Bixel Exchange Tech Update - March 9: Happy 1st birthday, TechHire!

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techhire.png...happy 1st birthday to TechHire!
Today marks the first birthday of TechHire, President Obama’s bold multi-sector initiative to empower Americans with the skills needed to rapidly train workers for a well-paying job, often in just a few months. To celebrate the occasion, the President announced new steps to further fueling the next generation of innovators: 1. expansion of TechHire to 50 U.S. communities (including Riverside, California!), 2. strengthening and extending on-the-job training for international STEM graduates of U.S. universities, 3. launch of the Career Technical Education Makeover Challenge to encourage the creation of more makerspaces in high schools and 4. reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act, emphasizing the Obama administration's ongoing commitment to ensure incentivizing high-quality programs and aligning CTE programs with postsecondary and career opportunities. Read the announcement.

Bixel Exchange is very proud to join in on the President's call to action through our partnership with Los Angeles High Impact Information Technology, Entertainment & Entrepreneurship, and Communications Hubs (LA HI-TECH), as part of our expansive work in creating a talent pipeline for high school and college students in the Los Angeles region, giving them exposure and work-based learning opportunities with real workplace applications.

Is your company interested in getting involved with training tomorrow’s workforce? Visit us here

TEPworkshop.pngHow to make it in Hollywood
Anyone who’s ever tried to “make it” in Hollywood knows it’s an industry like no other. On Feb. 26, a classroom of 32 film production students at Chatsworth High School got a taste of just that when we hooked them up with guest speaker and TV/film director and producer Scott Brown, a director for Hulu talk show web series “Larry King Now”. Brown gave students an insider look at what it’s really like to work in film production, fielded questions about his personal journey to breaking into the industry and dished advice for aspiring movie makers.

Are you interested in getting involved with us? We’re always seeking professionals in the information and communications technology sector eager to give back. Learn more

Disrupting the disruptors with Los Angeles Councilman Bob Blumenfield (speaker added!: Timothy Burr, Lyft)
Councilman Blumenfield will be joined by Timothy Burr, Jr., a senior public policy manager for Lyft, for the Chamber’s FREE March 15 meeting of the Innovation & Technology Council to discuss the new hybrid market model of the shared economy. Nab your seat now and RSVP today

financeworkshop.pngBeyond Bootstrapping 
Last Tuesday’s finance workshop at downtown’s Indie Desk with Bixel adviser and finance expert Mackenzie Chambers, founder ofSquare Root Financial, laid out accounting and finance basics for entrepreneurs, including a walkthrough of key financial statements every entrepreneur needs, as well as how to build a solid financial model and alternative finance options.

Next up, join us April 5 for a trademarks, copyrights and patents workshop primer. Sign up here

Until we sync again,

Upcoming Events

ITC: Disrupting the disruptors
March 15 | 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Join us as we talk with Councilman Bob Blumenfield about the government’s role in building and managing the shared economy during March’s meeting of the L.A. Area Chamber’s Innovation & Technology Council. Blumenfield is chair of the City of Los Angeles’ Innovation, Grants, Technology, Commerce and Trade Committee. RSVP today

  AMP SoCal Innovation Forum - SBIR Phase I Proposal Workshop
March 18 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Learn how to write successful proposals to any of the 11 government agencies that run Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Register now


2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge meetup 
March 24 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This first meetup is for everyone interested in participating in this year's NASA Space Apps Challenge event in April in Pasadena. The event will begin with an introduction to the global NASA Space Apps Challenge and cover all the key info including what, when and where. This year's challenges, and how/where to access NASA data for your solution will also be discussed. Seize the opportunity to connect with other participants, mentors and sponsors. RSVP today

  LA Law Library Business Series: Protecting Your "Intangible" Assets, Part 1: Trademarks, Copyrights & Patents. Co-presented with Bixel Exchange
April 5 | Noon – 2 p.m.

Many successful businesses develop important assets that are “intangible”: trademarks identifying your products in the flow of commerce, copyrights over original expressions, or patents to protect scientific inventions. Learn how to protect such assets and ensure your company’s continued success. RSVP today

Founding Sponsors

Eric Garcetti California SBDC LA Department of Water SBA LA Chamber

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