Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Feb. 28, 2019

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b1_competencyconvening.jpgBixel Exchange presents tech competency models to industry leaders

Last Friday, Bixel Exchange's L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline hosted local, post-secondary school faculty and tech leaders for “Competencies for All." Through pilot programs like the Snap Design Academy and research partnerships with LinkedIn and Deloitte, Bixel Exchange developed three core competency models focused on IT, software development and user experience design. Panelists from Boingo Wireless, Guided Compass and Hulu shared their feedback and recommendations on aligning curriculum to these models to make students better prepared for tech jobsRead the competency models.



b2_mayor.jpgBixel Exchange recognized at Mayor’s roundtable

Bixel Exchange President Sean Arian and student Maricela Ortiz joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti for a roundtable discussion on Feb. 20, where the mayor reaffirmed his commitment to expanding career opportunities for young people. Ortiz shared her mentorship experience through the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline and her five-week, hands-on learning experience at the Snap Design Academy. Bixel Exchange was recognized by the City for their work in bolstering diversity in tech and innovation. In 2018 alone, Bixel Exchange engaged more than 4,500 students with tech companies and placed 150 interns.



b3_ITC.jpgUtilizing innovation to serve L.A.

Bixel Exchange and the Chamber’s Innovation & Technology Council met on Feb. 19 with Jeanne Holm, assistant general manager and deputy chief innovation officer for the City of L.A. and senior technology advisor to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. Holm discussed innovative programs the City is engaged in to serve constituents, including L.A. Cyber Lab, SmartAirLA and MyLA311, and how businesses can get more involved. She also gave an update on 5G implementation in L.A. and the impacts the technology will have in making community access more equitable. See the photos.



b4_internships.jpgL.A. Tech Talent Pipeline 2019 Summer Internship Program still taking applications!

Bixel Exchange’s L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Internship Program, in partnership with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, is an incredible opportunity for underrepresented Angelenos to get that critical “foot-in-the-door” for a high-growth and high-paying tech career. Out of the 250 interns placed in the past two years, nearly 40 percent went on to receive full or part-time employment with one of our 60+ tech company partners! Some of our previous partners include Snap Inc., mitú, Boingo Wireless, Headspace, FOX Sports West and other local tech giants. The positions that we’re recruiting for range from marketing and digital media to IT support and software development, with everything in between! Interested in a paid tech internship? Apply now. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interested in hosting an intern from our program? Let us know! To learn more about our program, visit



b5_foodtribe.jpgBlack History Month Spotlight: Food Tribe

In honor of Black History Month, Bixel Exchange would like to recognize one of our Startup LAunch members and a black-owned business, Food Tribe.

Food Tribe's mission is to connect good people to good food, with a belief that local restaurants and foodies can come together to change communities. In December, Food Tribe gathered 26 L.A. area foodies to learn more about ways to reroute food waste.

“We're extremely proud of our work encouraging foodies to get into the community and give back,” says Terence Latimer, founder of Food Tribe. “The biggest challenge has been to keep calm, cool and collected … as an entrepreneur, you have to learn how not to panic.”

Latimer says “having a new brain [and advisers] to poke holes in my kooky ideas” is one of the benefits of working with Bixel Exchange. Learn more about Food Tribe's impact on the community.



Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

From Seed Money to Serious Investment: Raising Money for Your Business
March 5 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Every business needs an initial investment to get off the ground, and established businesses often require investment in order to expand. Join the L.A. Law Library to learn vital alternative funding sources for startups, including how to obtain small business loans. This free event is open to the public, but does have limited seating so RSVP today!

  San Diego Angel Conference
March 15 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join the San Diego Angel Conference on March 15, where six finalists will pitch in front of angel investors and an audience for the opportunity to receive up to $200,000 of investment money. The conference is open to any member of the community interested in learning more about starting a company and investing in a new business.

Startup Boost’s Spring Cohort
Deadline: March 15

Startup Boost Los Angeles is currently taking applications for pre-seed and seed stage startup companies to achieve acceleration, investment and/or revenue. The applications for their spring pre-accelerator cohort close on March 15. Don’t wait, apply today.

  AI in the Classroom @ Google
March 21 | 6:30 - 10 p.m.

The AI LA Community is partnering with Google to host "AI in the Classroom." Join a thought-provoking discussion at Google’s Venice headquarters on AI’s potential to enhance classroom learning and create more seamless, personalized learning experiences.


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

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