Silicon Beach Fest is LA’s original festival celebrating LA tech, entertainment & startups with panels, keynotes, workshops, mixers, and more June 24-27, 2015 in LA. We’re excited that this year’s panels will be centralized at a brand new venue, the stunning new Marina del Rey Hotel which just had a $25M renovation with gorgeous views of the marina, water and boats from every conference room. In addition to our Startup, Investor, Developer, Digital Content, and other tracks, we’ve added new tracks this year including Virtual Reality and Hard Tech, International, and more. Plus, we added a Playa Vista Open House day so you can visit tech companies that have moved to the area, and a VIP yacht cruise!
Attendees include startup CEOs, accelerators, VCs, investors, Hollywood execs, agencies, content creators, social media gurus, developers, designers, virtual reality experts, and more from LA, Silicon Valley, OC, San Diego, New York, and international. Join us at the marina this summer to celebrate LA’s digital innovators in tech, startups, entertainment, marketing, and more!
This year’s fest is packed with panels and networking opps including…
- Panels: Featuring LA’s top startups, CEOs, VCs, investors, and Hollywood execs, June 25 and 26
- Parties: Networking parties every night to help you meet key players and friends including the Opening Party June 24, Thursday Night SBF Tech Theme Park Party, and Closing Party June 26. Plus, VIP-only parties and other networking events including…
- VIP Yacht Cruise around Marina Del Rey for 3 hours on June 26, open to VIP tickets and select guests
- Startup Showcase: Meet 25 up-and-coming Silicon Beach startups who’ll pitch for their chance to win the grand prize and SBF 2015 Startup Showcase title and prize package.
- Gadget Sandbox: ”Tech you can Touch” with 3D printers, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and more
- Beach Games: Surf, play basketball, beach volleyball or ride bikes at our beach games on Sat Jun 27. We’re the only tech fest that includes beach games to network with friends you’ve made during the fest!
- Sponsor Tables: Promote your product at sponsor tables on June 25 or June 26, or at the Thursday Tech Theme Park.
- Pre-Events: Tech organizations in LA are encouraged to organize pre-events all around LA, particularly on the following days: Monday June 22: Pasadena Day; Tuesday June 23: Downtown / Beverly Hills / Culver City Day; Wednesday June 24: Playa Vista Day. SBF attendees should be able to attend for free or at a discount. If you’d like us to list your event, apply by emailing email@example.com with details about your event.
SBF SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS (subject to change)
WEDNESDAY OPENING DAY 6/24:
- Playa Vista Open House. Playa Vista has been getting national attention with several large tech companies moving to the area. Now it’s time for you to meet them. Visit several Playa Vista companies offering Open House receptions for Silicon Beach Fest attendees: Univision hosts a Latino panel and taco lunch (10a-1p), Regus Playa Vista reception (3-5p), and Fullscreen open house in their new space (5-7p). If you’d like to join the Open House, email firstname.lastname@example.org with OPENHOUSE as subject.
- Women’s Lunch: CTRL Collective hosts the Women’s Lunch (12-2p).
- Opening Party. Head to the Marina del Rey Hotel lawn for the Opening Party to see this brand new venue, and enjoy beautiful sunset views of the marina 7-10p. Visit the TeleSign area and look for the Hoovy drones flying Silicon Beach Fest banners!
Panels, Keynotes, Workshops, Sponsor Lounge, 10a-6p at the Marina del Rey Hotel
- Opening Keynote by DIRECTV at 10a.
- Panel tracks include: Startups, Investors, Mobile, AdTech, Influencers, Content, Social Media
- Startup Showcase: See new Silicon Beach startups at the Startup Showcase Semi-Finals 4-6p, featuring 25 startups pitching, including winners of Digital LA and other local startup pitch competitions.
- Sponsor Lounges: Relax in the indoor and outdoor Media Temple Sponsor Lounges to get complimentary food, drinks, and see how Media Temple, DIRECTV, Demand Media, Grindr, and more are innovating in tech.
- Sunset Cocktails at the Marina del Rey Hotel lawn 6-8p
- TechZulu TechCrawl Playa Vista: 6-8p. Visit startups and tech companies in the growing Playa Vista area
- Thursday Night SBF Tech Theme Park Party with Media Temple and TeleSign at the brand new 26,000 sq ft. CTRL Collective space in Playa Vista from 8p-midnight. We’re creating the first SBF Tech Theme Park, where you can meet dozens of startups at their tables on Startup Main Street, see 3D printing companies in 3D-Land, watch drones fly at the Drone Arena, visit food trucks, and get free balloons, popcorn and ice cream at the Beach Cream ice cream cart. If you’d like to demo your startup, drone, 3D printing company, just register above for a $200 table including 3 admission tickets.
Panels, keynote, workshops, Sponsor Lounge, 10a-6p at the Marina del Rey Hotel.
- Keynotes by Will Keenan, Endemol Beyond and Sean Moriarty of Demand Media.
