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:

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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.

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.

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Warmest regards,

Andrea Murphy

Community Engagement Manager

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#SMNT10 at Santa Monica Public Library

Our #SMNT10 event took place at Santa Monica Public Library. There were 5 presenters, 1 special speaker, 1 great sponsor  and about 150 members attending.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Santa Monica Public Library impressed everyone with their current technology and on-going initiatives: digital books, bump payments, responsive website, virtual library navigation map that shows you how to get to the shelf where your book is, mobile app, digital catalog, and much more. Only 2 years ago OneClickDigital was not around, but today you can instantly download books to your smart device and listen to them at your convenience! And you don’t need to walk to the library to return the book, it will fly off your device back to the library when it is due! Diane Bednarski, Principal Librarian, mentioned a possibility of having stations around the city where you can easily download chapters of any book for free while you are waiting for your bus or else. How cool is that?

Heather Martin from Insperity.com was our venue sponsor and provided Krispy Kreme doughnuts! She wrote an article about our group back in Dec 2012: http://bit.ly/XwHmQJ. Marcus Filipovich from Pasadena Angels gave his friendly investor feedback at the end and told us about the design accelerator that he is launching in Pasadena.

My comments about presentations:

Lumeo – interesting approach to education, it is “not painful anymore”, beautiful images, video and slides

MyTrueCloud – impressive presentation with good explanation slides, 15 ppl team, and 1mln revenue already, congrats!

The Suitest – very elaborate demo video about hotel room comparison, I also thought about applying it to event venues

At The Pool – nice new concept about meeting people based on shared interests, I’d say a blend of craigslist and meetup, but could work for dating too

Tikr – countdown for your events, a perfect blend of video and ppt, entertaining

All presenters did a great job, and we do like variety in ways of delivery, content, industries, etc. So it was just perfect!

Our next meeting is Monday, May 20 at 3110 Main Str at 31Ten Lounge. We will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary, so come to chat with your fellow entrepreneurs from our group and LA Tech Happy Hour group, have a cake, and give your feedback about how to make SMNT even better. Also, please, submit your comments via survey anonymously http://svy.mk/19An8XQ

I will gather all comments and read highlights at our next demo/pitch event #SMNT11 at Cross Campus  on June 26.

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See more pictures from #SMNT10: http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Monica-New-Tech/photos/14906432/