Wednesday, December 1, 2021

December 13: Alpine Ski Binding Technology: Past, Present, and Future

The standardization of alpine ski-boot-binding systems and shop practices has resulted in significant injury prevention worldwide. These successes first began with scientific methods of discovery to better understand how alpine equipment works as a system (including the skier), and later how engineering designs and best practices might impact resolution

Please join Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a local network of entrepreneurs and professionals, on Monday, December 13th at 5pm, to hear a panel moderated by Heidi Ettlinger with ski industry experts Dave Carpenter, Dave Dodge, and Jasper Shealy, who have spent over fifty years studying snowsport related injuries, evolving safety practices, and innovating ski, binding, and boot designs.

This presentation will include the work of Carl Ettlinger who, over the course of his lifetime, became a distinguished researcher, discovering methods to reduce ski injuries which led to the production of testing devices, training workshops, and videos to make skiing a safer sport. His collaborative research and resulting innovations have saved the skiing public from tibial fractures costing conservatively by an estimated $600 million dollars annually. Carl was recognized by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) with the honorary title of Fellow for “meritorious and dedicated leadership of the ASTM International Committee F27 and for conducting the seminal research that provided the technical basis for standards that have materially improved skiing safety worldwide.” Carl also received the Carson White Golden Quill Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Snowsports by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association. To learn more about the inventions we rely on today for snowsport safety, visit Carl’s work here: https://www.thesnowpros.org/2020/07/16/remembering-carl-ettlinger/

The panel will discuss:

  • Which design problems have been resolved and what still need to be addressed.
  • How have ASTM | ISO Standards influenced worldwide cost savings due to injury avoidance.
  • How important it is to conduct routine equipment inspections and testing of one’s ski-binding-boot system.
  • What the research demonstrates on helmets' dramatic reduction in serious head injuries vs. fatalities.
  • What information was discovered during four decades of data collection from the Sugarbush Project, and how these research findings continue to inform equipment development today - including the present compatibility guidelines between ski boot soles and binding types.

Moderator:

Heidi Ettlinger served on the PSIA-AASI National Alpine Team from 2012-2021. She is a member of the PSIA-AASI Women’s Advisory Group, the Nancy Oakes Hall Scholarship Committee, the National Education Leadership Council, and the PSIA Western Division Education Staff. Heidi has dedicated much of her career to building and leading women’s adventure programs (in winter and summer) for the public and professionals. Many of which have served as a catalyst for helping more women successfully pursue recreation and professional endeavors outdoors. Alongside designing and implementing training programs, Heidi develops products to recruit and retain new snowsport participants, while growing her business Gearing To Go! For several years Heidi coordinated the Ski and Snowboard Mechanics Workshop along with providing project coordination for Vermont Safety Research and administrative support for Vermont Ski Safety Equipment.

Panel:

Dave Carpenter is the North American Risk Manager for the Rossignol Group as well as

a member of ASTM F-27 the committee on skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. Dave is the Sub-committee Chairman for F-27.83 on International Standards. He is the Chairman of the US Technical Advisory Group to the International Standards Organization on skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing and has held that position since 1998. Prior to Rossignol, Carpenter worked for Trappeur ski boots. He then became the Technical Service Manager and Product Manager for GEZE ski bindings and Risk Manager for Elan Monarck, Dolomite Ski Boots, Look Ski Bindings, and Look Cycle Products. Carpenter began his industry career with the Mount Mansfield Co (Stowe VT) and various ski and bike shops in the Stowe area. His history includes working with Vermont Ski Safety Equipment Inc building ski shop test devices, product testing for Skiing Magazine, and assisting with the Sugarbush Research project (the longest running ski epidemiology study in the world). Carpenter (much like Dave Dodge and Jake Shealy) has had a close friendship with the late Carl Ettlinger and VT Ski Safety Equipment Inc since the 1970s.

Dave Dodge is the owner and founder of Dodge Ski Boots, serves as the ASTM Sub-committee Chairman on binding test procedures, and has spent over 40 years on standards development with ASTM. Throughout the course of his work as an engineer, Dave has developed over 180+ patents worldwide. Dave founded Composite Developments where he designed and developed products for several snowsport manufacturers. Later, along with colleague Carl Ettlinger, he formed Vermont Safety Developments (VSD). VSD developed knee friendly ski binding technology including two patents Pat# 7,810,833 and 7,762,577. Prior to forming his own businesses, Dodge was director of R&D at Burton Snowboards and also worked at Rossignol as a design and QC engineer.

