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, Nov. 10

Event: Techstars Global Startup Weekend 2017

  • Location: Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 10-Sunday, Nov. 12
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, panel discussions
  • Price: $25

“Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, “that was my idea a few years ago!”? If you have, then that means you did not have a process for taking that idea and building it out into a prototype. Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days!”

Event: Spaces NoMa Presents: ‘First Fridays’ HAPPY HOUR!

  • Location: 1140 3rd St NE, Uline Arena, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 10, 5 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking
  • Price: Free

“Join us for a fun night of networking and socializing! Drinks, snacks and your favorite team games…Flip Cup, Beer Pong and Civil War! You won’t want to miss this! Invite your friends and co-workers.”

Event: Winter Walk of Lights Opening Night

  • Location: Dancing Mind, 929 W Broad St, Falls Church, Va.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 27, 4:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: $8-13

“Put on your walking shoes and bring the family to experience a Northern Virginia festive tradition. Round out your visit by roasting marshmallows, and sipping on hot beverages by the fire.

Warm up with hot chocolate, coffee, and hot cider. A Winter Walk favorite is the s`more kit – roasting your marshmallows at the fire makes this treat even more scrumptious.

Purchase your tickets online to guarantee admission. Onsite tickets are not guaranteed. Parking is free but limited. We recommend taking a cab, UBER, or LYFT!”

Event: Hackathon for HopeOneSource

  • Location: Blackstone Technology Group, 1110 N Glebe Rd, Ste 200, Arlington, VA
  • Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 10, 9 AM-3 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, hackathon, networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Interested in helping nonprofits and contributing to Drupal? Blackstone Federal will be hosting a hackathon to help HopeOneSource.

The mission of HopeOneSource is to help prevent and end homelessness in the DC area via an automated and collaborative messaging service application.”

The Weekend, Nov. 11-12

Event: Techstars Global Startup Weekend 2017

  • Location: Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 10-Sunday, Nov. 12
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, panel discussions
  • Price: $25

“Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, “that was my idea a few years ago!”? If you have, then that means you did not have a process for taking that idea and building it out into a prototype. Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days!”

Event: Minority Innovation Weekend

  • Location: Hotel RL – Baltimore Inner Harbor, 207 E Redwood St, Baltimore, MD
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 AM-7 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“The goal of Minority Innovation Weekend (MIW) is to provide training for individuals that are interested in taking a technology-based idea or concept and turning it into a viable tech startup. Assuming that you have an idea or concept in mind, the goal of the conference is to provide you with fundamental knowledge to help you get started.”

Event: Fall Craft Fair

  • Location: 1801 Turkey Point Rd, Essex, Md.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 AM-4 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, outdoor festival
  • Price: Free

“Join the fun of holiday shopping and crafting. There will be a wide variety of vendors so you are sure to find something for anyone in your life. (or maybe just for you) There will also be opportunities to show you creative side with some of our make and take crafts. Snacks will be available for purchase as well. Feel free to email us at chesapeakeptsa@yahoo.com with any questions.”

Event: ActLocal 2017 Washington, DC- Free Event

  • Location: 1875 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 PM-5:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, skill development, panel discussions
  • Price: Free

“We’re excited to be hosting the DMV version of ActLocal. We’re featuring speakers from Black Lives Matter DC, YWCA USA, Sister District Project, Rising Organizers, Herd on the Hill, Emerge America, Arlington County Democratic Committee, Friends Committee on National Legislation, DC Local Ambassadors.”

Event: Upright Citizen’s Brigade Touring Company

  • Location: Sixth & I, 600 I St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, comedy
  • Price: $20

“The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company brings the very best of its New York City and Los Angeles theatres to our stage. See the comedic stars of today and tomorrow from the theatre that brought you comedy greats Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, MTV’s Human Giant, The Daily Show’s Rob Riggle, and more.”

Monday, Nov. 13

Event: General Assembly | Women In Tech Breakfast

  • Location: General Assembly Washington DC, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 13, 8:30 AM-10:30 AM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion
  • Price: $10

“We invite you to join us for this interactive breakfast for Women in Technology. We feature 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: Public Good App House Festival

  • Location: Multiple Locations, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 13-Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, conference
  • Price: Free

“Join us as we bring together experts in public good technologies to discuss community engagement and design, active projects, and impact and scale. The top experts in Public Good Technologies are coming together for the Public Good App House Festival of the Americas in Washington, DC from November 13th – 15th, 2017. The festival will be centered around the UN Sustainable Development Goals, showcasing Public Good Technologies that are helping to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.”

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Event: Public Good App House Festival

  • Location: Multiple Locations, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 13-Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, conference
  • Price: Free

“Join us as we bring together experts in public good technologies to discuss community engagement and design, active projects, and impact and scale. The top experts in Public Good Technologies are coming together for the Public Good App House Festival of the Americas in Washington, DC from November 13th – 15th, 2017. The festival will be centered around the UN Sustainable Development Goals, showcasing Public Good Technologies that are helping to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.”

