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Silicon Valley Area Events


The CIE is pleased to share Silicon Valley event attendance opportunities from our community partners like the Churchill Club, SD Forum, CCICE, and others.  Students enrolled in the Undergraduate or Graduate Entrepreneurship Program receive advance notice of these offers,  discounts or free tickets. 

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2014-2015 SV Area Events


 
 
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December 7-10: Big Ideas Fest, Half Moon Bay (Scholarship Application Link Included)

Big Ideas Fest 2014
Dec. 7-10: Educational Innovation for a Small Planet  

Big Ideas Fest brings together mavericks and change-makers from around the world to transform the future of education. From December 7 to 10, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, CA, a dynamic slate of speakers and action-based design thinking workshops will inform and renew your role as an education innovator.   

Produced annually by ISKME, a global nonprofit known for its pioneering role in open education, design-thinking, and transformational research, Big Ideas Fest will inspire you with Rapid Fire speakers’ stories of innovation in action. Action Collab workshops will enable you to apply design thinking to create solutions to education challenges that you can bring back home to empower change in your community. 

Whether you are an educator, policymaker, researcher, administrator, edupreneur, student, or funder, treat yourself to three days at this innovation playground at Big Ideas Fest 2014. Register at Register Now! Big Ideas Fest 2014. For more information email:  bigideas@iskme.org. Big Ideas Fest 2014
Dec. 7-10: Educational Innovation for a Small Planet  

Big Ideas Fest brings together mavericks and change-makers from around the world to transform the future of education. From December 7 to 10, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, CA, a dynamic slate of speakers and action-based design thinking workshops will inform and renew your role as an education innovator.   

Produced annually by ISKME, a global nonprofit known for its pioneering role in open education, design-thinking, and transformational research, Big Ideas Fest will inspire you with Rapid Fire speakers’ stories of innovation in action. Action Collab workshops will enable you to apply design thinking to create solutions to education challenges that you can bring back home to empower change in your community. 

Whether you are an educator, policymaker, researcher, administrator, edupreneur, student, or funder, treat yourself to three days at this innovation playground at Big Ideas Fest 2014. Register at Register Now! Big Ideas Fest 2014. For more information email:  bigideas@iskme.org.

Why Big Ideas Fest is Different Than other Educational Conferences

It is a very interactive and hand-on experience with lots of opportunities to try out ideas and meet a range of forward thinking and action-oriented educators. Big Ideas Fest 2013 Highlight Reel

Scholarships To The Rescue!
Are you hoping to experience Big Ideas Fest but financial limitations are hindering participation? We want to help! A limited number of scholarships are available and we encourage you to apply. Submit your application here.

Group Discounts
The registration fee to attend Big Ideas Fest 2014 is $735 per person.
  • Group Discounts: If three people sign up from same group, all get $100 off (bif3 group code). If five people sign up from same group, the 5th person should use this code to register for free (bif5 group code).
The registration fee includes all Big Ideas Fest program activities and the following meals:
  • Sunday, December 7th: Dinner
  • Monday, December 8th: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Tuesday, December 9th: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
  • Wednesday, December 10th: Breakfast and lunch 



 

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November 3: Silicon Vikings Presents: A Conversation About Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

Silicon Vikings

Silicon Vikings and Babson College Present: A Conversation About Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
Babson College

135 Main Street
San Francisco

Monday, November 3, 2014
5:30-9 pm

Tickets are $20

 

Click here to register

Please join Babson College and Silicon Vikings for an event that will bring together entrepreneurs and social innovators to address emerging opportunities around Environmental Sustainability. This discussion, led by Jim Poss, founder of BigBelly Solar and entrepreneurship faculty member at Babson College, will feature experts in clean-tech, climate protection, social marketing, and impact investing. We will focus the conversation on the role of business in promoting sustainability, the opportunities that are emerging from environmental needs, and the unique challenges associated with being a social entrepreneur. The session will be interactive, with plenty of time for Q&A as well as networking.

Please join us at 5:30 pm for networking and light refreshments.

