Silicon Beach Fest

Schedule

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Jun
25
Thu
Investors in Silicon Beach @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Main Stage
June 25, 2015 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Track: Investor

Leading LA VCs and investors will provide an overview on the investment trends in Silicon Beach.

Moderator: Billy O’Grady, City National Bank, SVP

Speakers:
- Erin Shipley, Karlin Ventures, Senior Associate @erinbshipley
- Colleen Poynton, Core Innovation Capital, Vice President
- William Hsu, MuckerLab, Co-Founder and Partner

Presented by:
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Biggest Tech Exits @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
June 25, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Track: Investor

CEOs from LA’s biggest tech exits will describe their exit process: How they found an acquirer, due diligence, alignment of operations, corporate culture, valuation, communication to employees, and life after exiting.

Moderator: Garrett Reim, LA Business Journal, Tech Reporter

Speakers:
- Will Kassoy, Opera Mediaworks, CMO (CEO of Adcolony, pre-acquisition) @WillKassoy
- Matt Nutt, Glu Mobile, GM (Studio head @ Cie Games, pre-acquisition)
- Karl Rinderknecht, AOL, VP of Platforms (CEO of Gravity, pre-acquisition)

Thursday Night Cocktail Reception @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Lawn
June 25, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Track: Cocktail/Wine Glass

Sponsored by:

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SBF Tech Theme Park Party presented by Media Temple @ CTRL Collective - Playa Vista
June 25, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – June 26, 2015 @ 12:00 am
Track: Cocktail/Wine Glass

Tech Theme Party

Attend LA’s first Tech Theme Park party 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.

- Take fun costume pics in the Media Temple – Instantly photobooth, and print them instantly, or email to yourself
- Visit friends in the TeleSign table area
- Say hi to friends in the DIRECTV area

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Download the TruckMe app to get an automatic $10 credit in food from four food theme-park theme trucks: Woody’s Grill, G’s Taco Spot on Wheels, Pho-King Awesome, and What The Funnel. The TruckMe app lets you place your order from your phone without having to wait in line, and get a text when your order is ready for you to pick it up.

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Jun
26
Fri
Designing Experiences, Designing Teams @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
June 26, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Track: Design

User experience design is more than user interface design. This panel will explore the impact design thinking has on our world – most tangibly on the products, services and environments that we create as designers and as founders. We will talk about the holistic service design behind successful companies like Apple, Uber and Airbnb. We’ll also discuss what kinds of skills you need on your team in order to deliver exceptional, game-changing experiences.

Moderator: Alexa Roman, Lead Product Designer, Carbon Five @calexity

Speakers:
- Patrick Fredrickson, Senior Designer at Selbert Perkins, formerly Design Director, The Autry Museum and Designer at The Getty @pfred2
- Steve Tatham, General Manager of the Creative Group at Universal Studios Japan, formerly Walt Disney Imagineering @SteveTatham
- Nuzi Barkatally, Senior Experience Designer, Dollar Shave Club @nuzinuzi
Simon Fung, Senior Product Designer, Google @thesimonfung

View The Full “Design Friday” @ SBF Schedule.

Design Track presented by:

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VR: Storytelling and Access @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Sunset Dining Room
June 26, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Track: Virtual Tech

VR has been huge this year, with VFX artists, storytellers, filmmakers, game makers, writers, developers and more doing VR.  This panel will give an overview of VR, how VR can be used for new storytelling, social VR, access to VR via Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, cardboard, and what are resources for VR in LA and nationally.

