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Monday, November 9
 

1:30pm

Grand Tour (Day One) Presented by NewCo

Get inside Google, Twitter, Maker Studios and 90 more at NewCo Los Angeles

We’re excited to partner with NewCo during Techweek LA. NewCo turns the conference model inside out and gets you inside the headquarters of the city’s most inspiring companies.

This event has an additional cost; however, as part of our community, you’re entitled to a 40% discount on VIP and Unlimited Passes with the code "Techweek40" - register here: http://la.newco.co/2015-schedule/

What you can expect at NewCo Los Angeles Festival 2015:

  • 90+ companies invite you into their offices on November 9-10, 2015

  • Learn from the best entrepreneurs in an intimate setting

  • Get a peek into new product development and innovations

  • Experience behind-the-scene tours of cutting edge work environments

  • Party with us at the VIP-Kickoff and Meetup events

NewCo attracts attendees from all around the world. All company sessions have limited capacity and the most popular ones are already filling up. Act fast to secure your spot and choose your favorite ones.


Monday November 9, 2015 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Various Locations

4:00pm

Monday Happy Hour at 41 Ocean
Monday November 9, 2015 4:00pm - 10:00pm
41 Ocean 1541 Ocean Ave #150, Santa Monica, CA 90401

6:30pm

SXSW Interactive Los Angeles Community Meet Up
Join us for drinks, a short informative presentation about the 2016 SXSW Interactive Festival and networking with other tech innovators in the Los Angeles area. As an added bonus to attending our Los Angeles Community Meet Up we will offer the opportunity to register at a discounted rate AND we will give away one complimentary SXSW Interactive badge. 

Monday November 9, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cross Campus 929 Colorado Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401

7:00pm

Techweek Official Kickoff Party: Startup LAUNCH Competitor Meet & Greet
Limited Capacity seats available

RSVP HERE!  http://techweek.com/la/rsvp-techweek-la-2015-kickoff-party/

Kick off what will no doubt be an unforgettable Techweek experience in Los Angeles by joining investors, sponsors and the city's top startup founders at the Kickoff Party. While mingling and expanding your network, grab a drink and kick things off with a fun night!

Monday November 9, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
WeWork Promenade 312 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
 
Tuesday, November 10
 

9:30am

Grand Tour (Day Two) Presented by NewCo

Get inside Google, Twitter, Maker Studios and 90 more at NewCo Los Angeles

We’re excited to partner with NewCo during Techweek LA. NewCo turns the conference model inside out and gets you inside the headquarters of the city’s most inspiring companies.

This event has an additional cost; however, as part of our community, you’re entitled to a 40% discount on VIP and Unlimited Passes with the code "Techweek40" - register here:http://la.newco.co/2015-schedule/

What you can expect at NewCo Los Angeles Festival 2015:

  • 90+ companies invite you into their offices on November 9-10, 2015

  • Learn from the best entrepreneurs in an intimate setting

  • Get a peek into new product development and innovations

  • Experience behind-the-scene tours of cutting edge work environments

  • Party with us at the VIP-Kickoff and Meetup events

NewCo attracts attendees from all around the world. All company sessions have limited capacity and the most popular ones are already filling up. Act fast to secure your spot and choose your favorite ones.


Tuesday November 10, 2015 9:30am - 8:00pm
Various Locations

10:30am

Surfing with Technology hosted by Santa Monica Surf School
Whether it’s getting up on your first wave or mastering your technique, join us for a Techweek Surf Lesson. See how technology has enhanced the world of surfing!

Santa Monica Surf School


For nine years and counting, we’ve been helping people achieve their surfing goals. Our mission is to teach you everything about surfing – from technique, to etiquette, to surfing culture. For us, surfing is a lifestyle. It’s about freedom, friendship, and above all – fun. We’re here to make your experience in the water as amazing as possible. So we’ve just got one question: Are you ready to ride on?

 Dress Accordingly

Tuesday November 10, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Beach Next to Santa Monica Pier (South of Pier)

2:30pm

Transcendental Meditation On The Beach
Learn why many of the top CEO's are using Transcendental Meditation. Learn the basics behind Transcendental Meditation during this introductory session. 

“Perhaps its greatest benefit is that it’s relatively quick to learn and easy to master. No waiting weeks or months of practice before you see results: TM cuts right to the chase, taking only days – or for some, minutes – before one feels reprieve from their painful and overwhelming thoughts." - Forbes

IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE FINDING THE GROUP PLEASE CALL BRAD at (847) 732-9158 

Partner Event Directors

Tuesday November 10, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Beach Next to Santa Monica Pier (South of Pier)

5:00pm

Hatch Match LA 2015
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an evening of facilitated networking with LA's leading tech investors.  We've been bringing investors and entrepreneurs together for the last 8 years through Hatch Match. It's an easy way for investors and startups to connect. There's networking and access to a whole new network at your choosing. This partner event is subject to an additional surcharge. The structure of the event will be a 1 on 1 investor speed dating for startup founders.


Tuesday November 10, 2015 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Real Office Centers 604 Arizona Avenue Santa Monica, CA

5:00pm

Tuesday Happy Hour at The Basement Tavern (The Victorian)
Westside Food Truck Bonanza 5pm-9pm, Band (Tang Gang) 9:30pm-1:00am

2 of the 3 floors of the Victorian Mansion will be available to all guests to enjoy, including our wonderful patio overlooking historic Main Street in the heart of Santa Monica.

Official Happy Hour is 5pm-8pm 

Tuesday November 10, 2015 5:00pm - 11:30pm
The Victorian 2640 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

6:30pm

Clevertap's TappedinLA @ General Assembly

Join CleverTap & General Assembly for the first event in the TappedinLA event series as a part of Techweek LA. This panel will feature high-growth mobile startups in the rapidly growing on-demand space, with discussions around mobile acquisition, engagement and retention.

Panelists include David Victor, Co-Founder of VetonDemand, Ami Gosalia, Head of Growth for InVenture, and Mohamed Kamal, Co-Founder & CEO of Growth Engineering firm Building Bloc. The panel is hosted by Kara Dake and will be moderated by CleverTap's CMO Malcolm Friedberg.

TappedinLA is a new initiative started by CleverTap, a next generation mobile engagement platform for marketers and developers, as a part of the global Tappedin Innovator Series. TappedinLA highlights high-growth mobile founders, marketers and developers in the vibrant LA tech scene. The program's activities also includes a weekly interview series, including recent interviews with Washio, and recently-acquired ParkMe.

The Tappedin Innovator Series is officially launching at Techweek LA November 12th and 13th and will be hosting the conference's press room, as well as TappedinConversations, discussing mobile marketing, engagement and retention strategies. TappedinLA is spearheaded by CleverTap's LA Product Evangelist Kara Dake. Kara manages the LA market for CleverTap. She is also the General Assembly Hub Curator for women in tech, startups and marketing for Los Angeles.

The event will comprise of 1/2 an hour of networking, 1 hour of the panel event, and wrapped up with another 1/2 hour of networking. Drinks are on us!

About Our Partners

CleverTap

 

CleverTap is a next generation mobile engagement platform for marketers and developers to increase user engagement, retention and revenue. The largest free messaging tier platform, we make mobile apps smarter.


Tuesday November 10, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm
General Assembly 1520 2nd Street Santa Monica , CA 90401
 
Wednesday, November 11
 

12:00pm

The Real Meaning of Digital Transformation for Businesses Today
Limited Capacity seats available

Today’s market place is volatile. Anyone can be a threat and entrenched market leaders are forced to defend themselves against entirely unexpected challengers who are waging a war using technology. Enterprises must become technology companies to remain competitive, and getting there is far from easy.

But big enterprise can still win in this space. Digital transformation is the new way to stay relevant to win in the market. Today's generation of business transformation is coming from a digital space that has reinvention at its very core, requiring a deep commitment to actively use new ways to approach change.

This talk explores what reinvention means in this "new digital organization" including the reframing of roles, self, mindset, culture and resources. Most importantly it provides practical, achievable tips on how to progress without failing and to successfully lead change over time using small steps done everyday with great care.

Speakers

Wednesday November 11, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Pivotal Los Angeles 1333 2nd Street, Suite 200 Santa Monica, CA 90401

3:00pm

Drone Demo hosted by Skyecam
Learn how drones are changing the future in this live demonstration. 

*Meet on the beach (walkway south of the Pier)
Contact Brad if you can not find the group (847) 732-9158

Skyecam

Skyecam is a team of highly experience drone operators based in Los Angeles, California in the heart of Hollywood who specialize in creating professional aerial video and aerial photography. Over 10 years of UAV operational flight training and extensive Drone engineering these aviators delevoped a passion for aerial film making while attaching on-board cameras to their RC Aircraft. Equiped with the most advanced multirotor technology and camera stabilization systems redefines their dynamic aerial imagery. Their advanced piloting skills, extensive knowledge in radio control aviation and the ability to capture the moment brings Skyecam to the professional world of aerial cinematography.

Wednesday November 11, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Beach Next to Santa Monica Pier (South of Pier)

5:00pm

Wednesday Happy Hour at The Bungalow
Wednesday November 11, 2015 5:00pm - 11:30pm
The Bungalow 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

7:00pm

Techweek Private Film Screening: CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
Register at http://techweek.com/la/rsvp-techweek-la-2015-film-screening/!!!

Pivotal and Tech Week LA invite you to join us for a special screening of, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. CODE documentary takes a closer look at tech hubs around the world and why the total number of female and minority software engineers have dropped.  The documentary poses the questions: why is there a dearth of female and minority software engineers, what would society gain from having more women and people of color coding, and how do we get there? CODE goes beyond laying bare the tech world’s dirty secrets – an exercise of razor-like precision – to offer solutions, highlighting an array of breakthrough efforts that are producing a more diverse set of computer programmers.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion features Katy Lynch, CEO of Tech Week, and senior leaders from the tech community. The panel will explore both the challenges that companies face today with diversity and how they can solve them.

