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, April 13

Event: Being Boss DC Book Launch Party

  • Location: Steadfast Supply, 300 Tingey Street SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 13, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“You’re invited to celebrate the official launch of the Being Boss book on Friday the 13th! Join us to mix and mingle with other creative entrepreneurs in the DMV while enjoying complimentary drinks and appetizers as well as exclusive Being Boss swag as we celebrate the April 10th launch of the Being Boss book. If you pre-ordered the book, bring it along to be included in a group selfie where we’ll show off our copies and be tagged on the Being Boss Instagram feed.”

Event: Collage + Cocktails with Cherie Lester

  • Location: Shop Made In DC, 1330 19th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 13, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: $34

“Join us for a casual, super-fun evening of collage making and enjoy a cocktail while you craft! Each student will be provided with a 6″ x 6″ cradled hardwood substrate in which to create their collage. By the end of the class, you’ll have made a small, finished piece of art, ready to hang on your wall or give as a gift. Various papers, fabric, paint and recycled ephemera for collaging will be provided but feel free to bring your own personal items to include. (book pages, tickets, copies of photographs, snips of fabric or really small 3d items).”

The Weekend, April 14-15

Event: Lurn Center Grand Opening

  • Location: Lurn Center, 2098 Gaither Rd, Rockville, Md.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 14, 10 AM-5 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“Learn how to turbocharge your growth, wow investors and customers, and get an edge on your competition by tapping the resources and talent pool at the Lurn Center. Get free access to this 26,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art training and community center for entrepreneurs and business owners during the grand opening weekend, April 14–15 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 2098 Gaither Road in Rockville, Maryland.”

Event: Annual Rooftop Charity Party

  • Location: The Cosmopolitan at Reston Town Center, 1855 Saint Francis St., Reston, Va.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 14, 7 PM-11:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“Join us on the 22nd Floor ‘Rooftop’ at The Cosmopolitan at Reston Town Center for a charity mixer event. There will be great food, drinks, views, and people!”

Monday, April 16

Event: Partner Event: An Evening with Luke Miller, UX Director for National Geographic

  • Location: Carr Workplaces, 1101 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 450, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 16, 6 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Luke Miller is the UX Director for National Geographic. His work in media UX began at the Wall Street Journal in 2010 after he received an MS in Information Science from UNC Chapel Hill. He’s taught UX research and design at Parsons, Columbia, CUNY, UMD, American, and for General Assembly in NYC and Singapore, where he also published his first book. He’s been playing video games since 1988.”

Event: pineapple DC presents: the cook’s atelier

  • Location: Shop Made In DC, 1330 19th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 16, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: speaker event, women entreprneurs
  • Price: $30-$35

“Mother-daughter duo Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini combined their shared love for French cuisine and professional training in food and wine to open The Cook’s Atelier, a cooking school nestled in the charming town of Beaune, in Burgundy. They’ve shared the secrets of their success in their brand new cookbook, “The Cook’s Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, And Stories From Our French Cooking School.””

Tuesday, April 17

Event: POLITICO’s The Future of Renewable Energy

  • Location: The Liaison, 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“As the government debates the role of renewable energy in today’s world, the private sector is charging forth and mapping the future of this space. Join POLITICO for beers and a deep-dive conversation on how private businesses are stepping up to address the future of clean energy and how they can work with the government to build a more sustainable future.”

Event: Cyber Intros – Networks Part 1

  • Location: Logan Exchange, 1509 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“This course introduces the networking fundamentals. Emphasis is on network terminology and protocols, local-area networks, wide-area networks, OSI model, cabling, router programming, Ethernet, IP addressing, and network standards. Upon completion, students should be able to perform tasks related to terminology and models, media, Ethernet, subnetting, and TCP/IP Protocols. This is Part One of a 2-Session Workshop.”

Wednesday, April 18

Event: Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality

  • Location: 25 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 18, 12 PM-2 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, women entrepreneurs
  • Price: Free

“Join BEACON: The D.C. Women Founders Initiative and DICE Leadership Group for an interactive presentation and stakeholder workshop on designing inclusive ecosystems for D.C.’s women founders.”

Event: Hopkins Pitch Night

  • Location: FastForward U Hoomewood, 3100 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 18, 6 PM-7 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitch competition
  • Price: Free

“Hopkins Pitch Night is a monthly event that brings together students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation to hear pitches from three promising student startups, make new connections, and build community within the Hopkins entrepreneurship ecosystem. All students are welcome to attend whether curious, aspiring, or committed entrepreneurs. Following the pitches, all students in attendance are welcome to make a quick pitch for their venture, or announce if they are looking for team members or looking to join a team. Refreshments will be served.”

