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  • published L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline in Programs 2019-07-03 10:30:28 -0700

    Talent is equally distributed. Opportunity is not.

    Our team is committed to creating an inclusive and prosperous tech community. We're working with Los Angeles' top tech and media employers to create pathways to tech jobs for L.A.'s diverse talent pipeline.
    Our initiatives include:

    Summer Internship Program
    Bixel.jpgOur internship program connects underrepresented young Angelenos to stable and lucrative careers in the rapidly growing L.A. tech industry. Learn more.

    Snap Design Academy
    Snap.jpgIn partnership with Snap Inc., the Snap Design Academy is a hands-on, six-week academy for 20 students for Los Angeles area community colleges. Learn more.

    Nike x Design
    Nike.jpgThirteen youth from L.A. area community colleges had the opportunity to learn about design and business at Nike in Portland during this six-month apprenticeship program. Learn more.


    2018 Snap Design Academy
    "Snap Design Academy is a program like no other, and I think it sets a whole new precedence for what big companies can and could be doing to help students."



    #GivingTuesday with TOMS
    "Programs like this are important because they give you the experience you need ... so that we actually are ready to go to these professional networking events."



    Hulu Design Challenge
    "All the participants we interviewed, all of their life hacks and how they adapted to technology in their own little way, that was really inspiring and eye opening to me."


    Our challenge.

    Through research with partners like LinkedIn and Deloitte, Bixel Exchange is addressing a glaring tech skills gap in L.A., and changing the conversation around underrepresented youth in tech nationally. Read our work below.


    2019 Industry Validated Competency Models and Assessment Plans


    Bridging the Los Angeles Tech Talent Gap


    Building L.A.'s Tech Talent Pipeline


    Opening Doors to the Tech Industry: The LA HI-TECH/Snap Inc. Case Study


    2018 Back to School Impact Report

    Making an impact.

    We can address these challenges with thoughtful planning and strategic collaboration. Bixel Exchange is bringing industry leaders and educational institutions together to equip young people with the necessary skills to pursue a successful career in our local tech industry. See our full 2018 impact.



    students engaged with tech companies through work-based learning






    Foster Youth





    Our partners include:



    Tech Companies


    Community Colleges


    High Schools


    Community-Based Organizations

  • published tech_update_18_08_22 in Bixel Exchange Tech Update 2018-08-22 15:51:23 -0700

    Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Aug. 22, 2018

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    Bixel Exchange hosts workshop with TechniGal LA
    On Aug. 13, Bixel Exchange partnered with TechniGal LA to host a technical interview and salary negotiation workshop at the L.A. Area Chamber. TechniGal LA is a group that advocates for female inclusion in the IT and software development industries and provides numerous training and professional development opportunities. Students were able to participate in numerous mock interview scenarios, given tips on how to effectively convey their skills in a technical interview, and shown how to negotiate for a fair salary in a professional manner. See the photos.




    Bixel Exchange partners with Headspace for employer lunch-and-learn
    On Monday, Bixel Exchange partnered with Headspace to host a web development lunch-and-learn at their campus in Santa Monica. The event featured an employer panel, and was followed by a Q&A with students in our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline program. After the panel, there was a networking session in which students had the opportunity to meet the larger Headspace staff.

    Our team also had the opportunity to check in on two of our students currently interning with Headspace on the Android development and business development teams.



    Until we sync again,

    Bixel Exchange


    Upcoming Events

    Make It Official: Get Your Business Licensed
    Aug. 28 | Noon - 2 p.m.

    In this class, government officials will give new business owners and entrepreneurs important, practical information on how to “make it official” by obtaining business licenses and complying with local tax requirements. This class is part of L.A. Law Library’s Business Series, and will feature representatives from the City of Los Angeles Office of Finance, Los Angeles County Department of Business & Consumer Affairs, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and Internal Revenue Service.

      The Future of Electric Mobility with Henrik Fisker
    Aug. 29 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Join the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) for a presentation by globally renowned automotive designer and technology visionary, Henrik Fisker. Fisker will share his background, challenges and successes as an entrepreneur, and current work on electric vehicles. His talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and networking.

    Women in Cleantech: Redefining Failure
    Aug. 29 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.

    Join LACI's Women in Cleantech as they delve into the topic of failure -- an inevitable part of life that's often a necessary detour to success. This workshop will explore how to use your strengths to deal with missteps and find solutions that work for everyone.

