This past weekend some friends and I attended (along with over 2,000 others) the Digital Capital Week present by Ford (DCWeek) Closing Party. This mega fun party organized by iStrategy Labs, Peter Corbett, Tech Cocktail, Jen Consalvo and Frank Gruber, took place in an abandoned and reinvented space on DC’s revitalized H Street NE.
People came out in droves for the party that advertised the following: open bar (beer, wine and bourbon till they ran out), live music, performances and interactive experiences (my friends and I literally danced until we all had to walk shoeless because the pain in our feet was unbearable); DCWeek Artist Grant funded works (every piece of art was unbelievably fantastic) and the beloved Shake Shack was be giving out free custard (pumpkin flavor, it was a piece of heaven).
The party finalized what was the third year of DCWeek who brought technologists and entrepreneurs from around the region and nation to Washington for the week, which coincided with elections.
One of the best DCWeek event was the â€œhackathonâ€ that took place November 3rd and 4th. The way the â€œhackathonâ€ works is a bunch of teams of entrepreneurs present their ideas in front of investors, who are ready to invest in you if you have that great idea.
The other one of my favorites was DCWeek Keynotes which took place on November 7th with speakers such as the founders of UBER, BuzzCar, and The Girl Effect, as well as Mayor Vincent Gray.Â All gave inspiring presentations and speeches.
DCWeek comes at a great moment with the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), which aims to help small businesses find new sources of funding while also lessening regulatory burdens.
I guarantee Iâ€™m taking this week off from work so I can attend every single DCWeek event. Learn more HERE.
Post and photos by Punch Pioneer Correspondent Loreana S. González Lazzarini, firstname.lastname@example.org, @lory_dc. By day Lori is a CPA at an international accounting firm but has a passion for the entrepreneurial spirit, advanced technology, and the continuing landscape of startups.