• Post CES Meetup: A New Year in Hardware at Indiegogo HQ
    Please make sure to RSVP on Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/post-ces-2017-meetup-in-sf-a-new-year-in-hardware-tickets-30171168778 , and RSVP on Meetup does not count as an RSVP Join us at our first Meetup for a fun get together to explore the wonders and innovations of new products in development. Where we will showcase unreleased products and prototypes like one might find at CES in Las Vegas except right in San Francisco. Our Meetup first Meetup will be at Indiegogo's HQ in San Francisco. The format of the Meetup will be as followed. 6pm - 7pm: The first hour of the meetup will be dedicated to allowing people to settle and mingle and get to know each other while playing with Virtual Reality with Playstation VR and Samsung Gear 7pm - 8pm: Will have 6 presenters demoing and pitching hardware products and prototypes that you can see months and/or possibly years before it (if it reaches) the mass market. Allowing entrepreneurs to get consumer non-bias feedback in an open round table format to help entrepreneurs fix mistakes before going to market or starting a crowdfunding campaign. If you have a product that you would like to demo please email Paul at [masked] Will have 6 presenters demoing and pitching hardware products and prototypes that you can see months and/or possibly years before it (if it reaches) the mass market. Allowing entrepreneurs to get consumer non-bias feedback in an open round table format to help entrepreneurs fix mistakes before going to market or starting a crowdfunding campaign. If you have a product that you would like to demo please email Paul at [masked] Health and Fitness Wearable- Cardiomo A smart wearable biosensor, that tracks comprehensive vital signs and biometrics, analyzes them by AI, and in the case of abnormalities detection sends notifications to smartphone of users, relatives, or doctors/caregivers Camera and Space Tech- Tiny1 Literally the world's smallest astronomy camera Virtual Reality- Usens 3D Human-Computer Interaction solution for augmented and virtual reality that allows the Vive to operate without a camera, and allows people to lift and move virtual objects through hand movement Rideables- ecoreco Ecoreco provides a a pollution free scooter that has super long battery life along with special GPS activation through voice commands built within scooter, along with countless other features. It has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel and used by entire cast of Silicon Valley 8:00pm to 8:10pm: Elevator Pitch Marathon- 10 minutes will be dedicated to offering anyone the chance to give a brief 1 minute max elevator pitch about their product or concept. 8:10pm - 9pm mingling

    Indiegogo

    965 Mission Street · San Francisco, CA

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  • ARcade: VR, AR, Electric Vehicles, and 2025
    Please make sure to order your ticket on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arcade-2-vr-ar-electric-vehicles-and-2025-tickets-28885792182) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arcade-2-vr-ar-electric-vehicles-and-2025-tickets-28885792182 Have you ever wondered what the world will be like in 2025 once driverless cars become mainstream, VR and AR devices are used more frequently than smartphones, and what the energy situation will be like? At this Meetup will have a roundtable discussion about how rideables, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars will change the world for the better or the worst. Along with an ARcade style format for people to try disrupting VR/AR technology out today. Because lets face it the best way to understand Virtual and Augmented Reality is not through talking or a slideshow presentation. We are also welcome to people demoing IoT gadgets and rideables. If you would like to pitch and demo a VR/AR product or a rideable or electric device please contact us at [masked]. The agenda of the event is 6pm - 6:30pm: Socializing and networking 6:30pm to 7pm: Trying out Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality products. 7pm to 7:45pm: Roundtable discussion 7:45pm to 9pm: More time to demo and try out VR/AR products. Here are VR products on the agenda for presenting with AR products pending. Playstation VR: Playstation VR was recently released in October 13th and is a VR system built purely for entertainment. We are very proud to be allowing attendees to experience Batman: Arkham VR. Which is a highly acclaimed immersive experience designed to make people feel what it is like to be Batman in his detective mode. Gear VR: For this event we have curated headsets to focus on how VR is being used in ways beyond gaming to include Sports: We will have a Samsung Gear VR headset set up to showcase VR content from everything related to the Olympics, NBA, and more. Horror: We have also curated content to show how VR is the most powerful way to be scared and cannot be imitated through a theme park ride or film. Psychology: We have also designated a headset to show how VR can give one the experience to understand how it can be used to overcome one's fear of heights, understand what it feels like to be going blind, and more If you would like to demo and present please let us know. We are always open for people demoing and presenting their VR/AR product. We would like to thank our venue host WeWork Valley Towers WeWork is creating a global network of entrepreneurs who are working to make a life, not just a living. We provide the space, community, and services you need and we are thrilled to announce that our first Silicon Valley location, WeWork Valley Towers (https://www.wework.com/locations/san-jose) . Located in downtown San Jose, Valley Towers is an easy caltrain, light rail, or car ride away from anywhere in Silicon Valley. Book a tour online today! (https://www.wework.com/locations/san-jose/valley-towers)

