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Creative Convergence Silicon Valley 2016 unfolds in the SoFA District of San Jose, October 6-8, 2016
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Thursday, October 6
 

10:00am

Building Silicon Valley’s Cultural District
San Jose’s SoFA District is a distinctive hotbed of art, music, design and cultural vitality. What will be its future in San Jose’s rapidly developing Downtown.  This forum will take place at MACLA’s Castellanos Playhouse and will be moderated by Jessica Cusick, who is currently creating a plan for the California Arts Council on the implementation of A189, the State’s new bill creating certified cultural districts. 

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Cusick

Jessica Cusick

Cusick Consulting
Jessica Cusick is president of Cusick Consulting, established in 1999, which specializes in cultural policy, planning, and community development through the arts. Clients include the California Arts Council, the City of Ventura, the City of Pasadena, Los Angeles County, and the Seattle Public Library, among others. She was the cultural affairs manager for the City of Santa Monica from 2005 through 2015, where she oversaw significant expansion... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Teo Castellanos

Teo Castellanos

Founder and Artistic Director, D-Projects
Teo Castellanos is an actor/writer/director, who works in theater, film and television. His award winning solo NE 2nd Avenue toured extensively for a decade and won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland 2003. He founded the Dance/Theater Company Teo Castellanos D-Projects in 2003. D-Projects toured works nationally and internationally for 12 years. Teo is the recipient of several awards and grants including NEA... Read More →
avatar for Moy Eng

Moy Eng

Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Fund
Moy Eng brings over three decades of experience in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, immigrant rights, and international human rights. Known for her visionary ability to identify and support progressive ideas, Moy has worked as a grantmaker in numerous foundations with assets ranging from $100 million to $7 billion. She directed... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ayodele Nzinga

Dr. Ayodele Nzinga

Activist, Oakland’s Black Arts Movement Cultural and Business District
Ayodele Nzinga is a California artist, who in the tradition of the Black Arts Continuum, uses performance as a method of inter-intra group communication. She is the Artistic Director of the original Recovery Theater, and its cult classic Marvin X’s “One Day in the Life,” the longest running African American Theater Production in North America. She is the founding Artistic Director of The Sister Thea Bowman... Read More →
avatar for Steven H. Oliver

Steven H. Oliver

President, Oliver & Company
Steven H. Oliver is President of the award-winning construction and development firm Oliver & Company based in Richmond, CA, which has built over a thousand buildings in the Bay Area, including the California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. A well-known arts philanthropist, advocate, and civic leader in the Bay Area, Mr. Oliver is the former Chairman... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
MACLA 510 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

2:45pm

Welcome session
Speakers
avatar for Dan Pulcrano

Dan Pulcrano

CEO/Curator, Metro Silicon Valley
Dan Pulcrano is an entrepreneur/editor who oversees a group of 7 weekly newspapers in Northern California (including Metro Silicon Valley, Good Times (Santa Cruz), Bohemian, Pacific Sun) and has operated digital media companies since 1993. He founded the Creative Convergence Silicon Valley (C2SV) music and technology festival in 2013.


Thursday October 6, 2016 2:45pm - 3:00pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

3:00pm

How $35 Computers Are Changing the World
The UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation passed a milestone in September, selling its 10 millionth computer. And it’s gearing up to hit US shores with its soon to be released kit for people who want to buy a computer for less than people spend for a round of craft beers.

Author and evangelist Matt Richardson will be on hand to talk about how low cost computing is changing the world by embedding intelligence in objects around us—and flying overhead.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Product Evangelist, Raspberry Pi
Technology consultant, artist, and author focused on creative and inventive use of technology and media. Experienced in video production, hardware and software development, interaction design, and fabrication.


Thursday October 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

3:30pm

The Elephant in the Valley: Gender Bias in the Technology Industry
Gender bias has become one of technology industry’s thorniest and most discussed issues. On Thursday afternoon, Michele Madansky, Hillary Mickell and Lisen Stromberg address the landmark “Elephant in the Valley” report that provided data documenting the workplace challenges in the tech industry.

The study was inspired by the impactful conversation that came out of the Ellen Pao / Kleiner Perkins trial from March 2015: “What we realized is that while many women shared similar workplace stories, most men were simply shocked and unaware of the issues facing women in the workplace.”

Madansky, Mickell and Stromberg will discuss the “Elephant in the Valley” survey, the reaction they have encountered since its release, as well as solutions they think the tech industry can embrace to improve upon the many problems exposed in this report.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Madansky, Ph.D.

Michele Madansky, Ph.D.