      4YFN Americas at Mobile World Congress Americas
    Sept. 12-14

    Discover the 4YFN Startup Event at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles this September, showcasing more than 150 of the latest tech startup innovations. Featuring startup pitches, competitions, curated content and dedicated networking sessions, the event is tailor-made to connect the international startup community, investors, the entertainment industry and corporations.


    Bixel Exchange is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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    350 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

  • published tech_update_18_05_23 in Bixel Exchange Tech Update 2018-05-23 16:29:15 -0700

    Bixel Exchange Tech Update – May 23, 2018

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    Startup LAunch joins Plug In South LA for Urban Tech Connect
    Last Thursday, the Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch team attended Urban Tech Connect, a conference for the next generation of tech entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, create and receive counsel. It was incredible to see our whole tech community alive and together in support of a diverse and inclusive tech gathering! Angel investors, venture firms like Cross Culture, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and our Startup LAunch advisors and startups were in attendance. Rapper Chamillionaire discussed being an angel investor and partnering with leading investor Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures. A HUGE thank you to Plug In South LA for having us! Check out the full lineup here.



    b3_accelerator.jpgBixel Exchange celebrates California Endowment and mitú accelerator graduates
    On May 22, Bixel Exchange celebrated our California Endowment and mitú fellows as they wrapped up their five-week accelerator focused on social justice issues facing the Latinx community. All of the fellows received a certificate of completion from the accelerator program. Many of the fellows are going on to pursue professional degrees and careers in the digital and visual media industries. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and look forward to seeing all the great work they will do!



    b4_aspen2.jpgBixel Exchange attends Aspen Institute convening
    L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Director Lindsey Heisser attended the Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Forum Spring Convening in Seattle, WA, to connect and learn from other opportunity youth practitioners across the U.S. The week included work site visits around Seattle; keynote speakers encouraging communities of ‘belonging’; open conversations with all parties involved, including the youth; what and how to use data to drive impact; and breakout sessions that highlighted career pathways work, including best practices and visualizations. All great conversations and work that we are excited to implement in our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline program!



    Until we sync again,

    Bixel Exchange


    Upcoming Events

    May 24 | 1-5 p.m.

    Come hear how Los Angeles’ tech sector is helping L.A. County improve outcomes for foster youth and families in L.A.! Join the conversation about what we as a community can do to ensure foster families and caregivers help children heal, develop and thrive!

      Find a Developer: Startups Pitch for Engineers
    May 30 | 6-9 p.m.

    One of the biggest hurdles for a startup is finding a chief technical officer or a developer team to build the product. Bixel Exchange, Made in South LA and Code District are teaming up to connect you with top talent and other resources that will help you get your project launched. At this pitch event, each startup will have five minutes to pitch their company to a room full of engineers with diverse skill levels, with the opportunity to hire an engineer! Startups at any stage can participate.

    Startup LAunch May Coworking Day
    May 31 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Join the Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch Program for a coworking day on May 31 at the L.A. Area Chamber. Our monthly coworking day encourages startup founders to share knowledge, resources and support. Sign up and receive advice from two advisors focused on MVP/product and Director Kat Yalung. Anyone interested in our program is invited to attend!

      BIZCON SoCal
    June 20 | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Join us for a full-day conference focused on growing and celebrating business -- from the information, insights and resources that guide us, to the stories and people that inspire us. This event brings together entrepreneurs, professionals and thought leaders from companies large and small, across the Southern California region, for a business development conference and networking event hosted by the L.A. Area Chamber and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Los Angeles Office.


    Bixel Exchange is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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    350 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

  • published tech_update_18_05_09 in Bixel Exchange Tech Update 2018-05-09 17:21:38 -0700

    Bixel Exchange Tech Update – May 9, 2018

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    Bixel Exchange previews 2018 IT Sector Strategy Report
    Last Wednesday, the Chamber's Bixel Exchange convened tech leaders and executives from more than 30 organizations including Boingo Wireless, Headspace and the City of Los Angeles to take a sneak peek at their 2018 IT Sector Strategy Report. A follow-up to last year's report, which analyzed L.A.'s information technology (IT) industry, the 2018 IT Sector Strategy Report features recommendations on how to best bridge L.A.'s IT skills gap using data and research from LinkedIn and Deloitte. Attendees also learned about the 2018 L.A. Tech Talent Challenge, the sequel to last summer's internship program which placed 100 low-income youth in paid tech internships. Bixel Exchange is on track to double that amount with 200 students placed this year.





