Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Oct. 5, 2017

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Bixel Exchange joins Startup Weekend LatinX
Bixel Exchange is proud to have participated in last weekend’s Startup Weekend LatinX. Startup Weekend brought together 500 Latinxs and allies, including students from Da Vinci Schools, together for 54 hours in cities around the country, like Oakland, L.A. and New York, to ideate and design tech solutions to the problems affecting the Latinx community. Participants were mentored by some of the brightest minds in tech, business and development. Check out our coverage of the event.

A HUGE congrats to Amit Thakkar of LawMaker!
With voter disillusionment and discontent at all-time highs, a new web platform called LawMaker launches today, Oct. 5, as the first platform in America to crowdsource new public policies from the grassroots, and build coalitions of support to turn good ideas into good laws.

Bixel Exchange supported LawMaker through our Startup LAunch program, a technology SBDC within the Los Angeles regional network. Founder and CEO Amit Thakkar was advised by our very own Lindsey Heisser and Doug Korte.

“It is a free, non-partisan way for Americans to re-engage in the political process, take action, and level the playing field of our democracy,” said Thakkar.


Get a behind-the-scenes look at Arts District factories and businesses at Maker Walk LA!
Make It in LA is excited to host fellow entrepreneurs, manufacturers and creatives for a self-guided afternoon exploring the neighborhood. The day concludes with a V.I.P. celebration from 4-7 p.m. co-hosted in part by the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and COMUNITY. Enjoy local food, beer tastings from Angel City Brewery, signature craft cocktails by Greenbar Distillery and Califia Farms, and mini maker workshops. Friends of Bixel Exchange get 50% off with code MWKBIX. Register here:

b4_mitu.jpgJoin the the mitú/Delta Aeroméxico Accelerator Program
mitú and Delta Aeroméxico bring a unique and empowering opportunity to the next generation of diverse creatives through the mitú/Delta Aeroméxico Accelerator Program. mitú Accelerator’s creative team will provide mentorship, hands-on training, resources and support to 10 video creators who will immerse themselves in an intense five-week program this fall. Participants will develop a unique story by answering the question, “If you could fly anywhere in the continental U.S. or Mexico, what story would you tell?" Apply now for the chance tell your story of choice!


Apply to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital and business support services. The application for the Spring 2018 National Cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is open. Any interested business owner can go to to submit an application. 

Did you know you don't always have to be a L.A. Area Chamber member to enjoy the Chamber's events? Check out some upcoming events open to non-members!


Balancing Full-Time Work and Entrepreneurial Aspirations, Oct. 11
Join NextLA for a new workshop on how you can continue climbing the corporate ladder while making your dreams of entrepreneurship come true. RSVP here.


Rise of Cryptocurrencies, Oct. 17
Join the Chamber's IT Council and Stream CEO Ben Yu, CTO Greg Kufera and Vice President of Engineering Simar Mangat, as they use their expertise to present an introduction to cryptocurrency. RSVP here.

A Day in the Life of Bixel Exchange...Snapshots:

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Bixel Exchange joined Girls Who Code, the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti and our partner Riot Games to hear a discussion surrounding diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, and how important technology education and exposure is for young girls in order to change the face of the tech industry. Riot Games generously donated signed copies of Reshma Saujani's "Girls Who Code" book to all who attended the event. Saujani, who also attended the event, shared her powerful experience and advice to all young girls that they have the power and ability to be the tech leaders of tomorrow! 

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Bixel Exchange attended an amazing discussion on STEM career pathways for women at LACI’s Women in Cleantech panel. Hearing from CSUN, USC, and nonprofit partners in the room, we honed in on the barriers facing women entering into STEM-related degree programs, and learned what we can do to mitigate them!

Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

LEVRAGE: Monetizing VR & AR
Oct. 6 | 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The LEVRAGE conference and expo at UCLA brings together technical players and storytellers to look at the newest, most practical ways forward to monetize new augmented and virtual reality experiences. With some of the most experienced tech leaders and producers speaking in keynotes and panels, and with many top exhibitors showing wares and networking, the event will focus on how the next few years in VR and AR experiences will play out as business models.

  Digital and Beyond in South LA
Oct. 12 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join Plug in South LA to spark conversation, and identify and accelerate tech and digital media in South Los Angeles. The inspiring program consists of panels and fireside chats featuring South L.A. leaders and prominent voices in L.A. tech and investment. Use code "COMMUNITY2017" for $5 off!


16th Annual L.A. Cash for College: College & Career Convention
Oct. 13 - 14

Serving more than 6,000 students and families each year, the L.A. Cash for College Convention features college life seminars, financial aid presentations, scholarship information, a personal statement help center, financial aid application assistance, and an exhibit hall with college/university representatives from throughout the United States. Now entering its 16th year, the L.A. Cash for College Convention remains the trusted go-to source for quality information about financial aid, college and careers.

  Trust on Demand LA
Oct. 17 | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Join other on-demand trust and safety leaders for a few hours of networking and best practice sharing. Trust on Demand LA will feature two peer-led panels on fraud and community building, and 50 to 75 trust and safety executives from top companies around the country. No press. No sales pitches. Just substance and fun.


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