I’m planning to head to the Santa Monica Pier for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair and Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest on Sunday, March 5. I feel clever as heck just planning to attend and seeing the robots! The Free Festival Includes: A Contest of Student-Imagineered Rube Goldberg Machines, an Innovation Exhibition Featuring Soccer Matches between Guest-Operated LEGO Robots, and a Panel of NASA & JPL Engineers
The Santa Monica Pier
will welcome many of the country’s brightest young inventors, tech leaders, educators and students for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Machines Innovation Fair
. This one-day event is free to the public and summons all to playfully dive into an interactive experience that connects the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Kicking off the event at 11:30am
, S..E.A.M. will entertain, enlighten, and mesmerize in three ways: a Path to Innovation Panel
hosting brilliant galactic and scientific minds, an Innovation Exhibition
presenting a wonderland of experiential and groundbreaking delights, and the Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
featuring student teams from across Los Angeles and the nation.
Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
The event will feature tiers of middle school, high school, and university squads in a battle of Rube Goldberg machines – overly engineered contraptions that achieve a simple end-game through the most complicated (and humorous) paths imaginable. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning inventor and cartoonist Rube Goldberg, these contraptions inspire creativity and innovation. On the Internet, they’re viral video sensations, and in-person, they’re mechanical magic.
Student teams from Santa Monica to Alaska are scheming big for this year’s challenge – applying a Band-Aid in minimum of 20 chain reactions. Down the Santa Monica Pier, over a dozen machines will be operating in 10’x10’ plots, each tinkering towards that final Band-Aid mechanism. The winning team will be judged and awarded a cash prize and entry to the national competition by a creditable committee: Lyle Tavernier (NASA Educational Technology Specialist), Hector Alvarez (Two Bit Circus Creative Director), Brett Doar (celebrated Rube Goldberg machinist), Martin Tomasz (analog/radio/mixed-signal engineer), and Heather Doyle (S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair Creator).
Royal Rumble of Rube
Teams have taken DIY machine-building to new heights as they face off & compete for the best Rube Goldberg machine that can apply a BAND-AID™ in 20 steps or more! Prize money & everlasting glory are on the line so come pick a champ & cheer them on.
The Path to Innovation
A panel of innovators, including Michelle Easter of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jeremy Selan of Valve virtual reality, Zaina Siyed highschool robotics champion and founder of the FemSTEM scholarship will discuss the challenges of their fields and the opportunities that await!
I am a Robot!
Curby, Santa Monica Public Work’s walking, talking recycling robot will be joining us for a limited time at the grand entrance to the Santa Monica Pier along Ocean Front Walk.
Get Your Build On
Build a fort out of cardboard boxes, a sculpture out of rolled newspaper, or help create a giant recycling machine. This day is a builder’s paradise!
Swim With the Fishes
Visit Heal The Bay’s Aquarium under the Pier to check out the coolest creates and even pilot an underwater ROV mini-sub.
Path to Innovation Panel
A notable panel of scientific wizards will enlighten folks with visionary tales, discussing challenges in their fields and revealing secrets that the future holds.
- Gray Bright: Host of the Tomorrow Show, standup comedian, robotic engineer, and Lego enthusiast.
- Brent Bushnell: Board President and CEO (or Chief Rabble-Rouser) of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company.
- Michelle Easter: former high fashion runway model who diverted at 26 to pursue an engineering degree. By 31, she had finished at the top of her class with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is now a Mechatronics Engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
- Jeremy Selan: two-time Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award Winner and Valve developer making an impact in the virtual reality sector.
- Zaina Siyed: local high school student, robotics champion and founder of FemSTEM – a foundation to help encourage girls to participate in STEM activities.
During the competition, innovation stations will be activated throughout the pier hosted by event partners and vendors. Each will spark curiosity and engagement from the crowds with its own brand of genius:
- Columbia Memorial Space Center: guests can use LEGO robots to compete against each other at soccer.
