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This Week

Wednesday

6:30 PM8:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Strategies for Increasing Performance: A Developer StackUp

What's a StackUp?
A StackUp is an event where the lead technologists or designers of a pre-screened set of companies show off what they do and how they do it - from a tech point of view. For this StackUp, the intended audience is developers.

Focus of this StackUp: Web Performance
 This Stackup is focused on performance. Engineering and development leaders will share presentations on how they think about and improve performance out of their applications. They will present on their technical stack, how they keep it running as fast and efficiently as possible, as well as their dev success stories and challenges.

Thursday

3:00 PM4:00 PM

Brain Wellness

LET’S... Restore Our Bodies with the Power of Turmeric

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.


Drop by the S-Bar at 3pm on March 14th to learn how plant-based glucosamine and turmeric can help rehydrate and restore your body. REZ will be onsite to provide knowledge & tastings for their restoration beverage (and you can even spike yours with a bit of vodka if you choose!)

Thursday

6:00 PM9:00 PM

Digital Citizenry

The Brink: A Social Cinema Screening

When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post — though some say he still has a direct line to the White House — he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement. THE BRINK follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. A keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

Friday

12:30 PM1:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Frontier Tech Deep Dive: March 15

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Join Jared every Friday for lunch and a deep dive into frontier technologies that betaworks ventures finds interesting!

Friday

3:00 PM6:00 PM

Brain Wellness

LET’S... Play Games at Happy Hour

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

We're back with another round of evening games, drinks and snacks to break up your Friday afternoon.

MeetMax Games run smart games that gets everyone interacting together. Games are all face-to-face and get everyone talking, negotiating and laughing together in light competition. Think of it as big board games, not video games. This is us and these are some of the games we'll play.

Friday

7:00 PM9:00 PM

Frontier Technology
Workshop

Making Snapchat Lenses for Beginners: A Workshop with Anyworld AR/VR

Learn how to make your own Snapchat AR Lens (World Lens and Face Lens) and deploy on the Snapchat platform. This workshop is geared towards complete beginners, and no experience is required.

What is Lens Studio?
Lens Studio invites artists, students, developers, animators, and more to unleash their creativity — and share it with the 70 million people who play with Lenses on Snapchat every single day!

Event Structure

By the end of this event, you will have an understanding of how to use Snapchat Lens Studio to create your own Snapchat Lenses

What to Bring
Laptop with the latest Snapchat Lens Studio Installed

Next Week

Monday, Mar 18

5:30 PM6:00 PM

Frontier Technology

Demos & Sh!t I'm Working On: March 18


This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.


Start every week with some inspiration. Every Monday night we will bring you quick product demos from around our community. What are your fellow members working on? What are you building?
 

BEER WILL BE SERVED!

Tuesday, Mar 19

3:00 PM4:00 PM

Brain Wellness

LET’S... Drink Our Fruits & Vegetables

 This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.


Join us at the S-Bar at 3pm on March 19th to learn about how Kencko is using processes typically reserved for NASA food products to help consumers fit in their daily fruit and vegetable servings. 

Tuesday, Mar 19

6:00 PM8:30 PM

Frontier Technology
Panel

Are Chatbots the Future of Empathy?

A technological solution to re-humanize research.


The last decade saw an explosion of increasingly sophisticated analytics and processing technology thanks to the flood of personal data from social media and other online sources. But as the data science claims more prescient capabilities, the people behind the profiles have drifted further from reach. In the race to listen more, research stopped asking questions.


In this session we will discuss how one much maligned technology may be the key to flipping antisocial data scraping trends towards a more empathetic approach.

Wednesday, Mar 20

12:30 PM1:30 PM

Brain Wellness

Think Lunch: How Can We Be More Present in the Age of Distraction?

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Think lunch sessions are a Betaworks ritual. For the last five years every week around 15 curious individuals have gathered together to talk about a range of subjects. We have covered diverse topics ranging from Crypto, Immigration, Fake News, whether Elon Musk is good or evil, and brands you love versus brands you need.


This Think Lunch will be hosted by Giancarlo Pitocco.

