Author Archives Madeline Williamson

  • Art Center College of Design recently bid farewell to the very first graduating classes of its two newest programs; Graduate Transportation Design and Graduate Environmental Design. Like their 192 fellow spring graduates, these design students learned to solve problems “from the inside out,” crafting beautiful and meaningful projects that address specific needs. Much of the resulting student work has proven not only comprehensive and socially responsible but also highly marketable. At the spring graduation show two weeks ago, covered by the LA Times, recruiters from vaguely familiar-sounding places like Disney and Google surveyed the senior projects of highly capable and exhausted students.

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  • In every workplace, there is that person. That person who always knows what’s going on and connects their colleagues to new and exciting opportunities. Are you that person? If so, Innovate Pasadena needs you! We’re looking for a few good men and women to volunteer as IP Ambassadors—contacts at every innovative workplace in the Greater Pasadena area who will help distribute information about upcoming events and opportunities across the community.

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  • Whether you missed our CONNECT Weekend Kickoff event or want to experience it all over again, watch the video here! Andy Wilson and Mike Giardello recap Innovate Pasadena’s progress and outline its vision for the future. Mark Breitenberg provides some background on CONNECT Weekend and introduces speaker Bill Gross, CEO of Idealab. Gross talks about a radical non-proprietary “open-source” strategy for launching startup companies that leverages Pasadena’s community of entrepreneurs. Enjoy!

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  • Following years of careful planning headed by future California Senator Jack Scott and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative (PBC), a non-profit biotech incubator, quietly opened its doors for business in 2004. The following decade held unprecedented growth for PBC, mirroring the success of its namesake city. During these formative years the PBC expanded from 500 square feet to occupy over 13,000 square feet in 3 separate facilities, assisting nearly 30 startups along the way and shows no sign of slowing down.

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  • Hack for Pasadena is looking for developers, designers and idea-makers to inspire the next round of technologies that will shape Pasadena’s future in a data-driven economy. Moreover, Hack for Pasadena is excited to announce that over $6,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning team(s) along with meetings with Venture Capitalists and other prizes valued at over $1,000.

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  • Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the opportunities to experience and celebrate innovation during CONNECT Weekend on March 13 – 16th? Are you not sure what to do and when? Well don’t worry. We’ve got just the thing to put your mind at ease. The CONNECT Weekend Program is now available in a beautiful printer-friendly PDF! Its map and event descriptions will let you navigate the Weekend with ease. See you soon!

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  • Join us to celebrate the success of Innovate Pasadena’s CONNECT Weekend with a night of laughs at the Ice House Comedy Club. The event will include presentations from all of our CONNECT Weekend pitch and hackathon winners, as well as a special show by Stanford EE Turned Standup Comedian, Don McMillan of TechnicallyFunny.com.

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  • There’s no better time than now to start learning a new skill. That’s one of the philosophies behind Rails Girls, a free two-day workshop for women who want to learn and build web apps. Started in 2010 in Finland, Rails Girls has spread to places like Turkey, Egypt, Japan, Peru and now Los Angeles for the second year. Women of all ages and experience levels, mostly beginners, will learn how to sketch, prototype, program and deploy a web app.

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  • The Oak Crest Institute of Science is pleased to be participating in the inaugural citywide CONNECT Weekend hosted by Innovate Pasadena. Oak Crest is an innovative chemistry and education center where experienced scientists work side-by-side with high school through post-grad students to solve compelling problems in environmental and medical science. On Friday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oak Crest is opening its doors to entrepreneurs, small science startups, university faculty, high school and college students as well as K-12 teachers for guided tours and presentations inside this thriving working/teaching chemistry research laboratory.

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  • Recently I’ve been fascinated by how crowdfunding is changing the way ideas become reality. Many of you probably know all about the concept of crowdfunding and its growing popularity in helping startups gain momentum and support through the popular platforms of Indiegogo and Kickstarter. As a real estate developer, I was always curious about how this could be implemented in my own field. Up until the JOBS act was passed by our President, crowdfunding in real estate development was hampered by various SEC securities regulations; now, with those regulations eased, I’m excited to see what the future has in store.

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