Silicon Beach Fest

Schedule

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Jun
25
Thu
Apps for Good, for Profit or for Both? @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
June 25, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Track: International

Apps. Every business wants one, be it a game, mobile or web-based. But with more and more apps available, what role should these apps play? Should an app be for profile, for profit or should it perform an additional function and perform a use for society? A panel of award-winning UK-based mobile, web-based and games app developers debate the changing international role of app developers.

Moderator: Matthew Desmier, Founder of Silicon Beach UK, Wise Old Uncle Ltd

Panelists:
- Mike Hawkyard, Amuzo Games, MD and Founder
- Duncan Cook, 3 Sided Cube, MD and Founder @duncancook
- Kriss Bennett, Createful, MD and Founder
- Marc Biles, Ratio, CEO @marcthebeat
- Jon Ginn, Base, Developer Evangelist @jonginn

Women Founders and Funders Breaking New Ground in LA – Tomorrow’s Billion Dollar Club? @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Marina Room
June 25, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Track: Women

Did you know that two of LA’s five $1 billion+ startups are founded by women? As the LA entrepreneur ecosystem continues to strengthen, there is a growing pipeline of women-led companies who could join tomorrow’s billion dollar club. Hear from a panel of women founders breaking new ground in e-commerce, social media music festival production, socially responsible marketplaces and designer dress rental – and the women who are making seed and early stage investments in women-led companies.

Moderator: Julie MacMedan, Women Founders Network, Co-Founder and COO

Speakers:
- Ann Wang, Enrou, Co-Founder and CEO
- Kelsey Doorey, Vow to be Chic, Co-Founder and CEO
- Jamie Kantrowitz, MESA Ventures, Managing Partner
- Katie Warner Johnson, Carbon38, Co-Founder and CEO

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

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Design Track presented by:

klugelogowhite

Gadget Sandbox @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Gadget Sandbox / Sponsor Lounge
June 26, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Track: Connected Life

Check out “tech you can touch” with these leaders in drones, 3D printing, and other new technologies.

- DJI Drones
- AIO Robotics
- More to be added

Presented by:

CallFire

How Do I Choose a CTO? @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Marina Room
June 26, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Track: Startups

Join this panel featuring CEOs and CTOs who will assist in answering the questions related to choosing a CTO for your new venture. Topics may include how to differentiate yourself, motivating talent to join, and keeping interest long-term.

Moderator: Bryan Lemster, Halcyon Innovation LLC, President

Speakers:
- John Shiple, Freelance CTO, CEO/CTO
- Alex​ Capecelatro, Yeti, CEO. Alex is a developer, founder and CEO of Yeti local recommendation mobile app.
- Hank Leber​, Vytmn, CEO
- Jeffrey Chernick, RideAmigos, Owner

Developer Track presented by:

directv_logo-1

CTO Stories @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Marina Room
June 26, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Track: Developer Startups

Silicon Beach CTOs from top companies will discuss how they find developers, build their team, work with other teams in their organization, and scale for growth from startup to next stages.

Moderator: Casey Frith-Smith, FOX Network Engineering & Operations, VP Video Solutions

Speakers:
- Lukas Sliwka, Grindr, CTO
- Sunil Bhanot, Demand Media, VP of Software Engineering
- Ethan Kravitz, Curbstand, CTO @CurbStand
- John Coogan, Soylent, CTO / Co-Founder

Developer Track presented by:

directv_logo-1

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

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Design Track presented by:

klugelogowhite

 

Internet of Things @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Sunset Dining Room
June 26, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Track: Connected Life

This session will focus on key aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the overall connectivity of products and devices. With the changing nature of business and the “things” themselves, sensors, connectivity elements, and software are increasingly being embedded into the products manufacturers around the globe are designing and building.  Come learn how to navigate, participate in, and engage your business with this global tech transformation. This is a must-attend for tech executives, device and product manufacturers, and software, application, and product designers, and more!