Dr. Jasper (Jake) Shealy retains emeritus status at Guidance Engineering and is an

invaluable resource for skiing safety knowledge and history. Dr. Shealy has been researching ski related injuries for over 40 years and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on the subject. As the science overlord, he continues to play an active role conducting ski safety research with Guidance Engineering.

Please join us on Monday, December 13th, at 5:00 PM online at bit.ly/YouTubeTSM. The event will be available on YouTube as a livestream and after the event. Livestream for this event starts at 5:00 PM on bit.ly/YouTubeTSM, or log onto YouTube and search for Tahoe Silicon Mountain.

The audience will be able to submit questions online during the presentation.

A suggested donation of $5.00 will help TSM to defray the expenses of live streaming the event. Please donate at www.Tahoesiliconmountain.com

You can find us at TahoeSiliconMountain.com or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/TSMEmail

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

November 8: Geothermal Energy: The Untapped Renewable Energy Source

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/244427267066900

With the COP26 (The United Nations Climate Summit) only a week behind us, the majority of us think of solar or wind energy when it comes to sustainable and renewable energy sources. One source of rarely mentioned, underutilized renewable energy lies to the east of Truckee, CA in the Great Basin region of the western USA, geothermal energy. Please join Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a local network of entrepreneurs and professionals, on Monday, November 8th to hear Dr. Bridget Ayling speak on unlocking the geothermal energy potential of the Great Basin region. 


Dr. Ayling will review current uses of geothermal energy and share research on 3 critical questions that could help to untap this powerful renewable resource. 

  1. Where do these resources exist and why? 

  2. How do fluids circulate in geothermal systems?

  3. How can we improve our chances of discovering viable geothermal systems for power generation and direct use?


Dr. Ayling is an Associate Professor at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is the director of UNR’s Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy. She is responsible for developing research and education programs in the field of geothermal energy, overseeing research to understand the complexities of fluid flow in the upper crust and the implications of this for geothermal resource exploration and development. Prior to joining UNR in 2016, Dr. Ayling was at Geoscience Australia and the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah. Dr. Ayling currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Geothermal Association and on the Earth Resources standing committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering. and Medicine. She is also a proud advocate and member of Women in Geothermal (WING), a global organization that exists to support the professional development and empowerment of women in the geothermal sector. Dr. Ayling holds a B.S. with Honors in Geology and Physical Geography from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She received her Ph.D. in Paleoclimate and Environmental Geochemistry from the Australian National University in 2006.


Please join us on Monday, November 8th at 5:00 PM online at bit.ly/YouTubeTSM. The event will be available on YouTube as a livestream and after the event. Livestream for this event starts at 5:00 PM on bit.ly/YouTubeTSM, or log onto YouTube and search for Tahoe Silicon Mountain. 


The audience will be able to submit questions online during the presentation.


A suggested donation of $5.00 will help TSM to defray the expenses of live streaming the event.  Please donate at www.Tahoesiliconmountain.com

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

October 11: The Steam behind the STEAM at KidZone Museum

 Very young children are filled with curiosity and are relentless in their questions about how the world works. ‘Why is the sky blue?’, ‘Why do we have two eyes?’, ‘How do fish breathe?’ At a young age is when children need to begin their investigative journey in STEM, when their brain development is on warp speed. Please join Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a local network of entrepreneurs and professionals, on Monday, October 11th to hear Helen Pelster, Museum Board President Emeritus, and Carol Meagher, Museum Executive Director, as they lead us through how a child’s development in science, technology, engineering, art and math, (STEAM) skills requires hands on development.

Pelster and Meagher will share how the local Truckee KidZone Museum helps to create those hands-on experiences that build the brain's synapses that will allow their adult selves the ability to problem solve, communicate, create and use critical thinking skills. The audience will learn about the steam behind the STEAM programs in Truckee. 

