Techstars Startup Weekend Los Angeles April 2019
Apr
19
to Apr 21

Techstars Startup Weekend Los Angeles April 2019

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The AI LA Community is proud to present Techstars Startup Weekend Los Angeles: AI For Sustainability. 

We are living in a serious environmental crisis and we need your help! We are inviting cross-disciplinary teams to solve challenges in sustainability and climate change.

Don't worry if you don't have an idea or team pre-weekend. 

Our AI Earth Summit will produce a lot of research on the following topics, so you will have a lot of resources to help you and your team solve some big problems in 54 hours. 

Climate change.

Biodiversity and conservation.

Healthy oceans.

Water security.

Clean air.

Weather and disaster resilience.

Environmental Justice.

Sustainable Mobility.

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend

  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners

  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors

  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.

  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

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Talk Data to me: Earth Day Edition
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Talk Data to me: Earth Day Edition

In honor of Earth Day and Shark Week we have Apryl Boyle, a Scientist Entrepreneur and a GA Alum. Her work is focused on shark population data and investigating the roles of human-shark interactions. She’s been featured on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, National Geographic, and other international print and digital media.

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Strategic Planning in Action for Nonprofit Organizations
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

Strategic Planning in Action for Nonprofit Organizations

  • 5634 N Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90042 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Strategic planning is not static. Our workshop explores how to effectively use your plan to support your organization’s growth and mission.

About this Event

At this event, you will learn how to put your strategic plan into action and use it to achieve your goals. Strategic Planning is not a static process, and your organization needs to be able to evaluate the effectiveness of your plan and adjust your strategies in real time.

You might have spent a lot of time perfecting a compelling strategic plan, but no matter what stage you’re in, you ALSO need to put your strategic plan into action. From asking your board for help to reporting on the effectiveness of your strategic plan, our workshop will help you determine how to use your plan in advancing on your mission.

This event is open to any nonprofit leader, no matter your organization size or stage. Whether you are an early-stage organization or you want to take your organization to the next level, you will walk away with a clear plan and concrete resources to make your strategic plan work for you.

This workshop covers:

  • Getting your board on board

  • 101 board management for strategic success

  • How to effectively evaluate your organization? SWOT Analysis

  • When and how to ask for help?

  • Facilitation techniques for getting people on board.

  • How do you know if your Strategic Plan worked and how to respond to change?

This workshop is part of our Mockingbird Incubator Program. Mockingbird Incubator provides a flexible 9-step program designed to put in place the infrastructure nonprofits need for sustainable growth and measurable impact.

To learn more about our program visit www.mockingbirdincubator.org or email us at info@mockingbirdincubator.org.

If you missed our previous training on Goal Definition and Strategic Planning for Early-Stage Nonprofits we provide a Strategic Planning Toolkit to help you get started. Visit www.mockingbirdanalytics.com or contact us if you need help.

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Introduction to Asana
Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Asana

  • General Assembly Downtown Los Angeles (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you just getting started with Asana? Then this workshop is for you. Train hands-on with our Customer Success team to build the foundations for using Asana successfully—as an individual, as part of your team, and within your organization.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Navigate Asana with ease, from your inbox to your tasks, to team projects and more

  • Create projects and tasks to organize and track your team’s work, especially deadlines

  • Simplify team communication—comment on tasks, add followers, @teammates, respond to inbox notifications, and more

  • Better understand the different types of projects and processes you can manage in Asana

Please bring your laptop!

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The Diversity Innovation Forum
Apr
30
10:00 AM10:00

The Diversity Innovation Forum

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Join us for a discussion on how diversity of ideas, talent, and perspectives fuels innovation.

We will explore the key areas where diversity and inclusion are crucial for a vibrant innovation ecosystem including:

  • Priming the STEM talent pipeline with diverse perspectives and underrepresented minorities

  • Investing in diverse founders and advancing diversity at VCs

  • Diversity at the top — diversity at the board and executive level

  • Creating an inclusive corporate culture to unlock innovation

You will hear from leaders implementing successful diversity and inclusion programs as well as discover resources and programs that address opportunities to improve D&I representation in your organizations and communities. 

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2019 Youth Entrepreneurial Challenge
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

2019 Youth Entrepreneurial Challenge

  • Los Angeles Trade-Tech, School of Business & Civic Engagement (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Be inspired and encouraged by the young entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow as they pitch their startups to a panel of expert judges. Support your favorite school and cheer them on as they compete for a chance to win cash and in-kind prizes.

Participating Schools and Organizations Include:

• Crenshaw High School
• Augustus Hawkins High School
• View Park Charter High School
• Diego Rivera High School
• Manual Arts High School
• Brotherhood Crusade Youth Source Center
• Watts YOM Youth Source Center
• YWCA of Greater Los Angeles
• Los Angeles Urban League
• 100 Black Men Of Los Angeles
• Los Angeles Trade Technical College

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Urban Tech Connect - Collaborate, Create, Empower 2019
May
16
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Tech Connect - Collaborate, Create, Empower 2019

Build with industry thought leaders as well as potential investors who will offer authentic advice, invaluable insight and meaningful inspiration. Whether you’re looking to raise significant funding or be successfully acquired, Urban Tech Connect is uniquely designed to empower the next generation of South Los Angeles founders and entrepreneurs.