Wednesday November 11, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
AMC Theater 1310 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
 
Thursday, November 12
 

9:00am

Equinox Yoga on the Pier

Wake up Techweek! Equinox yoga instructors are here to help you namaste-the-day! Join us as we open our Techweek expo right with a salutation to the sun followed by a day of Techweek fun. Please bring your own mats!

Must RSVP and have a Techweek VIP or Black Pass to attend*


Thursday November 12, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
MeetUp Tent Santa Monica Pier

10:00am

You Never Stop Being a Start-Up
YapStone is a leading payments company that has built a successful business over the last 15 years. In doing so, we are constantly reminded that to be a leader, to be an innovator, to continue to exploit new markets and build new products, you have to maintain the start-up mentality.
 

Speakers
avatar for Matt Golis

Matt Golis

Founder and Co-Chairman, VacationRentPayment
Email: Sales@VacationRentPayment.com | | VacationRentPayment, powered by YapStone, boasts 15 years of payment expertise. As the preferred payment processing partner for HomeAway, VacationRentPayment provides the best combination of cost savings, simplified accounting, and superior technology for the vacation rental industry.


Thursday November 12, 2015 10:00am - 10:20am
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

10:00am

Innovation Across Borders: Challenges and Opportunities of Immigration in Tech
Forty percent of Silicon Valley's biggest and most successful companies have at least one immigrant founder. Innovation knows no borders, and yet our country's broken immigration system often keeps the best and brightest from establishing themselves, their families, their companies and careers here. Hear from the co-founder of RadPad, CTO of Whisper and co-founder of Make in LA about the challenges and opportunities that immigration poses to the tech industry - as well as what you can do to advocate for solutions. The panel will be moderated by FWD.us, a tech policy advocacy organization founded by Mark Zuckerberg to promote policies that keep the American Dream achievable in the 21st Century - starting with immigration reform.

Moderators
avatar for Catherine Lyons

Catherine Lyons

Southern California Director, FWD.us
Catherine Lyons is the Southern California Director for FWD.us, a tech policy advocacy organization founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Bill Gates and industry leaders across the country to promote policies that keep the American Dream achievable in the 21st Century and engage the tech community in this fight - starting with immigration reform. Prior to joining FWD.

Speakers
avatar for Chad DePue

Chad DePue

CTO, Whisper
As Whisper’s Chief Technology Officer, Chad is responsible for providing strategic direction to technology development at the company. Chad has deep experience in business development, creative product launches, and operating small startups through seed funding. Prior to joining Whisper, Chad founded and led Inaka Networks, which made high performance server applications
avatar for Tyler Galpin

Tyler Galpin

Co-founder, RadPad
Tyler Galpin is the Co-founder and Creative Director at RadPad, L.A.'s biggest rental marketplace. He was named one of the Top Designers Under 25, and previously ran his own studio working with clients such as Spotify, and MetaLab.


Thursday November 12, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

10:00am

Changing Home Design Forever with roOomy CEO Pieter Aarts

roOomy’s mission is to empower people with technology to experience any place in 3D and be able to virtually decorate it with real products from home furnishing retailers. The prerequisites to our mission are the ease of use to convert any room photo or scan in a 3D space and to have real-world immersive 3D content that can be viewed on any device.

We envision a revolution in the home- and furniture buying experiences. In the future, before people purchase furniture online, with roOomy they will be able to see what it looks like in a virtual rendering of their home. And before buying a house, people can virtually visualize how their new home will look like decorated with their furniture, walls colors and floors.


Partner Event Directors
avatar for Pieter Aarts

Pieter Aarts

CEO, roOomy & NedSense
CEO of roOomy


Thursday November 12, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
MeetUp Tent Santa Monica Pier

10:00am

LAUNCH 1st Round Demo Day
Don't miss the chance to talk to some of Los Angeles' most promising young entrepreneurs at Techweek's LAUNCH Start Up Competition! Find a pioneer in sustainable technology, learn about a new breed of financial intermediary, and meet the next generation of technical inventors and professionals as they compete for a chance to win $50,000 in cash and prizes PLUS the right to pitch at Techweek Miami at the LAUNCH National Championship for a $50,000 + cash investment! 

The 1st round demo day exhibits over 70 talented early-stage startups as they pitch to anonymous judges and many of the thousands of Techweek attendees. Winners will be selected to advance to the Semi-Finals for a chance to pitch to a panel of venture capitalists and seasoned tech all-stars. Witness a young team’s determination and innovation finally pay off. LAUNCH hosts the most progressive and passionate risk-takers who are paving new paths in the industry.

Thursday November 12, 2015 10:00am - 3:30pm
Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

10:00am

Techweek Expo
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The Expo showcases the newest products and insights from both established Fortune 500 companies and nascent startups. Exhibitors present their ideas and plans for the future in front of thousands of Techweek attendees. Come to the expo for live demos, giveaways and more.

Thursday November 12, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

10:23am

What If There Was A Bank People Actually Liked?
Finance is the biggest, least-disrupted, and most disliked industry in America. Is it possible to create a more modern and trusting relationship with customers in this sector? LA's Aspiration is opening up investing and banking to Millennials and others who had not previously trusted the industry incumbents -- and showing there is room for mission, purpose, and conscience in the "greed is good" world of investments. On the occasion of its first birthday, Aspiration CEO's Andrei Cherny, in conversation with Stanford's Dr. Caneel Joyce, will look back on lessons learned and discuss the decisions that have led Aspiration to become of America's fastest growing online financial firms. 

Moderators
avatar for Caneel Joyce

Caneel Joyce

Founder, Coach and Strategic Consultant, Kickass Enterprises
Dr. Caneel Joyce is an ideawoman, growth strategist, and coach in Los Angeles. She's worked with Tumblr, Nutmeg, Disney, Wells Fargo, and Panasonic; has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; published groundbreaking research on the psychology of creativity; and taught at the London School of Economics and Stanford's Design School.

Speakers
avatar for Andrei Cherny

Andrei Cherny

CEO, Aspiration
Andrei Cherny is CEO of Aspiration. He has been an advisor to Fortune 100 companies, a White House aide, a senior fellow at Harvard's JFK School of Government and the Center for American Progress, the president of Democracy Journal, a historian, a Navy reserve officer, and a financial fraud prosecutor. He graduated from Harvard College and UC Berkeley law school.


Thursday November 12, 2015 10:23am - 10:53am
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

10:33am

The World's First Wearable for Good
American kids now spend the majority of non-school time - seven hours a day - in front of a TV screen or mobile device consuming content and playing games. But screens and devices are not necessarily bad, and some content and games can promote learning and health. The panel will discuss the insights that drove the development and scale-up of UNICEF Kid Power, which uses the world’s first wearable-for-good to gets kids moving by tapping into their inherent desire to help their peers.

Moderators
avatar for Robin Kim

Robin Kim

Practice Head, Global Technology & Innovation, Ruder Finn
Robin leads the Global Technology & Innovation Practice for Ruder Finn, a leading communications consultancy. She is a 20-year industry veteran who was recently cited as one of the top 100 most influential tech PR executives in the world by a major trade publication. She has lived and worked in nine cities across the the U.S., Western Europe & the Middle East.

Speakers
avatar for Rajesh Anandan

Rajesh Anandan

SVP, UNICEF USA
Rajesh Anandan is an intrapreneur, entrepreneur and growth architect. Rajesh began his career at Microsoft and then joined Bain where he focused on business incubation and strategy. Rajesh has worked in the social sector for the past decade, most recently as co-creator of UNICEF Kid Power and co-founder of ULTRA Testing. Rajesh has a BSc & MEng in Computer Science from MIT.
avatar for Sven Newman

Sven Newman

Partner, Daylight
Sven Newman is a design thinker committed to social impact. He is a founder of Daylight, a design and innovation agency that helped create the UNICEF Kid Power digital experience. Prior to Daylight, Sven cut his teeth at IDEO and the Stanford d.School.


Thursday November 12, 2015 10:33am - 11:03am
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

10:56am

Credit Decisions: Days of Future Past
Today, in the US, the majority of lenders use an approach to making credit decisions that was developed 50 years ago and uses very few data points to determine creditworthiness. As a result, responsible people who have incomplete or incorrect credit files have a hard time gettting access to credit. Douglas Merrill, CEO of ZestFinance and Former CIO of Google, will discuss how innovations in technology and big data are enabling us to more accurately determine risk and expand credit availability to individuals in the U.S. and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Merrill

Douglas Merrill

Founder and CEO, ZestFinance
Douglas Merrill is the founder and CEO of ZestFinance, a FinTech company. As the former CIO and VP of Engineering at Google, Douglas led an organization of 1,500, oversaw all aspects of internal engineering and technology, and drove multiple strategic efforts, including Google’s unique IPO auction in 2004. Douglas holds a Ph.D. in cognitive science from Princeton.


Thursday November 12, 2015 10:56am - 11:16am
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

11:06am

Healthy Happens at Home - The Future of Medicine is Heal
Description: Heal CEO Nick Desai will talk about Heal's vision to redefine care delivery by putting patient's needs first. Heal is a on-demand doctor house call service that offers licensed, background-checked physicians to your home, office, or wherever you are on-demand or on your schedule. By leveraging cutting edge technology, Heal is reducing healthcare waste, improving health outcomes, and reimagining the healthcare experience for both patients and doctors. The future of healthcare is in the home, and Heal is empowering patients with accessible primary care available with the touch of a smartphone.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Desai

Nick Desai

CEO, Heal
Nick is an accomplished innovator and entrepreneur leading vision, strategy, recruiting, and fundraising for Heal. Nick's previous start-ups include the web's first self-updating address book and a novel internet-mobile weight loss coaching platform. Nick holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and was recently inducted into the UC Irvine Engineering Hall of Fame. Nick also writes for the Huffington Post @djnofunk @HealApp


Thursday November 12, 2015 11:06am - 11:26am
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

11:20am

The Effect of Machine Learning on FinTech
Moderators
avatar for Cameron Kashani

Cameron Kashani

Advisor, Bixel Exchange
Cam is commonly referred to as the Godmother of LA tech/startup scene. She's an Advisor to early stage startups at the Bixel Exchange, and previously cofounded Coloft, LA's first coworking space and community positioned to empower technology startups and entrepreneurs and spawned the dramatic growth in the LA ecosystem. She's also a global facilitator with Startup Weekend.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Darden

Scott Darden

CTO, Crowdfunder, Crowdfunder
Scott Darden, Crowdfunder's CTO, is an award winning and seasoned speaker who has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world as well as founded and developed smaller startups. His career spans the best part of twenty years and previous roles include executing research into communications and digital signal processing for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
avatar for Douglas Sellers

Douglas Sellers

Chief Technology Officer, AssetAvenue
Douglas is the CTO at AssetAvenue, a financial technology startup in Westwood. Doug an accomplished startup technology leader who specializes in building high performing technology teams that can rapidly execute big picture product visions. He has helped build startups across a diverse set of industries including Media, Health and Fitness as well as Financial technology.


