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, Dec. 8

Event: Millennial Mixer Presented by DC INNO 

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

“The holiday season is upon us and there is no better way to kick it off than with the brightest young professionals in DC!

DC is an incredible place to be a young professional right now. It seems like a new startup emerges every day and opportunities for creating your dream career and community are endless.”

Event: The Quirky Pineapple Studio Launch Party & New Beginnings

  • Location: Femme Fatale DC, 100 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 8, 8:30 PM-11 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, weekend picks, networking
  • Price: $12

“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, Dec. 9-10

Event: Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair

  • 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

“Shop local this holiday season with the 12th Annual Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair on Saturday, December 9th and 16th from 11am to 4pm on the 800 block of Upshur St & 9th St NW in Petworth. Now produced by the Petworth Arts Collaborative (PAC), the event incorporates a series of new, FREE, creative art experiences for everyone to get into the holiday spirit and connect with community.”

Event: Meet the Profits – Minority Report feat. Black Owned Businesses DMV Network Event

  • Location: Clout Workspace, 9221 Hampton Overlook, Capitol Heights, M
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 10, 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking
  • Price: Free

“We aren’t exchanging business cards. We are building relationships! This an opportunity to be among the DMV’s PROFITS – the HUSTLERS, MONEY MAKERS, INFLUENCERS, CREATIVES & PROFESSIONALS.”

Monday, Dec. 11

Event: “It’s All Journalism” live recording: The Future of the Alternative Press

  • Location: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Dec. 11, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, podcast live show, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“In partnership with the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Online News Association’s D.C. Meetup Group and the National Press Club, It’s All Journalism will host a panel and live recording on Monday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.”

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Event: Fintech + Blockchain for Government Demo Day

  • Location: National Union Building, 918 F St NW, 4th​ ​Floor,​ Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, demo day, pitches
  • Price: Free for government employees, $75 for all others

“FinTech + Blockchain technologies are shaping entire industries and revolutionizing the way organizations work. Government is no exception. From payments and fraud to supply chain and procurement – there are a tremendous number of applications of these solutions that increase accountability and improve the lives of citizens. And agencies are taking notice. Join us to learn more about how these technologies can transform your organization.”

Event: Holiday Tea at the Ritz with Executive Women in Government!

  • Location: Ritz Carlton – Salon Room, 1150 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 3 PM-5:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking
  • Price: $60

“Join us for the timeless ritual of Holiday Tea with the Executive Women in Government (EWG) on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 from 3 – 5:30 p.m. Partake in a vibrant afternoon of festivities, executive conversation, networking and delicious tea. Treat a prospective EWG member to this enduring tradition honored in a luxurious setting while being pampered with the legendary Ritz-Carlton service.”

Event: Startup Office Hours: Get Business Advice from Experts

  • Location: WeWork Crystal City, 2221 South Clark Street, Arlington, VA
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking, Q&A, advice
  • Price: Free

“If you have a startup or startup idea and would like to get feedback and guidance from top local entrepreneurs, then join this exclusive and public “Startup Office Hours” event. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to pitch expert CEO mentors and ask them questions about their business strategy, key decisions, next steps, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how experienced entrepreneurs would tackle the problems you or others are facing.”

Event: Brunch & LiiRN D.C.

  • Location: General Assembly D.C., 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 9 AM-10:30 AM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, Q&A
  • Price: Free

“Come hear straight from the founder of LiiRN, George Swisher, about trends around technology and the workforce, hosted at General Assembly’s headquarters in Washington D.C.”

Event: pineapple presents: Comida Latina

  • Location: Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event
  • Price: $25

“Join pineapple for a conversation with leading ladies in this space exploring the multiple dimensions of comida latina with a particular focus on Mexican, Venezuelan, Cuban and Colombian food. Moderated by Katalina Mayorga of El Camino Travel and featuring Joahna Hernandez of Manos de Maiz, Gabriela Febres of Arepa Zone, Daniella Senior of Colada Shop and Marcella Kriebel of Comida Latina & Comida Cubana, we’ll use food as a gateway to connect with and better understand this vast region representing so many different countries, cultures and cuisines.”

