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, March 30

Event: Co-op Member Jam – REI DC

  • Location: REI (Washington DC), 201 M Street NE, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 5:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“Celebrate your love for the REI Co-Op and the outdoors while listening to live music, enjoying great food and beverages, and meeting other members. All are welcome, but special perks specifically for REI Members. Don’t forget your member card (or your number)!”

Event: Startup Pitch Night

  • Location: WeWork Dupont Circle, 1875 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Friday, March 30, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitching, skill development, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Startup Pitch Night provides the platform to pitch your startup to venture capitalists seeking investment opportunities in innovations that are going to improve the human condition.”

The Weekend, March 31-April 1

Event: Code 101: Intro to Software Development & Careers in Tech

  • Location: 7600 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, Md.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, March 31, 8 AM-6 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, skill development
  • Price: $99

“Thinking about a new career in software development? Start here! This one-day workshop, gives you a taste of a day in the life of a software developer. Get a sneak peek of the Code Partners learning experience, find out how websites are built, and code a webpage yourself using industry-standard tools and professional coding practices.”

Monday, April 2

Event: Big Data, Washington DC v 2.0

  • Location: 1776 DC, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 2, 7 PM-10 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Join us for an evening of exciting talks from Data Science Industry leaders and experts, followed by enough time for a few beers, nibbles and networking.”

Tuesday, April 3

Event: Supporting women business owners on both sides of the border: Perspectives from Canada and the U.S.

  • Location: 1776 DC, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 3, 10 AM-11:30 AM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, women entrepreneurs, startup funding
  • Price: Free

“Please join The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Canada’s Leader of the House and Minister for Small Business and Tourism, along with Kathleen McShane Assistant Administrator for the Office of Woman Business Owners at the Small Business Administration, for a discussion on Supporting women business owners on both sides for the border.”

Event: The Dolphin Tank at University of Maryland

  • Location: 7621 Mowatt Ln, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, Maryland
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 3, 5 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitch competition, women entrepreneurs, startup funding
  • Price: Free

“Join the University of Maryland community for a women-only evening, featuring a panel discussion from women-founded companies in the greater DC-metro area. For more information, contact Anna Consani at anna@sb.co”

Event: Career Change 101: There’s a better way!

  • Location: Logan Exchange, 1509 16th St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, workshop
  • Price: Free

“At Mission Collaborative, we believe that anyone can design a career they love. We offer in-person nights-and-weekends programs and workshops that have helped over 500 professionals in the DC area make effective career changes since we launched in 2017.

During this interactive workshop, we’ll teach you our proven Career Change Process and help you get started on reaching your career goals! You’ll also meet other career changers and leave with many resources to help you along your career journey.”

Wednesday, April 4

Event: DC/Virginia’s 18th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair

  • Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City, 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4, 11 AM-3 PM
  • Event Type: networking
  • Price: Free

“The 18th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair is the largest and best diversity and inclusion recruiting event in the United States! This event is free and open to the public 18 years of age and older. Multicultural/Bilingual, People with Disabilities, Women, LGBT, Veterans and Mature candidates are encouraged to attend.”

Event: How to Build It: Healthcare Startups and Innovation

  • Location: Harvey Amphitheater, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“The next StartupHoyas MED event will focus on what it takes to build a healthcare startup. We will have a panel of experts with backgrounds in Digital Health, Pharma, Medical Devices, and Health Systems followed by break-out Q&A sessions to dive deeper into each of these facets of healthcare innovation. Our goal for the event is to help members of the Georgetown Community with healthcare expertise figure out how to approach building a startup with their experience, ideas, and/or research. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to build a healthcare startup or ever thought about building one yourself, this is the event for you!”

Event: Building Women in Product DC

  • Location: Blackstone Technology Group, 1110 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, Va.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, speaker event, women in tech
  • Price: Free

“On Wednesday, 4/4 at 6:30pm, Blackstone Federal is excited to help launch Women in Product’s presence in our nation’s capital by hosting their inaugural event here in the DC area.

Please join us for an intimate roundtable discussion led by senior Product leaders, Stephanie Neill, Executive Director at the United States Digital Service, and Julie Meloni, Director of Product Management, Strategy & Operations at United States Digital Service, as we engage in open conversation specific to product management and explore the challenges and emerging opportunities for women in this field.”

