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It's time for another showcase!

We have two awesome and somewhat unusual talks lined up for the evening, covering a variety of design topics, entrepreneurship, and some tech as well.

Generative / Collaborate Design

by Alan Rorie / Almost Scientific

When think of a design, we typically imagine marks on paper (or a screen) specifying what the object is. Instead, imagine we use a set of rules, or a process (i.e. an algorithm) to generate the design. Following these rules can produce the same object each time, or the rules can include variations, interactions and randomness. Once you open the design to these other factors, it naturally invites others to influence, or collaborate, on the design.

Alan will share the story of his experiments with generative design and show off some of the things that he has made using this technique, including a web-based generator.

Tech: Javascript and WebGL

The Story Behind Tava Indian Kitchen

by Hasnain Zaidi

In 2011, Hasnain Zaidi left a job at Bain & Company along with two friends from college (also from the world of private equity and consulting) to pursue the dream of bringing Indian food to the American mainstream.

The three friends created Tava Indian Kitchen - a fast casual restaurant with the goal of being America's gateway to Indian food.

Tava's first year was a runaway success: features in the news media, strong sales and a terrific base of loyal fans. While most restaurants struggle to make it through their first year, Tava continued to innovate its product, opened a second location and began to lay the groundwork for future growth.

Two key principles helped guide their journey from consultants to restaurant entrepreneurs:
- How can we run Tava in a way different than business as usual in the restaurant industry?
- How can we make sure to learn as much as we can and apply those learnings to rapidly improve?

They chose to open their restaurants in the Bay Area and have benefited from all the great startup energy in the Valley.

Hasnain's talk will cover a number of elements of the journey including:
- How they applied Design Thinking to the creation and evolution of Tava
- The applications (and limitations) of Lean Design in a brick and mortar businesses
- Lessons learned from a year in the restaurant business

You can find more information about Tava at:

Doors will open at 6pm and we'll start the talks at 7pm. Come early to mingle. Food and drinks will be served.

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  • Christian N.

    Big thanks to Alan and Hasnain for speaking tonight, and to everyone who came to the event and asked great questions. Looking forward to the next one!

    March 27, 2013

  • jeff s.

    Conflict just came up. Sounds like an interesting line-up. Wish I could make it.

    March 27, 2013

  • Ulises

    Sorry. Can't make it...

    March 25, 2013

  • Christine

    conflict sorry:(

    March 25, 2013

  • Christine


    March 18, 2013

  • Doug M.

    anyone carpooling from/to the North Bay?

    February 21, 2013

  • Doug M.

    I'm leading the BoF session on voice interfaces at HTML5DevConf the following week, so I'd like to poll the room on interest level and topics, and show off any prototypes or tests that I've pulled together by then.

    February 21, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Hey Christian, I've hacked together an MVP for my recruiting business, a simple CRUD app. The interesting part is how I learned to put the MVP together BDD style, starting first w/ a single role (a recruiter), and then started adding other roles (candidate, hiring manager, etc.) I even have state machines for each role!

    I'd be happy to give a short talk w/ an emphasis on the design process. Let me know if interested.

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have conflict with the new date

    February 20, 2013

  • Christian N.

    Hey folks, this event has been rescheduled for 3/27. Please update your RSVP if you can't make the new date. Thanks! -Christian

    February 20, 2013

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