Bixel Exchange Tech Update - March 1, 2018

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Bixel Exchange explores the rapid advancement of AI with Chamber’s IT Council
The L.A. Area Chamber's Innovation & Technology Council and Bixel Exchange convened Feb. 20 to discuss the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence (AI). Attendees heard from Niloo Bedrood, managing director for Deloitte's Advisory Practice, and Audrey Wu, co-founder and CEO of CONVRG, on AI-related topics ranging from robotic process automation and cognitive automation to bots. Both speakers discussed AI's impacts on business and shared where they see the technology headed. See the photos.



b2_techsalon.jpgBixel Exchange Tech Salon: Diversity in Innovation, March 1
Creativity and innovation are key in today’s ever-evolving tech ecosystem. But how are we ensuring that a diverse range of voices are contributing to that evolution? Where do we start, and how do we drive change so that our workforce and creators look like our communities? How do diversity of people and cognitive diversity play a role in making our businesses more successful? Join us to discover how some of L.A.’s top tech companies are fostering a culture that incubates innovation and celebrates diversity. RSVP now!


b2_coro.jpgApply now for a summer internship in tech!
This year, Bixel Exchange is placing 200 diverse young adult interns at L.A. tech companies as part of our L.A. Tech Talent Challenge partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti. This week, Bixel Exchange held first-round mock interviews to better assess the interest area of each student and to help students prepare for real-world interviews. Applications are still open for students for our summer 2018 internships. Apply now!

Are you an industry professional who wants to help?
We need help to interview students at the L.A. Area Chamber and to recommend them for a variety of internship positions. All industry backgrounds are welcome as students will be interviewing for positions in everything from software development, to IT to digital marketing and operations. Each interview should last 20 minutes, and we will provide all volunteers with the interview questions. Sign up here.




Join LA HI-TECH Hack Day 2018, April 28!
LA HI-TECH Hack Day 2018 is an event where Computer Science, Programming and Media Arts students can come together to collaborate through innovative problem solving, learn through hands-on curriculum and develop relationships with industry professionals. Event organizers are currently in need of volunteers. Visit to register, or contact Megan Ruane for more information.



b5_startupbootcamp.jpgApply now for the Grid110 + Sofomo Startup Bootcamp!
Are you an early stage startup founder who has moved beyond the idea stage and have already developed a product or service? Are you currently working towards launch or have already launched and are thinking about best strategies for growth? Apply by March 7 for the Grid110 + Sofomo Startup Bootcamp to elevate your business to the next stage! The two-day weekend bootcamp is free for 30 founders! Learn more.




Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Aging Into the Future Conference
March 2 | 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Aging Into the Future convenes the tech community with experts and professionals in the aging field, along with older adults and their caregivers, to explore and integrate technology’s power to transform the lives of older adults so they can lead healthier, independent and productive lives in the community, well into the future.

  Know Before You Sign On the Dotted Line: Reading & Negotiating Business Contracts
March 6 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.

New and growing businesses must enter into a variety of contracts, with landlords, suppliers and clients, to name a few. Learn how to read common, boilerplate contractual language and negotiate contractual terms to your advantage. This class will cover contract law basics; essential terms of a commercial lease; essential terms of a contract for goods or services; typical contracts negotiated by business people; and how to avoid problematic contracts.

Leveraging Open Data & Civic Tech Tools
March 7 | 7-8:30 p.m.

There is an entire world of opportunity for the use and application of open data and civic tech. At this FREE event, you will gain understanding and perspective on how to use numerous free, publicly accessible web tools and open data portals. Discover how to analyze and visualize data, and how to export it in a number of formats so it can be used for your own goals and projects.

  TechFair LA
March 8 | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

L.A.'s largest technology job fair is returning for a second year, co-hosted by Comparably, Annenberg Foundation and the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Take your future into your own hands with powerful panels, small group sessions and chances to meet tech executives! The event will feature more than 250 of L.A.’s most prominent tech companies along with more than 10,000 job-seekers in Engineering, Product, Sales, Marketing, Design and more.


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

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