Wednesday, April 22, 2015

May 11, 2015: Dan Rubin on "Disruptive Technologies in Railroading."

We are pleased to welcome Dan Rubin to present: “Disruptive Technologies in Railroading.” 
Railroads today are faced with evaluating rapidly emerging technologies for controlling systems, inspections, robotics, energy harvesting, sensor networks and more.

Dan Rubin, General Director of System Engineering for the Union Pacific, will discuss technologies in use or being developed by Union Pacific, including their move to replace their 40-year old IBM mainframe-based transportation system and their adoption of a sensor network to monitor individual rail cars.

Prior to joining Union Pacific, Rubin worked for AMCI/Nexterna developing communication systems in support of railroad operations and at Sandia National Labs developing systems for Department of Defense.

You can learn more about the Union Pacific here: http://bit.ly/AboutUnionPacific

The meeting will be on Monday, May 11th, 6-8 pm at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking with other technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is sponsored by New Leaders, Clear Capital and the Truckee Donner Railroad Society.

You can find us on LinkedIn and Facebook or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/14XGofL.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

April 13, 2015: Challenges and Opportunities in Building a Regional Food System, presented by Susie Sutphin

We are pleased to welcome Susie Sutphin to present: “Challenges and Opportunities in Building a Regional Food System.”

Living in the non-agricultural “food desert” of the high alpine Truckee-Tahoe environment presents challenges in food security, lends itself to a lack of sustainably grown food, and can leave us disconnected from our food-abundant neighbors. Not every community can grow their own food, but we can take responsibility for how our regionally-grown food is sourced and distributed.

Susie Sutphin, Executive Director of the non-profit Tahoe Food Hub and a 15-year Truckee resident, will discuss how the Tahoe Food Hub works to aggregate sustainably-produced food sourced from within 100 miles, while ensuring equal food access and exploring ways to grow food locally using 4-season growing techniques.

She’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities in creating this grassroots effort that aims to galvanize our community to build a regional, sustainable and equitable food system.

You can learn more about the Tahoe Food Hub here: http://www.tahoefoodhub.org/ .

The meeting will be on Monday, April 13th, 6-8 pm at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking with other technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is sponsored by New Leaders, Clear Capital and Your Truckee Office.

You can find us on LinkedIn and Facebook or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/14XGofL.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March 9, 2015: Fostering the Startup Community in Reno-Tahoe, presented by Eric Madison



Building a startup isn’t easy, especially outside of startup hubs like Silicon Valley. That’s where the CUBE @ Midtown (formerly C4Cube) in Reno comes in.  With a new executive director, name, and mission, CUBE aims to foster relationships among entrepreneurs, investors and the startup community ecosystem in Reno-Tahoe.

Eric Madison, Executive Director of The CUBE @ Midtown is a veteran entrepreneur who has launched seven companies in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., including three that completed NASDAQ IPOs. Eric has helped raise over $500M in angel and venture capital in the last 20 years.

Eric will discuss how the CUBE plays a role in both supporting and bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, and the startup community and why this is essential for startups to thrive in our community.

You can learn more about The CUBE @ Midtown here: cubeatmidtown.com

The meeting will be on Monday, March 9, 6 - 8 pm at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking with other technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is sponsored by New LeadersClear Capital and Accela.

You can find us on LinkedIn and Facebook and at TahoeSiliconMountain.com or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/14XGofL.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

February 9, 2015: When Technology Fails: Self-Reliance and Coping with the Long Emergency, presented by Matthew Stein


We are pleased to welcome Matthew Stein to present: “When Technology Fails: Self-Reliance and Coping with the Long Emergency.”

Have you ever thought about what would happen if society faced long-term failures of the electrical grid and other central services?  Right now, there is a storm brewing on the horizon with six long-term global trends converging on collapse. Stein will discuss why he thinks our society is vulnerable and what we can collectively and individually do to be more self-reliant, sustainable, and better prepared to cope with this approaching storm.

Matthew Stein, local bestselling author, MIT-trained engineer and green builder, will discuss the scientific reasons that make this scenario not only possible, but highly likely, and what we can do about it on a personal, community, and global level.

You can learn more about Stein here: http://whentechfails.com and http://stein-design.com.
The meeting will be on Monday, February 9th, 6-8 pm at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking with other technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is sponsored by Accela Connect and  New Leaders.


You can find us on LinkedIn and Facebook, or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/14XGofL.

Monday, December 29, 2014

January 12th, 2015: Pedaling to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond - The NASA Human Powered Rover Team

We are pleased to welcome The Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology (AACT) Faculty Advisors from the NASA Human Powered Rover Team to present: “Pedaling to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond.” 


The faculty advisors will present an overview of the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, which is an engineering contest to design, fabricate, and race a human powered vehicle on a half mile course, over rough terrain that simulates the surface of the Moon, Mars, and beyond.  It is part of NASA’s directive to use educational resources to further research and development.

They will highlight the AACT Rover Team, which won 1st place, Best Rookie Team, Featherweight Award, and the Neil Armstrong Best Design Award. During the competition, students were required to assemble their rovers, and then race them on the course with the fewest on-course penalties.

They will also discuss how in this public education setting, students from various academies (engineering, communication arts, business and finance) collaborated in this hands-on educational program, designed to meet the challenges of our 21st century science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) needs.

The meeting will be on Monday, January 12th, 6-8 pm at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking with other technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is sponsored by New Leaders and Freeside.




You can find us on LinkedIn and Facebookor sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/14XGofL.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

December 8, 2014: Matt Peterson will Present "Internet on the Playa: Building an Extreme Temporary Network at Burning Man"

We are pleased to welcome Matt Peterson, Network Engineer at Burning Man, to present: Internet and Communication on the Playa: Building an Extreme Temporary Network at Burning Man.

While the Burning Man event is well-known in the region, much of the behind-the-scenes mastery for this 70,000 participant rural desert gathering is not. Matt will discuss the unique deployment and operational components that bring internet infrastructure and service to Black Rock City, before, during and after Burning Man.

Matt will share the journey that the all-volunteer “Playa Tech” team has taken over the past several years to arrive at the highly automated system that is used today. By refining operation, procedures and defining best practices, the team has been able to bring internet to the desert that some say is more reliable than that which can be found in San Francisco.

The meeting will be on Monday, December 8th, 6-8 pm at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking with other technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is sponsored by New Leaders.


You can find us on LinkedIn and Facebook  or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/14XGofL.

Monday, October 27, 2014

November 10, 2014: Mark McLaughlin on "Taming the Beast: A Snapshot History of Snow Surveying & Truckee-Tahoe Water Management"

We are pleased to welcome Mark McLaughlin to present: “Taming the Beast: A Snapshot History of Snow Surveying & Truckee-Tahoe Water Management.

The Truckee River is prone to a damaging flood every decade.  Understanding how to predict floods and anticipate river flow when the snow melts is crucial for downstream communities. Mark will talk about the history of snow surveying over the past century. He will cover everything from the pioneering research of a UNR professor with his simple snow sampler to the establishment of the Central Sierra Snow Laboratory near Donner Pass. 
Mark McLaughlin, Tahoe historian, and award-winning, nationally published author and professional speaker, has written six books and more than 800 articles. He has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio and has appeared on CNN, The History Channel and The Weather Channel. Mark is currently consulting for The Weather Channel on a new Donner Party documentary.

You can learn more about Mark at: http://www.thestormking.com/

The meeting will be on Monday, November 10th, 6-8 pm at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking with other technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is sponsored by New Leaders and Snohoe.

You can find us on LinkedIn and Facebook and at TahoeSiliconMountain.com or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/14XGofL.