“The Collective is a shared working space in Silicon Beach that’s bringing together the best startups, 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://ctrlcollective.com/photos
Read more about CTRL Collective: http://latechdigest.com/take-a-peek-inside-ctrl-collective/
7 startups came to CTRL Collective to show their creations:
Plume with erotic text images
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.
Pizza 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:
Please find below A Silicon Beach Update from Halcyon Innovation:
The 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.
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.
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
10:00AM Sign-ins and Mingling
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three 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 Assembly 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 community 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:
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 and 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.
That 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. ”
Our 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 – 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.
On 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 Meetup.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 Thank 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:
Watch the first 30 mins of talks on The White House YouTub
Check out our photo album – if you share these photos, please be sure to credit Liz Gorman as photographer
Revisit Scott’s speech about creating opportunity on the Meetup blo
As for press, we’ve seen over 33 media hits so far! Here are some of the most interesting national and local stories:
CNN Money (4/17/15): First White House Tech Meetup: You are creating opportunity
NY Times (4/17/15): Friday Briefing mention
WSJ Live (4/16/15): Meetup: Making it easier for people to connect
Yahoo News (4/17/15): White House plays matchmaker with local geeks and leaders to get more people into tech job
Geekwire (4/14/15): Seattle startup vets picked to attend first-ever White House Tech Meetup
Orlando Sentinel (4/14/15): Orlando Tech Association Invited to White House
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.
Community Engagement Manager