WEEK OF July 24th

 

STEAM:CODERS – INTRODUCTION TO CODING: VIDEO GAME DESIGN | FOR GRADES 2-4
Monday, July 24, 2017, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Supplyframe DesignLab, 30 E. Del Mar. Blvd., Pasadena, CA

This course will introduce students to computer coding and game design concepts. Students will learn logic, critical thinking and problem solving and become familiar with the building blocks of computer science, while having fun!

The class will take place Monday – Friday mornings, July 24th – 28th, from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM. The Registration fee covers all five (5) classes. This course is specifically for elementary school students entering grades 2-4, in the fall of 2017. Experience is not required. Register

STEAM:CODERS presents Arduino Robotics
Monday, July 24, 2017, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
CalTech Annenberg Building, 355 South Holliston, Pasadena, CA

This class takes place on Monday – Friday mornings, July 10th – July 14th, from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM. The registration fee covers all five (5) classes. This class is for middle school students entering grades 5-8, in the fall of 2017. Experience not required.

In this course, students will be introduced to circuit building, micro-controller programming and 3D printing as they build a fully functioning robot of their own! Students will be able to customize their robots. Best of all, students get to keep their robot at the end of the class. Register

PIC Programming, OpenSCAD, KiCad and All things Embedded
Monday, July 24, 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

WordPress Pasadena General Meetup
Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Welcome to our July general WordPress user group! We discuss all the things WordPress here. If any of you would like to do a presentation post your idea in the comments here.

We welcome attendees from all backgrounds and experiences to come and participate. If you want to learn about WordPress and have questions; please attend. If you know all there is to know about WordPress you are welcome to attend because you are cooler than cool! RSVP

Silicon Dragon LA 2017 + VIP Reception + Rooftop Party
Wednesday, July 26, 2:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA

Silicon Dragon publishes news of technology, venture capital and startup trends in emerging markets and hosts forums in innovation hubs. Forums are held regularly in New York, Silicon Valley, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangalore.

Silicon Dragon spans a global network of 15,000 startups, emerging companies, venture capitalists, angel investors and startup stakeholders. The group is based in Silicon Valley with offshoots in New York City and Hong Kong.
For more info, see: www.silicondragonventures.com

Featuring panels on:
HOLLYWOOD-CHINA DEALS
DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT INNOVATION & INVESTMENT
TECH CHATS: VR – LA & CHINA
EB-5 FINANCING & ECONOMIC IMPACT

2:30pm – 6pm: Forum at Pasadena Convention Center
6 – 7 pm VIP Reception: Gold Room, Pasadena (VIP tickets only)
7:30 pm – 9pm: Rooftop Party, Downtown LA
(included in forum ticket)

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Makerspace Tour and Open House
Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
ARTworks Pasadena, 2914 E Walnut St., Pasadena, CA

Come visit and play at a unique tool-based kid-friendly makerspace in Pasadena.

This is a makerspace reDiscover Center sets up in the summer to teach Tinkering School camp (and setup takes under 24 hours). Play with our infamous (and safe) electric cardboard cutter, see what kind of tools work great with kids, and check out some of the projects students have built this year. RSVP

Game Developers Networking Event
Thursday, July 27, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Pasadena Public Library, 285 East Walnut Street, 4th floor, Pasadena, CA

If you’re an artist, programmer or general game developer and you’re looking for teammates to work with, this is the meetup for you. We’ll start off the meetup with introductions and what you’re looking for so everyone knows who is in the room and who they want to talk to. Then we’ll watch a GDC talk for 30-45 minutes and break into discussion / networking for the rest of the evening. We can grab drinks in old town after if there’s interest in that too. RSVP

Living in Space – with Nitin Arora and Loic Chappaz
Thursday, July 27, 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM
Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Topic: Ocean Worlds and JPL’s Next Mission Concept to Explore Titan
Nitin Arora is a Systems and Mission Design Engineer at the Planetary Mission Concepts Formulation Group at NASA-JPL. His work is focused on formulation of future space mission concepts. His research interests lie in the field of mission design, spacecraft system engineering, spacecraft trajectory optimization, and high-performance computing. Nitin received his Ph.D. and Masters in Aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013 and Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, India, in 2007. He is big fan of Star-Trek and loves playing squash.

Topic: A NewSpace Roadmap for Living in Space
Loic Chappaz is the Mission Design Lead at AstroLabs, a high-tech start-up company in the field of space missions and flight systems design. In addition to his work centered on mission and spacecraft design, Loic is also involved with the company’s strategic development. His research interests include trajectory design and analysis in complex dynamical environments and extend to any space exploration topic. In 2011, Loic obtained a double M.S. degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University and his original school in France, ESTACA, before completing his doctoral degree at Purdue in 2015. When he is not in front of a computer, Loic practices martial arts and is also an avid skier. RSVP

You’ve Got the SOUL-ution
Friday, July 28, 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Young organizations tend to have clear cultures and good-enough workflow practices. These things tend to sprout from the founders and early hires. As these organizations scale into hyper-growth companies, chaos and confusion often ensue. Cultures become unconscious and contradictory and workflow practices descend into endless fire drills.

Hyper-growth organizations that sustain through scale create conscious cultures that align essence with operations and address excesses and blind spots on a regular basis. These efforts require both collective conversations and individual support. Regular all-hands meetings about culture allow for course corrections and targeted individual coaching delivers just-in-time skills for leaders.

David Shechtman is a talented coach, speaker, and facilitator. His experience includes leading change projects, facilitating in-depth leadership seminars, and coaching C-level executives. RSVP

 

WEEK OF July 31st

 

Astronomy on Tap
Monday, July 31, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Der Wolfskopf, 72 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Featuring beer, prizes, and scientific talks! All events are free and open to the public.