Media & Marketing Consulting
Michele runs a media and market research consultancy specializing in online media and advertising. Her current clients include BuzzFeed, Twitter, Adara, Chegg and BabyCenter. She is the co-author of “Elephant in the Valley” a study of gender bias in Silicon Valley. In the early 1990s, Michele was the first interactive specialist at BBDO (pre-Netscape). She also authored the first Ph.D. dissertation focused on online advertising. From 2003... Read More →
avatar for Hillary Mickell

Hillary Mickell

Founder, Foodily
Hillary Mickell is an accomplished business leader and tech industry entrepreneur with a background in brand development, marketing and business development. Hillary has held senior marketing positions at Microsoft, Netscape, Shutterfly and Yahoo. She has founded and led several successful Silicon Valley ventures, including most recently, FOODILY (www.foodily.com) acquired in 2015 by IAC. Hillary currently works as a consultant assisting start... Read More →
avatar for Lisen Stromberg

Lisen Stromberg

The 3% Movement, CEO
After a 20-year career in advertising and marketing, Lisen left the industry frustrated by the lack of support and encouragement for women both in the agency world and in the ads they created. She pivoted to become an award-winning journalist and author focusing on women and the workplace. Her forthcoming book, Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood without Killing Your Career, reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional... Read More →



Thursday October 6, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

4:30pm

Multiplatform Storytelling with Hollywood Director Evette Vargas (Dark Prophet)
Speakers
avatar for Evette Vargas

Evette Vargas

CEO/Writer/Director, Digital-Reign
Evette Vargas is emblematic of Hollywood’s new breed of multiplatform storytelling talent. Named by the New York Times as an “Artist to Watch,” Vargas is an award-winning writer, director, producer, multiplatform and Virtual Reality creator. Vargas' work includes series for Amazon, MTV, Bravo, DirectTV; as well as writing, apps, games and branded entertainment for FAST & FURIOUS, LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and Madonna. Vargas... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

5:30pm

The SoFA Design Crawl

SoFA isn’t just about arts and entertainment. The SoFA District is also home to the Santa Clara Valley AIA, as well as architecture and design firms with national and international reach. The 2016 SoFA Design Crawl will publicly recognize and celebrate these creative talents in a fun and exciting event.

Design firms will open their offices to showcase their work with boards, models, and other displays during a self-guided walk.  The Pierce apartments, developed by Sares Regis, will open for tours, galleries MACLA and San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles will host open houses, and Preservation Action Council will share their work in the historic 1918 Boschken Hardware, now Uproar Brewing.  Each venue will serve light appetizers and drinks. The goal is to stimulate public conversations about architecture, product and urban design, and create a new means of connecting community members with the design talent in the region.

Check in will be at the offices of Metro Silicon Valley newspaper, located at 380 S 1st St. Registrants will be given a wristband that can be marked off at the participating locations. Registrants can drop off their wristband with ten marks to be entered in a drawing for night out in SoFA.

This year’s featured participants:

- Aedis Architects http://www.aedisarchitects.com/
- Decca Design, http://www.decdesign.com/
- Elemental8, product design and brand experience http://www.elemental8.com
- FFW Agency https://ffwagency.com/
- MACLA, Pattern Recognition exhibit, http://maclaarte.org/
- Metro.Agency http://www.metroactive.com/
- Preservation Action Council http://www.preservation.org/
- The Pierce Apartments, developed by Sares Regis, http://www.thepierce.com/
- San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/
- San Jose State University Department of Design, http://www.sjsu.edu/design/
- Santa Clara Valley American Institute of Architects - http://aiascv.org/
- Signet, digital media and display solutions  http://signet.tv/
- The Core Companies, http://www.thecorecompanies.com/
- Whipsaw, Industrial Design & Engineering, http://www.whipsaw.com/

Sponsors of the event
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, Decca Design, FFW Agency, MACLA, Metro Newspapers, SPUR, The Core Companies, The Pierce Apartments, Uproar Brewery, Signet TV, and Whipsaw.


Thursday October 6, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Metro Silicon Valley 380 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

8:00pm

Cascada de Flores
Performers
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Cascada de Flores

Cascada de Flores has recorded now four albums, collaborated in numerous projects, including theater and cinema and toured to several areas of the United States. In Mexico they have been delightfully received in venues such as The central plaza in Mexico City with Jorge Saldaña, la Tasca in Jalapa, and lately in the beautiful Biblioteca Henestrosa in Oaxaca city and the main festival of Tezoatlán, Oaxaca. Opening minds and hearts to the real... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 8:00pm - 10:30pm
MACLA 510 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

8:30pm

Hounds of Innsmouth
Performers
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Hounds of Innsmouth

Straight out of fiction, Hounds of Innsmouth is a death-thrash metal band local to the SF Bay Area that seeks to conquer the various forms of metal music without being bound to the restrictions of genres. Formed in 2013 by John Kelleher (Guitar), Vince Biancalana (Bass), Nick Suncin (Drums), Henry De la Fuente (Guitar), and Ariel Feist (Vocals), the Hounds sought to write catchy, heavy songs that would demonstrate not only their respect for the... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

8:30pm

Corazón Salvaje
Performers
avatar for Corazón Salvaje

Corazón Salvaje

Corazón Salvaje serves up a sound brewed with the thunder of Afro-Latin rhythms, a pinch of poetry, and the drive of accordion and guitar.