Event: Startup Standup

  • Location: WeWork Dupont, 1875 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitch competition
  • Price: Free

“We are hosting our second Startup Standup event on Tue, Dec 12th at 5:30 at the WeWork Dupont Circle. The companies from our Launch Lab cohort and our Bunker Labs DC program will pitch to a panel of esteemed judges to win a $3,500 cash prize AND to keep everyone on their toes, we’ll infuse performances from the Nutcracker in between the pitches and also have a hot cocoa bar.”

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Event: HHS Innovation Day

  • Location: 200 Independence Ave SW, Hubert H. Humphrey Building (Great Hall), Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 9 AM-4 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitching
  • Price: Free

“Experience first-hand how entrepreneurial approaches and innovative thinking can advance work in government and create sustainable impact. Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for HHS Innovation Day on December 13th, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Great Hall at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C.”

Event: HUD IT Industry Day

  • Location: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 10 AM-12 PM
  • Event Type: networking
  • Price: Free

“The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) will be hosting an Industry Day for vendors who may be interested in Fiscal Year 2018 Information Technology (IT) opportunities with the agency. The event will take place in HUD Headquarters Auditorium located at 451 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20410, on December 13, 2017 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm EST.”

Event: MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Shares New Book “Playing with Fire” & the Lasting Impact of the 1968 Presidential Election 

  • Location: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“MSNBC anchor and Emmy-winning TV writer Lawrence O’Donnell will appear at a National Press Club Headliners Book Rap at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, to discuss his new book, Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics.”

Event: Pediatric Robotics – Dr. Ayanna Howard 

  • Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6:30 PM-7:45 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, robotics
  • Price: Free

“There are an estimated 150 million children living with disabilities worldwide. Thanks to recent advances in robotics, therapeutic intervention protocols using robots are now ideally positioned to make an impact on this issue. Dr. Howard will discuss the role of robotics and related technologies for therapy and highlight methods that bring us closer to the goal of integrating robots more fully into our lives.”

Event: Atlas Obscura Society D.C.: A Dreamy Garden Gathering In D.C.

  • Location: Blind Whino, 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, D.C
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: networking, art, happy hour
  • Price: $18

“You’re invited to a most unusual place: an artful oasis full of spectacle and amazements. On this other-worldly evening, you’ll explore and imbibe, mixing and mingling in the presence of a cocktail-dressing vehicle called The Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher.”

Event: Startup Grind DC hosts Matthew Calkins (Cofounder & CEO of Appian)

  • Location: The Alley, 2055 L St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, speaker event
  • Price: $10-$25

“Matthew Calkins is the cofounder and CEO of Appian (NASDAQ: APPN), a $1.2B B2B enterprise that provides a leading low-code software development platform that enables organizations to rapidly develop powerful applications and it was one of the hottest IPOs in 2017. Headquartered in Reston, VA with 1,000 employees.”

Thursday, Dec. 14

Event: Free Coworking

  • Location: GSD, 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 14, 9 AM-4 PM
  • Event Type: networking, workspace, coworking
  • Price: Free

“Happy Holidaze! Join us for a free coworking day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s our gift to you! Stick around after the coworking for a holiday-themed Cookies & Cocktails happy hour networking mixer from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.”

Event: Net Neutrality Wake Up Call

  • Location: FCC Headquarters, 445 12th St SW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 14, 9 AM-11 AM
  • Event Type: networking, protest
  • Price: Free

“TAKE ACTION: Join us in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Dec. 14 for a Net Neutrality Wake Up Call, an unprecedented gathering of people like you who refuse to let the internet die.”

Event: Boss Up Baltimore! The Black Girl Ventures Pitch Competition

  • Location: The Living Well, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore, MD
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, protest
  • Price: Based on donation, ranging from $15-$500

“”Boss Up!” is Black Girl Venture’s signature event. Black Girl Ventures is a global platform for the economic empowerment of women of color entrepreneurs. We provided 1 on 1 funding assessments, consultations, trainings and introductions to help entrepreneurs gain access to social and financial capital. Our model fuses business development and triage. We work with entrepreneurs across sectors and at every stage of the business development lifecycle to help them get found and get funded.”

