Top Tech Leaders in SF Announced at the 2nd Annual Timmys

After submitting 4,600 votes, the world’s biggest tech community selected the winners from the 30 notable finalists, including runner-ups Capital One, Metromile, and Minnie Ingersoll, Founder of Shift Technologies, to represent the best of technology work culture, management and startups in the region.

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“We are excited to celebrate the innovations and achievements of the city’s technology community through Tech in Motion’s Timmy Awards for a second year,” said Andrew Slepitza, Division Manager of Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates San Francisco. “Nominees, finalists and winners all embodied the ambitious spirit of growth and energy that makes the ever-growing and evolving technical talent of the Bay Area want to call San Francisco home.”

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The 2016 San Francisco Timmy Award Winners are:

  • Best Tech Manager – Joanne Pons, Senior Director of Software Engineering, from MyVest
  • Best Tech Startup – PagerDuty
  • Best Tech Work Culture – AppDynamics

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Stay tuned to check out the photos of the 2nd Annual SF Timmy Awards here!

“For our second year hosting the Timmys, the sheer variety of the 125 tech innovators nominated shows how the Bay Area continues to flourish as the biggest tech hub in the country,” said Betsy Martin, Regional Director of Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners SF. “We will continue to build relationships, connect the community, and develop the Timmy Awards to recognize the best workplaces for years to come.

The Timmy Awards are presented throughout the year in cities across North America, including Boston, LA, NYC, San Francisco and Chicago. Previous winners include innovators such as Jet.com, LearnVest, Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper and Instacart.

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In addition to S.F., D.C.’s 2nd Annual Timmy Awards also took place Dec. 8. The next Timmys will take place in Boston and LA in April of 2017. Please visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information on the Timmys and to find out when you can attend a ceremony in your city.

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Transportation Startups Talk UI/UX and Core Design

Last month, Tech in Motion San Francisco members got an exclusive insight into the world of UI/UX design from the perspective of transportation startups.

The discussion featured up and coming companies such as Metromile, Scoop and HONK. Metromile generously opened its doors for the night and welcomed more than one hundred attendees into their new spacious and trendy office. The transportation industry, coupled with technology, is a hot topic and among the top most disruptive in the world, according to Tech Crunch.

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The panel of design experts consisted of Matt Stein, Director of Design at Metromile, Cassy Rowe, Head of Design and User Experience at Scoop, and Jake Honig, Vice President of Product Marketing at HONK. Shira Abel, who is the CEO and Lead Strategist at Hunter and Bard, asked the group of panelists to discuss what their core design principles were for their respective companies.

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Stein, representing the pay-per-mile insurance startup Metromile said, “We focus on making things ‘glanceable’, very clear, and the last would be an acronym we refer to as D.E.A.F. – delightful, engaging and fun.” Read more about these 3 UI/UX principles you need to know at a startup here.

For startup Scoop – an automated carpooling service – their main principles revolved around safety, user feedback regarding experiences using the service, and context, according to Rowe.

See more photos of the UI/UX event on Tech in Motion’s Facebook page.

HONK, the towing and roadside service company, focuses on delivery. Honig explained that HONK’s goal is ensuring that the process for its users will be fast, easy and deliverable since customers using their services are typically facing crises.

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Kam Wong of Hong Kong, China was attending his first ever Tech in Motion event that night and said it was definitely “worth the drive.”

“It was interesting,” said Tiago Varandas from Amsterdam. “I liked when they explored the area of automated vehicles.”

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Overall, the tech talk was educational and insightful, and our Tech in Motion members certainly did not leave empty handed thanks to Metromile! Upon arrival, each attendee received a Metromile ‘swag bag’ filled with amazing and useful branded trinkets, including a Tech in Motion card holder for phones.

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Orange County & San Diego’s Timmy Awards Winners Announced

Tech in Motion Orange County hosted its inaugural Timmy Awards at Applied Innovated (formerly UCI Institute for Innovation), on October 15, 2015. The awards recognize Orange County and San Diego’s top employers for technology professionals with a ceremony crowning the best work culture, technology managers, and startup leaders. More than 130 nominations were submitted and 5,971 votes counted from local Tech in Motion community members.

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“We were delighted to host our annual Timmy Awards in one of the most innovative tech hubs and honor Orange County’s top technology employers and managers,” said Matt Najera, Vice President, IT Staffing Solutions of Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners. “These companies have proven to be the top workplaces for technology professionals and deserve recognition in their community.”

