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. 15

Event: BYT Presents: SHARKS AND RECREATION – A Nat Geo After Hours!

  • Location: National Geographic Museum, 1600 M St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 15, 8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking, party
  • Price: $30

“Join us for a Bloody-Good-Time All-Access Party-Mode National Geographic HQ Take Over!” 

Event: “Design Disruptors” Film Screening

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington D.C
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 15, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, film screening, networking
  • Price: Free

“Join us for an exclusive screening of the InVision-produced documentary DESIGN DISRUPTORS, brought to you by General Assembly.” 

The Weekend, Sept. 16-17

Event: Spark Saturday DC

  • Location: Capital One HQ, 1680 Capital One Tower Drive, McLean, VA
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 AM-4 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, conference, speaker events, workshops, networking
  • Price: Free

“Join us for the second annual Spark Saturday Event hosted by Capital One, MetiStream, and Databricks in partnership with the Washington DC Apache Spark Interactive! This is a FREE event hosted by a community of Spark enthusiasts to foster Big Data innovation in the DC Area and support the fastest growing Big Data project – Apache Spark. Hear from the industry experts who are actively contributing to and shaping the development of Apache Spark and successfully implementing Spark into production. Read more here.” 

Event: 2017 H Street Festival

  • Location: H Street, NE From 4th to 14th, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 16, 12 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, festivals, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“The 2017 H Street Festival will take place on Saturday, September 16 from noon – 7 p.m. This will be the best festival ever, spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE and featuring 14 staging areas and more than 250 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and vendors. Come down to enjoy great food, drinks, music, contests, kids’ activities and more!”

Event: Community Coding with CodeNewbie DC

  • Location: WeddingWire, 2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 16, 11 AM-2 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Get ready for another fantastic Community Coding meetup! We’ll be meeting at the WeddingWire offices in Chevy Chase (right on top of the Friendship Heights Metro Station) to code together for a few hours. Feel free to come and work on online coding classes, personal websites or projects. This will be super casual and you’re welcome to come and go as you please!”

Monday, Sept. 18

Event: Entrée DC

  • Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Sept. 18, 8 AM-12 PM
  • Event Type: hiring, meetup, networking, food
  • Price: Free

“Join the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Washington DC Economic Partnership for the fifth annual Entrée DC program, an event that connects the food and beverage industry with DC public and private sector resources. Connect with budding entrepreneurs, thriving businesses and industry giants disrupting the hospitality industry in DC. Hear from leaders in the field about how to market, grow and expand your business. Sit down with permitting specialists to learn the ins and outs of regulation and check the status of your permits. Hire top talent at our Entrée DC Job Fair and find the right suppliers for your food and beverage industry needs.”

Event: Artist Talks: Batman’s Biggest Secret

  • Location: Alley, 2055 L Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: speaker event, networking
  • Price: Free

“You don’t want to miss author Marc Tyler Nobleman share the jaw-dropping story of writer Bill Finger, the focus of his critically-acclaimed book, Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.”

Tuesday, Sept. 19

Event: DC CyberWeek Open House

  • Location: Scoop News Group, 1150 18th St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 AM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, panel discussions
  • Price: Free

“Join us for our upcoming DC CyberWeek OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday, September 19th. DC CyberWeek is a week-long SXSW-style festival we are hosting this October 16-20 in our nation’s capital bringing together C-Level executives, cybersecurity experts, and top leaders from government and tech industry. The community is hosting dozens of events all over town that week and we are hosting 3 core events that week including CyberTalks a TED-Like conference for 1000 top leaders the cybersecurity community.”

Event: NoVa Edition: Data Streaming with Shalini Raghavan

  • Location: FICO, 4035 Ridge Top Rd., Fairfax, VA
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“Stream Processing has been successfully applied to many problems over the years. So why is it one of the best kept secrets when it comes to leveraging your data? In this session, we will visit the kinds of problems that can be solved, the challenges that remain and share how FICO is using this technology.”

Event: Fall Into Wellness Happy Hour

  • Location: One Medical Rooftop, 601 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Justworks and One Medical have teamed up to host a happy hour that’ll make you wake up the next morning with a spring in your step. Come meet other members of the DC community while indulging your senses in a variety of healthy treats.”