Event: Let’s Pitch, Party and Network

  • Location: 727 15th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, women entrepreneurs, pitch competition
  • Price: $20

“Grab your business cards because the DC WBC will be hosting a Let’s Pitch Party and Networking Mixer for small business owners in Washington, D.C. If you’re not ready to pitch your idea, or would just like to watch the participants and network with other small businesses in D.C., then you may purchase a ticket to participate as a Spectator.”

Event: Tech The Halls 2017

  • Location: ISL, 641 S St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 14, 7 PM-10:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, holiday party
  • Price: $50-$75

“Tech The Halls 2017 continues the tradition as multiple tech-focused organizations come together and rejoice all that is the DC tech community!”

Event: Startup Culture and Company Design

  • Location: 1-on-1 video chats with other D.C. founders
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, advice
  • Price: Free

“For startup founders and those connected to them, this is your chance to talk with one another about the company culture and company design challenges you’re facing and to share best practices and get personalized advice and insight.”

Friday, Dec. 15

Event: Business Stakeholders Round Table

  • Location: DSLBD, 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 15, 12:30 PM-2:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, forums, advice
  • Price: Free

“DSLBD’s Innovation & Equitable Development Office invites stakeholder groups and pilot operators to present their ongoing work to each other and to all interest parties.”

Event: Annual Professionals Holiday Party

  • Location: Union Social, 100 Florida Avenue, N.E. Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 15, 7 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour,
  • Price: $45

“The WBA’s Annual Professionals Holiday Party brings together Washington, D.C.’s various professional communities for a fun night to celebrate our collective achievements of 2017. Space is limited, so get your tickets early!”

The Weekend, Dec. 16-17

Event: Black Female Founders Presents: Entrepreneur Speed Mentoring + Mermaid Tank Pitch Competition

  • Location: Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3), 2301-D Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2 PM-5 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, pitch competition
  • Price: Free

“Come together and ring out the year with an exclusive Speed Mentoring event (led by #BFF Labs cohort, Janice Omadeke’s The Mentor Method) placing together startup founders and other entrepreneurs with industry leaders who will provide key advice you need to:”

Event: Meet Seth Grimes, candidate for County Council, December 17, Takoma Park

  • Location: Takoma Park, Md. — RSVP for exact location
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 17, 1:30 PM-3 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, local politics, meet-and-greet
  • Price: Free

“Seth is running for one of four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council, building on his extensive experience in local government and as a community activist. Attend and join friends and neighbors to talk local politics over pupusas and drinks and to hear about Seth’s campaign for a progressive agenda focused on environmentalism, equity, affordability, and good government.”

Monday, Dec. 18

Event: Latke-Palooza

  • Location: Commissary, 1443 P St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Dec. 18, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, holiday fun
  • Price: $22-$38

“Bottomless latke and deep fried donut bar featuring traditional, sweet potato and brussels sprout latkes!”

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Event: How She Got There: An Evening with DC Entrepreneurs

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, advice, women entrepreneurs
  • Price: Free

“Join us for an evening good conversation with a panel of female entrepreneurs spanning across different industries. In this conversation we bring creative and inspirational women to share their stories on how they got to where they are today and share their insights into being a woman in business. Afterwards we will open up the floor for questions, followed by mingling with panelists and attendees.”

Event: Grassroots Year in Review

  • Location: WeWork Apollo, 810 7th Street NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2 PM-3:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour, politics, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“Join Joshua Habursky Chairman and President of the Grassroots Professional Network and Eric Storey Vice President of the Grassroots Professional Network for a discussion on 2017 grassroots advocacy. This discussion will include audience participation and will highlight the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats exhibited in the advocacy community over the course of the year. This event is part of GPN’s #originalgrassroots Pop-Up Series that candidly dissect the industry as a whole. Coffee and refreshments will be provided at the event.”

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Event: 4th Annual Interagency STEM Volunteer Fair

  • Location: Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 11 AM-2 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, conference
  • Price: Free

“Find out how you can give back this holiday season at the 4th Annual Interagency STEM Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the State Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, this event aims to connect federal employees to STEM organizations and government agencies looking for volunteers to support their outreach work.”

Thursday, Dec. 21

Event: Insider Collective with Kendra Scott

  • Location: W Washington DC, 515 15th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 21, 5 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“Join W Washington DC for cocktails and shopping for a cause featuring Kendra Scott.”