Thursday November 12, 2015 11:20am - 11:50am
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

11:30am

Virtual Reality - How Do We Make Tech More Human?
Moderators
avatar for Nonny de la Peña

Nonny de la Peña

CEO, Emblematic Group
Nonny de la Peña is a Wired Magazine #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change and has been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Engadget and “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative" by Fast Company for her pioneering work using virtual reality to tell important stories that create empathic engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Furano

Brian Furano

Producer, River
Brian is a music fan, VR enthusiast, investor and Entrepreneur. With deep roots in the music industry Brian loves bridging the gap between frontier tech and the traditional entertainment industry.
avatar for James Iliff

James Iliff

Chief Creative Officer, Survios
James Iliff is Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Survios, a virtual reality startup focusing on engaging games and immersive technology. Iliff is a virtual reality designer with a background in VR headsets and motion capture installations, working in the areas of avatar embodiment, interactive cinema, and narrative architecture.
avatar for DJ Roller

DJ Roller

Co-Founder, NextVR
DJ is a film industry vet and has been in the VR industry for the past 5 years. He shot the first live 3D sports broadcast and digital IMAX 3D live action film. DJ also developed the world’s first digital 3D underwater beam splitter camera system and collaborated with Vince Pace on design and construction of the first 3D HD video cameras with James Cameron
avatar for Jeffrey Travis

Jeffrey Travis

CEO / Chief Creative Engineer, Positron LLC
Jeffrey is a filmmaker, engineer and VR entrepreneur. He is the founder/CEO of Positron. With a focus on virtual reality, Jeffrey has developed 4D and motion experiences for museums and clients like John Deere, Chevron, and Tesla. His company currently is developing a hardware product for VR.


Thursday November 12, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

11:45am

Coding for Beginners: A Free Class
About This Event

HTML and CSS are the fundamental building blocks of the web. Whether you're a beginner who wants to get started in web development, a designer looking to hand-code their concepts, or a marketer who wants a little more control over their CMS, you'll need to know HTML and CSS to get the job done.

This lunchtime session, designed for the beginner programmer, will assume no previous coding knowledge. We'll go over key coding terminology and principles, introduce languages like HTML and CSS—what their functions are, and how they work together.

Takeaways
  • Basics of the internet and how webpages work.
  • Syntax of HTML and CSS.
  • How to modify the code of existing websites.
  • Techniques to use at-home when stuck on code.
  • Learn about opportunities at GA to dive deeper into coding.

Partner Event Directors
avatar for Meredith Bryan

Meredith Bryan

Lead WDI Instructor & Instructor Manager, General Assembly


Thursday November 12, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
General Assembly 1520 2nd Street Santa Monica , CA 90401

11:53am

The Rise of LA's Fintech Players
Moderators
avatar for Miron Lulic

Miron Lulic

President, LoanNow
Miron Lulic is a co-founder at LoanNow - a responsible lender with a mission to help good people get better loans. Pioneering the concept of “motivational lending,” LoanNow offers deep subprime borrowers the opportunity to reduce their cost of credit over time. | | @MironLulic

Speakers
avatar for Ajay Gopal

Ajay Gopal

VP, Growth & Data Science, CARD.com
A biophysicist by training, Ajay moved from a research career at UCLA to CARD.com to bring computational and statistical rigor to the design of ad technologies, learning strategies and behavioral testing for efficient digital customer acquisition. His team has helped grow their base of cardholders to over 500K in the three years since the company's inception.
avatar for Timothy Li

Timothy Li

CIO, RealtyMogul
Tim is the CIO of Realty Mogul. He is responsible for technology, data science, analytics and product development. Tim launched various marketplace lending platforms and previous the GM of loanDepot.com, CRO at Quick Bridge Funding, SVP of Risk Management at Think Finance and VP of Risk Management at JPMorgan Chase. Tim also sits on various advisory board at tech startups
avatar for Colleen Poynton

Colleen Poynton

Vice President, Core Innovation Capital
Colleen is a Vice President at Core Innovation Capital, where she covers consumer and small business credit, next gen payments protocols, and insurance. Colleen holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University.


Thursday November 12, 2015 11:53am - 12:28pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

12:00pm

Intellectual Property Law Q&A hosted by Cislo& Thomas LLP

Intellectual property is the fuel that drives innovation and attracts investors to every modern technology venture.  Join Cislo& Thomas LLP Thursday at noon on the Santa Monica pier for a question and answer session covering all your patent, copyright and trademark related questions and featuring several of our patent practitioners including Dr. Mark Nielsen, Dr. C. Wook Pak and David Sandelands.

Experts on patent procurement and intellectual property litigation, Dr. Nielsen, Dr. Pak and Mr. Sandelands are three of Southern California's most trusted attorneys in the field of intellectual property.  The panel will discuss key changes in patent law instituted in 2013, the evolving landscape of software patent protection, and any of your startup-related intellectual property questions. 

In addition, our panel will explore the intersection of ecommerce and intellectual property, highlighting web-based resources like PatentFiler.com and emerging patent-oriented crowdfunding platforms. 

Expert Panel

Mark D. Nielsen, Ph.D.

Mark Nielsen holds a B.S. cum laude in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California (1992), and also earned his Ph.D. in 1997 from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington. Mark then received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2000 where he was a member of National Moot Court Team and Articles Editor on the International & Comparative Law Journal.  Mark has substantial experience litigating all aspects of patent, trademark, and copyright cases in federal district courts throughout the United States, including trial and appellate experience, as well as experience with reexaminations in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Mark also has experience prosecuting patents, trademarks, and copyrights before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and United States Copyright Office, and has been heavily involved in enforcement of our clients’ intellectual property rights.

C. Wook Pak, PhD

Dr. Pak received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Oregon State University in 1995; worked as a research associate in the Department of Surgery/Oncology at UCLA; and earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of California, Riverside in 2003.  Dr. Pak received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2006, where he received the First Honors Award in Copyright Law.  Dr. Pak  is experienced in all aspects of Intellectual Property procurement and enforcement, including preparing and filing U.S. and International patent applications in a variety of technological areas, such as mechanical, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, alternative energy, and business methods.

David Sandelands

Mr. Sandelands earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1998, and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1982. Mr. Sandelands specializes in the acquisition of patents in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts. Representative industries include automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, industrial lighting, medical devices, and consumer products.  In addition, Mr. Sandelands specializes in Patent reexamination proceedings and opinion work including freedom to operate, patent noninfringement and patent invalidity opinions.

 

Michael H Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson received his B.S in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from The University of California at Los Angeles in 2007; and also earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from The University of California at Santa Cruz in 2012.  Dr. Anderson received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2014.


Joanna Chen

Joanna received her B.S. in Bioengineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and her J.D. from Loyola Law School with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law and a sub-concentration in Patent & Technology in 2014. 

 

About Cislo & Thomas LLP Managing Partner, Dan Cislo
Recently featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal, Most Influential Lawyers of 2014.    B.S., Systems Engineering (Electro-mechanical-computer), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA),  1981; J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1986.  Previously with Pretty, Schroeder, Brueggemann & Clark of Los Angeles, CA.   Daniel M. Cislo has been involved in an extensive number of intellectual property Federal and State Court cases. The number of Federal Court cases across the country exceed over 200 cases, handling all aspects of intellectual property. Mr. Cislo has also been involved in state unfair competition and trade secret cases in the state of California.



Thursday November 12, 2015 12:00pm - 3:00pm
MeetUp Tent Santa Monica Pier

12:00pm

Thursday Happy Hour at Misfits
Thursday November 12, 2015 12:00pm - 11:30pm
Misfits 225 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

12:03pm

Growth Hacking: Hype or the Real Deal?
Growth gets a lot of flack for being a newer “vanity" phrase, when really it’s a new way of describing techniques that have been employed successfully by startups and well established brands alike. In this panel, we’ll be discussing the topic of whether growth hacking all its hyped up to be and how to integrate it into your overall strategy.

Moderators
avatar for Tony Adam

Tony Adam

Founder/CEO, Visible Factors
Tony is the Founder/CEO of Visible Factors, a digital marketing agency who has helped companies like Luxe grow by 600%+ and increased Grokker's SEO traffic by 500%. He was previously the Founder/CEO of Eventup and has worked at Myspace, Yahoo!, and PayPal. He has also advised companies like Ranker.com on growth.

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Crivelli

Charlotte Crivelli

Founder & Director, Klick Communications
Charlotte’s career spans more than 15 years having worked with some of the biggest brands and brightest startup ideas. A native Australian, she has spent the last decade in the U.S. guiding clients through the complex worlds of media, influencer and direct to consumer engagement.
avatar for Selena Narayanasamy

Selena Narayanasamy

Consultant, Visible Factors
Selena is a consultant who has taken her core specialty of SEO and fused that with other digital marketing disciplines for strong organic strategies that bring results. She uses a creative, data-driven approach that leverages earned/owned media to increase a website’s visibility and performance. PS: Caffeine is the way to her heart.


