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, Oct. 13

Event: Up and Up Open Mic Night

  • Location: Alley Powered by Verizon, 2055 L St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 13, 9 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour
  • Price: $20

More details here.

The Weekend, Oct. 14-15

No events to report this weekend. Be free and merry, y’all.

Monday, Oct. 16

Event: DC CyberWeek Opening Party

  • Location: Knight Conference Center, 8th Floor, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Oct. 16, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, cybersecurity, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“CyberScoop will kick off DC CyberWeek with a networking event that brings together hundreds of cybersecurity decision makers, influencers and practitioners in the nation’s capital. DC CyberWeek attendees, hosts and sponsors will join government executives and decision makers to launch the week-long festival of cybersecurity networking and learning events.”

Event: DC: Seminar Discussion – Wajahat Ali @ Impact Hub DC

  • Location: Impact Hub DC, 419 7th St NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Oct. 16, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, skill development
  • Price: Free

“What are the limits of free speech? Join us to grapple with this perplexing question in a thought-provoking discussion on Free Speech vs. Hate Speech: Islamophobia As a Case Study. This fascinating and timely IVY Seminar will led by Wajahat Ali, a renowned journalist for a number of high-profile publications like The Atlantic and The New York Times, and author of the critically acclaimed play, The Domestic Crusaders.”

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Event: The DC CyberWeek Cyber Security Career Expo and Cocktail Party

  • Location: Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 3 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: job fair, happy hour, networking
  • Price: Free

“Participate in this niche opportunity to meet face to face with hiring managers during DC CyberWeek from:

The Aerospace Corporation, Assurance Technology Corporation, Blue Canopy – Powered by Jacobs, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Institute for Defense Analyses, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Mil Corporation, Netcentrics, Northrop Grumman, PenFed Credit Union, Regent University, and many more!”

Event: Happy Hour Mixer

  • Location: Logan Exchange, 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“There’s no question that this is truly the busy season, and an overloaded calendar leaves an overextended you.

Join four of DC’s women-owned businesses as we step back from the weekday crush for an offline breather on Tuesday, October 17th.

Bring along a romantically unattached friend and step inside DC Diary’s mobile recording booth to record an anonymous entry on your lives in DC. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry, we’ll have prompts.”

Event: Penn(Tester)Social | DC CyberWeek

  • Location: Penn Social, 801 E Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour
  • Price: $10

“What better way is there to connect with your fellow DC Penetration Testers – and those interested in becoming ethical hackers – than a night of fun at PennSocial in D.C.? Not only is the location “punny” it’s also a cool place to gather a group for an evening of games, free drinks, free food, and the Caps live on TV! Join us downstairs in “The Far Side” section by the shuffleboard tables.”

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Event: Mapbox Meetup: The Guide to Map Design

  • Location: 1509 16th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Want to learn how to design an eye-catching map like this one? Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to learn from our designer/cartographer Amy Lee Walton the key principles of map design.”

Event: pineapple presents: women in food deliver

  • Location: Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, speaker event, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Join us in conversation with online grocer FreshDirect, which just launched delivery in DC, featuring four NY-based women behind some of our fave foods: Anita Shepherd of Anita’s Yogurt, Nekisia Davis from Early Bird Foods, Chloe Epstein of Chloe’s Fruit and Vanessa Dew of Health-Ade Kombucha.”

Event: Ezra Klein (cofounder & Editor-in-Chief of Vox)

  • Location: Alley Powered by Verizon, 2055 L st. NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, panel discussion
  • Price: $20-$25

“Ezra Klein is founder and editor-in-chief of Vox.com—one of the most popular political media websites for Millennials with more than 20 million unique visitors monthly. Vox.com is a subsidiary of Vox Media which has raised more than $307 million from Accel, Khosla Ventures, General Atlantic, and Comcast NBC Universal. Vox was the first online-only news publication to land an interview with President Obama.”

Event: Coworking and discussion on ReactJS Prototyping for Customers

  • Location: Pivotal Labs, 1625 Eye St NW, Suite 601
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 PM-11 PM
  • Event Type: co-working, panel discussion, meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“DC Nightowls is an open community of adventurous self-starters turning big ideas into exciting projects. We do this by organizing open creativity and productivity sessions around town. If you have a project or work remotely, bring your laptop and join us! This co-working session will feature roundtable conversation with Sean Perkins of Mobility Labs (http://mobility-labs.com/).  From beginner to expert, this unconference-style conversation will be driven by participants sharing ReactJS prototyping examples from past experience and online research. ”

Thursday, Oct. 19

Event: DC Tech Meetup #60: Demos, Demos, Demos

  • Location: Miracle Theater, 535 8th Street SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, happy hour, demos
  • Price: Free

“Join fellow technologists & technology enthusiasts for an evening of live demos from companies developing great technology in Washington DC.”

