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.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Oct 13, 2014: Overcoming College Application Challenges Faced by Low Income Students with Emily Wexler

We're pleased to welcome Emily Wexler to present: “Overcoming Challenges Faced by Low Income Students in the College Application Process.”

Emily WexlerApplying to college is tough enough. But, the process doesn’t end after applying and being admitted. Low income students are highly susceptible to "summer melt" (getting admitted then failing to attend). Learn about the additional hurdles that low income, first generation and rural students need to clear to get into and then attend college, and what can be done to help them overcome these challenges.

Emily Wexler, Executive Director of Learning Bridge of the Sierra, a local non-profit that helps students with their college and financial aid applications, will also talk about identifying challenges in the Western Association of College Admission Counselors (WACAC) Code of Ethics that adversely affects low socioeconomic and first-in-family students.

You can learn more about Learning Bridge of the Sierra at: http://www.learningbridgesierra.org/

The meeting will be on Monday, October 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 and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

September 8, 2014: How Drone Technology Is Revolutionizing the Marketplace (with a demo), presented by Lloyd Garden and Brad Flora

We are pleased to welcome Lloyd Garden and Brad Flora to present: “How Drone Technology Is Revolutionizing the Marketplace.”

Aerial videography and photography, traffic reporting, environmental surveys, and product delivery are just some of the ways the now widely-available drone technology can be used.  Despite controversy over the personal and commercial use of drones and a lack of proper FAA regulation, companies are racing to take advantage of opportunities made possible by drone equipment that has become available to the mass market over the past few years.

Lloyd Garden and Brad Flora, co-owners of Drone Promotions LLC, a local company that 
provides aerial photography and videography, will talk about drone technology, FAA rules, and how drones can be used in a variety of markets.  They will also discuss Drone Promotions’ quest for innovative ways of using their drone outside the video production realm and will have their drone on hand for a demonstration (weather dependent).

You can learn more about Drone Promotions at: http://www.drone-promotions.com/.
The meeting will be on Monday, September 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 and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.

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