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CAM is Tomorrow + Several Networking Events Next Week

From: guy d.
Sent on: Friday, November 30, 2012 3:36 PM
CAM is on for tomorrow, and there's so much going on next week I did not want to wait till Sunday night or Monday to get this out.
Career Action Ministry , 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church IN MOUNTAIN VIEW ! ( Don’t drive to Menlo Park as I did the first time )
Topic this Saturday is “Bridging Employment Gaps: Not as Difficult as You Think” with Guest Speaker Laura Maish.
Next week, on Monday evening, 6:30pm-8:00pm, at the current (old) location of the Hacker Dojo, AIAA features “PolarBot — a Low-Cost Semi-Autonomous Antarctic Rover”
with speaker Satish Chetty,Project Lead/Mentor, Polarbot
Free event but they’d like you to register in advance. You can kick in a few bucks and have a brewski and snack food too.
If you’ve never been to the current (old) location of the Hacker Dojo, this is your last chance to do so with AIAA.
Tuesday morning at 8:30am Bio2Device meets at the Sunnyvale Council Chambers, topic this time is
“New skills wanted! Reinvent Your Life Science Profile to Stay in the Game” with featured speaker Olivier Roth, Marketing & Communication Coordinator at Cliinovo.
At 1pm ToastMatchers meets at the nearby Connect center. For the first time, I will be the table topics master, so hold on to your hats.
Tuesday evening the MIT Club meets at the Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Ave, Santa Clara CA 95054.
The event this time is titled “Clean Tech Investing in 2013: Where are the New Opportunities?”
With Panelists:
Cheryl Martin – ARPA-E
Ray Rothrock – Venrock Partners
Pierre Lamond – Khosla Ventures
Stuart Bernstein - Goldman Sachs
Expensive but I’ve found these events very worthwhile + they always have great appetizers and wine.
Wednesday there are two events I am aware of going on in a very unfortunate conflict:
One is the American Welding Society dinner meeting in Berkeley, their *Special Holiday Presentation*, with featured speaker Michael Bondi presenting:
 “ The Beauty of Metal in Architecture”
Venue is of course the fabled Spenger's in Berkeley, time window is 6:00 to 7:45pm, RSVP required ( or at least strongly recommended )
There is also unfortunately at the same time this boffo ASME event, “Networking at HP Laboratories!”
This networking event, hosted in the shadow of the offices of the legendary William Hewlett and David Packard will also include a tour of Hewlett Packard Laboratories' cutting-edge data center testbed.
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, the exact location is the HP Labs Campus at the corner of Peter Coutts Rd. and Page Mill.
( This moment I'm leaning heavily toward the Welding dinner, need my Spenger's fix. But ASME generally has a lot going lately, good events, strong recommendation )
Thursday morning at 8am presumably Eco Green Group has something going on in Saratoga, but their website is not yet updated. Looks like last time they had a speaker from UL talk about codes and conformance, which was probably pretty good.
( hope no one is trying to transcribe this link with a keyboard, or worse, paper and pencil )
Thursday afternoon, a very unique event, Ozen Engineering presents their “ANSYS 14.5 Release Party” from 3pm to 6pm.
You can party like it’s 14.5 ...
... but you may need to leave early to get to this MedTech Frontiers event at Triple Ring in Newark, this time tackling the question that is on all our minds,
“Is Big Data and Open Source the Future of Healthcare?”
With featured presenter John Wilbanks, the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, as we all know.
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Triple Ring Technologies, 39655 Eureka Dr. Newark
Free event but they’d like you to register in advance.
So these will be some very long days of networking.
Friday is Pearl Harbor Day, although a very long shot in terms of networking, you may consider driving to the top of Mt. Diablo for the annual lighting of the beacon.
It was extinguished after the attack but re-lit each PHD since ’64 or so.
I went once but do not anticipate going again this year.
Last week I was not at Steve’s Drop In Strategy, though I heard it was very well-attended.
Tuesday I did get to Bio2Device and although not the first through the door did get there before the presentation started. It was very lively and interactive, so much so I uploaded a photo to FB.
ToastMatchers went well later that day … Wednesday night’s SVEC Open House was really noteworthy for me, re-connected with many people and met some new ones as well.
They really had a lot of food too, but I forgot to bring a ziplock. There was also a late-model BMW converted to electric on display.
Thursday I skipped EGG and Csix in favor of getting ready for “California’s Katrina”, but I was at Post Pro Match earlier today. Some new online listing of networking events was unveiled.

FWIW ToastMatchers, Post Pro Match and ProMatch itself are all getting the boot from the existing building they are at now, will need to find new digs. Guess all that Prop 30 money wasn’t enough. The CAD program at DeAnza is apparently also crossing the river Styx.
Folks, at least those I hear from, seem to be either very enthusiastic or significantly miffed at getting these messages. Certainly there’s a silent majority I never hear from. But this struck me as odd:
“Please take me off your list. I have a full time job and can not attend these events.”
If there’s one thing I think I’ve learned these past months, even if you are so fortunate as to catch the bus, today you need to keep running.
Guy D.

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