Thursday November 12, 2015 12:03pm - 12:38pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

12:30pm

Outrageous Success, Simplified
Description: Learn how to advance yourself and your business in a simplified, holistic model. Based on the psychology and neuroscience of success, Dr. Jennifer Jones, Entrepreneurial Psychologist, will reveal the most common mistakes people make in creating their life, how to prevent them, as well as four steps for achieving outrageous success.

Speakers
JJ

Jennifer Jones

Founder and CEO, EntrepreneurShift
Dr. Jennifer Jones is is a nationally acclaimed psychologist, speaker, and expert in the science of success and helping entrepreneurs realize their potential. She leads company retreats and helps expedite peak performance and life satisfaction. Dr. Jones is the Founder and CEO of EntrepreneurShift, an app and live event program which shifts the paradigm from a wealth-based model of success to Authentic Success (financial freedom... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

12:41pm

The Future of Social Optimization: Innovations in Audience Insights from the Film Industry
Speakers
avatar for Marc Maley

Marc Maley

CEO, Fuel Intelligence Ltd.
Marc is CEO of FUEL Intelligence, a custom platform bringing the power of contextual data performance metrics to entertainment marketing.   | Previously, Marc was MD of Think Jam’s innovation incubator, Labs, an integral part of the entertainment marketing agency’s investment in R&D where FUEL was born. During his time at Think Jam, Marc was fundamental in conceiving and developing digital marketing strategy... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 12:41pm - 1:01pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

12:53pm

Launching Your Wearable is Nothing Like Launching Your App
Speakers
avatar for Oskar Kalmaru

Oskar Kalmaru

Co-Founder & CMO, Narrative
Oskar Kalmaru is the co-founder of and chief marketing officer at Narrative, the Stockholm company behind the Narrative Clip, the world’s most wearable camera for moments that matter. In 2012, Oskar along with the other co-founders launched the company that now allows thousands of people to capture their lives and memories in a new way through the Narrative Clip.


Thursday November 12, 2015 12:53pm - 1:13pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

1:04pm

Creation & Consumption: The Future of Music Tech
Moderators
avatar for Bettina Sherick

Bettina Sherick

Founder, Hollywood In Pixels
Bettina Sherick is the founder of Hollywood In Pixels, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of digital marketing content that has transformed Hollywood products and the Hollywood experience. She also consults with companies looking to innovate in the digital space. Prior to HIP she was the SVP, International Digital Marketing for 20th Century Fox.

Speakers
avatar for Sari Delmar

Sari Delmar

Founder & CEO, AB Co.
Sari is the founder and CEO of AB Co., a North American marketing and public relations agency with a keen eye for leading creative and strategic music and lifestyle programs, activations and events. Some of AB’s clients include: PledgeMusic, Google Play, Canadian Music Week, Live Nation and more.
avatar for Jason Feinberg

Jason Feinberg

Head of Artist Marketing, Pandora
Jason Feinberg is Head of Artist Marketing at Pandora, where he develops and markets products for the artist community. He is currently focused on the Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), a suite of insights, marketing tools, content programs and experiences to connect artists to their fans on Pandora. Previously, Feinberg spent 15 years on staff or consulting to record labels as a digital strategist and marketer. Most recently, he was VP of... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Wyatt

Kevin Wyatt

Business Development Director, BandPage
At BandPage Kevin has forged and oversees strategic partnerships with major labels, streaming services, ticketers and artist services providers that are essential to the growth of the firm's content syndication and e-commerce marketing initiatives. Previously Kevin led global metadata partnerships for Rovi's Data Solutions Group including The All Music Guide (AMG.)


Thursday November 12, 2015 1:04pm - 1:34pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

1:16pm

Successful, Innovative and Glamorous: Insights From Female Entrepreneurs
Successful women entrepreneurs in tech discuss pitching companies targeting female consumers to mostly male investors; how to successfully curate social content with ever changing trends; and the challenges and opportunities they see in the coming year.

Moderators
avatar for Melisse Lewis

Melisse Lewis

Attorney and Business Advisor, Melisse Lewis
Melisse represents and advises content creators, entrepreneurs and talent in digital and traditional media. She oversees and advises on venture capital transactions, distribution platform launches, company reorganizations and business expansion. She has overseen Series A & B rounds as COO and CLO of a tech/entertainment company and practiced in-house at New Line Cinema, Tribune, NBC, Discovery, the FCC and Cowan, Abrahams, DeBaets & Sheppard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rachel McCrary

Rachel McCrary

CEO, Jewel Toned
An entrepreneur since high school, Rachael is a Lingerie Expert. A fashion designer with 15 years of experience, she builds brands for licensing, major retailers and has sold $10M undergarments in her career. Jewel Toned is her most recent endeavor, building the first meant to be seen shapewear. In her free time she studies Hindu philosophy
avatar for Sophia Rossi

Sophia Rossi

CEO, HelloGiggles
  Having co-founded HelloGiggles, the popular internet haven for girls of | all ages, Sophia Rossi brings her unique eye for entertainment as well as years of experience in media and business development to the website's creative vision. | Working alongside partners Zooey Deschanel and Molly McAleer, Rossi also serves as the head of the company's advertising and content sectors, working closely with a small team to ensure premium content... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 1:16pm - 1:51pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

1:37pm

Elements of User Experience for Consumer Mobile Apps
Speakers
avatar for Pek Pongpaet

Pek Pongpaet

Managing Partner, Impekable
Pek Pongpaet has been in the tech industry for almost 2 decades and heads Impekable, a San Francisco Bay digital studio focused on user experience and mobile design and development. Clients include Discovery, Kohls, Motorola, Aruba Networks, Twilio, Accenture, LegalZoom, Constant Contact and more.


Thursday November 12, 2015 1:37pm - 2:02pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

1:54pm

Success On-Demand: Delivering a Sustainable Business
Speakers
avatar for Merlin Kauffman

Merlin Kauffman

CEO, Soothe
Merlin Kauffman worked for AOL by the age of 11, founded his first company, eWireless.com, at 17, and bootstrapped True Magic, LLC (a prominent domain investment company which holds 55,000 domain names) with $10,000 of student loans. Profitable in 2 months, ~2500% revenue growth over 11 years, with 90%+ margins, and 7 figure annual profits. Merlin is a graduate of HBS.


Thursday November 12, 2015 1:54pm - 2:15pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

2:05pm

The Experience Economy: How to Use Technology to Bring Scale to Live Events
Despite the constantly evolving digital tools at our disposal, the experience economy is booming. Consumers are attending live events and shared experiences more than ever before. While these high touch experiences have a great impact on those who attend, they are traditionally difficult to scale both cost wise and logistically. Founder and CEO of ClubcastLIVE, David Moricca, will discuss innovative ways for brands, or anyone, to scale their live events using new technology.

Speakers
avatar for David Moricca

David Moricca

CEO, ClubcastLIVE
David Moricca founded ClubcastLIVE in 2013 and has since led the company’s growth, helping brands, agencies, and venue chains connect their live events through live streaming. In his role as ClubcastLIVE’s Chief Executive Officer, David utilizes over a decade of experience in the media and online learning space.


Thursday November 12, 2015 2:05pm - 2:20pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

2:18pm

From Brick to Click: the Logistics Powering the Next Generation of E-Commerce and Retail
Speakers
avatar for Georgie Thomas

Georgie Thomas

Los Angeles General Manager, Move Loot
A graduate of Georgetown University, Georgie Thomas began his career in banking and private equity at Royal Bank of Scotland and LS Power Group. He then moved to Los Angeles where he earned his MBA from UCLA, during which he co-founded Bike Curious Rentals. In May of 2015, Georgie joined Move Loot as their Los Angeles General Manager.


Thursday November 12, 2015 2:18pm - 2:38pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

2:23pm

Feeling Sound: How Tactile Audio is Changing the Human Experience
Moderators
avatar for John Alexiou

John Alexiou

CEO, SubPac
John Alexiou is the ceo and co-founder of SubPac, a tactile audio system used by leading sound designers and music producers around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lazzaro

Nicole Lazzaro

President, XEODesign, Inc.
A world-renowned game developer/designer who pioneered measuring emotions on players’ faces. She designed the first iPhone game and now “Follow the White Rabbit” a VR Mystery Adventure™. Her company XEODesign uses the 4 Keys to Fun to unlock human potential. One of the ‘Top 20′ women working in video games her clients include EA, Ubisoft, Disney, Kabam, and the White House.
avatar for Darin McFadyen

Darin McFadyen

Founder & Artist, FreQ Nasty
Forged in London in late 90’s London, FreQ Nasty started his career in 1998 on the seminal UK label Botchit & Scarper where he helped pioneer the global ‘Nu School Breaks’ movement. He has collaborated with/remixed/written and/or produced for Santigold ('Creator'), Bassnectar, Professor Green, Fatboy Slim, Kelis, Switch (MIA producer) amongst others.
avatar for Laurent Scallie

Laurent Scallie

CEO, Red Pill VR
Laurent Scallie is deeply passionate about VR and has dedicated his life to this medium since 1992. His accomplishments include founding and running, as CEO, 3 VR companies from Location Based Entertainment (LBE) VR to introducing, developing and fielding three generations of dismounted infantry military simulation systems to the U.S. Army.


Thursday November 12, 2015 2:23pm - 2:53pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

2:40pm

The Logistics of On-Demand: Building Ops Platforms that Thrive
Consumers expect quick turnaround these days. To make that happen, highly complex logistical exercises are carried out every second that make the on-demand economy what it is. Hear from the founders of three successful on-demand companies (Club W, The Black Tux and Washio) on how their back-end operations platforms work to make sure that wine, tuxedos and laundry all get to where they need to be, fast.  

