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, Sept. 1

Event: First Fridays at GA + Design Lab 

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C
  • Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 1, 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.” 

Event: Innovation Playground Tour

  • Location: 727 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 1, 9 AM-5 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, conference, meet and greet
  • Price: Free

“The Innovation Playground, is an opportunity for small businesses, non-profits, commerce, government, education, and construction companies to come and explore new thoughts and ideas on enhancing future technology.” 

The Weekend, Sept. 2-3

Event: 2017 National Book Festival

  • Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 2, 9:30 AM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, conference, speaker events, panel discussions
  • Price: Free

“More than 100 best-selling authors will speak and meet the public at the 17th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. https://www.loc.gov/bookfest/” 

Event: Live.me DC Meetup

  • Location: TBA
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 2, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“We’re heading to DC to hang out! Join the Live.me Fam over Labor Day weekend for some fun! More details to be revealed closer to the date.”

Monday, Sept. 4

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Tuesday, Sept. 5

Event: Fempreneur Hustle Happy Hour

  • Location: WeWork Chinatown, 718 7th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, speaker event, advice, women in tech
  • Price: Free

“Get ready for the second Fempreneur Hustle Happy Hour! The Kickoff event was sold out with over 100 women entrepreneurs! This event is for female entrepreneurs, founders, business owners, business leaders (and even Menpreneurs) who want to learn how to take your business to the next level by getting your hustle on!”

 

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Event: Operation Offline Closing Party

  • Location: Canteen Beer Garden: Ditto Lot, 1923 9th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, meetup
  • Price: Free

“We reclaimed the dog days of summer and put down our phones to explore DC, reconnect with friends and make new ones. Now it’s time to claim your prizes! Offline Society members and romantically unattached guests are invited to join us for the Operation Offline closing party.”

Thursday, Sept. 7

Event: Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: A Panel Discussion

  • Location: 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, speaker event, panel discussion, networking
  • Price: Free

“In 2017 diversity and inclusion is a hot topic for discussion, but how do we identify the key why’s and how’s of cultural diversity? In this panel discussion, we bring together key influencers in the D.C. business scene who are at the forefront of cultural inclusion. We will discuss why diversity in cultural backgrounds has such an impact on a company, and ultimately is a beneficial contributor to our economy.”

Event: Tacos and Margaritas with Hustle

  • Location: 1101 S Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 7, 6:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“We’re excited to share all the work we’ve done on Thursday, September 7 with District Taco and margaritas (plus some other snacks and non alcoholic drinks) at the new Hustle DC offices! We’ll also have some limited edition Hustle DC swag. Please RSVP so we can get an idea on numbers.”

Event: 2017 George Mason University Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Series

  • Location: George Mason University Research Hall, Room 163, 10401 York River Road Fairfax, VA
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, meetup, advice
  • Price: Free

“The 2nd 2017 George Mason University Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Series is set for Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7 pm in Conference Room 163, Research Hall, at George Mason University’s Fairfax campus.”

Friday, Sept. 8

Event: First Fridays at GA + Design Lab 

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C
  • Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 8, 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.” 

The Weekend, Sept. 9-10

Event: Android App Development with Java in 15 Hour Crash Course in 3 Saturdays

  • Location: High School Technology Services VA Office, 2800 Juniper St. Suite 5, Fairfax, VA
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 9
  • Event Type: course, java, networking, meetup
  • Price: $390/per person for all three sessions

“This hands-on course conveys the fundamental skills necessary to deploy Android Apps on mobile devices such as phones and tablets. Attendees will design and build a variety of Android Apps throughout the course. Previous Java programming knowledge is not essential, but basic programming experience is required. Java code used in the exercises is fully explained.”

Monday, Sept. 11

Event: The Innovation Blind Spot Launch Party

  • Location: Anzu Partners, 1399 New York Avenue NW Rooftop, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: networking, book launch, speaker event, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Please join us for a launch party for Ross Baird’s book, The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas–And What to Do About It.”

Event: Code for DC Hacknight

  • Location: Social Tables, 1325 G Street, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: networking, hack night, coding, skill development, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Join us at Social Tables for a night of civic hacking.”