  • Fine tune your strategy for fundraising 

  • Target angels and VCs to raise money 

  • Overcome your fears and insecurities as a founder of color

  • Develop your go to market strategy

  • Think about opportunities in automation and how they might impact your business 

  • Keep it moving even when the odds are against you

  • Vet alternative options to raising funds for your business 

  • Develop tactics and strategies for product growth

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AT&T Shape Hackathon
Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

AT&T Shape Hackathon

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Are you interested in entertainment and love to code? Do you have an idea for an app that can highlight how 5G will disrupt the way we experience, consume or create content?

Then join us on April 12-14 for a very special 5G themed Hackathon produced by the AT&T Developer Program. This event will bring together developers, designers, and creators to hack innovative and disruptive mobile solutions that highlight the benefits of 5G. You bring the innovative ideas and designs and we'll bring the tech to help you transform them into apps in just one weekend.

What is an 5G hackathon? 5G mobile networks will open the door to new experiences that will change how we live, work, and play. Faster network speeds and near real time latency will enable new compelling experiences. For this event AT&T invites developers, designers, and creators to imagine and create those experiences by coding mobile solutions that highlight the benefits of a 5G network. Developers will be challenged to build solutions that take advantage of the high bandwidth and/or low latency of a 5G network with accelerator prizes for the best entertainment, gaming, VR/AR/MR and/or IOT solutions.

You Bring...

Your laptop, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative, team-focused mindset and/or team-up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ with #atthack. Whether you are a developer, designer, project manager, or just interested in tech, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your skills are needed! This event will not feature an onsite team formation component so it's highly suggest you arrive with a team to work.

We Supply...

Quick presentations and code samples that help kick start your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. We will have technical mentors to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools. We will also have loaner hardware on-site for you to use in your solutions.

Event Schedule

The following is a list of the weekend's agenda:

Day 1

  • 05:30PM - Doors open with dinner, networking and developer dating.

  • 06:30PM - Kickoff presentation and Featured Speakers.

  • 11:30PM - Midnight Snack

  • 12:00AM - The hackathon venue will remain open overnight.

Day 2

  • 09:00AM - The fun continues with coffee and breakfast served in the morning! Work with the teams from Day 1 to complete the app spec'd. Mentors will be available throughout the entire day to help you code your solution.

  • 01:00PM - Lunch is served

  • 06:00PM - Dinner is served.

  • 10:00PM - Team registration is due.

  • 12:00AM - The hackathon venue will remain open overnight.

Day 3

  • 08:00AM - The fun continues with coffee and breakfast served in the morning! Work with the teams from Day 1 to complete the app spec'd. Mentors will be available throughout the entire day to help you code your solution.

  • 12:00PM - Lunch is served; CODE FREEZE.

  • 12:30PM - First round judging will commence in a science fair style format with judges visiting teams at their location.

  • 03:30PM - Semi-finalist Judging. The top 10 teams will present their solution on the main stage competing for one of our three (3) finalists slots.

  • 05:00PM - Winners are announced.

Prizes

Best Overall Hackathon App or IOT Solution

  • 1st Place - $20,000 in cash for the team

  • 2nd Place - $10,000 in cash for the team

  • 3rd Place - $5,000 in cash for the team

  • 4th Place - $1,000 in cash for the team

  • 5th Place - $1,000 in cash for the team

Best Entertainment App Overall (Non-Gaming)

  • 1st Place - $5,000 in cash for the team

Best Gaming or Esports Solution

  • 1st Place - $5,000 in cash for the team

Best VR/AR/MR Solution

  • 1st Place - $5,000 in cash for the team

Best Use of IOT or Interactive Toys

  • 1st Place - $5,000 in cash for the team

Best App From a Women Led Team

  • 1st Place - $2,500 in cash for the team

Judging Criteria

Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.

  • 20% Weight - Ability to clearly articulate what your app does

  • 20% Weight - Originality of idea

  • 20% Weight - Difficulty of the technical implementation

  • 20% Weight - Design and polish of app/solution

  • 20% Weight - Appropriateness of app to the theme

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2019 LA Service Jam
Mar
31
5:30 PM17:30

2019 LA Service Jam

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48 Hours to Change The World! 

Some of the biggest challenges we face today, both locally and globally, will require innovative thinking. In order to work towards meaningful impact, our community must come together to design brand-new ideas for services, products, organizations, experiences, and more.

The Global Service Jam is the world's biggest design-focused innovation event. It is a 3-day interactive workshop where local innovators learn service design thinking and work directly with the community to imagine new ideas for services. 

Part professional development, part design summit, and part community gathering, this event is part of a global network of similar events being hosted in 100+ cities around the world.