    WeWork Valley Towers

    75 E Santa Clara St. 6th Floor · San Jose, CA

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  • Technically Speaking, an Ignite! event at PayPal
    What’s Ignite!? It’s a talk format that brings out the fun with none of the pain of sitting through a long-form presentation (or having to read bullet-points on a PPT). The tagline is “Enlighten us, but make it quick”. Each speaker gets 5 minutes to wow us. Topics will range from the highly technical to the very personal, but all of them will be passionate expressions of interest and individual commitment. Need more convincing? Click here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYyJZOHgpco&index=4&list=PLC303BD3A094DBDAE) and here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRWqa5o56hk&index=10&list=PLC303BD3A094DBDAE) for two awesome examples of Ignite talks. Come join us and hear from: * Joyce Kim, Executive Director, Stellar (https://www.stellar.org/) * Laura Welcher, Special Projects, LongNow Foundation (http://longnow.org/) * Mark Maxham, Software Engineer, Local Motion (https://www.getlocalmotion.com/) * Erin McKean, CEO, Wordnick (https://www.wordnik.com/about) * Denise Brezonski, Master Trainer, The Breema Center (http://www.breema.com/) * Will Snow, OpenStack Engineering, Cisco * Jason Rowe, Scientist, SETI Institute (http://www.seti.org/)(JUST ADDED) * More to be announced, including a gaggle of passionate PayPal leaders! ** Hosted by: Danese Cooper, Open Source Diva, PayPal Run of show: Doors at 6:15 PM Beers, treats and paper-airplane contest @ 6:30 PM Ignite! talks (w/ beer intermission) @ 7:15 PM Can't wait to see you there (TechX is back!)...

    PayPal Town Hall

    2161 North 1st Street · San Jose, CA

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  • What Is Bitcoin & Blockchain Technology? (Lorne Lantz/Wine Night)
    Are you curious about bitcoin? Are you eager to explore more about the value of blockchain technology? Do you want to win a free pass (worth $1095) to O'Reilly Radar Summit 'Bitcoin & the Blockchain? Lorne & Kieren will speake at O'Rielly Radar Summit as well. Bitcoin's impact has forced governments, banks and citizens around the world to question how we store and transfer monetary value. The media has focused on the price of bitcoin and silkroad, however the true potential for bitcoin is not as obvious. Lorne will share with you the value bitcoin can bring to the world and how this disruptive technology works. Lorne will also talk about how the underlying technology, the blockchain, is being used in creative ways to disrupt non obvious areas like identity and contracts. Speaker: Lorne Lantz Special Guest: Kieren James-Lubin (http://conferences.oreilly.com/bitcoin-blockchain-2015/public/schedule/speaker/193193) Lorne Lantz is a passionate bitcoin entrepreneur and educator who has built multiple financial technology startups that were recognized by PayPal and Swift. He has been programming for 20 years, and has deep domain knowledge in banking, payments and bitcoin. Lorne has launched several bitcoin projects and currently building a more convenient method to remit money to the Philippines. He is currently co-chairing the O'Reilly Bitcoin and Blockchain conference and a technical reviewer for the "Mastering Bitcoin" book. Agenda 6:00 pm -Dinner/Drinks /Mingling 6:50 pm - Lorne Lantz 7:20 pm - Q&A 8:00 pm- Bring your biz cards to win free passes of O'Reilly RadarSummit 'Bitcoin & the Blockchain (http://conferences.oreilly.com/bitcoin-blockchain-2015) Book giveaway: Mastering Bitcoin by Antonopoulos How to find us: TechXploration takes place at PayPal HQ at Town Hall, which is facing North First Street. Public Transit Info: PayPal Town Hall is directly across the street from the Karina Station of VTA/Light Rail in San Jose, CA. Parking Info: All unmarked spots at PayPal HQ are up for grabs. When you pull into the campus, look for Town Hall (large building says "Town Hall" above doors, faces North First) and then park where you'd like. Please encourage your guests to register and RSVP themselves for a more fluid check-in. Please bring a photo ID. "Like" us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TechXploration)! Call for volunteers! Please contact me: [masked] Members receive a 30% off to the summit by using this link http://oreil.ly/1wi7MGA (http://oreil.ly/12rWrrK) and your unique code UGTECHX