- Craig Burrows Photography: floral photography collection lauded by Wired for its ‘ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence’ technique.
- Heal the Bay / Aquarium / FCEC: piloting an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), build boats out of aluminum foil and play around with a host of other technological gadgets.
- Orchanic: showcasing an A.I. prototype that uses Deep Learning to identify trash on the beaches, the HEXA spider robot, and smart clothing.
- Paisley Garbage: arts and craft vendor.
- Peddler’s Creamery: churn delicious homemade ice cream by a bicycle.
- reDiscover Center: turn massive amounts of recycled cardboard into anything imaginable.
- STEMup4Youth: guests can let their imaginations go wild by building enormous structures out of recycles cardboard.
- Steve Craig’s drawBot: a crowd favorite, Steve Craig returns again this year with his exceptionally popular drawing machines and more.
- T4T.org: invites festival-goers to create the Ultimate Recycling Machine using their imagination, engineering skills, and some fun upcycled materials.
For more information, visit SteamMachinesLA.com
; search for the official event hashtag #SteamMachines.
Innovation Fair & Rube Goldberg Contest
Sunday • March 5 • 11:30am
200 Santa Monica Pier,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
About The Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. He was the inspiration for the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which challenges participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task. The contest is an annual international competition that challenges teams of students from middle school to college age to compete in building the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg Machine.
Posted in culture, Geek Fun, Los Angeles Tagged with: College, Innovation Exhibition, JPL Engineers, kids, Lego Robots, NASA, Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest, Rube Goldberg Machines, Santa Monica Pier, STEAM, STEAM Innovation Fair, SteamMachines, STEM, Tech
Daredevil Actor Peter Shinkoda Set For Special Appearance with SHAKA Platform
This Saturday at the SHAKA Booth
I know how I plan to spend Saturday!!! It’s saying hello to Peter Shinkoda one of the stars from my beloved TNT Falling Skies series (Dai) and of course Nobu from Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix! I hope you have your tickets to attend Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con! All ou have to do for a meet & greet and autograph with Peter is download SHAKA in the Apple App Store and Google Play (shakapp.com). Than sign in and enter: PeterShinkoda, Daredevil, Netflix or Nobu as your ‘vibes‘. Peter will be at the SHAKA booth #1403 at 1:30pm
Posted in Comic Con, culture, geek tv, Los Angeles, Social Media, Startups, Tech Tagged with: App, apple, Daredevil, DTLA, falling skies, Google Play, LA Comic Con, Netflix, Nobu, Peter Shinkoda, SHAKA, social, Stan Lee, Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con, start up, Steven Spielberg, Tech, TNT, Vibes
Attend the 4th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Business Expo with Cassie Betts, CEO of District 2 speaking about how she started her online fashion brand.
This event is a must attend for those interested in hearing from successful business owners on how they made their dreams a reality.
We appreciate Vermont Slauson for Economic Development (VSEDC) for bringing us this unique opportunity. Our CEO Cassie Betts will be speaking on how to start your fashion brand online. This could be a golden opportunity for people looking into start own fashion brand.
- Partnerships with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Marco Antonio Regil, Television Host, LA Economic and Workforce Development Department, Fashion Business Institute, East West Bank, Premier Bank, Opportunity Fund, LA Food Council, Freshworks Program and both the American Mobile Retail Association (AMRA) and the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association (socalmfva).
- More exhibitors including Kareen Carts
- And new this year workshops and seminars on Social Media for Your Business, Crowdfunding to Finance Your Business, Email Marketing, How to Start Your Business in a Day with the City of Los Angeles, Taking Your Business Mobile and more…
- New this year is a special spotlight on two Crowdfunding Hometown Hero Businesses. Real talk from two entrepreneurs who did it successfully.