Agenda:

5:30 – 6:15         Registration/Networking
6:15 – 7:30         Panel/Q&A
7:30 – 8:00        Networking/Social

Jim Poss. Jim is a technology innovator, entrepreneur and adjunct faculty member at Babson College. Jim is the founder of BigBelly Solar, and is a globally-recognized innovator and entrepreneur. He founded BigBelly Solar in 2003 based on the idea of applying renewable energy to the complex and expensive process of waste collection.

Over the following years and after four product generations, BigBelly Solar now brings operational efficiency and environmental benefits to customers in virtually every US state and in more than 30 countries. Jim began his career in renewable energy with a Pew Foundation grant to build a wave-powered energy generator. He further developed his focus on renewable energy in technical and business roles with Spire Corporation (solar manufacturing) and Azure Dynamics (hybrid and electric vehicles).

Jim has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and as one of Businessweek Magazine’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs. He is also an instructor in environmental entrepreneurship and other entrepreneurship courses in Babson College’s MBA and undergraduate programs and a clean-technology speaker. Jim proudly served the U.S. State Department as a clean technology lecturer to government, academics, civic leaders and students in Australia and Japan in 2011-2012.

Jim received his MBA from Babson College with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and dual undergraduate BA in Environmental Science & Policy and Geology from Duke University.

Wood Turner. Wood was most recently VP of Sustainability Innovation for organic yogurt pioneer Stonyfield Farm and is the company’s lead advocate, facilitator and educator on sustainability issues. He is responsible for catalyzing efforts that fulfill Stonyfield’s mission of not only minimizing negative environmental impact in all areas of its operations, but also advancing innovative impact-reduction solutions. Previously, he was the founding executive director of Climate Counts, a leading corporate rating organization. Wood holds degrees from Duke University and the University of Washington. He has advised many high-profile projects, including the Seattle mayor’s Green Ribbon Commission on Climate Protection and Newsweek Magazine's corporate green rankings.

Melanie Nutter. Melanie is the Principal of Nutter Consulting and provides sustainability strategy development and implementation for cities, foundations and companies. Melanie is also a consulting partner in PR & Company, a full service communications strategy firm for social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, foundations and for-profits with a social mission to propel, scale and accelerate world-changing work through innovative strategy, cross-sector connections and communications campaigns that achieve results.

Prior to this role, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Melanie as the Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, where she continued to serve for Mayor Edwin Lee through February 2014.

The Department or Environment helps all San Francisco residents and businesses take an active role in protecting the urban environment, develops "first in the nation" policy initiatives, conducts outreach and education on sustainable practices, and runs innovative environmental programs on zero waste, green building, climate and energy, toxics reduction and clean transportation, among others.

During her tenure, San Francisco achieved an 80% waste diversion rate, reduced its carbon emissions to 14.5% below 1990 levels and was named the Greenest City in North America by Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Under Nutter’s leadership, the Department expanded its focus on community outreach and engagement, released an updated Climate Action Strategy, launched a citywide adaptation effort and started a biodiversity program. Nutter also championed smart city strategies to help San Francisco meet its sustainability goals.

Gene Ramirez. Gene is Managing Director and Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Morgan Joseph TriArtisan (MJTA), a privately held merchant banking firm focused on principal investing and investment banking. In the session, Gene will address financing challenges and issues facing clean tech companies. Prior to MJTA, Gene was Founder of DaVincian Technologies, Founder of Vitalz, and has also been Technology Equity Analyst at Robertson Stephens. Gene has a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with focus on Entrepreneurship from Babson College - Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business and has a BA in Economics and Finance from The University of Texas, Austin. 

Parking:

Type in "Babson San Francisco" here for many options: Park in San Francisco

Standard Parking (in the Rincon Center)
121 Spear Street

ABM 75 Howard Garage
75 Howard Street (open until 11 PM)

Tower Valet Parking, Inc.
124 Folsom Street (open 24 hours)

Propark Hills Plaza Garage
25 Folsom Street (open until 11 PM)

Co-organizer:

 

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Main sponsors to Silicon Vikings:

 

 

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November 18-SV Forum Startup Pitch Contest


 

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Tuesday
November 18th, 2014
1:00 — 6:30 pm

Location announced soon!
Silicon Valley, California

SVForum Startup Expo 2014 - Apply now!

