There’s more and more happening in Oakland these days around tech, community, entrepreneurship, and business innovation. We’ve scoured Meetup, Eventbrite, Zvents and Facebook to bring you this list of what’s coming up. (If you have events you’d like us to list, email

 Sunday, March 30

Counter Culture Labs visits Vertical Journal Club (meetup): Join your friends from Counter Culture Labs as we visit the kickoff meeting for Vertical Journal – a neuroscience discussion group. Why? Because there will be beer …. and neuroscience! Led by Joyce Clanon and Jeff Litt, this group is geared toward those with a research background but open to anyone who’s interested. A main focus of the group is to encourage collaboration between those with a neurobiology background and those with a cog sci or psychology background. There’s no reading for the first meeting-it will be a chance to hang out, give feedback, and learn more about what we are trying to build.

Monday, March 31

Hack Night/Crafting Night—Decolonize Technology meetup: We are a developing community that believes that knowledge and skills are best learned and developed by pairing, collaboration, and having fun. Although this started as a hack night, it has also started to become a craft night as well. So you will find some people hacking away on computers together while others might be working away on sewing machines or with scissors. We welcome newbies! If you don’t know something and would love to learn, this is the right place!

iGEM Team Planning meetup: DIYbio teams are allowed in this year’s iGEM competition. Let’s brainstorm some project ideas and discuss funding sources.  Please join us! Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Blogging for Business (meetup): Let’s discuss blogging strategies, shall we? If you’re looking to start a blog, monetize your existing blog, or learn how you can use a blog to help your business, this would be a good meet up to join. We’ll meet up at Awaken Cafe, but depending on the noise level, we may go for a walk near by. I hope to meet you there!

Tuesday, April 1

Big Data: Values and Governance: Hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the UC Berkeley School of Information, and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. This workshop will examine the policy and governance questions raised by the use of large and complex data sets and sophisticated analytics to fuel decision-making across all sectors of the economy, academia and government. The event will feature a series of panel discussions, a closing roundtable, and keynote address. The goal of this workshop is to broaden the policy conversation along two dimensions. First, the workshop will explore the range of values that may be challenged by the growing use of big data techniques.

DIY Molecular Cloning: Plasmid Construction (meetup): So, you survived a introductory lecture and a banana cloning experiment. Now, let’s get serious about Cloning.I’ve spent the last couple of days revamping the class so we can perform high quality molecular bio experiments. Within the syllabus is the course budget. That budget can be validated online if you desire. I would ask that if you decide to attend the class, that you pitch in with the cost of reagents. You will also find the class dates and topics to be discussed with assigned reading materials. We will cover specific topics each class (Every other Tuesday starting March 4, 2014) and perform corresponding laboratory work in the class. Lectures will be more focused and occur before lab work or during experimental wait times. Today’s topic will be the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) – how to multiply a piece of DNA to a high enough level you can do something with it (like sequencing, or inserting it somewhere else). I intend to have you leave the class in June with a thorough understanding of how to perform your own cloning experiments!

OpenOakland Civiv Hack Night (meetup): Join us for our weekly civic hack sessions inside City Hall. Brigade members and others interested in civic hacking welcome. We provide space, wifi, great peeps and pizza. On the first hack night of every month, join us also for an informative discussion/presentation.  April topic – Discussion with John Osborn on different types of charts used for Data Visualization and when it would be best to use them, + time permitting, touch on design.You’re welcome to work on any of our formal civic apps or campaigns.  A list of projects being actively worked on this session will be posted by noon on Tuesdays.

Bay Area Entrepreneurs Mixer (meetup): This event is free all night.  We have food and drink specials for 5 pm – 8 pm, plus the Bay Area’s best mode setters with DJ Rotation and DJ Sake One.  Keys and Locks networking mixer start at 7 pm sharp.  You are sure to have a great time during this event.  Please invite your friends.

Wednesday, April 2

Brenda Romero, Research Exchange: Games for Change: Brenda Romero is an award-winning game designer, artist, writer and creative director who entered the video game industry in 1981 at the age of 15. She is the longest continuously serving woman in the video game industry. Brenda worked with a variety of digital game companies as a game designer or creative director, including Atari, Sir-tech Software, Electronic Arts and numerous companies in the social and mobile space. She is presently the Game Designer in Residence at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer of Loot Drop, a social and mobile game company.

Changemaker Chai Morning:  Impact Hub and YES! convene change-makers to co-learn, grow, build community, and manifest a just, thriving and balanced world. We are again co-hosting a Chai Morning. Chai mornings are a chance to slow down, share our lives and our work and reflect on what’s important for us as a community of people working to build a better world. Chai mornings are informal and lightly facilitated. They are a space for anybody craving some connection and slowness among friends with a cup of homemade chai (made by Shilpa). Soy, almond, and organic cow milk will be available, as will a variety of sweeteners.  Come and have a cup with us!

Nu Skin Business Briefing: 6:30 pm Registration, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Business Introduction. Location: Elks Lodge in Alameda. Cost: $15 Distributors (pre-registration), $20 cash at the door, Guests are Free. Couples/Businesses under 1 Distributor Agreement, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. $5 Biophotonic Scans. Sponsored by: Diamond Wayne Matecki LAc / Amy Matecki, MD & Ruby Chris Randle

Wednesday is for WordPress Beginners: Now by popular demand! WordPress Support Group is now also on Wednesday. This group is for beginners, and focuses on, editing content, setting up your image galleries, and generally getting to know WordPress.

