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News, Santa Monica, Technology, Youth

Santa Monica Youth Tech Program Earns Elite Recognition

Posted Apr. 10, 2014, 9:01 am

Santa Monica’s Youth Tech Program ranked 54th on this year’s InformationWeek Elite 100 — a list of the top business technology innovators in the U.S., the City of Santa Monica announced Monday.

Santa Monica teen Benji Miller has created a bike mount with speaker, which he is currently raising funds for on Kickstarter.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Teen Pedaling His Dream Of Safer Biking

Posted Apr. 2, 2014, 9:01 am

When he isn’t doing his homework, high school student Benji Miller doubles as a young entrepreneur. Miller, a 17-year old Santa Monica native, has found a solution to promote safer bike-riding by developing a unique bike mount with speaker.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, City Hall

Santa Monica City Hall Launches Free “Gig Test” For Visitors

Posted Mar. 16, 2014, 7:01 am

The City of Santa Monica has provided Gigabit broadband to local tech and entertainment businesses for years, but as of Friday, the City will offer City Hall visitors a chance to use broadband speeds that outpace U.S. and global broadband speeds.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica-Based Bitium Raises $6.5 Million To Expand

Posted Mar. 10, 2014, 9:34 am

A Santa Monica-based cloud application management firm announced last week it had raised $6.5 million to continue its expansion plans and product development.

A Santa Monica mom has created an iPhone app that converts study notes to voice recordings.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Technology

Santa Monica Mom's "Outlines Outloud" Makes Studying Faster, Easier

Posted Dec. 3, 2013, 8:58 am

When Santa Monica mom Valerie Hartford asked her son how he spent his 45-minute bus commute each way to school, he told her he listened to music because he’d get carsick from reading his notes. This prompted Hartford to record her son’s notes, establishing the basic concept of her now evolving text-conversion app called Outlines Outloud.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Tech Summit In Santa Monica Announces Fund & Hottest Startups

Posted Nov. 26, 2013, 9:45 am

An Incubator and Innovation Fund promoting innovative business applications was announced during the L.A. Tech Summit held Nov. 14 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. Also announced at the summit were two of the “hottest startups” in the region.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Condense All Your Debit & Credit Cards Into One "Coin"

Posted Nov. 25, 2013, 2:22 pm

Do you have a wallet or purse full of credit cards, debit cards, rewards cards, and gift cards? Would you like to condense them into one?

News, Santa Monica, Technology, Busines

Sharing In LA: The Next Wave Of Local Tech In Silicon Beach

Posted Nov. 5, 2013, 9:13 am

As Silicon Beach develops and innovative tech start-ups sprout around Los Angeles, investors inundated with options are looking for ways to sift through the new opportunities.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica's Silicon Beach A 'Tech-Centric' Community, Survey Says

Posted Oct. 31, 2013, 8:22 am

In his 2012 State of the City address, then mayor Richard Bloom coupled “Silicon Beach” with Santa Monica. Almost two years later, the Semi-Annual L.A. Startup Industry Report featured Silicon Beach as a top destination for startups.

BeGreat Manager Partner Lin Miao gave a check for $25,000 to Pencils of Promise.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

The Temperature Is Rising In Silicon Beach

Posted Oct. 24, 2013, 8:06 am

The digital startup movement in Los Angeles continues at a brisk pace. Last month, BeGreatPartners announced it was opening nine accelerator facilities across Los Angeles and would be investing up to $6 million in local startups. BeGreat hosted a recent event at which Managing Partner Lin Miao gave a check for $25,000 to Pencils of Promise, a group that invests in educational initiatives.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Technology

LA Podcast Festival Returns To Santa Monica This Friday Through Sunday

Posted Oct. 2, 2013, 9:02 am

The LA Podcast Festival returns to Santa Monica this Friday through Sunday with a stacked roster of the biggest names in comedy, bringing diehard fans and burgeoning podcasters face-to-face with some of the most popular entertainers in the world.

The workshop for the international robotics competition will be held at New Roads School on Sept. 1.

News, Santa Monica, New Roads School, Technology

New Roads To Host “FIRST LEGO League” Workshop For Robotics Competition

Posted Aug. 25, 2013, 9:12 am

New Roads School in Santa Monica will host an official Challenge Release Workshop on Sept. 1 for the Los Angeles Area FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL), an international robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds.

The City of Santa Monica's Be Excited! Be Prepared website was recognized by the Public Technology Institute.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Recognized For Embracing Social Media

Posted Aug. 15, 2013, 8:15 am

Did you know the City of Santa Monica employs over 180 social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Flickr, and YouTube?