Event: Defense and Intel Networking Happy Hour hosted by TheIntelligenceCommunity.com

  • Location: Hawthorne Rooftop Tavern, 1336 U St NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, happy hour
  • Price: $20-$21

“Come and mingle with defense and intelligence professionals to discuss business development, new products and services, job opportunities, contract teaming, military transition and more. We connect people in order to help you get and maintain a clearance, or transition out of federal work into the private sector.”

Thursday, April 19

Event: So You Think You Need an App!

  • Location: Launch Workplaces, 9841 Washingtonian Blvd, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, Md.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 19, 12 PM-1:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event, Q&A
  • Price: Free

“By 2020, global mobile app downloads will reach 284 billion, making mobile apps even more of an industry standard than they are today. Whether you’re an entrepreneur launching your company from the ground up, an established business leader looking to reach new audiences, or a manager seeking to enrich internal operations, mobile and web apps can offer powerful solutions – if implemented effectively. This talk covers explanations of the software development options available (e.g. dev firm, in-house developers, freelancers, offshore, online tools) as well as key evaluation criteria such as time, cost, maintenance, reliability, and customization. Come with questions– this is intended as an actionable discussion to help you move your development projects forward. Presented by Amelia Friedman, co-founder and COO of Hatch.”

Event: 2018 GW New Venture Competition Finals

  • Location: Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 19, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, pitch competition
  • Price: Free

“9 teams take the stage to vie for over $300K in funding and support at the 10th Annual 2018 GW New Venture Competition. Last year, Urgent Wellness took home the winning prize for their innovative approach to improving access to preventative care. Who will be the one to take the prize this year at the largest business planning competition in the DC area?”

Event: WeWork x BumbleBizz

  • Location: WeWork White House, 1440 G Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 19, 5 PM-7:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, job fair
  • Price: Free

“Step out from behind your computer and show us your resume in real life, as WeWork and BumbleBizz come together for a recruiting event like you’ve never been to before. Join us for the opportunity to connect with companies looking to hire talented individuals in D.C area. We’ll have live music, cocktails, professional head shots (so you can update your profile), touchups by Carl Ray, and of course networking with likeminded individuals. You’ll have the chance to learn more about Bumble Bizz and the new world of networking. Every swipe is an opportunity to expand your network and make empowering career moves. We hope you’ll join us!”

Event: DC Tech Meetup #64: Demos, Demos, Demos

  • Location: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 19, 7 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, demos, speaker event
  • Price: Free

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

Event: pineapple DC presents: pasta don’t preach

  • Location: General Assembly DC, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 19, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: speaker event, women entrepreneurs
  • Price: $30-35

“Join us for an evening with Colu Henry in conversation with Domenica Marchetti, Virginia-based food writer and cookbook author of The Pasta of Italy, a mouthwatering ode to pastas of every variety. Together they’ll explore the vast range of pasta dishes plus the role of women in the history of pasta-making and today’s celebrity chef culture. And of course, we’ll dine on bites by Caviar, and sip on Topo Chico sparkling mineral water, too! No matter how you sauce it, this conversation will go far beyond inviting your girlfriends over for spaghetti night.”

Friday, April 20

Event: Social Media & Digital Storytelling Deep Dive

  • Location: WeWork Crystal City, 2221 South Clark Street, 12th Floor, Arlington, Va.
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 20, 10 AM-4:30 PM
  • Event Type: conference, networking
  • Price: $180-$340

“Since April 2017, FYN Creative has run small group digital marketing workshops once a quarter for colleagues in the D.C. metro area representing world-renowned associations to small business owners, startups, and government agencies. A few organizations include PBS, TSA, National Archives, Ballston BID, Silverback Strategies, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association(AOPA) and many more.”

The Weekend, April 21-22

Event: District Cinema Film Festival

  • Location: American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Weschler and Doyle-Forman Theater, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 12 PM-9:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks
  • Price: Free

“District Cinema aims to screen and premiere short films created by students studying in the DMV area. We hope to give students in the capital area an artistic drive and voice that inspires creativity and excellent storytelling. Hosted at American University, we accept films of all genres and curate based off of entries.”