Meagher is the Museum Executive Director and has been at the museum for 16 years. Meagher has built the Museum’s science programming from the ground up. The Museum staff continue to develop their STEAM programming with industry-leading partners, including the Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Pelster is a computer scientist, mom, educator, ultra-marathoner, and volunteer.

Please join us on Monday, October 11, at 5:00 PM online at bit.ly/YouTubeTSM. The event will be available on YouTube as a livestream and after the event. Livestream for this event starts at 5:00 PM on bit.ly/YouTubeTSM, or log onto YouTube and search for Tahoe Silicon Mountain. 

The audience will be able to submit questions online during the presentation.

A suggested donation of $5.00 will help TSM to defray the expenses of live streaming the event.

You can find us at TahoeSiliconMountain.com or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/TSMEmail

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

September 13: Art, Technology, and Emotion: Techspressionism

Event: https://fb.me/e/223UL4w9v

In March of 2021, digital art made the news when an NFT (non-fungible token) sold for over $69 million dollars, all while digital art has been making an impact on the art world since the 1980’s. Please join Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a local network of entrepreneurs and professionals, on Monday, September 13th, where artist Colin Goldberg will present on Techspressionism, “an artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience.”

Colin Goldberg, Invictus, 2020. Acrylic and pigment print on linen. 48 x 36 inches.


Colin Goldberg, Kneeling Icon, 2004. Vector-based digital drawing. Dimensions variable.


In this presentation, Goldberg will give a brief introduction to Techspressionism and how it relates to artistic movements of the past. Goldberg will also discuss Techspressionism’s evolution through the pandemic and its relationship to the concept of Social Sculpture as developed by German artist Joseph Beuys in the 1970's. He’ll share his own personal development as an artist, including an overview of his oeuvre and how his involvement with technology has informed his studio practice as an artist, from the BBS scene of the 1980’s through Manhattan's Silicon Alley of the 1990’s to the NFT phenomenon of today. 

Photographer: Rick Wenner
Goldberg was born in the Bronx, New York in 1971 to parents of Japanese and Jewish ancestry, both Ph.D. chemists. His grandmother Kimiye was an accomplished practitioner and instructor of Japanese Shodo calligraphy in Hawaii and Japan. In the 1990's, the artist supported his studio practice as a freelancer in NYC advertising agencies, coding, and designing some of the web's first consumer-facing sites and launching brands such as Snapple, GOLF Magazine, and Popular Science online. Goldberg holds a BA in Studio Art from Binghamton University and an MFA in Computer Art from BGSU. He is a recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Goldberg's works reside in numerous private and public collections, including the permanent collections of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, Stony Brook University Hospital and the Islip Art Museum, as well as the Anne and Michael Spalter Digital Art Collection, one of the world's largest private collections of early digital art.


Please join us on Monday, September 13, at 5:00 PM online at bit.ly/YouTubeTSM. The event will be available on YouTube as a livestream and after the event. Livestream for this event starts at 5:00 PM on bit.ly/YouTubeTSM or log onto YouTube and search for Tahoe Silicon Mountain. 


The audience will be able to submit questions online during the presentation.


A suggested donation of $5.00 will help TSM to defray the expenses of live streaming the event. Please donate at www.Tahoesiliconmountain.com

You can find us at TahoeSiliconMountain.com or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/TSMEmail

Monday, June 7, 2021

June 14: Truckee Sanitation District the Past Present and Future

Event RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1279001069146794 


Do you ever wonder what lies underneath the town of Truckee other than rock and the occasional opium cellar? According to the Truckee Sanitary District (TSD) there are over 300 miles of sewer pipes and 44 lift stations that protect the public health and environment of our mountain community. Join Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a local network of entrepreneurs and professionals on Monday, June 14th to hear a presentation on “The Truckee Underground” presented by … 

  • General Manager-Chief Engineer of the Truckee Sanitary District, Blake R. Tresan

  • Field Worker, Kellen Babb

  • Board Clerk, Diane Piccioli

  • Administrative Specialist, Vanessa Vindel


Disease ran rampant at the end of the 19th century in Truckee due to poor sanitation. Now thanks to the efforts of TSD, Truckee has a modern waste collection system that helps to preserve the public health and environment. The TSD team will present on the history, current operations, and future challenges associated with this essential local utility provider.


