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, Jan. 5

Event: DC — We Survived 2017! Friday Night Wine Tasting

  • Location: Cork & Fork DC, 1522 14th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jan. 5, 5 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: $10

“What a week! Ready to unwind with a wine tasting? We have a selection of our favorite wines to help you relax. During the tasting, you will taste through a range of wines from whites to reds.”

Event: First Fridays at GA

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

“Join Cassandra, of The Quirky Pineapple Studio, in celebrating her brand re-launch! The Quirky Pineapple has transitioned from a lifestyle & travel blog to a full online business offering copywriting, content creation, and brand/blog strategy to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and side-hustlin’ divas in the tourism and hospitality industry!”

The Weekend, Jan. 6-7

Event: DC Futurist Society Meetup featuring Aaron Oesterle presented by Alley

  • Location: 800 block of Upshur St & 9th St NW in Petworth
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 9-Sunday, Dec. 10
  • Event Type: weekend picks, holiday events
  • Price: Free

“Join us for the first meetup of the DC Futurist Society. We’ll be talking space policy and the future of human settlement! We are excited to announce that Aaron Oesterle, Vice President of PoliSpace, an expert on space policy will be joining us to discuss next steps in American space policy and the challenges ahead..”

Event: No Pants Metro Ride DC 2018

  • Location: Hancock Park, 800 C St SW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 7, 3 PM-5 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“Our 10th year riding the DC Metro without pants!

Act as if it’s any other day: you’re traveling to/from work, you’re headed to meet some friends, you’re en route to some appointment, you’re carting off your old Christmas tree, you’re a tourist not quite sure how to navigate Metro… you just happen to be without pants.

Maybe you forgot them. Maybe you hadn’t even noticed. Maybe, despite the assertions of those around you, you’re pretty sure you have them on.”

Event: DC VR Arts Hackathon Presentations

  • Location: American University at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 7, 7 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“Come see the final results of DC’s first ever VR Arts Hackathon! Participants with backgrounds in performing arts (theater, music, dance, visual arts), film, or software development will be offered the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary collaborators over a weekend-long workshop to create and produce artistic content in the new medium of VR / 360 Video.”

Monday, Jan. 8

Event: Data Science for your Vacation

  • Location: Eastern Foundry, 1100 Wilson Blvd, 10th Floor, Arlington, Va.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 8, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“We all want to go on a vacation, choosing the right hotel can be work. In this practical workshop, you’ll use a dataset that contains hotel reviews to build a prediction model to guess where you might want to go on your next vacation. You’ll get an introduction to a data scientist’s tools and methods, including an overview of basic machine learning concepts.”

Event: Happy Hour at Paladar

  • Location: Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, 203 Crown Park Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 8, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join us at Paladar, Gaithersburg for our first Networking Happy Hour of the year for MOCO Housewives! Paladar features a wide selection of cocktails like their delicious selection of Margaritas, but there is so much more to their menu! We’ve got more New Year appropriate fun in store for this special day: 1/8/18! As always, this is a FREE event, so register a ticket for yourself and don’t forget to share with your friends.”

Tuesday, Jan. 9

Event: The Tech Wine Down for Technology Professionals

  • Location: Hudson Coastal, 11811 West Marketplace, Fulton, MD
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join executives, engineers, developers, and other technology professionals for engaging conversation and business connection over a glass of wine (or other beverage of choice) at Hudson Coastal.”

Wednesday, Jan. 10

Event: Bike Hack Night VIII

  • Location: Social Tables (3rd Floor), 1325 G St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Bike Hack Night is a show & tell of bicycle-related apps, data visualizations, and gadgets: anything built with code.”

Event: Data Science Talent Spotlight

  • Location: General Assembly, 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 4 PM-6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, hiring
  • Price: Free

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

Event: DC Nightowls Founder Stories – Patrick of Patrick’s Pet Care

  • Location: The Alley, 2055 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 PM-11 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Join us and founder Patrick Flynn of Patrick’s Pet Care in making progress on your side effort (hobby, freelance, study, writing, storyboarding) at our next session in the recently launched Alley DC.”