Moderators
avatar for Janessa Mangone

Janessa Mangone

West Coast Community Director, IVY
Janessa Mangone is the West Coast Community Director at IVY where she leads development and outreach for unique experiences for members across all West Coast U.S. chapters. IVY is a collaborative community dedicated to forming life-long bonds between the next generation of leading entrepreneurs, creatives, policy-makers, and innovative professionals.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Gammarino

Mike Gammarino

Co-Founder & VP of Operations, THE BLACK TUX
Mike is a co-founder and VP of Operations at The Black Tux, an online tuxedo rental startup. He possesses a unique blend of technical and business skills derived from work in e-commerce fulfillment, logistics, product management, customer service, software development and information technology.
avatar for Geoffrey McFarlane

Geoffrey McFarlane

COO and Co-Founder, Club W
In mid-2011 Geoff co-Founded Club W with Xander Oxman to make the wine experience better. Since then, Geoff has implemented the strategy for Club W to become a vertically integrated winery producing, branding, and marketing delicious wines at fantastic values.
avatar for Jordan Metzner

Jordan Metzner

Co-Founder and CEO, Washio
Jordan Metzner is co-founder and CEO of Washio, the country's leading on demand laundry and dry cleaning app. Previously, he was involved in several tech ventures in Los Angeles and co-founded the California Burrito Co., a fast food restaurant chain based in Argentina that eventually expanded to 14 stores in five Latin American countries.


Thursday November 12, 2015 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

2:56pm

Innovation in the Restaurant Industry: The Evolution of Tech and Foodies
Speakers
avatar for Chris Webb

Chris Webb

Co-Founder & CEO, ChowNow
Chris Webb is the CEO and co-founder of ChowNow, the leading online ordering and marketing platform for restaurants. Since founding the company in 2011, ChowNow has built personalized ordering systems for over 3,000 restaurants nationwide – making it easy for customers to order directly from the restaurant’s website, Facebook page, and branded iPhone and Android apps.


Thursday November 12, 2015 2:56pm - 3:16pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

3:00pm

MIDA Venture and Women In Tech Network Premier and Exclusive Coaching/Mentorship for Funding Startups Campaign
MIDA Venture and Women In Tech Network Premier and Exclusive Coaching/Mentorship for Funding Startups

Join us at Q&A session for Co-Founders who are Interested in raising $10 Million or more [or Coaching/Mentors WANTED: Help build LA Tech Startup Ecosystem | (Qualification: C Level Executives & Chiefs of Midsize to Fortune 500 Companies or those who have at least 1 Exit) We are an inclusive network. Both Women/Men Champions are welcome! ]

Contributor Sponsor to current Tech Week 2015 See our Q&A Leaders from Tech Week LA 2014 and more: Moderator-Award Winning Broadcast Journalist & notable panelists, Senior Partner of Private Jet Charter Company, ex-NFL, Tech Advisor to MIDA Fund and Women In Tech Network, former Chief of Edmund (Acquired 2014), CTO of $14 Million Funded Company with $20 Million more offered and more (See Video at Tech Week LA 2014 and local coverage: http://argonautnews.com/women-arent-trending-in-tech/ )


Partner Event Directors
avatar for Bret Lockett

Bret Lockett

Senior Partner of Private Jet Charter (16 Fleets), Former NFL Player (New England Patriots & New York Jets)
Former NFL Player (New England Patriots & New York Jets), Senior Partner of Private Jet Charter (16 Fleets), Women In Tech Network Advisor and MIDA (soon Investor in Venture Fund) | | Bret Lockett is widely recognized for his three seasons with the New England Patriots and his recent season with the New York Jets. Lockett is also a serial entrepreneur and spokesperson for several charitable organizations; including PETA, Women In Tech... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Art Hitomi

Dr. Art Hitomi

Co-Founder & CTO, Coach & Advisor, Numecent, Women In Tech Network Advisor and MIDA Venture
CTO & Co-Founder (Startup with $14 Million new fund and additional $20 Million offer) Dr. Art Hitomi is Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Numecent. Hitomi is a recognized figure within the technology community with expertise within the areas of on-demand application delivery including application and data streaming, application virtualization, peer to peer systems, distributed workflow systems, software development methodologies... Read More →
avatar for Marina Lee

Marina Lee

CEO & Founder, MIDA Venture and Women In Tech Network Premier and Exclusive Coaching/Mentorship for Funding Startups Campaign
Serial Entrepreneur | Trailblazer | Chair, CEO & Founder of MIDA Summit and Women In Tech Network’s 1+ Million Movement (Inclusive: 50/50 Women/Men ratio on Advisory Board & Board of Directors) | Advisory Board & Judge - Techmanity (Partner with Fast Company & LIVE Nation) | | Frequent speaker, judge & schedule moderators/panelists at industry conferences and summits on entrepreneurship, leadership, business-building... Read More →
avatar for Susan Hirasuna

Susan Hirasuna

Award Winning Broadcaster, FOX Chan 11, Women In Tech Network & MIDA Venture
Susan Hirasuna | Award Winning Broadcaster, KTTV Fox 11 | | Award winning broadcast journalist Susan Hirasuna is a hometown girl. She was born in Encino, reared in Simi Valley and graduated from the University of Southern California. | | She came to KTTV FOX 11 from Boston's WLVI-TV to become the weekend anchor in 1995. Since 2011, she has also co-hosted the weekend edition of Studio 11 LA. | | In 2012, Hirasuna traveled to Japan as a... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
MeetUp Tent Santa Monica Pier

3:13pm

Leading into the Future: The Lean Startup Mindset
The greatest risk to any company right at this moment is the pace of change: It's increasing daily, putting your plans in jeopardy even as we speak. Whether you're leading a startup or a big company, "delivering on plans" will not launch your product, grow your company, or keep you on top. Lean Startup is a new leadership mindset that transforms "change" from a risk into an asset you can leverage.

This talk will give you an early look at Eric Ries' new book, The Leader’s Guide. With Lean Startup we manage the risk of change by emphasizing learning over planning and fearlessly evaluating assumptions about our product, its market and the world around us. As part of this discussion we'll also look at the 9 key principles to implementing an innovation program at your organization. 

Janice is Director of the Innovation Practice at Pivotal Labs. She is one of America's leading experts on Lean Startup, having advised many successful companies including Lyft and Sharethrough. She is an ongoing trainer for White House administration on innovation techniques. At Pivotal, Janice helps clients apply, amplify, and extend Lean Startup methodologies. Janice has coached, taught, and interviewed thousands of startup founders around the world. Previously, she was founder and CEO of Luxr, among the first Lean Startup firms, as well as Adaptive Path, the first User Experience firm. 

Speakers
avatar for Janice Fraser

Janice Fraser

Director of Innovation, Pivotal
Janice is Director of the Innovation Practice at Pivotal Labs. She is one of America's leading experts on Lean Startup, having advised many successful companies including Lyft and Sharethrough. She is an ongoing trainer for White House administration on innovation techniques. At Pivotal, Janice helps clients apply, amplify, and extend Lean Startup methodologies.


Thursday November 12, 2015 3:13pm - 3:48pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

3:19pm

Building The Best Agile Team
Agile project management provides numerous benefits to organizations, from producing better quality products for higher customer satisfaction to improving project predictability and reducing risk. In this session, Grindr CTO Lukas Sliwka will explain how to hire and interview candidates for your agile team, how to measure your team's performance, as well as give his unique insight on how to forecast and build roadmaps in the agile ecosystem. This session is moderated by Cameron Peron of Tech Publicist Labs (formerly VP of Marketing at Redis).  

Moderators
avatar for Cameron Peron

Cameron Peron

Developer Marketing Advisor
 Cameron is an adviser to high growth developer facing startups. He recently served as VP Marketing at Redis Labs ($28M / Series B), leading their Series A to Series B developer marketing activities to accelerate SaaS based acquisition from 0 to 5,000+ paying customers within 18 months. Previously as VP Marketing at Newvem (Acquired by Datapipe 2013), he led their Series A to acquisition marketing activities to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lukas Sliwka

Lukas Sliwka

CTO, Grindr
Lukas Sliwka is the CTO at Grindr LLC, responsible for creating highly effective and innovative engineering organization. He is the catalyst for the team’s agile transformation while leading the effort to completely redesign Grindr’s global services and mobile client architectures. Lukas evolved Grindr to highly scalable, geo-distributed cloud architecture which supports 1 million active hourly users in over 192... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 3:19pm - 3:49pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

3:51pm

The Future of TV
Hear the leaders of Whipclip and Pluto TV discuss how their platforms drive discovery of more and better curated TV, the value they bring to content providers, monetization models and where TV is going in the future.

Moderators
avatar for Melisse Lewis

Melisse Lewis

Attorney and Business Advisor, Melisse Lewis
Melisse represents and advises content creators, entrepreneurs and talent in digital and traditional media. She oversees and advises on venture capital transactions, distribution platform launches, company reorganizations and business expansion. She has overseen Series A & B rounds as COO and CLO of a tech/entertainment company and practiced in-house at New Line Cinema, Tribune, NBC, Discovery, the FCC and Cowan, Abrahams, DeBaets & Sheppard... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ori Birnbaum

Ori Birnbaum

Co-Founder, Whipclip
Ori is a co-founder of Whipclip and one of the pioneers of the Israeli online marketing scene. Prior to Whipclip, he co-founded RayV (which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2014), and served a senior executive at Hotbar (acquired by Zango), Adz, and Beta Marketing. He serves as a board member of PlayGem, Songza (acq. by Google), Fahlo, and Cellectivity.
avatar for Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan

CEO & Co-Founder, Pluto TV
Tom Ryan is CEO and co-founder of Pluto TV, a rapidly growing Internet television platform that combines digital and traditional content into 100+ lean-back TV channels. He also serves on the boards of mobile music community Smule, crowdsourced art & e-commerce company Threadless, and men's clothing service Trunk Club until its acquisition by Nordstrom in 2014.