Tresan has been with TSD since 2002 and holds a Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental


Engineering from UC Davis. Babb has worked for TSD for 13 years and holds state certifications in wastewater collection systems maintenance. Piccioli and Vindel have worked for TSD for 3 and 5 years, respectively.


Please join us on Monday, June 14, at 5:00 PM online at bit.ly/YouTubeTSM. The event will be available on YouTube as a livestream and after the event. Livestream for this event starts at 5:00 PM on bit.ly/YouTubeTSM, or log onto YouTube and search for Tahoe Silicon Mountain. 


The audience will be able to submit questions during the presentation.


A Suggested donation of $5.00 will help TSM to defray the expenses of live streaming the event. Please donate at www.Tahoesiliconmountain.com

You can find us at TahoeSiliconMountain.com or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/TSMEmail

Monday, May 3, 2021

May 10: A Good Pitch Can Make or Break a Company

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/413096320115384

A carefully crafted presentation can make or break a company’s chance of early success in gaining financial backing, gaining early customers, and securing critical partnerships. Presentation content, slide layout, properly setting expectations, tempo, and pace of the presenter, they all play a role in helping to set the hook and getting funding to help sustain the business. Join Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a local network of entrepreneurs and professionals, on Monday, May 10th, for a panel presentation on how “Pitch Camp” made a difference for my company. 

Tahoe Silicon Mountain will have a panel discussion of former pitch camp attendees, who will share updates on their businesses and how pitch camp helped them succeed. In a normal year, the Sierra Small Business Development Center at Sierra Business Council and Tahoe Silicon Mountain sponsor Startup Weekend and a pitch camp where the camp enables early-stage businesses with a chance to create a pitch that can be used with early stage investors, donors, target customers, and potential partners.  

Please join us on Monday, May 10, at 5:00 PM online at bit.ly/YouTubeTSM. The event will be available on YouTube as a livestream and after the event. Livestream for this event starts at 5:00 PM on bit.ly/YouTubeTSM, or log onto YouTube and search for Tahoe Silicon Mountain. 

The audience will be able to submit questions during the presentation.

A Suggested donation of $5.00 will help TSM to defray the expenses of live streaming the event. Please donate at www.Tahoesiliconmountain.com

You can find us at TahoeSiliconMountain.com or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/TSMEmail

Monday, March 29, 2021

April 12: Stop Throwing Your Marketing Money Out the Window

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/121554536466941


Marketing and branding for any business is a key component to its success! But how do you know when your company’s marketing and branding dollars are being spent effectively, and you’re getting the impact you want?


Join Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a local network of entrepreneurs and professionals, on Monday, April 12th, to hear Bill M. West of Bareknuckle Brand Marketing share how he and his team have developed a demystifying approach to branding and marketing that brings serious punch to businesses. West’s presentation will help to bring clarity to branding and marketing and help companies get a better return on investment. Participants will leave with marketing-specific tips that can be easily implemented, and a list of 10 brand improvements they can make over lunch, and to learn how to stop throwing marketing money out the window.

 
In his presentation West will discuss:

  • The intersection between strategy and creative marketing
  • The distinction between branding and marketing, and how they wildly influence each other
  • The good and bad of using marketing agencies
  • How to make your marketing dollars have greater impact
  • And audience-intriguing questions

Bill M. West is the Owner and Lead Eyebrow-Raiser of Bareknuckle Brand Marketing. West pulls from his background as a speech writer, ghostwriter, and university writing instructor to help entrepreneurs develop a rich, compelling, articulate brand and customer-seducing marketing. His work has been featured in media sources such as the New York Times, CNBC and Fox News, and financial websites such as E*TRADE.


Please join us on Monday, April 12, at 5:00 PM online at bit.ly/YouTubeTSM. The event will be available on YouTube as a livestream and after the event. Livestream for this event starts at 5:00 PM on bit.ly/YouTubeTSM, or log onto YouTube and search for Tahoe Silicon Mountain.

The audience will be able to submit questions during the presentation.

A Suggested donation of $5.00 will help TSM to defray the expenses of live streaming the event. Please donate at www.Tahoesiliconmountain.com

You can find us at TahoeSiliconMountain.com or sign up for email meeting announcements here: http://bit.ly/TSMEmail