Jammers will create and present a prototype for a service, based on the principles of human-centered design, and share it with the global network through an online database. Everyone is welcome! One thing we all have in common is that we are all interested in a design-based approach to change.

The 2019 LA Service Jam is hosted by the official Los Angles Service Design Meetup Group. We offer a HUGE thanks to our friends at Philosophie design studio for hosting us in their beautiful Santa Monica office.

LAServiceJam.org

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Goal Definition and Strategic Planning for New Nonprofit Organizations
Mar
30
9:30 AM09:30

Goal Definition and Strategic Planning for New Nonprofit Organizations

  • 5528 Echo Street Los Angeles, CA, 90042 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Starting a nonprofit organization is not easy and the work you do will affect the lives of the people you serve. Like any business, nonprofit organizations need to strategically plan their activities to succeed and determine the best approach to achieve their goals.

We provide early-stage and grassroots nonprofit organizations with the first infrastructure steps needed to run a successful organization based on best practices, understanding of the complexity of the sector and how to best serve their communities.

At this event, you will learn the basics of strategic planning and goal definition for new nonprofit organizations and get a better understanding of how planning can put you closer to more and sustainable funding and provide better services for your clients.

For more information about our organization and how we can help you start your organization visit www.mockingbirdincubator.org

Agenda

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Introductions

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Crafting your mission and vision statements

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Organizational history, board lists, program descriptions

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Defining major goal categories

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Achieving your goals: Strategies, resources, and responsibilities

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Q&A

About our Instructors

Jessica Payne - Founder of Mockingbird Incubator and Nonprofit Research Specialist

Jessica was the Research and Evaluation Manager for CASA of Los Angeles, where she managed large scale data system conversion projects with more than 500+ users, as well as all original research and strategic planning. With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Jessica worked with a wide range of constituents, stakeholders, and agencies to create effective program evaluation strategies. Working with the GRYD Office Jessica designed and managed the Summer Night Lights program evaluation for multiple years in addition to participating in the development of the Intervention Crisis Response and Intervention Family Case Management research components. Prior to that Jessica worked on multiple National Institute of Justice and National Institute of Health Studies on the California Juvenile Justice system and Gang Social Identity studies with the USC Center for Research on Crime and Social Control. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning with an emphasis on Social and Community Development from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Policy Planning and Development.

Ejiro Morrow - Founder of Mockingbird Incubator and Grant Writing Specialist

Ejiro has more than eleven years of grant writing experience for nonprofit agencies in Southern California. She received her Bachelor's of Art degree in Mass Communication from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and a Master's of Art degree in Communication from California State University, Fullerton. She is a graduate of The Grantsmanship Center's Grant Writing Training Program in Los Angeles, California. She has written grants for organizations working with: at-risk youth, early childhood education, families with children who have developmental disabilities, reducing recidivism and re-entry, human trafficking, domestic violence victims, veterans' services, and healthcare. Ejiro's grant awards total more than $3 million dollars from government and foundations, including the California Community Foundation, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Boeing.

Refund Policy

If you can no longer make it to our workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.

Contact us

info@mockingbirdincubator.org

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How To Stand Out In A World Where Everyone Wants To Be A Disruptor
Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

How To Stand Out In A World Where Everyone Wants To Be A Disruptor

  • 777 S. Alameda Street, Unit 100 Los Angeles CA, 90021 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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There’s a lot to know about running a business and questions will come up daily. Join our educational classes and learn how to get the most out of your business.

About this experience

While the word “disruption” is overused and it seems everyone with an Instagram has a brand, there’s a fine line between something that is conceptually clickbait and innovative methods to market yourself and your brand. During this talk our selected merchants will discuss specific strategies they’ve employed around product releases, partnerships, and pop-ups and how they’ve fine tuned and executed a combination of IRL and URL tactics aligned with each of their own brands to stand out and find success in oversaturated spaces.

Speakers

John Geiger - Founder of John Geiger Co.

Alejandra Hernandez - Founder of Year Of Ours

Peiman Raf - Co-Founder of Madhappy

Moderator

Rae Witte - Freelance Journalist

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How to Change Careers: Tech for Impact!
Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

How to Change Careers: Tech for Impact!

  • 5877 Obama Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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What if you could use technology to have an IMPACT on what you care most about? What if technology changed your life? And what if you discovered yourself to be so much more than you ever thought possible.... 

Join Repurpose Your Purpose on Thursday March 28 for an in-depth discussion about what it's like to live your values and create a career than works for you while making a difference in the world.

From choosing to leave the safe path in order to use one's talents for good, from discovering being are a real PRINCESS (what?!?!) to helping people who are most in need, from creating community to making technical skills more widely available, from embracing all the learning that comes from emigrating to tackling big problems for the city of LA, these career changers embraced their PURPOSE and are MAKING AN IMPACT.

The best part? They didn't all have to be "techies" to do it. Repurpose Your Purpose is a program to help you choose what to do professionally and support you while you go for it. Founder Aurora Meneghello's career advice has been featured on CNBC, Glassdoor Blog, Bustle Magazine, and more.