Throughout his career at companies like Facebook/Instagram, Apple, and the world’s largest ad agencies, Giancarlo Pitocco has studied the influence of technology on how people think, feel, and act. Now, Giancarlo is on a mission to transform the way we use technology to liberate the creative intelligence of humanity. He leads workshops that help people, organizations, and communities develop relationships between themselves and technology that cultivates well-being.

Wednesday, Mar 20

3:00 PM5:00 PM

Brain Wellness

LET’S... Try Some Plant-Powered Elixers

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.


Head on over to the S-Bar at 3pm on March 20th to taste REBBL's plant-powered drinks and learn more about their innovations within the beverage space.

REBBL is a B-corp certified beverage startup that produces plant-powered elixirs with super herbs that nourish the body. It was born out of a passionate collaboration between global thought-leaders to identify an innovative, sustainable, market-based solution to prevent exploitation in the Peruvian Amazon. Today, REBBL donates 2.5% of revenue to Not For Sale to support regions of the world that are vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking.

Wednesday, Mar 20

6:00 PM8:30 PM

Betaworking
Panel

Building Products For Growth: Develop, Experiment, and Ship at Scale

There's a lot more to product development than features and functionality. Understanding customer needs, shaping the roadmap, experimenting and iterating, and working with other teams to get those products to market are just as important as hiring great engineers to build new features. 


Join Megan Stotmeister (Group Product Manager, ClassPass) and Arjun Gopalratnam (Senior Product Manager, Peloton) as they discuss their firsthand experience building products and the teams that power them. They will share their learnings and also talk about: 


      ✓ Being the voice of the customer 

      ✓ Shaping product roadmaps
      ✓ Pricing and packaging
      ✓ Working across teams

We hope you’ll join us! 

Thursday, Mar 21

3:00 PM5:00 PM

Brain Wellness
Workshop

LET’S... Learn About Cocktails and Make Our Own

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

We invite you to make, learn, and consume excellent mixed drinks with Beau Haugh, our technology head.

The secret to making and appreciating fine cocktails is in their basic construction.

Almost every drink's recipe can be reduced down to one of a small handful of basic blueprints; everything from there is just a variation on one of those themes. Learn the prototypes, their ratios, a little history, and a LOT of practical knowledge as you make drinks for each other and imbibe them immediately.

This workshop will be conducted by Beau, Betaworks Studios's Head of Engineering, who's probably more enthusiastic about this topic than any programming language. All levels of experience are welcome.

Please RSVP so that we can ensure enough mixology-related goodies for everyone to partake.

Thursday, Mar 21

6:00 PM9:00 PM

Frontier Technology

Discussing Wearables with Women of Wearables & Samsung

Join the Samsung Developer Program, in conjunction with Women of Wearables, for an exciting panel dedicated to Samsung's new Galaxy wearables! Learn more about the people behind Samsung's most innovative products and about great opportunities to get your wearable app design featured. Food and refreshments will be available.

Agenda:

6-6:30

· Check in, food & beverage

· Networking

 
6:30-8

· Overview of Samsung Galaxy Watch - Introducing the new Galaxy Wearables

· Wearables Panel

· Share “Apps Women Want”

 
8-9

· Join a game of “Kahoot” and test your knowledge of Famous Women Inventors!
· Networking
. Wrap Up

Friday, Mar 22

9:00 AM10:30 AM

Betaworking

Startup Lean Coffee: March 22

Startup Lean Coffee is a monthly gathering of founders, early employees, advisors, investors, and anyone involved in or interested in joining the startup world in any capacity.

Previous topics have including working with offshore dev shops, product experiments, technical co-founder or not, and when to raise money. Our sole purpose is to help each other improve by sharing questions and experiences. All you need to bring is your attention, curiosity, and willingness to share.

We follow a Lean Coffee meeting format, a lightly facilitated meeting where participants democratically build an agenda and discuss each topic for a fixed time, voting to continue discussing the topic or moving on to the next topic after the time runs out.

Friday, Mar 22

12:30 PM3:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Frontier Tech Deep Dive: March 22

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Join Jared every Friday for lunch and a deep dive into frontier technologies that betaworks ventures finds interesting!