The 2015 Timmy Award Winners for Orange County and San Diego are:

First runner-ups were also awarded certificates, as the voting for all three categories was extremely close! The first runner-ups are: Illuminate Education (Best Technology Work Culture), Phillip Pham – Chief Technology Officer at Cypher Genomics (Best Technology Manager, pictured below middle), and Zadara Storage (Best Tech Startup). View the full list of 28 Timmy Awards finalists here.

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Tech in Motion honors the best technology employers in Orange County & San Diego on an annual basis at the Timmy Awards. The Timmy Awards first debuted in Boston in February 2015 and are presented throughout the year in tech hub cities across North America, including New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Previous winners have included innovators such as Venmo, Trip Advisor, Gilt, Constant Contact, Casper, and Instacart. The next awards ceremony will take place in Washington D.C. on November 4, 2015.

Want to attend the Timmys in DC? Get on the list here.

The Orange County event featured demos from EZDrone and PUSH while members entertained themselves with the FoxTales photo storybooth. Sponsors for the evening included IBM, Veritone, LearningFuze, FoxTales, Eureka Building, Jobspring Partners and Workbridge Associates.

Visit our sponsorship page for more information about how to sponsor in your city.

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The Timmys will soon be hosted in all ten Tech in Motion cities. Please frequently visit techinmotionevents.com/awards for more information and regular updates.

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
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LoseIt!
TableList
Wayfair
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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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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.

Instant Gratification with On-Demand Apps in San Francisco

This summer, Tech in Motion San Francisco gathered at Geekdom to celebrate the companies that make up a huge part of SF’s tech culture–on demand apps. In SF almost anything can be delivered–from groceries to cookies to in-home massages. Tech in Motion dove head first into the newest and hottest apps that give us instant gratification on a daily basis.

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Members flooded the space around 6 p.m. and began circling the room to explore the companies demoing. They were pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of apps ready to show off their products.

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The Tech in Motion team made the rounds at the event to explore what each app had to offer. The companies were as follows:

Doorman – Doorman promises to make sure you never miss a package delivery again. They’re working to change the frustrating reality of mail delivery and ensure that you get your packages when you’re home and available. They gave out promo codes for delivery at the event and wowed members with their practicality.

Doughbies – On demand cookie delivery. Doughbies promises homemade cookies within 20 minutes. They deliver to the SF area and are looking to expand as they grow. The company brought homemade cookies to the event and they were quite a hit!

Interested in being a demo company? Contact a Tech in Motion organizer near you.

Heal – Heal is bringing back the house call. They deliver doctors to your home for $100 a visit. The best part? They can schedule appointments up until 8PM so you no longer have to miss work for a doctor’s appointment! They handed out coupons for first appointments at the event.

LiquidSpace – LiquidSpace is the Airbnb for office spaces. They provide on-demand rental for workspaces and have a wide range in size, price and location. They’re located all over the world and headquartered in the Bay Area. In a community of startups and small companies they impressed the Tech in Motion members by giving them an alternative to coworking spaces.

Scoot – Scooter rentals for the Bay Area. Scoot offers instant access to scooters that allow anyone to zip around San Francisco. Each scooter comes with a helmet and classes are offered to teach first timers how to drive their scooter. The highlight of their booth was the full size scooter displayed for members to admire.

Shuddle – Shuddle offers an Uber-like service for kids. The company provides background searched drivers to parents to drive their kids to and from activities. Rides are scheduled ahead of time, can be tracked in real time and each driver has prior experience working with kids.

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Shyp – Shyp is working to make the shipping process easier overall. They will ship anything to any destination. They pick up items and pack and ship them to give a seamless shipping experience. The highlight of their booth was a promo code and exclusive Shyp SF bags.

Social Print Studio – Social Print Studio specializes in transforming Instagrams into printed materials. They give instant access to photo books, magnets and more. They make great gifts for the Instagram lover! Their booth had promo codes and colorful photos of cats in space.

VetPronto – The on-demand service made for pet owners. VetPronto offers house veterinary appointments for animals of all shapes and sizes. Rather than dragging sick animals into the car, the service is delivered to your house when it is convenient for you. The highlight of their booth was branded doggy bags.

Zeel – On-demand massages. Zeel brings hour massages to the home or the office. They do specials at work and home including group sessions and couple massages. They’ve become very popular with the startup scene in SF and even brought a massage table to the event!