ARE YOU READY TO REPURPOSE YOUR PURPOSE?

No BS, no fluff, come ready to:

  • DISCOVER how to find a fulfilling career that WORKS FOR YOU

  • LEARN FROM SUCCESSFUL CAREER CHANGERS who already took the leap - and landed successfully

  • CONNECT with like minded professionals and entrepreneurs

  • EXPERIENCE an environment where you can use your MIND and your HEART to choose what to do next

PANEL TALK + AUDIENCE Q&A + START EXPLORING YOUR OWN PURPOSE:

  • How to CONNECT with what truly lights you up

  • How to LEVERAGE the skills and experience you already have in order to make an IMPACT

  • How to think BIG, and make the impossible POSSIBLE

  • How to FEEL THE FEAR and DO IT ANYWAY!

Our four panelists all took a big leap and made bold career changes. Feel inspired, get new insights, and find a community of Repurposers to pursue your dreams with.

Psst: This is NOT going to be your typical panel discussion.

And for those of you who have been coming to these panels...I have a special treat! For the first time, a Repurposer (a graduate of my program) will appear on the panel. How cool is that?

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Tech & Gaming
Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

Tech & Gaming

  • 1520 2nd Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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About This Event

In this exclusive panel series, we host thought-leaders from a specific industry to explore new intersections between their field and technology. Together, we discuss how they’ve been impacted by the rise of tech, ways they’ve adapted and innovated along the way, and what they expect to see in the future.

This month we will explore the confluence of the gaming industry, cutting edge technology and business innovation. Users will gain insight into the complex environments and organizations that are shaping the future of leisure in the U.S.

What You’ll Take Away: Insight into the development and business strategies of the 85 Billion dollar Gaming Industry.

Why It Matters: Trends in both the business models and technology development of the top gaming companies have significant impact on other organizations and products in the IT industry.

Agenda:

  • 6:30-6:45pm: Check-in & Networking

  • 6:45-7:30pm: Panel

  • 7:30-8:00pm: Q&A

  • 8:00-8:30pm: Wrap-up & networking

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Beyond the Fast Pitch: The Road to Funding
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond the Fast Pitch: The Road to Funding

  • 570 Westwood Plaza, Building 114 Los Angeles, CA 90095-7227 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Join WFN for our 2019 launch event!

Meet the alumni of recent WFN Fast Pitch events and hear their journeys including:

  • Milestones

  • Overcoming obstacles

  • Lessons learned

  • How they got funding

Network with like-minded entrepreneurs and supporters of women founders and find out what exciting new changes are coming this year!

Moderator:
TRACY GRAY, Founder and Managing Partner, The 22 Fund

Panel:
CATHERINE GEANURACOS, CEO & Co-Founder, CityGrows
JENNIFER SAXTON, Founder & CEO, Tot Squad
SASHEE CHANDRAN, Founder & CEO, Tea Drops
LOUISE-MARIE MARGUET, CEO, EmoJam

Agenda:
6:00-6:30 - Check-in / Networking Reception
6:30-6:45 - Opening Remarks (Darya Allen-Attar, WFN)
6:45-7:45 - Fast Pitch Alumni Panel
7:45-8:00 - Q&A / Closing Remarks

Appetizers, wine and beverages will be served.

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So Far Sounds + GA Present: Tech and...Entertainment Panel & Live Performance
Mar
22
5:30 PM17:30

So Far Sounds + GA Present: Tech and...Entertainment Panel & Live Performance

  • 1520 2nd Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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About This Event

TECH AND...is a monthly event series where we host thought-leaders from a specific industry and explore new intersections between their field and technology.

TECH AND ENTERTAINMENT

This month, we'll explore the intersection of entertainment and technology. You’ll hear thought leaders in the music and entertainment scene share how the distribution of songs, movies, and shows have been shaped by the internet’s free market, how the relationship between agents and artists has adjusted to the times, and what the future of music looks like in a digital world.

Why It Matters:
The omnipresence of technology has rapidly transformed lives over the last decade (remember, the iPhone was only released in 2007). Now, it’s rare to go about a regular day without interacting with tech — whether it’s an alarm app that wakes you up, your Nest Thermostat-regulated apartment, or the software you use at work. Staying ahead of the innovation curve and being able to predict the future of tech in various industries has never been more important — both at work and at play.

Agenda:

5:30pm - 5:45pm Check-in, grab a seat and mingle

5:45pm - 7:00pm Tech & Entertainment Panel

7:00pm - 10:00pm Sofar Sounds live performance ***Not included in RSVP to panel event. See directions below.

Following this panel, we will enjoy a live performance organized by Sofar Sounds LA. Please make sure to purchase a separate ticket on the Sofar Sounds website. Use the promo code to skip the queue and purchase a ticket automatically - GENERALASSEMBLY-1F72D / https://www.sofarsounds.com/events/23037

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AI in the Classroom @ Google
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

AI in the Classroom @ Google

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Description

The AI LA Community in collaboration with Google is proud to present "AI in the Classroom."

