Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Jan. 25, 2017

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Rufus Labs Named IBM Top 10 in the Nation
Bixel Startup LAunch company Rufus Labs has been named a Top 10 national finalist for IBM’s SmartCamp after an impressive victory in the Los Angeles competition. The 10 semi-finalists will exhibit at the 2017 LAUNCH Festival, San Francisco’s biggest startup conference, in April. Rufus Labs also won one of three spots to pitch on stage in the SmartCamp Global Finals and an interview with internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis on his podcast, “This Week in Startups.” The SmartCamp winner will land a spot in the LAUNCH Incubator, which includes a $25,000 investment.

b2_500startups.pngWomen in Tech at 500 Startups Summit
“Now more than ever, we must unite our diverse superpowers and support a new definition of diversity while encouraging empathy in our larger tech community” – that’s what Bixel Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung had to say after attending 500 Startups’ Unity and Inclusion Summit last Saturday. Yalung moderated a panel of women founders, featuring founder of Carbon38, Katie Johnson, Melissa Hanna, CEO of Mahmee and serial entrepreneur Thuy Truong, now founder of the Salt Cancer Initiative. The summit, just one of many held around the country, brings together entrepreneurs, investors and the tech community to talk about the current state and future of diversity and inclusion—across ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic background and lifestyle—in tech. Looking for more diverse inspiration? Check out Espree Devora’s #womenintech podcast

b3_startupcafe.pngThe Business of Bots
On Jan. 17, Startups in the Sky, in partnership with Bixel Exchange, hosted its third monthly Startup Cafe at Industrious DTLA. This month’s event touched on the future of bots, artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces, and focused on how bots are meant to aid work, not replace jobs. The discussion featured Startup LAunch entrepreneur Todd Terrazas of Brainitch and Audrey Wu of CONVRG. Startup Cafe is downtown L.A.’s newest morning podcast series for the innovation community.

b4_riottour.pngBixel Exchange and Riot Games Partner for a Second Year to Support L.A. Youth
Riot Games is kicking off the year with weekly student tours through the end of March, an initiative facilitated by Bixel Exchange’s Tech Education Partnerships. So far this year, media students from John F. Kennedy High School and Birmingham Community Charter High School in Los Angeles have been given the opportunity to explore Riot Games’ campus. Students got a behind-the-scene look at how the company's world-wide sensation League of Legends is created, and learned about the competitive field of gaming.


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Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

TechFair LA
Jan. 26 | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

This huge job fair, presented by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city's entrepreneur-in-residence Jason Nazar, will showcase more than 200 of L.A.'s premier technology companies looking to hire great candidates in engineering, marketing, sales and more.

  Startup Grind with Ethan Austin
Jan. 26 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Hear from Ethan Austin, co-founder of GiveForward and director at Techstars L.A. GiveForward, the world’s first medical crowdfunding platform, has helped families raise more than $200 million for their loved ones' out-of-pocket medical expenses. Austin will share his entrepreneurial story as a pioneer of the field.


Aging Into the Future
Feb. 16 | 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This conference will bring together tech companies, entrepreneurs and innovators with experts in aging, service providers and older adults, to explore how tech and innovation can ease mobility, enhance social connection, promote health and wellness, and empower caregiving.

  Coding Cognitive: Los Angeles
Feb. 23 | 5 - 7 p.m.

The Ace Hotel, IBM, Tech Hire and Mogul are hosting a series of study groups in four cities to open up the power of IBM Watson technology to all. Participants will learn how easy it is to build a cognitive computing app.

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