Thursday October 6, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Cafe Stritch 374 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

8:30pm

DJ Basura
Buy tickets to see Donald Glaude, Alex Sibley, Wooshay, and DJ Basura.

Performers
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DJ Basura

DJ Basura started in the early 90’s tagging along with his cousins and friends at their mobile DJ gigs - house parties, school dances, weddings, etc. He learned how to mix hip hop, then eventually dance music. | | Now he has a weekly party, 'ATOMIC', that has been around for 9 years. Focusing on new wave, alternative, indie, and electronic music, it's one of the longest weeklies currently in San Jose.


Thursday October 6, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
The Ritz 400 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

9:00pm

Body Void
Performers
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Body Void

A chaotic mixture of oppressive doom crawls, galloping punk dispatches, and general psychedelic cacophony, exploring lyrical concepts of oppression, gender, and science fiction.


Thursday October 6, 2016 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

9:30pm

Citabria
Performers
avatar for Citabria

Citabria

Citabria is a group of San Jose natives formed in 2008. Two albums later, the band has infused their rock alternative sounds with electronic influences and continue to show growth as heard in "Take My Heart" and "The Animal," which have been played on LIVE105. The band has performed abroad in Portugal and has opened up for acts such as Awolnation, P.O.D., and The Limousines. This year, Citabria performed 6 shows at SXSW to rave reviews, which you... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Cafe Stritch 374 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

10:00pm

Wooshay
Buy tickets to see Donald Glaude, Alex Sibley, Wooshay, and DJ Basura.

Performers
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Wooshay

Wooshay was created in 2013 by two individuals who couldn’t be any more different from each other. With no background in music, the two longtime friends began with no real goals or expectations. However, things quickly changed when they began assembling a few original tracks. In 2014, they found themselves playing in clubs all over the Bay Area and in cities as far as Newport Beach. Wooshay successfully catered to many different crowds with... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
The Ritz 400 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

10:30pm

A Flourishing Scourge
Performers
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A Flourishing Scourge

Progressive Blackened-Death Metal, A Flourishing Scourge
A Flourishing Scourge is an all original progressive blackened death metal outfit hailing from the gloomy metropolis of Seattle, Washington. Inspired by a degrading society and the destructive negligence of man, AFS is a pummeling force of misanthropic visions and apocalyptic consequences while still finding rare, intimate moments of solace and hope amidst the carnage. | | AFS began in 2013 under the original moniker Begotten, when Tye Jones... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

11:00pm

Alex Sibley
Buy tickets to see Donald Glaude, Alex Sibley, Wooshay, and DJ Basura.

Performers
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Alex Sibley

Over the last two years, San Francisco native Alex Sibley has solidified his name in the tech house/techno community by releasing music on some of the genre's most respected labels, gaining support from the heavyweights of the scene, and being booked for massive shows across the US and beyond. Alex's string of successful releases has been bolstered by a recent onslaught of tour dates as Alex appeared in LA, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 11:00pm - Friday October 7, 2016 12:00am
The Ritz 400 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

11:30pm

Rhine
Performers
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Rhine

Rhine has a unique mix of styles and emotions in their music that is influenced by everything from black/death/thrash metal to prog rock, classical and folk.


Thursday October 6, 2016 11:30pm - Friday October 7, 2016 1:30am
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

12:00am

Donald Glaude
Buy tickets to see Donald Glaude, Alex Sibley, Wooshay, and DJ Basura.

Performers
avatar for Donald Glaude

Donald Glaude

Before Donald few DJs had attempted to spin house records. Donald’s fine ear helped him give birth to a new style. After mastering his craft, Donald began DJing in various clubs around Tacoma and Seattle. During that time he made several important connections which would launch his music to the forefront of what was quickly becoming one of the largest underground movements since New Wave in the late-70s. Perhaps the greatest connection Donald... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 12:00am - 1:30am
The Ritz 400 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113
 
Friday, October 7
 

9:20am

Uber CTO Thuan Pham Keynote Discussion
Thuan Pham’s left Vietnam as a 10-year old refugee on a boat with 370 people and no life jackets. Today, as Uber’s Chief Technology Officer, he heads up the technical infrastructure that provides services in 66 countries and 507 cities worldwide. A veteran of VMWare, Hewlett Packard, Silicon Graphics and other Silicon Valley iconic firms, he will be discussing his amazing journey as C2SV’s morning keynote.

Moderators
avatar for Quinn Tran

Quinn Tran

GlobALL Connect LLC, CEO
Quinn Tran is the chairman of GlobALL Connect LLC and recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of the Silicon Valley.  GlobAll Connect is a technology company focusing on Green Tech, Software Services and Digital Health Solutions. Prior to founding GlobAll Connect, Quinn served as Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer for Kodak NexPress, Kodak's digital imaging company based in Rochester, New York. Quinn... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Thuan Pham

Thuan Pham

CTO, Uber
I am passionate about building talented, healthy, and motivated engineering organization and leading it to accomplish extraordinary things. I care deeply about organizational health and principled leadership, as these are the greatest drivers for any team to harness its maximum potential. Success is far more achievable, and with much more fun, when we have a healthy, engaged, and talented work force led by leaders with unquestionable integrity... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 9:20am - 10:00am
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

10:00am

Augment This: A Look at the Future of Reality
The lines between reality and an alternate world are being blurred by technology not drugs, and an all-star panel of cutting=edge innovators will share the latest knowledge and thinking about the transformation that will reshape our lives.