Polish your pitches - Startup Expo is approaching! A selected group of tech startups will have the opportunity to showcase their product to respected investors, VCs, Corporate Venture and Angels. A distinguished panel of Silicon Valley investors, experts and thought leaders will also give their insights on the future of investing and what to expect when pitching to them. Startup Expo is in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship WeekThis event is by-invitation-only! Tickets will be limited to participating startups and invited investors only. If you'd like to request an invitation, please email Sepideh Nasiri

#SVFStartupExpo

Application Criteria:

  • We’re tech agnostic, but we do require that you have a tech company with great growth potential
  • You have a verified product/solution, and it is live (beta is okay)
  • Your startup is actively seeking funding
  • Your company is incorporated
  • You've assembled a team
     

 

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October 22- VLAB Presents: Big Data from Space: Satellite Technology for Startups

VLAB OCTOBER EVENT:

VLAB OCTOBER EVENT

Big Data from Space: Satellite Technology for Startups

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6:00pm – 6:30pm: Networking Reception
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Event Program 

LOCATION:
Stanford Graduate School of Business - Cemex Auditorium 

Register Now! Advance registration closes this weekend. 

The number of earth-gazing satellites nearly doubled in 2014 alone. Ambitious startups launch large fleets of small, interconnected satellites and develop cutting-edge analytics to match. As a result, earthling entrepreneurs and business can access not just raw pixels, but actionable data, from space. Quality data from space now disrupts industries on earth like never before. 

Join us on Wednesday, October 22nd, to find out which markets will be transformed and why industry giants are eager to consume data from the sky. 

Moderator
Amaresh Kollipara, Principal, Space Angels Network, and Managing Partner, Earth2Orbit 

Panelists
Pavel Machalek, CEO, Spaceknow
Theresa Condor, Vice-President Sales & Business Development, Spire
Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder, President and COO, Planet Labs
Shay Har-Noy, Ph.D, Senior Director – Geospatial Big Data, DigitalGlobe
Julian Mann, Co-Founder and Vice-President Product Management, Skybox Imaging (acquired by Google)

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September 30-SV Forum Presents 3D Pringing & Scanning SIG Aerospace: Emerging Technologies & Future Possibilities with SSL

For Full Details and to Register, please Click Here

SVForum 3D Printing and Scanning SIG

Aerospace: Emerging Technologies & Future Possibilities with SSL

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 06:30PM to 09:00PM

Location: GrowShapes office
                 3030 Olcott St., Santa Clara, CA 95054
                 http://www.growshapes.com/contact.html
More info

Presenter: Hale Reynolds, Engineer, Space Systems/Loral (SSL;http://sslmda.com)

Cost:  $20; Free to SVForum members and all educators/teachers (contact Cheryl Downing, cheryldowning (at) growshapes (dot) com, or call for the educational code)

Registration: See "Register" button above

Description

** Joint meeting with 3D Printing for Education Meetup **

Join us for an opportunity to learn from Hale Reynolds of Space Systems/Loral (SSL) about the emerging technologies and future possibilities in additive manufacturing for aerospace.

Paradigm shifts spark revolutions. We have examples of this with machines, semiconductors, and digital technology in the Industrial, Semiconductor, and Technology Revolutions. With the advent of the 3D printer and additive manufacturing in the 1980s, manufacturing paradigms again began to shift. Now, only a few decades after the introduction of the basic concepts of additive manufacturing, the rate of technology and capability development only seem to be accelerating. We are witnessing the beginnings of a new manufacturing revolution. Soon, engineers won't ask themselves what is possible; they'll ask themselves what is imaginable.

This talk will explore how the current manufacturing paradigms are shifting as a result of additive manufacturing, and assess exciting aspects of the current state of additive manufacturing, especially tied to the aerospace industry. I will then examine some of the key enablers currently being worked, which will allow for the continued accelerating growth of additive manufacturing. I will then review some exciting emerging technologies, and explore where this latest manufacturing revolution may take us in the years to come.

