Monthly Archives: October 2013
Oct 20 2013
The Internet of Things, Arduinos and the “Maker Entrepreneur” PLUS after-program discussion

The Internet of Things, Arduinos and the “Maker Entrepreneur” PLUS after-program discussion


The Internet of Things, Arduinos
and the “Maker Entrepreneur”

 Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tiny sensors that can report conditions back from the field (or to each other and an actuator) and mini cameras with some processing power are making the long-awaited “Internet of Things (IoT)” a reality. Cloud processing systems allow tiny sensors to have a central brain. Cheap sensors and emerging inventor-friendly open source standards like the Arduino processor are dropping the cost of what would have been sophisticated racks of equipment to a few dollars.


Early adopters in the Maker movement have tried thousands of experiments ranging from the life-altering to the absurd. Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter have enabled entrepreneurs to bubble up from the community to see whether there is a market for a networked device without having to raise money the traditional way. Possible applications of a mix of smart use of open-source standards and new technologies range from keeping the elderly in their own homes longer to monitoring wetlands for pollutants. Come to this program to hear from a few of the hundreds of companies springing up everywhere and to see what it takes to launch one yourself!  REGISTER TODAY.  


Special Post-Program Event:  Immediately following the program, the MIT Club of Southern California, in partnership with the Caltech Entrepreneur’s Forum, will hold an informal discussion event about improving K-12 science education and volunteer options. Meet Representatives from  local programs run by MIT alumni.  There is no additional cost to attend; however registration is required.

Meet representatives from: Foundation

DIY Girls

Traveling Space Museum

For space planning purposes, please e-mail namesof participants to MIT / CALTECH POST PROGRAM EVENT using the subject “Post Program Event Registration.”  (Do not reply to this e-mail as it does not come to our mailbox).  



Program Speakers
Tod Kurt 
Cofounder, Crashspace and ThingM
Intro to the Arduino Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Nardo Manaloto
Founding Partner, Seedhit
Healthcare and the Internet of Things


Quin Etnyre

CEO, Qtechknow
Learning with Electronics


Manu Sharma
Co-Founder, Infinity Aerospace
Open Source Science Platforms and Spacecraft 

Francisco Zabala

CTO, Acrobotic

Crowdsourcing Data Collection through Open Source Hardware


Joan Horvath
VP Business Development
Deezmaker 3D Printers
National University Community Research Institute
Joan Horvath 
VP Business Development
Deezmaker 3D Printers
National University Community Research Institute
Goran Matijasevic, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Julie-ann Pina
JPina Consulting

Saturday, November 9, 2013

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena – Baxter Hall Auditorium

8:00 am — Networking & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:15 am — Program
11:15 am — Noon  Post Program Networking with Speakers

$40.00 on-line registration; $50 at the door; $10 for students (with ID);

Free for Caltech Students (with ID).


Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum thanks its Founding Sponsors:
Special thanks to Materia, Inc., for its generous donation of office space for the
Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum Staff!
Materia Inc
Oct 20 2013
A Space for Place · With Mark Lakeman, James Rojas & Moses Sumney @theshed A Space for Place
November 3, 2013 · Doors open at 5:00pm
6pm Mark Lakeman City Repair
7:30pm Placemaking workshop with James Rojas
8:30pm Special Performance by Moses Sumney

$20/Door or $10/Advance
The Shed
1355 Lincoln Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Mark Lakeman is the co-founder of the non-profit placemaking organization The City Repair Project, and principal of the community architecture and planning firm Communitecture.
Mr. Lakeman is also an urban place-maker and permaculture designer, community design facilitator, and an inspiring catalyst in his very active commitment to the emergence of sustainable cultural landscapes everywhere. Every design project he is involved with furthers the development of a beneficial vision for human and ecological communities. Whether this involves urban design and placemaking, ecological building, encourages community interaction, or assists those who typically do not have access to design services, Mark’s leadership has benefited communities across the North American continent. These include cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, and Ottawa where City Repair Projects are underway.

“What if we could rebuild Pasadena today?” with James Rojas. This project will capture the power of the individual and collective community imagination by crafting their ideal community. The one-hour workshop is timely, uncomplicated, as well as entertaining. The workshop is hands on and for twenty minutes participants amuse themselves playing freely with the thousands small objects redesigning their community based on their personal experience, needs and wishes. They investigate their own personal relationship to their neighborhood and identify physical challenges and produce solutions into a miniature landscape. Each participant has one minute to present his or her solution, which is translated into standard planning terms. After all the presentations, participants collaborate in teams for fifteen minutes to create a conceptual community plan.

Special Performance by Moses Sumney Moses Sumney is a new LA-based singer & songwriter. Growing up, he was so shy that he would write songs avidly but hide them inside his mattress. At 20, he moved out of his parents’ house to study creative writing at UCLA and finally gathered the courage to start performing music. After purchasing a beat-up guitar from a friend, he taught himself to play and accompany himself. He grew quickly as an artist at UCLA, soon performing weekly alongside the university’s most esteemed musicians. Now graduated, he creates soul-infused folk music using guitar and unique arrangements built on loop pedals.

