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

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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

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)

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
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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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

 

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:

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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:
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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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