Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Feb. 6, 2018

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Bixel Exchange joins mitú for the culmination of the Delta Aeroméxico Accelerator
Bixel Exchange attended the mitú / Delta Aeroméxico Accelerator Wrap Party on Jan. 23. Accelerator students shared the short films they developed during the program around the theme, “If you could fly anywhere in the U.S. or Mexico, what story would you tell?” Melissa Carmona from our summer ACCELERATOR program with mitú showcased a powerful short film that shed light on mental illness through her travels to New Orleans to learn about brujería. #techLA #DigitalMedia


b2_coro.jpgKat Yalung discusses civic tech and diversity at #TxD2018
Friday, Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung joined Coro Southern California for Technology x Democracy (#TxD2018), a one-day conference that explored civic engagement and the democratic process in the digital age. Kat spoke on the “Innovation for Good: Learning from Civic Tech Success” panel, along with Ev Boyle,; Rahul Sidhu, SPIDR Tech; Elizabeth Stewart, Civic Hall Labs; and Iván Ceja, UndocuMedia. Panelists discussed civic tech initiatives, diversity in tech and lessons learned from working to scale civic innovation in both the public and private sectors. Learn more about the event.



b3.jpgBixel visits Homeboy Industries for a morning of team building!
On Jan. 24, Bixel Exchange spent the morning team building at Homeboy Industries. Our team joined founder Father Greg and the Homies for their morning meeting, took a tour of the facility and had breakfast at Homegirl Café. A HUGE thank you to our tour guide Gus for sharing his story with us! Learn more about Homeboy Industries.



b4_access.jpgJoin us for ACCESS Washington, D.C.!
Join Bixel Exchange, the L.A. Area Chamber, local elected officials, civic leaders, and partnering agencies and business organizations for ACCESS Washington, D.C., the region's largest annual delegation trip to our nation's capital. From March 13-15, attendees will advocate for issues vital to Southern California, including trade, immigration and infrastructure investment. REGISTER HERE and book your room at the JW Marriott HERE. Contact Chamber Vice President of Business Advocacy Jessica Duboff for questions.



b5_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!



b5_techstars.jpgTechstars LA now accepting applications!
Techstars LA is seeking startups in all verticals--with a focus on Southern California and diverse teams--to join their 2018 accelerator program, which kicks off July 16. Join the global network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, right here in L.A.! Three Bixel startups earned spots in the last, inaugural Techstars LA cohort! Applications are open now, and will close April 9. Learn more or sign up to meet the Techstars LA team.



b6_GA.jpgBring a friend to General Assembly!
General Assembly (GA) is offering a free friend pass to anyone who signs up to learn a new skill at a GA class or workshop held during the month of February. Once you register and pay for your GA class or workshop, email [email protected] and let them know you'll be bringing a friend. Just provide your friend's name and email address, and GA will send them registration information. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more.



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


Jan. 18
LA HI-TECH students geared up for our #LATechTalentChallenge summer internship program by participating in a video game design workshop at Riot Games.


b7_b_RiotGames2.jpgJan. 25
Cleveland High School students visited Riot Games for a tour. #TechTalent




Jan. 26
Startup LAunch Director Kat Yalung joined Grid110's Megan Sette and Miki Reynolds to hear from Arianna Huffington at "Thriving in a Digital World," hosted by USC's ATHENA initiative. #WomenInTech



Feb. 1
Patrick from Shareability joined John F. Kennedy High students to talk about how his company creates and produces entire social media campaigns in-house.



Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Building Organizational Diversity: Attracting and Retaining Women in STEM
Feb. 7 | 5:30-8 p.m.

Join the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) for a discussion on how entrepreneurs and hiring managers can attract, develop and retain women in STEM careers. This event will build off the takeaways of Part One of this series, which focused on the educational pipeline for women in STEM. Enjoy a panel discussion with industry thought-leaders, followed by interactive breakout sessions where you’ll delve into practical solutions for enriching the hiring pipeline.

  Artificial Intelligence: The Workforce of the Future?
Feb. 20 | 10-11:30 a.m.

The future is already here with the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence. What exactly is this technology and what possibilities and challenges will it bring to business? Join the first Innovation & Technology Council of the year to hear from Niloo Bedrood, managing director for Deloitte's Advisory Practice, and Audrey Wu, co-founder and CEO of CONVRG, as the Council explores this emerging technology, its impacts on the future of our workforce, and the policies that will need to change down the road.

Aging Into the Future
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.

  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.


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

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