Author Archive: Denise Walker

The AT&T Developer Program and Apigee produced the Mobile App Hackathon in Los Angeles, California. Spearheaded by Alex Donn, the event was designed for both technical and non-technical attendees to build apps over the course of a weekend at Io/La, an incubator/co-work space in the heart of Hollywood. This was a free event boasting prizes for winners of various categories such as cash, gift cards, free month stay at Io/La and many more! Breakfast, lunch and dinner were also provided, as well as snacks and other swag –like t-shirts, posters, markers, water bottles, energy drinks, bags, notebooks, etc.

For those who haven’t heard of what Startup Weekend is all about, it’s building a company on STEROIDS! From visualization to conception, and actually taking the product to market, a company usually takes about 1-2 years to create. We had exactly 54 hours! This story highlights my experience at the event as a participant.

Are you familiar with The Secret and The Law of Attraction? It’s the theory that you can manifest your thoughts into reality. Law of Attraction states that whatever is in your thoughts, be it negative or positive, you’ll draw those same thoughts to you whether you wanted to or not. The discipline needed to create your reality is to believe, be aware of your thoughts and have control over them. Being skilled on focusing your thoughts is important.

Last week, I attended an event hosted by The Los Angeles User Experience Meetup at Cross Campus in Santa Monica. World renowned speaker and author, Eric Reiss presented the teachings of his new book, Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Stuff Better. He is the Content Strategist and CEO of FatDUX, headquartered in Copahagen, Denmark, a global company specializing in user experience with offices worldwide in Los Angeles, Budapest, Zagreb and Prague.

On Tuesday, July 10, Crowdfunder hosted Crowdstart LA, the first crowdsourced startup contest at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. The event was sold out, attracting founders, angels, VC’s and future entrepreneurs in the LA Startup Community. A total of 10 startups made up of 5 companies that received the most votes from the crowd and 5 companies chosen by the Angels and VC judges pitched in front of a live audience for a chance of winning $25,000 in funding.

Insteegram is a startup that allows you to create amazing and unique t-shirts using your own Instagram photos. It uses Instagram’s API and prints on American Apparel t-shirts. You simply sign in with your Instagram account, choose your favorite photo, and get your custom made t-shirt shipped directly to you. Based in Los Angeles, California, Insteegram currently ships worldwide. The company has experienced substantial user growth since their launch early this year.