Speakers
avatar for Ivan Lee

Ivan Lee

CEO/Co-Founder, Loki Studios
Ivan Lee graduated with a Computer Science B.S. from Stanford University in 2009. After stints at Microsoft and Kno, Inc., he took a leave of absence from pursuing a Computer Science Master's degree to co-found Loki Studios, Inc. with other Stanford students. Loki was acquired by Yahoo in 2013. | | Ivan went on to graduate from Yahoo's Associate Product Manager program. He spent two years as a Product Manager working to define and build mobile... Read More →
avatar for Wedge Martin

Wedge Martin

CTO, Vivo Technology Inc
Former CTO and Co-Founder of Badgeville, co-founder at GeoPapyrus/Arqetype which developed an augmented reality app which fused social media with physical surfaces viewable by mobile devices. Arqetype was purchased by Vivo Technology Inc in 2014. In previous lives, developed web applications and constructed high availability platforms for Shopping.com ( now Ebay ), Reuters NASDAQ, the DoE, IBM, and Cisco. Designed the energy communications... Read More →
avatar for Austin Nauert

Austin Nauert

Conference Programming Manager, SXSW
Austin Nauert is one of the Conference Programming Managers at SXSW. In addition to overseeing the programming for the film sessions, Austin is a programmer for the VR/AR and Experiential Storytelling Convergence Tracks in the SXSW Conference. He also is on the programming team for the Film Festival as well. Austin received an MBA in Digital Media Management from St. Edward’s University.


Friday October 7, 2016 10:00am - 10:40am
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

10:50am

Waze Ridesharing
Google’s Waze subsidiary has jumped into the ridesharing thicket with a new service. Its head of business development, Joshua Fried, is on hand to discuss this newly released offering.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Fried

Josh Fried

Head, Business Development, Waze
Josh Fried leads business development for Waze’s carpool program. Previously, he led a Shopping BD team focused on brands and manufacturers. Before joining Google, Josh built and managed digital media properties for NBCUniversal, including leading destination websites for pet owners, food lovers, moms and baby boomers. Josh’s career began on the content side of the media business, holding editorial and production jobs at STANFORD... Read More →




Friday October 7, 2016 10:50am - 11:10am
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

11:15am

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
Antonio García Martínez will discuss his new book, Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon ValleyChaos Monkeys' title comes from public domain software Netflix developed to test systems for outages—the visual image being a raging chimp loose in the server room.

García Martínez praises the older, funkier valley—for VCs such as Paul Graham, who show up to work in Birkenstocks and shorts—over the shiny sushi-fed noobs demonstrating that venture capital is, as he writes, "the final redoubt of individuals with discipline and ambition but no actual talent."

Speakers
avatar for Antonio García Martínez

Antonio García Martínez

Author, Chaos Monkeys
Author of NY Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller "Chaos Monkeys - Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley". Antonio García Martínez has been an advisor to Twitter, a product manager for Facebook, the CEO/founder of AdGrok (a venture-backed startup acquired by Twitter), and a strategist for Goldman Sachs. He is still officially on leave from his Berkeley PhD program, and lives on a forty-foot sailboat on the San... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

12:15pm

Book Signing
Speakers
avatar for Antonio García Martínez

Antonio García Martínez

Author, Chaos Monkeys
Author of NY Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller "Chaos Monkeys - Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley". Antonio García Martínez has been an advisor to Twitter, a product manager for Facebook, the CEO/founder of AdGrok (a venture-backed startup acquired by Twitter), and a strategist for Goldman Sachs. He is still officially on leave from his Berkeley PhD program, and lives on a forty-foot sailboat on the San... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

1:00pm

Our Autonomous Future: The Reinvention of Transportation
Amit Garg will discuss his insight on the mobility revolution and the effects it could have on society.

 

Speakers
avatar for Sean Behr

Sean Behr

Co-Founder and CEO, Stratim
Sean is Co-Founder and CEO of Stratim (previously Zirx), the intelligent logistics platform for mobility companies. Sean previously served in leadership roles at Adap.tv (acquired by AOL), most recently, as SVP of Global operations. Before Adap.tv, Sean held various management roles at Shopping.com (acquired by Ebay) including roles in HR, sales, product management and strategy development. Sean holds a B.A. in History and Political Science... Read More →
avatar for Amit Garg

Amit Garg

Samsung Ventures
I have built my career in technology in Silicon Valley. As a venture capitalist I focus especially on Internet-enabled consumer businesses, my operational background is in product and analytics at Google and my own startup. Some of my core interests include Internet of Things, Smart Machines, Digital Health and Emerging Markets.I was born and raised in Brazil, speak 3 languages natively and 2 others fluently, and have lived significantly in 5... Read More →
avatar for Annie Lien

