Lots of serious learning opportunities for entrepreneurs and tech professionals this week:

MONDAY, May 12

Open Hack Night and Lean Startup Program discussion

The weekly Open Hack night at Tech Liminal will feature folks from Startup Product East Bay and feature a discussion of the Lean Startup Program. UC Berkeley and Stanford faculty member Steve Blank has partnered with the National Science Foundation to provide Lean Startup training for FREE to startups who qualify. I-Corps (Innovation Corps) training is focused on helping early-stage teams who have a fundamental technology, engineering, and business model innovation to learn how find a scalable business model through the Customer Discovery process. Todd Morrill, Faculty Director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, Berkeley Haas School of Business will discuss details of the program. Info and applications for the session starting in June is here. Info on Open Hack night is here.

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tech Liminal, 555 12th Street, suite 110



Grow your ability to communicate well with your stakeholders. at SFBAC Toastmasters club meet up. More information here.

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

DeVry University Oakland Center, 505 14th Street, Oakland



Best of the Bay Business Referral Exchange

7 a.m. breakfast meeting

Montclair Bistro (Garden Room) 6118 Medau Place, Oakland


Weekly WordPress Support Group for beginners

Learn how to develop your own web site using WordPress from the pros who use it all the time.  Share ideas and resolve problems with others. Meets weekly.

12:30 to 2 p.m.

Tech Liminal, 555 12th Street, Oakland




Life Design Deep Dive

Life design is a guided, iterative process to create an integrated and meaningful life that enables us to fully thrive. This approach to life design allows for a unique way to intentionally direct our lives. Life design is grounded in the permaculture design principles, an approach to growing food that regenerates the soil while generating abundance. For more information click here. It uses these principles to create a living vision that can be adapted as life changes, yet is still clear enough to guide us forward. Attend one session for $25 (or $20 HUB members) or both weeks for $50 (or $40 for HUB members).

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Impact HUB Oakland.


Black MBAs of the Bay Area Happy Hour Mixer

Come out and enjoy drinks, appetizers and conversation with other business professionals at Pican during a happy hour hosted by the Black MBA Bay Area Chapter. A great business networking and social opportunity.

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

Pican Restaurant, 2295 Broadway, Oakland


Alameda East Bay Successful Thinkers Lunch & Learn meetup

Each week Alameda East Bay Successful Thinkers invites small businesses from all across the Bay Area a way to meet (info here) by providing a unique atmosphere to meet potential customers, create a referral base and mastermind with others to find solutions to business challenges. No charge for the mixer.  We only ask that you support the local economy by buying your lunch.

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pasta Pelican Restaurant, 2455 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda



WordPress support group for experienced users and

WordPress in-depth: AVADA Theme

Weekly support group for experienced WordPress programmers who want to explore AVADA coding themes.

12:30 to 2:00 for support group

AVADA starts at 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Tech Liminal, 555 12th Street, suite 110


SATURDAY May 17 and SUNDAY May 18 

Get Storied! A storytelling workshop for innovators, change-makers and entrepreneurs. Find the bigger story tell. Imagine telling your story and everyone in the room “gets it.” They are inspired, intrigued and engaged. They resonate with your presence and emotionally connect to who you are.  Story University is a learning community and developmental pathway for 21st century business storytelling. It starts with a 2-day intensive that will help you get your story straight—one that you can directly apply to your brand, cause, or message. This Level 1 workshop is specifically designed for visionary leaders, innovators, change-makers, and entrepreneurs who have a big story to tell, who don’t yet know how to put all the pieces together. Find out more here.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Impact HUB Oakland 2323 Broadway, Oakland.

Have additional events to list? Send them to susanm@liveworkoakland.com