Moderator:  Kimberly Hawkins, Intertek, Account Executive, Internet of Things, Smart Services

Speakers:
- Marcel Hill, Intertek, Global Director of Internet of Things (IoT) Services
- Matt Nelson, Intertek, Business Development Manager

Speaker Bios

Marcel Hill, Intertek, Global Director of Internet of Things (IoT) Services. As a global business Trailblazer at Intertek for services addressing the Internet of Things, Marcel Hill brings his 20+ years of experience in progressive manufacturing, operations, and technical leadership in highly regulated environments to retailers and manufacturers alike. Marcel guides a team comprised of engineering, sales, quality, logistics, EH&S, and customer service members, using First-hand knowledge and experience to aid in effective decision-making and the cultivation of sustainable partnerships. He is responsible for customer-focused wireless solutions designed to offer global brands a comprehensive scope of safety, performance, and quality testing and certification services.

Matt Nelson is a Business Development Manager for software testing and wireless testing services at Intertek. He has over 10 years’ experience in business development and validation testing, and he helps manage a number of certification programs, including JavaVerified, Microsoft Phonestore, Qualcomm TBT, Virgin Mobile, and Blackberry 10. According to Matt, assisting vendors in the creation of application stores and different testing initiatives is our growing expertise, as are many other testing and problem-solving initiatives.

Kimberly Hawkins provides complete testing, certification, and consulting solutions to her clients so they meet all necessary requirements for domestic and global market entry. She creates a team of experts and engineering talent around each client project so that an effective and successful roadmap is implemented to support clients’ business initiatives. Her purview of solutions includes a wide range of services such as wireless, Bluetooth, performance, software, and compliance testing, along with design and global certification support.

Presented by:

Intertek VQD

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

Women Developers @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Marina Room
June 26, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Track: Women

Women developers from startups and tech companies will discuss issues including finding the right tech job, working at a startup or large tech company, scalability. We will also discuss issues for women developers such as career advancement, working in a male-dominated industry, and what women, men, and companies can do to help women get into tech, stay in tech and succeed in tech. What are local or national resources or organizations for women developers.

Moderator: Tara Tiger Brown, Co-Founder of KitHub, Connected Camps and LA Makerspace

Speakers:
- Hala Aladwan, Technology Consultant @haladwan
- Justine Bateman, Computer Science and Management Major, UCLA; Intern Blur Studio
- Kate Hollenbach, Oblong Industries, Inc, Director Of Design & Computation @kjhollen
- Rachel Blum, Google, Chrome Site Lead, Los Angeles
- Roni Brunn, Video Ace, CEO @thebandfrom
- Cara Kuei, National Football Leauge, Web Developer

Developer Track presented by:

directv_logo-1

How to Secure Your Dream Job: Tips from the Top @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Marina Room
June 26, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Track: Connected Life

Our panel with senior execs will cover: What do you look for in a resume? What makes one stand out over another? What puts you off? Where do you advertise jobs? Can you just apply directly? What are the key traits you look for when interviewing a candidate? What can someone do to really make an impression?

Any interviewing successes or horror stories? What is the demand across LA?

Is there a different approach a candidate should take for a startup vs mid-size vs large company? What changes are you seeing in the job market?

Moderator: Marc Cohen, EVP ConSol Partners

Speakers:

- Tino Lucente, Verizon Digital Media Services, Senior Recruiting Manager
- Perry Evoniuk, Evite, CTO
- Shariq Osman, DIRECTV, Senior Manager
- Rob Krumwiede, Creative Artists Agency, VP of Technology
- Courtney Montpas, HIRED, General Manager
- Tim Nabhani, Dollar Shave Club, VP of Engineering

Presented by:
directv_logo-1

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

WOMEN FOUNDERS: What it Takes to Succeed @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Main Stage
June 26, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Track: Women

Women founders, including those who have raised angel or VC capital discuss what it takes to succeed from funding, team building to strategy.