Let’s be part of this unique opportunity. For event details click HERE
Posted in Business, Fashon, Los Angeles, Social Media, Startups, Tech Tagged with: Business, Cassie Betts, City of Los Angeles, crowdfunding, District 2, fashion, Kareen Carts, Marco Antonio Regil, online fashion brand, panel, Seminars, Startup, Talk, Tech, workshops
Content creators head to the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Fireside Chat and Cocktail reception to learn about monetizing comedy shorts for digital platforms from the creators and business side.
Topic: Monetizing premium short form comedy content in the ever-expanding digital ecosystem
Kevin Bigley, Co-Founder BigCob Productions, Sirens (USA Network), Now We’re Talking (Verizon Go90)
Amber J Lawson, Top 50 Women in Digital Producing philanthropist, super connector, content programing and development executive, board advisor committed to doing good at scale, Good Amplified.
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016 4pm-7pm
Location: Ignited Spaces, 7080 Hollywood Blvd, #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hollywood Comedy Shorts will highlight short comedy, web series, TV episodic, Comedy Screenplays, and Dark Comedy shorts with the goal of screening the best comedic content from around the world for a Hollywood industry audience! The festival will take place at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, two days of screenings, filmmaker Q and A’s, panel, parties, and the awards party!
Posted in Business, Comedy, festival, Film, Los Angeles, Tech Tagged with: Amber J. Lawson, Brittany Turner, Business, Comedy, content creators, Digital Platform, Film festival, Fireside Chat, Galen D'attilio, Hollywood, Hollywood Comedy Shorts, Ignited Spaces, Kepila Childers, Kevin Bigley, Monetizing premium short form comedy content, panel, Shorts, TCL Chinese Theatres, Tech, Zoe Friedman
The scene is unlike any you’ve ever seen – I enter a pop-up studio space in MakerCity LA to see celebrity chef Kim Vu and the Vucacious Catering team quickly preparing hors d’oeuvres alongside Pinkberry in one corner, interactive VR companies testing out their headsets in another and finally, unbelievably, textbook-attractive LA models decked out in wearable technology.
[REEL VIDEO] https://youtu.be/V6uURmD-Ggw
I’m talking about District2.Co’s TomorroWear Wearable Tech Expo, a self-proclaimed “elite intimate event looking into the future- where fabric science, fashion, and wearable tech intertwine.” Heart Centered Tech, Manufacture LA, & Maker City join to set the stage for an unprecedentedly artsy evening full of good food, intriguing runway fashion and out-of-body experiences.
Here are my favorite projects in each category:
Food: Did you catch these in the video? I must side with Kim Vu’s curry chicken and avocado-filled pastry puff. Petite and shameless, the unassuming yet mouthwatering hors d’oeuvre struck the right balance between buttery and zesty. Needless to say, I had about six and still could have indulged in sixteen more.
Virtual Reality Experience: Props go to the amazingly immersive, full-range VR experience called Inner Activity. Straight from USC’s Interactive Media and Game Design program, Anshul Pendse and Natalie Gravier set up a mellow physical installation space at TomorroWear complete with Oculus Rift goggles and a tactile bass system called the SubPac. I rattled, shook, marveled and (like an idiot) reached out at my virtual surroundings, unable to believe that I wasn’t truly in the geometric paradise Inner Activity provided!
[Inner Activity Video] https://youtu.be/FXwlzQO8b1w
Wearable Tech: After getting to speak with Left Shoe Company Chairman and CEO about his products and design, I was absolutely floored. Left Shoe endeavors to create perfectly-fitting, dress shoes for a gentleman’s left and right foot. The customization process doesn’t take long: with high-tech socks and a quick balancing act, any man can get his hands on custom kicks for his feet. (Did that make sense?) Here, let Mr. Gordon Clune explain it:
[Left Shoe Interview] https://youtu.be/iBZpP9wRajo
What a night! I can’t wait to see what next year’s TomorroWear Expo holds!
