March Mingle 2017!

You are invited to our annual celebration of all things tech in San Diego! Come enjoy virtual reality games, local craft beer and gourmet munchies, along with San Diego’s vibrant tech community, on Tuesday, March 28th at Total Combat Paintball in Barrio Logan.

Since 2004, March Mingle has brought together San Diego’s finest technologists from local technical user groups and startups for a night of socializing and camaraderie. It’s been a sell-out for 7 years running.

From the proliferation of co-working spaces, startup incubators, maker spaces, and coding bootcamps, to the influx of Bay Area tech companies, and newfound political support for our industry, we are topping the charts for software development and for startups in the country. We’re gathering the best of them under one roof so that you can imbibe, snack and socialize, all while discovering what’s new and cool in San Diego tech.

Come and experience the beating heart of our thriving local tech industry by getting yourself a ticket here:

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User Experience Design: Secrets to Creating a Successful Product

When: 7:30pm Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Where: Qualcomm Building QRC (Qualcomm Research Center) 5665 Morehouse Dr. Room 119-B San Diego, CA

“Good design is good business.” Thomas J. Watson, Jr., IBM

In a world of quick to launch products and brutal competition, User Experience Design has become a vital differentiating factor in building desired, viable products in an efficient, economical and organized manner.

Hooman Anvar, a User Experience Architect, will focus on User Experience Design techniques such as rapid prototyping and customer validation. These techniques are essential to the Lean and agile methodologies. Whether you’re in an established organization or creating a startup, these techniques will be central to the success of your products.

Trained in cognitive sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, Hooman learned his craft of UX design in the Bay Area tech scene. Millions of people and transactions have used his designs. Think you might have a challenge for him? He’d love to hear from you.

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Maker Faire SF Recap

In case you were not able to go and missed out on all of the cool stuff going on at the recently held Maker Faire San Francisco, we’ll talk about the latest from the Maker community/movement. From robots, drones and 3D printers, to crafts, DIY projects and art sculpture and everything in between.

We also might be able get an update on progress of our own 2nd San Diego Mini Maker Faire.

If you make stuff you should come out.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7:30pm

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How to Kick Ass on Kickstarter

Having just finished the largest funded consumer product campaign in San Diego and in the Top 25 in the history of Kickstarter, Chance Roth will discuss the elements that were put into planning, executing and managing The Pocket Drone project.

When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 7:30pm

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7:30-7:45 – Announcements, Member intros
7:45-8:30 – Topic and Discussion
8:30-9:00 – The usual networking and geek tech talk

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The Lean Brand: Brand Development For Trendsetting Startups And Innovative Enterprise

The Lean BrandIn short, we need brand innovation.

To truly spawn true brand innovation we have to reframe the way we approach brand development with a new lens. We have to unpack the real problem to get at it’s root cause. We have to introduce new thinking, new language, and a new framework for our approach. And we have to understand how to test it, measure it, validate it, and grow it.

That’s the path to real innovation. That’s what this talk is all about.

Jeremiah Gardner is the author of The Lean Brand, a book about disruptive brand innovation. In short, the book provides a framework for organizations (big and small) to retake control of their brand development and become intentional about it’s formation, growth, and sustainability.

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Understanding Bitcoin for Developers

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Date: 2/11/2014 7:30pm

Paul V Puey, CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz Inc will be presenting on Bitcoin, one of the most potentially disruptive technologies of the past couple decades.

Bitcoin presents many opportunities and challenges for many individuals, business owners, and developers. With the biggest challenge being understanding the technology and its potential, this presentation will shed the much-needed light on how this crypto-currency works and demystify many of the cryptic terms and concepts such as the blockchain, bitcoin mining, public and private keys, offline wallets, and anonymous transactions. We’ll touch on the current landscape of the Bitcoin economy, its incredible potential, and describe ways to incorporate Bitcoin into developer projects and various businesses.

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Google Glass Interaction Layer

Hashtag: #RefreshSD
Date: Jan 14, 2014 7:30pm to 9pm
Google GlassHow does the Google Glass’ interaction layer work and what constitutes good design when designing interactions for the device. First we’ll define ‘what an interaction is’ on Google Glass. We will proceed to identify and classify good use cases from bad ones and then address where there is a margin for innovation surrounding those various use cases.

Michael Darius ( is an industry leading human interface designer with over seventeen years providing insight performing user experience research and design for startups & Fortune 100 companies, including five years designing presentations for Steve Jobs’ keynotes.

With a missionary spirit and background in comparative media studies, Michael has enjoyed working with world-class teams at Sony, 3Com and Apple to create breakthrough product experiences which we have grown to know and love such as iCloud, iTunes, and the iLife suite of apps.

Michael is also the chapter founder of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA San Diego) and the Wearable World ambassador to Southern California.