Whether students, teachers, parents and policy makers like it or not, ‘intelligent’, ‘adaptive’ and ‘personalised’ learning systems are increasingly being deployed in schools and universities around the world. Meanwhile, the tech giants Amazon, Google, and Facebook are investing millions of dollars developing Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) products, joining well-established multi-million dollar-funded AIED companies such as Knewton. In fact, by 2020, AIED is predicted to become a market worth almost $1 billion.

From chatbots that assist with the learning process in the classroom and out to predictive models that can help improve graduation rates by analyzing patterns in student behavior, AI is a breakthrough technology that continues to improve and has the potential to not only enhance classroom learning, but also create more seamless, personalized experiences.

Join us for a thought provoking conversation at the Google Venice HQ.

SCHEDULE

6:30-7:30pm Arrival / Networking

7:30-8:30pm Panel

8:30-9:00pm Q/A

9:00-10:00pm Networking

SPEAKERS

Allison Orechwa, USC researcher

Carol Goodgame, STEM specialist, KISS Institute for Practical Robotics

Emily Musil Church, Global Learning XPRIZE

Elizabeth Owen, Director, Learning and Data Science Age of Learning, Inc. / ABCmouse.com

Margeaux S. Randolph, Manager at Mursion

FACILITATOR

Eve Psalti, Head of Strategic Platforms, Google

RULES

RSVP required for security purposes 24 hours prior to event. First come first serve (~250 occupancy). No guaranteed entry. Learn something new, meet someone new, and have fun!

PARKING

Please park in the BIN4 lot at: 340 3rd Ave. 90291. Guests will park in this lot and will go up a ramp to a wooden door that provides a straight shot to the entrance of The Doors event space.

Ride Share please use this address: 320 Hampton Dr. 90291

ACCESSIBILITY

Our venue is wheelchair-accessible, and we will provide reserved seatings for attendees with mobility devices.

Please contact us by March 18th, 2019 if you would like to request ASL and/or a reserved seat.

We are unable to provide real-time captioning for the panel, but you can use the LiveCaption app.

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Impact Investing: It's History, Current Hot Topics & Future
Mar
21
4:30 PM16:30

Impact Investing: It's History, Current Hot Topics & Future

  • 100 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1900 Santa Monica, CA 90401 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

TO RSVP: Email Darya.Allen-Attar@MorganStanley.com

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Join us for a discussion of the following:

  • What is Impact Investing – its History and Definitions

  • From Seed to Success: Case Studies of Successful Social Impact Businesses

  • Impact Investing Hot Topics: Financial Structures, Profit or Concessionary, Defining and Measuring Impact

‘Ask the Professionals’ Panel:

DARYA ALLEN-ATTAR Financial Advisor and Impact Director, Morgan Stanley Investing with Impact, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

VALERIE RED-HORSE MOHL Executive Director, Social Venture Circle Owner of Red-Horse Financial Group Inc. and Red-Horse Native Prods.

HEATHER MASON Founder and CEO, Caspian Agency

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International Women's Day: How She Got There
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

International Women's Day: How She Got There

  • 1520 2nd St. Santa Monica, CA 90401 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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About This Event

Join us for this panel on International Women's Day 2019 featuring female leaders who are spearheading local innovation in tech, culture, social media, and politics. They’ll discuss how they’ve pioneered gender equality in their industries, how they got there, the challenges they faced, and provide key tips and strategies on taking action. After the talk, connect with people of all backgrounds in your community, and pledge to #BalanceForBetter in 2019.

As part of General Assembly’s ongoing efforts to foster an inclusive tech community and break down barriers to tech education, we are celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 by showcasing women who have taken groundbreaking action in their fields. Today, more than 40% of GA’s full-time students are female. We strive to continue to empower women in local communities to reach high, achieve their goals, and make an impact on the world.

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Early Stage Fundraising in LA - Panel 2019
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Early Stage Fundraising in LA - Panel 2019

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Early Stage Startup fundraising can be an arduous journey, especially when it’s done alone. Would it be easier if you had a specialized team to call on for help? We think yes!

Our strategic partners of VCs, tech consultants, bankers, management accelerator and lawyers have helped thousands of startups identify key investors. Now they’d like to share their fundraising experience, stories, and knowledge with you.

Join us for a two hour session covering the fundraising process in Los Angeles and strategies to consider when closing the deal.

  • The process of a raise

  • Pre-money and post-money valuation

  • Understanding dilution

  • Negotiating your best VC deal

  • Term sheets: what you need to know

  • And more!