Event: ChallengeHER (Dept of Treasury)

  • Location: GSA NCR Building – Auditorium, 301 7th Street SW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 19, 8 AM-1 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“ChallengeHER works specifically with the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contracting program as a tool to help to assist women business owners leverage federal awards, learn the federal procurement process, and to connect them with the right people.”

Event: DC CyberWeek Closing Party

  • Location: Scoop News Group HQ, 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 19, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Join CyberScoop for the DC CyberWeek Closing Party! DC CyberWeek attendees, hosts and sponsors will join executives from government and industry to close out this unprecedented week of learning and networking powered by the cybersecurity community.”

Friday, Oct. 20

Event: Women in Cyber Luncheon & Panel | DC CyberWeek

  • Location: AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment & Policy, 601 New Jersey Ave. NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 20, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, women in tech
  • Price: $10-$20

“Women comprise just 11 percent of the information security workforce. That’s why Scope Group has decided to join forces with BSidesNoVa to host a women-centric luncheon and panel discussion on Friday, October 20th at the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment & Policy in downtown Washington, DC.”  

The Weekend, Oct. 21-22

Event: 2017 GW Alumni Founders Panel

  • Location: GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall, Room M06, 725 23rd St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 AM-12 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“As part of Colonials Weekend, the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a panel discussion of successful Alumni Startup Founders to talk about their journey from idea to market. This event is part of the GW Colonials Weekend. Don’t miss out on hearing from our exciting alumni!”

Event: Saturday Hackternoon

  • Location: Optoro, 1001 G St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 21, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, skill development, hackathon, networking
  • Price: Free

“Bring your laptop and your projects! Learn some Ruby! Help someone else learn some Ruby!”

Monday, Oct. 23

Event: Learn to be a Speaker Series

  • Location: The Washington Post 1301 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Oct. 23, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Bring your tech talk to our mini ‘pitch off’ competition! Our panel of judges will listen to your talk abstract and outline for 2 mins. The winner will receive a small funding stipend from ACM to help with travel if your talk is picked up!”

Event: Green Drinks DC + Cultivate the City Happy Hour @ Steel Plate

  • Location: Steel Plate, 3523 12th Street NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Oct. 23, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join Green Drinks DC and Cultivate the City for happy hour at Steel Plate. Snack on light appetizers from Cultivate the City’s on-site garden and sip on happy hour specials all night. Tours of the garden are also available.”

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Event: Food Waste and Sustainability Panel

  • Location: National Geographic Society, Cafeteria North End, 1600 M St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 12 PM-1:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“The DC Food Recovery Working Group invites you to attend a Lunch and Learn panel discussion with sustainability professionals to learn about best practices in limiting food waste. The session will touch on ways organizations can reduce food waste from menu planning to food recovery partnerships and provide tips on how to bring these sustainable solutions to your company. Space is limited so please use this link to register.”

Event: Build a Virtual Pet with JavaScript

  • Location: Eastern Foundry Rosslyn, 1100 Wilson Blvd, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Learn the programming fundamentals of JavaScript by building a virtual pet (think: Tamagotchi). With each new programming concept you learn, you will add new features to your game – including customizing your pets, feeding them, and keeping track of their health. See an example before you come: this virtual pet was made by an attendee at one of last events!”

Event: pineapple presents: DC Bombesquad

  • Location: Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event
  • Price: $30-$67

“pineapple x Salt & Sundry present: Cherry Bombe’s DC Bombesquad! what’s a Bombesquad you ask? it’s your girl gang, your inner circle, your crew of women you #pinefor. Cherry Bombe Magazine, Radio Cherry Bombe and now Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook have led the way telling the stories of incredible women in food throughout the country and in the process, have given us all a Bombesquad.”

Event: Tech and Dating

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: speaker event, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Join us for a fireside chat style interview around the future of dating, sex & tech with Founder & CEO of The League App!”

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Event: Networking Happy Hour at the GW Innovation Center

  • Location: GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall Room M06, 725 23rd St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking
  • Price: Free

“Are you a student entrepreneur looking to mingle with other entrepreneurs here at GW? Are you looking for your next co-founder or partner for the next great business idea? Join us for a fun networking event at the new GW Innovation Center! Students from all over campus are welcome to join us for an evening networking over refreshments and snacks.”

Event: 2nd Annual Hacktoberfest

  • Location: Sent upon RSVP
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, hackathon, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Come out and celebrate open-source projects by learning and participating in Digital Ocean and Github’s annual Hacktoberfest event. We’ll be hacking away at the unique and creative Booz Allen Innovation Center.”

Thursday, Oct. 26

Event: Tech Talk: the Internet of Things

  • Location: 1776 Crystal City, 2231 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 26, 6 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“More details on our October event coming soon!”

Event: WTF?! – Designing constructive responses to bias, after traumatic events

  • Location: FIN Digital, 727 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 PM
  • Event Type: skill development, meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“We’re kicking off our Fall series with a conversation about the one that’s constantly on our minds: How might we constructively deal with and respond to this tumultuous political and social climate? 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!”