    L.A. Area Chamber receives award for innovation in education
    The Chamber Foundation was recently the recipient of a $50,000 award from NBC4 Southern California, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles and the NBCUniversal Foundation as part of its first annual Project Innovation grant challenge, which awarded $225,000 total to six local nonprofit organizations. The funding will support work-based learning programs for high school and community college youth throughout L.A. county and hands-on learning experiences in STEM-education for students in underserved communities. Strong business partnerships with an emphasis on health care and biotech industries, and involvement of the Chamber's Bixel Exchange, inspire and educate students. Watch the video.




    b3.jpgStartup LAunch co-working day features fireside chat AMA with Venture Capitalist Austin Clements of TenOneTen Ventures
    On April 26, Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch program held its monthly co-working day for startups at the Chamber. The event featured a fireside chat between Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung and Venture Capitalist Austin Clements of TenOneTen Ventures. They discussed the importance of perfecting your pitch to secure funding, and what venture capitalists are looking for in a startup. Startup LAunch's co-working day is an opportunity for entrepreneurs in the program to learn, share ideas and network with their peers.






    Gust LAUNCH takes founders further!
    Gust LAUNCH makes incorporation easy and sets up founders for investment and growth with powerful tools, honest advice and true compassion. Find out how they can help with: incorporation, company setup, stock and cap table, legal agreements, founder community and dedicated support. Learn more.





    Are you looking for a web developer, mobile developer or software engineer for your project or startup?
    One of the biggest hurdles for a startup is finding a chief technical officer or a developer team to build the product. Bixel Exchange, Made in South LA and Code District are teaming up to connect you with top talent and other resources that will help you get your project launched. At this pitch event, each startup will have five minutes to pitch their company to a room full of engineers with diverse skill levels, with the opportunity to hire an engineer! Startups at any stage can participate. Learn more.



    A Day in the Life of Bixel Exchange…Snapshots:

    b6_a_pcc.jpgApril 26
    Bixel Exchange joins Pasadena City College for a Lunch & Learn with Waze at Google’s campus.




    b6_b_boingo.jpgApril 27
    L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline students learn how to nail their technical interview during a Lunch & Learn at Boingo.




    b6_c_SmallBiz.jpgMay 2
    The Startup LAunch team reps Bixel Exchange at L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's Small Business Summit, part of the Small Business Administration’s annual Small Business Week!



    b6_d_hireahusky.jpgMay 3
    Bixel Exchange participates at East L.A. College’s Hire A Husky Job Fair, finding students interested in #techLA.




    b6_e_DTEC.jpgMay 4
    Bixel Exchange talks all things mentorship and internship with 800+ high school and community college students at LA HI-TECH’s Digital Tech & Entrepreneur Career Expo.



    b6_f_usow.jpgMay 5
    The United State of Women Summit features women-led Bixel startups like Avisare and Wyzerr!




    Until we sync again,

    Bixel Exchange


    Upcoming Events

    Should I Be Exporting? Increase Your Revenue by Tapping Foreign Markets
    May 15 | Noon – 2 p.m.

    Exporting can be a great untapped source of revenue for Los Angeles area businesses. At this L.A. Law Library Business Series event, learn about the resources available to beginning exporters, and the nuts and bolts of starting your own export business.

      Urban Tech Connect
    May 17 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Get actionable advice from Airbnb, Avisare, Autochrome, Bonfire VC and more! Plug In South LA is calling on all business-minded professionals, founders, students and stakeholders in South Los Angeles to join the Urban Tech Connect conference. You’ll learn tactics to achieve product growth; hear from Avisare’s Sky Kelley on overcoming challenges familiar to women, African-American and Latinx founders; and have the opportunity to receive support and mentoring from VC leaders. Use discount code Bixel15 for 50 percent off.

    Global Accessibility Awareness Day
    May 17 | 6-9 p.m.

    While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Join the seventh Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 17. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access and inclusion and people with different disabilities.

    May 24 | 1-5 p.m.

    Come hear how Los Angeles’ tech sector is helping L.A. County improve outcomes for foster youth and families in L.A.! Join the conversation about what we as a community can do to ensure foster families and caregivers help children heal, develop and thrive! Space is limited; apply by May 21.


