Ever wish you could try out some of the hottest new tech gadgets before they hit the shelves? Well, if you’re going to be in New York City on June 25th, you can. That’s when gdgt live in New York will be kicking off CE Week (Consumer Electronics Week) with a free event at the Altman Building, at 135 West 18th St.

gdgt live is the only event series in the country designed specifically to give tech enthusiasts the opportunity to engage directly with today’s leading consumer technology brands and hottest startups and try out their newest products in person. Their live events are held in major cities across the country, and are well attended by both press and regular old tech geeks, alike.

Brands like Monster, Logitech, Nokia, Sharp, Sony, Tivo, Roku and Olympus are among the 40 companies scheduled to be represented there. There will be plenty of contests and giveaways. In fact, every attendee will get their choice of either  a free gdgt T-shirt or a free gdgt-branded iPhone case from Speck Products. (Totally cool.) They’ve created a gdgt live in New York Twitter list to help you follow the action. The official Twitter hashtag is #gdgtNY.

The event begins at 6pm for the press, and runs from 7-10pm for the general public, but you have to RSVP in advance to gain admission. As always this event is free and open to all ages, but attendees below the age of 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

gdgt.com is a consumer electronics reviews and recommendations site launched in 2009 by Peter Rojas and Ryan Block. It is a community Q&A forum – a place to share product information with other consumers who are up on the latest trends.

Deborah Oster Pannell is a writer who specializes in the arts, culture, special events and creative projects of all kinds. As Director of Communications for the tech start-up eventwist, she also manages their blog. Some of her favorite work is featured on modernlifeblogs.com, lizkingevents.com, and her own blog, shesaysyes.wordpress.com. Currently she is launching Project Mavens, a literary, editorial design collective, with partner & writer Lillian Ann Slugocki. On Twitter @projectmaven.