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Intro to Javascript: Build a virtual pet
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Intro to Javascript: Build a virtual pet

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Curious about JavaScript? Join us and learn the fundamental concepts of JavaScript while building your own virtual pet! (Think: Tamagotchi)

You will learn how to add new features to your pet, including feeding them, and tracking their health and happiness. Check out this example of a virtual pet that was made by an attendee at a previous event: https://cumbersome-vole.glitch.me/

Suggested Experience Level:
Beginner - no previous coding experience needed

What to Bring:
Laptop - this will ensure you get the most out of this workshop
Water bottle 

How to prepare: 
Go to codepen.io > create a free account > take the tour

How to find us: 
Cross Campus, DTLA
The event will be held at Cross Campus, DTLA located at 800 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017. The building entrance is on Wilshire Blvd next to 800 Degrees Pizza between Flower and Figueroa. The event will be located on the 2nd floor. There is free street parking along Wilshire Blvd., 7th St., and Flower St. Paid parking is ($12/hr) at The Standard Hotel (6th/Flower St.) or Athena Parking Hope Garage ($5 - 625 W 8th St. LA, CA 90017). Public transportation: 7th Street Metro Center (Expo, Blue, Red, and Purple lines). 

If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Stephanie (stephanie.mcmahon@thinkful.com)

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How to get funding and support for your startup
Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

How to get funding and support for your startup

  • 1520 2nd ST. Santa Monica, CA 90401 (map)
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About This Event

Have you ever had a start up idea and wanted to make it come to life? Don't know where to start? Join us and Preccelerator for a panel on how accelerators like them can help you grow in the early stages of your startup. Meet two successful Preccelerator companies and mentors from their board and hear how accelerators can help you take your company from startup to liquidity with their support.

What You’ll Take Away:Get the insider scoop on how accelerators can help get your early stage startup off the ground and into a reality. Our panelists will discuss what they look for in a startup, describe common pitfalls, and answer common accelerator questions.

Why It Matters:Having an idea is great, but taking an idea and making it come to life is the startup way and way of the future. Learn how startups and accelerators are changing the future of work and growth.

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Expand Your Network to Find Mentors and Opportunities
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Expand Your Network to Find Mentors and Opportunities

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Networking is integral to getting a job and building your career. It can also be incredibly awkward.

Join us for a fireside chat and interactive workshop to learn how to be more comfortable at networking events, make authentic connections, and develop + leverage relationships for professional opportunities. This will also be a great way to meet other people.

While this event is geared towards women in STEM, it is open to everyone. Food and bev provided.

Agenda

6pm: Doors open
6:15: Workshop
6:45pm: Fireside chat (speaker to be announced)
7:15pm: Networking
8pm: Event ends

Key takeaways include: 

1. How to feel confident (i.e. let go of your imposter syndrome)

2. Get informational interviews

2. Understand and organize your network

3. Build a personal board of advisors

3. The difference between mentors and sponsors + how too make it a symbiotic relationship

4. How to connect others (there's an etiquette!)

5. Networking exercises 


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Tech And..Food
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Tech And..Food

  • 360 E. 2nd St, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90012 (map)
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Ever wondered how the food industry evolved to where it is today? The answer likely lies in tech. 

Overview: At this exclusive panel event, we host thought-leaders from the food tech industry to explore new intersections between their field and technology. Together, we discuss how they’ve been impacted by the rise of tech, ways they’ve adapted and innovated along the way, and what they expect to see in the future.

What You’ll Take Away: Gain insight and inspiration from experts in specific fields and hear first-hand how technology is transforming their work. Expand your understanding of today’s tech-based world, and fuel your own ideas for the future.

Featured Experts: Leaders in the food tech community will break down the biggest challenges and opportunities they face with the rise of new technology, and explain how their teams adapt to the fast pace of innovation.

Why It Matters: The omnipresence of technology has rapidly transformed lives over the last decade (remember, the iPhone was only released in 2007). Now, it’s rare to go about a regular day without interacting with tech — whether it’s an alarm app that wakes you up, your Nest Thermostat-regulated apartment, or the software you use at work. Staying ahead of the innovation curve and being able to predict the future of tech in various industries has never been more important — both at work and at play.

Agenda:

  • Check-in & Networking 6:30 - 6:45 pm

  • Panel/Lighting Talks 6:45 - 7:45 pm

  • Q&A and Networking 7:45- 8:30 pm

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Innovation & Libations
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Innovation & Libations

  • 1500 W Alhambra Rd Alhambra, CA 91801 (map)
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Innovation & Libations is the place where innovative thinkers and entrepreneurial minds connect! Join us and mingle with leading designers, scientists, engineers, executives, and investors. There will be plenty of food, drinks, and engaging conversation as we take Pasadena's favorite professional social gathering to beautiful new Iona Work Spaces in Alhambra.

Space is limited so register soon!

Each ticket includes food and up to 2 drinks.

Parking details: Ample free street parking. Please check street signs for any restrictions.
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About Iona Work Spaces: Located in Alhambra, California, in a quiet neighborhood on the border of South Pasadena, Iona Work Spaces is a boutique co-working and office space. We are building a community of companies and co-workers who want to play together in our awesome space. Whether you are looking for a space for your team or just your own desk or space, come check us out!