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Event: LAUNCH: Solopreneur Circle 9/20

  • Location: Love & Faith Community Cafe, 2424 14th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, advice
  • Price: $10

“As an entrepreneur who started a social media company at age 25, I felt lost in trying to figure out how to be a “legit” woman in business. To solve this issue I created Solopreneur Circle.”

Event: Smartly Happy Hour (DC Edition)

  • Location: Rooftop @ 1905 Restaurant, 1905 9th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Smartly is hosting its first-ever DC event, on the rooftop of 1905 Bistro & Bar in NW DC. The event will take place on September 20th, from 6:30-8:30, and the first round of drinks is on us—so please feel free to stop by any time! This will be an informal happy hour with Smartly students, alumni, and a few members of our staff.”

Event: Made in the DMV: Intro to Virginia Startup Community

  • Location: GA D.C. (Northern Virginia), 2231 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Intro to Virginia Startup Community is an event featuring a few of the hottest startups based in Virginia. Co-hosted by General Assembly and 1776, come get an inside scoop on key events/meetups to attend, people, companies, VCs, blogs, incubators, programs, hot issues, and more.”

Event: Imposter Syndrome: 22 Years and Still Faking It

  • Location: Arlington Tech eXchange (Excella Consulting), 2300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 630, Arlington, Va.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, advice, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“Robbie Holmes shared how someone with 22 years of experience has always had — and still fights — imposter’s syndrome. He’ll talk about his tips for coping with and overcoming imposter syndrome.”

Thursday, Sept. 21

Event: Healthcare Analytics at Scale – Weighing the Outcomes

  • Location: WeWork, 1775 Tysons Blvd, Tysons, Va.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 21, 5:30 PM-8:15 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“Join HIMSS NCA and the Big Data Healthcare Meetup at an informal chat about Healthcare Analytics at Scale, weighing the value of care and the outcomes of healthcare delivery. These are some of the questions that will be explored: How effective are big data technologies in resolving the data access, integration, and analytic challenges of today’s healthcare organizations? What’s the real scoop on the ROI? Does Healthcare IT really know how to harness the value from these high-tech tools to achieve better health outcomes? Is big data the silver bullet we need to unlock EHR data? Or are healthcare organizations better off sticking with the tried and true? Attendees will benefit from networking with technical and healthcare professionals as well as learn about what works and doesn’t work in the world of big data healthcare.”

Friday, Sept. 22

Event: Code for DC Turns Five!

  • Location: CHIEF, 1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 22, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, celebration
  • Price: Free

“Code for DC is turning five! Come celebrate our birthday and National Day of Civic Hacking, which takes place the day after. Stop by whether you were with us in the early days, recently joined, or just interested in seeing what we’re about. We’ll highlight some of our favorite projects and community work, plus indulge in birthday festivities.” 

Event: Jazz in the Garden

  • Location: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 700 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 22, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: celebration, fun, music
  • Price: Free

“THE best outdoor jazz series in the DC area is back! This is always a great meet up after work with friends and or coworkers. It’s a popular one so arrive early. I’ll post up at 4:30pm to find some real estate for our group. Anyone else who is available early would be very helpful. Food and water is allowed on the premises, or can be purchased at the Pavillon. Beer, wine, and the very popular pitchers of sangria will be sold throughout the venue.” 

Event: September Cooperatives Stakeholders

  • Location: DSLBD, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 805S, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 22, 1 PM-2:30 PM
  • Event Type: celebration, fun, music
  • Price: Free

“The DSLBD Office of Tech & Innovation is holding an open stakeholders meeting on the topic of business and worker cooperatives in the District of Columbia.

This engagement builds on the local economy discussion held by the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in Fall 2016.” 

The Weekend, Sept. 23-24

Event: 2017 DC State Fair

  • Location: Waterfront-SEU Station, 375 and 425 M St. SW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Sept. 24, 11 AM-4 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, festival
  • Price: Free

“The DC State Fair is a free showcase of the District’s agricultural and creative talents and a daylong celebration of all things homegrown. While the DC State Fair is inspired by time-honored state fair traditions—growing and gardening, animal husbandry, and deep-fried foods—it also honors the things that make the District of Columbia unique. This means the DC State Fair holds competitions to find the best pupusas, mumbo sauce, and Double Dutch jumpers in the city, puts on a Pet Parade instead of a pig race, and works with local businesses and organizations that are committed to helping our community thrive. A schedule of events will be posted as soon as it is available.”