Annie Lien

expert, advisor, self-driving cars
Annie Lien is a veteran Autonomous Driving expert & advisor. Annie has 11+ years experience in automotive R&D with a diverse background in business, product, marketing, PR/communications, government-related affairs, customer focus, user experience/human factors, technical strategy. While working at Robert Bosch's Silicon Valley research center Annie also moonlighted on the weekends as Team Leader of Team AnnieWay for the 2007 DARPA Urban... Read More →
avatar for Dave Lyons

Dave Lyons

Co-Founder, Peloton Technology
Dave Lyons is the Chief Innovation Officer of Peloton, an automated vehicle technology company he co-founded in 2011. Peloton is an automated vehicle technology company bringing improved safety and efficiency to the freight trucking industry through the commercialization of platooning systems. Dave is an entrepreneur with deep experience leading engineering, design and product development and carries the torch for Design Thinking at Peloton... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

2:00pm

Empowerment with Black Girls Code’s Kimberly Bryant and Special Guests
Kimberly Bryant is the founder and driving force behind Black Girls Code, an organization that is helping break through color and gender barriers in technology.

Black Girls CODE’s mission is to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.

Speakers
avatar for Divine

Divine

CEO, Blak Group, Inc.
Hip-hop/rap recording artist, entrepreneur, disruptor and motivational inspirer. Represents New York City to Cali — from the “Alley to the Valley,” as he says — specifically Brooklyn. Started in tech via the mighty tech VC Ben Horowitz. Is also the founder of Black Group, Inc., which has the Blak Card as main product: a prepaid Visa debit card attached to a real bank account powered by banking... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls Code
When Kimberly Bryant was first introduced to computer programming, as a freshman in Electrical Engineering, Fortran and Pascal were the popular languages for newbies in computing and the Apple Macintosh was the new kid on the block. She remembers being excited by the prospects and looking forward to a rich and rewarding career after college. | | By launching Black Girls Code, she hopes to provide young and pre-teen girls of... Read More →
avatar for Aniyia Williams

Aniyia Williams

Founder & CEO, Tinsel
I'm a creator. I love to solve problems and improve the world around me using my various talents. People describe me as "the one who can do anything" -- I'm incredibly resourceful, quick-learning, and always ready for a challenge. My background is in the arts and tech: I have over a decade of training as singer of classical music and opera, and I've held roles in marketing, community management, business development and non-profit... Read More →



Friday October 7, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

2:30pm

Davidson Institute Award Members
Reno, Nev. – The Davidson Institute for Talent Development announced the 2016 Davidson Fellow scholarship recipients for projects that have great potential to benefit society. We will have three of the award winners on our stage in order to recgonize their great contributions and accomplishments.

Speakers
avatar for Raghav Ganesh

Raghav Ganesh

Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Ganesh developed a system to predict and prevent autistic “meltdowns” using a mobile application, wearable device, and desktop and mobile applications. The wearable device has sensors that measure and interpret the stress level of the wearer, and will signal the caregiver on their smart phone when symptoms of a meltdown are detected. The device also initiates a therapeutic response to calm the user when symptoms are present. The desktop... Read More →
avatar for Nicolas Poux

Nicolas Poux

Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Poux, a cancer survivor, began developing his project with a goal to help those battling cancer. His project, which he calls Skittles, is a genetic construct that labels and tracks cells by using colors. A cell possessing Skittles is randomly assigned one of 25 color combinations, which would allow that cell and any cell divided from it to be tracked based on its assigned color. This is a noteworthy breakthrough since current tools only allow... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 2:30pm - 2:45pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

2:45pm

A Chat with George Zimmer
George Zimmer was a pioneer in personal branding, founding the Men’s Wearhouse clothing chain that grew to more than 1,200 stores under his four decades of leadership. He achieved celebrity status by putting his personal stamp on the promise; “I guarantee it.”
Zimmer is currently the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Generation Tux, an online tuxedo and suit rental platform, and zTailors, a national network of on-demand tailors for both men and women.
He has donated to ballot initiatives to legalize cannabis in California and supports research into the therapeutic use of MDMA.
He’ll sit down with author and digital strategist Bryan Kramer to discuss personal branding and business reinvention in what’s sure to be a memorable conversation.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Kramer

Bryan Kramer

Author, CEO, Pure Matter
Social Business Strategist and CEO of the Silicon Valley agency PureMatter, Bryan was recently listed as one of The Top 50 Social Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) on Twitter in the world by the Huffington Post. A leading authority on social strategy, Bryan is an active blogger and a featured contributor on SocialMediaToday.com, Business2Community and the IBM Smarter Commerce blog. He is the author of two books: "There is no B2B or B2C: It’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for George Zimmer

