Apple’s Famed Annual Developer Conference Moves Online for First Time – Jan. 22, 2020

Apple’s Annual Worldwide Developer Conference ( WWDC) like never before, with a jam-packed, all-online experience coming to you from Apple Park.

Special Event Keynote and Platforms State of the Union: Jan. 22, at 10am. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off with exciting reveals, inspiration, and new opportunities to continue creating the most innovative apps in the world. Join the worldwide developer community for an in-depth look at the future of Apple platforms, directly from Apple Park.

  1. 100+ Engineering Sessions Developer Forums
  2. Developer Forums
  3. 1-on-1 Developer Labs (by appointment)
  4. Apple Design Awards

    Click here for more information and to download the conference app.

LAEDC Future Forum, June 16, 2020

Amidst the current pandemic, sub-sectors across the industry are exploring new strategies to meet consumer demands to continue the upward trend in economic growth. During these unprecedented times, the future can seem intimidating, and the sports industry brings promise and a glimmer of light, as we look ahead.

The economic impact of sports increased $2.1 billion between 2012 and 2019 in Los Angeles County. With 12 major league professional teams and several large sporting events like the Long Beach Grand Prix and the LA Marathon, the regional sports scene helped to expand economic development and increase job creation. Slated to host the Super Bowl, the US Open Golf Tournament, FIFA World Cup, Summer Olympics, and other national and international sporting competitions, Los Angeles County seems to offer a reinvigoration into the industry.

Amidst the current pandemic, sub-sectors across the industry are exploring new strategies to meet consumer demands to continue the upward trend in economic growth. During these unprecedented times, the future can seem intimidating, and the sports industry brings promise and a glimmer of light, as we look ahead.

Join the conversation on June 16, 2020, as the LAEDC focuses on timely research to provide updated regional insights that will inform the sporting ecosystem’s decision-makers about the state of the industry and where the opportunities are; as well, how recovering from the current pandemic will affect future growth. Register here . . . .

Diversifying the Tech Workforce

The tech field is one of the largest sources of wealth generation in the United States—and is 68% White and 65% male. Not only can diversifying the field address wealth gaps, but inclusive tech companies can reduce the likelihood of technology harming underrepresented groups. Here are three organizations that are supporting underrepresented communities in tech.

Diversifying the Tech Workforce, Black Girls Code, Tech Disability Project . . . . full story here

Apply Now to Participate in Glendale Virtual Pitchfest on June 24, 2020

Local startups are invited to participate in a Virtual Pitchfest on June 24. Ten finalists will compete for a mini-prize package. Preference will be given to Glendale based companies solving COVID-19 related problems.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020.

Click here for application and more information

City of Glendale Will Launch 2 Accelerators

The City of Glendale received $1 million from the State of California to launch a tech startup accelerator. After feedback from the tech community, start-ups, accelerators and potential operators, the City will launch two new accelerators.

THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
KIDSX DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATOR
 

Focusing on advancing digital health innovation for pediatric health and healthcare. The program will provide innovation in a field that is very timely and will serve as the first Pediatric-focused digital health accelerator in the world. Pediatric health services include the use of artificial intelligence, gamification, virtual, augmented or mixed reality, mobile apps, voice-enabled services and remote monitoring, among others.

HERO HOUSE GLENDALE 

To implement a non-industry specific “Gateway to LA” program that will focus on international or out-of- state companies looking to expand their product in Southern California. It will also accept applicants from Glendale and/or Southern California. This program will be established by SmartGateVC, and backed by Draper University of Heroes in San Mateo, CA, as well as the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America.

for more information and to join the city’s accelerator mailing list, click here.

Free Webinar: Advanced Generative Design, Thursday May 21, 2020

Advanced Generative Design: A Paradigm to Revolutionize Product Development 

Join us for a 60-minute webinar, “Advanced Generative Design: A Paradigm to Revolutionize Product Development,” with live Q&A on Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM EDT.

Generative design software is creating product shapes that cannot be made through traditional machining or casting. With generative design, you can set the parameters of the object and let the software determine what the product will look like. What we’re seeing is stronger, lighter parts that can only be created through an additive process.

This webinar will provide a vision for how Generative Design, along with technologies like, Simulation, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, and Artificial Intelligence will converge into an environment that will dramatically change how we develop products and bring them to market.

When you attend this webinar, you will learn:

  • What generative design is and why it is so important?
  • Why it is now so relevant?
  • What technologies that will enable it?
  • Who should use these tools?
  • What should my company plan to do about it?

Click here to go to event registration

California Sues Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

The suit threatens to upend the business models of Uber and Lyft, which view themselves as tech-y intermediaries between people who want rides and people willing to drive them. An analysis by Barclays estimates that treating California drivers as employees would cost Uber $506 million and Lyft $290 million annually; neither company is profitable.

THE STATE OF California and three of its biggest cities have sued Uber and Lyft for misclassifying hundreds of thousands of drivers as independent contractors, in violation of a new state law. The suit, under a law known as Assembly Bill 5, argues that drivers are company employees, entitled to minimum and overtime wages, paid sick leave, health benefits, and access to social insurance programs like unemployment.

The lawsuit also brings to a head simmering tensions of “gig economy workers, who have been at the front lines of the coronavirus  pandemic. Workers at firms that offer shopping or delivery, such as Instacart and Postmates, have complained that their low wages, determined and managed by platform algorithms, don’t accurately reflect the risks they’re taking to deliver people and goods during a public health crisis.

Elsewhere, both companies are reporting huge drops in use of their ride-share service during the pandemic – adding to the precariousness of the business model now that it is under suit as well. Stay tuned . . .

Live-streaming helped China’s farmers survive the pandemic. It’s here to stay

When coronavirus ground the country to a halt, the agricultural industry could no longer sell its produce. E-commerce giants used the chance to bring the sector online.

Amid the devastation, e-commerce giants also saw an opportunity. Farmers were desperate to try new sales channels, and consumers were being forced to shop online. An entirely new industry was there for the taking if the companies could help the farmers out.

Both JD.com and Alibaba-owned Taobao quickly launched rural live-streaming initiatives, building on the engagement-centric format that had skyrocketed in popularity in China over the previous few years. The companies helped farmers and merchants set up online stores with expedited approvals and showed them how to design the content of their broadcasts. They made their apps more intuitive and used their logistics networks to ship the products directly from farm to home.

The push was largely a bet: rural live-streaming had existed before but hadn’t truly taken off. In 2019, Taobao’s goal was to attract a mere 1,000 farmers to its platform. “Most farmers didn’t know how to live-stream; even fewer understood e-commerce,” says Zhang Guowei, the head of JD Live.

But the pressure of the crisis—and the unique scale of China’s consumer base—provided the necessary catalyst. Taobao now has over 50,000 rural live-streamers and aims for at least 200,000 more within the year. Growers who had once sold 90% of their products offline have now flipped to selling 90% online. Live-streaming has not only helped the industry weather the crisis—it’s forged an entirely new way of business that is likely to continue long after the pandemic is over. full article MIT Tech Review here . . . .

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