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Help bridge the innovation gap in SE DC [Events Roundup]

Plus: Weigh in on the third U.S. Open Government National Action Plan.

Three major pitching events are coming up this weekend: Georgetown University and the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development are partnering to launch Venture DC, a pitching contest with workshops to increase access to resources for Wards 7 and 8; Piranha Tank is opening the floor to sustainable startups; and Startup Weekend DC’s latest hackathon will be focused on media (and hosted at the Washington Post).


Shark Tank: Pitch Edition {Sponsored by Verizon}
Five local startups will duke it out in this local remake of the famous TV show.
Wednesday, July 29
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Microsoft Technology Center, 12012 Sunset Hills Rd., Reston, Va.
Register. Free.

Open Gov National Action Plan Public Meeting
Weigh in on the third U.S. Open Government National Action Plan, which will determine the federal government’s guidelines on issues like transparency and open data for the next two years.
Thursday, July 30

2:00-4:00 p.m.
National Archives & Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
(Special events entrance at the corner of 7th and Constitution Ave.)
Register. Free.

Are You an Entrepreneur?: The Summer Accelerator Series
The Bunker CEO Todd Connor will discuss transitioning to entrepreneurship after a military career.
Friday, July 31

9:00-11:00 a.m.
Capitol Post, 625 N. Washington St., Suite 425, Alexandria, Va.
Register. Free.

Venture DC 2015
A pitching contest for social impact startups hosted by Georgetown’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development.
Friday, July 31 & Saturday, Aug. 1

Various times
RISE Demonstration Center, 2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Register. Free.

Piranha Tank
A pitching contest for sustainable startups organized by Potomac Piranhas.
Friday, July 31
2:00-8:00 p.m.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria, Va.
Register. $25-$100.

Startup Weekend DC – Media Edition
The 54-hour hackathon contest is focusing on companies media innovations.
Friday, July 31-Sunday, Aug. 2
Various times
The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW
Register. $20-$90.

This hackathon is by high schoolers, for high schoolers. But it is still looking for volunteers or mentors.
Saturday, Aug. 1-Sunday, Aug. 2
Various times
Tysons Corner, 1765 Greensboro Station Place, 7th Floor, Tysons Corner, Va.
Register. $20-$90.

Companies: Bunker Labs / Georgetown University / The Washington Post / Startup Weekend DC

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