WEEK OF September 18th


PIC Programming, OpenSCAD, KiCad and All things Embedded
Monday, September 18, 2017, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dave’s Workshop, 11711 Clark Street, Suite 108, Arcadia, CA

Dave holds open office hours on Monday nights, where you can come with your questions about

* Embedded systems programming with 8 bit Microchip controllers in assembly language.

* OpenSCAD for 3D modelling

* KiCAD for circuit design

* 3D printing

Bring your projects, show-n-tell, and questions. RSVP

Playing Money Board Game – Cashflow
Monday, September 18, 2017, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Products To Profits, 177 E. Colorado Blvd, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA

Come out and play the board game that teaches business and money in a fun, safe way.

Untold numbers of businesses crash and burn because the owner doesn’t understand finances. Let’s face it, handling money well makes LOTS of things easier. So we’re bringing out two fun board games that let you practice and learn in a safe way.

Experienced and brand new people are welcome to come play.

We’re going to start explaining the games around 6:15 pm. Play will start around 6:30 pm. The evening will end by 8 pm.

What to bring:
• Snack for yourself, if you’d like (we’ll supply water, coffee, tea, beer)
• Calculator (or charged phone with one on it)
• Pencil & eraser (we’ll have some but if you’ve got it, bring it)
• If you own either game, please bring it in case we need extra boards. RSVP

Pasadena Entrepreneurs’­ Mastermind Meetup
Wednesday, September 20, 6:15 PM to 8:45 PM
Goldstar office, 141 S. Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA

We’re back from summer break!

Only those who’ve been in a Mastermind session know how powerful a Mastermind session is.

And when you apply that power to the energy and imagination of entrepreneurs, it can be truly awesome.

If you’re an entrepreneur, potential entrepreneur or someone with experience to share, you’re going to love this meetup.

If you want to bring your entrepreneurial question to the group for help, submit it to me by private message here. If you’re not sure what I mean, private message me and I’ll explain.

If you’re an experienced entrepreneur with wisdom to lend, please do come! On the other hand, I make sure we hear from a lot of voices, and if you have something to share, we want to hear it.

This will probably fill up fast and create a waitlist. If you initially say ‘yes’ but later realize that you can’t make it, change your status so nobody gets turned away. Thank you!

If you initially get waitlisted, check back because many people move up the list as we get closer. You may have gotten upgraded to ‘yes’ since the last time you checked! RSVP

TechSparks: Pitchfest & Entrepreneur Mixer 9/20
Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 PM
Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Let’s make something happen!
Coming up with an idea for a tech startup is one thing. However, getting investors to believe in your idea and give you money is an entirely different story.

Is your startup pitch refined and ready to go?
The Pitchfest is a collaborative session for entrepreneurs and startups to practice and refine their pitch and create a positive first impression.

We offer a supportive and friendly community environment with only the best of intentions – to help you make progress, share tips, feedback and receive help for your business idea.

If you don’t have a business pitch, just come and network, learn or simply mingle with like-minded friends!

Get Tickets –> https://techsparkspasadena.eventbrite.com

$15 online and $20 at the doorRSVP

NELAUX: Culture and Strategy: What Really Drives Innovation in the Enterprise
Thursday, September 21, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
ADP Innovation Center, 55 South Lake, Pasadena, CA

Innovation is essential to the survival and growth of a business enterprise.

We’ll introduce some powerful tools and ideas, talk about the blind spots and biases that get in the way of successful innovations, and start a lively debate that continues into the future.

Scott D. Witt is a tech executive and entrepreneur with decades of experience developing and marketing innovations. His motto is “Start with the Customer, and work back to the Technology.”

As the COO of UDI, a local startup, Scott helped the firm to triple its revenues in less than three years and exit via strategic acquisition by a multinational corporation.

Scott’s hands-on experience includes Strategy and Senior Management, Product and Engineering Management, Product Marketing and Business Development, Manufacturing and Operations, User Training and Technical Writing, and UI/UX design. He’s co-founded a few startups, and worked in many industries, including medical imaging, public transit, telecommunications and 3D computer graphics, and in companies from embryonic startups and university spin-offs to Silicon Valley pioneers and multinationals. Register

SGVHAK Meeting
Thursday, September 21, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tux Lab, 58 West Live Oak, Arcadia, CA

Join us to show off your new toys or work on your projects. Come to join like minded hardware hackers and learn from each other. This meeting tends to be very social. RSVP

Friday Coffee Meetup: Three SoCal Start-Ups With Successful Exits: Lessons Learned
Friday, September 22, 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Looking to grow your business? Hear some lessons learned from three SoCal start-ups with successful exits: TrueCar (IPO 2014), Overture Services (IPO 1999 and sold to Yahoo in 2003) and Hot Topic (IPO 1996 and sold to private equity firm in 2013).