George Zimmer

CEO and Founder, Generation Tux
George Zimmer is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Generation Tux, an online rental platform for tuxedos and suits. He is also the founder and former CEO and Chairman of the Men’s Wearhouse — the largest retailer of men's tailored suit and dress casual clothing in the U.S. and Canada.  A lifelong advocate of servant leadership as the most effective business management model, he is also an advocate for... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

4:00pm

Closing Session
This session will look at opportunities and risks as technology continues to converge, industries are disrupted and communities are transformed. Panelists will look at the investment climate and innovation ecosystem, while making sense of some of the conversations that occured throughout the day. Several robots will be joining the panel, courtesy of Santa Clara’s Ohmni Labs.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Schachter

Joshua Schachter

Self Racing Cars
Joshua Schachter is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the creator of Del.icio.us, founder of GeoUR and co-creator of Memepool. He has been on the engineering staffs of Google and Yahoo. | | He holds a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and is credited with inventing tagging on the web. | | He is an currently starting an autonomous racing series for self-driving cars.
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Thuc Vu

Co-founder and CEO, OhmniLabs Inc.
As the cofounder and CEO, Thuc combines social and business experience with strong technical skills to lead OhmniLabs’ efforts to develop meaningful products. He is a serial entrepreneur who previously co-founded two companies; Katango and Tappy were acquired by Google and Weeby.co, respectively. With a BS degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD degree from Stanford University, both in Computer Science, Thuc has extensive... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
California Theatre 345 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

5:00pm

SXSW Community Meet Up

Austin’s legendary SXSW will hold its first official Silicon Valley meetup at the closing of the C2SV technology conference in San Jose on October 7.
The Meet Up will bring together past South by Southwest attendees and presenters from throughout the Bay Area to network and socialize as well as introduce the festival to people interested in attending.
Austin Nauert will also be on hand to discuss changes for the 2017 season, share exciting announcements regarding the March Conference and Festival and answer questions. 



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Austin Nauert

Conference Programming Manager, SXSW
Austin Nauert is one of the Conference Programming Managers at SXSW. In addition to overseeing the programming for the film sessions, Austin is a programmer for the VR/AR and Experiential Storytelling Convergence Tracks in the SXSW Conference. He also is on the programming team for the Film Festival as well. Austin received an MBA in Digital Media Management from St. Edward’s University.


Friday October 7, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Aura 389 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

8:00pm

Makru
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Makrú

Landing in San Francisco from different parts of the world, Makrú fuses Rumba Flamenca, Reggae, Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ska, and other global beats to create a unifying, positive vibe in the Bay Area through its music. Lyrics in Spanish and English bring reality, fiction, hope and joy together, in hopes of spreading a message of respect and love.


Friday October 7, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
MACLA 510 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

8:00pm

NoiseHaus
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NoiseHaus

NoiseHaus started as a collaboration between Teleki Design (Keith Teleki) and Subruckus Collective (Kevin Murray, Mikey Queen) sometime around the summer of 2014. Keith's design studio was right downtown in Mountain View. Mikey had been organizing shows at Dana Street Coffee, and Kevin's band had played at Dana Street. Meanwhile, the local weirdos like Jake and Marty and street guitar and sitar players were busking and knob twisting and putting... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 8:00pm - Saturday October 8, 2016 12:00am
Metro Silicon Valley 380 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

8:30pm

Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy
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Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy

Extra Nappy offers a glimpse into an organically-developing musical movement encapsulating the vibrant history of African American music, from gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, and funk, all the way up to contemporary hip-hop. Bandleader Howard Wiley may still be a young lion in jazz years, but he’s also cemented a reputation as the hardest bopster around, the purveyor of a retro aesthetic which wouldn’t have been out of place when cool... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Cafe Stritch 374 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

9:00pm

Section 5150
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Section 5150

Section 5150 is a conflict of interest gone to their heads. They like scales, modes, harmonies, clean singing, and all that stuff. But then there's the reason they started the band which was to make some heavy music and not paint in the lines of theory like a musician toddler. Their solution: “we do it all, and we do it all well.”


Friday October 7, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

9:00pm

MRVLZ
Buy tickets to see John Beaver, Adapt, Tysen, and MRVLZ. 

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MRVLZ

MRVLZ is an upcoming DJ/Producer duo, from San Jose, CA. Spinning at local bars, clubs, and house parties, they've performed high energy sets which kept the crowd wanting more. They spin anything from Electro and Big Room, to Trance and Trap.


Friday October 7, 2016 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Aura 389 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

9:00pm

Eric Victorino
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Eric Victorino

Member of indie-electronic band The Limousines, author of Coma Therapy & Trading Sunshine For Shadows, visual artist and co-founder of Orchard City Books And Noise. Based in San Francisco Bay Area.


Friday October 7, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday October 8, 2016 11:30pm
The Ritz 400 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

10:00pm

Durango Dogs
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Durango Dogs

Durango Dogs' thunderous mix of blues, hard rock, and psychedelia has delighted audiences with dash-board-pounders like "Devil Dog" and "Nacho Cheese Pumpin Girl", groovy thrashers like "Yoga Pants Woman" and "Pets on Drugs", and the epic aquaponic psychedelic odyssey "Leviathan".


