaks – Accuracy & Innovation in the Era of Collaborative Genetics

  • Location: 1789 Restaurant, 1226 36th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 5, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker events, happy hour, speaker event, science
  • Price: Free

“Ambry Genetics is hosting a series of special events across the country for genetics professionals and healthcare providers.

Come learn why Ambry’s commitment to accuracy and scientific rigor is unmatched in the genetic testing industry. We will present our latest data on accuracy, share our recent innovations, and highlight how data-sharing is crucial to it all. Join us at our 1789 Restaurant dinner event in Washington, DC on April 5, 2017.” 

Thursday, April 6

Event: Startupalooza DC

  • Location: WeWork Chinatown, 718 7th St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 6, 3:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, pitch competition, DC startups, happy hour
  • Price: $10-$30

“Join us for the Open Entrepreneur Pitching Event for Digital Media, High Tech and Healthcare. Start-Ups Every Entrepreneur Gets to Pitch. Now with more Investors than ever! Every Start-Up gets to pitch to our team of Investors—the audience gets to find out what’s new in the Start-Up market, and what VC’s are really looking for! Startupalooza expands into the DC Startup world on Thursday, May 12th, 5 – 8 pm. After more than 10 years of helping selected Entrepreneurs raise capital—we’ve figured how to open it up to everyone!”

Event: Cybersecurity Launch Summit

  • Location: The MITRE Corporation, 7515 Colshire Drive, McLean, VA
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 6, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, pitch competition, DC startups, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join Tandem Innovation Alliance and The MITRE Corporationon Thursday, April 6th at 6 pm at MITRE’s headquarters in McLean, Va for an evening devoted to the local cybersecurity industry and the startups growing in it.

The Cybersecurity Launch Summit will be Tandem Innovation Alliance’s inaugural event. Grown out of the TandemNSI community, Tandem Innovation Alliance is focused on the greater Washington region’s local emerging technology companies.”

Event: Goat Rodeo Happy Hour 

  • Location: American Ice Company, 917 V St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 6, 6 PM-10:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, happy hour, podcasts, storytelling
  • Price: Free

“It’s that special time again. Goat Rodeo Happy Hour, a place where interesting people meet other interesting people over interesting drinks to talk about interesting projects. Join us at American Ice Company right down the block from U-Street Metro from 5:30 to 8:30 to talk about everything under the sun with our favorite invited people.”

Friday, April 7

Event: First Fridays at GA

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 7, 5:30 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, coding, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Join us in getting 2017 off to a great start with DC’s tech rockstars! Don’t forget to bring a friend while you get inspired and make new connections over drinks and music.”

Event: Union Market Monthly Drive-In Movie Series

  • Location: 1309 5th St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 7, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: movies, drive-in, family, social events
  • Price: Free for walk-ups, $10 per car

“The Drive-In at Union Market is back for a new season — from April through November — our biggest season yet — in partnership with Get Around! $10 parking fee per car. Advance purchase is highly recommended.Free for walk-ups.

Friday, April 7: The Royal Tenenbaums.”

The Weekend, April 8-9

Event: Easter Egg Hunt and Decorating

  • Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 10 AM
  • Event Type: holidays, family fun, events, Easter
  • Price: Free

“Bring your little ones of all ages to celebrate the coming of Easter through Czech and American traditions. An egg hunt in the Embassy’s spacious meadow garden will delight with Czech candies. Live bunnies will be available for cuddles and adoption through Friends of Rabbits. Children under 6 years old will decorate eggs with Miss Czech-Slovak of Kansas 2016 Sara Vytlacil. Sign up your elder ones (ages 6–12) for a special egg decoration workshop (11:00 am–11:45 pm OR 12:30 pm–1:15 pm) under the direction of folk artist Dagmar Benešová, who founded the Folk Art Academy in B?eclav, Czech Republic.”

Event: Professional Networking Brunch

  • Location: Matchbox, 1901 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 9, 11 AM-1 PM
  • Event Type: networking, brunch, women who code, happy hour, coding
  • Price: Cost of brunch

“Are you a professional developer, designer, sysadmin, or working in a field somehow related to code? Come brunch with others like you!”

Event: Making Cents Workshop

  • Location: Logan Exchange, 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 9, 12 PM-2 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, finances, entrepreneurship, panel discussion
  • Price: $30

“Join us at Logan Exchange on Sunday, April 9 from 12-2 pm, for indispensable expert advice, honest discussion with other business owners, delicious treats, and creative surprises! Logan Exchange is DC’s newest coworking space that provides modern amenities with a vintage vibe.”

