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Learn, Network, Be Heard: Faces of the Creative Economy

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On Thursday, April 10 from 6-9PM Connect to Tech L.A. in conjunction with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce and Otis College of Art and Design will co-host a panel discussion on the “Faces of the Creative Economy,” inspired by the quickly emerging creative, media, technology and economic prowess of the Los Angeles region. With innovation at the core of many creative and technology-based companies emerging throughout the Los Angeles area, this event will provide Angelenos with an opportunity to celebrate local product design and technology-focused entrepreneurs.

What does "unique" actually mean in a re-tweetable world? Ever asked yourself how to make a living as a creative without "selling out?" Are you curious about how to take your concept from idea into implementation? Or are you a West LA professional looking to learn more about members of your local creative economy?

You Will Gain Insight:

In case you missed the recent release of the Otis Report on the Creative Economy, our "Faces" event will begin with a brief overview of the 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy, presented by Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, Economist, Kyser Center for Economic Research, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. For example, did you know that 44% of California's creative jobs are located right here in Los Angeles? Listening to Kimberly you'll learn so much more.

Our special guest, City Council District 11 Councilman, Mike Bonin, will address our creative enthusiasts with his discussion about the importance of creativity and innovation for the City of Los Angeles.

Meet our Panel:

Jen Bilik, Founder of Knock Knock, a product design company based in Venice that “puts the fun in functional” through the production and sale of witty products including office, organizational, and bedtime related objects.

Find Jen on twitter at @JenBilik and/or @KnockKnock

Ryan and Adam Goldsten, co-founders of Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) and former basketball and football players at the University of Southern California. APL is “dedicated to providing exclusive high-performance athletic footwear and apparel products utilizing a combination of breakthrough technology, advanced materials, and innovative product design.”

Find these guys on twitter at @APLBasketball

Plinio Garcia, founder of Indy Plush, and serial entrepreneur whose plush toys are all locally sourced and produced in Los Angeles and made with all sustainable and eco-friendly materials.

Find Indy Plush on twtter at @IndyPlush

And the Perks!

The event will end with a set from Sycons, solar powered DJ's Mark X. Farina and Matthew Horne. There will be food and drinks, and of course cupcakes! Ovation is kindly providing little goodies as well. However, we kindly ask that if food is your biggest motivation, think twice before coming. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the rapidly growing creative sector in Los Angeles.

The event is open to the public. Secure your seat by RSVPing at .

RSVP on Eventbrite to save yourself a spot. Seats are going fast!



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