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SoCal Digital Symposium Launches New Quarterly Technology Series - With Keynote Speaker Mike Panesis

By Janice Griffin

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                                                 SoCal Digital Symposium
                                               Launches Inaugural Event
                          With Keynote Speaker Mike Panesis of Tech Coast Angels
                        At California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
                                          On Wednesday, February 26, 2014

                                         New Quarterly Technology Series!
                                  In Ventura, Los Angeles & OrangeCounties

LOS ANGELES, CA – On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, the SoCal Digital Symposium (SDS) will launch its new quarterly technology series with an exciting event at California State University Channel Islands (CSU Channel Islands) in Camarillo, CA, hosted by CSU Channel Islands Business Advisory Council and CSU Channel Islands Business & Technology Partnership.

Chairman of the Board of Governors of Tech Coast Angels and Entrepreneurial Programs Manager, Mike Panesis, will be the Keynote Speaker while SDS Founder Lisa deSouza will give guests an exclusive kickoff session.

Mike Penesis

The symposium will be an exciting hub for Southern California’s diverse group of tech entrepreneurs, scholars, visionaries, business leaders, developers, and power brokers. Every quarter, engaged professionals will be invited to take part in stimulating discussions on emerging trends, share innovative ideas in solutions-oriented cross-disciplinary conversations, and learn about new and relevant strategies, technologies, and techniques at different locations in the Southern California region.


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The five breakout session tracks for the February 26th SDS event in Camarillo are 1) Socially Conscious Business, 2) Media Tech, 3) 3D Printing & Advanced Manufacturing, 4) Wearable Electronics/Active Lifestyle Tech, and 5) Technology in Education. Scheduled speakers include Brent Bushnell (Two Bit Circus), Steven Gill (Gills Onions), Joseph M. Klocko (Center for Applied Competitive Technologies), Rao Machiraju (reQall), and Merrill W hatley (MW Multimedia Design and Development).

Ticket prices run from $20 for students with ID to $150 for premier admission. Association discounts will also be available (ticket details are below). Event runs from 4:00pm to 9:30pm at CSU Channel Islands (Grand Salon, North Quad, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, CA93012). To contact an SDS representative please call 917-548-9959 or email.

CSU Channel Islands SDS Event Details –
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 SDS event schedule:

• 4:00-4:30pm - Registration

• 4:30-5:00pm - Event Kickoff:  
- Introduction by SDS Founder Lisa deSouza

• 5:00-5:45pm - Keynote Speaker:
- Mike Panesis, Tech Coast Angels & UCSB College of Engineering

• 6:00-7:45pm - Breakout Sessions/Panels and the Grand Salon Showcase

• 7:45-9:30pm - Networking Session with Food & Beverages

Breakout track session topics:

Socially Conscious Business: Technologies that enable sustainable, environmental, community integrated, and financially viable solutions for existing and emerging business. Speaker: Steve Gill, Gills Onions LLC, Owner & Partner

Media Tech: The impact of tech on buyer behavior and advertising, user segmentation, and linking brands to customer lifestyles; and technology as a link between online space and physical reality. Speaker: Merrill Whatley, MW Multimedia Design and Development, Owner

3D Printing & Advanced Manufacturing: Technology as a medium to create unique, high quality specialized hardware. The rebirth of the craftsman with technology as the conduit to personalized in-home manufacturing and connectivity with intelligent devices. Speaker: Joseph M. Klocko, Director, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies

Wearable Electronics/Active Lifestyle Tech: Technol ogy as a transformer of everyday items into connected products that predict and anticipate uses and needs. The impact of these emerging devices on behavior, particularly in the areas of fitness, lifestyle, and environment. Speaker: Rao Machiraju, reQall Inc., Co-Founder/CEO

Technology in Education: The impact of virtual learning on children, global education, and gamification of information as a teaching strategy. The importance of engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as an essential pathway to student success. Speaker: Brent Bushnell, engineer and entrepreneur, Two Bit Circus Co-Founder

For additional information on SDS speakers, please click here. 

Entrance Fees:
Ticket prices run from $20 for students with ID to $150 for premier admission. 

• Premier Admission - $150 (includes admission to 2 interactive, high-level Breakout Tracks of choice, Grand Salon Conference, Networking Session, and After-Party)

• General Admission - $100 (includes Grand Salon Conference, Networking Session, and After-Party)

• Students - $20 with valid ID for General Admission

• Association & Early Registration Discounts - 30%

Scholarship Fund:
10% of event proceeds will be donated to the CSU Channel Islands Business & Technology Partnership Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded annually to qualif ying full-time, upper division students who have shown outstanding promise, both inside and outside of the classroom, and who are pursuing degrees in business, science, or technology. For registration and scholarship details, please click here.  

About Mike Panesis, Keynote Speaker:

Mike Penesis

Chairman of the Board of Governors of TechCoast Angels
Entrepreneurial Programs Manager, UC
Santa BarbaraCollege of Engineering

Mike Panesis is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and business executive with roots in information technology. He is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), which is the largest accredited angel investor group in the country and one of the leading sources of funding to early-stage companies in Southern California. TCA has helped portfolio companies attract more than $1.4 billion in additional capital. TCA also provide counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of potential investors, customers, strategic partners and management talent. TCA has more than 250 members, including its venture capital affiliates, in five networks in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, the Central Coast and the Inland Empire.

Panesis’ has had an impressive career in a diverse rang e of industries and roles, including executive management, tech start-ups, IT management, and management consulting. His experience includes software engineering, operations, product management, and corporate and business development in industries ranging from software, automotive, financial services, information services, semiconductors, consumer goods, and manufacturing. He has worked with companies such as Semtech, Whitestone Research, DealerTrack, Church & Dwight, Deloitte & Touche, and AT&T. Panesis also leads the UCSB New Venture Competition (NVC) where he develops mentor networks to advise students and find ways to create and encourage innovation that reflects best practices in the start-up community. He has an MBA in Marketing from RutgersUniversity and a BS in Computer Science for Business from the DeVry Institute of Technology. He is also on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum Central Coast Chapter and Steering Committee of the Ventura County Greek F estival. He lives in Camarillo with his wife and two children.


For additional press information, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Tejada at 213-840-1201.

For non-press SDS participation queries, please contact RPM Demand's Ada Matasovski at 917-548-9959.


We look forward to seeing you in sunny Camarillo!


Published on Feb 01, 2014

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