Monday, April 10

Event: Front End Lab

  • Location: Social Tables, 1325 G Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 10, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, women who code, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Front End Lab (FEL) is a study group where women can come together and help each other learn and understand web development. We welcome devs of all levels and encourage those with more experience to help out those that are just starting. There’s always at least one mentor or leader present to help you with best practices or to guide you through if you are stuck with a nasty problem!”

Tuesday, April 11

Event: UNION MARKET TALKS: THE NEW URBAN CRISIS

  • Location: Dock 5 @ Union Market 1309 5th Street Northeast Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 11, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
  • Event Type: speaker event, book readings, networking, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“EDENS, along with Urban Land Institute, Economic Innovation Group, and The Atlantic’s CityLab, invites you to the launch of best-selling author, Richard Florida’s new book,”

Wednesday, April 12

Event: UCMR 4 Public Stakeholder Meeting

  • Location: Obsidian, a Cadmus Company, 1776 Eye St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 12, 10 AM-12 PM
  • Event Type: community meeting, skill development, panel discussion, policy
  • Price: Free

“The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a public meeting to discuss the Revisions to the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) for Public Water Systems published in the Federal Register at 81 FR 92666; December 20, 2016. The public meeting will discuss the requirements for monitoring, sampling and reporting, analytical methods, the laboratory approval process, ground water representative monitoring plans and consecutive system monitoring plans.”

Event: Tech in Motion + Thinkful: Happy Hour

  • Location: WeWork Dupont Circle, 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, 10th floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 12, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, drinks, happy hour, DC tech community
  • Price: Free

“Do you work in tech or are you enthusiastic about the industry and tech community here in DC? Thinkful and Tech in Motion are joining together for drinks and networking.”

Thursday, April 13

Event: MICA UP/Start Venture Competition 2017 Finale

  • Location: Falvey Hall, Brown Center MICA, 1300 W Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 13, 5:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: pitch competition, DC startups, startup funding, networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Join Us Thursday, April 13th to hear from our UP/Start MICA Venture Finalists and celebrate as we award up to $100,000 in investment funding to winning teams.”

Event: Round 43: Synergy of Disruption: A collaboration with Code for DC

  • Location: WeWork Chinatown, 718 7th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 13, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, skill development, networking, hacking
  • Price: Free

“Everyone is looking forward to hearing about *your* cool hack. The format is informal, engaging, and friendly: presenters have *5* minutes to show off their hack (it goes faster than you’d expect) and then the audience has 5 minutes to ask questions, make jokes, and suggest ideas and feedback. The hacks that people present are anything from how to train your dog to text you when it needs a walk to [something more serious… like blenders made out of artichokes]. Show us what you’ve got! But remember: no startup pitches, no dull work projects, no deckware!”

Event: The Future Reality

  • Location: WeWork Chinatown, 718 7th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 13, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, skill development, networking, hacking
  • Price: Free

“Everyone is looking forward to hearing about *your* cool hack. The format is informal, engaging, and friendly: presenters have *5* minutes to show off their hack (it goes faster than you’d expect) and then the audience has 5 minutes to ask questions, make jokes, and suggest ideas and feedback. The hacks that people present are anything from how to train your dog to text you when it needs a walk to [something more serious… like blenders made out of artichokes]. Show us what you’ve got! But remember: no startup pitches, no dull work projects, no deckware!”

Event: Getting Hired in Tech: Build a Portfolio that Stands Out

  • Location: WeWork Dupont Circle 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 13, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, hiring, skill development, code newbies
  • Price: Free

“Great portfolios help you stand out in the job search – for developers, they can matter more than resumes. Learn about the content, design, and code quality requirements to pass initial reviews and get your foot in the door.”

On Our Radar

Event: DC Startup Shark Tank Viewing Party

  • Location: WeWork White House, 1440 G Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 14, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: celebration, pitch competition, party, happy hour, networking, DC startups
  • Price: Free-$10

“To celebrate their recent appearance on the show, Guard Llama will be holding a Shark Tank viewing party at WeWork White House on April 14th at 7:00 pm.

Guard Llama is a personal security company that was co-founded by Washingtonian Nick Nevarez. For the past 3 years, the Guard Llama team has been building life-saving technology to help people connect with emergency services with just the tap of a button.”

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