About Innovation & Libations: Innovate Pasadena holds quarterly evening networking events to grow and connect the local innovation community. Whether you're interested in expanding your network, looking for a potential team member or want to meet other professionals in your field, Innovation & Libations is the place to be!

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The Art of Tech Vol. 2
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

The Art of Tech Vol. 2

Tickets: HERE

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Startup Coil & Muyingo Events invite you to "The Art of Tech"

Attendees will enjoy an evening filled with:

  • VR Experiences

  • Projection Mapping

  • Music Performances

  • Immersive Art

  • Delicious cocktails, local beer, and select wines

  • An opportunity to support local art non - profit Free Arts

  • Great Conversations with like minded people in the tech, art & start up world.

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Civic Tech Happy Hour
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

Civic Tech Happy Hour

This monthly(ish) happy hour is an eclectic group of Angelenos and activists from tech, nonprofits, city government, journalism/media, academia, and more. The idea is simple: bring together good, passionate people from diverse backgrounds to hang out, have fun, and make new friends...and then fight for a more just city and world. This month's happy hour is cohosted by Hack for LA, LA Forward, Grid110, and Social Venture Partners LA.

Thursday, February 21 from 5:00-8:00PM at Imperial Western Brewing Co., the new brewery and cocktail bar in Union Station. No RSVP needed.

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L.A. Tech Summit
Feb
21
8:00 AM08:00

L.A. Tech Summit

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Join CCA at its Tech Summit on February 21 at the California Market Center. The event will include a dynamic panel discussion from leading CIOs across different sectors, quick pitches from more than a dozen venture-backed startups in the region, followed by a showcase and meet and greet with the startup founders. Network with more than 200 business professionals in the community. Tickets are $105. Visit ccala.org/tech2019 for more information.

Grid110 will be in attendance! Come on by to say, “Hi”

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The Heart Series
Feb
14
to Feb 15

The Heart Series

  • 777 South Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA, 90021 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets Here

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The Heart Series is a 2-day conference, centered around the intersection of business and bettering the world. Both days will be comprised of talks, panels, workshops and experiences from some of the most prolific speakers and purpose-driven businesses. 2019 will mark the 5th annual event, and this year's conference features speakers from 25+ conscious companies and organizations. To learn more about the agenda and additional details - head over to www.theheartseries.com.  Photo by Ryan Hartford @EclipticPhoto.

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The FWords Masterclass
Feb
12
9:00 AM09:00

The FWords Masterclass

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Sign-Up: $99

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Reflect and reset in the New Year by joining our CEO, Robyn Ward, for a Masterclass aimed at helping you bring your best self to work every day.

As a leader, your job is to walk into your office as energized, optimistic, focused and productive as possible.  This sounds simple but is not easy when faced with the demands of a fast-paced, constantly evolving business.

Having worked with founders and leadership teams for over 20 years, Robyn has garnered insights and created tools to help you “Manage the F Words - Fatigue, Focus and Fear - for Success.”  This 90 minute live session will be chock-full of information and exercises aimed at helping you master your time, attention, energy and mindset to be the best leader (and human) you can be.  

Everyone struggles with “The F Words.” It is the people who tackle these inevitable struggles with awareness, intention, and a game-plan that up-level themselves and their businesses.


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LAEDC Future Forum Featuring Paul Irving
Feb
6
8:30 AM08:30

LAEDC Future Forum Featuring Paul Irving

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Tickets: $65

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LAEDC FUTURE FORUM FEATURING PAUL IRVING

Future Forums: The Transformation of L.A.’s Key Industries. Dive into Future Forums and learn how to stake your claim on the economy of the future. LAEDC’s Future Forums series of four events from September of 2017 through June of 2018 will be an opportunity to take a deep dive into burgeoning industries and topics that impact the everyday lives of Los Angeles County residents. As technological innovation and globalization take the economy in new directions, this region is destined to be an incubator for business opportunities that were only an entrepreneur’s dream a few years ago. Each Future Forum will be your chance to learn about the trends ahead, the workforce demands that will be required, and most importantly, the opportunities that will be available tomorrow.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Paul Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology

Focus: Aging Populations: the development of a successful business strategy as a critical approach to withstand the massive challenge posed by the aging megatrend of the 21st Century.

Paul Irving is chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar in residence at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. Irving also serves as chairman of Encore.org, a director of East West Bancorp, Inc. and Pharos Capital BDC, Inc., and an advisory board member at USC, Stanford University, the Global Coalition on Aging, and WorkingNation. He previously served as the Milken Institute’s president, an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chairman and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, a law and consulting firm. Author of “The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose,” a Wall Street Journal expert panelist and contributor to PBS Next Avenue and Forbes, Irving is involved in initiatives at the National Academy of Medicine and the Bipartisan Policy Center, and was a participant in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. He was honored with the Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award by Affordable Living for the Aging, the Life Journey Inspiration Award by Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute, and the Board of Governors Award by Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. PBS Next Avenue named Irving an “Influencer” for his work in aging and longevity.