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  • How to Transform Ex-Cons To Successful Entrepreneurs
    Come hear Catherine Hoke, CEO of Defy Ventures (http://defyventures.org/) and recently recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, discuss her transformative work. Catherine will share her story, checkered with challenges, and provide insight on how to overcome obstacles and failures in leadership. Defy Ventures is a NYC-based entrepreneurship, employment, and character training program that recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs. Defy “transforms the hustle” of formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment, and startup incubation. Defy intentionally builds a life-giving, authentic community between EITs and its executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity. Since its founding, Defy has raised $4 million and engaged 2,500+ executive volunteers who contributed 12,500 hours as business plan competition judges, mentors, and business coaches. Defy has incubated and financed 80 of its graduates’ companies. Grads have reported a 83% increase in income and achieved an 95% employment rate. Defy has been showcased in The New Yorker (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6825772/The%20New%20Yorker%2C%20Feb%2010%2C%202014%20Formatted.pdf), The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/nyregion/helping-ex-criminals-develop-start-ups.html?_r=0), Richard Branson’s blog (http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/everyone-deserves-a-second-chance),Inc. Magazine (http://www.inc.com/magazine/201206/kris-frieswick/catherine-rohr-defy-ventures-story-of-redemption.html), Forbes.com (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2012/11/05/why-ex-cons-make-great-entrepreneurs/), and The Harvard Business Review (http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/03/the-economy-of-punishment/). Agenda 6:00 pm -Dinner/Drinks /Mingling 6:40 pm - Opening Show 7:00 pm - Catherine Hoke 7:30 pm - Q&A 8:00pm- Give Away How to find us: TechXploration takes place at PayPal HQ at Town Hall, which is facing North First Street. Public Transit Info: PayPal Town Hall is directly across the street from the Karina Station of VTA/Light Rail in San Jose, CA. Parking Info: All unmarked spots at PayPal HQ are up for grabs. When you pull into the campus, look for Town Hall (large building says "Town Hall" above doors, faces North First) and then park where you'd like. Please encourage your guests to register and RSVP themselves for a more fluid check-in. Please bring a photo ID. Call for volunteers! Please contact me: [masked]

