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, Aug. 4

Event: First Fridays at GA + Design Lab 

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C
  • Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 4, 5:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“First Fridays has joined forces with OpenIDEO’s Design Lab for a very special collaboration! Grab a drink and network between 5:30-7:00 at our open bar and then enjoy Design Lab’s workshop from 7:00-8:00PM.” 


  • Location: WeWork Apollo, 810 7th Street NE, Washington DC,
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 4, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, happy hour, party
  • Price: Free (+ join waitlist)

“On the evening of August 4th at 6pm, we’re having a celebration in Washington DC. Join us to socialize, network, and build stronger relationships with your local community of doers and entrepreneurs. We’ll be there to chat, talk business and strategy, and mix and mingle.” 

The Weekend, Aug. 5-6

Event: Taste of Studio 2017

  • Location: Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 5, 12 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, live music, tours, art, food festival
  • Price: Free admission; food & drink tickets available before event

“On Saturday, August 5, Studio Theatre will open its doors for our 3rd annual open house experience, Taste of Studio. Join us to celebrate the arts, culture, and culinary excellence of Washington, DC like never before.” 

Event: Free Community Day: August 6, 2017

  • Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Aug. 6, 12 PM-5 PM
  • Event Type: museum, tours, weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“The first Sunday of the month is Community Day at NMWA! Visit us on Community Day for FREE admission to the museum—take this opportunity to explore the current exhibitions as well as our newly reinstalled collection.”

Monday, Aug. 7

Event: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Food Evolution Screening

  • Location: National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Aug. 7, 7 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, movie screening, networking
  • Price: Free

“Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources for a screening of Food Evolution, on Monday, August 7 at 7pm at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC!”  

Tuesday, Aug. 8

Event: VA Innovation Demo Day

  • Location: Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 8:30 AM-6 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, pitch, skill development
  • Price: Free

“VA Innovation Demo Day gives frontline staff the opportunity to share highlights, progress, and lessons learned about the innovative projects they spent the last several months designing, piloting, testing, and implementing, to improve the Veteran experience. These staff represent the driving force behind VA’s unique innovation and best practice programs. Over the years, VA’s employees have been the source of some of our most notable innovations and best practices, such as the implantable cardiac pacemaker, the nicotine patch, and the first successful liver transplant. These innovations and practices and others like them have extended beyond VA, and led the way in private healthcare as well.”

Event: ISL Skillshares: Optimize for Success

  • Location: iStrategyLabs, 641 S. Street NW, Floor 1, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 6:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, classes
  • Price: Free

“Take your small business brand to the next level with the help of ISL Skillshares! In this last session, you’ll learn how to develop a paid campaign and establish KPI’s for tracking success. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of our partner, &Pizza.”

Event: Welcome to Mission Collaborative! Come see what we’re all about.

  • Location: Logan Exchange, 1509 16th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 6:45 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“Welcome to Mission Collaborative! In this kickoff event, you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about the transformative career design workshops we’ve been developing for you. And rather than just talking at you, we’d like to SHOW you why Mission Collaborative’s approach to career transitions is more effective than anything else you’ve tried before!”

Wednesday, Aug. 9

Event: Community Screening: “Washington in the 70s”

  • Location: Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 9, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
  • Event Type: movie screening, break
  • Price: Free

“Flash back to Washington in the 1970s, a decade that began under a cloud of war, riots, and division and ended with a feeling of promise, calm, and relative harmony. This WETA TV 26 production charts the District’s rise from the ashes of the 1968 riots to its emergence as a world-class city, featuring first-hand accounts from those who shaped the events of the time. Community Partner: Anacostia Coordinating Council. To RSVP, “purchase” a free ticket here on Eventbrite, email, or call 202.633.4875.”

Thursday, Aug. 10

Event: Washington, D.C. Tech Security Conference 2017

  • Location: 55 M Street SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 10, 8 AM-5 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, conference, speaker events
  • Price: Free

“Data Connectors will be hosting the Washington, D.C. Tech Security Conference on Thursday, August 10th. The event will start at 8:15 AM with a check-in and opening introductions before presentation sessions begin at 8:45. Between the educational sessions that go throughout the day, there will be time to visit vendor booths to obtain information regarding product and service offerings.”

Event: Sizzling Summer Cyber Smoke and Affirm After Hours It Networking

  • Location: Morton’s Steakhouse, 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 10, 5 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Time to enjoy the Sizzling Summer in the city and join your government and industry information management and technology colleagues at Cyber Smoke and AFFIRM’s next co-hosted “After Hours” networking event at Morton’s Steakhouse sponsored by Acquia, Bromium, CrowdStrike, Cylance, Cynergy, FireEye, Forescout, La Palina Cigars, One Identity, Symantec, Tanium, Tenable, and Trustwave. The deck at Morton’s will be open to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, along with your favorite cigar!”

Event: Startup Gauntlet II: by the Startup Leadership Program

  • Location: WeWork 80 M Street, 80 M St SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 10, 5:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, meetup, advice
  • Price: Free

“The Startup Gauntlet is a gathering of top DC-area entrepreneurs, angels, and business experts from the SLP network who are ready to hear about your startup and put it through the gauntlet! The event will start with an introduction to our experts and their top tips for venture success and then will quickly open up to the main event, a time for startup entrepreneurs to share specifically about their ventures. The experts will in a direct, but no BS manner, identify areas of venture weakness and ask for your comebacks. This will be in a small group conversational setting (not on stage), so, no pressure. Come ready to improve your venture and venture ideas. When you see how SLP can help your venture, we invite you to apply for the Startup Leadership Program! (You may apply for the SLP even if you cannot make the event.)”

