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, Feb. 2

Event: First Fridays at GA

  • Location: GA D.C., 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C
  • Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 2, 5:30 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“The Guest List: -Hiring Partners -Current Students -Alumni -Instructors -Anyone curious about tech, business, data, or design. Join us in getting 2017 off to a great start with DC’s tech rockstars! Don’t forget to bring a friend”

Event: DMV Bitcoin Event. Understand Blockchain and how you can Make Millions investing in CryptoCurrencies & ICO.

  • Location: Dorsey Ridge Serenity Place, 7501 Trafalgar Circle, Hanover, Md.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 2, 6:30 PM-10:30 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking, women entrepreneurs
  • Price: Free

“If you have been on social media lately or even watch the news recently toward the end of 2017, you probably have heard of Bitcoin and how investors have made millions and billions investing into Bitcoin. Now you probably want to how you can reach your financial goals as well or simply get more familiar with the technology that is making it all possible. ( THE BLOCKCHAIN ).”

The Weekend, Feb. 3-4

Event: ReStore’s 4th Anniversary

  • Location: Loudoun Habitat ReStore, 700 Fieldstone Drive NE, Leesburg, Va.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 AM-5 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“Come out to Celebrate our 4th Anniversary in the Leesburg location. We will have Sales, Food, Games, photo booth, & LIVE music.”

Event: Coffee Culture – Cafe Los Suenos

  • Location: Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Ashton-Sandy Spring, Md.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 3, 10 AM-12 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, local brews
  • Price: Free

“Where does coffee fit into your day? Do you grab yours on the run to work, or grind your own beans before brewing and enjoying a leisurely cup or two? Is drinking coffee a reason to gather with friends and socialize, or spend a quiet moment catching up on some reading? The beverage we love so much is grown in more than fifty countries in Asia, Africa, South and Central America, and the Caribbean, with 67 percent of the world’s coffee coming from the Americas alone (statistics from However you like your java, Sandy Spring Museum is bringing some of the world’s coffees (and teas) to you in a new series, Coffee Culture Around the World, starting in February 2018. On the first Saturday of each month, we’ll feature a different purveyor who will brew and sell hot beverages and products, and provide brewing tips and background information.”

Event: Black Tech Women DC – Wine & #Wins: 2018 Vision Board Workshop

  • Location: Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 3, 1 PM-3:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, happy hour
  • Price: $20.18

“Join Black Tech Women for Wine & #Wins: 2018 Vision Board Workshop, here to help you make make your goals for 2018 a reality. Let it be a come up from the year that was 2017 – a year of #metoo, #takeaknee, #netneutrality, and #fakenews.”

Event: Free Community Day: February 4, 2018

  • Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 4, 12 PM-5 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“Visit us on Community Day for FREE admission to the museum—take this opportunity to explore our newly reinstalled collection and current exhibitions: “Hung Liu In Print” features Liu’s reimagined antique depictions of laborers, refugees, and prostitutes—adapted from historical Chinese photographs. Learn more→”

Monday, Feb. 5

Event: Front End Lab – First Timer’s Night

  • Location: iStrategyLabs, 641 S St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Feb. 5, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, women entrepreneurs, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Front End Lab (FEL) is a study group where women can come together and help each other learn and understand web development. We welcome devs of all levels and encourage those with more experience to help out those that are just starting. There’s always at least one mentor or leader present to help you with best practices or to guide you through if you are stuck with a nasty problem!”

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Event: 2/6 Pre-Valentine’s Day Networking Happy Hour, sponsored by Dr. Mintz!

  • Location: CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, 7101 Democracy Blvd, Suite 1530, Bethesda, Md.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking
  • Price: Free

“Peace LOVE & Margaritas! Join us at CRAVE, Montgomery Mall for a VERY SPECIAL Pre-Valentine’s Networking Happy Hour sponsored by MATTHEW MINTZ, MD, FACP. Together, we will celebrate a special event on February 6; focused on loving ourselves and the skin that we’re in! Look forward to great giveaways, surprises, SWAG, fabulous local businesses and networking over cocktails and “mock”tails with friends new and old! As always, this is a FREE event, so register a ticket for yourself and don’t forget to share with your friends.”

Event: The Business Model Canvas

  • Location: GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall, Room M06, 725 23rd St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 5:30 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: skill development, networking
  • Price: Free

“This hands-on workshop will include a brief overview of the business model canvas, the current state-of-the-art form specifying the nine key elements of a startup venture. Instructors will then hold individual advising sessions to help students create a canvas or improve the canvas for their particular startup idea.”

Event: IVY Culture Night | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

  • Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking
  • Price: Price available to IVY members

“Join us for an IVY Culture Night with three stunning performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the country’s premier — and most innovative — modern dance companies. We hope to see you there!”