Event: DC Social Media Happy Hour II- Octane Digital

  • Location: Board Room, 1737 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 5 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“We’re taking a break from eating and breathing digital media to celebrate! Over the past couple months, our small but mighty Octane Digital Team has been working to rebrand ourselves and showcase the great work we’ve been doing in the DC digital space. Please join us in a celebration of creativity and all things social media at the Board Room on November 14th.”

Event: 202Creates x GWU Entrepreneurship Mixer

  • Location: Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House, 2475 18th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“Looking to learn from experienced innovators in the District? Come enjoy live music and mingling while you meet DC’s creatives and entrepreneurs! Join 202Creates and the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for a night of networking at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café, right in the heart of Adams Morgan.”

Event: Horror VR Happy Hour At Augment Arcade

  • Location: Augment VR Arcade and Bar, 645 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: virtual reality, happy hour, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Halloween is over, but the scares continue with a night of horror VR games hosted by Augment Arcade. Featuring 4 HTC Vives maxed out with GTX 1080s and over 30 games to choose from, this event will be free to DCVR members only. Stop by from 6-9 to grab a drink, try a game, or come network with other VR professionals.”

Event: Sprint Challenge: Designing a way to integrate fitness into our daily lives

  • Location: WeWork Apollo, 810 7th St NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, design
  • Price: Free

“Our stakeholder for this design sprint is Pulse House, a new exercise concept that will be coming to DC in 2018. We’re going to help the team crowdsource ideas on ways to integrate fitness into our daily lives.”

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Event: Public Good App House Festival

  • Location: Multiple Locations, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 13-Wednesday, Nov. 15
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, conference
  • Price: Free

“Join us as we bring together experts in public good technologies to discuss community engagement and design, active projects, and impact and scale. The top experts in Public Good Technologies are coming together for the Public Good App House Festival of the Americas in Washington, DC from November 13th – 15th, 2017. The festival will be centered around the UN Sustainable Development Goals, showcasing Public Good Technologies that are helping to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Event: Promoting Economic Opportunity: Models That Work

  • Location: The Watergate Hotel 2650 Virginia Ave NW Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8 AM-1 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“In thriving cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, public, nonprofit, and private partners are developing and testing innovative programs and strategies that drive positive economic outcomes for low- and moderate-income residents.”

Event: November Beer, Brats and Bots Executive Happy Hour

  • Location: STAR Academy, 2032 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, robotics
  • Price: Free

“Come join area business owners and executives for an evening of networking with some beer, brats and bots (and drones) thrown in for fun. The goal is to get smart successful business folks together, learn about each other’s companies and make new connections. And to check out the new STAR Academy STEM Education facility in Timonium, MD.”

Event: cove Dupont Launch party

  • Location: 1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, launch party, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Come celebrate the opening of cove’s newest location! We’ll have delicious eats provided by the DMV Food Truck Association, only the sweetest jams for dancing, and giveaways from our partners at Getaround, Justworks, and Via, among others.”

Event: Talk Data to Me

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“At this event, we host thought-leaders from the DC data community to discuss the possibilities that data brings to life. They’ll cover how today’s wealth of data drives business and product decisions across industries ranging from journalism to programming, and share their visions for the future.”

Event: Nailing the Interview Process for Employers

  • Location: General Assembly, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“This is a private, free session specifically for our outcomes hiring partners.

We get it. Making an offer to a complete stranger is a big deal. You want to be sure you’re making the right decision, the right investment, and the right hire. And that is why the interview process is an imperative step in helping you to make that right decision. But does it really need to take six meetings and an essay contest to do so?”

Event: pineapple presents: pine for wine… yes, we can!

  • Location: General Assembly, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, happy hour
  • Price: $25

“Because you don’t always need to drink wine with your pinky up! Join us for the launch of Old Westminster Winery’s WINES IN A CAN – the first women-made, natural wine product of its kind grown and canned here in the Mid-Atlantic.

We’ll have a tasting of three limited-release wines–Carbonic, a semi-carbonated cabernet franc; the Farmer Fizz, a sparkling home-vineyard chardonnay; and Seeds & Skins, a partially skin-fermented pinot grigio.”

Thursday, Nov. 16

Event: Innovative Pipelines for Tech Recruiting

  • Location: Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), 2214 Rock Hill Rd, Suite #600, Herndon, VA
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16, 8 AM-12 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, recruiting
  • Price: Free

“Perhaps more than any single factor, the availability of a skilled labor force affects crucial business decisions; notably whether to stay in a region, whether to expand in the region, or whether to go elsewhere.

Recruitment and retention of highly skilled employees is essential.

We have invited nine innovative workforce program representatives to share their unique programs with you in an effort to make your job of tech recruiting and retention a little easier.”

Event: Betamore + The Foundery Open House

  • Location: City Garage, 101 West Dickman Street, Baltimore, MD
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join Betamore and the Foundery for our first joint Open House! Tour Betamore’s new campus + The Foundery makerspace at City Garage and learn about membership and education opportunities for both organizations.”

