As spring blossoms into summer, check out these opportunities to learn from business pros and just have some summer fun here in Oaktown.

MONDAY, May 19

Understanding Bitcoin and How to Profit From It

Learn about Bitcoin and how your startup might profit from the Bitcoin revolution and where the risks are in accepting Bitcoin. Organized by Startup Product East Bay, the session will feature Ryan Breslow, the founder of Sites by Hand and a research scientist with the Stanford Bitcoin Group, and Jake Zeller, an entrepreneur and investor working on a project in the Bitcoin space.

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Port Workspaces 101, 101 Broadway, Oakland



Shop Talk: Brainstorming with Business and Marketing Experts

Tired of meetups where you get the same 10 tired old tips for business success? Shop Talk is where you get just the practical, immediate answers you need. Business expert, Allison Bliss, and Tech Liminal founder, Anca Mosoiu, facilitate a brainstorming session for CEO’s, company owners, leaders, or entrepreneurs to get feedback on pressing concerns like how to: • Ramp up a business the smart way. • Choose the right product to monetize. • Improve your websites to make your product more visible. • Craft a winning promotion strategy• Create estimates that get your company hired.

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tech Liminal, 555 12th Street, Oakland

Nonprofit Roundtable “May Flowers: Volunteers are the Treasures of NonProfits”

Join the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to share information about your nonprofit organization. Collaborate, learn new skills and obtain resources to maximize your outreach efforts. The primary aim is to create a forum that will provide maximum benefits to participants.

This meeting is for Chamber members only.  Guests, please contact Nikki Mendez at for a pass and location.

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact the Chamber’s for location.




Creative Mornings: a Conversation with Favianna Rodriguez.

Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Come hear her speak and join a wider conversation.

8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland


Life Design Deep Dives
second night of a 2-week series

Your Life is a Garden presents a way to design your life they way you want to live it.
Life design is a guided, iterative process to created an integrated and meaningful life that enables us to fully thrive. Grounded in the permaculture design principles, an approach to growing food that regenerates the soil while generating abundance, Life Design uses these principles to crate a living vision that can be adapted as life changes yet is still clear enough to guide us forward.

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland


Entrepreneur Tom Henderson talks about his Oakland vision

The Airport Area Business Association is hosting a breakfast meeting with Tom Henderson, the Oakland entrepreneur whose network of foreign investors and startup businesses are creating jobs here. Henderson has purchased some of Oakland’s most iconic buildings, like the Tribune Tower, and filled them with new businesses. Tickets are here.

7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Executive Inn and Suites, Bayside Room, 1755 Embarcadero


Oaklean, the Lean Design Community in Oakland, hosts Failnight

The Oaklean community hosts a night of stories about learning from failure using lean methodologies. Ten people or groups will present stories on the lessons they’ve learned.  Lean process and sharing across industries is what Oaklean focuses on most.

6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location shown only to members, but join up!


Thank an Oakland Teacher Night

The Oakland Education Fund and Great Oakland Public Schools host “Thank an Oakland Teacher” night to honor our public school teachers. Tickets can be purchased here.

4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue


Bars and Handlebars: Oakland’s bike pub crawl

Bring a friend and join us! Bars & Handlebars (B&H) is a summer bike pub crawl that tours around the best bars and hangouts of beautiful downtown Oakland. The 3rd Thursday of every summer month, we embark from Impact Hub Oakland, make our way around 4 to 5 different bars in the city, have fun, and look good doing it.

5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

meet at Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway





Wednesday, May 28

Uptima Business Bootcamp Business Innovation Series “Sharing Economy Models: Business Innovation Conversation”

Join in a conversation about  sharing economy models.  We will bring together entrepreneurs, executives, investors and students to discuss the design of sharing economy businesses. There are a wealth of ways we can connect and share, including skill sharing, co-working and collaborative consumption.  Our panel of business leaders will discuss:

  • How technological innovations are making it easier than ever to connect and share within local communities and across the globe
  • What alternative business models exist to create sharing economy companies that achieve both positive financial returns and community impact
  • How do sharing economy companies place fair value on technology platforms, investment and sharer participation

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway


May 31

Oakland Answers civic hackathon tool launched by OpenOakland

OpenOakland launches its new Oakland Answers question and answer data site at a day long Civic Hackathon. Come see the results of its data project.  Oaklanders can gather to ask questions and see what the system will deliver .

RSVP here