Recently, SPIN Magazine described him as a “soul-folk warrior,” Okayplayer called him “a name you should be hearing plenty of,” and Pigeons & Planes called his voice a “breathing instrument that suggests a depth of feeling lyrics can only partially express.”All of this, and he hasn’t even officially released any music yet.

For more information please contact
Presented by La Loma Development

Huntington Catering
The Institute of Urban Ecology

(626) 421-6185 ph

Oct 20 2013
Can We Eat to Starve Cancer? William Li @ted

William Li presents a new way to think about cancer treatment: angiogenesis, targeting the blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that beat cancer at its own game.

Working with Dean Ornish

Soy Extract is the best food-based item on the list

Resveratrol – Resveratrol product or information please email


Oct 20 2013
Love Ride Glendale Harley Davidson @loverideorg October 20, 2013
The 30th annual Love Ride to be part of the longest standing motorcycle event in the world which supports the USO and its programs.

To raise money for the national and Southern California USO programs to support our military and their family.

It all began back in 1981 with the first Biker’s Carnival…..
Harley-Davidson had become an official corporate sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Oliver Shokouh- the young owner of a fledgling Harley-Davidson dealership in Glendale decided to put together a fund raising event and hold it back behind his little shop. Despite such exciting attractions as a dunk tank, a softball toss and target shooting, the first annual Biker’s Carnival only raised $1500 for MDA. Not exactly an auspicious beginning.

Still, Oliver was determined. Word would get out, he thought, and he would work a little harder and the second annual Biker’s Carnival would be bigger and better…

see more here:

Jay Leno will be the Grand Marshal of the 30th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Love Ride on Sunday, October 20 at Castaic Lake, California, to benefit the USO and their veterans programs in 160 locations in 27 states.

The Love Ride is the longest-running motorcycle fundraising event in the world and has raised $24 million for charity in 28 years. Leno will be joined by celebrity motorcyclists who in past years have included Steven Tyler, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Robert Patrick, Lorenzo Lamas, Ann-Margret, Nancy Sinatra, Larry Hagman, Willie G. Davidson, and hundreds of others. The USO is the preferred veterans charity of many celebrities, including Charlie Sheen who just this week donated $1 million to the USO.

Love Ride participants—which have exceeded 20,000 in past years—will sign-up at Harley-Davidson of Glendale before arriving at Castaic Lake for a trade show, bike show, stunt show, food truck fair, and a concert featuring Jackson Browne, jacksh*t, Chevy Metal, The Loveless, and special guests. Past performers have included Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, B.B. King, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Sammy Hagar, and many others.

The Love Ride was founded in 1984 by Oliver Shokouh, the owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale, with 400 motorcyclists who raised $42,000 for charity.

Love Ride 30 is supported by the 22-dealership Southern California Harley-Davidson Dealers Association and numerous major sponsors to be announced. Participants can register now at for just $20. The minimum fundraising commitment to ride and join the party is only $60, which can also be paid in full during registration, with no fundraising required. The $60 from every participant includes a Love Ride 30 pin, patch and one opportunity ticket; there are more prizes at different levels of fundraising. For registration and more information about Love Ride 30, go to or Harley-Davidson of Glendale at 3717 San Fernando Road in Glendale, California.

  • 3717 San Fernando Road
  • Glendale, California 91204


Oct 20 2013
Bodega Pasadena Grand Re-Opening Party!

Bodega Pasadena Grand Re-Opening Party!

We’re back! Our renovation is complete. Please join us on Wednesday as we officially celebrate getting back to the business of slingin’ drinks and having fun. We’d love to show you what we’ve done with the place.
The Bodega Construction Crew


bodega wine bar | 260 e. colorado blvd. | pasadena | CA | 91101

Oct 19 2013
Apple iPad Event October 22, 2013 – San Francisco

Apple’s  invitation for the Oct. 22 event, apparently has a lot of announcements to cover at the San Francisco event starting at 10am PST, 1pm EST.

A new type of iPad is coming, possible the iPad 5.

A new iPad mini,

A new version of its larger iPad.

20% thinner and 30% to 50% lighter.

A new line of MacBook Pro laptops that will have Intel’s Haswell chips inside to increase battery life.

Details of its new OS X Mavericks operating system

A new Mac Pro desktop computer.

A software developer kit, or SDK, for its Apple TV set-top box.

This would let developers write applications for the platform, a stepping-stone to  iTV, which has predicted for some time now.

See live streaming from the Apple event here.

Oct 19 2013
Scan Mobile App Technology @sharktank Turn The Lowly QR Code Into A ‘Scan To Pay’ Gateway @scan

Turn QR Code Into A Payment Gateway

– Scan To Pay


Available on Apple, Android, and Windows products :  Tweet us, we’ll tweet back. Questions/support:

Connect real world with universe

Scan is an app that can scan barcodes

Windows, iPhone, Android

Free app, introduced pay for feature

Simple choices to begin with

Link to face

QR code to purchase code

51 million downloads

27 million who used app and scanned in one month

Nobody was executing

The competition built half the table.