News, Santa Monica, Technology, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Unveils New Online Registration For Programs, Services

Posted Aug. 7, 2013, 9:41 am

Accessing the City of Santa Monica’s programs and services is now a lot easier after the Community and Cultural Service Department unveiled its new online registration and reservation platform.

The summit took place at Element LA, which is located on Bundy between Olympic and Santa Monica Boulevard.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Create Office Summit Looks At How Developers Think About Office Space

Posted Jul. 28, 2013, 9:26 am

Commercial real estate events producer BisNow hosted a "Creative Office Summit" on Wednesday to discuss how creative tenants, such as RiotGames, NastyGal, Amazon and Google, are changing the way developers think about office space.

Brighter.com lets users search for various dental procedures that cost a fraction of the regular cost.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Company Brighter.com Delivers Free Dental Insurance Alternative

Posted Jul. 23, 2013, 9:04 am

It can safely be said that going to the dentist is, more often than not, an unpleasant experience. Aside from the terror that accompanies cavity fillings and root canals, one of the most unpleasant aspects of the dentist can be the exorbitant cost of certain procedures.

Echo Horizon School in Culver City has an integration of technology at its Apple Distinguished School.

Santa Monica, Education, Technology, Schools, Culver City

Echo Horizon School Pilots Two New Technology Programs

Posted Jul. 21, 2013, 8:52 am

Echo Horizon School has long been on the forefront of integrating cutting-edge technology into the classroom learning environment, in order to nurture literacy, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

A new iPhone app and website called RadPad combines the best of Instagram and Craiglist functions to connect landlords and prospective renters across Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

News, Real Estate, Santa Monica, Technology

RadPad: A Mix Of Instagram, Craigslist For Home Hunting In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 1, 2013, 9:18 am

Desperately searching to find the perfect place to live is a plight all too common for most people. After experiencing this predicament himself, Jonathan Eppers decided to do something about it.

Boys and Girls Club members created a 'thank you' poster for the Verizon volunteers who helped give their tech center a facelift.

News, Santa Monica, Boys And Girls Club, Technology

Verizon Employees Volunteer To Improve Tech Center At Boys & Girls Club

Posted Jul. 1, 2013, 9:10 am

Local Verizon employees participated in a volunteer day on Friday to improve the state of the Tech Center at Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica’s Mar Vista Gardens Branch.

Team 4501 - 'The Humans' of New Roads School in Santa Monica, pose with their award-winning robot after the FIRST Robotics competition in Long Beach this past weekend.

News, Santa Monica, New Roads School, Technology

New Roads School's Robotics Team Win Prestigious Award

Posted Mar. 26, 2013, 9:22 am

New Roads School's robotics team has won the prestigious "Rookie All Star Award" this past weekend, earning them a coveted spot at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) World Championship.

David Bryan, New Roads Head Of School

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica, New Roads School, Technology

Up Front With David Bryan: New Roads Head Of School

Posted Mar. 19, 2013, 9:04 am

David Bryan was born in New York City and grew up in large cities and small rural communities in New York and New Jersey.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Mobile App Hackathon: Who Came Out On Top

Posted Feb. 17, 2013, 8:51 am

The AT&T Developer Program held at ROC (604 Arizona) in Santa Monica Feb. 8-9 welcomed more than 120 attendees who hit the ground running and with assistance from our friends at Pearson, Layer7, and GameDesk who have coded a total of 12 plus mobile apps.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Mobile App Hackathon Comes To Santa Monica This Weekend

Posted Feb. 7, 2013, 12:20 pm

Santa Monica app developers will have an opportunity to create the next revolutionary, education-inspired app at the AT&T Mobile App Hackathon.

Brianna Moles - Santa Monica Mirror's 'Seven Days Show' host.

News, Sports, City Council, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Mirror Expands To Four Weekly Video Shows For 2013

Posted Dec. 30, 2012, 2:33 pm

One year after The Santa Monica Mirror launched its new weekly video show called the Santa Monica Beat, the arrival of 2013 brings a revamped schedule with an expanded format.

Venice will host a high-tech beach ball drop at the historic Abbot Kinney mural on New Year's Eve.

News, Venice, Holiday, Abbot Kinney, Technology

Venice Beach To Host High-Tech Ball Drop On New Year's Eve

Posted Dec. 30, 2012, 9:22 am

It comes as little surprise Silicon Beach -- or Venice Beach, as it is more commonly known -- will be hosting a high-tech ball drop of its own this New Year’s Eve. Unlike Times Square, however, Venice will be dropping a giant 3-D beach ball at 11:59 p.m. PST at the historic mural of Venice Founder Abbot Kinney on N. Venice Blvd. paying homage to the beach ball that was invented by Jonathon DeLonge in Venice, CA in 1938.

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