Event: The Art of the Chalice: Washington, DC

  • Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 10, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Stella Artois cordially invites you to The Art of The Chalice – a memorable evening of art, culture and cuisine inspired by the city of Washington, DC and our iconic Chalice.

The Chalice is more than a glass – it is a work of art. From tulip to stem, every element of the Stella Artois Chalice serves a purpose, enhancing the taste, aroma and presentation of our premium Belgian Lager.

To celebrate The Art of the Chalice, Stella Artois has commissioned No Kings Collective to create original artwork, inspired by the Chalice and nuanced by the city of Washington, D.C. Join us for the unveiling of this installation and an opportunity to take home your own one-of-a-kind Washington D.C. Chalice.”

Friday, Aug. 11

Event: Bunker Brews: Caffeine Canteen 

  • Location: Capitol Post, 625 N Washington St, Suite 425, Alexandria, VA
  • Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 11, 8 AM-10 AM
  • Event Type: breakfast event, meetup, networking, advice gathering
  • Price: Free

“Start your day the Bunker way with coffee and friends! This August, we’re putting a spin on our regular Bunker Brews, and will be featuring our other favorite brew: coffee. So, come join us for a cup of locally-brewed coffee by Compass Coffee, tea by Coyotea, small bites, and light conversation. You’re also invited to hang out and work with us at our co-working space Capitol Post for the rest of the day.”

Event: TRAP Karaoke: Washington, D.C. [Night 2]

  • Location: Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 11, 8 PM-12 AM
  • Event Type: happy hour, karoke, weekend picks
  • Price: $20-$40

“TRAP Karaoke is about personal empowerment, cultural participation, cherished moments, community, and creating a safe space for human connection.”

The Weekend, Aug. 12-13

Event: EdibleDC x Cut Seven Bootcamp & Tasting 

  • Location: Canal Park DC, 200 M St SE, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 12, 9 AM-11 AM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, food tasting, skill development, meetup
  • Price: $12-$20

“Join EdibleDC Magazine and Cut Seven master trainers, for a one-of-a kind outdoor bootcamp at the scenic Canal Park followed by a curated tasting of local health foods and drinks at Up Top Acres rooftop farm. EdibleDC Magazine is assembling an array of local health drink companies and food vendors to help refuel post-workout. Confrimed partners:”

Monday, Aug. 14

Event: Women in Tech Breakfast

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Aug. 14, 8:30 AM-10:30 AM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, meetup
  • Price: $10

“We invite you to join us for this interactive breakfast for Women in Technology. We featuring great women in tech to give their insight on how they reached their level of success, advise on navigating the workplace, and how we can help the next generation of women in tech. Our esteemed panel of speakers are pioneers in their respective fields, representing many facets of the DC and international tech industry.”

Event: Front End Lab

  • Location: The Washington Post, 1301 K Street NW, 4th floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Aug. 14, 7 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, Women Who Code, meetup
  • 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! Laptops.”

Tuesday, Aug. 15

Event: Round 47: Savage Curricula

  • Location: WeWork Chinatown, 718 7th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • 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!”

Wednesday, Aug. 16

Event: Public Art Building Communities (PABC) Workshop

  • Location: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 200 I Street SE #1400, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 11 AM-12:30 PM
  • Event Type: workshop, skill development, meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“CAH staff members are available to help develop grant applications through group and individual technical assistance. Between April and August 2017, CAH will conduct free workshops and application review for participants to learn useful information about the agency’s funding opportunities and how to submit a grant application. More information about the dates and times of these workshops may be found at under Grant Writing Assistance. CAH urges all applicants to attend these workshops. In addition, CAH staff members are available for 30-minute appointments up to one week before the deadline.”

Event: DC Small Business Connections // Networking Para Pequeños Negocios

  • Location: Latino Economic Development Center 641 S Street Northwest Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 5:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: skill development, networking
  • Price: Free

“Join LEDC and the GWHCC for a bilingual summer networking event! You will receive key tips to network and sell your business, gain insight from a panel of business owners and connect with one another for opportunities to collaborate and grow the small business community in DC.”

Event: Sparkology’s DC Launch Party

  • Location: Lost Society, 2001 14th St, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 5:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, startup launch, dating, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Sparkology, NYC’s hottest invite-only dating community, is now in DC! Please join on the rooftop at Lost Society, U Street’s sexiest lounge, for a complimentary cocktail and appetizers. Come help us celebrate our DC launch and also meet Three Day Rule Matchmakers Callie Harris, Jaime Bernstein, Sarah Levitt, and Bridgette Hall, who will help introduce you to new people. Bring all your single friends. We’re excited to meet you!”

Thursday, Aug. 17

Event: DISB’s Coffee & Capital: After Hours

  • Location: Riverside Center, 601 Division Avenue NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Aug. 17, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, skill development
  • Price: Free

“On August 17, make plans to join DISB, Ward 7 Business Partnership and ANC 7C Antawan Holmes to hear about innovative alternatives to financing for District startups, emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses.”