Stewart Easterby has served as an executive for three $1 billion+ market cap, fast-growing, publicly-traded Internet companies. He currently is an advisor to CEOs and management teams of early stage technology companies. Previously, he was the Chief Operating Officer of TrueCar, Inc., an online car buying platform. Stewart was also responsible for North American advertising sales operations at Yahoo! Inc. and Overture Services, Inc. (paid search pioneer acquired by Yahoo for $1.8 billion in 2003). He has also served as a venture capitalist and U.S. Navy SEAL. Stewart earned a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, BAS in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from UCLA Anderson.RSVP

19th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk
Sunday, September 24, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Brookside Park at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Community event to raise funds for animals in need!

Join our community of animal lovers in raising funds for the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA by participating in the 19th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk on Sunday, September 24 at Brookside Park at the Rose Bowl.

This family-friendly event helps provide food, shelter and veterinary care to the thousands of animals who come through the shelter’s doors every year.

Register today as an individual, create a team or join a team, and invite your friends and family to join the fun.

All registrants receive an official Wiggle Waggle Walk t-shirt, participant bib, and bandanna for your dog.

Step up your fundraising efforts to earn exciting prizes.

On Walk day, choose either a three-mile or one-mile route around the beautiful Rose Bowl in Pasadena with hundreds of other animal lovers and their canine companions.
You don’t need a dog to take part, just a desire to help animals in need.

Start your fundraising journey today by registering or finding a team or walker to support.

If you are unable to participate, you can still help the animals at PHS by making a general donation to the Wiggle Waggle Walk. Register


WEEK OF September 25th


Tuesday, September 26, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Supplyframe, 61 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite 200, Pasadena, CA

et’s meet up again to discuss challenges and approaches in Language (Natural, Programming, Visual) Processing and see where the conversation takes us.

As usual, other topics are welcome too, and if you’d like to give a more formal presentation, please us know on Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Software-Developers-Dialectic-Galactic/events/242987633/.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Entrance to the building is via the alley on Fair Oaks Ave. Second floor. Use the elevator.

We’ll Talk: UX – “Ask an Expert”
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
LegalZoom, 101 N. Brand Blvd, 10th Floor, Glendale, CA

This month’s session will be an “Establishing UX Best Practices Q&A” panel discussion, and although it is open to all, the discussion is tailored more for mid-sr. level design professionals, PMs, and developers who are looking for guidance, mentorship and ideas on how to implement UX best practices strategically whether it be for a project, your their work environment, or even navigating your own career.

As an audience member, we ask that you come prepared with a question or two pertaining to creating, implementing, or sustaining UX best practices in your company or with your clients. If being anonymous is important (because you have an issue with your boss and they’re sitting next to you) we’ll have a system where you can leave your question in a box and we’ll read those throughout the evening.

The event will be moderated by “We’ll Talk: UX” host, Mike Estano. Our distinguished panel of experts come from a wide and diverse range of companies and disciplines in NELA.

UX Experts:
Amy Haupl – Sr. Director of UX Design, Research and Strategy, LegalZoom
Jon Setzen – Director of Creative, Bluebeam, Inc
Megan McDonald – Principal UX Designer, Aria Systems
Justin Brennan – CXO of Systems and Experience, DexYPRegister

WordPress Pasadena General Meetup
Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

We’ll be having our September General WordPress meetup on the 26th. It’ll be a good time filled with WP discussions in Question and Answer Roundtable format. Be ready to your curiosity on!

For those of you who can make it earlier, I’ll be doing an “office hours” at 5pm for anyone who would like an interactive website audit. I’m stealing a page from my friend Scott Buscemi here. If you’d like an objective review of your website’s design and SEO structures I can help. Message me and let me know if you’re interested. If enough folks are interested perhaps we can do a review during the meetup.

On another note, there is no Dev meetup this month.

