Silicon Beach Fest Approaches! #SBF

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Its that time of the year again! Silicon Beach Fest will kicks off next week from June 18 – 21.  However, TechZulu will be doing an official pre-event on Tuesday June 17th with our #TZTechCrawl in Venice.  For those who may be wondering with Silicon Beach Fest is (and you should know by know!)

Silicon Beach Fest is LA’s original festival celebrating LA tech, entertainment & startups with panels, keynotes, workshops, mixers, and more in Santa Monica. Attendees include startup CEOs, accelerators, VCs, investors, Hollywood movie and music studio execs, agencies, fashion, content creators, social media gurus, developers, designers, and more from LA, Silicon Valley, OC, San Diego, New York, and international. Head to the beach on the first weekend of summer to celebrate LA’s digital innovators in tech, startups, entertainment, fashion, marketing, and more!

In the third summer fest, we will be celebrating the amazing success of LA tech companies in the past year.  Several large acquisitions have included Oculus being acquired by Facebook for $2B, Maker Studios acquisition by Disney for more than $500M, and more.  Plus, most programming will be held at new venues that didn’t exist last year: the new Cross Campus co-working space at 10th/Colorado (a block east), and General Assembly (2nd/Colorado).

This year’s fest includes:

  • Panels: Featuring LA’s top startups, CEOs, VCs, investors, and Hollywood, June 19 and 20
  • Parties: Networking parties every night to help you meet key players and friends including the Opening Party and Closing Party.  Plus VIP-only parties and other networking events.
  • Startup Showcase: 40-50 up-and-coming startups will pitch for 5 min with 5 min Q&A for their chance to win the grand prize and SBF 2014 – Startup Showcase title and trophy.
  • Beach Games:  Surf, play basketball, or beach volleyball at our beach games on Sat Jun 21.  The only tech fest that includes beach games as another way to network with friends you’ve made during the fest!

Plus New Features added this year:

  • Digital Content Fest: Watch digital content by YouTubers and indie content creators. If you have content, APPLY to screen your < 10 min video made in the past year.
  • Sandbox: Get hands-on playing with gadgets at the SBF Sandbox, including 3D printing, VR, wearables, fit-tech, phone accessories, and more. Email if you’d like to demo your gadget, hardware, accessories, etc.
  • Startup Village:  We’re headed to Third Street Promenade where a dozen consumer-facing startups will get white tented 10×10 booths to create fun engaging activities for the public and pedestrians on Saturday June 21, during peak summer tourism season on the longest day of the year.  If you want a booth, email, including a fun activity for the public.
  • Startup Tables: Available in / near the panel venues to promote your product or service, do demos or giveaways to SBF attendees including startups, VCs, investors, Hollywood studio execs.  Register for a 5-6′ table on this Eventbrite, and we will follow up with you.
  • Pre-Events:  Tech organizations in LA are encouraged to organize pre-events on Sunday June 15, Monday June 16, and Tuesday June 17 leading up to the fest, which we will list. SBF attendees should be able to attend for free or at a discount.  If you’d like us to list your event, apply by emailing with details about your event.

Efren Toscano

Efren Toscano founded TechZulu in the heart of Southern California: Orange County. Focused on providing a platform to showcase all that is happening here in the tech and media space. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly's People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 MostPublic Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. He divides his time between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and tech events around the US.

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