Astronomy on Tap is a nation-wide phenomenon where professional astronomers give informal talks in local bars on a variety of scientific topics followed by lots of discussion and interaction with the public. Each event consists of two 10-15 minute talks on some aspect of astronomy/astrophysics with broad appeal. In the intermission between talks, the scientists present roam around the bar, interacting with members of the public, and answering questions. Additionally, there is an astronomy quiz ongoing throughout on the screens, with cool astrophysics and NASA prizes for those interested. Our host bar, Der Wolfskopf offers attendees special Astronomy on Tap happy hour prices on a variety of food and drink items throughout our event. For Info

Chatbots and Conversational Commerce
Friday, August 4, 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

The bots revolution is happening because the interwebs are going through some fairly dramatic changes—users’ online habits are not what they once were. We’ve all seen that business insider chart that shows the “big 4” messaging apps trajecting past the “big 4” social apps. that chart is at least a year old and shows that messaging surpassed social in 2015!!!!!! Given that messaging is where people are spending their time, and given that ad blockers are now pervasive … bots give retailers a means to fish where the fish are, so to speak.

Audrey Wu, Co-Founder/CEO of CONVRG, is a second generation chatbot entrepreneur and emerging technology executive with experience at imperson, TechStars, JibJab Bros. Studios, iconmobile/WPP, Ketchum, Deloitte and SG Cowen. CONVRG recently launched the first marketplace chatbot in partnership with Shopify and Kik. RSVP

 

WEEK OF August 7th

 

How to Network with Investors
Friday, August 11, 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM
Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

How to network with investors – the right way. What does that mean? It means knowing what not to do in front of potential investors and how to maximize your potential at networking events. During this presentation you’ll learn about how investors think and how to navigate in their world. You’ll be able to identify and attend the right events for your startup and set achievable networking goals for each event. You’ll work on some good examples of elevator pitches and other strategies for making the most out of each networking event you attend. Finally, you’ll learn how to follow up after the event.

Matthew Crowley is a venture lawyer, with a practice focused on assisting entrepreneurs in creating new businesses and achieving their goals for growth. Crowley regularly represents startups, with startup clients representing at least 70% of his practice. RSVP

 

WEEK OF August 14th

 

Cyber Happy Hour (formerly Cybersecurity Meetup)
Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
ADP Innovation Center, 4th floor, 55 South Lake, Pasadena, CA

Save the date! Announcing after BlackHat! RSVP

Healthcare Innovation: Designing Empathy and Simplicity: The Future of Healthcare
Thursday, August 17, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cross Campus, 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 is the Director of Business Development at Interactivism. He is the former President of the World Design Organization, Dean of Undergraduate Education at ArtCenter College of Design, and Provost of California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He is also a founding board member of Innovate Pasadena and is currently serves as co-chair of Development. 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 is a design director with expertise in UX, UI, IxD, creative strategy and futurecasting at Interactivism. 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. He serves on the board for NELAUX and is the Design and Innovation Advisor for Designing Nation. RSVP

StartUp Grind: HOW HARRISON TANG CREATED A $100 MILLION COMPANY FROM HIS BASEMENT
Thursday, August 17, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
SupplyFrame, 61 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite 200 , Pasadena, CA

Above 85°C Bakery Cafe – Entrance through alley on Fair Oaks above Green St.

Harrison Tang and his co-founders created Spokeo in 2006 while at Stanford University. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall direction and product strategy of the people intelligence platform. He leads the team focused on building an easy-to- use interface that empowers users with the data to help them know more about others by accessing and aggregating more than 12 billion records. The company originally launched as a social network aggregator and pivoted two years later to offer white pages data records. The search tool gained immense popularity in 2010, and since then Spokeo has continued to provide new offerings in the realm of people – related data, including social search, historical records, criminal records, celebrity photo-data bases and more. Get Tickets

 

WEEK OF August 21st

 

Pasadena Women in Tech Happy Hour – Hosted by Sellbite
Thursday, August 24, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sellbrite, 44 West Green Street, Pasadena, CA

Join us for happy hour, with food and drinks, and a tour and overview of Sellbrite, a successful Ecommerce SaaS start-up. This event is sponsored by Sellbrite.

Sellbrite is one of the fastest growing names in ecommerce software, and is a SaaS solution that helps brands and retailers build, manage and grow their multi-channel ecommerce business.

Sellbrite’s end-to-end solution gives merchants a smarter way to create and manage listings, control inventory, and fulfill orders across all their online sales channels, such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Shopify, BigCommerce and others, all from a single, intuitive interface that they love using. Sellbrite brings a fully operational modern SaaS infrastructure to the large and underserved SMB retail market. RSVP

 

WEEK OF August 28th

 

Workshop + Happy Hour: MAPPING EXPERIENCES From Insight to Action with Jim Kalbach
Monday, August 28, 1:30 PM to 8:00 PM
ADP Innovation Center, 4th floor, 55 South Lake, Pasadena, CA

NELAUX members get a 10% discount with the code: MAPPINGLA

HAPPY HOUR

There will be a separate HAPPY HOUR with Jim after the workshop at Del Friscos in Pasadena from 6:30 to 8:30. You do not need to attend the workshop to attend. RSVP on this meetup for that.

BIO
Jim Kalbach is a noted author, speaker, and instructor in user experience design, information architecture, and strategy. He is currently the Head of Customer Success at MURAL, a leading online whiteboard. RSVP

Hackaday LA August Meetup
Tuesday, August 29, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Supplyframe DesignLab, 30 East Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena, CA

Save the date for the Hackaday LA Meetup of August!

Featured Speakers

Judi Cowell and Maria Redin

More speakers and details to come! RSVP