nextNY Flips Burgers for NY Tech Scene at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park

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Last night the entrepreneurial meetup group nextNY treated members of the New York tech community to free burgers, fries and shakes at the @shakeshack III event in Madison Square Park. The organization also teamed up with event sponsors to give out Community Awards to this year’s standout businesses and entrepreneurs, which were selected through an online poll.

The crowd gathered under a white tent for conversation and cups of Shackmeister while Shake Shack staffers passed around trays of food, which probably broke the record for the shortest wait time at Shake Shack by several hours.  We spotted Entrepreneur of the Year nominee Dennis Crowley from Foursquare, Mediabistro’s own Joe Ciarallo from Most Buzzworthy Startup nominee Buddy Media and David Ambrose from Best E-mail Driven Startup nominee Scoop St., as well as Tony Bacigalupo from New Work City and CIO Wayne Mulligan, who pretended to be from Groupon (nice try). As of yesterday, the full list of finalists included:

Best Company Culture, Sponsored by recruiting firm Winter Wyman

Foursquare 46.9%
Betaworks 37.5%
Buddy Media 12.5%
Yelp 3.1%

Most Valuable Angel, Sponsored by NY Angels

Pete Hershberg & Josh Stylman 41.5%
Chris Dixon 26.8%
Steven Messer 17.1%
David Rose 9.8%
Jeff Stewart 4.9%

Best E-mail Driven Startup, Sponsored by Experian Cheetahmail

BuyWithMe 53.4%
Scoop St. 33.6%
Yipit 8.2%
Flavorpill 2.1 %
Fanbridge 1.4%
Brooklyn Based 1.4%

Most Buzzworthy Startup , Sponsored by Brew Media Relations

GroupMe 56.3%
Boxee 27.1%
Instapaper 12.5%
SnapGoods 2.1%
Buddy Media 2.1%

Best Technology at a New York City Startup, Sponsored by Pivotal Labs

Hunch – 47.1% – 29.4%
Appnexus – 20.6%
EnergyHub 2.9%

Entrepreneur of the Year, Sponsored by Cooley, LLP

Dennis Crowley 69.4%
Anthony Casalena 22.2%
Nat Turner and Zack Weinberg – 8.3%