Tech Trivia Tuesday: Asked & Answered

This summer, Tech in Motion Boston hosted the second annual Tech Trivia Night with over 150 local tech enthusiasts at WeWork South Station amid networking, drinks and pizza. Questions ranged from “What does Yahoo! stand for?” to “What does 143 mean in pager code?” Tech in Motion tried your knowledge of local Boston tech companies, tested visual recognition with a logo round, and even threw in a “Throwback Tech” round in honor of #TBT.

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If you weren’t able to make it, here are the questions from the event. Is your tech knowledge up to snuff? Let us know in the comments below!

Round 1: Logos

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Round 2: Tech Giants

  1. Who was the first person to invest in Google?
  2. What does Yahoo! stand for?
  3. What was AOL’s original business/ service?
  4. What year did Microsoft ship Windows 1.0?
  5. In 2014, what was the number one trending search on Google?

Round 3: Boston Tech

  1. Disney invested $250 Million in what Boston based company this year?
  2. According to the 2015 MA State of Technology Report, women employed in technical roles throughout MA have grown by what percent since 2009?
  3. The founder of this MA based company earned three degrees from MIT (1951, 1952, and 1956).
  4. The CEO of what MA-based company believes the best ideas come from naps and created nap rooms at the company headquarters?
  5. What was the name of the first digital computer, created by MIT, in 1928

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Round 4: Throwback Tech #TBT

  1. What does 143 mean in pager code?
  2. First used by Kevin McAllister as a prop in the hit film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, THIS GADGET was later released in 1993 to tween consumers everywhere.
  3. In what year was the World Wide Web introduced to the public?
  4. What does Nintendo mean in Japanese?
  5. Although Sony debuted the first portable CD player in 1984, it wasn’t until CDs became ultra-mainstream in the ’90s that THIS TECH took off.

Bonus Round:

Name as many Tech in Motion panelists, demo companies, and sponsors from the past YEAR as you can in the next 5 minutes!

Answers:

Round 1- Logos
DraftKings
LoseIt!
TableList
Wayfair
Washio

Round 2- Tech Giants
Q1- Andy Bechtolsheim
Q2- Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle
Q3- Online gaming
Q4- 1985
Q5- Robin Williams

Round 3- Boston Tech
Q1- DraftKings
Q2- 21%
Q3- Bose Corporation
Q4- Hubspot
Q5- Whirlwind

Round 4- Throwback Tech
Q1- I Love You
Q2- Talkboy
Q3- 1991
Q4- Leave Luck to Heaven
Q5- Discman

At the end of the night, the trivia event totaled four rounds, worth 20 points total, plus a final bonus round. The competition was fierce, but a few tech connoisseurs came out on top: Congratulations to our winners, “Three guys, One girl,” with a special shout out to the runners up from Metis Communications, “Meetus and Potatoes.” Come to the next Tech in Motion Boston event; join on Meetup here.

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Cybersecurity and Its Growing Role: Washington D.C. Experts Dive in

Earlier this year, local tech enthusiasts in the Washington DC area congregated at 1776’s downtown location for Tech in Motion’s panel discussion: Cybersecurity And Its Growing Role. The featured panelists included Anup Ghosh (Invincea), Tom Parker (FusionX), Jason Rivera (Deloitte) and Josh Marpet (BiJoTi), with moderation by Bob Stratton, General Partner of MACH37, a Northern Virginia based cyber accelerator.

Before the panel took the stage, sponsor companies Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates thanked everyone for coming and offered to help with any job or talent search. Looking for a new role? Check out open tech positions here.

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The discussion kicked off with a look at the cybersecurity industry as a whole. As with any industry, there are notable pros and cons. Anup took the lead by stating that “security problems are not new,” which rings true as we continue to see an ever increasing amount of cybersecurity-related headlines in the media. The most common of these relate to cybercrime and attacks on high profile companies.

“In the last decade, we’ve seen the professionalization of the cyber adversary,” Tom addressed this growing trend in the marketplace.

Jason reinforced this with his point that “Cybercrime is the most profitable illicit business on earth; it is a trillion dollar business.”

This growing trend of cybercrime makes for an increasingly profitable industry as more companies look to reinforce their security measures. However, Anup noted that cybersecurity companies aren’t looking to reverse this trend, “We’re doing a really good job of making a lot of money in the cybersecurity industry but not fixing a whole lot.”

The industry places a larger emphasis on attack detection versus prevention when in fact the opposite is ultimately what is needed to reverse the progression.

In combatting the rapidly increasing presence of cybercrime, the panelists discussed the importance of educating the masses in general best practices. Josh explained, “To bridge the gap between the knowledge and deployment of cybersecurity practices, you must educate the people.”

Anup further addressed the responsibility gap when it comes to protecting company data: “Can’t blame users for bad things happening on sites; [companies] need to give them the right equipment to do their job.”

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Heading into 2015, the cybersecurity industry was at the forefront of national headlines after the data breaches on major corporations such as Target, Sony, and Anthem. As the panelists attested, large corporations are now taking extra precautions to ensure that their network is safe from attackers.

Josh prefaced this topic with a shocking statistic: “In the past year, there have been more records breached than the number of American citizens.”

So where do large companies fall short? “Companies that tend to fail and are breached are those that cannot conceive of themselves being a target,” Jason answered. “The ones that succeed are the ones that are proactive and acknowledge the internet is a part of their business.”