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SF Tech in Motion members were impressed with the ten demo companies present at the event. Each app proved to have a different purpose and idea behind them. When a handful of attendees were asked which table was their favorite, the answers were all over the board–every startup was mentioned at least once among the favorites.

As the night came to a close, members gathered up the last of the snacks, drinks and freebies. They traded contact info with the other members and left with new apps on their phone – and a renewed appreciation for the on demand culture. Don’t miss San Fran’s next event August 20th: One Giant Tech Mixer.

Exploring Reality, Musicality and Beyond in Philadelphia

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It was a dark and stormy night, but for the June event in Philadelphia, the show still went on to both amuse and bemuse the senses of attendees. Several fantastic demo companies came out despite the stormy weather to display the innovations they are working on in music tech and virtual reality. Local techies came down to City CoHo to experience modernizations such as apples that transmit sound and glasses that can virtually take you to the other end of the world. The high energy group buzzed around the exhibits set up around the room to learn more about what is happening in these industries.

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Rob Hardcastle of DYIM came out to exhibit his social music experience. The device lights up in different colors throughout the evening as attendees came by to try it out. This innovation allows people who might not be so musically inclined to create sounds through simply pressing different buttons. The creator, Hardcastle, says that DYIM really “allows people with no musical experience to express their musical thoughts and dreams.”

Below, Edge of Nostalgia founder presented his app to the audience during the lightning round introductions. Throughout the evening, he showed off how to turn ambient noise into interactive sound and eventually a type of music.

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Did you ever think you could make music by squeezing apples? Sam Cusumano of Electricity for Progress showed off his BioData Sonification technology doing just that. Using interactive controllers and headphones you can hear sound in real-time – transmitted through the apples.

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Drexel University’s ExCITe Center came out to show off the research projects being produced in their space by students and beyond. The ExCITe Center specializes in interactive technologies and collaborative projects, with many focused in the music tech space.

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Greenfish Labs demonstrated their Virtual Reality software and applications that they develop for clients. Techies got to not only hear about it, but also try on a pair of goggles and see it in action

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A local meetup group, VR Philly, got to come out and experience the latest and greatest in the VR field. Local tech enthusiast Scott J. Ross said, “The VR scene is still so small and embryonic, we need events like this to meet collaborators face to face”. It was great to see this community come together with Tech in Motion.

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Temple University’s BEEP showed off a few innovations developed with their Electroacoustic Ensemble. One local techie said, “I was extremely impressed by the entrepreneurial ambition of tonight’s event. This is what makes the future”.

Dr. Adam Vidiksis, who leads this group, has a similar mindset with the goal of increasing technological literacy among its participants and audience.

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Dj CUTMAN of GameChops provided the tunes for the evening and kept the audience going. He debuted with Tech in Motion at our Gaming Expo last October and we were excited to have him back to hear what was new in the mix.

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Special thanks to Kurant Cider and Ole Smoky for providing refreshments for the evening.  Guests enjoyed the unique flavors of the cider and moonshine samplings. Dan from Ole Smoky got to try out the Google Cardboard our sponsors, Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners, brought out.

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This event showcased several local innovations within the musicality and reality space, an often over looked arena in Philadelphia. VR and Music Tech crowd out at events in the future – join Tech in Motion Philly to be a part of the next event!

Finding Success on Product Hunt: From Bond’s Founder

Written by guest author Manan Rokani, founder of Bond 

To give you a little background about me, I grew up in India, moved to the US about 9 years back. I went to grad school in Chicago, lived there for about 5 years and then moved to California around 4 years back for work. I have lived in different places but everywhere I have gone, I have met amazing people and made really good friends. Also professionally, I’ve met some really smart people at every company I have worked at. But what I realized was that, as soon as I moved or switched jobs, I was not able to keep in touch with the people there. You know how it is sometimes, out of sight is out of mind.

It was my 30th birthday last year. I got lots of calls, texts and Facebook messages from friends and family. I felt guilty that I was no longer in touch with a lot of them; just because we don’t go to the same school or college any more, live in the same city or work at the same company any more. These were all the people that I was really close to at one point but then life happened, we went in different directions and got so consumed in our new lives that we just completely lost touch. I wanted to change that. I started looking for apps that would help me get better at keeping in touch with people but I could not find anything good. I put together a small team and we decided to build one ourselves. The result was Bond.