Event: Meet & Greet with MD Governor Candidate Alec Ross

  • Location: 8815 Center Park Drive, Suite 430, Columbia, Md.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“Indian Origin Network of Howard County (IONHoCo) would like to invite you for a meet and greet with the MD Governor candidate Alec Ross on Tuesday February 6th @ 7:00 PM at 8815 Center Park Drive, Suite 430, Columbia MD 21045 in the office of KloudData Inc.”

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Event: Key FEDTalks: Diversity and Inclusion Success in 2018

  • Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Choate Room, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 5 PM-6:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking
  • Price: Free

“We’ll discuss what it is, why it matters, and what makes D&I success so difficult all while allowing for that introspection to occur. Just as appealing though are the lessons learned that provide hope, excitement, enthusiasm and a demonstration that success is still possible. In fact, perhaps greater and more impactful D&I success is possible now. This FED Talk will strike the right balance between D&I in the public and private sectors while carefully identifying what translates across sectors and what doesn’t. It will provide an interactive forum for the discussion for those who want to know what works, what doesn’t, and how to achieve success in 2018.”

Event: Create Your Own Animation with The Femmebots

  • Location: City Market at O Street, 770 P St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Join us for a workshop on animating short videos so that you can promote your own startup or brand. Melanie Feliciano, creator of The Femmebots animated web series and The MultiD (, teaches this Nightowls and Startup DC open workshop.”

Event: Inside the Minds of Brilliant Designers

  • Location: The Yard DC, 700 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking
  • Price: Free

“This inspiring panel event series invites key players in DC’s design community to offer a rare insider’s look at how they work and create. From branding to user experience to city planning, panelists will discuss how they approach projects from a design point of view, how design thinking methods help with problem-solving, and much more. Plus, they’ll cover opportunities within the field and their vision for the future of the industry.”

Thursday, Feb. 8

Event: FinTech: Who Does It Serve? Who Can It Serve?

  • Location: Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW, 5th floor, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 8, 4 PM-5:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“The role of financial technology (fintech) in future financial services markets has generated controversy. Many believe fintech could expand the credit box, while others think it will provide credit to borrowers who can obtain credit most easily. Our two speakers have recently authored papers addressing this issue. Tomasz Piskorski shows that relative to non-fintech shadow banks, fintech mortgage lenders are more likely to serve more creditworthy borrowers, are more active in the refinancing market, and tend to charge a convenience premium. Todd Baker shows that fintech is a promising alternative to the short-term, small-dollar credit system serving low-income working families. He is excited by the prospect of digital income and expense variability management solutions.”

Event: Does Your Idea Suck? Only Your Customer Would Know.

  • Location: GW Innovation Center, Tompkins Hall, 725 23rd St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 8, 5:30 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Sure, you might have a great idea, but the key question entrepreneurs need to ask themselves is: “before I build it, is it something my target customer actually wants?” Customer Discovery is a critical part of any company’s success blueprint. Meet with GW experts to learn more about best practices at this workshop!”

Event: Cybersecurity Tech Talk

  • Location: WeWork White House, 1440 G Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, Q&A
  • Price: Free

“Our first event of 2018 will deal with a topic that resonates especially within the DC-Metro Area: Cybersecurity. Join us and a panel of local experts to discuss a myriad of topics related to cybersecurity. As always, you can also enjoy food, drink, quality networking, and an opportunity to have your questions answered at the end of the panel for our Q&A segment! We hope to see you there!”

Event: Data Journalism DC Meetup #13

  • Location: 1776 DC, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“We’ll start with a presentation on Comparing Tools for Data Visualization by Nicole Eickhoff, a data scientist and self-described relentless learner. At BuildOnMe, Nicole built the first phases of an ensemble model that improves the accuracy of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) applications such as Tesseract. Using filtering and smoothing algorithms, she was able to improve accuracy by up to 35%. Nicole has served as a multilingual coach, trainer and mentor for a variety of diverse groups in several countries for over a decade. She is former Director of the Women’s Business Center in Northern Virginia and owner of IntertWine, a wine import and specialty marketing company.”

Friday, Feb. 9

Event: VMware @ George Washington University’s Career Fair

  • Location: George Washington University, Center for Career Services, 800 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 9, 11 AM-3 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: $15

“Join the MPOWER Financing, Rooam, and Village Capital teams for our monthly FinTech happy hour! This is an informal event to connect FinTech startups with the broader ecosystem in the DC-area. All are welcome.”

The Weekend, Feb. 10-11

Event: DC Futurist Society – Presented by Alley

  • Location: 2055 L Street NW, Floor 4, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 11, 1 PM-3 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Let’s talk automation. We’ll talk about the future of work, the social and societal impacts, and the major shifts in the economics of our society. Join us for coffee, bagels, and great conversation with our growing community!”