==Meetup Info==

WordPress Pasadena is back in beautiful Old Town Pasadena at one of the first (and finest) Co-Workin’ spaces in town, CrossCampus (http://www.crosscamp.us/).

Bring your curiosity, your questions, your swell attitude and lots of potatoes. J/k, just bring your smiling faces. Please read the info below as it pertains to our meetup format and FAQs.RSVP

Ranking In Google – Simple SEO Checklist for Businesses & Startups
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WeWork, 177 E Colorado Blvd, 2nd Floor, Pasadena, CA 91105
This event is presented by Innovate Pasadena and WeWork.

If you’ve ever looked into creating an SEO strategy for your business or startup, you’ve likely been faced with overly complicated explanations and conflicting information about where and how to start.  Many business owners give up because they don’t know how to prioritize tactics or don’t think they can properly allocate the necessary resources to launch a successful strategy. In our discussion, we’ll walk through a simple checklist to move you past analysis paralysis and into a solid plan for improving your ranking for a few profitable keywords.  Simple presentation and Q&A to follow.

Colin Smith is the CEO and founder of Terminus Agency, a boutique web development and SEO agency based in Pasadena, CA. With over a decade of experience in content production, design, and web development, Colin enjoys every aspect of building a professional online presence. Drawing on his experience working with brands such as Google, General Mills, and NCAA college football teams, Colin is passionate about helping business build strategies to grow profits on the web.

Register here.

Monthly INFOSEC Syndicate Meeting
Wednesday, September 27, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Peet’s Coffee, 605 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA

This month’s presentation: crypto-currencies for fun and profit.RSVP

Pasadena Women in Tech Meetup – Hosted by Green Dot
Thursday, September 28, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Green Dot Corporation, 3465 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA

We’re…. going to Green Dot! Join us as we take Pasadena Women in Tech behind the scenes at Green Dot Corporation, HQ’d in Pasadena. Green Dot (https://www.greendot.com/) is a consumer focused financial technology innovator with a mission to provide a full range of affordable and accessible financial services to the masses.

Learn about the company’s products, meet some cool people from the company, and enjoy networking and food!

The Evening’s Agenda
6:00pm: Check in at the security desk when you arrive. * Bring ID

6:30pm: We’ll do a quick welcome and intros for new people.
6:45pm – 7:30pm: Green Dot will share information about their products and people. (There’s a rumor of a raffle and swag!)
7:30pm – 8:00pm: Networking/socializing

Parking is open in front of the building. There are visitors spaces in the front that can be used, but at that time of the day the parking lot should have plenty of space.

Green Dot has several open positions, check them out here (http://careers.greendot.com/).RSVP

Designing Empathy and Simplicity: The Future of Healthcare
Thursday, September 28, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cross Campus Pasadena, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Psychological research shows that simple experiences are more pleasurable, more intelligent and safer. Simplicity also affects the way we make decisions and our health by reducing stress and adrenaline. While medical treatments have become better and more effective, the healthcare system has become overly complex and stressful for patients. But the maturing field of UX design and advances in conversational interfaces and machine learning can change all that. Using methods in empathic design, UX designers can create healthcare experiences that allow patients to interact with complex systems in ways that are more more simple and more humane. This has the potential to deliver tremendous benefits to both patients and medical providers, revolutionizing our healthcare system.

Mark Breitenberg – Director, Business Development at Interactivism

Mark is a writer, design educator and international design advocate. He is the former President of the World Design Organization, where he led the creation of the World Design Impact Prize. He served as the Dean of Undergraduate Education and Special Assistant to the President at ArtCenter College of Design, where he co-founded the Create Change Design Forums in China and received the “1,000 Talents Award” from the Chinese government. He was also the Provost at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Mark is a founding board member and co-chair of Development for Innovate Pasadena. He has published widely on design education, innovation and creativity, as well as Shakespeare and literary history in a former life. He holds a PhD. in Literature and Critical Theory from the University of California, San Diego.

Julian Scaff – Director, Design at Interactivism
Julian is a design director with expertise in UX, UI, IxD, creative strategy and futurecasting. He has a BA in Media Studies from Pitzer College, an MA in Film and Television from UCLA, and an MFA in Art and Design from the Dutch Art Institute. Early in his career he worked as a designer at NASA/JPL and Idealab, and was a creative director at JobTrak, Monster.com, and the non-profit Blue Planet United. For the past decade Julian has taught interactive media and design at universities in the Netherlands, Beirut, Qatar, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. Julian’s public speaking includes a TEDx talk titled “Designing Change for Good” on the need for design thinking to tackle the large, complex problems facing the world, and a keynote address at the Wonder Women Tech conference on the need for gender equality in the tech industry. He serves on the board for NELAUX and is the Design and Innovation Advisor for Designing Nation. RSVP

Hackaday LA September
Thursday, September 28, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Supplyframe DesignLab, 30 East Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena, CA

Join us for the Hackaday LA Meetup of September!