– Joy Ofodu
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: District2Co, DTLA, Startup, sustainable, Tech, thoughts2threads, TomorroWear, VR, Wearable Tech, wearabletech
I saw this article in Marie Clair (online) about what your zodiac sign says about your career and of course my curiosity took hold so clicked the link to see what it says about my astrology sign (Cancer). It pretty much falls inline with numerous career theories on how to find the ideal job based on your personality. To a certain degree it’s pretty true for my personality. I’ve always enjoyed jobs that I find intellectually challenging, that enabled me to ‘wear many hats’ and that gave me autonomy on planning out work projects. I like making a positive change so have always looked for jobs with companies that fit in my personal philosophy of ‘doing good’ and making the world a better place. The few jobs that I’ve taken just for the money always left me feeling out of sorts and confined by a office culture that rubbed me the wrong way. I do know people who are fine with jobs they hate as long as they make a lot of money and I suppose it’s because they are able to turn off the part in their minds that looks at a job as part of their entire being. I feel my job has to be something I like because I often spend more time at work with co-workers than I’ve ever spent with a boyfriend or family.
As I embark on a new career path after leaving the University of Southern California I can’t help but wonder what 2016 will bring to me. Will I return to higher education or work with the tech industry? I do know the jobs that I have been looking for are ones that will utilize my love of organizing events, communication and organization skills as well as my interest in the start up community.
I will likely stay in SoCal unless I find an opportunity worth uprooting myself but who knows what life will bring. I do know that I am ready for adventure so have my bullwhip, stetson and bomber jacked ready to leap into life ala Indiana Jones!
CANCER (JUNE 21 – JULY 22)
Cancers are the most traditional, nurturing sign of the zodiac, so they like to lead by example and can handle responsibility with ease. You are, by definition, a caretaker—so any job that lets you give advice and problem solve to make everyone happy is a great one. You don’t do well in careers where you can’t see your work making a difference or getting results—whether that’s with a person or in the bottom line—so make sure you’re getting the motivation you need from your managers with regular check-ins or reports.
Ideal careers: Cancers make natural childcare workers and nannies, but they also make amazing social workers, human resource employees, lawyers, teachers, and executives. Healthcare and wellness are also important and vital parts of this sign, so anything in those arenas—like being a dietitian or nutritionist—are right up your alley.
Posted in Business, Horoscope Tagged with: 2016, Astrology, Cancer, career, Horoscope, marie claire, new job, online, SoCal, start up, Tech
Disney (DIS) officially introduced MyMagic+ wristbands with RFID chips at their hearts to enhance their vacation from hotel room to rides this tech advance is the future of amusement parks and more
I can never fear the mouse and I for one am excited about this new tech that Disney recently unveiled. The first Disney resort for the roll the is Disney World Orlando in Florida where Magic+ will make your vacation .. well magical. The handy bracelets is part of a tech trifecta with a app, website and the bracelet that will enable park goers to schedule ride times, enter their hotel room, make reservations and even allow park staff to truly personalize your vacation with the information inputted to the bracelets. Staff will know attendees information and will be able to greet your kids personally (birthday, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, quinceanera) or event (wedding, anniversary) so they’ll know the what to say from a song to congrats. For some people this is a dream come true but for others it’s Orwell 1984 come to life!
But in this digital, over sharing and living all their lives online generation it makes sense and will feel normal for them! I’m sure that Disney has taken into account others who feel more comfortable with anonymity will likely be able to request an opt out since they don’t want guests to be unhappy.
Of course I’m sure quite a few parents will feel this adds an additional layer of welcomed security to keep an eye on their kids as they run around the huge four parks.
Depending on the success the Magic+ has I suspect other major amusement park chains will be playing catch up for this tech advancement once guests start to request equal programs. It seems as if some startup is likely already creating an app that will mimic Magic+ for other uses from replacing key cards to payroll forms.
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Amusement Park, Castle, Disney, Florida, Greatest place on earth, Holiday, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, MyMagic, Princess, RFID, rides, teacups, Tech, vacation