#SMNT36

Ctrl CollectiveOn Wed, July 15, we all drove to Playa Vista for our July pitch/demo event #SMNT36 at CTRL Collective @ctrlcollective:

“The Collective is a shared working space in Silicon Beach that’s bringing together the best staCtrl Collective Viewrtups, entrepreneurs, hackers, makers, students, and creatives in Los Angeles”.

We were very excited to invite our members to this new location to showcase how much Silicon Beach has to offer. The venue boasts 24 private offices and about 300 co-working spaces.

This mansion style building of about 26,000 sq. ft, formerly an oil company abode, offers covered outdoor space and a garage to be converted into a makerspace and sound proof recording studio. The property (with 60 parking spaces on premises and private valet) is so big, that we had to create multiple signs with arrows so that our attendees didn’t get lost in its vast labyrinths. See more pics: http://ctrCtrl Collective Conference Roomlcollective.com/photos

Read more about CTRL Collective: http://latechdigest.com/take-a-peek-inside-ctrl-collective/

We are grateful to our sponsor Sri Pulakanam from NeurLabs @neurLABS that also presented their app MigoAmigos.

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7 startups came to CTRL ColDavid and Taleia at Ctrl Collectivelective to show their creations:

MigoAmigos @migoamigo_

P2start @P2Start

Finask #finask

Postwaves @post_waves

Yougee @yougeeme

Mingling at Ctrl CollectivePlume @theplumeapp

Sense360 @thesense36

Plume with erotic text images Pitch and demo at Ctrl Collective
was the most provocative presenter!

Playa Vista is definitely booming with more offices and co-working spaces popping up all over! And it is becoming cheaper than Santa Monica.

Please find more pics from this event on Meetup or FB and videos on our Youtube Channel. See you in August at #SMNT37!

#SMNT35

Cross Campus SM#SMNT35 pitch/demo event took place on June 10 at Cross Campus in Santa Monica.

Cross Campus viewPizza and drinks were provided courtesy of our sponsor Bryan Lemster from Halcyon Innovation.

All attendees got a sneak peek of what our tech startup counterparts are working on across the pond!

We heard from the following startups:

SMNT VolunteersMiler presentationMiler.me

Prefound

RCO

Momunt

Please find below A Silicon Beach Update from Halcyon Innovation:

SMNt presentationSilicon Beach Fest Is Back!
The annual Halcyon Innovationsummer celebration of startups in So Cal, Silicon Beach Fest, is back for another year bringing parties, pitches and panels to Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica and the surrounding community. Professionals with an interest in technology from many different professional spheres will be speaking, networking and building during this 3-day event jam-packed with activities. You can find all the info about the event here & find special discounts here. Happy Networking!SMNT presentations
Santa Monica New Tech Pushing Startup Scene. Santa Monica New Tech (SMNT) is continuing to drive the startup community in the area by showcasing new and exciting local ideas. Halcyon Innovation was happy to be fortunatSMNT slidese enough to sponsor the most recent event SMNT#35 where six new startups showcased their fresh concepts. You can check out some of these great projects here. After 3 years of helping to grow startup communities in Los Angeles as well as London & PHalcyon Innovationaris, SMNT is also offering a course to help startups begin on the right foot. More info about the course is available here. Follow SMNT on social media here.
Thank you, Bryan, for your support! :)

See more pics from the event on Meetup and videos on our Youtube channel.

Hack the Beach Event

Santa Monica Public LibraryThe City of Santa Monica, in partnership with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, hosted a meetup at the Santa Monica Public Library for the 2015 National Day of Civic Hacking.

Our group was invited to this event to learn about open data, open source and civic tech in Santa Monica.

What:

Civic Hacking Santa MonicaHack the Beach is an effort by the City of Santa Monica to bring together civic-minded technologists interested in solving real-world challenges.

Our areas of focus are around open data, open source software, government transparency, and citizen engagement.

We welcome your bright ideas, your eye for creative and intuitive solutions, and your coding craftsmanship.

Why:

This is an unprecedented time for civic engagement. Governments are opening their data and internal Mayor of Santa Monicaprocesses, creating new avenues for collaborative problem solving.

From startups to well-established firms, Silicon Beach is booming. A rich talent pool coupled with a city government at the forefront of civic tech puts us in a unique position for innovative success.

The City of Santa Monica is proud to continue our tradition of partnership building. We invite you to join our civic tech community as we work together to make a positive impact on our city.

The event took place in Santa Monica Public Library on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

The Mayor of Santa Monica Kevin McKeown attended the event together with other government officials and community leaders.

More info about the event: http://hackthebeach.smgov.net

The Agenda:

10:00AM Sign-ins and Mingling City of Santa Monica
10:20AM Welcome
10:50AM Introduction of new datasets
11:30AM Lunch served
12:00PM-1:30PM Breakout Session: Big Blue Bus Track
12:00PM-1:30PM Breakout Session: Parking Track
1:30PM Soapbox: Plug your projects and lessons-learned
1:50PM Closing remarks

Next Steps:

Planning for the next Hack the Beach event is currently underway. Keep abreast of what we’re up to and join the discussion on Google Group.