    Bixel Exchange is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    Bixel Exchange
    350 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

  • published Internship FAQ in L.A. Tech Talent Challenge 2018-01-29 20:40:07 -0800

    L.A. Tech Talent Challenge

    Frequently Asked Questions By Employers

    Why are you focused on tech jobs this year?
    As part of an effort to train local talent to keep L.A.'s tech economy thriving, Mayor Garrett recently launched the Special Committee on Tech Talent and Training as part of the Mayor's Tech Council. The Committee is made up of local technology industry leaders, including companies such as Snap Inc., Cornerstone OnDemand, Upfront Ventures, Honest Company and Dollar Shave Club.

    Mayor Garrett asked Sean Arian, our co-founder and president, to chair the Committee, and for the Bixel Exchange to support the placement of 100 interns this summer.

    What is Bixel Exchange?
    Bixel Exchange is hosted at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. We work with the tech community to develop career pathways to tech jobs for low-income and diverse students in Los Angeles. Our goal is to introduce 10,000 low income Angelenos to the technology industry in the next year.

    What is the Mayor's Office's Hire LA's Youth program?
    Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new goal to hire 20,000 young people for year-round employment by 2020, more than quadrupling the number of youth jobs coordinated by City Hall when he entered office. A summer job is key in helping young people ages 14 to 24 learn about the workplace, find a mentor and enter a path to meaningful and lifelong employment. HIRE LA's Youth is an investment that pays off in lives today and holds the promise of a brighter future for our city and the entire region. Learn more.

    Where do these students come from? How do they get to Bixel Exchange?
    Our students come largely from L.A. area community colleges and are studying one of three pathways: IT, Software Development or Design/Media/Visual Arts (graphic design, digital media, content creation). Most of our students come recommended by their professors.

    We've never worked with this student population before. How good is this talent pipeline?
    This is an untapped and diverse talent pipeline. In summer 2017, we placed 100 community college students in paid tech internships. Thirty percent of the candidates have secured part- and full-time positions as a result of their internship. Read more.

    What kind of experience will these students have before I meet them?
    Students are coming to us from some of our partner schools that are focused on developing educational pathways that expose students to classes in digital media, design, information technology and software development. Bixel Exchange has worked with these teachers and faculty to connect technology professionals to help students make connections between what they're learning in the classroom and its direct application in industry.

    Students gain additional preparation through mock interviews. The mock interview process allows our team to prepare students for upcoming interviews but also helps us identify which students are ready to participate in an internship experience.

    Do I get to interview interns before making a hiring decision?
    Yes. We are just pre-screening candidates for you. You will do the final interview and decide who to hire.

    How many interns can my company hire?
    As many as you'd like. Just make sure each intern has a project they can work on and complete over the course of their internship.

    Can we get a subsidy to pay for our intern?
    Yes. For those companies who can't internally fund interns for the summer, the Mayor's Office has made a small pot of funding available to subsidize interns. The subsidy will cover a five week internship at 20 hours per week. We request that companies who take a subsidy continue to provide an internship for an additional 5-7 weeks at a rate of $12/hr.(appx. $1200-$1600/student)

    If you choose to move forward with subsidies for your interns, they must meet the L.A. City requirements: age, location, and income level. Bixel Exchange verifies this upfront; however, once a student candidate is selected, we pass their information along to a YouthSource Center, who meets with the students, requests official documents to confirm the reported requirements are true and ensures the student receive their payment from the City. Once the student is confirmed as eligible for the internship, your company will need to complete a Worksite Agreement and an employer training. These documents are to ensure you agree to hosting the student intern, providing sufficient work throughout the internship and provide a safe environment for them to work in.

    Please note, funding for these internships is dependent upon the City and County Workforce Funds which are subject to change, given governmental funding constraints. Also, these internships require a 3-4 week intern processing period, a work-site location for visitation, and a signed work-site agreement to be allocated by a designated YouthSource Center. Lastly, these internships will start in July 2018.

    My company doesn't have an official internship program and I'm having trouble with HR. Can you help?
    If you are unable to act as the employer of record for the interns, we can play that role and have the processing of paperwork go through the L.A. Area Chamber.

    What activities or projects do students typically participate in during their internships?
    We want students to have a good experience and be an asset to your team. Your company can choose what project your intern will work on based upon work load and need. We'd like for this to be a great learning experience for our students so we'd recommend outlining a project prior to their placement that aligns with the department they will be interning for.

    Can I keep my intern if I like them?
    Yes! Thirty percent of our 2017 summer interns have transitioned into part-time and full-time employment following their internship.