Monday, Feb. 12

Event: The Role of Business in the Protection of Civic Space, Fundamental Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders Worldwide 

  • Location: DLA Piper Washington, D.C. Offices, 500 8th St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, Feb. 12, 1 PM-4 PM
  • Event Type: networking, conference, meetup
  • Price: Free

“The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre cordially invite you to a convening on “the Role of Business in the Protection of Fundamental Freedoms, Civic Space, and Human Rights Defenders Worldwide” on February 12 from 1-4 p.m. at the Washington, DC offices of DLA Piper.”

Event: Operation JumpStart

  • Location: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Va.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Feb. 12, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Please join us on February 12th from 5.30 pm – 8.30pm for the 14th Annual Operation Jumpstart event, featuring hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and the music of the Bank Street Band. It’s a great place to network, have fun and give back to service members making a transition from a military career to a civilian career. We anticipate a full house, so registration is required!”

Event: AWS Tech Talk – Automating Security

  • Location: Jailbreak Brewery, 9445 Washington Blvd, Suite F, Laurel, Md.
  • Date/Time: Monday, Feb. 12, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, meetup, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“Our speaker Stephen Alexander is a Sr. Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services. He focuses on National Security and DoD customers, helping them to design scalable and secure systems that operate efficiently on AWS. Stephen holds five AWS certifications, including AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional and AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional. He has delivered talks and workshops on Infrastructure as Code, DevSecOps, and Security Deep Dives at conferences, Meetups, and customer events.”

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Event: State of Art 4/ DC

  • Location: Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University, 500 17th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event
  • Price: Donation

“State of Art/DC: A conversation is a series of forums about the visual arts in the DC region. This new series, launched in 2015, aims to make new connections and generate new ideas among visual arts leaders, artists, administrators, and artreprenuers.”

Event: Love Me Tinder: Dating in the Digital Age

  • Location: NoMa Business Improvement District HQ, 1200 First St. NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Do you start all your dates with Modern Love’s “36 Questions”? Are you working on crafting that perfectly aloof yet intriguing bio for Bumble/Scruff/Tinder/Grindr/Hinge/OKC? Join us on the eve of Valentine’s Day to discuss L-O-V-E in all its’ varied forms at the second Nerds in NoMa event of the season: “Love Me Tinder: Dating in the Digital Age”, moderated by Michelle Cottle of Washington Post’s Date Lab.”

Event: DC Biz Chat: How to Craft Your Startup Story

  • Location: WDCEP, 1495 F St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 8:30 AM-10:30 AM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event
  • Price: TBA

“Register today to learn how to start, where to go, and who to know at WDCEP’s DC Biz Chat speaker series.”

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Event: Cyber Self-Defense Workshop by ENABLD

  • Location: Capitol Post, 625 N. Washington St., Suite 425, Alexandria, Va.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8:30 AM-9:30 AM
  • Event Type: skill development, networking, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“Join us on Valentine’s Day at Capitol Post for a Cyber Self-Defense Workshop by ENABLD! In our 1 hour workshop, you’ll learn that protecting what you care about isn’t actually that complicated and that there are great, simple, affordable tools you can use to protect yourself, your family, and your organization today.”

Event: Easy Financials for Startups: What Investors Want to See

  • Location: The Alley, 2055 L Street NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 5:30 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: skill development, networking, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“You’re working on a great business plan for your business startup, to take to a bank or other lender. A key part of that plan is the financial statements. These statements will be looked at carefully by the lender, so join us for a workshop to go over some tips for making these documents SELL your business plan.”

Thursday, Feb. 15

Event: 2018: Pitch Angel VCs at Startupalooza + Capital Raising Workshop

  • Location: WeWork Apollo, 810 7th Street NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 15, 3:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitch competition, skill development, speaker event
  • Price: $15 to attend, $20 at the door

“Every Start-Up gets to pitch before our team of Investors. The audience finds out what’s coming up in the market and what VCs are really looking for!”

Event: Which Company is Your Crush?

  • Location:WeWork White House, 1440 G Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup, happy hour
  • Price: Free

“What WeWork DC company have you always wanted to get to know better? When you click on our RSVP, you will be able to let us know who your company crush is! We will then send them a secret valentine on your behalf. At the event, you will have several networking opportunities with them as well as companies throughout all of our 10 locations!”

Event: Startup Social #10

  • Location: 1916 Isaac Newton Square West, Reston, Va.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Find inspiration and startup camaraderie at the monthly social gathering. Connect with startups, mentor a startup, meet the SI family, hear new ventures pitch, see what’s new in the NoVA startup scene.”