Mar 25 - Mar 31

Monday, Mar 25

8:30 AM10:30 AM

Betaworking

The Well #buildHER Breakfast with Marah Lidey of Shine Text

Build connections and community with local female founders and get the real tea on starting, funding and scaling a startup from other Black women who are building amazing companies.

We're getting together for breakfast and chatting with Marah Lidey, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Shine Text, to discuss building a startup at the intersections of tech and wellness.

We'll hear from Marah as she shares her lessons learned while building Shine's MVP and pitching investors, the strategies she and her co-founder leveraged to scale to 2 million users in just two years, and what's next for tech-enabled wellness.

Monday, Mar 25

5:30 PM6:00 PM

Frontier Technology

Demos & Sh!t I'm Working On: March 25


This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.


Start every week with some inspiration. Every Monday night we will bring you quick product demos from around our community. What are your fellow members working on? What are you building?
 

BEER WILL BE SERVED!

Monday, Mar 25

7:00 PM9:00 PM

Brain Wellness

The Paradoxical Phenomenon of Modern Online Dating: A Humane Tech Meetup

Ruth Tupe is an interaction designer who specializes in interfaces, human behavior, and in shaping experiences.

For this Humane Tech Meetup, Ruth's talk will dive deep into her year long thesis on online dating; dispelling common myths and unfolding her research methodology using psychology, behavioral science, and neuroscience to break down the paradoxical phenomenon that is modern dating today.

Tuesday, Mar 26

3:00 PM4:00 PM

Brain Wellness

LET’S... Skip Our Coffee & Eat Our Energy Instead

 This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.


Betaworks Studios member Aaron Kinnari is dropping by the S-Bar on March 26th at 3pm to show off FLT Bar, a clean, vegan alternative to your usual caffeine fix. Drop by to try one and see how FLT Bar packs as much caffeine as a cup of coffee into a delicious snack.

Tuesday, Mar 26

6:00 PM8:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Blockchain: The Next Everything - A Conversation with Author Stephen P. Williams and Beatriz Helena Ramos

What is blockchain? Why does everyone from tech experts to business moguls to philanthropists believe it is a paradigm-shifting technology, bound to revolutionize society as significantly as the internet? Indeed, why is blockchain touted as The Next Everything?

In this deft, fascinating, and easy-to-digest introduction to one of the most important innovations of recent times, Stephen P. Williams answers these questions, revealing how cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are just one example among dozens of transformative applications that this relatively new technology makes possible. He interprets the complexity into digestible anecdotes, metaphors, and straightforward descriptions for readers who don’t know tech, and explains all of blockchain’s most important aspects: why this so-called digital ledger is unhackable and unchangeable; how its distributed nature may transfer power from central entities like banks, government, and corporations to ordinary citizens around the world; and what its widespread use will mean for society as a whole.

Join us on March 26th for a conversation and book launch with Stephen P. Williams, author of Blockchain: The Next Everything. The conversation will be moderated by Beatriz Helena Ramos, founder of DADA.nyc

Wednesday, Mar 27

12:30 PM1:30 PM

Brain Wellness

Think Lunch: March 27

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Think lunch sessions are a Betaworks ritual. For the last five years every week around 15 curious individuals have gathered together to talk about a range of subjects. We have covered diverse topics ranging from Crypto, Immigration, Fake News, whether Elon Musk is good or evil, and brands you love versus brands you need.


This Think Lunch will be hosted by Giancarlo Pitocco.

Throughout his career at companies like Facebook/Instagram, Apple, and the world’s largest ad agencies, Giancarlo Pitocco has studied the influence of technology on how people think, feel, and act. Now, Giancarlo is on a mission to transform the way we use technology to liberate the creative intelligence of humanity. He leads workshops that help people, organizations, and communities develop relationships between themselves and technology that cultivates well-being.

Wednesday, Mar 27

7:00 PM8:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Where Are We Now: Teen Entrepreneurs Share Their Businesses

At this Where Are We Now event, guests will have the chance to hear directly from teen entrepreneurs involved in the WIT - Whatever It Takes program.

Teens will talk about the journey of starting their own business, and the successes and setbacks they have experienced along the way. Teens who currently have products will have their items on display, and those who have started programs/services will share about the impact their program is having on the community.