Event: Fintech Power Week Happy Hour

  • Location: TBD, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, meetup
  • Price: $10

“Join us for the Fintech + Blockchain about how these solutions can and are transforming government. Meet with government agencies implementing solutions to hear about the path to adoption. You will also hear from Dcode42, a government-focused accelerator on their upcoming FinTech and Blockchain program designed to accelerate these”

Event: Networking Happy Hour at GWU | Hosted by: GWU & SEED SPOT

  • Location: GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall, 23rd St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Join us for a fun, networking event hosted by the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and SEED SPOT at the new GW Innovation Center! Students from all over campus + members from the DC community are welcome to join us for an evening networking over refreshments and snacks.”

Event: Startup Stories: From Nightowl to full-time

  • Location: 1776 the board room, 1133 15th Street, 12th Floor
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov 16, 7:00 PM-11:00 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 entrepreneurs who have jumped or are jumping from day jobs to their own businesses full-time.  The discussion will feature local entrepreneurs Candy Schibli who is a government employee by day, coffee bean importer, roaster and distributor all other times, and Patrick Flynn who founded Patrick’s Pet Care, which offers pet services including doggie and kitty hotels and apartments for pets to stay in in Columbia Heights and Brookland DC.”

Event: Transportation & Mobility Hackathon

  • Location: Refraction, 11911 Freedom Drive, Reston, Va.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16, 10:30 AM-Friday, Nov. 17, 5:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, hackathon
  • Price: Free

“We’re looking for entrepreneurs, tech companies and students to participate. Cash prizes between $1,500 to $3,000 will be awarded, and participants will have opportunities for future collaboration with public and private partners…

The hackathon will be judged by:

  • Anthony Fung, Commonwealth of Virginia Deputy Secretary of Technology
  • David Heyman, CoFounder, Smart City Works
  • Sean Mallon, Associate Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, George Mason University
  • Cathy McGhee, Director, Virginia Transportation Research Council
  • James Quigley, CEO, GoCanvas”

Friday, Nov. 17

Event: Transportation & Mobility Hackathon

  • Location: Refraction, 11911 Freedom Drive, Reston, Va.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16, 10:30 AM-Friday, Nov. 17, 5:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, hackathon
  • Price: Free

“We’re looking for entrepreneurs, tech companies and students to participate. Cash prizes between $1,500 to $3,000 will be awarded, and participants will have opportunities for future collaboration with public and private partners…

The hackathon will be judged by:

  • Anthony Fung, Commonwealth of Virginia Deputy Secretary of Technology
  • David Heyman, CoFounder, Smart City Works
  • Sean Mallon, Associate Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, George Mason University
  • Cathy McGhee, Director, Virginia Transportation Research Council
  • James Quigley, CEO, GoCanvas”

The Weekend, Nov. 18-19

Event: The Love Stories Tour (Zola x Modern Love)

  • Location: Union Market, 1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 AM-5 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, arts, fun
  • Price: Free

“We’re hitting the road to collect everyday love stories in collaboration with Modern Love, the hit podcast based on the New York Times’ popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays that explore the joys and tribulations of love.

Record your love story in our “Registry On Wheels” while tasting some delicious wedding cake.”

Event: Halcyon Arts Lab November Open Studios

  • Location: 1801 35th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 AM-3 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, arts, networking
  • Price: Free

“Join our eight Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows in their studios to learn about what they’ve been working on and their plans for their time in DC. Artists’ studios will be open for tours as well as Fillmore facilities!”

Event: Techstorm: Youth Ideation Summit

  • Location: Inclusive Innovation Incubator, 2301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 PM-6 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, youth entrepreneurship
  • Price: Free

“The youth ideation summit provides a platform for youth in the dmv metropolitan area to gain exposure to various functionalities of technology. we wish to use an industry that the youth have the most experience with, which is media. leveraging various workshops, we will introduce the product innovation and ideation process that top tech companies use to create products such as uber, twitter, facebook and google.”

Event: Intro to Design Sprints Workshop

  • Location: WeWork 80 M St, 80 M Street Southeast, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 PM-5 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, we’re hosting for our first ever “Intro to Design Sprints Workshop” for problem-solvers, entrepreneurs, students, and consultants. You’ll get an overview of the Google Ventures innovation framework, and a taste of our community design sprint format that includes hands-on exercises.”

Monday, Nov. 20

Event: How to Empower Others to Overcome Obstacles with Tim Shriver

  • Location: Impact Hub DC, 419 7th St NW, Ste 300, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 6, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event,
  • Price: TBD

“Join us to learn How to Empower Others to Overcome Obstacles: Lessons from the Special Olympics with its Chairman, Tim Shriver! Tim is a leading educator on social and emotional learning who has spent his life dedicated to school reform and educational innovation. In his capacity as Chairman of the Special Olympics, he helps those those with intellectual disabilities achieve athletically while striving toward a more inclusive world for all. During our IVY Ideas Night, Tim will help us learn more about the work of the Special Olympics and how to help marginalized people achieve their dreams.”

Tuesday, Nov. 21—Thursday, Nov. 23

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Thanksgiving Holiday. No events. Enjoy the break!