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2016 Holiday Party

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  • ROC Vine

    5151 California Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA (map)

    33.641594 -117.854347

  • Come join us for a celebration of all that 2016 brought to our tech community. This year we are joining with Orange County Tech Happy Hour for a festive bash that will have startups tables, student demos, an open bar and special guest speakers and the hospitality that you've come to expect.

    Ample free parking surrounds The Vine building. If the parking in front is full check the lots by the patio and behind the building. 

    Panel speakers:

    We are proud to present a panel discussion on the growing popularity of E-Sports and how Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies fit into the video gaming culture that E-Sports is helping to shape. Our speakers include:

    Mark Deppe

    Working closely with students, leader, staff, faculty, and industry partners, Mark is thrilled to lead the way for the first official eSports program at a public research institution. Recognizing the opportunity to build on UCI's strong gaming culture and take advantage of the massive world of eSports, Mark began developing a vision and plan for the UCI eSports program in 2015. Mark has a B.S. in psychobiology from UCLA and recently completed his MBA at Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. In 2016 Mark was named the Antrepreneur of the Year by UCI's Antrepreneur Center and Coach of the Year by OC Weekly.

    Katherine Harris

    Katherine Harris is a Microsoft Technical Evangelist with expertise in game, virtual and augmented reality development based out of Los Angeles. As an evangelist, Katherine is a frequent public speaker and runs a developer blog about how to develop interactive 3D applications with the Microsoft Platform. She is the co-host of ImagineThis, a web series for students to learn about the tech industry, and The Game Dev Show on MSDN’s Channel9 network. Katherine has been developing games since college. Before becoming a game and VR/AR evangelist, Katherine worked with Microsoft partners to port iPhone and Android applications to Windows.

    Edward J. Moore III

    Ed is a veteran game designer, producer, and programmer who worked for more than 15 years in the AAA retail game industry, with deep experience with multiplayer game design on blockbuster franchises including Medal of Honor, Lord of the Rings, and more.  In August 2014, he launched AMPED-UX in Los Angeles, and now uses his arsenal of skills to explore the emerging mediums of VR and AR, as well as providing strategic gamification and UX Design services for digital marketing and gaming startups. 

    Startup Booths

    AMPware make technology that allows you to charge your devices in any situation and never be powerless again. With the world's first kenetic charging cell phone case you can now stay connected anywhere and anytime. 

    SelfieSpeech makes it easy to perfect your presentation in a safe and secure manner. Find out more at

    Trusted Mechanix is an on-demand platform that gives you a cost-effective and convenient alternative to expensive auto repair shops. Now, with a few poked to your smartphone screen, you can now dispatch Trusted & Certified mobile mechanics to your home or office to fix your car. 

    Student Booths

    K9Pal is a mobile application designed to help people find rescue dogs online that are available for adoption. Student Jessica Morales will give demo the app and the UX cycle that produced it. 

    Photobooth by

    USIE BOOTH is a sleek, modern approach to photobooths. Brandable, easy to use, and social, our booths allow businesses to create unforgettable customer experiences while increasing social media reach -- all without breaking the bank.


    Other than the staff of volunteers and participants like yourself, the event would not be possible without the individuals and companies sponsoring the event – It is imperative in enabling us to maintain technology for this event, providing food & beverages and more! Interested in sponsoring the Holiday Party? Message Shraddha for the Sponsorship Information Packet here on Meetup or email me at shraddha.swaroop@socaluxcamp. The team here greatly appreciates the generous support of the following sponsors:


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  • Shraddha S.

    Big thanks to our sponsors Sabio and Ithakai. Would you organization like a sponsor table in a high traffic area of our event. Just reply to this post and I will get in touch. Thanks again!

    6 days ago

  • Alesha A.

    Have fun all! Will be sad to miss.

    November 14

  • Shraddha S.

    I am looking for people who would like to demo their products at the party. Reply to this thread if you are interested and I will get you a table at the event!

    November 11

    • JC J.

      Hi Shraddha, I would love to present Ithakai at the event. Thank you!

      1 · November 12

    • Shraddha S.

      I'll put you down on the list JC. I also sent you an email on becoming a sponsor. Let me know if you're interested in a high-traffic spot with the other sponsors.

      2 · November 15

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