This event is open to the public and provides an excellent opportunity to get inspired by the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, learn more about the nationally recognized WIT organization, and connect directly with teen entrepreneurs.

Thursday, Mar 28

6:30 PM9:00 PM

Betaworking
Panel

Venture Capital for Startups: Fundraising Advice for Founders

This event is free to Betaworks Studios members only. Non-members can purchase tickets here.

Funding is one of the biggest pain points entrepreneurs face when building their companies.

For those entrepreneurs considering a venture path for their startups, we know the road ahead can seem daunting: making the right connections, valuing your company, closing the deal and strategically planning a future that makes sense for the business, as well as a new set of stakeholders.

Join us for a panel discussion with founders and investors who’ll share their own insights from both sides of the table about securing early-stage funding.

We’re discussing:

- Considering whether the venture path is right for your startup
- Meeting the right people & building an investor funnel
- Valuing your company
- Deciding how much to raise
- Understanding common mistakes and pitfalls in fundraising
- Creating the right pitch
- Negotiating

And much more!

Schedule:

6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking
6:50 - 7:50: Panel
7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A
8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking

Speakers:
Isabelle Phelps of Lerer Hippeau

Matt Hartman of Betaworks Ventures

Kelley Mak of Work-Bench

Chris Brown of First-Round Capital

Friday, Mar 29

12:30 PM3:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Frontier Tech Deep Dive: March 29

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Join Jared every Friday for lunch and a deep dive into frontier technologies that betaworks ventures finds interesting!

Apr 1 - Apr 7

Monday, Apr 1

6:00 PM8:00 PM

Brain Wellness
Workshop

Make the Mental Shift: From Shying Away to Shining Bright

In this 90-minute interactive workshop with Britt Westfall, you will:

-Learn how to get your mind thinking big and away from limiting thoughts around money or feelings of inadequacies so you can reverse engineer the life you want

-Start to give yourself permission to live unapologetically you

-Hear your fear out so you can finally start to move past it and into action

-Receive tips and tricks for standing in your power next time all eyes are on you and it's your time to be heard!

Thursday, Apr 4

8:30 AM10:00 AM

Digital Citizenry

Epic Breakfast: A Social Responsibility Discussion with Todd Jacobson of the NBA

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

This Epic Breakfast session will be led by Todd Jacobson, an Epic Ambassador and the head of the NBA's CSR program.

During this breakfast, he'll speak to our community about his experience in implementing social impact programs at the NBA as well as educate attendees on how they can implement social impact practices within their own businesses.

Apr 22 - Apr 28

Thursday, Apr 25

6:00 PM9:00 PM

Digital Citizenry

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley - A Social Cinema Screening

Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, HBO’s Emmy-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) directs a documentary investigating the rise and fall of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar healthcare company founded by Elizabeth Holmes.

In 2004, Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford to start a company that was going to revolutionize healthcare. In 2014, Theranos was valued at $9 billion, making Holmes, who was touted as “the next Steve Jobs,” the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. Just two years later, Theranos was cited as a “massive fraud” by the SEC, and its value was less than zero.

Drawing on extraordinary access to never-before-seen footage and testimony from key insiders, director Alex Gibney will tell a Silicon Valley tale that was too good to be true. With all the drama of a real-life heist film, the untitled documentary will examine how this could have happened and who is responsible, while exploring the psychology of deception.

May 6 - May 12

Monday, May 6

6:00 PM8:00 PM

Betaworking
Panel

Where Are the Media Startups in New York? A Silley Circuits Panel

Four years ago, New York had several hundred start ups pursuing various digital and mobile media businesses in video, advertising, magazines, podcasts and related services. Today most of them have disappeared or shrunk, except maybe the podcast business. What happened? What is the future?

Join us on May 6th for this panel discussion in partnership with Silley Circuits.

Thursday, May 9

6:00 AM8:30 AM

Betaworking

Ask Me Anything Live: Perry Chen

Join us for an evening with Kickstarter's Founder & CEO, Perry Chen, as part of Betaworks Studios new series, “Ask Me Anything Live”, featuring giants of the New York startup and investment scene, as they come on-stage to answer any and all of your questions about the who, where, what and why.

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