About Our Speaker
Hale Reynolds
Engineer, Space Systems/Loral (SSL; http://sslmda.com)

Hale Reynolds has worked in aerospace in Silicon Valley since 2010, primarily in roles focusing on internal research and development in areas ranging from robotics and autonomous systems, to antenna subsystems, material and process development, and additive manufacturing. A Silicon Valley native, Hale graduated from UC Berkeley as a double-major in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering before entering industry. Hale is a champion of innovation and innovators, encouraging out-of-the-box thinking and problem solving in the typically heritage-driven aerospace industry.

Agenda:
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM      Registration & Networking
7:00 PM – 7:10 PM      Announcements & Introductions
7:10 PM – 7:20 PM      Sponsors: GrowShapes & Octave Systems
7:20 PM – 8:00 PM      Hale Reynolds, Engineer, Space Systems/Loral (SSL)
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM      Q&A
8:30 PM – 9:00 PM      Networking

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October 8: EveryCircle Workshop: Deliver Your Business Message

everyCircle (formerly infoBayArea.com and muybueno.net) is the premium networking venue for business owners and professionals in SF Bay Area since 1998.

everyCircle.com cordially invites you...
Workshop:
Deliver Your Business Message:
How to Focus Your Plan,
Clarify Your Message and
Clearly Communicate `Why You`
Wed. October 8, 2014, 6-8pm
Pacific Workplaces
111 N. Market St, Tower 2, Ste 300, Downtown San Jose

Learn new skills to help grow and improve your business or career. 
Experience 5-star hospitality, meet your next clients, and network with decision-makers, executives, entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals.

Agenda:
6:00-6:30pm Networking
6:30-7:30pm Workshop, Q&A
7:30-8:00pm Networking

Hosted by
everycircle logo
 everyCircle.com
     Connecting Circles of Influence
     (formerly infoBayArea.com)

 


RSVP TODAY!  

Wed. October 8  http://2014oct08seminar.eventbrite.com 
  Early Bird: $10 (by 11pm Oct 7)
  Advance:   $15 (by 4pm Oct 8)
  Door:         $20 (cash or check)

Please bring your receipt. Refunds must be requested at least 24 hrs in advance.
Info: Cesar Plata, 408 352-5932, 239-9006c


Workshop
Deliver Your Business Message:
How to Focus Your Plan, Clarify Your Message and Clearly Communicate `Why You`

Clearly and concisely delivering your business message to a potential customer, investor or strategic partner is critical in establishing the relationship and closing the deal. This is an interactive and dynamic workshop organized to deliver the information and address your questions and challenges. Seating is limited.

  • Assess your strategy and business case; clearly communicate your vision, plan, and value proposition (Entrepreneurs)
  • Get your prospects attention and interest during introduction or in the first meeting (Sales)
  • Deliver an intelligent concise business message (Executives)

 


About the Presenter
Gary Jinks, President, GLJ Group
Managing Director, South Valley Angels

Gary is a dynamic speaker that blends a mixture of detailed information, insight and humor in a compelling and entertaining format. During his 20 year corporate tenure Gary developed complex advanced technologies, managed multimillion dollar budgets, and developed high performance teams. As owner and President of GLJ Group Gary has generated over $300M in new business for his clients. As the Founder and Managing Director of South Valley Angels Gary has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and early stage companies to develop their business and go to market strategies, plans and launch. Gary’s unique perspective comes from his unique experience in Systems Engineering, Operations, Business Development and Project Management
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408 420-3650 
www.gljgroup.com
www.southvalleyangels.com

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Student Startup Madness (SXSW Event)-Early Deadline October 10

Calling all college student startups!

 

The application period is now open for Student Startup Madness 2014-15, seeking the best college digital media startups in America; early admission period ends Oct. 10

Online applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 Student Startup Madness, a fun and exciting nationwide tournament offering college student startups the opportunity to “live the entrepreneurial dream”: compete against fellow student entrepreneurs, and grab the attention of potential investors and leaders in the startup community at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in March 2015.