Friday October 7, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

10:30pm

Tysen
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Tysen

Starting off in San Francisco, Tysen has exploded in the Bay Area’s electronic music scene. Playing bass genres such as Dubstep, Hardstyle and Drum & Bass, he has a full arsenal lined up for whatever the crowd is feeling. He has been supporting and playing alongside huge names such as Getter, Must Die, Skism, Bear Grillz, Doctor P, D-Block & S-Te-Fan, Lady Faith, Dj Isaac, Ooka, NGHTMRE, and many more, while playing venues such as EPR San... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Aura 389 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

11:00pm

Hand of Fire
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Hand of Fire

Hand of Fire erupted out of the East Bay Area in 2015. From Concord, Ca, four men have forged a new sound of metal that is sharper than a double edged sword. With each member being a seasoned veteran of the metal music scene, Hand of Fire has delivered an uppercut punch to the East Bay that the metal scene has been yearning for. Mesmerizing and fresh with a message of hope, their chaotic live show will bring you to your knees.


Friday October 7, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday October 8, 2016 12:00am
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

11:30pm

John Beaver
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John Beaver

Buy tickets to see John Beaver, Adapt, Tysen, and MRVLZ. | | John is no stranger to playing alongside MASSIVE talent and has opened for Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond, The Thrillseekers, Benny Benassi, Andy Moor, John O’Callaghan, Simon Patterson, Steve Aoki, Aly & Fila, Ronski Speed, Darude, Blank & Jones, Kyau & Albert, Deepsky and has headlined countless events throughout California. While fans eagerly await his... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday October 8, 2016 12:30am
Aura 389 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

12:00am

Shonen Knife
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Shonen Knife

During the early-'90s alternative wave, veteran Japanese indie rock trio Shonen Knife made major fans out of alt-rock's elite (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross, among others) and built a solid worldwide cult following with their Ramones meets the Beatles brand of sticky-sweet punk-pop. In April 2016, the year of their 35th anniversary, Kawano and the Yamano sisters returned with Shonen Knife's 19th studio album, the '70s-rock-inspired... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 12:00am - 12:30am
The Ritz 400 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

12:00am

Gürschach
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Gürschach

Gürschach is a four-piece Experimental Metal band from the SF Bay Area, whose main vision is to create an unfamiliar, yet captivating listening experience for our audience. Even though their EP, Beautiful Nightmares, contains some of our most straightforward thrash material, they still add dashes of Swing, Sludge, Latin, Fusion, Electronic, and Blues in the mix.


Saturday October 8, 2016 12:00am - 1:30am
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

12:30am

Adapt
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Adapt

Adapt is an entrepreneur, DJ, CEO/ owner of his own company ElectriXity hailing from beautiful SF Bay Area. His journey with music began at an early age growing up on Motown hip hop & r&b igniting the fire that burns bright behind the decks. A sound delivery that pounds the senses & bass that feeds the soul. Crowds can't help but be caught under his good vibes. It seems as if Adapt only spins all the hidden tracks you'd have to spend hours... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 12:30am - 1:30am
Aura 389 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113
 
Saturday, October 8
 

TBA

Mr. Rush
Saturday October 8, 2016 TBA
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

TBA

Traxamillion
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Traxamillion

Traxamillion is a hip hop producer from San Jose, California. He has become one of the most watched producers in the industry with hits such as Keak da Sneak's "Super Hyphy" and Dem Hoodstarz "Grown Man Remix". His first album, The Slapp Addict, was a compilation of Bay Area hyphy artists. In 2010, Traxamillion signed with 454 Life Entertainment after producing the label's second single "We Get Money" by Drew Deezy and Thai VG featuring Glasses... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 TBA
The Ritz 400 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

7:30pm

Corazón Salvaje
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Corazón Salvaje

Corazón Salvaje serves up a sound brewed with the thunder of Afro-Latin rhythms, a pinch of poetry, and the drive of accordion and guitar.


Saturday October 8, 2016 7:30pm - 10:30pm
MACLA 510 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

8:00pm

Scrawny
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Scrawny

Matt Romero has been DJing under the moniker of Scrawny in the Bay Area since the early 2000s. From his weekly radio show to various underground and house parties, Scrawny has been throwing down eclectic sets with various forms of electronic music fused together.


Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

8:00pm

Arbiter
An acoustic neo­rock band that has the ultimate authority in a matter. Three musicians playing Viola, Piano and Jembe whose views have great influence over trends in social, emotional, mental and spiritual behavior.    

Veronica Rogers has studied music and performance for over 15 years. With viola as her main instrument, she graduated in music performance at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. Since then Rogers has been involved with various projects throughout the San Joaquin Valley, in Houston, TX, and most recently in San Francisco.     