Thursday November 12, 2015 3:51pm - 4:21pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

3:51pm

Building Strong Investor Communities (In LA)
Moderators
avatar for Jessica Naziri

Jessica Naziri

Tech Expert & Host
Jessica Naziri is a LA based on-air tech expert, writer and speaker on a mission to empower women in tech and entrepreneurship. She's turned her passion for technology and writing into a career covering technology and business, starting as a tech news reporter for The Los Angeles Times and CNBC.com. Since then, her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Mashable, CBS, The Travel Channel, CNN, NPR, USA Today, Inside Edition, Yahoo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rohin Bhasin

Rohin Bhasin

Lead Venture Architect, BCG Digital Ventures
Rohin is the Lead Venture Architect at BCG Digital Ventures where he is responsible for new ventures and product innovation. Prior to BCG DV, Rohin was an investor with Nike's venture arm, Double M Partners and BlackShip Capital. Rohin began his career at Goldman Sachs and was co-founder of ZumaCloud, an enterprise analytics company, and North American Property Preservation. Rohin is a graduate of USC and UCLA and is long LA.
avatar for Tugce Ergul

Tugce Ergul

Executive Director, Angel Labs
Tugce Ergul is a co-founder at Angel Labs, a global investor accelerator based in Silicon Valley. Before founding Angel Labs, she worked as a Managing Director at Startup Labs where she managed over 30 successful investments. Angel Labs operates in 25 countries and exists to supercharge investor communities and empower high-net-worth individuals, family offices & executi
avatar for Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill

Vice President, Siemer & Associates
Christopher Hill, Vice President of Siemer & Associates, brings over fifteen years of private equity, transactional, and corporate development experience to the company. Chris focuses on deal execution for M&A and capital raise clients at Siemer & Associates, focusing on digital media, adtech, software, and eCommerce.
avatar for Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson

SVP Portfolio Operations, Skyview Capital
Matt is an SVP at Skyview Capital, where he invests in technology and software businesses globally. Previously worked at PwC, Sony, and The Gores Group where he was involved with technology M&A as an investor and operator. Matt is also on the Deal Screening Panel at Tech Coast Angels. Matt is a graduate of Stanford Business School and Pomona College.


Thursday November 12, 2015 3:51pm - 4:26pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

4:24pm

Open Source Creative: A Fireside Chat with Talenthouse
Moderators
avatar for Andreea Magdalina

Andreea Magdalina

Founder / Co-founder, shesaid.so / IAMJT
I am a connector. Currently based out of Los Angeles, my work has focused on the interaction between music and technology. With a 5yr+ career as VP of Content at Mixcloud and as a founder of a small non-profit organization, I succeeded in acquiring comprehensive knowledge in business development, marketing and community building, in addition to music management.

Speakers
avatar for Amos Pizzey

Amos Pizzey

Founder & Co-CEO, Talenthouse
Amos at age 14 joined Boy George’s band, Culture Club, and two years later signed his first international contract with Richard Branson at Virgin Records. Following 2 decades in the music industry, Amos joined Saatchi and Saatchi as a Creative Director and founded the first branded content division GUM. In 2009, Amos founded Talenthouse.


Thursday November 12, 2015 4:24pm - 4:54pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

4:30pm

How Innovative, Digital Platforms are Solving Societal Issues
Workpop is committed to helping job seekers and employers in the service economy better connect and search and hire for the right job or find the perfect candidate. For far too long, these type of job applicants have been little more than a faceless resume or a number on an internet job site. Further, employers have had difficulty reaching them, using outdated methods to attract candidates. Chris and Reed will discuss how innovation, great digital platforms and commitment to a collaborative, open community allows startups to solve these important problems.

Moderators
avatar for Marc Ambinder

Marc Ambinder

Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Ovitz

Chris Ovitz

Co-CEO, Workpop
Chris Ovitz is co-founder and co-CEO of Workpop, the free and easy-to-use marketplace and online community that provides job seekers and employers with the feedback, tools and data needed to search and hire for the right job or hire the perfect candidate.
avatar for Reed Shaffner

Reed Shaffner

Co-CEO, Workpop
Reed Shaffner is co-founder and co-CEO of Workpop, the free and easy-to-use marketplace and online community that provides job seekers and employers with the feedback, tools and data needed to search and hire for the right job or hire the perfect candidate.


Thursday November 12, 2015 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

5:00pm

The Internet of Things - presented by Dr. Tyra Oldham and BDPA LA
REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2969712007524536577

The Internet of Things has huge impact on our lives, businesses, economy & systems. Last year, Gartner stated nearly 5 billion connected devices will be in use by the end of 2015. This number will soar to 25 billion by 2020 in a market evaluated at nearly $2 trillion. Dr. Oldham will discuss current trends, the role of users, consumers and businesses.

Thursday November 12, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Webinar

5:30pm

LAUNCH Semi-Finalists Announced and Company Feedback Provided
Join us at the Call One happy hour and be the first to hear which 16 companies were selected to advance to the semi-finals! Don't miss out on the chance to mix and mingle with some of Los Angeles' most talented and promising young entrepreneurs! 

If you're a LAUNCH competitor, you'll have the chance to pick up your company feedback and speak with the judges who evaluated you that afternoon - make sure to pick their brain and leave with some valuable feedback that you can use to improve your pitch!

Thursday November 12, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

6:00pm

Builder Night at Hulu

Are you a builder, an engineering, a tech enthusiast? We need you! Our group is gathering up for a community building night. We are going to sit down, get together, and build some cool stuff.

BYOP - Bring Your Own Project

We are opening up a space for you to bring your own project to this event. You can work on your awesome cool apps or you can help others with their app and provide technical guidance. 

What do we consider as good project? 

ANYTHING REALLY. 

Of course, we do prefer React JS focus stuff: 

• Redux 

• Babel / Compile 

• React Render Target (Akkad, React Canvas, etc) 

Hack / FUN / TOGETHERNESS

This is a community building event. Help the person next to you! Meet some friends. We will do our best to make this environment comfortable and fun. 

Drinks - Beer / Soda / Water

Food - Surprise Food Sponsor Coming SOON!


Thursday November 12, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Hulu 2500 Broadway , Santa Monica , CA 2nd floor

6:00pm

Meet+Hire Developers

General Assembly invites you to meet the graduates of our Web Development Immersive on Wednesday, August 5th from 6:00 - 9:00pm at the 1520 2nd St, Santa Monica campus.

You'll meet our full-stack web developers as they showcase their portfolios and chat about potential career opportunities. Stop in anytime during the evening open house style event, light food and refreshments will be served. As a reminder, GA helps you meet & hire talent at ZERO cost to you!

Check out the GA Talent page to learn more about our graduates, partnerships, and to create your own online employer profile for free.

Previous LA grads have landed at Disney, Dun & Bradstreet, Philosophie, Card.com, Verys, Big Frame, Omaze, Iconmobile, Surfair, Northrop Gruman, Google, Open X, and many more.

For questions email LAPartnerships@generalassemb.ly

RSVP early, space is limited!


Thursday November 12, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
General Assembly 1520 2nd Street Santa Monica , CA 90401

6:00pm

After Party hosted by Danny's Network (StartUp-Entertainment-Technology) 31Ten Lounge at SET31

Danny's Network (StartUp-Entertainment-Technology) 31Ten Lounge at SET31

We combine valuable networking atmosphere with some of the biggest names in our business eco-system to not only grow your network but also grow your business.  Meeting people who can help your business get started, advise you on how to grow your business strategically, get your business funded and tell you how to successfully gain connections.

Bringing out an impressive lineup of 25 experts. We have Venture representatives, crowd funding representatives and some of the best growth hackers in California. Best event to gain high value connection in LA.


Thursday November 12, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm
31TEN Lounge 3110 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 91105

6:30pm

The Business of Being Creative
About This Event

Being a creative is no walk in the park. Join General Assembly & BUNCH Magazine to discuss the challenges & opportunities that come along with starting and maintaining a successful creative business.

Discuss tackling accounting and planning (which creatives are notoriously bad at) and hear founder stories about tackling the investor scene. Learn best practices for connecting with fellow creatives, and deep dive into the business of creativity and how to charge for your services and monetize in unconventional ways.


Partner Event Directors

Thursday November 12, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Maker City LA 1933 S. Broadway St 11th Floor Los Angeles, CA

6:30pm

Startup Mixer hosted by AWS Activate and Kaleo Software
Join AWS Activate and Kaleo Software on November 12th for an exclusive startup networking event immediately following Techweek LA. The event will be held at the exquisite Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. Don’t miss the opportunity to network will peers and mix and mingle with AWS and Kaleo Software staff. Enjoy free food, drinks, party favors, and a chance to win some fun giveaways.

Partner Event Directors

Thursday November 12, 2015 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica 1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

7:00pm

Casual Climb Thursday hosted by Startup Climb LA

Hang out on a Thursday night with other Startup & Tech Rock Climbers. Spend a few hours climbing, then head over to the local bar for drink specials or anywhere else you decide to go. 

Our weekly Thursday climbs are non-formal, come when you can, leave when you want events. You might even call them casual! For our weekly climbs, there's no set agenda or formal orientation. Organizers may or may not be present at our Thursday climb, so consider them as "no-host" events.

That said, if you're a first time climber and don't mind just diving in head first, come on out! There will sometimes, but not always, be an event host or two around to give tips and advice, and the climbing community is very friendly and helpful as well. Not to mention all the great fun you'll have. After conquering their first climb, it's not at all uncommon for new climbers to exclaim at the top of their lungs, "I'M KING OF THE WAAAAAAALL!" (see "Titanic")

However, if you're new and would like a little more orientation to climbing, join us for our Monthly events where we'll be focusing on orienting new members, climbing, socializing, and learning a thing or two from each other. Maybe even from an honored tech guest! Does anyone know Mark Zuckerberg? Or maybe someone who just looks like him? Heck, I'll even take his less know, made-up brother, Chad Zuckerberg.

We don't have a monthly climb scheduled at the moment but stay tuned!


GYM DETAILS 

If you're not an LA Boulders member: Mention that you're a part of Startup Rock Climbing and you can get a Thursday day pass for a discounted rate of $15, which includes climbing shoes. 

This is a special rate for our group and only valid during our events. In respect for our relationship with LA Boulders, please do not ask for this price outside our events!

If it's your first time in the gym, you'll be required to fill out a waiver. If you want to save a little time, you can fill it out online here: LA Boulder Waiver 

If you're already an LA Boulders member: Just show up and climb!


If you're interested in an LA Boulders membership: LA Boulders has offered a special discount to our group on Membership and Day Passes. If you're interested in an LA Boulders Membership please send us a message!