Event: Coffee and Career Chat

  • Location: GA D.C. 1776, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4, 2 PM-4 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“Join the General Assembly admissions team for coffee (on us)! Whether you’re considering a career transition, wanting to level up on your skills in web development, user experience design, or data science, we can help you find your starting point! Our immersive bootcamps are intense career-transitioning courses, with job support that help you break into the industry.”

Event: 10K Member Celebration!

  • Location: Alley powered by Verizon, 2055 L St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 4, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“On August 21, 2012, Tech in Motion DC hosted its first Meetup ever for its first 200 members! Now only 5 and a half years and 59 Meetups later, we’ve grown all the way to 10,000 members. For this event, we’ll be celebrating all our growth, but more importantly, our members. This is all thanks to you.”

Thursday, April 5

Event: Women in Tech Social

  • Location: Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Rd, Woodstock, Md.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 5, 5 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking, women in tech
  • Price: $40

“Women working in or pursuing a technology/cybersecurity career in Maryland, the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI), Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s GovConnects, Howard Tech Council and Fort Meade Alliance invite you to join us at our April 5th Women in Tech Social. Enjoy delicious wines, refreshing beers and savory hors d’oeuvres as you connect with other fabulous women in the cybersecurity and tech industries. We’ll also have TallSmall Productions present a networking workshop to help everyone loosen up and get to know one another. Rally your fellow female techies to attend with you or come on your own. This friendly and casual gathering promises to be fun for one and all!”

Event: Accelerate Baltimore Kick-off Happy Hour

  • Location: Emerging Technology Centers, 101 North Haven Street, Baltimore, Md.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 5, 5 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: networking
  • Price: Free

“For the first time ever, Accelerate Baltimore is back with seven new and exciting startups! You’re invited to join us to celebrate the start of our 2018 program during our kickoff happy hour.”

Event: Find Work That Matters

  • Location: General Assembly D.C., 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 5, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“Think you could be doing something more exciting with the 40 hours a week you spend working, but not sure what to do or how to transition? The first step to doing work that matters is figuring out what you want. Sounds simple enough, but we usually don’t have the time or the tools to find a clear answer. Figuring out what we want from our career requires action. Ready to take the first step towards finding a fulfilling career? Figure it out during this session, full of practical & interactive exercises.”

Friday, April 6

Event: GW Symposium on Big Data and Analytics for Urban Planning

  • Location: George Washington University, 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC,
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 6, 9:30 AM-12 PM
  • Event Type: panel discussion, urban planning, data analytics
  • Price: Free

“This half-day symposium will feature an exciting lineup of speakers at George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC.

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Peter Nijkamp, Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam
  • Dr. Marlon Boarnet, University of Southern California
  • Dr. Karima Kourtit, Jheronimum Academy of Data Science
  • Dr. Joshua Angrist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology”

Event: LGBTQ Cocktails & Conversation

  • Location: General Assembly DC, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 6, 5:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: happy hour, networking
  • Price: Free

“LGBTQ Community Members and Allies discuss Buisness, Entreprenuership & Community Development.”

Event: Techstars Startup Weekend Washington D.C. Social Impact

  • Location: Alley powered by Verizon, 2055 L Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 6, 6 PM-Sunday, April 8, 9 PM
  • Event Type: skill development, startup launch, advice
  • Price: $25-$99 for the entire weekend

“Whether you’re a developer, designer, maker, marketer, non-technical or you just want to work with a team to build something awesome, join the Greater Washington DC Region at the Startup Weekend on April 06-8th.”

The Weekend, April 7-8

Event: Create and Coffee

  • Location: National Portrait Gallery Kogod Courtyard, 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 7, 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, meetup, networking
  • Price: Free

“Calling all creatives of colors! Come meet more peers, chat, inspire one another, grow your community, and work on personal projects. Expect some chill vibes, good people, laughs, and ~ some ~ productivity.”

Monday, April 9

Event: The Vinetta Project D.C.’s March Female Founder Showcase

  • Location: Social Tables, 1325 G Street NW, 3rd Floor Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 9, 6:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitch competition, women entrepreneurs
  • Price: $30

“The Vinetta Showcase is a two-hour, high-impact pitch and panel series. An esteemed panel consisting of three active investors and one founder of a successful startup gather to listen to pitches of top female founders, ask tough questions, and deliver actionable feedback.