Special note: there are only 8 participants admitted to this meetup. To guarantee a seat, RSVP on Meetup. People who do not RSVP will be admitted at 12:45 if space is available.

Idealab—Journal Club(meetup): Come join IdeaLab, the global DIYbio Journal Club. Every other week, we will be discussing in detail a recent paper from the bioscience literature, with online participants from Counter Culture Labs, BioCurious, Genspace, and other DIYbio groups. Nina DiPrimo, Post Doc at UC Berkeley, Biocoder Journal editor and Berkeley Biolabs Founding Partner will be leading the discussion and will be the primary contact if you have any questions.

CC Labs: Working Meeting(meetup): : Hammering together a solid foundation for awesome citizen science in the East Bay.

LeTip of Oakland Meetup: The monthly Mixer is free to all business professionals who are interested in finding out how to increase their business through qualified business leads. Must RSVP in advance, as spots are limited!

Bay Business Referral Exchange: When you RSVP for a meeting please include a short description of your business and also include your contact information in case we need to reach you before the meeting.  We meet almost every Wednesday of the year; if we are “dark” for any reason, you will be told as a response to your RSVP.  Your first visit is free and includes a buffet breakfast.

CoWork Alameda: Do your own remote work with others! Bring your laptop and paperwork Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden. Donations requested.

WomensWorth: What Women Need to Know About Financial Security: Join us for a fun, engaging conversation on the ten dimensions of financial mastery that all women need to know in order to take control of their own financial destinies. We’ll discuss everything from self-awareness about your money personality and communicating about finances, to strategies for retirement, and how to best be prepared for the unexpected. Walk away with a checklist of ten easily executed steps to help you be in harmony with money!

Getting Started: Setting Goals for Starting to Learn with Codeacademy: In this first meet up, we’ll share, discuss and decide:

1. Intros: what our individual, personal goals are for this series as well as the group’s goals

2. Which language we’re committed to learning (first. 😉 )

3. What our time frame for each unit/module will be– what is a good pace?

4. What the agenda for the next meeting will be

5. Where would we like to meet NEXT time?

Thursday, April 3

Chloe + Isabel Job Fair: At the heart of our business is the ongoing growth and development of our Merchandiser team – a nationwide community comprised of fashion-loving, socially savvy, entrepreneurial women who sell our exclusive jewelry line through in-home pop-up shops and their own personalized C+I online boutiques. As a full-time Merchandiser Recruitment Associate, you will be based in our Oakland office

Impact Speaker Series: The Surprise Social Entrepreneur by Laura Callanan: Professor Greg Dees told us social entrepreneurs are socially-driven, growth-focused, innovative, resourceful, and accountable.  Meet a social entrepreneur who fits these criteria, but may not fit your preconceptions.  Our unusual suspect doesn’t hail from education, health, micro finance or workforce development.  Take an hour, grab a free lunch, and be surprised by Laura Callanan, Haas Scholar in Residence.

Friday, April 4

Robots and New Media 2014: For decades, robots have diligently been tasked to perform a range of duties largely scoped within industrial manufacturing. More recently, we have seen the emergence of a new landscape of more social, personal, expressive, nurturing and emotional robotic platforms. Increasingly, robots play a crucial roe as extensions of our selves, enabling our creativity, creating new objects, serving as companions, expressing emotions, empowering communities, and challenging our civil rights. What are the exciting opportunities as well as the legal, philosophical and ethical dilemmas within this important cultural and technological milieu?

Berkeley Business Networking: GoRampUp!: Join us for free at one of our highly-innovative business-networking meetings – in your city! View our full calendar of business-networking meetings. We welcome anyone to attend a GoRampUp meeting, once, for free as our guest, so you can learn what the innovative GoRampUp business-networking experience is all about. It can be too difficult to attract new clients. We help you fix that! We’re a business-impact community. We’re informal and fun, yet, by design, we’re extremely effective! We help people who work for a living to get a much greater payoff from working. We do this in three specific ways under our three CoreSuccess Platforms: 1) We help you move toward mastery with business-networking, 2) We help you move toward mastery with business performance, and, 3) We help you move toward mastery with personal development.

5th Annual Berkeley Haas Latin American Business Conference: The Conference is the Berkeley Haas’ Latin and Hispanic Business Association most important event, contributing to fulfill its vision of becoming a leading organization inside our university. Held annually at Haas since 2010, the Conference is a full-day event, featuring highly respected business and political leaders who share their experiences and insights. It is a space for learning, sharing and debating about current trends and business opportunities.

ICA’s 2014 Business Growth Strategy Series featuring The 8 Factors:  Entrepreneurs and small business owners have a tough time finding the right training, tools, and funding necessary to grow their business. Now there’s a clear solution. ICA’s 2013 Business Growth Strategy Series features The 8 Factors Business Framework, developed and taught by Michael C. Bush, providing entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools to successfully launch, gain control and scale their businesses. This entrepreneurship education offering is delivered in partnership with the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College. Graduating students will earn a certificate and 3 continuing education credits from Mills.

Career and Cocktails: First Friday’s of the Bay Area and On the Move Careers, Inc. presents Careers & Cocktails for today’s bay area’s black professionals. Join us and connect with career experts, industry professionals to access career information, resources and trends.


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