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  • Cost-Effective Supercomputing with Highly Parallel Systems(SVEC Open House)
    TechXploration is partnering with SVEC for the event. Please join the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) at our annual Open House event Friday November 21st to share contacts, ideas and engineering camaraderie. 5:30pm The event begins with a networking reception and hors d'oeuvres 7:00pm The speaking program begins Highlights of the Open House program include: • Networking Reception with many local engineers • Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees Announcement • Talk on : Cost-Effective Supercomputing with Highly Parallel Systems • Speaker Dr. David Eimerl (http://www.eimexinc.com/meetdavid.html), Eimex Inc. & Mark Schroeder, Perficio Micro, LLC • Discover “E” (Engineering) Program for sending engineers to classrooms • SVEC 2015 Scholarship Program Call for Applications Cost-Effective Supercomputing with Highly Parallel Systems" Today’s fast-paced, highly integrated, product development environment, demands that products be both created and tested in computer simulated environments. Finite Element Analysis (FEA), the choice for most simulations, is used for calculations of stress, heat transfer, electrostatics, electromagnetic fields, fluid mechanics, and many more topics. Accurate calculations results with fine resolution place a heavy demand on the computational resources, especially for coupled problems. Problems with fine resolution or complex temporal development can require formidable supercomputing resources, but most commercial FEA packages are not configured for massively parallel operations, are generally expensive, and none solve all problem types within the same package. Commercial FEA packages also tend to be limited in that they generally work within a shared memory server, (usually one workstation), and are not scalable to massive parallelism. Today we present a highly parallel FEA approach, which uses a combination of open source software, public domain mathematics libraries built by National Laboratories, and a variety of matrix solvers. Our approach utilizes a distributed system that fully utilizes a rack of servers that offer all their RAM and processors/threads to the ‘mother’ process (node). SVEC Engineers Week Banquet February 2015 announcement The Silicon Valley Engineering Council, the alliance for engineering leaders in the Silicon Valley, serves as a collective focus to support your professional engineering organization and to serve the needs of your membership and the engineering education community in the San Francisco Bay Area. (www.svec.org) How to find us: TechXploration takes place at PayPal HQ at Town Hall, which is facing North First Street. Public Transit Info: PayPal Town Hall is directly across the street from the Karina Station of VTA/Light Rail in San Jose, CA. Parking Info: All unmarked spots at PayPal HQ are up for grabs. When you pull into the campus, look for Town Hall (large building says "Town Hall" above doors, faces North First) and then park where you'd like. Please encourage your guests to register and RSVP themselves for a more fluid check-in. Please bring a photo ID.

    PayPal Town Hall

    2161 North 1st Street · San Jose, CA

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  • Silicon Valley Banana Slugs Networking Night (UC Santa Cruz Alumni Only)
    Join your fellow Bay Area Banana Slugs at PayPal's Town Hall on 2161 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA for a fun night of mingling and networking over complimentary appetizers and drinks from Santa Cruz's own Zoccoli's Deli and Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. Take advantage of this opportunity to build relationships with your fellow UC Santa Cruz alumni and learn about PayPal's Speaker Series, PayPal's TechXploration (http://www.meetup.com/TechXploration/). Feel free to stay for the entire evening or just stop by to say "hello"! Make sure to bring your business cards for networking and to enter the Banana Slug prize raffle. Questions? Contact Samantha Li at [masked] or call (831)[masked]. How to find us: TechXploration takes place at PayPal HQ at Town Hall, which is facing North First Street. Public Transit Info: PayPal Town Hall is directly across the street from the Karina Station of VTA/Light Rail in San Jose, CA. Parking Info: All unmarked spots at PayPal HQ are up for grabs. When you pull into the campus, look for Town Hall (large building says "Town Hall" above doors, faces North First) and then park where you'd like. Please encourage your guests to register and RSVP themselves for a more fluid check-in. Please bring a photo ID.

