One-Stop Partner Meeting, Sept 10 and BOD Executive Committee Meeting Sept 11, 2019

There are an upcoming VWDB One-Stop Partnership Meeting on Tuesday Sept 10 and an Executive Committee Meeting on Wednesday September 11, 2019. Location:

Verdugo Jobs Center, Victory Salon (2nd Floor) 1255 S. Central Ave, Glendale 91204

Click here for One Stop Partner Agenda and Minutes

Click here for BOD Executive Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes.

Why some cities are banning facial recognition

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There are cameras everywhere now, even in billboards you pass. Every time you ID yourself or a friend on Facebook, you have added facial identity information to the cloud. Most airports are using it on all patrons. Security cameras employ it. Facial recognition may make police work faster and easier. But knowing that everyone’s face is being tracked 24/7, which is possible in the near future, could have a detrimental effect on people’s decisions about what they will say, where they will go (think churches, community centers, rallies . . . . ). So, not only does facial recognition have an impact on our rights of privacy, it could impact our rights of assemblage, speech and more. In addition, it is notoriously inaccurate on faces of color and women. This is something that society needs to be addressing together, while there is still time, rather than allowing a free-for-all in use by police, military, commercial security companies, advertising agencies and more. A few cities have banned their use (including San Francisco and Oakland), but there are currently no state or federal laws regulating facial recognition. Watch the video, then consider if policy intervention is needed.

Link to Wired Video Interview


Pasadena’s Women In Tech and Glendale’s Beyond Limits Host Networking Event August 28, 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at WeWork 177 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA

Come join us to connect with your fellow women in tech and learn more about Cognitive AI and how Beyond Limits is applying AI technology for the world’s most demanding industries. We’ll be talking about the cutting-edge projects we’re working on, our dynamic culture, and the many ways in which we support diversity & inclusion within our company and the larger AI industry. Above all, enjoy a chic happy hour alongside some valuable networking with like-minded females!

After Beyond Limits’ overview, the rest of the evening will be spent socializing. Beyond Limits will also be doing demos of their product offering for those interested in learning more about the company.

Check-in – take the elevators to the 2nd floor and check-in at WeWork’s main desk, and you will be directed to the event

click here for more details

Glendale Tech Week Announces Event Lineup – September 14 – 21, 2019

Glendale Tech Week 2019

Glendale Tech Week 2019 events have gone live! We’ve got 45 pop-up events this year, from an Artificial Intelligence presentation by Beyond Limits, to a talk on the powers and pitfalls of mobile app development, and even a free “tech ride” at Sync Yoga. View the full lineup here, and check out some more opportunities to get involved:

  • Nominate an outstanding techie to shine at our Tech Awards. Deadline to apply is August 26.
  • Apply to compete at Pitchfest. Applications close this Sunday, August 18.
  • Answer our “call for funders” to mentor startups at Meet the Funders.

Glendale Receives $1 Million to Launch Startup Accelerator

The City of Glendale has received $1 million from the state of California to launch a tech startup accelerator.

Accelerators offer mentoring, marketing, networking, investment opportunities, and other services to early-stage local tech companies seeking to progress to the “next level.”

The City is seeking feedback from startups, accelerators, and community members on how a Glendale-based accelerator would best serve them and make the greatest impact for the region. Click here to join the conversation.

Important Tech News – Check to see if your data was breached and if you qualify for free data monitoring

It is quite likely that your data WAS breached as over 100 million people were affected.

Equifax has been ordered to pay a $700 million settlement in response to their 2017 data breach. A whopping $425 million of that total is eligible to be paid out to consumers affected by the breach. First step: check if you’re eligible. If you are, then it’s time to file a claim. Lastly, you’ll need to decide: do you take (up to) $125 in cash or 10 years of credit monitoring. Depending on the number of claims, it’s likely that the more valuable option is the 10 years of credit monitoring. Make sure to file your claim by January 22, 2020.