Co-Moderators:
- Justine Lassoff, Co-founder/CEO Tuesdaynights & Co-founder, Love Goodly @JustineLassoff @ShopLoveGoodly
- Melinda Moore, CMO, Crowdfunder, Co-founder Tuesdaynights @Melinda_Moore

Speakers:
- Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Art, Chief Curator and Director
- Nanxi Liu, Enplug, CEO
- Ariel Kaye, Parachute, Founder and CEO
- Lina Chen, Nix Hydra, Co-founder and CEO
- Shivani Siroya, Inventure, Founder

Growth Hacking: Tips and Techniques @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Marina Room
June 26, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Track: Developer

Growth hacking experts will share tips and techniques in Growth Hacking, where developers create quick code and scripts to capture marketing data from social media and other open sites, to help them target potential customers, generate sales leads, increase product awareness, and build customer and client databases. These techniques are useful for startups, sales, growth and more. Growth hacking is a unique combination of skill sets of developers and marketers; we’ll discuss how they can work together for successful growth hacking results.

Moderator: Javon Frazier, Maestro Media Ventures, Principal. Formerly Marvel Entertainment, VP Games Marketing @JavonFrazier

Speakers:
- Justin Wu, Vytmn, Co-Founder / Growth Engineer
- Peter Chen, Vytmn, CTO
- Marieme Haynes, JKH Naturals, Managing Director, previously at Microsoft

Presented by:

directv_logo-1

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

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Design Track presented by:

klugelogowhite

The Bleeding Edge of Mobile @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Marina Room
June 26, 2015 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Track: Mobile

This panel will examine how the latest in mobile technology is revolutionizing various industries.  Topics will include beacons, ACR (Audio Content Recognition), geofencing, augmented reality, and the way they are being applied to solve real business needs.

Moderator: Lori Schwartz, StoryTech, Founder @worldofschwartz

Speakers:
- Allen Vartazarian, Instantly, VP of Product
- Nick Desai, Heal, Co–Founder/CEO
- Laurent Grill, Zeel, LA General Manager @laurentgrill
- Heena Rastogi, eHarmony, Senior iOS Developer

Developer Track presented by:

directv_logo-1

Developers and Product Managers: Working Together @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Marina Room
June 26, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Track: Developer

Experts in product development for software to Internet of Things will discuss strategies and tools for product development including systems for decreased product cycle time, user input and feedback for improvements and updates, lean development, new product features, rollout strategies, software tools to help with product management, and more.

Moderator: Cauri Jaye, rhubarb studios, CEO

Speakers:
- Mark Thomas, Google, Product Manager
- Chris Chandler, Fandango, Senior Director Product and UX
- Mary Baldwin, Pivotal Labs, Product Management
- Brian Kuhn, Media Temple, VP of Product
- Ben Handzo, NationBuilder, Head of Product

Developer Track presented by:

directv_logo-1

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

Girls Talk Tech: Ask Kids Workshop @ Marina Del Rey Hotel - Boardroom
June 26, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Track: Women

Join us for this discussion on girls in tech, from Girls Who Code, who are visiting LA this summer, so we thought we’d invite them to Silicon Beach Fest as a great way to see what is happening in tech.  This workshop provides a forum for open discussion with girls in tech,  teens age 12-14.  Adults are always talking about how to increase girls in tech, so here’s the opportunity to ask girls questions about technology, phone and app social media use, etc.  The audience is invited to ask questions like: “What inspired you to learn to code”, “Who are your role models,”  ”What do you wish there were more of in the world to help increase girls in tech”, “Do you feel there is bias to girls in tech, and what can be done about it” “What apps do you use?” “Do you really use Snapchat all the time and not Facebook, etc”

Moderator: Lori Schwartz, Managing Partner, StoryTech

Developers Roundtable @ Marina del Rey Hotel - Marina Room
June 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Track: Developer

Developers sound off on what they wish Business Dev, Product Managers, CTOs, CEOs, and their clients knew or understood, to help increase business efficiency.

Moderator: Espree Devora, WeAreLATech, Founder

Speakers:
- Kevin Goslar, Originate, Director of Engineering
- Gregorio Rojas, Sabio,LA, Co-Founder
- Brady Tsurutani, DIRECTV, Senior Director of Mobile Software Engineering
- Christian Harden, NFL Digital Media, Application Development Manager
- Matthew Montanez, LIVESTRONG.COM, iOS Engineer @MattMontanez
- Suzzee Uy, Bridg, Senior Software Engineer

Developer Track presented by:

directv_logo-1

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