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Founders’ Fight Club™ Nov 7th

8 local startups will pitch their startup to an audience of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, tech scene enthusiasts and a panel of startup veterans in a multi-fight, multi-round EXTRAVAGANZA!

When: November 7th, 2013 – 7pm to 10:00pm

Who: 200+ entrepreneurs, startups, and tech scene fans

Where: Underground at the BASSMNT. Enter on E Street, down the ramp.



4 “bouts” where 2 founders have 30 seconds each to pitch their startups.
2 bouts where winners have 2 minutes each to pitch their startups.

Main Event
3 round match

First: 30 second pitch
Second: Questions for judges
Third: Rapid fire startup quiz by MC.

The Judges to crown Winner of FFC1!

David Turner, CEO Parallel6
Rodney Rumford, Co-Founder Slim Surveys
Navid Alipour, Investor

Host bar, food included & good times for all.

Food bar includes:
Antipasto, Artisan Crafted Chips And Dips, Ancho Chicken Purse, Pesto Prawns With Roasted Peppers, Southwest Chicken Empanadas

NOTE: This is not a fundraising event. No solicitation of investment allowed.

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Lighting Talks!

Lightning talks are short presentations by speakers sharing their knowledge and expertise on a specific topic.

We will have three to four presentations for our October meetup.

Date: 10/8/2013
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You made your product, now what?
Randy Apuzzo was a program/designer for 15 years but not a CEO. Now as a CEO, Randy will share what he’s learned from leaving his terminal to lead Zesty.

Building Your Affordable Minimum Viable Product in One Month.
Alline Oliveira will talk about how LEAN Xpress walks startup founders through concept to execution, bringing them paying customers faster and more affordable than thought possible.

jQuery Plugins in Action in a large commercial application
Eric Lendvai, lead developer of with more than 15 years of experience developing web apps will demo plugins like FileDownload, FullCalendar, jqPlot and LazyLoad that work within a 2000 page student information system.

VisibleBrands: Merging Online & Offline at the Moment of DecisionTM

A brief introduction to the VisibleBrands In-Store Advertising Solution that utilizes Location of Marked Objects to Intelligently deliver Coupons to Shoppers in the aisle at the Moment of DecisionTM.

Bio: Greg founded a web development firm in 1997 while attending the University of California, San Diego. Through that firm, Greg has helped businesses with online and offline enterprise level projects.  Under Greg’s leadership, the firm authored its own content management systems and modules to aid in building and maintaining robust dynamic database-driven websites saving time and energy in the development process. Leading the Development of Information Management Systems for more than a decade required Greg to take on many different roles in projects for clients, giving him experience and expertise in many areas of web and mobile development and marketing. Greg has traveled internationally building and training web development teams.

Greg has been with VisibleBrands since its beginning and has lead and worked on a variety of projects ranging from Engineering, Business Development, Creative and Marketing.

Northstar Web Design –
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OAuth 2.0, Nifty App & Quadcopters!

For our May 14th meetup, we’re changing things up! This time we have two 10 fast talks, then Chance Roth will be talking about Quadcopters and streaming live view video while they fly.

David Cai will be talk about OAuth 2.0
OAuth 2.0 lets 3rd party web/mobile apps to authenticate users with well known identity providers(such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon). This provides great convenience for app users as they don’t need to create new accounts. At the same time app developers can track users individually so the app can customize experience base for each user.

Server-Side OAuth2.0 has a very standard and streamlined API workflow. All ID providers adhere to the same process so it’s possible to create a generic framework that supports many identity providers. Well known implementations exist for both Java and PHP backend.

We will look at one such implementation which currently supports Facebook, Google and Microsoft authentications in various stages of the application.

Daniel Wang will demo his new app, Nifty.
Nifty is a mobile app that allows users to quickly inventory items and show them to people in their extended social network – people they know, not strangers.  Items can be given or traded to appreciative friends, or donated to charities.  Items can also be sold, with the proceeds directly given to charitable organizations.

I’ll talk about building a modern, socially connected mobile app using hosted API’s and cloud-based stacks.  For example, Nifty uses:
– Facebook API (auth)
– Aviary (image editing)
– Flurry (analytics)
– Testflight (beta distribution)
– Kiip (monetization)
– Heroku (hosting)
– Cloudinary (image processing / hosting)
– IronMQ (message queue)
– New Relic (monitoring)
– Sendgrid (email)
– Papertrail (log processing)
Check out Nifty here:

Chance Roth will give an overview of the components and systems that go into quadcopters and multicopters. We’ll look at First Person View(FPV), which lets us see what the copter is seeing and talk about the current state of tech and where it’s going and legalities. We’ll discuss commercial vs. open source offerings. Maybe we’ll even go outside and fly it at night!


Working from home? Consider working from a coworking space. Check out or one of the many other wonderful coworking spaces in San Diego and get hooked into a creative crowd of like minded designers, developers and entrepreneurs.


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