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.

#SMNT31 Pasadena Edition

Pasadena AngelsAt the end of February 2015 our group was invited to
the new Cross Campus Office in Pasadena. And we drove!

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Our sponsor was Pasadena Angels, which is highly involved in the local Idealab accelerator.

Five startups presented at our event #SMNT31 on Feb 24, 2015:

Beatshare – mobile app for sharing emotions through music

MediaMark – real time sentiment & behavioral data on Verified Moviegoers to studios & theaters to power more moviegoer visits, and highly targeted remarketing & merchandising

Phind a mobile app to help discover places visually. Take a photo of any place and immediately find out what it is.

Holomic – innovative mobile diagnostics. It is a universal, mobile reader for fluorescent rapid tests.

ChaiEnergy – a mobile app that shows you exactly where you are wasting energy and money in your own home.
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SMNT Cake

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Watch videos from that event: https://www.youtube.com/user/SantaMonicaNewTech

#SMNT30

SMNT VolunteersOur February pitch/demo event #SMNT30 took place at Cross Campus in Santa Monica on Wed,  Feb 18. 6 new tech startups presented their creations. Elementz Interactive was our sponsor:

Elementz InteractiveElementz is a full services solution company offering creative and cutting-edge solutions tailored to customer needs. With a vision to be a world class global software development company, Elementz specializes in mobile app, website app and platform development.
Founded in 2010, Elementz has evolved into a solutions company that provides custom software solutions for startup and enterprise level businesses. Elementz’s team has multiple years of combined experience across relevant technology fields, enabling them to incorporate Infographic SMNT30various processes, skills and insights into each project we undertake. As a result of this multidisciplinary approach, Elementz’s projects often encompass a variety of technological tools and methodologies. This enhances their ability to create completely original and unique software and platforms for clients.

TabbyPresenters:

Tabby – Derek Davis – video

Delo – Renat Gabitov – video

PerspectiveMedia – Paul Rothbein – video

CureCrowd – Dr. Rocamboli – video

Propagate -Frank Freeman – video

Crunchbutton – Judd Rosenblatt – video

OpenCoffee Club LA Weekly

Open Coffee Club LogoSMNT have been hosting OpenCoffee Club meetings weekly since September 2014. After hosting 18 meetings we decided to make a short video so that others know what all these meetings are all about.

Open Coffee CupThe OpenCoffee Club is an open concept originated in London 8 years ago. The goal was to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organize real-world informal meetups to chat, network and grow. There are now over 100 around the world.

Santa Monica chapter meets every week, but rotates between Thursday and Saturday/Sunday.

We meet at 10AM in Santa Monica either at Starbucks or Panera. See full schedule on SMNT Meetup Calendar.

To learn more about OCC, read http://readwrite.com/2007/05/23/the_open_coffee_club_movement

Watch full introductions from 8 people who attended #OCCLA19 on Feb 12, 2015.

TechJobsLA Job Fair

BlankspacesOn Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, TechJobsLA hosted its biannual Job Fair at Blankspaces, Santa Monica. This year there were several workshops, a UX+CTO Panel and of course tech hiring companies!

UX + CTO PANEL

How to Get the Job You Want in Silicon Beach with John Shiple, Oleg Baranovsky, Luetrell Toler, Arturo Perez and VTechJobsLAivian Ying, 1/31, 11:00AM – 12:00PM | free with the purchase of a general admission job fair ticket ($15), First come, first serve, arrive early, reserved seating available, Santa Monica @techjobslafair
Luetrell Toler, moderator
Oleg Baranovsky, panelist, owner of the Los Angeles PHP Developers Group (LAPHP)
Arutro Perez, panelist, Founder of Kluge Interactive, a Silicon Beach design/dev agency
John Shiple, panelist, Freelance CTO
Vivian Ying, panelist, Slalom Consulting – enterprise technology (financial services)

WORKSHOPSSponsors Banner

Responsive Design Process for Designers and Developers with Natalie MacLees, This includes job fair admission and the 1 hour workshop, 10:30AM – 11:30AM, beginners welcome, $15, @techjobslafair, offered in support of @GirlDevelopItLA

Putting UX into Axure – A Strategic Approach with Paul Lumsdaine, 1/31, 10:30AM – 11:30AM | This includes job fair admission and the 1 hour workshop, beginners welcome, $15.00, Santa Monica, @techjobslafair

How to WOW on your next interview w/ VitaminT, 1/31, 11:30AM – 12:30PM | $5.00 (Free. A refund will be provided by VitaminT), this includes job fair admission and the 1 hour workshop, beginners welcome, Santa Monica @techjobslafair

Getting Started with Conference SpeaFooda tableking with Natalie MacLees, 1/31, 12:30PM – 1:30PM | includes job fair admission and the 1 hour workshop, beginners welcome, $15.00, Santa Monica @techjobslafair

Beginner’s Javascript Workshop with MGO, 1/31, 11:30AM – 1:30PM | this includes job fair admission and the 2 hour workshop, $15.00, Santa Monica @techjobslafair. Please bring a laptop for this hands-on workshop!

Free resume reviews: VitaminT will have 2+ knowledgable professionals to review job fair attendees’ resumes from 10AM to 1PM. Please arrive early for one-on-one tips to improve your resume.

Pictures are courtesy of Ross Martin. See more event’s pictures: http://on.fb.me/16IxBqh.

SMNT Reunion Jan 2015

We hosted our second annual Reunion event for 170 startups that presented at our events in the last 2.5 years. ~300 people came to celebrate entrepreneurship, to network and to support startups that grew over the years.

Startups that presented:

AntmineDedicated Volunteers

YourOfficeAgent

Letshang

Odyssey TranslatorOdyssey Translator

Synaccord

Oxford Biochronometrics

Valarm

Classkick

7GenerationGames

WirecashLinksee

Wirecash

Carsnap

Evrybit

EPS.Inc

CarSnapThere were dozens of startup founders in the audience both former presenters and our members, there were investors, service partners and just tech enthusiasts.
We had plenty of beer and pizza served thanks to our sponsors:

Xero

Halcyon Innovation

RubyThree

Read Evrybit’s story about the event:

http://getevrybit.com/blog/2015/01/santa-monica-new-tech-reunion-brings-together-los-angeles-startup-community/