Glendale Tech Week Calendar of Events, Oct 9 – 13, 2017

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Glendale Tech Week the week of October 9, 2017 showcased entrepreneurs like Ara Mahdessian, Harrison Tang, Scott Painter, and Rachel Hollis who grew their companies and transformed their brands to be leaders in their industries.

In addition to the paid events, there were numerous FREE pop-up events including:

Tech in Manufacturing: A CNC Demonstration

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Glendale Tech Week: October 9 – 13

Alex Theater Tech Week
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Glendale Tech Week will be packed with great speakers and events in addition to all the other talks, panels, live demos, and networking opportunities!

Speaker Highlight: Wednesday morning’s talks on October 11 will kick off the theme “A Startup Journey” with powertalks from impressive entrepreneurs. Look forward to hearing from Ara Mahdessian, CEO and Co-Founder of ServiceTitan. ServiceTitan is a Glendale-based provider of business software for home service businesses. They have successfully secured Series A & B funding and were named a Rising Star in Forbes Cloud 100 Top Companies.

Panel Highlight: Wednesday afternoon hear about How the Sharing Economy is Shaping Fin-Tech with a panel of participants including Katherine McLain of Stripe, Barney Santos of Gentefy, and Amy Wan of Bootstrap Legal with moderator Armen Vartanian.

Event Highlights:

Our 2nd Annual Tech Job Fair: October 12th, 2017 from 9:00 to 12:00 pm at the Central Library. Call 818-937-8050 for more information.

And Wednesday evening join an Oktoberfest celebration! There will be food, live demonstrations, craft brewer talks, interactive art displays, and pop-ins from top influencers, plus great craft beer. The event will be hosted in the Maryland Paseo.

Buy your tickets, check out the full program, and the expanding list of speakers all on the www.glendaletechweek.com website.
Follow @glendale_tech on Twitter, and @glendaletechweek on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to get updates!

GRIT is out and about in our Glendale Business Community

pictured left to right: Glendale Economic Development staff Jacqueline Bartlow and Ani Pogossian, City Councilman Vrej Agajanian, Karagozian & Case’s Vice President Zachery I. Smith, City Councilman Ara Najarian and Verdugo Workforce Development Board’s VJC staff member Jack Krikorian.

The Glendale Relationship Initiation Team (GRIT) visited science and engineering consulting firm Karagozian & Case to thank them for maintaining their business in Glendale, and to offer them services the City of Glendale may be able to provide.

GRIT has been meeting with businesses and is trying to address their individual needs. Some businesses have expressed concern about parking fees while others have asked for assistance with hiring the right talent. The team has been tasked to assist the businesses by providing resources for their needs. It has also provided employee recruitment events for local companies and helped companies with navigating the world of city codes and ordinances. VWDB and VJC staff discuss free financial incentives they have available for companies that need to retrain employees in order to retain them, on-the-job training subsidies for new employees, as well as individualized recruitment assistance and customized recruitment events they can produce for a local business.

Karagozian & Case established their business in 1945. It is an internationally recognized science and engineering consulting firm that supports a broad range of clients across different sections of defense, transportation, manufacturing, aerospace, energy, and construction industries – for technically challenging and complex problems.

K&C’s scientific and engineering services mainly fall into the following functional areas of expertise:

– Providing vulnerability assessments for a variety of man-made and natural hazards.

– Generating innovative and cost-effective structural and mechanical designs to mitigate hazards.

– Development and application of state-of-the-art analysis methodologies and software.

– Conducting testing, research and development (R&D) to advance knowledge, develop products, and validate solutions.

If you are a local Glendale business, GRIT and the City of Glendale thank you for locating and maintaining your business in Glendale. If your business would like to be contacted by the team, contact Melissa Younesian at MYounesianATGlendaleca.gov

LA County Economic Development Corp.: Future Forum – AI & Robotics

LA County Future Forum June 28, 2017
LA County Future Forum June 28, 2017

Artificial Intelligence – AI – is here, is everywhere, is leading business and job and education growth in LA’s Creative and Manufacturing economy as elsewhere. Education, Autonomous Cars, Image Recognition, Moblie Apps, Data Analysis . . . Speakers from Honda, IBM, Netflix, UC Berkeley and USC. Report is posted on our Tech Corner page here.

Valley Economic Alliance TechX Expo, March 2017

Tech-X 2017
Tech-X 2017

The Valley Economic Alliance hosted a technology event, Tech-X, and expo, showcasing many innovative local businesses. The morning event featured a presentation on Cybersecurity preparedness for businesses by Kroll. Also presenting were a local company, AllTemp, that produces refrigerant that is cost-effective and better for the environment, and a digital-age marketing firm, FanConnect, that is helping businesses thrive in the mobile and social media connected world of today. The biggest crowd-pleasing presentation, though, came from a group of local high school girls, San Fernando High, who have invented a solar powered tent-home for the homeless.