The event highlighted 26 good looking and successful startup entrepreneurs or big company techies who work at a variety of venues from Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and Votifi to hin.ge, The Bullitt Agency, and Startup America.
The ‘geeks’ traded in their computers to walk the runway in a men’s fashion event showcasing exclusive brands in this season’s hottest trends, which raised funds for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. NFTE is an organization that provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, and plan for successful futures in business. Since its inception in 1987, NFTE has helped 400,000 youths so far.
“NFTE gives underprivileged youth the skills they need to become entrepreneurs, and our models represent role models for the young people who take advantage of the NFTE program,” says Microsoft’s director of innovative engagement Mark Drapeau.
9News’ Kristen Berset mingled with a few of DC’s top techies including Uber’s Alex Priest and Bennett Richardson from hin.ge.
Uber,’s DC Community Manager, Alex Priest, told Berset he loves to ride his bike and chooses it over driving. This is comical since Uber is a private, on-demand car service taking D.C. by storm for just a bit more than cab prices. One would think he would use his company to his advantage and have a private driver.
Meet the 2012 ‘Geek 2 Chic’ DC Models.
Adam Conner, Facebook
Adam Jaffe, Mercury Continuity
Adam Sharp, Twitter
Adam Zuckerman, Foster.ly
Alex Priest, Uber
Arash Shirazi, The Bullitt Agency
Ashish Jaiman, Microsoft
Ben Magarik, Opower
Bennett Richardson, hin.ge
Blaze Sanders, Solar System Express
Brandon Andrews, U.S. Senate
Brandt Squires, Swipely
Chris Roche, Startup America
Eric Schulze, thirst.
Jim Rogers, Neustar
Jimmy Gardner, Innovative Solutions Consortium (ISC)
Jonathon Perrelli, Fortify.vc
Lee Brenner, HyperVocal
Lou Aronson, Votifi
Micha Weinblatt, Betterific
Michael Clements, ArtJamz
Navroop Mitter, Gryphn
Neeraj Jaiman, Beamsmart
Sean McElrath, Hallway
Sergio Rodriguera, U.S. House of Representatives
Stephen Bates, EMC
…and 2012 NFTE graduate, Jordon Brooks