Help shape the next event by taking a short survey.

You may also reach out directly at data@smgov.net.

Three Year Anniversary

Dan, Marina, DylanThree years went by and we are still organizing our events! It is a big milestone in the world of startups.

As I recall our first event, it took place in Santa Monica Public Library Ocean Park branch. It was before the first Silicon Beach Fest, before Cross Campus, General Cross Campus SMNT34Assembly and ROC appeared in Santa Monica.

In Jan 2012, I just arrived from Boston, where I was a member of Boston New Tech. I started Santa Monica New Tech group because I had my own startup and wanted to be a part of the startup Wes and Sarahcommunity in Santa Monica.

Instead of 1 event we host up to 10 events per month today, and the number of our members grew to 5,000+ in LA and 6,000+ in Europe.

Our 3 Year Anniversary event was held at Cross Campus, our favorite event venue in LA. The team of Cross Campus was so nice to give a speech and even give me a cake, flowers and a present! Thank you, team Cross Campus!

As usually, 6 startups presented their ideas at #SMNT34 on May 6:Rinse

Rinse

AugmentAnalytics

Vyu

Utique

Shyp

Populist.io

And Interoute helped us celebrate with pizza, but we didn’t stop celebrating there. Part 2: Happy Hour mixer took place on May 20. We ordered the cake and had drinks on the patio of Wokcano in Santa Monica.

We also heard from some members of our group about why they come to our events and what they value the most. For some it is an excuse to leave their house as they work from home anWokcano SMNT eventd meet new people and friends, for others  the reason for coming is to learn something new and get pieces of advice from mentors.

But what it really comes down to – it is all of us.

We’ve built a great community of open minded people who help each other, trust each other and love to innovate.

It is so important to know that what we created over 3 years makes this community special and Great! It is the quality of connections: friendships and partnerships that took root from SMNT events.

Tavor and Marina

Wokcano SMNT Happy HourThat is what Jay W wrote in his group review after he volunteered at our events:

 SMNT is a really cool group. For those genuinely interested in technology, innovation, and community involvement this is the place to go. Let’s not forget about Marina, who has been doing an excellent job keeping all of this together. Congratulations Marina! I hope to attend more meetings in the future, and bring lots of enthusiasts along. 

#SMNT33

Cross Campus companiesOur April 22 event #SMNT33 at Cross Campus was very well attended. Five startups presented their ideas that were so different and intriguing that they sparked a lot of controversy during networking time. Pizza and drinks were provided by our sponsor Interoute!

Propzy presentationPropzy – Selling real estate from you living room with one tap.

Pitchcode – The talent marketplace for digital ad sales specialists.

Private.me – Empowers internet users to keep their personal data private.

Niear – Changing how transportation is shared by connecting car owners with drivers through our mobile app. Go ahead, find a car near you.

Lootsie – A Mobile rewards platform.

See more pictures from the event.

Watch Private.me presentation:

Find more videos of our presenters on SMNT Youtube Channel.

The First White House Tech Meetup

The White HouseOn April 17, 2015 I was invited to the White House Tech Meetup in Washington, DC with other tech community leaders around the country (about 50 people). It was an honor to represent LA and the Silicon Beach Community. The event was hosted by Megan Smith, US Chief Technology Officer, and organized by MeetupWhite House Session.com. We met with government officials, city and state representatives, media, to help boost tech innovation across the country, help with newly launched Tech Hire Initiative which is focused on providing training and creating more jobs in technology sector.
The event was announced via White House Blog. You can see the Official Agenda.

It was great to be invited to the White House, to meet incredible tech leaders and receive a ThanWH Brainstorming Sessionk you letter the day after:

“You are truly pioneers. We were thrilled to see the incredible work you do every day recognized at the highest levels of government.

Not only was the White House atwitter by your presence, we generated buzz *everywhere*. We were trending on Twitter all day Friday! 

We encourage you to share your thoughts, recaps and progress towards your goals on this stream
. You can continue the conversation, check out some great photos, and find choice quotes via the #WHMeetup tag.

Other ways to revisit the excitement and energy of the day:Inside White House

As for press, we’ve seen over 33 media hits so far! Here are some of the most interesting national and local stories:

Stay close and keep in touch! We know there will be many incredible returns of the day: think of the commitments made and the partnerships, mentorships and friendships forged.

Outside Executive BuildingTech Meetup CakeLet’s do it again soon.

Warmest regards,

Andrea Murphy

Community Engagement Manager

Meetup HQ”

#SMNT32

Cross CampusOn March 24 we hosted our monthly pitch/demo event back at Cross Campus in Santa Monica.

 

Interoute was our sponsor and provSMNT presenterided drinks and pizza.Interoute logo

 

Interoute is the owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, which encompasses over 67,000 km of lit fibre, with 14 global locations across Asia, America & Europe.

6 startups presented their ideas:

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Spotkingapp

Captureyz

Downtochill
Bookmarq

Modulates

Almost 200 people attended this event. See pics on Meetup and videos of pitches on our Youtube Channel.