Donny Reynolds has been entertaining since the age of 5. He is a composer who principles in piano, voice, and composition. Donny comes from a family of musicians and entertainers, taking after his great­ grandfather, Robert, who worked in the recording industry with RCA Records. Donny completed his Program in Residency at San Jose State University; Music Director to the Department of Television, Radio, Film and Theatre. Donny recently finished the film score for the short, “The Promise of You,” directed by Leo Maselli, an official Scary Cow Festival Selection — San Francisco.   

Peter is a ​drummer’s drummer. Since the age of 12, Peter has played drums for some on San Francisco’s best rock bands. He has toured throughout the Soviet Union, Western Europe and Eastern Europe. This time with Arbiter at C2SV, Peter will showcase his prophetic prowess on his sacred instrument, The Jembe.

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Arbiter

Arbiter /ˈärbәdәr/ | | Noun | | 1. An acoustic neo ­rock band that has the ultimate authority in a matter. | 2. Three musicians - Piano, Viola, Percussion reflecting the UK's Neo Rock from 1980's | | | Donny Reynolds has been entertaining since the age of 5. He is a composer who principles in piano, voice, and composition. Donny comes from a family of musicians and entertainers, taking after his great ­grandfather... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Caffe Frascati 315 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

8:30pm

Invisible Light Agency

Saturday October 8, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Cafe Stritch 374 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

9:00pm

DJ Fields
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DJ Fields

DJ Fields started DJing for fun, but soon became an addiction. His work is a mix of house, trance, dance, electro and anything else with a good beat to shake your booty.


Saturday October 8, 2016 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Aura 389 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

9:10pm

James Perry
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James Perry

James Perry is a solo artist, singer/songwriter, guitarist, and producer based in Sacramento, California. In the studio, James’ creations run the gamut from cinematic, lush, atmosphere driven pieces to pretty pop/rock to aggressive industrial metal. As a live performer, James calls himself a “rockin’ singer-songwriter”, performing intimate, stripped-down versions of his songs on acoustic and electric guitar, along with the occasional... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 9:10pm - Sunday October 9, 2016 9:45pm
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

10:15pm

Slam Nancy
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Slam Nancy

Slam Nancy, formed at a Halloween party in 1990, began a trip to create a variety of sounds and styles, while maintaining a honest and creative approach to songwriting. Offering melody and hooks, while keeping a punk-y attack and edge in the delivery.


Saturday October 8, 2016 10:15pm - 10:55pm
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

10:30pm

Chris Enzo
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Chris Enzo

Chris Enzo is an EDM Dj and producer from San Jose, CA. Six years ago was the beginning of a hobby that turned out of control for the best. After playing a vast amount of clubs in the bay area he began to craft original music and had his first single signed to the GT Projects label which released on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and Tidal. | | Since the release of his first single, Chris Enzo has begun to build a global fan base and has been giving... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Aura 389 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

11:00pm

Chipdeville
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Chipdeville

South Bay Native, Chip DeVille has been DJing shows under the "casp3R" monicker for the past 9 years. His DJ sets tend to have a certain unique eclectic combination of styles and genres, and he likes to incorporate a lot of live mashups and scratching. He got his start on pure Vinyl, and although he does occasionally use CDJS and controllers, he's having a serious love affair with Traktor Scratch.


Saturday October 8, 2016 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

11:30pm

Andy P & Whitlock
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Andy P. & Whitlock

Without a doubt, Andy P offers a unique sonic experience behind the decks that is sure to stimulate the senses. Presenting track after track of warped bassline and reverberating house sounds, he continuously leaves crowds inspired in his wake. Allowing the music to lead him, the trail shows no end for this flourishing young DJ as his presence grows throughout the U.S. and abroad. His aptitude for studio work, evidenced by both individual and... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 11:30pm - Sunday October 9, 2016 12:30am
Aura 389 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

11:45pm

Rebelskamp
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Rebelskamp

Rebelskamp is a unique and eclectic band of improvisational musicians that is known for their musical originality, intense and evocative live shows, and their keen ability to adapt to any given environment. This Bay Area band of brothers and friends acts as a chameleon of the music scene, playing sets to suit the surroundings, and bringing a barrier-breaking, genre-bending musical experience. The Rebelskamp sound and feel reflects the... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2016 11:45pm - Sunday October 9, 2016 12:30am
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

12:30am

SNR
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SNR

Swapneel "SNR" Ukhalkar is an enterprising music producer who's part of an exciting generation of new EDM artists erupting into the mainstream. A California-grown Indian, he spent most of his childhood tinkering with computers and designing software algorithms. Founder of the independent record label Adrenalin Room, which has grown into one of San Francisco’s most reputed beacons for dance music and events. SNR's tracks are consistently... Read More →


Sunday October 9, 2016 12:30am - 1:30am
Aura 389 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

12:30am

Necromos
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Necromos

Necromos started off at Club Apparition. He then went to resurrection in San Francisco, which turned into Batcavesf. He has worked with other clubs starting off, finding bands and booking bands.


Sunday October 9, 2016 12:30am - 2:00am
Back Bar SoFA 418 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113