Thursday, Jan. 11

Event: Women in Healthcare New Year Celebration 2018

  • Location: Denizens Brewing Co | The Lower Taproom, 1115 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Md.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 11, 5 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: $15-$45

“The purpose of Women in Healthcare is to promote the roles and responsibilities of females in the healthcare industry, empowering one another to mentor growth and support business through sharing successful techniques, contacts, products and services.”

Friday, Jan. 12

Event: Private Screening of “I Am: A WiSci Story”

  • Location: The Dean Acheson Auditorium, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jan. 12, 2 PM-5 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Join us for a private screening of the short film “I Am: A WiSci Story”, created by Filmmaker, Director Rodney Rascona, which takes viewers on the journey of 98 young women from the United States and five Sub-Saharan African countries, as they partake in the 2017 WiSci (Women in Science) Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the impact of WiSci, and how public-private partnerships like WiSci can be used as a tool for diplomacy and development.”

The Weekend, Jan. 13-14

Event: DC — Extending the Holiday Buzz! Saturday Wine Tasting

  • Location: Cork & Fork DC, 1522 14th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jan. 13, 3 PM-6 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: $10

“What a week! Ready to unwind with a wine tasting? We have a selection of our favorite wines to help you relax. During the tasting, you will taste through a range of wines from whites to reds.”

Event: The Art of Skateboarding: Premier and Art Show

  • Location: Bustin Boards at City Garage, 101 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, Md.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 13, 6 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking
  • Price: $5-$10

“Meet Professional skaters Joey Jett and Mike Vallely on January 13th from 6 -10pm at Bustin Boards in City Garage!! Baltimore native Joey Jett mastered his art of skateboarding, photography and videography while touring the world with legendary skater, Mike Vallely. Over twenty unseen photos of Vallely and Jett from the filming will be on display. The film has original skate tricks, scenes from around the world including epic footage filmed by Jett of Vallely skating with the most influential skater of all time, Mark “Gonz” Gonzales. The film has been the artistic passion of 19-year-old Jett for the past year as he skated, directed, edited, photographed and even filmed parts of his vision.”

Monday, Jan. 15

No events of note today. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! 

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Event: Tech Entrepreneurs: Get Feedback on your Startup’s Marketing from Entrepreneurs 

  • Location: Virtual D.C. meetup
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 3 PM
  • Event Type: networking, advice, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Meet other tech entrepreneurs from around the country to get feedback and advice on your company’s marketing challenges. You’ll get a diverse set of opinions and perspectives to help you overcome your challenges. And, you’ll have the opportunity to share actionable advice with other entrepreneurs who can benefit from it.”

Event: Green Drinks DC Happy Hour at WeWork

  • Location: WeWork 80 M SE, 80 M Street SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join us for a free beer (or two) on January 16 at WeWork 80 M Street. Hope to see you there!”

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Event: Betamore Academy Meet + Greet

  • Location: Betamore at City Garage, 101 W. Dickman Street, Baltimore, Md.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Betamore would like to invite you and your guests to an information session about the Academy.

The Academy is a variety of intensive courses where students will learn from current industry experts. Our long-form courses last 8-12 weeks. All of our courses focus on teaching students the practical skills necessary to enter the tech industry in entry-level and internship roles as well as pathways into entrepreneurship.”

Event: Union Stage Launch Party at The District Wharf

  • Location: 740 Water St SW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“IMPACT Collective is thrilled to launch Union Stage, a brand new music and events venue in DC’s hottest new waterfront property, The Wharf. Join your hospitality and event industry colleagues for an exclusive reveal party featuring private behind the scene tours, live band {Free Spirit}, photo booth {Boothorama}, open bar, and delicious food by our neighbor, Mike Isabella Catering.”

Event: Entrepreneurship Hack Night presented by Women Who Code DC

  • Location: TBA
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, women in tech
  • Price: Free

“Join us at our first Entrepreneurship Hack Night!”

Thursday, Jan. 18

Event: DCRUG: Monthly Meetup

  • Location: Optoro, 1001 G St NW (12th Floor), Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Our meetings are open to all experience levels, from total novices to expert Rubyists.”