Bixel Exchange Tech Update - June 28, 2017

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b1_futureengineers.jpgStartup LAunch company Future Engineers secures $900,000 in funding
A huge congrats to Future Engineers on being one of seven education companies to be awarded a $900,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Department of Education this year! Building on previous experience hosting 3D printing challenges for the ASME Foundation and NASA, the award will help the company expand its platform to host a diverse range of K-12 challenges inspired by industry, media and emerging technologies.

Female founder and CEO, Deanne Bell, is an engineer and television host pioneering Future Engineers as an online hub for national student challenges and curriculum. While Bell is an advisor herself to inventors on CNBC, she is also a perennial believer in mentorship and sought out SBIR grant advisors with the help of our Startup LAunch program. We referred Future Engineers to an SBIR grant-writing expert at Tritech SBDC, which ultimately served as a foundation for success! 

Interested in collaborating with Future Engineers? Connect with them via Twitter, and learn more at

b2_women.jpgBixel Exchange joins TechStyle, Google and the Clinton Foundation in recognizing women leaders
On June 21, Bixel Exchange participated in an event honoring remarkable women in business hosted by TechStyle, Google and the Clinton Foundation in El Segundo. Our team heard from innovative women leaders breaking down barriers and challenging the status quo, advancing the representation of girls and women through their own work and leadership. Speakers included Maura Pally, senior vice president of programs for the Clinton Foundation, who discussed the ways that the Clinton Foundation is cultivating emerging and established leaders of all backgrounds to encourage full participation and strengthen our communities across the country.

b3_survey.jpgAre you a HR manager or recruiter for a tech company?
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 14, for the chance to win a $100 Delta Airlines voucher. Take the survey.

b4_games.jpgJoin the Games for Change Student Challenge!
Games for Change and the Annenberg Foundation invite Los Angeles Unified School District teachers to apply for the Games for Change Student Challenge! They are currently recruiting middle and high school teachers from L.A. public schools for professional development in game design and game-based learning. Their students will be challenged to create digital games about real-world issues impacting their communities. Teacher applications are due July 1, 2017! Learn more.



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Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Product Strategy Real-Time Learn from Pros How to Make Your Ideas Viable
June 28 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Proficia is launching training programs at the The Advanced Prototyping Center! To celebrate, they’re sponsoring Make it in L.A.’s June meetup, “Product Strategy Real-Time: Learn from Pros How to Make Your Ideas Viable.” Come to the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator to meet their instructors, see the training space and enjoy a lively discussion hosted by product strategy expert Pam Schulz.

  The Future of News
June 29 | 6 – 9 p.m.

Where does reporting go next? Can fake news be stopped? How does tech help create the next golden age. Join Startups in the Sky to discuss the future of journalism and the media on June 29. Hear from an expert panel of speakers, including Shayna Englin of RALLY, Dersu Rhodes of VICE, Lilian Coral from the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and Christina Bellantoni of the Los Angeles Times.


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