Our invited audience is an engaged community of actionable entrepreneurs, venture influencers, young professionals and service providers who all see the massive growth potential for investing in female founders.”

 

Event: Control Systems Cybersecurity: Hope is Not a Strategy

  • Location: Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 9, 4 PM-5 PM
  • Event Type: skill development, lecture
  • Price: Free

“About the lecture: Every day we depend upon many Control Systems; most now networked and potentially easily exploitable, i.e. utility, water, wastewater, natural gas, facility lighting, petroleum systems, smart meters, building heating and air conditioning equipment, research and development equipment, medical devices, vehicles and fire and life safety systems. Damage to or compromise of any control system may be a business or mission disabler as disruption of a computerized chiller controller could adversely impact network or data-base servers. Perhaps more concerning and debilitating would be when the control system is used as a gateway into the organization’s information system or the organization’s broader global information networks.”

Event: Investing in Crypto 101

  • Location: Alley Powered by Verizon, 2055 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 9, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: skill development, lecture, meetup
  • Price: Free

“We have gone over Intro to Bitcoin, Mining, and ICO. I want to take a deeper dive in how to invest and how to read charts, coins, caps, and markets. We will have a few case study investments I have had and how you can generate an extra stream of revenue.”

Tuesday, April 10

Event: Startup Grind presents “Barry Beck (COO & Cofounder of Bluemercury)”

  • Location: Alley Powered by Verizon, 2055 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, meetup
  • Price: $10-$25

“Barry Beck is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Bluemercury, Inc., a luxury beauty retail chain, e-commerce provider and cosmetics brand developer. He oversees all aspects of Bluemercury’s operations and leads the company’s strategic growth initiatives. In February 2015 the Becks sold the company to Macy’s Inc. for $210 million, while retaining their positions as CEO and COO.”

Event: Personal Finance for Career Changers: Everything you need to consider

  • Location: LOGAN EXCHANGE 1509 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Have you been thinking about learning how to program? Do you have an idea for how to improve the UX of a website? Do you think you’d like to take a deep dive into data science?

Join a panel of our alumni who have taken the leap into full-time tech careers to hear how they did it – and the advice they’d give themselves if they could go back in time.”

Event: How to Break Into Tech

  • Location: General Assembly, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“You’re ready to make a career change, but you’re worried about your cash flow. During this interactive workshop, we’ll teach you the basics of personal finance for your career change.”

Event: VR Architecture Showcase

  • Location: Durant Recreation Center, 1605 Cameron Ave, Alexandria, Va.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“DCVR is partnering with AIA Northern Virginia Young Architects Forum in celebration of Virginia Architecture Week! Join local architects for a night of virtual reality demonstrations during Architecture Week, featuring design walkthroughs, historic virtual tours, 360° Photography, and more.”

Wednesday, April 11

Event: The What, Why, and How of Startup Incubators & Accelerators

  • Location: Alley DC, 2055 L Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, panel discussion, meetup
  • Price: $5-$10

“Whether you’ve been working on your startup for a while or are brand new to the journey, even a little bit of extra support and guidance can go a long way. In the startup world, incubators and accelerators are one way of getting that boost. Startups part with a small amount of equity in exchange for guidance, resources, and connections that can make their business flourish.”

Event: VC Pitch Night & Panel Discussion

  • Location: Industrious DC, 1 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 11, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, startup funding
  • Price: Free

“Connecting with venture capitalists can seem like a daunting path and one without best clarity. Join us and expert panelists to learn about how to pitch, connect, and realize advantages from the venture capital community.”

Thursday, April 12

Event: Let’s Talk About… Failure

  • Location: Alley Powered by Verizon, 2055 L Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 12, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: speaker event, panel discussion
  • Price: $10

“Let’s talk about what happens when things go wrong. Let’s talk about failure. Let’s talk about the great ideas that flop. The real struggles, the paths that didn’t take us where we thought they would. Join us for an honest panel discussion and networking event on Thursday, April 12th, 6-8pm. You won’t want to miss it! #FailTogetherDC”