 

Student Startup Madness (SSM) is open to all college student digital media startups from any college/university in the United States. To apply, go tohttp://studentstartupmadness.com/apply-now/. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 5, 2014.

 

Teams are encouraged to apply for “Early Admission” by Friday, Oct 10, 2013, when 20 of the 64 SSM starting field of tournament teams will be selected. The benefits of early admission include less competition for the 20 “early admission” spots and more time for student teams to plan ahead and prepare their pitch materials, if they are selected for the semi-finals. Early application will also afford the SSM Selection Committee more opportunity to consider applications versus those that are submitted close to the Dec. 5 final application deadline. 

 

Competition format

 

Each round of the nationwide tournament will build momentum, awareness and social media buzz, drawing attention to colleges and universities as sources for innovation, entrepreneurship and talent while showcasing university entrepreneurship and encouraging college students to start businesses.

 

From all online applications, 64 teams will be chosen by the SSM Selection Committee for the first round of competition, which will take place online in the Gust.com platform.

 

From the 64 first-round competitors, half (32 teams) will advance to the semi-final regionals round. From the regionals will emerge the “Entrepreneurial Eight,” the top eight student teams that will be invited to pitch to a celebrity panel of well-known entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors at the Student Startup Madness national finals at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March 2015.

 

About Student Startup Madness

 

The Student Startup Madness concept was developed by Sean Branagan, director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, in conjunction with SXSW.

 

Student Startup Madness, along with its sponsors and host universities, believes in American entrepreneurship and on-campus startups—and wants to help young student entrepreneurs succeed and become a part of the SXSW experience.

 

For more on Student Startup Madness, visit the website (http://studentstartupmadness.com) and follow SSM on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StudentStartupMadness.

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Battle for the Buy, June 12th, 2014

Date: Thursday June 12th, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM Registration & Hors d'oeuvres | 7:00 PM Program
Price: $42 member, $72 non-member

Location: SAP, Palo Alto

3410 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304

 

Speakers:
Ratnakar Lavu, SVP Digital Strategy, Kohl’s
Brian Walker, SVP Strategy, Hybris
Moderator: Avery Lyford, Chairman, Qubell
Additional Speakers, pending

 

There is a gold rush in retail as companies learn how to use technology to drive the top line. Technology is providing new insights into customer needs, giving customers more information to make informed purchases, and enabling the ability to shop anywhere. Technologies that are changing the retail playing field include mobile, social, big data, and internet of things. Already 70% of the people with smartphones used them while shopping in the last year. According to Juniper Research, by 2017 global mobile commerce transactions will exceed US$3.2T, up from US$1.5T in 2013. The big retailers are working hard to use their assets, such as physical stores and customer relationships, in this new world. VCs are heavily funding startups that promise to win in this contest. Who will be the winners? How can you apply their insights about using technology to understand customers and drive sales? Join this group of thought leaders to learn from the front lines of the battle for the buy.

 

For more information and to register, please click here

 

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Business Transformation Insights & Strategies, Tuesday June 3rd

Date: Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

Time: 6:00 PM Registration | 6:30 PM Dinner | 7:30 PM Program
Location: Rosewood Sand Hill

2825 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Price: $73 member, $93 non-member

 

Speakers:
Bob Carrigan, CEO, Dun & Bradstreet
Geoffrey Moore, Author, Speaker, Advisor

 

Join this candid conversation about business transformation on a global scale with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) President, CEO and Director Bob Carrigan and legendary business advisor and author Geoffrey Moore.

Carrigan took the reins of D&B in October 2013, and is leading a transformation to modernize D&B’s legacy brand to a modern, customer-focused organization and begin an exciting new chapter in D&B’s 173-year history. Carrigan was previously CEO of IDG Communications, Inc., where under his leadership, the company transformed from a print publisher to a leading digital media company and the worldwide leader in the technology event and media space.

One of the most respected business advisors and authors in the world, Moore’s life’s work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, remains the bible for bringing cutting-edge products to progressively larger markets. His most recent work, Escape Velocity, addresses the challenge large enterprises face when they seek to add a new line of business to their established portfolio. It has been the basis of much of his recent consulting.