Moderator: Savannah Peterson, Speck Design, Director of Innovation Strategy

Speakers:
-  A.J. Campbell, RocketSail, Founder
- Morris May, Specular Theory, CEO and Founder
- Jarrell Pair, DIRECTV, Digital Ideation, Senior Manager
- Alex Rosenfeld, Vrideo, Founder and CEO @arosenfee
- Jonathan Hawkins, White Elk Studios, Founder and President @jonathanhawkins
- Ben Miller, WEVR, Director of Content Development @NourseMiller

Speaker Bios:
-  A.J. Campbell, RocketSail, Founder. AJ was inspired to create 3D audio for 360-degree VR experiences. @texasgreentea

- Morris May, Specular Theory, CEO and Founder. Specular Theory is a VR content creation studio and technology lab based in Venice Beach, CA. His VR film, “Perspective; Chapter 1: The Party” recently premiered at Sundance and was one of the most talked about virtual reality experiences of the festival. Morris has been a Hollywood visual effects expert for more than 25 years, working on 30+ films including two Academy Award winners: Spiderman II and Happy Feet. @speculartheory

Evenings at the Loft: Process and Design @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
June 26, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Track: Design

Evenings at the Loft is coming to SBF! Take a peek inside the fastest growing design community salon. Featuring ten minute talks on Ethics, Aesthetics and Design Processes.

Lightning Talk Speakers:
- Yasmine Molavi, Product Designer, Carbon 5, @YasmineMolavi
- Doug Kincade, Content Strategy Director, Huge
- Abby Sturges, Associate Director of Design, Pivotal Labs, @AbbySturges
- Beth Wegner, AB Collective

View The Full “Design Friday” @ SBF Schedule.

Design Track presented by:

klugelogowhite

 

Chinese Investments in Silicon Beach @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
June 26, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Track: Investor

Chinese investors and companies are actively investing in Silicon Beach. After Chinese-based Tencent acquired LA-based Riot Games, more Chinese investors are investing in LA area startups.  Learn what these investors are looking for, how they find LA startups, investment deal structure, and more.  Also, we will discuss how Silicon Beach companies that are looking to expand to China can do so via local Chinese partners, and more.

Moderator: Rebecca Fannin, Forbes Contributor; Silicon Dragon Ventures, Founder/Editor

 

Rapid Concepting for Mobile Apps @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
June 26, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Track: Design

In this hands-on session you will learn how to quickly create a customer profile and translate it into a handmade mobile app prototype allowing you to share your concepts with others. Guaranteed to be fun.

Facilitator:
- Jose Caballer, The Skool, CEO and Founder @josecaballer

View The Full “Design Friday” @ SBF Schedule.

Design Track presented by:

klugelogowhite

VFX of Hollywood Blockbusters @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Main Stage
June 26, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Track: Virtual Tech

Visual Effects startups and VFX companies are working on top Hollywood movies and films, including Oscar-winner Interstellar and other films. Join this panel where VFX experts will discuss working on top movies.

Speakers:
- Shannon Gans, New Deal Studios, CEO, Co-Founder. Shannon co-founded New Deal Studios, which did the VFX work on Interstellar, which recently won an Oscar in this year’s Academy Awards. She has worked on visual effects for over 150 of the biggest films, commercials, web content, virtual reality for theme parks, cinematic virtual reality shorts and live sporting events. @shannongans
- Steve Goldberg, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Visual Effects Supervisor. Steve did visual effects supervision on the animated blockbuster Frozen. He also worked on Tangled, Lion King, and Pocahontas.

Using Creative Workspaces to Enhance Collaboration and Productivity @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
June 26, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Track: Design

Come and hear from some of the Industries experts on how creative workspaces can enhance collaboration and productivity.

Moderator: Alex Bird, Best Day, Co-Founder & President

Speakers:

- Nick Meter, Director of Customer Experience, Tangram
- Matt Bijur, SVP Operations, Honk Technologies
- Brian Abers, Principal, KRE Capital
- Keith Fielding, Principal Lee and Associates

View The Full “Design Friday” @ SBF Schedule.

