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Move over boys! Inspiring Googler women give advice to Girl Geeks @BayAreaGGD

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner sponsored by Google

The Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner has reached a true rockstar status in the community of women in the technology field. When the registration opened for the dinner it was instantly jammed like popular concert tickets. There were 250 geek girls registered for the event and 1200 on the waitlist. That goes to show the demand for organizations such as this to provide networking opportunities for females in the technology industry.  GGD was excited to be back Google because their first dinner was sponsored by Google in 2008.

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Mashable’s 3rd Annual Social Medial Day – San Francisco

It was a full house at The Box SF for Mashable‘s third-annual Social Media Day celebration in San Francisco on Saturday, June 30, 2012. The sold-out event featured networking, dancing, gadgets and, most importantly, commemorating the importance of social media in the world today.

I noticed three things. First thing I noticed, cool party. Second thing I noticed, lots of girls…at a tech party. Why? It’s just another reason to gather, drink, eat & tweet.

Mashable does know how to throw and nice Saturday happy hour complete with 2 open bars, house music, bad ass female DJ’s dreadlocks DJ duo A Plus D — a.k.a. Adrian and Mysterious D, photobooth, large spread of hors d’oeurves…and plenty of female attendees.

My male buddies needed to know what brought the women? These tech networking events are usually a sausage fest. Is it because it’s social media and marketing? No. After a quick survey the mystery was solved…  plenty of girls were there hoping to catch a glimpse of Mashable’s attractive founder, Pete Cashmore.

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Great Wall Club – Google I/O International Night

Great Wall Club U.S presents “Google IO International Reception“.This event will provide a great opportunity for attendees to meet with developers and entrepreneurs from around the world. At this event, expect hot topic discussion and networking opportunities with people in the industry.

Agenda

4:30 – 4:45 Presentation David W. Healy, Partner of Fenwick
4:45 – 5:00 Presentation “Mobile Goes Global” Michael Wong
5:00 – 5:20 Presentation “Devloper Opportunities at GMIC SV” Steve Austin
5:20 – 5:25 Q&A
5:25 – 5:35 Raffle- where I won the grand prize worth $1000 for VIP tickets to the upcoming GMIC SV 2012 - The Global Mobile Internet Conference in October.
5:35 – 6:00 Networking was interesting because their were many reps from China.

G-Startup is a leading startup competition for mobile Internet growth stage and early stage companies. Deadline July 31. For details click here. Here’s the GWC Blog.

GMIC SV 2012

For the first time, Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) will be held in Silicon Valley this year in October. The Global Mobile Internet Conference is an annual mobile industry event which has become Asia’s largest mobile Internet conference and is now coming to Silicon Valley. An expected 5,000 entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and developers will gather this October at GMIC SV to learn from and network with key players from the largest and hottest mobile markets across the world.

Focusing on connecting the mobile Internet ecosystems around the globe, GMIC provides a platform to share best practices to succeed in the world’s hottest mobile markets. Industry leaders are learning that the road to success in markets unfamiliar to their home country is complicated by language, culture, government, and infrastructure differences. GMIC SV puts the experts on stage to communicate key factors and share their own stories for getting mobile companies to succeed in these countries.

Beyond keynote speeches, panels, and fireside chats, GMIC SV organizes appSpace—the developer track and competition—and G-Startup, the startup competition for early stage and growth companies. And, of course, there will be plenty of social events to ensure GMIC SV attendees can relax, see more of Silicon Valley, and connect with potential partners, clients, and friends.

Weekly & Monthly Networking opportunities

There are many websites to go to for event info but Eventbrite.com and meetup.com are my favorite resources for tech events around town.

Weekly

The Hub – Co-working space holds “90 seconds and a cookie” Thursdays @ 2pm – Milk, Cookies, and Mingling! A break for treats and conversation during the slump of the day. Members only or pay the daily fee to pitch

Nextspace – Co-working space holds Friday Happy Hours @ 4pm members or pay the daily fee to join

Hackers & Founders – Meetup group that holds weekly Wednesday lunches, locations vary between San Fran and the Silicon Valley.

Various Meetup happy hours. Refer to Meetup.com for the various groups.

Jumpstart – $15 JumpStartDays is a mentoring program for seed stage pre-funded, pre-revenue technology startups. Each month 12 entrepreneurs present to a panel of Keiretsu Forum angel investor members and seed stage VCs. The purpose of the program is to provide mentoring and resources to entrepreneurs to ‘jump start’ their company. The presenters benefit from the involvement of Keiretsu Forum’s members whose networks, time, resources, and experience are as valuable as their capital.

RockIT trivia – Tech recruiters leading a fun geek event with free beer & snacks.

Monthly

Life 3.0 - is the largest monthly startup demo show in San Francisco. We gather the most disruptive startup founders in the same room with investors, early adopters , and media. At Life 3.0, Funders and Founders mix to exchange ideas, do business, and get inspired.

Funders & Founders meetup - Different from Life 3.0. Its more of a lecture/Q&A with multiple industry leader speakers. Wine & refreshment usually served. $20

Networking After Work - Network After Work-San Francisco is a business and social networking event company. The events are created for professionals who want to expand their network, create new business opportunities, and mingle with other professionals. The events range in size from 200-600 professionals and take place in San Francisco’s best bars, nightclubs, and hotels.