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Event: Springboard Dolphin Tank | GWU Mount Vernon Campus (September) 

  • Location: Post Hall, 2100 Foxhall Road NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4 PM-6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, meetup, pitch competition
  • Price: Free

“Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank® programs are “helpful feedback-driven” pitch sessions for entrepreneurs to receive constructive insights from knowledgeable professionals. Dolphin Tanks aren’t about sharks, piranhas, dragons, or competing for the best idea – they’re about channeling the expertise of the people in the room. The Dolphin Tank is an interactive discussion led by an expert panel that focuses on one thing: “How can we help?” The objective is to provide connections and advice to enable entrepreneurs to overcome their challenges and capitalize on their opportunities.”

Event: #LegalHack Demo Night 5

  • Location: CHIEF, 1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, meetup, free food
  • Price: Free

“DC Legal Hackers is the DC Chapter of a growing movement of more than twenty legal hacking, technology, or innovation groups around the country. A legal hacker is someone who cares about the intersection of law and technology and seeks to improve legal practice through technology while simultaneously using legal skills to promote technological innovation and exploration.”

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Event: Q&A with early stage investment fund and DC community builders

  • Location: Logan Exchange, Washington DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 12:30 PM-2 PM
  • Event Type: networking, advice, speaker event, lunch event
  • Price: Free

“Together with Steven A. Rodriguez from DC Startup Week and Samson Williams from CoFunder, we will talk about early-stage startups, different investment models, will share hints on how to get funding and what is the first thing entrepreneurs should do when founding a startup.”

Event: Angel Venture Forum (AVF) @HeraHub

  • Location: HeraHub, 5028 Wisconsin Ave, Ground Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Back by popular demand! It is Angel Venture Forum’s “Venture Intelligence” education series and practice pitch sessions. There are 6 sessions plus a bonus session where entrepreneurs can practice their pitches. Active angel investors and local experts teach entrepreneurs the right way to approach funders and get the venture backing they’re seeking. Attendees will hear from active, engaged angel investors and find out what companies investors fund and their decision methodology. In these straight-up, practical, and detailed sessions both investors and entrepreneurs will be provided with a roadmap of exactly what is needed to close the perfect deal.”

Event: #ilooklikeadeveloper

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 13,
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, advice, Q&A, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“According to a Department of Labor Current Population Survey, only 34% of all web developers are women. It’s time to change those statistics. Entry level junior developers earn an average of $50,000-70,000 per year, and often have flexibility to work from home. We want women all over the world to take advantage of these industry benefits. In an effort to get women interested in coding and empowered to pursue work they love, General Assembly is partnering with several organizations to host a night of coding and fellowship. Come hear a panel of top female developers discuss how they got started in the industry, what an average day looks like, which coding languages to learn, and more. Then, take the first step toward becoming a master developer by writing your first line of code!”

Thursday, Sept. 14

Event: SMWiFairfax

  • Location: Capital One Headquarters, 1680 Capital One Drive, Tysons, Va.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 14, 8 AM-2:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, conference, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Social Media Week Independent (SMWi) is a leading news platform that curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insight into how social media and technology are changing business, society & culture worldwide. The SMW community consists of senior marketers, founders, entrepreneurs, influencers and digitally connected consumers who thrive in the hyper-connected world and push the boundaries of the status quo.”

Event: Workshop: How to launch your startup idea!

  • Location: cove Chinatown, 601 I Street, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 14, 5 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, skill development, panel discussion, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“Do you have a great business idea but have no idea where to start? Join Rachel Wynn, Founder and CEO of Starlight Social and Solopreneur Circle, as she walks you through exactly how to: Buy a domain and get consistent social media handles, setup a branded email address, design a professional email signature and business card, craft an email to your network announcing your new venture, make an effective elevator pitch, and hustle to find your first client. You’ll leave with clarity and a concrete understanding of what you need to do to launch your business on a shoestring budget, helpful handouts, and a special discount on Rachel’s new solopreneur services. www.solopreneurcircle.com”

Event: WeWork Apollo Opening Party

  • Location: WeWork Apollo, 810 7th Street NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6 PM-9:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, launch party, meetup, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Come out for a Night at the Apollo to check out our new space, hear some live music, try out inventive cocktails from the team behind Modern Bar Cart (featuring Embitterment Bitters and SLY Syrups & Garnishes), and sample some of D.C.’s best food offerings.”