Design Track presented by:

klugelogowhite

3D Printing Revolution: LA is the Nexus @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Sunset Dining Room
June 26, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Track: Virtual Tech

3D printing startups are becoming LA’s next major startup boom. It’s only logical that LA is a mecca for 3D printing as it’s home to the aerospace, automotive, video games, visual effects, industrial design, and defense Industries. Join this panel featuring industry leaders about where 3D is going and how Southern California has played a role in their success.

Moderator: Leslie Oliver Karpas, Metamason, CEO
Speakers:
- Mark Mathews, Airwolf 3D, President
- Jens Windau, AIO Robotics, CEO
- Brian Arandez, Thingify, CEO
- Jonathan Schwartz, HexLab Makerspace, COO
- Sean Stevens, New Matter, Director of Product
- Igor Knevic, Feature Film Concept & Special Effects Designer, Founder – Alienology, Designer – Metamason

Speaker Bios

Mark Mathews, President – Airwolf 3D
Mr. Mathews is President of Airwolf 3D, a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of desktop 3D printers, supplies and technology to the 3D printing and additive manufacturing markets. Previously, Mr. Mathews served at Toshiba as the President and CEO of Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. Additionally he served as President, COO, as well as a number of other senior positions.

Jens Windau, CEO – AIO Robotics
Jens Windau is one of the co-founders of the next generation 3D printer company AIO Robotics. He and his co-founders built the world’s first All-in-One 3D Printer/Scanner ZEUS. Jens holds graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Technology Management and has worked as an engineer at BMW and as a management consultant for many tech startups. A USC Viterbi alum, AIO Robotics won the Silicon Beach Fest – Startup Showcase in 2014.

Brian Arandez, CEO – Thingify
Thingify is a 3D printing service bureau which also offers design, modeling and concepting services. Brian founded Thingify in 2012 in Irvine. His background is in CS and IT, having worked for Mizuho Securities and NTT Data Corporation.

Jonathan Schwartz, COO – HexLab Makerspace
Jonathan Schwartz is a native born son of Southern California and COO of HexLab Makerspace. He graduated with a business degree from The A.J.U. in 2013.

Sean Stevens, Director of Product – New Matter
New Matter’s mission is to bring 3D printing to every home, school, and office with its flagship products, the MOD-t and New Matter Store. Sean is leading the development of the Store, which will integrate tightly with the printer to provide a seamless 3D printing experience. He previously worked as an engineer for various LA startups, and was co-founder and CTO of Periodical, which was part of LaunchpadLA’s Class 5.

Igor Knevic, Feature Film Concept & Special Effects Designer, Founder – Alienology, Designer – Metamason
Igor is a prolific 3D designer in the film and special effects industry, having created props and environments for Tomorrowland, Jupiter Ascending, Oblivion, X-Men First Class, and many others. He also is the principle designer of the 3D printed jewelry firm Alienology, as well as one of the design leads at Metamason, a scan-to-fit medical device startup here in LA.

Moderated by Leslie Oliver Karpas, CEO – Metamason
Metamason is a medical device startup developing on-demand custom CPAP masks via 3D scanning and a patent pending method for 3D printing silicone. Les’ background includes over 10 years of experience in holography, industrial design, architecture, and robotics. Most notably he spent years designing custom CNC robots and tooling to create art work for famous artists such as Anish Kapoor and Jeff Koons.

Product Innovation Workshop with Carbon 5 @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
June 26, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Track: Design

Learn how to put your great startup idea to the test with empathy, ideation and rapid prototyping. Hold onto your entrepreneur hats, folks, it’s time to join the ranks of innovation leaders like Elon Musk, Ayah Bdeir and Steve Jobs.

Who should attend: Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs, Designers, Engineers, Product people

View The Full “Design Friday” @ SBF Schedule.