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Furthering Diversity in Tech
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Furthering Diversity in Tech

  • 743 North Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90046 United States (map)
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Join us for a panel event on the evening of February 5th on the topic of Furthering Diversity in Tech. It’s a discussion about challenges in entering, working in, and progressing through the tech industry. There will be a Q&A portion of the event. Food will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
- 6:30 - 7:00 Networking
- 7:00 - 8:20 Panelists + Q&A
- 8:20 - 8:45 Networking & Conclusion

Location: Stem HQ
743 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Parking:
Metered street parking is available, please allow time for traffic and parking. You can also park on the residential area west of Fairfax on N Hayworth and N Edinburgh.

Panelists to date include (additional panelists TBA):
* Kara Nortman - Partner at Upfront Venture
- Kara was featured in an article in Forbes and discusses how she is changing the venture capital game for female entrepreneurs as well as how Venture Capitalists should approach investing with an eye toward diversity.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/karanortman/

* Milana Rabkin - Co-founder & CEO of Stem Disintermedia Inc.
- Stem is startup changing the game of music payment distribution for artists everywhere. Prior to starting Stem, Milana was recognized as one of Hollywood's New Leaders by Variety and was named one of the "30 under 30" most influential young executives by Refinery29 in 2012. In addition to her work at Stem, Milana also serves on the Board of Directors for the Make A Wish Foundation.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/milana-rabkin-lewis/

* Jean Zhou - Data Scientist at The Walt Disney Studios
- Jean has been working in the field of Data Science for the last 5 years. Prior to joining The Walt Disney Studios, she was a data scientist at TrueCar. She'll be sharing insights gained from her professional experience while progressing through the tech industry.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jingjeanzhou/

* Shannon Yates - Director of Data at Tala
- Tala is a female-owned start up founded by Shivani Siroya. Tala's mission is to reach and extend credit to hard-working individuals who would not otherwise qualify under traditional sources of credit. Shannon's extensive experience in the public sector, education, and tech brings a unique perspective to the panel.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannonmoran

* Michael Williams - Consultant at Shapestone
- Michael is a Director of Engineering with over 12 years experience in all aspects of software development. He has expert knowledge of web technologies, system architectures, and development methodologies. Michael is also passionate about, and brings to the panel, perspective on the value of mentorship.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mfwilliams/

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LA Creative and Tech Professionals Meetup
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

LA Creative and Tech Professionals Meetup

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LA is a big city with so many great people to network with. But how valuable is it to be in a city with great networking opportunities if you don't get out and network.

Let's all meet at Two Bit Circus for networking while exploring the latest and greatest VR entertainment to hit the Los Angeles area and possibly the greatest in the US.

This is a multi-meetup group for content creators, tech entrepreneurs, and innovators to get out and network!

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Financial Modeling and Projections
Feb
5
12:00 PM12:00

Financial Modeling and Projections

  • 1316 3rd Street Promenade - Suite 107 Santa Monica, CA, 90401 United States (map)
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Preccelerator Workshop : Financial Modeling and Projections with Mark Wald

Raising money? Investors want to maximize their return and minimize their risk, so you need to demonstrate to investors that you understand business and your business model, that you know how to make money, and that you can be trusted. Learn how to build and understand your financial model so you can demonstrate credibility by presenting it to investors and win their confidence in you.

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Wordpress for Business 101
Feb
5
9:30 AM09:30

Wordpress for Business 101

  • 4716 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90022 United States (map)
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Having a website online is as important as having an ‘Open for Business’ sign on your front door because it notifies the public that you have a product or service that potentially meets their needs. With WordPress it is possible to have an effective and optimized website that is easy to use and update. WordPress is an effective content management system that is used to run everything from simple blogs to CNN.com. With WordPress currently running over 75 million websites, come learn the basics about WordPress, Themes and Plugins for your business. NOTE: Due to the information that needs to be covered and out of respect to attendees, late admittance to class is not permitted. Please allow time for traffic and to find parking (Street parking only). Arriving early will ensure your admittance.

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Mindshare: Powering the People
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Mindshare: Powering the People

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Tickets: $25

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Please join us for an eclectic evening featuring talks by visionary pioneers who are weaving the fabric of technology to embolden democracies and expand human rights around the world. After the talks, attendees get a chance to interact and experience the magic that we're known for as we celebrate more than a decade of uniquely delightful events!

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Virtual Info Session: Grid110 Spring Applications
Jan
30
12:30 PM12:30

Virtual Info Session: Grid110 Spring Applications

Sign-up for the January 30th Virtual Info Session - HERE

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We are officially accepting applications for both of our Spring 2019 programs: Idea to Prototype and Residency. The deadline to apply: February 1, 2019. Programs will start in April 2019. If you are accepted to either program, it’s free of charge to participate.

Do you want to learn more, have follow-up questions, or just want to meet the folks behind Grid110? The Grid110 team will be conducting information sessions, both virtually and in-person leading up to the deadline. Bring your questions as we provide additional information about the application process and our programs!

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