Monday, Sept. 25

Event: pineapple presents: the wellness project

  • Location: Take Care Shop, 1338 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Sept. 25, 7:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, meetup, Q&A
  • Price: $25-$35

“author of the new book, The Wellness Project, Phoebe has lived by this motto ever since her diagnoses with an autoimmune disease in her early twenties. overwhelmed by the countless and often conflicting advice to improve her health, Phoebe decided to take her wellbeing into her own hands and write a guide not only she could follow, but also inspire others to do the same.

join us for a conversation with Phoebe, moderated by pineapple DC member Carlene Thomas, Virginia-based dietitian nutritionist, recipe developer, and co-owner of Healthfully Ever After (@healthfullyeverafter).”

Event: Front End Tech Talk: A beginner’s guide to web mapping with Mapbox

  • Location: Opportunity@Work, 1111 19th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Sept. 25, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Nadia Barbosa from MapBox will be walking us through the fun world of mapping!”

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Event: DC Tech Meetup #59

  • Location: The Washington Post, 1301 K Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, demos, networking
  • Price: Free

“Join fellow technologists & technology enthusiasts for an evening of live demos from companies developing great technology in Washington DC. Want to demo at DC Tech Meetup? Submit to be reviewed here: bit.ly/dctm-demo. We will be in touch if you are selected. Have an event to share with DC Tech? Submit here: bit.ly/dctm-event”

Event: Disability Start Up Network | Stakeholders September

  • Location:**Location May Be Subject To Change** 1776, 1133 15th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1 PM-3 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“The DC Department of Small & Local Business Developent is supporting an open stakeholders group for community members interested in furthering business development support for business owners and aspiring business owners with a disability in the District.”

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Event: DC Tech Meetup Special Edition: A Tech Titans Fireside Chat

  • Location: Inclusive Innovation Incubator, 2301 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Join us for a special evening as we chat with Tom Davidson (CEO, EVERFI) and Tim Hwang (CEO, FiscalNote) about starting up, delivering innovation, raising big bucks, and growing great companies right here in Washington DC.”

Event: 2017 GW Idea Fest

  • Location: GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall, 725 23rd St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, conference
  • Price: Free

“Do you have an idea? A problem that needs solving? Follow your innovative itch to the GW Idea Fest. Join the team fueling innovation at GW for an evening of prizes, pitches, pizza, and more.”

Event: Lunch And A Discussion On What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Patents

  • Location: The McPherson Building, 901 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 12 PM-1 PM
  • Event Type: networking, lunch, speaker event, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Are you an entrepreneur who is curious about patents, or do you know someone who is? Join our DC startup team on Wednesday, September 27 for an opportunity to get answers to all of your burning questions about patent law. Feel free to pass this invitation along to others in the startup community. All guests must register in advance.”

Event: Data Scientist & Web Developer Student Spotlight

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 4 PM-6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, hiring, job fair
  • Price: Free

“You’re invited to GA’s exclusive hiring event to meet our latest cohort of Data Scientists and Web Developers, who have honed their skills in General Assembly’s Immersive Programs. Hiring managers, recruiters, and HR personnel are welcome.”

Thursday, Sept. 28

Event: Unleaded – Designing constructive responses to bias, after traumatic events

  • Location: WeWork 80 M St, 80 M Street SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, brainstorm, meetup
  • Price: Free

“It seems like every day we wake up to national tragedies like Charlottesville or violence against communities of color, accompanied by tweets and notifications that grow the divide against difference, rather than bring us together. It’s easy to be overwhelmed, and opt to sit idly by – but we want to do something about it!”

Event: The 3rd Annual Timmy Awards Presented by 1776 DC

  • Location: 1776 Crystal City, 2231 Crystal Drive #1000, Arlington, VA
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, awards show
  • Price: Free

“The Timmy Awards by Tech in Motion is an awards ceremony recognizing the best places for tech professionals to work in DC. While many tech awards are given to brilliant individuals and their technological advancements, the Timmy Awards aim to recognize those who employ those technologists, the companies and managers supporting and driving the innovation. And we want YOU to weigh in.”