The experience of hearing and interacting with Carrigan and Moore is sure to leave you with new insights and perspectives on transformation and a whole lot more.

 

For more information and to register, please click here.

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DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar, Wednesdays Spring Quarter

When: Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the fall, winter and spring quarters.

Location: NVIDIA Auditorium in the Huang Engineering Center at Stanford University

The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar is a weekly lecture series on entrepreneurship featuring entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders. The series is free and open to the public.

Spring Quarter Dates: 4/9/14, 4/16/14, 4/23/14, 4/30/14, 5/7/14, 5/14/14, 5/21/14, 5/28/14

For more information and to register, please click here.

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16th Annual Top Ten Tech Trends, May 29th, 2014

When? Thursday May 29th, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM Registration | 6:00 PM Dinner | 7:00 PM Program
Location: Santa Clara Marriott Hotel

   2700 Mission College Blvd.
   Santa Clara, CA 95054

Price: $89 member, $109 non-member

 

What new trends will emerge in the next several years? Find out at one of the Churchill Club’s most anticipated events of the year: the 16th Annual Top 10 Tech Trends debate. Be sure to get your seat as we welcome some of the techno-industries’ leading, and most opinionated, luminaries as they evaluate predictions for the years ahead. Our distinguished panel will rate and debate the trends. And our usual live audience of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest—all with opinions of your own—will be asked to agree or disagree.

 

This event is presented in collaboration with Forbes!
 

Click here for more information and to see the list of revealed pundits!

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Two Legends in Conversation: Reid Hoffman & Joichi Ito, May 19th, 2014

When: Monday May 19th, 2014

Time: 5:15 PM Registration | 5:15 PM Buffet | 6:30 PM Program
Location: Citrix Conference Center

   4980 Great America Parkway
    Santa Clara, CA 95054

Price: $54 member, $174 non-member

 

Speakers:
Reid Hoffman, Partner, Greylock; Executive Chairman and Co-founder, LinkedIn
Joichi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab

 

 

MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito is a leading thinker and writer on innovation, global technology policy, and the role of the Internet in transforming society. He is board chair of Creative Commons, and sits on the boards of the Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS, Global Voices, Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, MacArthur Foundation, Knight Foundation, and Digital Garage, an Internet company he co-founded in Japan. Ito was an early investor in more than 40 companies, including Flickr, Six Apart, Last.fm, Kongregate, Kickstarter, and Twitter. He has been honored as one of TIME magazine’s “Cyber-Elite” (1997, at age 31); the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” (2001); and BusinessWeek’s “25 Most Influential People on the Web” (2008). Oxford Internet Institute recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

As entrepreneur, executive and angel investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. He is a partner at Greylock Partners and co-founder and executive chairman at LinkedIn. He's on the boards of Zynga, Mozilla Corp., Shopkick, Wrapp, Edmodo, Kiva.org, and an observer at Airbnb. He is also an angel investor in Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, Ning, Six Apart and Zynga. Hoffman earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Bachelor’s degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction. In 2010 Hoffman was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute.

Here is a rare opportunity to meet and hear from two legendary internet visionaries and entrepreneurs of our time. Their candid conversation will range from entrepreneurism and innovation to the future of technology and more.
 

 For more information and to register, please click here.

 

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BayBio Presents: 2014 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference, May 18-22, 2014

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When? May 18-22, 2014

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Where? Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
              1380 Harbor Island Dr.
              San Diego, CA 92101

One Conference—Four Conference Workstreams:

  • Biomanufacturing
  • Biomarker and PK/PD
  • Research and Discovery
  • Immunogenicity and Administration Routes

The integrated program will examine both theory and application from multiple perspectives including discovery, development, engineering, and regulatory aspects.

For full program details, please click here.

For more information and to register, please click here!

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SVForum: Crowdfunding of Startups, May 8th, 2014

What? SVForum Quarterly Venture Breakfast: Crowdfunding of Startups

When? Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Time: 8:00am-10:00am

Location: Pillsbury, 2550 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA

Agenda:
8:00am - 8:30am     Registration and Breakfast
8:30am - 8:45am     Introductions
8:45am - 9:00am     Overview
9:00am - 9:45am     Panel Discussion

Cost:

SVForum Members: $25.00
General Public: $59.00
Walk ins: Additional $10

The burgeoning popularity of crowdfunding over the past few years has led to the emergence of several distinct options for entrepreneurs: donation/rewards, lending, and equity based crowdfunding. With very different terms and requirements, it’s important to understand the nuances involved with each type of crowdfunding so that entrepreneurs may choose the path most relevant to his/her goals and needs. 
Join SVForum’s panel of crowding experts and learn about:

  • Pros and cons of crowdfunding vs. other forms of funding (including VC, professional angels and bank loans).
  • Overview of crowdfuding options – type of products, funding size, etc., - and the cons of each option
  • What type of startups (technology/space, stage of company or funding, target customers, business models, etc.) are suited for different type of crowdfunding?
  • The JOBS Act and its effect on different types of crowdfunding

And much more. 

For more information and to register, click here

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Reinventing the Future of Work, April 22nd, 2014

When? Tuesday April 22nd

Time: 5:30 PM Registration | 6:00 PM Buffet | 7:00 PM Program
Location: Computer History Museum

1401 N. Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

Price: $45 member, $65 non-member

 

Speaker:
Neil Jacobstein, Co-chair, AI & Robotics, Singularity University; Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow

How will exponential technologies such as AI and robotics transform the landscape of work? What are the prospects for human augmentation? What will be the new high-skilled jobs, and how will companies fill them? Will automation lead to unprecedented unemployment or an increased quality of life? How will we redefine work and play in the future? This fascinating keynote will provide multiple perspectives to illuminate the nature and complexity of the changes ahead. Following his talk, Neil will answer questions, and moderate an open and ongoing dialog on this critically important topic.

This might be the most enlightening, engaging, and provocative event you’ll attend this year!

 

For more information and to register, please click here.

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Microsoft Research TechFair 2014, April 17th, 2014

When? Thursday April 17, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Microsoft Silicon Valley,

   1065 La Avenida Street, Building 1,

   Mountain View, CA

 

Check out the Microsoft Research Open House for an inside look at the future trends and technology cooking in Microsoft Research’s global labs. You will see a sampling of some of the creative work being done by Microsoft Research's scientists who push the boundaries of computer science daily and are paving new paths for the future of technology. From extending the boundaries of computing beyond the screen, to helping make sense of large scale data sets for scientific discoveries, the development of new ideas and technologies is deeply woven into our DNA.

 

For more information and to register, please click here!

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Engineering Great Products & Customer Experience: Trends & Strategies 2014, April 16th, 2014

What? An Open Forum.

When? Wednesday April 16th, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM Registration | 6:00 PM Buffet | 7:00 PM Program
Location: Santa Clara Marriott Hotel

                2700 Mission College Blvd.
                Santa Clara, CA 95054

 

Speakers:
Steve Johnson, VP, User Experience, LinkedIn
Frederik Pferdt, Head of Innovation & Creativity Programs, Google
Larry Tesler, Chief Experience Officer, MINE, Inc.
Charles Warren, SVP Product Design, salesforce.com
Moderator: Dr. Jim Walsh, CTO, GlobalLogic
 

Disruptive new software and hardware products are proliferating--from wearable gadgets to myriad mobile and connected devices--and the cycles to produce them are shrinking. Powerful new trends such as mobile, cloud, social, analytics, sensors, have leveled the playing field, and are beginning to converge in exciting ways that few could foretell even 5-10 years ago. As these converging trends unfold, there is a growing design and engineering mindset that begins with customer experience—and how it can be used strategically to design greater products, services and customer interactions. Companies are looking at making products beginning with the customer in mind. This Churchill program presents innovative and accomplished product design and engineering leaders. What are the benefits and challenges they see in this approach? What are the lessons learned, and the most promising opportunities for innovation? Our panel is led in conversation by the CTO of a respected global product development services company.

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