Thursday November 12, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Boulders 1375 E 6th St #8, Los Angeles, CA 90021, Los Angeles, CA
 
Friday, November 13
 

10:00am

Creating Solutions that Better Prepare for Future Risks
Delivering innovative solutions requires a change mindset and robust engagement with all levels of industry –  from the top-tier drivers of the market to the small business entrepreneurs and startup ventures. With IoT advances, everything in our world is getting “smart.” So what does this mean for our first responders –those who put their lives on the line every day? When severe weather is more frequent, fires burn hotter, and terrorism is increasing, IoT capabilities are fundamentally changing the security landscape by empowering first responders to access real-time data in emergency situations that can save a single person or an entire city. The challenge today is how to optimize IoT systems and devices responders need to be interoperable in a variety of operational settings - utilities, transportation, and infrastructure. What is the impact on citizens going forward? S&T wants to work with you to start answering these questions, to build trusted networks, promote standards, and facilitate the adoption of new technologies. Get connected to S&T and change the trajectory of IoT in your community! 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robert Griffin

Dr. Robert Griffin

Deputy Under Secretary, Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate
Dr. Robert Griffin serves as Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology (S&T) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to this, Dr. Griffin was Director of S&T's First Responders Group, where he led efforts to identify and create technology solutions to strengthen the first response community’s ability to protect the homeland and respond to disasters.


Friday November 13, 2015 10:00am - 10:20am
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

10:00am

The Next Silicon Beach? Orange County
Learn about the growth happening in Orange County, as highlighted by the LA Times' Andrew Khouri's recent publication. 

"Through the third quarter of this year, venture capitalists pumped $722 million into Orange County companies, up from $448 million a year earlier. But that's less than the $1 billion Silicon Beach received and just a fraction of Silicon Valley's $23 billion, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers"


Partner Event Directors
avatar for Ray Chan

Ray Chan

Managing Director, K5 Venture Partners
Managing Director of K5 Ventures
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Soheil S. Divani

CEO of 02Free


Friday November 13, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
MeetUp Tent Santa Monica Pier

10:00am

LAUNCH Semi-Finals Demo Day and On-stage Pitches
Witness the 16 best startups from Thursday's 1st Round Demo Day as they return to the expo hall and pitch on-stage to a panel of venture capitalists and seasoned tech all-stars! After each team pitches on stage, choose to follow them to their booth and continue the conversation or stick around and listen as the next team makes the case that their business is top. Also, help us select one of the 16 startups to advance to the finals by voting for your favorite via twitter and online!

Friday November 13, 2015 10:00am - 2:00pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

10:00am

Techweek Expo
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The Expo showcases the newest products and insights from both established Fortune 500 companies and nascent startups. Exhibitors present their ideas and plans for the future in front of thousands of Techweek attendees. Come to the expo for live demos, giveaways and more.

Friday November 13, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

10:23am

Makers, Multiplied
Speakers
avatar for Andrew Bolwell

Andrew Bolwell

Chief Disrupter, HP
In “Makers, Multiplied”, Andrew Bolwell highlights the multiplier effect: business  | opportunity catalyzed by the arrival of new technology trends like HyperMobility,  | The Internet of ALL Things and 3D Transformation. These technologies open up  | new categories of devices and data that are being combined with unprecedented  | entrepreneurial creativity and vigor.  | New tools, services and business... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2015 10:23am - 10:43am
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

10:46am

Dining, Disrupted
Speakers
avatar for Greg Hong

Greg Hong

CEO, Reserve
Greg is Reserve's CEO, Co-Founder and Board Director, responsible for setting and executing the vision for the company. Prior to starting Reserve, Greg was a small business consultant and the Director of Business Operations at true[X], where he ran their ad operations team from pre-revenue to $20 million.


Friday November 13, 2015 10:46am - 11:04am
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

11:07am

Getting the Experience Right: Why ‘Wow’ and ‘Beautiful’ Aren’t Enough
We all aspire to create experiences that users are wowed by, beautiful experiences. Sadly that isn't enough. Discovering and designing the right experience for the moment, the context, the need is remarkably difficult, and not just difficult to execute. It is remarkably difficult to simply envision the right experience. Let's uncover some ways to approach the problem by bringing together different voices from some folks who have been tackling this problem with success.

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Nance

Ryan Nance

Director of User Experience, Tradesy
Ryan Nance is the Director of User Experience at Tradesy where he leads a team of expert designers. He is an avid internaut, founder of 5thingsilearnedtoday.com and likes to write about Experience design on Medium https://medium.com/the-user-s-experience

Speakers
avatar for Angel Anderson

Angel Anderson

CEO, Co-Founder, NailSnaps
Angel Anderson is the CEO and Co-Founder founder of NailSnaps - the world’s best way to create, wear, and share nail art. Previously, as VP UX Director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Angel lead UX design on award-winning customer experiences for clients such as Old Navy, Belkin, and Domino’s. Anderson is now on a mission to revolutionize the way women do their nails.
avatar for Kyle Heller

Kyle Heller

Co-Founder, Cinematique
As an award-winning film producer and founder of Cinematique, the world’s first touchable video platform, Kyle has been a key figure in pushing forward the future of video, both by creating engaging, cinematic content for brands as well as introducing new ways to monetize through video without the need of traditional pre-roll and ad overlays.
avatar for Rachel Rutherford

Rachel Rutherford

CEO, Stealth
Rachel has spent the last 5 years working in the tech industry, building mobile & digital properties at the intersection of content, commerce and community. Rachel was most recently the co-CEO of Pose, a mobile-first social and e-commerce platform for fashion. Pose was acquired in the Spring of 2015. Prior to Pose, Rachel worked at Whalerock Industries, WME, CAA, & MRC.


Friday November 13, 2015 11:07am - 11:37am
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

11:40am

Where Design Meets Product Strategy
UX Designers are right about everything... right? But a successful product launch involves much more than a great user experience, and maintaining traction and product market fit involves dealing with a constant influx of opinions, data sources & constraints. Before you launch a product or feature, you design for what you expect; post launch, you design for reality.

This talk covers theory, techniques, and tactics for designing, launching and managing new features and products. It also includes guidelines for UX designers whose role is edging towards managing a product, and the necessary steps they can take for a successful transition.


Speakers
avatar for Des Traynor

Des Traynor

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Intercom
Des is Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Intercom, a fundamentally new way for internet businesses to communicate with customers. His role covers many areas including product strategy, content marketing, customer support, and customer education. Des previously co-founded Exceptional (now a part of Rackspace), and prior was a UX designer for web applications.


Friday November 13, 2015 11:40am - 12:00pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

12:00pm

Executing A Brilliant Idea - Developing Mobile Applications and Platforms
What are the next steps for properly executing a brilliant idea? Hear what goes behind developing mobile applications and platforms from Tolga Onuk, CEO of Thunderbolt Studios, a digital technology design and development company. 

You will learn about Thunderbolt’s process - from branding and concept strategy to interface design and database architecture to native IOS and Android engineering.

As an expert in user experience and design, Tolga will explain how Thunderbolt delivers exceptional digital experiences and builds technologies using the latest web and mobile standards. 

Friday November 13, 2015 12:00pm - 3:00pm
MeetUp Tent Santa Monica Pier

12:00pm

Techweek Hiring Fair
12:00 - 5:00 PM

Whether you’re in search of a job in tech or a developer to bring your idea to fruition, the Hiring Fair is all about matching talented people with the right jobs. Employers come to win the war for talent and find the best data analysts, UI/UX designers, developers and more. Candidates meet with the best companies in tech.

Friday November 13, 2015 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

12:03pm

Making Design Matter
“Design matters!” You hear it all the time, but why? And how do you get your team to embrace it? This session will arm you with an explanation for why design is important to your product, and we'll discuss five high-impact steps you can take to make design matter in your team.

Tim McCoy, Senior Director for Pivotal's product design and user experience, has been designing and building software since 1995. He was an early advocate of agile and lean UX approaches and started Pivotal's Product Design consulting practice in 2012. Previously, Tim was a Director at Cooper, the pioneering interaction design consultancy that helped define the field of user experience. 

Speakers
avatar for Tim McCoy

Tim McCoy

Director of Product Design, Pivotal Labs
Tim McCoy, Senior Director for Pivotal's product design and user experience, has been designing and building software since 1995. He was an early advocate of agile and lean UX approaches and started Pivotal's Product Design consulting practice in 2012. Previously, Tim was a Director at Cooper, the pioneering interaction design consultancy that helped define the field of us


Friday November 13, 2015 12:03pm - 12:23pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

12:26pm

Disruptive Innovation: Insights from the Dollar Shave Club
Speakers
avatar for Michael Dubin

Michael Dubin

CEO, Dollar Shave Club
Michael Dubin is a passionate, creative entrepreneur, executive and trailblazing brand-builder with a unique style and an engaging voice that clearly resonates with male consumers. Under his leadership, DSC has become a $140M business in less than 3 years, boasting 2 million active members.


Friday November 13, 2015 12:26pm - 12:56pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

1:00pm

The Future of Flying
Speakers
avatar for Justin Hart

Justin Hart

VP, Member Acquisition, Surf Air
Vice President of Surf Air, Justin is a recognized digital strategist with 20 years of experience executing business development efforts for Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and national political entities. Raised millions of dollars for VC-funded firms and national political campaigns alike. Recognized for his innovative approaches bridging digital frontiers and biz dev.


Friday November 13, 2015 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

1:23pm

How Personal is Personalized Medicine Becoming? Answers in 3D!
Moderators
avatar for Dima Elissa

Dima Elissa

CEO& Founder, VisMed3D
Dima spent her formative years as a Hoosier attending 2nd-12th grades and later earning a Chemistry degree from Hanover College where she now proudly serves as a member of the board of trustees. As a serial entrepreneur, she has built many technology businesses over the course of her career. Today she champions a new venture as CEO and founder of VisMed-3D, a biomedical design and consulting firm that has emerged as the leader for 3D biomedical... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Russ Schweizer

Russ Schweizer

CEO, AmnioChor Inc
Russ Schweizer has been leading startups and consulting Fortune 500 companies for over three decades by creating intensive business growth through new product innovation. With over 30 U.S. and foreign patents, Mr. Schweizer has extensive experience with product development, manufacturing and successful commercialization of new technologies
avatar for Arthur Young-Spivey

Arthur Young-Spivey

Digital Fabrication Specialist, National Reprographics Inc.
Young-Spivey graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in Industrial Design, and has had the opportunity to bring many products to market within the table top, furniture, and lighting industries. Over the course of the past 20 years leveraging digital fabrication as part of the design and engineering process and how 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, and 3D Software apply to different industries.