Startup Waffles - started by the StartupDigest co-founders Chris & Brendan to bring together founders and hackers for tasty waffles.

Geek Girl Dinners -  the result of one geek in the UK, tired of being the only girl & having to constantly prove herself, who decided to go find more of her kind and invite them to dinner. This is the Bay Area Chapter. Free.

First Friday Happy Hours

Startup HQ – They provide beer & snacks bonus is the taco truck – BYOWallet

Women2.0 – Founder Friday – just down the street from the Startup HQ Happy Hour - BYOWallet

NextSpace – First friday work at NextSpace for free and stay for happy hour.

Life 3.0 – Love, Sex & Tech

Life 3.0 is the largest monthly startup demo show in San Francisco. We gather the most disruptive startup founders in the same room with investors, early adopters , and media. At Life 3.0, Funders and Founders mix to exchange ideas, do business, and get inspired.


*See me in the video

Life 3.0 – Love, Sex & Tech

April’s theme was Love, Sex & Tech. I was interviewed by Murray Newlands, Influencepeople.com. I was assisting Letslunch.com at their booth. Life 3.0 attendees voted for their favorite startups with beans. We placed 4th, not enough to place top 3 to do the pitch to the panel…which is good because Letslunch.com had nothing to do with love or sex but is a tech company. 45 different startups came to complete for the title of the Best Startup. The entire audience of 500 people voted.

The 3 companies that placed were innovative sexy tech ideas, my favorite being Vibease, a hardware+software teledildonic product intended for remote intimacy. A smart-phone app that powers a distant vibrator. The founder, Dema Tio, created a fantasy world where video, music and vibrations are aimed to help women achieve orgasm. Tio was in Singapore at the time of the event and watched the entire event via ustream feed. I would receive Tio’s excited SMS messages if the feed were ever interrupted. Tio had a representative at the demo booth but wanted to do the pitch himself. Tio was able to pitch to the panel via skype video. Awww, the power of technology bringing the world together. A good example of the future of our engagement.

And the winners are…Cheekd.com – a New York Startup that enables you to let good-looking strangers know that you are interested. Founded by Lori Cheek, a startupper, passionate as a billion dollars, Cheek mails her cards all over the U.S. inspiring everyone who believes in love at first sight to act on their dreams when they sight a dreamy stranger. In the second place came Closer ToGetHer, an app that controls iPhone-powered vibrators for distance couples. the founder, Justin Wilcox, has ambitions to supply the military with his app and partner with sex toy makers to help all long-distance couples enjoy each other and preserve fidelity. Vibease come in third place.

Launch Festival 2012

The LAUNCH Festival  – the best place to launch your company and learn about building great startups — will had an unprecedented three stages:

  • Main stage: 40 companies launch (1.0 track) or launch new products (2.0 track) and compete for titles including Best Design, Best
    Technology and Best Overall
  • Office Hours stage: ask great investors/entrepreneurs your burning questions
  • Skills stage: learn how to improve your UI/UX, raise an angel round, succeed in the App Store & more

Angels, accelerators and VCs invested $1.4M in companies from LAUNCH 2012.

The Grand Jury of seasoned investors and top journalists will observe all the main-stage action and choose our winners, while our judges will sit on stage and give instant feedback on every demo.

Plus hundreds of already launched startups in the Demo Pit — those that most impress the Grand Jury will get to present on stage. This year we had a friend, Dema Tio, founder of Vibease, visiting from Singapore presenting at the demo pit.  Vibease is an innovative hardware+software teledildonic product intended for remote intimacy via smartphone. I have seen the prototype and quite intrigued, I’m quite excited about being a beta-tester. The booth attracted more attention and received quite a few double takes because they used an oversized purple dildo and an attractive blonde booth babe.

My favorite session was the interview with Israel President, Shimon Peres. Peres was in California promoting Israel’s entrepreneurial & startup community. It was hilarious to see the Peres’ staff made a hilarious rap music video featuring Peres, which totally took the audience off guard and produced noticeable laughter from the audience. When the video was shown, Peres didn’t seem thrilled or embarrassed of it. Just goes to show that he has a great sense of humor.

My personal favorite demo:
Space Monkey

Winners:

The LAUNCH Festival Grand Jury chose 12 winners in all on March 8 — six in the 1.0 competition, five in the 2.0 competition, and one overall winner from the DEMO PitHere they are by category.

For a complete list of official competitors, check out our spreadsheet.

1.0  WINNERS
These are brand-new companies that received no press or blog coverage prior to launching at the LAUNCH Festival.  

Best Overall
Space Monkey

Best Design
Minbox

Best Technology
Captricity

Best Business Model
Appstack

Best Presentation
That’s Suspicious Behavior

Diamond in the Rough
Copper

2.0 WINNERS
These are existing companies that launched a new product, a new version of their product or pivoted.

Best Overall
Alltuition

Best Design
Wanderfly

Best Technology
YouEye

Best Business Model
Docstoc

Best Presentation
Vocre

DEMO PIT 
The DEMO Pit — which had 200 companies this year, including the 42 official competitors — was open to all startups that were less than 18 months old. Some startups launched in the DEMO Pit while others promoted their existing product.

Best Overall
Scoot Networks