Bixel Exchange Tech Update - May 18, 2017

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Bixel Exchange looks at impacts of immigration reform on tech sector
On May 9, L.A. Community College District Board Trustee Mike Eng joined the Chamber's Innovation & Technology Council and Bixel Exchange to moderate a discussion on immigration and tech between John Nahm of Strong Ventures and Howard Shapiro of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp. The discussion focused on President Trump's recent executive order on H-1B visas and how that will affect the technology and innovation sector. "We're going to see emerging technology companies moving out of America if we don't allow bright talent to come to the U.S.," said Nahm. Learn more about the Chamber’s Innovation & Technology Council.

b2_googletour.jpgL.A. Community College students tour Google campus
Last week, students from L.A. Community College's ICAPs Coding Boot Camp were given a tour of Google’s Venice campus. After being inspired by Google’s collaborative work spaces, unique coffee and tea bars and hanging pods, students participated in a Q&A session with two of Google’s engineers. They provided insights on the day-to-day work experience and innovative projects at Google, and gave students career and interview advice. Following the tour and Q&A session, students expressed that the time spent with the Google team helped alleviate some of their skillset/capabilities insecurities, and that the day was a highlight of their careers!


Are you a tech company looking for a summer intern?
Bixel Exchange, in partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Mayor’s Tech Council, is placing 100 diverse young adult interns at L.A. tech companies as part of the Mayor’s HIRE-LA Youth Summer Program and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s L.A. Talent Challenge. #FundAFuture by hosting at least one intern this summer! Learn more.

Don’t have an internship, but still want to help?
We will have more than 250 students at the L.A. Area Chamber, and need help to interview and recommend students for a variety of internship positions. We’ve created a Doodle link for anyone interested in volunteering as an interviewer to include your contact information and availability. All industry backgrounds are welcome as students will be interviewing for positions in everything from IT to design to digital marketing to operations. Each interview should last 20 minutes and we will provide the interview questions and the rubric.


TEALS + You: Teach high school computer science and keep your day job
Today, most high schools in the U.S. still don’t offer rigorous computer science courses. Join a community of hundreds of engineers volunteering to solve the computer science shortage together! TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools), sponsored by Microsoft Philanthropies, helps high schools build and grow a computer science program by pairing classroom teachers with engineers and industry computer science volunteers. Learn more.

b4_microsoft.pngWebinar: Server 101 - How to know when your business needs a server
Whether your small business already owns a server or not, this 45-minute webcast will give you good working knowledge about how a modern network server can benefit your business. This webinar touches on: protecting your data from a wide variety of disaster scenarios and recovering from a disaster within minutes; virtualization and how to maximize your IT investment; and business opportunities by enabling secure access to key applications and data from anywhere. Register now.

Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Cybersecurity For Your Small Business
May 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Co-hosted with GO-Biz, the United States Secret Service and ScaleLA, this special workshop focuses on best practices on how to protect your small business from cybersecurity threats. Featuring a panel of experts in cybersecurity, small business and technology, the forum will provide actionable steps on how to mitigate risk for your business.

  Business & Tax Fundamentals: Tax Planning For New Businesses
May 23 | Noon - 2 p.m.

All businesses want to minimize their tax burden. Gaining the knowledge to do so can be challenging. In this class, learn fundamental legal and business considerations in your choice of entity for your business. Discover more upcoming L.A. Law Library events by clicking here.


Future Textiles: How To Use Tomorrow's Materials Today
May 31 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

From transparent leather and biosynthetics, to wearable circuits and bionic yarn, it’s a brave new world in textiles. Join MAKE IT IN LA to hear about these cutting edge materials and learn how to use them. Meet fellow manufacturers, brands, and entrepreneurs and share your favorite materials hacks with each other.

  We Hack Too
June 23 - 30

We Hack Too is an eight-day virtual hackathon that includes a free one-day launch event inside select Microsoft stores. The one-day event is a business development and design incubator where high school and college level women collaborate with professional mentors to design products and develop business strategies. In addition, girls ages eight to 13 can attend coding and gaming workshops.


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