Users can build the

Focusing on monetization

Keeping the user side free, pay a monthly fee for keeping QR code live.

Has made $30k / mo for the past few months.

What is the future?

Google Glass?

Has raised $8.7 million

Why are they here?


Oct 18 2013
80s Prom: It’s A Dead Man’s Party–Saturday 10/26 at Dog Haus Biergarten @doghausdogs
Oct 18 2013
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Available Now @newegg
Where work meets play

Get more.
Right from
the Start.

Update your PC.

Customize your Start screen.

Customize your Start screen.

Make your Start screen your personalized home with news, weather, social networks and your favorite apps. Customizable colors and backgrounds and four different sizes of tiles make your device as unique as you are*.

Apps for every occasion.

Download thousands of popular apps from the Windows Store, including Netflix, ESPN, Skype and Angry Birds. Apps for email and photo and video editing are included.

Your familiar desktop.

From the Start screen, you are just a click away from the familiar Windows desktop you know and love so you can do the stuff you’ve always done**.

Your familiar desktop.

Your files, always with you.

Stay connected to your photos and important files and access them on your phone, tablet or PC with SkyDrive.

Your files, always with you.

Multitasking made easy.

It’s easy to do more at once. Snap multiple apps side by side in a single view for easy multitasking*.

Multitasking made easy.

Search and browse more securely.

Internet Explorer 11 comes with added security features to keep your web browsing experience safe, secure and private.

Search and browse more securely.

Big things,
small package.

Find Windows 8 on a huge selection of stylish and portable devices with impressive battery life, more security and faster startup. Choose from tablets, PCs, convertibles and more.

Update your PC.

Update your PC.

  • * Some features require Windows 8.1. Update available through Windows Store. Internet access required; fees may apply.
  • ** Don’t forget, Office is not included with your Windows PC.

Microsoft is rolling out Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade for all Windows 8 users. But installing the new OS may not be as simple as it sounds, particularly for those with multiple computers to manage or those who installed the earlier Windows 8.1 Preview.

If you are already running Windows 8.1 you can select the Start  – Store -there you will most likely see several updates including Windows 8.1. Be sure to do all updates before starting the 8.1. update, maybe also remove any possible conflicting add ons as well.


Windows 8.1 Specials Here

Oct 18 2013
Facts to know when buying second hand goods

When buying second hand goods, it’s important to take the time to review some basic precautions, whether you’re getting items from a shop, a private seller, or online. You need to be aware of when a deal may be suspicious, while also knowing what your rights are and what options are available when dealing with Cash In Hand Pawnbrokers and other institutions. What, then, are some of the things that you should be focusing on when dealing with second hand goods?


English: 2nd-hand goods in Totnes market The g...

English: 2nd-hand goods in Totnes market The goods were just being loaded back into the van at the conclusion of trading for the day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Primarily, you should be wary of any second hand goods that are intended to be used as safety devices; this means being careful about headgear, helmets, and child car seats, which tend to be one-use only items, and not recommended for second hand sale. While you may find that these items haven’t been used before, it’s difficult to really know, and you’re likely to be taking a risk if you buy second hand goods that don’t have a verifiable history.
  • Moreover, you should check to see whether any tools or electronics that you buy second hand come with their original instructions; this can be crucial if you’re buying power tools that require certain safety procedures to be followed. You also need to ensure that second hand furniture still has a label that identifies items as being compliant with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) Safety Regulations 1988. Buying from reputable pawnbrokers and other second hand dealers can reduce your risk of buying an unsafe item.
  • It’s also important to be aware of your rights as a consumer when dealing in second hand items. You’re still covered by the Sale of Goods Act 1979, which means that you can contest how an item was promoted as being different from what you actually bought. You can also take advantage of a seven day cooling off period for goods, and credit card protection on losses. A good seller should put information about your rights in an easily accessible place.
  • There are some exceptions, though, which mostly apply to buying goods at an auction. As well as following common sense in terms of not over-bidding on items that you’re unsure about, you need to remember that the Sale of Goods Act can be waived. An auctioneer will typically declare that an item is to be sold as seen, which if accepted by a buyer, represents a clearly stated level of risk. Some auction houses will provide an indemnity insurance policy, though, if you do have second thoughts about your purchase.When buying second hand items online, it’s crucial to be cautious about who you’re dealing with. Make sure that you’re not being asked to transfer money without guarantees of purchase, and that all information on tax is available if you’re importing something into the country. You should also be wary about disclosing bank details, and of knowing when a seller is reputable from their ratings and the quality of the goods being presented. 

    Author Bio: Emily Steves blogs about ways you can save money online. She recommends using Cash in Hand Pawnbrokers when looking for high quality second hand items. She also writes about the best ways to use online auction sites.


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