Event: Saturday Hackternoon

  • Location: Optoro, 1001 G St. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

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

Event: Four Steps to a Career Change

  • Location: GA D.C., 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 2 PM-4 PM
  • Event Type: weekend picks, panel discussion
  • Price: Free

“Are you frustrated with your job but unsure what to do next? Do you spend your time at work planning your escape and dreaming of something better? You’re not alone! Gallup estimates that over 70% of Americans aren’t engaged at work and don’t like their jobs. At Mission Collaborative, we believe that there’s a better way to make career changes that doesn’t involve sending in tons of resumes and cover letters. We’ve designed a proven career change process that helps people figure out what they want to do next and how to get there. In this welcoming and interactive workshop, we’ll introduce you to our proven career change process and leave you with actionable resources to help you make progress towards your goals.”

Monday, April 23

Event: Beyond the Beltway Lunch n’ Learn: The Intersection of Grassroots

  • Location: Oracle Townhouse – Capitol Hill, 27 D Street SE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Monday, April 23, 12 PM-1:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, panel discussion, speaker event
  • Price: $10

“We are thrilled to announce that Todd Van Etten, Chief Digital Strategist, The Herald Group, will join us on our NEW DATE Monday, April 23 due to inclement weather. If you have registered for the event and are unable to attend, we will happily refund your payment. Thank you for your support of GAIN and Crowdskout, and apologies for any inconvenience.”

Tuesday, April 24

Event: Entrepalooza 2018: A Celebration of Entrepreneurship at Georgetown

  • Location: Healey Family Student Center, Tondorf Road Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 24, 4 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“Entrepalooza 2018: A Celebration of Entrepreneurship at Georgetown Please join us on April 24 at 4:00 p.m. in the Healey Family Student Center for a campus-wide celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit at Georgetown!”

Event: Pitch Expo and Startup Gauntlet

  • Location: Social Tables, 1325 G Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: pitch competition, networking
  • Price: Free

“Not only will you hear from the fellows as they complete the Startup Leadership Program, but you will also have the opportunity for some GREAT networking. The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) of DC brings together the entire DC Startup Community: SLP Fellows, top Ventures from DC accelerators and programs, angel and venture capital investors and aspiring entrepreneurs for an evening of venture exposition, learning and networking. Sign up, and see you there!”

Event: Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship / Village Capital Pitch Competition

  • Location: Chapel Hall (Gallaudet Museum), 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 24, 6 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: pitch competition, networking, skill development
  • Price: Free

“Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute and Village Capital would like to invite you to a special evening on campus where several early startup teams will be competing for up to $5k in prize money from a pool of $10k and services-in-kind! Teams will pitch for 5 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from our distinguished judges.”

Event: Tech in Motion & The Arts Meet! at WeWork Crystal City (Panel Discussion)

  • Location: WeWork Crystal City, 2221 Clark St., Arlington, Va.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 24, 6 PM-8:30 PM
  • Event Type: networking, meetup
  • Price: Free

“Join us for a discussion on how arts and technology intersect! Featuring a panel including local artists, tech professionals, and graphic designers, we will explore how the arts shape technology and technology can shape the arts. Meet members from Tech In Motion and The Arts Meet!, enjoy food and refreshments, and expand your view of what art and technology can encompass.”

Wednesday, April 25

Event: Wine Night- We Love Rosé!

  • Location:Lost & Found (Alley Bar), 1240 9th Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, April 25, 7 PM-9 PM
  • Event Type: fun
  • Price: $45

“It’s not just a fad- rosé is here to stay, and we’re excited to celebrate spring with some of our favorites. From its roots in Provence to some new and exciting varities from the New World, rosé is by far one of the most approchable and versitile wines out there. Our resident expert, Charles Schneider from Free Run Wine Merchants will lead the discussion on what makes pink so desirable. Alice Bergan-Phillips, aka The Cheesemonster, will be curating the perfect cheese pairings for our selections.”

Thursday, April 26

Event: DC Metro Women in Technology International Kick-off Event!

  • Location: ConsultNet, 8200 Greensboro Drive, McLean, Va.
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 26, 5 PM-8 PM
  • Event Type: networking, happy hour
  • Price: $10

“Join us as we kick off the new Women In Technology International (WITI) network in the DC Metro market through an informative panel discussion on emerging trends and technology. Understanding tech trends and the impact on customers could offer new businesses opportunities — boosting innovation and the bottom-line!”

Event: The Power of Women from Wall Street to Entrepreneurship: Sallie Krawcheck

  • Location: Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium, 37th and O Streets NW, Washington, DC
  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 26, 5 PM-6:15 PM
  • Event Type: networking, speaker event
  • Price: Free

“Join us for a conversation with Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a recently launched innovative digital investment platform for women. Krawcheck is chair of Ellevate Network, a global professional woman’s network, and chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women. Also, she is the best-selling author of Own It: The Power of Women at Work.”