Friday November 13, 2015 1:23pm - 1:53pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

1:57pm

Future of FinTech
Moderators
avatar for Jeanine Swatton

Jeanine Swatton

Director of Developer Evangelism, Yodlee
Jeanine Swatton is the Director of Developer Evangelism at Yodlee Interactive. Jeanine holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Boston University and a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity. Jeanine has more than 15 years of engineering experience in the government and surveillance space as well as startup sectors. For the last 5 years, her main focus has been on mobile app development which includes helping... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Khellar Crawford

Khellar Crawford

CEO, Pays.ly
Khellar Crawford is Founder/CEO of early stage FinTech start-up, Pays.ly, an app which intelligently automates savings and payments. As a 15 year serial entrepreneur, ardent futurist, and UX provocateur, he approaches business as both art and science. After recognizing a pattern in consumer financial decision making, in 2014 he committed himself to producing his solution.
avatar for Rod Ebrahimi

Rod Ebrahimi

Head of Corporate Development, Avant
Rod began working with Internet technologies in 1997 and has been applying these technologies in new ways ever since. | He started an Internet service provider targeting small businesses when he was only 16 years old. Rod was later recruited out of high school to Silicon Valley, where he helped build and maintain scalable web infrastructure for high-traffic e-commerce sites. | Most recently, Rod was CEO of ReadyForZero, the creator of... Read More →
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Catherine Rhee

CEO, Coincer
CEO of COINCER- Intermediary & Technical Assistance Provider for the U.S. Small Business Administration 1st Co-Chair of the Women Veterans Program for the Department of Military Veterans Affairs for the County of Los Angeles  Co-Chair of the Education & Events for the National Diversity & Inclusion Council for Los Angeles
avatar for Corey Young

Corey Young

VP of Finance & Sales, SignaPay
Corey Young is the VP of Finance & Sales at SignaPay/PayHub. He focuses on integrating software and apps with PayHubs APIs. Corey is also the Founder/CEO of Cuffr, a payment platform for small businesses and nonprofits, and is a mentor at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center


Friday November 13, 2015 1:57pm - 2:27pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

2:00pm

IBM Watson and Cognitive Computing
Speakers
avatar for Armen Pischdotchian

Armen Pischdotchian

Academic Technical Mentor, IBM
Armen currently mentors university faculty and students and conducts enablement sessions for both IBMers and business partners pertaining to the Watson Ecosystem offerings. Armen joined Watson from the time it was in Emerging Technologies close to three years ago; over time he has consulted and deployed various Watson solutions around the world. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Computer Information Systems.


Friday November 13, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

2:30pm

Take a Byte: Why Mobile Matters
DWNLD CEO & Co-Founder, Alex Keating and Off The Menu Creator, Lawrence Longo, will discuss how Off the Menu created a mobile-first brand. During this presentation, Keating and Longo will discuss the process of creating one’s own app, why mobile screens are the ones that matter and the evolving mobile user experience

Moderators
avatar for Lawrence Longo

Lawrence Longo

Founder and President, Off the Menu
Lawrence focuses on building relationships, creating partnerships and implementing the corporate vision and strategy in order to fulfill Off The Menu’s mandate to make meals more exciting. He co-founded Fantasy Prone LLC, a comic book, graphic novel and children’s storybook publisher. Currently he manages Best Buddy LLC, a consulting company involved in a variety of media

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Keating

Alexandra Keating

CEO & Co-Founder, DWNLD.me
Alexandra Keating is the co-founder and CEO of DWNLD Media. DWNLD is a mobile app platform that enables media companies, brands, and influencers to easily and affordably create a beautiful, native mobile app. As audiences continue to shift from desktop to mobile, DWNLD provides publishers the tools to design, create, and populate their own native app.


Friday November 13, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Santa Monica Pier Summit Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

2:33pm

AI's impact on privacy and your digital identity
Speakers
avatar for Scott Kriz

Scott Kriz

CEO, Bitium
Scott Kriz is co-founder and CEO of Bitium, leading the company’s overall vision and product direction. Prior to Bitium, Scott was VP of product for Fastpoint Games, director of product at ProElite, CEO at MindEdge, a founding member of CollegeTownUSA, and a systems engineer at both General Electric and Raytheon. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Union College.


Friday November 13, 2015 2:33pm - 3:03pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

3:00pm

LAUNCH Finals
Don't miss the LAUNCH Finals, where the best of the best come together to convince our panel of experienced venture capitalists, angel investors and tech-all stars that their startup is the most worthy of investment! Come witness the excitement as finalists are announced one at a time, just before presenting and our accomplished panel asks the toughest questions of each startup in turn! Competitors will do their best to answer judges' questions in order to be crowned the LAUNCH Champion and win $50,000 in cash and prizes PLUS the right to pitch at Techweek Miami at the LAUNCH National Championship for a $50,000 + cash investment!

Winner announced at 4:30 PM! 

Friday November 13, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

3:00pm

Programming for Non Programmers with CTO of CodeSmith Will Sentance
Understand the latest web technologies and programming fundamentals by building an anonymous video app from scratch.

Getting a role at Facebook or Google is not easy. Nor is finding a technical cofounder. But there are specific tools and subtle hacks to help you secure the most fulfilling roles in tech and get your tech venture off the ground. 

We'll go through the most effective and valuable in this talk, Q&A and workshop: Get your terminology down: front end v back end, the difference between an SDK and an API (even many engineers don't know this) 
 Understand what mentalities are needed to succeed in tech, what do software engineers and product managers really care about Build an anonymous video chat app and learn programming fundamentals - and share it with your friends and recruiters 

Will Sentance

Will Sentance, CTO at Codesmith
Will Sentance is cofounder and CTO at Codesmith - the leading immersive software engineering academy program based in LA. He's creator of Icecomm, the most popular developer platform for P2P video and data communication. Prior to Codesmith, Will was CEO at Ownly and a Software Engineer at Gem. Will graduated from Oxford University and Harvard University.

Partner Event Directors
avatar for Will Sentance

Will Sentance

CTO, Codesmith
Will Sentance is cofounder and CTO at Codesmith - the leading immersive software engineering academy program based in LA. He's creator of Icecomm, the most popular developer platform for P2P video and data communication. Prior to Codesmith, Will was CEO at Ownly and a Software Engineer at Gem. Will graduated from Oxford University and Harvard University.


Friday November 13, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
MeetUp Tent Santa Monica Pier

4:30pm

LAUNCH winner announced and awards ceremony
Witness a young team’s determination and innovation finally pay off as one team is crowned the LAUNCH Champion! Help us celebrate their success as they take home over $50,000 in cash and prizes PLUS the right to pitch at Techweek Miami at the LAUNCH National Championship for a $50,000 + cash investment!

Friday November 13, 2015 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Santa Monica Pier Launch Stage 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA

5:00pm

Happy Hour hosted by Comparex
Join us from 5pm-7pm at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for drinks and appetizers hosted by Comparex 

Comparex is a Microsoft Cloud partner focused on the technology that keeps your business running. By teaming with us, we ensure you have access to the critical support you need, when you need it.

 

Friday November 13, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel 1700 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401
 
Saturday, November 14
 

9:00am

Techweek Hike: "Best Hike in the Santa Monica Mountains"

End Techweek with a beautiful hike hosted by the Santa Monica Hiking Club. We will be discussing "Fit Tech". Feel free to bring your favorite fitness tech products!

My Favorite Hike in The Santa Monica Mountains. Easy 4 mile hike with moderate elevation gain.The hike will take about an hour in a half.  Free Parking on Street. - Todd Lubin

*meet at the trail head

Partner Event Directors

Saturday November 14, 2015 9:00am - 11:00am
Ketner Trail 1501 N Kenter Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

12:00pm

Techweek Hackathon Presented by IBM
Limited Capacity seats available

Please follow the link below to sign up!!!

http://techweek-los-angeles-hackathon.devpost.com/?ref_content=default&ref_feature=challenge&ref_medium=discover

Speakers
avatar for Colin McCabe

Colin McCabe

North American Cloud Technology Evangelist, IBM
Colin McCabe is the North American Cloud Technology Evangelist at IBM, and co-founder of Dogolog, an iOS app. At IBM he is responsible for creating strategic partnerships with cloud-based brands, and promoting adoption for IBM Cloud products and services. He is also co-founder of a clothing line called Btton & Co, which integrates wearable technology with natural human behavior. McCabe was the Grand Prize Winner at Intel’s 2014 IoT... Read More →


Saturday November 14, 2015 12:00pm - Sunday November 15, 2015 12:00pm
Hatch Studios 2260 Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

12:00am

Techweek Hackathon Cont. Presented by IBM
Limited Capacity seats available

Please follow the link below to sign up!!!

http://techweek-los-angeles-hackathon.devpost.com/?ref_content=default&ref_feature=challenge&ref_medium=discover

Speakers
avatar for Colin McCabe

Colin McCabe

North American Cloud Technology Evangelist, IBM
Colin McCabe is the North American Cloud Technology Evangelist at IBM, and co-founder of Dogolog, an iOS app. At IBM he is responsible for creating strategic partnerships with cloud-based brands, and promoting adoption for IBM Cloud products and services. He is also co-founder of a clothing line called Btton & Co, which integrates wearable technology with natural human behavior. McCabe was the Grand Prize Winner at Intel’s 2014 IoT... Read More →


Sunday November 15, 2015 12:00am - 12:00pm
Hatch Studios 2260 Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064