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We wanted to build something simple with a great user experience. I had the design and the flow in my head so I quickly built the mock-ups and our developers got to work. We got to mvp in 6 weeks, spent another 6 weeks polishing it up and pushed the product to the app store. I only invited a few friends, family and colleagues to help us test the app in beta. Because we were in the app store, we also started getting some organic traffic. I was also going to a lot of meetups here in LA trying to get the word out about the app. I was getting pretty good feedback from everyone who saw the app.

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From the initial feedback we were getting, we knew that we had a decent product in hand. But we had to get it validated from a larger audience. We submitted the app to Product Hunt…(Note: Product Hunt is a curation of buzzworthy new products, every day. It started as an email list and evolved into a competitor of TechCrunch and other tech blogs with it’s ability to surface the latest mobile apps, websites, and tech products that everyone’s talking about.)

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We honestly weren’t expecting much. But to our surprise, we were trending as the #1 app on their website the following day. I didn’t realize what that would mean until we looked at our numbers. In the first two days alone we got more than:

  • 13,000 hits on our website
  • 2,000 app downloads
  • Tons of emails with a lot of good feedback, suggestions for features and requests for the Android app.

More importantly, these were founders and CEOs of some famous startups, product managers at some top product companies like Apple and Nike, designers, developers and some other tech influencers. These people build amazing products that we use every day- their feedback really mattered.

Soon, other tech websites and bloggers from different parts of the world started writing about us. ABC7 News did a piece on us too. Now the word is spreading.

Product Hunt gave us an amazing platform to put our product in front of the right audience and it really helped us validate our idea. But there’s a lot of people out there who obviously still don’t know about the app and we want to be able to reach them. So growth is our primary focus right now and at the same time we’re building more ways for people to bond with people in their networks. We’re really excited for everything that’s coming up.

To become a Tech in Motion demo company like Bond, contact the organizer in your city.

Keep in touch with people that matter to you by downloading the app. If you have any feedback or suggestions please feel free to email us at [email protected]

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About the author:

Manan Rokani, Founder of Bond at www.getBond.co, is passionate about building Internet and mobile technology. With more than 7 years of experience working as a tech consultant for Fortune 500 companies as well as an entrepreneur in the start-up environment, he has now founded multiple companies including Bond. Bond is a simple app that reminds you keep in touch with people. There are different ways to keep in touch with different people. The first version of the app had options to keep in touch with people through Call, Text and Facebook, and the new integrates with WhatsApp, LinkedIn and Emails. For each service, simply select the people you wish to keep in touch with and then how often you’d like to contact each one of them. Once set up, the app schedules regular reminders for you. When you get a reminder, just swipe the notification open and you get an option to contact that person right away, leaving no room for procrastination.

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Sight and Sound Tech Unveiled: Demos with San Fran

Tech in Motion San Francisco kicked off 2015 by hosting one of their largest attendee and RSVP count to date! Located in the heart of SoMa, tech enthusiasts lined up down the street at SupperClub Lounge. These technology aficionados just couldn’t wait to get their hands on the cutting edge virtual reality and music technologies demoing at Tech in Motion’s Sight and Sound Tech Demo Night. With over 300 attendees this venue was pulsing with energy! Much of this hype was rooted from the high RSVP count on Eventbrite and Meetup totalling just shy of 1,000!

blogSF_demo Companies demoing consisted of Sixense, Wearhaus, Jaunt VR, Leap Motion, and the sponsor for the evening, Postmates. Each booth offered an undefined experience that left members reevaluating what the future holds for technology.

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First to demo was Sixense, who showed off state of the art VR Lightsabers. The lightsaber or sword is the true test for a one-to-one motion tracking system in VR. A first time attending member, Ali, said Sixense was, “really amazing, everything was so realistic”.

Wearhaus showcased wirelessly syncing multiple headphones that allow for two people to listen together. Wearhaus showed how fast music technology is moving and how they are re-imagining classic pieces of hardware to electrifying levels. Members enjoyed a syncronized music experience unlike anything they’d seen before.

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Next up was Jaunt VR. They demonstrated a comprehensive toolset for creating cinematic VR that allowed users to film, edit and show off live virtual reality content. At the end of the evening one lucky Tech in Motion member was even awarded one of these devices for an Android phone.

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Leap Motion showed technology that uses camera sensors, infrared LEDs and precise mathematical algorithms to translate hand and finger movements into dynamic 3D input. Members were blown away by the sensory tech shown at this booth. At the end of the night Leap Motion raffled off 10 controllers–one Tech in Motion member, Hassan, said “wow, I hope I win one of these! They are too cool!”.

