Lots of exciting events are happening in our Oaktown this week, from opportunities to help others learn to learning new things ourselves. Check out this vibrant scene:

TUESDAY, April 29

Hack the Hood Volunteers meeting

Use your tech skillset to give back to Oakland. Hack the Hood is a summer learning program for low-income youth organized by Oakland Local and others around coding and Web design. Youth become Web site designers for small businesses in their ‘hood, learning valuable skills while the business gets valuable online presence. Tuesday night is  a curriculum development meeting for summer 2014. Come on out!

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tech Liminal, 555 12th Street (at Clay), suite 110


Film Salon at the HUB = “Silicon Valley”

Like movies that make you think?  The KQED FilmSalon-OAK at Impact HUB Oakland will be showing “Silicon Valley” as part of its microcinema series hosted by Ashara Ekundayo with KQED Arts. They happen each last Tuesday of the month at Impact HUB Oakland. Come for great film, food and discussion. FREE but please RSVP.

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway


WEDNESDAY, April 30 

“Creating Value Through Inclusion” Bay Area Capital Connections Forum

Alliance for Community Development takes on the question: How can startups integrate measurable social/environmental impact into their business from the beginning? Creating Value Through Inclusion forum is the second Bay Area Capital Connections Forum.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway


East Bay Black Professionals Association meet-up

East Bay Black Professionals is a diverse and dynamic group of professional people living in the East Bay who welcome black professionals from all over the Bay Area.  It’s is a great way to network with professionals in a social setting. If you’re interested, check it out  here.

TED talks

6:30 p.m.

Visit Web site for details



Women 2.0 Meetup in Oakland

Women 2.0 City Meetup has arrived in Oakland. The organizers are so glad: “We know – we can’t believe we haven’t been here yet either but we’re here now – and we’re bringing our networks with us,” they write in announcing the event. Come spend an evening with the women and men who work in the local tech industry, participate in some smooth icebreakers, network and get inspired by a great speaker. Women 2.0 City Meetup creates an inclusive community for anyone working, innovating, or investing in technology. Thursday’s Oakland Meetup is open to both women and men.

 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Pandora Media, 2101 Webster Street, suite 1650



Alameda County Apps Challenge 2014

Alameda County will continue its push for greater community participation and government transparency at its Alameda County Apps Challenge 2014, a unique day-long event designed to challenge the public to create web and mobile applications using Alameda County open data sets. Cash prizes will be awarded for civic-minded web and mobile applications. Find out more here.

8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dublin High School, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin


Dragonflies and Damselflies

Spend an afternoon learning how to draw insects and understand their biology, spending the day in the great outdoors in the grassy space next to Lake Merritt. WildOakland is hosting “Insect Illustration with Tim Manolis” who is a naturalist and author. Meet in front of the Rotary Nature Center at Lake Merritt. More info is here.

12 noon

Rotary Nature Center, Lake Merritt


SUNDAY, May 4  

Plan ahead for VATOR SPLASH 

The inaugural VATOR SPLASH start up event will be held May 6 and 7 in Oakland at Jack London Square, but don’t wait to the absolute last minute to register! Ticket sales stop May 5. Splash is one of the best startup competitions and educational events for entrepreneurs who want to raise money and lean how to build a company. It’s also a place for new investors to lean about angel investing, and established investors to sharpen their game.  Learn more  here.

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 and 7

Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland