📅 RSVP for DevFest LA 2018

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A tech conference carefully crafted for you by your GDG community! All about Android, Web, and Cloud from the world experts!

Join us for one day of talks, codelabs, and breakout sessions from the GDGLA team, Googlers, and major companies using Google Technologies.

We will be serving morning refreshments and lunch. More importantly we will be giving away over hundreds of dollars worth of prizes throughout the day! All attendees will have a chance to win Gift Cards, Google Home devices, Google Daydream Headsets, and much more.

Come learn about Android, Firebase, Machine Learning, Artificial Reality, Virtual Reality, and more

Sun, December 2, 2018 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PST
at Cross Campus, 800 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017

📅 RSVP for Homebrew Website Club (vHWC) on November 14, 2018

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Virtual HWC for site builders who either can’t make a regular in-person meeting or don’t yet have critical mass to host one in their area. Everyone of all levels is welcome to participate remotely! Hosted on Google Hangouts. Virtual on Pacific Time. We will be using Google Hangouts; a link to the hangout will be posted here closer to the date.
  • 18:30–19:30 PST (2:30–3:30 UTC, 21:30–22:30 EST): Quiet Writing hours: Ask for help, write code, or just talk.
  • 19:30–21:00 PST (3:30–5:00 UTC, 22:30–00:00 EST): Demos, followed by talking through recent IndieWeb news.

📅 RSVP An Introduction to Microformats: November 7, 2018

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I'll be giving a talk about microformats at the SDPHP meetup group. Learn about microformats(.org), a simple way to markup structural information in your HTML. I will walk through how to publish microformats, how they are parsed, and some compelling use-cases for both publishers and consumers. For more information and RSVP, visit the meetup.com event page.
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I wish I could attend this talk by gRegor this week. If you’re a web developer or designer in the San Diego area, I highly recommend you attend as there aren’t many people who could speak on this important topic as well as he can.

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If you missed it, here are slides with links and resources for my IndieWeb and WordPress presentation at WordCamp Riverside 2018. Video coming soon. Thanks to everyone who came and participated. I’m happy to answer any additional questions.

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📅 RSVP to DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018

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DTLA Mini Maker Faire is back for the third time! Los Angeles is again joining a global network of Maker Faires to celebrate invention, creativity, craftsmanship, science, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Do-It-Together (DIT) culture with more diverse representations of all of the kinds of making in Los Angeles and beyond!

Proudly hosted by the Los Angeles Public Library, the DTLA Mini Maker Faire will take place at the gorgeous and historic Central Library in downtown Los Angeles (otherwise known as DTLA).

Questions? Want to talk to an organizer? Interested in becoming a sponsor? Visit our Contact page.

FAQs

Attendance is Free! Why sign up for a ticket?

Due to the limited space at the Central Library, participants are strongly recommended to register for a ticket. In addition, signing up for a ticket will help us better plan our exhibits and interactive displays so that we will have enough materials for everyone to take part and enjoy.

And there's more! All registered attendees will receive a DTLA Maker Faire sticker at check-in that will be accepted as a discount voucher at various nearby eateries. A complete list of participating stores will be provided at check-in. Also, all registered participants will be automatically entered to win a really cool prize tote at check-in. Winner will be notified via email.

Do I need to bring my ticket with me?

Yes, please bring your printed ticket or have your confirmation QR code ready on your smart device for faster check-in at the event entry.

When will DTLA Mini Maker Faire be open to the public?

It will be on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST

More information at dtla.makerfaire.com.

Where can I park?

You may park in the commercial parking garage located at 524 South Flower Street.

Please enter and exit the Westlawn parking garage from Flower Street entrance; it's the first driveway, with a ramp going down. With the anticipated traffic congestion and several street closures and detours due to the construction work in the vicinity, please plan your travel time and route accordingly and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

When entering the garage after 9:30 a.m. and exiting by 5:30 p.m., parking is $1.00 flat rate with LAPL library card validation. To obtain a validation, you must show your Los Angeles Public Library library card at the Information Desk on the first floor. If you do not have a LAPL library card, you may apply for one on the day of the event. It's free to get a library card.

Where is the handicap parking located?

The Central Library is fully accessible to the disabled throughout the building. Flower and Fifth Street entrances have ramps.

There are two options for handicapped parking:

  1. There are two handicapped parking spaces with no meters or charge located on the south side of Fifth Street close to the Fifth Street entrance to the building for vehicles with a disabled placard.
  2. The Westlawn commercial parking lot at 524 S. Flower Street has the disabled parking symbol on its sign. The spaces are available immediately to the right as you enter the garage.

Is public transportation available?

The Metro Blue Line and Metro Red Line both have stops near Central Library. Most buses which come downtown stop near the Central Library. Check the MTA website for rates, routes, and schedules. Please note that due to the ongoing Metro Regional Connector Transit Project, Metro Rail and Bus service may be impacted.

For real-time rail and bus service information, please click here or call 323.GO.METRO

Will you have bike parking?

Yes, the Central Library has 12 U-bike racks in front of the 5th Street entrance, 4 U-bike racks on Hope Street near the library's Hope Street entrance, and there is a single-sided grid bike rack by the staircase next to the Library's Flower Street entrance.

Can I volunteer at the Mini Maker Faire?

Yes! Please contact the Volunteer Engagement Office at volunteer@lapl.orgor call (213) 228-7490.

What if it rains?

The show will go on! Only a portion of the exhibits will be outdoor. Bring rain gear to keep you dry when walking outdoors. We will have many indoor exhibits to keep the family dry.

What can I expect?

To have a fantastic time! You'll be surprised, intrigued, and inspired with every corner that you turn.

DTLA Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

I understand that by registering here, Maker Media may provide me with updates and information about Maker Faires, other events, and products of interest to the maker community. I understand that I may opt out of these communications at any time. Maker Media Privacy Policy

📅 RSVP Raising VC for “Deep Tech” Startups in Southern California | Innovate Pasadena | Friday Coffee Meetup

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Fri, Nov 2, 2018, 8:15 AM at Cross Campus Pasadena Embark Ventures is a pre-seed and seed stage fund focused on “deep tech” - companies with proprietary and highly defensible technology that is a strong competitive barrier. Particularly interested in cyber-security, robotics, advanced manufacturing, materials, and bio/med tech but open to other opportunities that have a highly technical/proprietary core. We invest early (generally first institutional round) with check sizes between $250k and $1M typically. Most of our companies are pre-product, and our goal is to get them to first customer/revenue on our round of financing. Will discuss the Southern California eco-system for “deep tech” startups and bridging the gap between R&D and engineering Peter Lee is the Founding Managing Partner at Embark Ventures, a seed stage venture capital fund based in Los Angeles focused on “deep tech” companies in industries such as robotics, advanced manufacturing, and cybersecurity. Prior to entering venture capital, he was the VP of Product at a venture backed startup in the digital media space. Peter was a manager with McKinsey and also worked as a product manager at Microsoft. Peter earned his BS and MS at MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Giving a short 15 minute talk on some basic IndieWeb ideas, particularly with an eye toward science communication, to a great turnout of students at the Space Apps Challenge 2018 Kickoff event as part of Connect Pasadena.

For those interested, I’m giving a more advanced version of this talk at the upcoming WordCamp Riverside on November 3rd.

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📅 RSVP for Innovate Pasadena Friday Morning Coffee Meetup: From Intrapreneur to Entrepreneur

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Fri, Oct 19, 2018, 8:15 AM at Cross Campus Pasadena

Jeff Keltner began his career at IBM. After 3 uneventful years, he moved to Google to help launch the Google Apps (now GSuite) business. After running the Education team for 4 years and growing the business to 70% market share, he transitioned to help launch the Chromebook product line and drove the go-to-market strategy.

But 6 years and 2 major launches were at Google was enough. Following this 6-year stint helping launch new businesses at Google, he joined other Xooglers to help launch Upstart the first lending platform to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to price credit and automate the borrowing process. He is now leading Powered by Upstart, Upstart’s new white label offering for banks.

The transition from employee to intrapreneur to entrepreneur may seem daunting - but it’s easier than you think. Come hear about Jeff’s story and the lessons you can take away from his experiences.

Jeff joined Upstart after spending 6 years at Google. He launched and built the Google Apps for Education business, growing market share from zero to almost 70% in its first four years. Jeff spearheaded marketing efforts for Google Apps in Global 2000 accounts and led sales, business development, and go-to-market strategy for the launch of Chrome devices in the education and enterprise sectors. He spent several years in direct sales at IBM, always exceeding quota, and was a founding engineer and led UI developer at SSB Technologies. Jeff holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford University.

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Sheri Bonner, Sally De Witt, and event co-chairs Stephanie Dencik and Stephanie McLemore

Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley hosted its annual Fall Benefit at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena on Saturday.

Hundreds of donors, advocates, and community and business leaders turned out for the event, which marks the organization’s 85th anniversary serving 24 communities. Stephanie Dencik and Stephanie McLemore served as the event’s co-chairs; Sheri Bonner is the local organization’s CEO.

Emcee Cristela Alonso shared her stories of finding care as a Latina and local high school students Amanda Estevez and Nick Sanchez brought the audience to their feet with their transformative experiences as Peer Advocates, serving as resources for sexual and reproductive health information in their schools and communities.

Other speakers included Dave Quast, PP Advocates board member and long-time advocate, and Dr. Leah Torres, a Utah-based OB/GYN whose health advocacy had helped bridge divides across conservative and progressive communities, states and countries.

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Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 8:15 AM People often dream of moving on from their corporate job to start their own "thing". This often includes the hope that they can do something better for the world then what they are doing for the corporation. We will cover the good, bad and ugh-ly of making the transition from the corporate world to making a difference through social entrepreneurship.
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An IndieWeb talk at WordCamp Riverside in November 2018

I’ve submitted a talk for WordCamp Riverside 2018; it has been accepted.

My talk will help to kick off the day at 10am on Saturday morning in the “John Hughes High” room. The details for the camp and a link to purchase tickets can be found below.

WordCamp Riverside 2018

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hosted at SolarMax, 3080 12th St., Riverside, CA 92507
Tickets are available now

Given that “Looking back to go forward” is the theme of the camp this year, I think I may have chosen the perfect topic. To some extent I’m going to look at how the nascent web has recently continued evolving from where it left off around 2006 before everyone abandoned it to let corporate silo services like Facebook and Twitter become responsible for how we use the web. We’ll talk about how WordPress can be leveraged to do a better job than “traditional” social media with much greater flexibility.

Here’s the outline:

The web is my social network: How I use WordPress to create the social platform I want (and you can too!)

Synopsis: Growing toxicity on Twitter, Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, algorithmic feeds, and a myriad of other problems have opened our eyes to the ever-growing costs of social media. Walled gardens have trapped us with the promise of “free” while addicting us to their products at the cost of our happiness, sense of self, sanity, and privacy. Can we take back our fractured online identities, data, and privacy to regain what we’ve lost?

I’ll talk about how I’ve used IndieWeb philosophies and related technologies in conjunction with WordPress as a replacement for my social presence while still allowing easy interaction with friends, family, and colleagues online. I’ll show how everyone can easily use simple web standards to make WordPress a user-controlled, first-class social platform that works across domains and even other CMSes.

Let’s democratize social media using WordPress and the open web, the last social network you’ll ever need to join.

Intended Audience: The material is introductory in nature and targeted at beginner and intermediate WordPressers, but will provide a crash course on a variety of bleeding edge W3C specs and tools for developers and designers who want to delve into them at a deeper level. Applications for the concepts can be of valuable to bloggers, content creators, businesses, and those who are looking to better own their online content and identities online without allowing corporate interests out-sized influence of their online presence.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

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👓 Here are the Best Events in Pasadena on Saturday! | Pasadena Now

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Events on October 13, 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Black Public Theology and Race In America click for more information » Fuller Seminary’s William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies will host a public symposium on
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📅 RSVP to WordCamp Riverside 2018

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We are excited to announce Riverside’s second WordCamp,  happening at SolarMax Technologies on November 3rd and 4th,  2018. Camp will be from 8am – 5pm on both days.

As we focus on Building Our Local WordPress Community, we invite you to join in! Plan to attend, share the event and bring a friend! Tickets are available now and sessions will be offered for every level, from total beginner to advanced developer.

This is your chance to talk, share and learn from other Southern California bloggers, designers, developers,  and business owners. Our sponsors will be there to provide insight on their products, giving you the leading edge, as well.

Feel free to contact the organizers if you have any questions and make sure to subscribe to updates to stay in the loop.

I have to go now… I’m going to be giving a talk at the Camp! Can anyone guess the topic?

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RSVP for The Future of Healthcare: Digital Health Becomes Personal | Innovate Pasadena | Meetup

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Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 8:15 AM at Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA

While AI, VR, and AR are now revolutionizing healthcare from the operating room to medical education, most of this technology’s influence on the sector is not yet consumer facing. Wellness and activity apps abound, but true personalized health is not yet a reality. Stayhealthy CEO, John Collins, has been at the forefront of healthcare tech since 1998.

Today, Stayhealthy has partnered with Augmently, a leading creative tech agency, to leverage AR as a way to personalize healthcare by targeting the greatest health challenge of our time—excess body fat. Obesity is now the number one cause in the U.S. of cancer (in women), number two cause of cancer in men as well as for type 2 diabetes. If nothing is done to address this problem—and now with 70% of Americans considered overweight with excess fat—it has the potential of bankrupting the US economy. Educating and engaging consumers through patented biometrics technology with patented AR holds the promise of transforming the healthcare landscape by empowering individuals to make a difference in attaining wellness.

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