Design Track presented by:

klugelogowhite

#hotpotato: In The Shoes of In-house Product Design Teams & Design Studios @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
June 26, 2015 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Track: Design

A process power session that brings together leading design managers to share new tips of trade on building platforms and software apps. With designers moving in and out from being at an agency and in-house, we are all rapidly gaining experience working from the outside and inside. Understanding each other’s methodologies and challenges helps us overcome limitations and champion good design. We will discuss how to collaborate and adjust the process to deliver successful products and experiences. As a practitioner and a manager, you’ll learn about alternative approaches being applied by your peers.

Moderator: Shagane Barsegian Launey – Director of Product Design at Zonda, previously Hot Studio, R/GA

Panelists:
- Gabe Wasseman, Product Designer,  Facebook
- Francisco Tavares, Associate Creative Director, Code & Theory, previously R/GA
- Marsha Plat, Director of User Experience, Urban Sitter, previously Hot Studio
- Ofri Alek, Associate Director, Pivotal Labs

View The Full “Design Friday” @ SBF Schedule.

Design Track presented by:

klugelogowhite

Evenings at the Loft: Design Across Mediums @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
June 26, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Track: Design

Evenings at the Loft is coming to SBF! Take a peek inside the fastest growing design community salon. Featuring four ten minute talks on Virtual Reality, Art Installations, Wearables and Lean Practices.

Speakers:

- Michael Murdock, Co-founder and Creative Director, Otherworld Interactive, @otherworldvr
- Megan Geckler, Installation Artist, @MeganGecklerArt
- Jeremiah Gardner, Founder, Lean Brand Lab, @JeremiahGardner
- Eric Olsen, Director of Design, Karten Design
- Tommy Change, VP of Digital Marketing and Ecommerce, Misfit

View The Full “Design Friday” @ SBF Schedule.

Design Track presented by:

klugelogowhite

Evenings at the Loft: Lounge, Play Party and Prizes! @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Edgewater Room
June 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Track: Design

Come on in and kick your feet up with Kluge. We will be ending the day with a creative play workshop. We will have walls of interactive activities, a UX sketching station, a virtual reality booth and much more! Or just step in for a drink and kick your feet up while you gear up for all of the SBF after-party shenanigans!

To close the day we´ll be raffling off prizes, including a General Assembly $500 Class Credit, a one year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, an Axure License, an Axure Training Bootcamp, free tickets to Evenings at the Loft, a few Misfit Shines and much more!

View The Full “Design Friday” @ SBF Schedule.

Design Track presented by:

klugelogowhite

 

Face to Face with Virtual Humans @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Sunset Dining Room
June 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Track: Virtual Tech

We’ve all been awed with the highly believable digital humans appearing in movies, games and online. As capture technologies, software and rendering advances continue, the ability to create digital doubles will become commonplace. As we live more online and in virtual reality, no doubt, we will want our digital doubles ready for Social VR. We’ll share a rapid fire survey of virtual human technologies and take a look at near future development for interactive virtual humans.

Moderator: Diane Piepol, Project Director & US Representative The Digital Doubles Agency

Speakers:
- Kay Arutyunyan, CounterPunch Studios, VP of Production
- Jacquelyn Ford Morie PhD, All These Worlds, Founder & Chief Scientist
- Graham Fyffe, USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), Computer Scientist
- Dan Platt, Facial & Character Modeling Supervisor (Virtual Tupac)

Friday Night Cocktails at WeWork Santa Monica @ WeWork
June 26, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Track: Cocktail/Wine Glass

Join us for Friday night cocktails at the new WeWork Santa Monica. Silicon Beach Fest attendees get a sneak preview of the large new co-working space before its scheduled July 1 opening date.  WeWork’s Santa Monica location is WeWork’s second location in LA, after its first location in Hollywood which has hosted several Silicon Beach Fests.

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Introducing WeWork Santa Monica

WeWork and Silicon Beach Fest have come together to host an amazing pre-launch party to celebrate the newest LA location, WeWork Santa Monica, opening July 1st.

Join us this Friday, June 26th, at 6:00pm for a fun evening of drinks, food, prizes, a live DJ, and a sneak peek of the new space before it opens.