We’re currently in the Hackaday Prize, Round 5: Anything Goes, which ends on October 16th. Bring your projects and show us what you’re building.

Featured Speakers

Kalind Carpenter, JPL

Will Kalman

More speaker details to come!


Call For Lightning Talks

We will have reserved time for lightning talks. You’ll get about two minutes to make an announcement, demo a project, or call for project collaborators. There will be a sign-up list at the meetup.

Showing off demos and Hackaday.io projects is highly recommended. We’re in the midst of The Hackaday Prize 2017, extra points if you bring your #HackadayPrize project and show us how you want to move humanity forward. Get feedback, ask for advice, or form a team to work together.RSVP

Mixed Reality Easter Egg Hunt & Audio Looper/HoloLens Spectator View
Thursday, September 28, 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Creative Technology Center, 604 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles 90031, CA

It’s that time! We have two presenters for our next meetup. Hope to see you there!

Philippe Lewicki, Captain of AfterNow, will take us through the journey of building the very successful Mixed Reality Easter Egg Hunt (https://www.afternow.io/2017/04/24/case-study-mixed-reality-easter-egg-hunt/) at VRLA. He will describe the process used to produce the experience, the user flow, constant user testing, optimizing content creation and overcoming mixed reality technical challenges.

The Mixed Reality Easter Egg Hunt was a one time experience created for VRLA, in partnership with Microsoft.

The experience drew in 3-hour long lines, received positive feedback and was featured on Mashable, VRScout, Cnet, and NBC.

More info: https://www.afternow.io/2017/04/24/case-study-mixed-reality-easter-egg-hunt/RSVP

Friday Coffee Meetup: “Who is this TED guy anyway? And what the heck is TEDx?”
Friday, September 29, 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

The TED tagline is “ideas worth spreading,” but if you want to be one of their speakers or lead one of their events, you need to know how to make your idea stand out from the rest. As the Executive Director of TEDxPasadena, TEDxPasadenaWomen and TEDxPasadenaSalon, and as an attendee at TEDSummit in Banff, Canada, Heather Heimerl Brunold has worked with countless TEDx speakers and curators. Join this lively, interactive conversation designed to identify ways to systematically tackle this dream, step by step.

Heather Heimerl Brunold has been a thought leader in education, specializing in adolescent development and family/school dynamics, for more than two decades, but after completing her doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, Heather became passionate about utilizing her talents as an educator to impact the greater community. Feeling she could positively influence her community’s approach to how we learn, Heather established Words2Action, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage learners, leaders and educators – through spoken word and tangible action – in a united effort to change the world, one idea at a time. Heather is by her nature a helper, healer and teacher. Her passion for learning and her love of relationship building are the reasons she enjoys serving TEDxPasadenaWomen as the Executive Director/Licensee.RSVP


WEEK OF October 2nd


ArtCenter Presents: A Conversation with Patricia Urquiola
Thursday, October 05, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
ArtCenter South Campus, Wind Tunnel Gallery, 950 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Patricia Urquiola, designer and architect, was born in Oviedo, Spain. She now lives and works in Milan where she runs Studio Urquiola. Her work is widely known to be playful and poetic, yet pragmatic and functional – a creative combination that is the magic behind her work. After studying architecture in Madrid, she moved to Milan, studying under Italian industrial design masters Achille Castiglioni and Vico Magistretti. Her book, Time to Make a Book, captures the fervid energy of Patricia’s life and work, as she explores the impact of her day-to-day life on her career and the importance reflection has in the creative process.

Patricia is celebrated for her forward-thinking and innovative product, interior, architectural and conceptual designs. The conversation with Patricia will also represent her collaboration with Haworth, which improves workplaces around the globe with award-winning furniture, interior architecture and technology solutions. Patricia has also created special showcases, exploring the balance of digital and analog to reflect the current state of work and life.

This event is free and open to the public.RSVP