The panelists continued to discuss where the cybersecurity industry fits into the current breach landscape and how it can proactively respond to breaches. In Anup’s opinion, “We should focus on prioritizing detection, that’s how we’re going to change this breaching trend.” Jason added, “Cybersecurity is reactive– what if we were more proactive and made breaches more challenging as well as less profitable?” The speakers all agreed that these breaches have essentially become expected among most in the security industry.

Tom firmly stated, “Unfortunately, it’s going to take more breaches and larger corporations going out of business to make others understand this threat can happen to anyone.” In the meantime, he said, “Businesses should practice ‘good hygiene’ ” and spend money wisely on the appropriate preventative security measures for their network. This includes having your network checked regularly, as well as operating under the assumption that “there are already hackers in it,” according to Josh.

The discussion then transitioned into the panelists exploring both sides of the debate on encryption. Anup started off saying, “With encryption, you have to have reasonable expectations of what it can and cannot do.”

Our panelists all agreed that the value of encrypting company files lies in increased difficulty for hackers looking to access that data. However, it’s important to be realistic in ones expectations; encryption is not the only defense necessary when facing hackers.

When the topic of surveillance emerged later in the discussion, Anup stated that “Encryption leads into a debate about a larger issue of surveillance.” It seems that encryption is almost a double-edged sword: able to bring increased security to one’s network, but not without the risk of increased surveillance.

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To bring the evening to a close, Bob opened the floor to the audience for questions. The 30-minute session for questions ranged from tips on the best way for customers to protect themselves against corporate breaches to the panelists’ ideas on how to bridge the knowledge gap within the cybersecurity industry. The questions and audience engagement really drove home the concept that cybersecurity is definitely applicable to everyone.

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Venice: the Economic Development of Tech and Culture

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“Los Angeles has been the center of technology and innovation, with the nexus of its signature aerospace and entertainment industries…”

“The high tech sector in LA is large and diverse, reaching across many industries…”

“Technology is the single most important ingredient for building and nurturing a thriving, prosperous, and growing economy…”

“High tech in LA employs more than 368,500 people in 2013, more than any other metro region in the nation.”

-Excerpts from The High Tech industry in LA: Its Employment and Economic Contribution in 2013 by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).

Interested in a tech job in LA or California? Find on on the job board.

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Hollywood, The Gold Rush, The Roaring 20’s, The Baby Boomers, and now Silicon Beach. What truly differentiates Venice from the central hub of LA? A combination of culture, innovation, forward-thinking ideas and a globalized economy has created an infrastructure fruitful to the diversity that inhabits the Los Angeles community. Technologists originating from around the world are flocking to Venice. Why?

The best kept secret in town… The Tech! If you aren’t familiar with the economic development of Los Angeles county, the city of Venice was founded by a good sir named Abbot Kinney. He came to the beaches of Southern California way back in the late 1800’s. Kinney saw the paradise as a huge investment opportunity. The city became known as the “Venice of America” because he created a beautiful beach-side resort complete with man-made canals, which you can see today.

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So what does Abbot Kinney, Epoxy, ZEFR, and inMarket have in common? They have all made Venice home. Along with its rich history, the city is known for it’s contemporary, creative and innovative SoCal beach culture. Both Abbot Kinney and these three startups have revolutionized the local economy while staying true to the local culture.

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Like Abbot Kinney, Tech in Motion LA has been inspired by Venice. This month, TechMix – a tech company crawl – along Abbot Kinney Boulevard will highlight the Venice Tech scene and demonstrate how Epoxy, ZEFR and inMarket have contributed to the local economic boom. In the span of a few years, Abbot Kinney Boulevard has transformed into one of the trendiest streets in America. Technology, fashion, food, entertainment, art and most importantly, soul. With some of the best tech startups, high-end boutiques, restaurants and bars, people can be spotted here any day or night out of the week, whether celebrities, techies, artists, hipsters, tourists or otherwise. 

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Join Tech in Motion LA on Thursday, August 13th, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for The Abbot Kinney TechMix {Sponsored by WeWork}. The event will kick off at The Otheroom at 1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, CA for check-in and then circle back for the after party, as well. Get all the details and RSVP on Meetup or Eventbrite.

Not from the Los Angeles area? Find a Tech in Motion event closer to you on our event list.

 

Live Demos, Startup Pitches & Orange County’s Tech Scene in 10 Words or Less

Last spring, Tech in Motion OC invited the Orange County tech startup scene, which is buzzing with exciting ideas, to apply for one of four pitching opportunities at live demo event Kickstart Your Startup [Presented by Total-Apps].  From the pool of more than 23 startups, most local to Orange County, a select few got to pitch and demo at The Vine OC, one of the Orange County tech scene’s newest additions for entrepreneurs.

And the winners were…Changeframe, LUMO, AUDVI and PUSH. Get the details about them.

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While all of the pitching startups were crowd-pleasers, LUMO won the Audience Favorite poll. Following the startup pitches and live demos, Tech in Motion OC members were able to mix and mingle with the local tech community during networking portions of the evening (below).

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The Orange County Tech Scene in 10 Words or Less

Here’s what the startups and sponsors involved in the event had to say:

“Thriving community and resources for startup hardware companies” – Craig Smith, PUSH Inc.

“We can change the world and live at the beach” – Dusten Pecor, AUDVI

“Full of innovation and passion like I haven’t seen before.” – Rey Pasinli, Total-Apps

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Every month Tech in Motion OC hosts a free event in the Orange County area, as well as nine other locations across North America. For more information on upcoming events in OC, click here.