Please RSVP to attend, we look forward to seeing you there!

The WeWork Team

VIP Yacht Cruise @ FantaSea Yacht
June 26, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Track: Cocktail/Wine Glass

With our new location at the Marina del Rey Hotel, we embark upon a private yacht cruise aboard the FantaSea yacht, to add a little Cannes style yacht cruising to this year’s Silicon Beach Fest. VIP passes, select speakers and sponsors are invited to this three-hour FantaSea yacht cruise on Friday June 26, 6-9p.  Step aboard the yacht from 6-7p while it is at the dock, and then the boat will depart at 7p for a two-hour sailing cruise around the Marina. 130 capacity.

A wristband will be required to board the yacht.  Select sponsors, select speakers, and paid VIP tickets will be given wristbands to board the yacht.

To sponsor the yacht, email info@digitalla.net with YACHT as the subject.

Free parking at FantaSea Yacht, 4215 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

After the yacht returns to shore at 9p, you still have time to drive or Uber / Lyft to the Closing Party at Cross Campus from 8-11p in Santa Monica.

Closing Party: Nautical Theme @ Killer Shrimp
June 26, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Track: Cocktail/Wine Glass

All Silicon Beach Fest attendees are invited to our big Closing Party with a nautical theme and views of boats in the marina. Enjoy complimentary passed appetizers.  Our DJ will make sure you get to do some dancing on the dance floor. VIP guests are welcome to relax in the VIP lounge.  You may sit down to order dinner at Killer Shrimp on your own, or after-party with your new SBF buddies in the adjacent Killer Cafe section which is open 24 hours and has free wifi for posting all your dancing tweets and Instagrams.

Killer Shrimp is located at 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Parking: Please park in the nearby public lot. Cost is $6 cash or credit card. Parking is not covered or validated. Do not park in the Killer Cafe lot which is reserved for dinner guests.  Note: You may also take the Tesloop car shuttle in a Tesla from the Marina Del Rey Hotel.

Jun
27
Sat
VIP Venice Beach House Cocktails @ Venice Beach House
June 27, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Track: Cocktail/Wine Glass

Join us for our Silicon Beach Fest – VIP Cocktails with wine & cheese at the newly listed home at 25 S. Venice Blvd. on Saturday June 27. Relax with wine and good conversation, and touch base with friends and new contacts from the fest.

This event is open to Silicon Beach Fest VIP, speaker, and sponsors. Please bring your badge for entry.

Our venue is a newly listed $3.75M home steps from Venice Beach, with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, Brazilian granite, and a multi-level roof deck with an impressive 360° view of the ocean, mountains, and city. The home has recently been featured in the LA Times, and First Comics News. Contact: Darren Winston, Luxury Property Speciality at John Aaroe Group, darren@darrenwinston.com

PARKING: Park on your own at $6 public parking lots a short walk away.

Jun
28
Sun
SBF Sunday Funday Pool Party @ Marina del Rey Hotel
June 28, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Track: Beach Games

It’s sunny at the Marina del Rey Hotel, so we’re headed there for our Silicon Beach Fest – Sunday Funday pool party 1-4p! You walked by the pool a bunch, now let’s go in it! Relax on deck chairs, swim in the pool, and talk tech in the hot tub with other SBF attendees as a DJ spins pool vibe tunes. Arrive in your swimsuits and flip flops, ready for our SBF pool pic / selfie. NO PANTS in the pool area please; or you can sit by the firepits at Salt restaurant. We’ll provide free sunglasses (in SBF blue or Digital LA red), SBF15 SPF15 lip balm (passion fruit or coconut), KIND bars, SBF fans, and Grindr sunscreen. Cash bar, pay for food / drinks on your own (cuz attendees requested that after tooo much fun at our Closing Party open bar on Friday :) Parking: should be free valet today if you ask nicely.