Lastly, Postmates, often described as “everyone’s favorite delivery company” teamed up with Tech in Motion as the social sponsor for the evening. They had an exclusive $100 credit contest for Tech in Motion members at the event–one lucky member walked away with $100 in Postmates deliveries. In addition to the credit contest they gave away t-shirts, swag, buttons and one on one demos of their app.

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As members made their way through the booths the chatter was living up to the event’s hype.

Rubi, a local SF engineer revealed that “I’ve heard about Tech in Motion but have never been. It’s really cool to see how many people come and how easy it is to talk to everyone”. In another corner of the space, Jaimie, a local tech professional said, “After coming to this one I would love to check out another”. The positive energy was flowing as swiftly as the VR experiences.

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As the event came to a close members began flowing out of the packed venue. One member Kevin, a local Data Analyst Engineer, exclaimed “give it 5 years and this [VR] will be the next way everyone does social networking.”

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Product Design Trends: The Future

Within the tech industry, it is becoming increasingly important to broaden our skills and embrace new ones that are paving the way of our future. Product design is described as a whole process with many different factors that go into the design. From concept to completion, an idea evolves through a life cycle of UX/UI designers, graphic/visual designers, user researchers, data analysts, and prototypers to name a few. As we see day to day, current trends of messaging, virtual reality, all things “smart”, and data storage are consistently changing.

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Tech in Motion: Silicon Valley recently held a Product Design Demo at The California Art Institute in Sunnyvale. With roughly 200 tech enthusiasts in attendance for the night, the event showcased companies such as:

  • Zackees– the World’s first turn signal glove
  • FlameStower– designs/manufactures energy products and services for global markets
  • PocketLab– a wireless multi-sensor and software platform that enables anyone to engage in open ended science experiments
  • VivaLnk– developing integrated solutions with its ultra-thin and flexible eSkin™ wearable technology platform
  • Nixie– the first wearable camera that is also flyable
  • The Wearhaus Arc– Bluetooth headphones that let you wirelessly sync music with multiple people around you
  • Orion– creates communication accessories and services that connect people
  • Ministry of Supply– research-based design used to create purposeful products for a life spent in motion
  • Flashtag Photo– an interactive photo booth that automatically prints photos taken at your event when they’re tagged on Instagram or Twitter.

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Throughout the night,Tech in Motion organizers interviewed the guests and demo companies on what some of their favorite products are, what the future holds for product design, and the hottest design trends on the market now. Here are some of their responses:

What are some of the trends in product design for 2015?

Richie Zeng, CEO/Founder of Wearhaus  

“I’m seeing a lot of connected devices and products built around connectivity with phones as the central hub.”

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Sylvia Wu, Design Lead at Orion

“Wearables that add value to people’s lives, or products that are specific for communication. Products utilizing voices are becoming popular as well because you can convey emotions through tone, for example Siri and Amazon Echo.”

Clifton Zoozeboom, CEO/Co-founder of PocketLab

“Simplicity. Everyone is following the ‘Apple Way’.”

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What makes your product stand out among competitors?

Alena Laptsinskaya, Director of Customer Relations for Zackees

“We make better quality products. We have sensors that detect ambient light so that the LED will be brighter at night. We have a feature that disconnects the light after a certain amount of time to save battery, and you can change out batteries, unlike our competitors.”

What was the story behind your product and what does the future look like for it?

Adam Kell, Founder at FlameStower

“We’re aiming to impact energy services, and we’re also currently partnering up with the Guatemalan Government as well as doing some work in Ethiopia.”

“In 3 months we will start working on emergency energy solutions. Like for earthquake kits.”

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What is your current product you are involved with and how does it play a role in consumer’s lives?

Guy Horgan, Sales consultant for Ministry of Supply

“We do ‘smart’ men’s clothing… We are looking into eyewear as well.”

“We want our customers to feel comfortable in our clothes all day. We want work life integration. Our customers can go from work, to dinner, to a movie, and then out for drinks without the need to change or any discomfort.”

Interested in participating in a Tech in Motion event? Contact your city’s team here.

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Audience favorites of the evening were Nixie, PocketLab, and VivaLnk to name a few. Be sure to keep an eye out for these companies and how they will be impacting the product world and possibly our very own lives.

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There’s an exciting lineup of events coming up for Tech in Motion in Silicon Valley this spring and summer. Join in on the next meetup by becoming a group member and see what’s on the docket for April and May.