- Panel tracks include: Entertainment, Communities, Design presented by Kluge Evenings at the Loft, Developers presented by DIRECTV, Virtual Reality and Hard Tech, and International
- Startup Showcase Finals are 5-6p. Approximately 10 finalists will pitch for the SBF 2015 title and prizes!
- Cocktails TBD
- VIP Yacht Cruise: VIP passes, select speakers and sponsors are invited to this three-hour FantaSea yacht cruise 6-9p, including one hour dock, and two hours sailing.
- SBF Closing Party at Cross Campus from 8p-11p
SATURDAY BEACH GAMES 6/27:
The Silicon Beach Sports League is organzing our annual beach games this year, including volleyball, basketball and surfing, plus new sports like dodgeball, yoga, and more. Sign up and times for beach games will be available soon.
SUNDAY POOL PARTY 6/28. Continue networking LA style at our Sunday pool party (optional). Venue TBA.
The conference agenda and panels is at http://siliconbeachfest.com, with updates daily.
If you’d like to sponsor any of these specific parties or events, email email@example.com with SPONSOR as the subject.
- Includes badge allowing admission to most panels and parties. Some sessions may require separate registration or a VIP pass. Does NOT include: parking, food, or drink. Parties are cash bar unless otherwise indicated. Some events may have complimentary snacks or beverages.
- Passes will not be mailed; pick them up at registration at the Marina del Rey Hotel on Thursday June 25, 9a-6p, or Friday June 26, 9a-5p
VOLUNTEERS: If you are friendly, flexible, learn fast, and are easy to work with, please volunteer for SBF! Sign up at http://sbf15v.eventbrite.com, limited spots.
FOOD: Lunches are not included with Silicon Beach Fest. Light breakfast and coffee will be available. Watch for free food trucks that may arrive. Complimentary snacks are available from in-kind sponsors and more (please tweet thanks!). Cash bar at most events unless otherwise indicated. Some venues are 21+ only and require a photo ID. If you’d like to provide in-kind food, email firstname.lastname@example.org with INKIND as subject.
HOTEL: The Marina del Rey Hotel is offering a special SBF rate for out-of-town guests, or if you’d like to staycation. Use code “SBF” for our special Silicon Beach Fest rate of $229 when you book online by June 9, 2015 at http://marinadelreyhotel.com
PARKING: Recommended $10 valet parking at the Marina del Rey Hotel. SBF does not cover parking or parking tickets. There is a free public lot approximately 20 minutes walk from the hotel.
WIFI: Marina del Rey Hotel has free wifi, as do most venues. Look for the wifi password on signage at the entrance to / around events, and on the back of your nametag.
CHARGING STATIONS: Bring your own USB charging cord, or use the Bezalel or Belkin charging stations.
SBF DISCOUNTS: Dozens of Silicon Beach apps and other companies are offering discounts. Visit http://staging.siliconbeachfest.com/sbf-discounts
SPONSOR: Sponsor Silicon Beach Fest overall, or a track or a party to increase your company visibility and branding among LA’s startup entertainment community. Sponsorship starts at $2.5K, $5K, $10K, $20K and up. Email email@example.com with SPONSOR as subject so we can send you the SBF sponsor deck.
IN-KIND SPONSORS: If you can provide free product (food, drink, other services), we will add your logo to our in-kind sponsor page. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with INKIND as subject.
TABLES: Tables are available at the Sponsor Lounge at the Marina del Rey Hotel on Thurs June 25 and Fri June 26 from 10a-6p, and at the Thursday Night Theme Park Party 8p-11p for $200.
PRESS: Email email@example.com to apply for press credentials. Please include the name of your outlet and how you plan to cover. Our previous SBFests have been covered or mentioned by local and national press including Forbes, New York Times, LA Times, LA Business Journal, Pando Daily, Huffington Post, and more.
STARTUP SHOWCASE: PITCH Your startup at the Startup Showcase. Apply http://sbf15ss.eventbrite.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: #SBF15 @DigitalLA @SBFestLA. Instagram: SiliconBeachFest
ABOUT: Silicon Beach Fest is created by Digital LA. The Silicon Beach Fest board consists of leaders from LA’s tech scene who help organize tracks and panels. Silicon Beach Fest takes places as a multiday event in the summer, and a one-day event in Hollywood or another part of LA in the fall. Last summer’s Silicon Beach Fest attracted more than 2,000 attendees who attended main and related events that week, and was covered in Forbes, New York Times, LA Times, LA Business Journal, Pando Daily, and more.
- Our Sponsors: Demand Media, Media Temple, City National Bank, Richardson Patel, DIRECTV, Instantly, Business Wire, Grindr, Univision and more
- Radix Collective for managing our SBF PR. @radixcollective
- Kluge Interactive for designing and branding Silicon Beach Fest. @HeyKluge
- Media Temple for hosting the Silicon Beach Fest site and Digital LA site. @MediaTemple
- Venue hosts: The Marina del Rey Hotel, CTRL Collective and Cross Campus
Silicon Beach Fest registration is not refundable. Schedule is subject to change.