    How many hours are interns expected to complete during their internship?
    Most students are available to start as soon as school ends June 19; however, typically students will start their internship early July and are expected to complete a minimum of 100 hours over a 5 week period.

    We also have some students that will fulfill a two to three month internship. The first 100 hours will be subsidized by the City and the remaining hours will be paid for by the company.

    OK, I'm in. How do I get started?
    Welcome! The first step is to fill out this very simple survey asking a few questions about your needs. Click here to begin.


    Contact Lindsey Heisser, Director, L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline, at lheisser@lachamber.com for more information.

  • published 2017 IT Sector Report in L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline 2017-11-13 16:52:34 -0800

  • published tech_update_17_07_12 in Bixel Exchange Tech Update 2017-07-12 19:23:31 -0700

    Bixel Exchange Tech Update - July 12, 2017

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    b1_survey.jpgAre you a HR manager or recruiter for a tech company?
    Bixel Exchange is preparing a report and analysis of the L.A. tech industry in order to develop tailored services that support the continued growth of our ecosystem, and we want to hear from you about hiring trends and the skill sets required at your company!

    Participate in our employer survey by Friday, July 21, for the chance to win a $100 Delta Airlines voucher. Take the survey.

    b2_mitu.jpgmitú partners with Bixel Exchange, Mayor Garcetti and Annenberg Foundation to drive diversity in digital media
    mitú, the leader in creating media and entertainment through a Latino lens, is partnering with Bixel Exchange to provide training and mentorship to multicultural creators in L.A. through mitú's ACCELERATOR program. The initiative is supported by AnnenbergTech and Annenberg Foundation through convenings and funding, in partnership with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's HIRE LA's Youth initiative. Read the full release.

    b2_laopinion.jpgOportunidades de empleo para adolescentes y jóvenes en LA
    Check out this amazing article from La Opinion on the importance of our new L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline initiative with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti! #techLA


    Jumpstart your successful career in business and IT!
    We’re partnering with Year Up Los Angeles to recruit students for their one-year training and internship program starting this August. As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in professional training and networking opportunities, and even secure a corporate internship to jumpstart a successful career in Information Technology and business! We will be hosting two information sessions at the Chamber in July. For more information about Year Up, click here to visit their website. Should you know a young person who is interested in learning more, please reach out to ealonso@lachamber.com.

    b3_CTRL.jpg37% off membership at the beautiful CTRL Collective DTLA!
    CTRL Collective, host of last month’s Startup LAunch Co-working Day featuring Google, believes in and practices equal pay for equal work. This year, for Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, CTRL Collective is offering all new members 37 percent off memberships for three months to help highlight the unfairness of the gender pay gap and its impacts. For more information, please schedule a tour before the offer expires on July 31, 2017!


    Until we sync again,

    Bixel Exchange


    Upcoming Events

    Legal Contracts Workshop by Lawgood (Long Beach)
    July 18 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM

    Protect your hustle by becoming familiar with your contracts! Review the importance of legal contracts and go through a contract template in this introductory workshop designed for freelancers and entrepreneurs.

      Startup Grind Summer Party with Naritiv Founder
    July 18 | 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

    Celebrate summer with music, drinks, dinner and a fireside chat! Hear from Eric Posen, co-founder and chief product officer at Naritiv, who oversees product and operations. Naritiv graduated from Disney Accelerator's inaugural class in fall 2014 and powers content for major brands on Snapchat.


    GRID110 Rooftop Summer Soireé
    July 20 | 7 - 9 p.m.

    Join GRID110 as they celebrate summer in DTLA, and kick off their third year with a rooftop soireé! GRID110 is excited to announce details about their new programming initiatives, partners and more! Sip on cocktails provided by Tito's Handmade Vodka and Health-Ade Kombucha while learning more about what GRID110 is up to and how you can get involved. Special thanks to Nixon Peabody for graciously hosting the event at their 42nd floor outdoor terrace.

      SEO 101: Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization
    July 25 | 11 a.m. - Noon

    From link building to researching relevant keywords for your website, there are so many aspects in the world of SEO. SEO is quite complex, but all it takes is understanding the basics in order to generate more website traffic, ROI and maintain a consistent marketing growth machine for your business. In this webinar led by Solomon Thimothy from Clickx, you’ll learn how to avoid common SEO mistakes and the fundamental strategies to generate success and build a distinguishable online presence.


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