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  • Eyetracking Wearable Computer + Crowdfunding Platform To Help Homeless People
    http://youtu.be/PJitNJpK96o How ideal would it be for a wearable to be an extension of a person? A proactive tool that can anticipate one’s needs? To do so, a wearable must be a Natural User Interface (NUI) that changes how one interacts with computers, including the cloud. iPal (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ipal-capture-pictures-and-videos-with-your-eyes-and-share-with-blinks-or-wink) lets your eyes be your camera. iPal is a pair of smart glasses with patented eye tracking and eye gesture control technologies for capturing photos and videos. Using your eyes, you can zoom in on an object, select it with a blink and share it with a wink. But more than just a camera, iPal can work with Android, iOS and Windows smartphone apps. iPal is also Wi-fi and Bluetooth capable. iPal knows exactly what your eyes see and do! Speaker: Dr. Masoud Vaziri, Founder & CEO, i2i, Inc. Dr. Vaziri is an electrical engineering graduate of Purdue University and an MBA graduate of University of Texas (UTD) at Dallas. He is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and since 2009 has been an adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at UTD. Dr. Vaziri has also been a director at Nortel and a distinguished member of technical staff at Siemens. After 6 years of research and development for a new wearable technology product, Dr. Masoud Vaziri, established i2i, Inc. in 2012. Walking one night in San Francisco, Rose Broome saw a woman sleeping on the street, shivering under a thin blanket. At that moment she felt powerless - why can we pull out our phone to call a ride or order groceries, but we can’t use that same technology to help someone in need? Using the tools of scalable technology, Rose created a new way to make a difference in your local community. Learn how HandUp, a crowdfunding platform for homeless people, is making an impact across the United States. Speaker: Rose Broome, CO-founder and CEO of HandUp (https://handup.us/) Rose is passionate about using the power of technology to create social change. She is the co-founder and CEO of HandUp (http://www.handup.us/), a direct donation system for homeless people and neighbors in need where 100% of funds go towards basics like food, medical care, and housing through partnering social service organizations. Just this past year HandUp was named the Most Innovative Startup of the day by Fast Company and won the 1776 Global Challenge Cup Competition. Rose and co-founder Zac Witte were also named Top People in Tech by Business Insider. Previously, Rose served as COO at SuperBetter Labs and as a Data Manager for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Agenda 6:30 pm -Dinner/Drinks /Mingling 7:10 pm - Annette Krausse / Rose Broome 8:10 pm - Q&A 8:30 pm - Give Away How to find us: TechXploration takes place at PayPal HQ at Town Hall, which is facing North First Street. Public Transit Info: PayPal Town Hall is directly across the street from the Karina Station of VTA/Light Rail in San Jose, CA. Parking Info: All unmarked spots at PayPal HQ are up for grabs. When you pull into the campus, look for Town Hall (large building says "Town Hall" above doors, faces North First) and then park where you'd like. Please encourage your guests to register and RSVP themselves for a more fluid check-in. Please bring a photo ID. Call for volunteers! Please contact me: [masked]

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  • Samrat Saha: Optimize Garbage Pickup Using Bluetooth 4 And BLE Enabled Devices
    Did you know that a “smart” garbage can could help reduce overflowing garbage cans and rat outbreaks? How? Fitting trash receptacles with sensors that can tell how full they are, and when they are broken or go missing. These sensors, wireless Bluetooth low energy (BLE) modules, could then transmit data to the phones of people who walk by, says Samrat Saha. Speaker: Samrat Saha Principal - BlueCity LLC Originally from India, he received undergraduate degree for Geological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He pursued graduate studies in Geology at the University of Maryland, College Park; researching magma and the behavior of Copper in magmatic systems, but his interests in IT took over and he transitioned into IT related work midway through my graduate studies. Eventually he found his way to WI and with a few like minded individuals he started BlueCity LLC with a focus on mobile devices/sensors, people and their environment. This talk is about using BT4 as a bridge to allow data from otherwise isolated sensors to get to cloud hosted repositories. In particular it is to demonstrate how efficiencies can be obtained in garbage collection in urban areas by leveraging the people who frequent those areas to allow for information gathering with the end result of optimizing garbage collection scheduling. This is also to demonstrate that there are a lot of use cases of BT4 that need to be explored. learn more about the idea @ bluecityllc.com (http://bluecityllc.com/) Press coverage on Wired (http://www.wired.com/2014/05/how-the-internet-of-garbage-cans-will-remake-our-future-cities/) Innovation Award Top 30 at 2014 SVIEF (http://www.svief.org/2014/english/cx.php) Agenda 6:30 pm -Dinner/Drinks (beer & wine)/Mingling 7:15 pm -Opening Show 7:30 pm - Samrat Saha 8:10 pm - Q&A 8:30 pm - Give Away Opening Act: Peter Chung (https://www.facebook.com/peterchungmusic) How to find us: TechXploration takes place at PayPal HQ at Town Hall, which is facing North First Street. Public Transit Info: PayPal Town Hall is directly across the street from the Karina Station of VTA/Light Rail in San Jose, CA. Parking Info: All unmarked spots at PayPal HQ are up for grabs. When you pull into the campus, look for Town Hall (large building says "Town Hall" above doors, faces North First) and then park where you'd like. Please encourage your guests to register and RSVP themselves for a more fluid check-in. Please bring a photo ID. Call for volunteers! Please contact me: [masked]

    PayPal Town Hall

    2161 North 1st Street · San Jose, CA

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