Meetings

Upcoming events

    • 10/01/2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Eureka Building 1621 Alton Pkwy Irvine, CA 92606

    106 Miles SoCal, in partnership with Startup Events OC & Eureka Building in Irvine, welcomes Chris Guillebeau back to Orange County.  

    Registration REQUIRED:  http://bit.ly/1AQRbYZ

    Chris Guillebeau,  best selling author, travel hacker and entrepreneur,  first partnered with us in 2012 for his LA & OC book tour stops for his best selling book, The $100 Startup, to sold out crowds at both back to back events. 

    Watch the video on 106MilesTV.

    He is back in OC, this time at Eureka Building, to talk about his new book, The Happiness of PursuitA remarkable book that will both guide and inspire, The Happiness of Pursuit reveals how anyone can bring meaning into their life by undertaking a quest.

    When he set out to visit all of the planet’s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist – each pursuing a challenging quest. And, interestingly, these quests aren’t just travel-oriented. On the contrary, they’re as diverse as humanity itself. Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment.

    Everywhere that Chris visited he found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dream. These “questers” included a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the world’s largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish, and a teenager crossing an entire ocean alone - as well as a do-it-yourselfer tackling M.I.T.’s computer-science course, a nerd turning himself into real-life James Bond, and scores of others writing themselves into the record books. 

    The more Chris spoke with these strivers, the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness -- how going after something in a methodical way enriches our lives -- and he was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon and extract the best advice. In The Happiness of Pursuit he draws on interviews with hundreds of questers, revealing their secret motivations, their selection criteria, the role played by friends and family, their tricks for solving logistics, and the importance of documentation.

    Equally fascinating is Chris’ examination of questing’s other side, including questers’ acute awareness of mortality, their struggle against monotony, and their wistful feelings once a quest has succeeded. What happens after the summit is climbed, the painting hung, the endurance record broken, the “at risk” community saved? 

    A book that challenges each of us to take control – to make our lives be about something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment -- The Happiness of Pursuit will inspire readers of every age and aspiration. It’s a playbook for making your life count.

    For more on Chris,  please visit:

     


    • 10/02/2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Digital Media Center 1300 South Bristol, Santa Ana, CA

    Our friends at OCHackerz are running a free workshop in the Lean Coffee method, which is normally a $500 seminar.  The first 30 people will be able to attend.  It will be taking place at the Digital Media Center in Santa Ana on Thursday October 2, 2014.

    http://leancoffee.org/

    Here is Anil's announcement on the event:

    Lean Coffee is an agenda-less meeting format that is both easy to use and effective at maximizing participation and collaboration. In the workplace, Lean Coffee can be used for retrospectives, brainstorming sessions and staff meetings. Attendees are engaged and only discuss topics that are important to the group. No more wasted time. 
    In this meetup we'll first learn about what Lean Coffee is before we dive into a session. The theme will be focused on re-building the OCHackerz.com community website, and we'll use Lean Coffee as a way to brainstorm the issues involved.

    Victor Bonacci (@AgileCoffee) is an MBA, PMP and CSP who has been working in Agile/Lean/Scrum since 2001. He organizes a Lean Coffee community group in Orange County and hosts a podcast using the Lean Coffee format. 

    All you need is a positive mind, the desire to challenge the status quo and willpower. If you have an internet device or any other technology you wish to share with the group, feel free to bring it, although we can use the equipment at the store.

    Apologies in advance as we will have to cap this group at 30 due to the space we have available. To be fair RSVP will be on first come first serve basis. Please keep your RSVP current so others that maybe on the waiting list can still make it. Thanks 

    Anil

    Sign up on OCHackerz Meetup page:

    http://www.meetup.com/OCHackerz/events/192921562/

    • 10/10/2014
    • 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chapman University in Orange

    Our speaker is

    Patricia Nolan-Brown

    Idea to Invention

    Patricia is an inventor and an author on inventing. She has addressed many inventors clubs from coast-to-coast and is coming from Boston to speak about making your idea into reality. The invention she is most noted for a best selling rear-facing carseat mirror. 

    There will be about a dozen copies of her book, 

    Idea to Invention: What You Need to Know to Cash In on Your Inspiration at the event if you would like to get one. I'll sell them for $1 less than the current Amazon price.


    Be sure to bring your friends.... 

    Chapman Students... you get in free to this meeting.


    Standard attendees are $10 per person

    IF members are $5 

    • 10/31/2014
    • 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Room 142, Chapman Law School in Orange, California 92866.

    Inventors Forum holds 10 regular Member's Only Assistance Meetings (January through October)

    Room 142, Chapman Law School,

    372 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866.

    https://goo.gl/maps/Kjoo5

    Be sure to put this pass on the dashboard of your car, or buy a daypass to park on campus - on the Venue page.  Chapman will ticket you if you forget.

    WHEN: These "members only" meetings are held on the last Friday of the month and begin at sharp at 7:30 P.M. with registration starting at 7:00 PM. Come early (7PM to network with other inventors). The meeting usually lasts about 2 hours.

    FEE: Door fees are $5 for members. Non-members can join at the door. Initial membership fees are $50 per year, and half price ($25) for seniors 65+, full time students and disabled. Chapman Students are $12.50.  IF does not take credit cards at the door.  Please, no large denomination bills.

    NOTES: Everyone must sign a confidentialty agreemeent. Inventor presentations with feedback from the whole group are first. Inventors can then meet in smaller groups or network with other inventors where they can get specific help with their inventions.

    We are a non-profit group with no paid positions and the success of the group is totally dependent on what YOU bring to the meetings. So please share any helpful information you have. The hard working volunteers who keep IF going appreciate any and all assistance.

    After meeting group meets at Norms at Katella and Tustin in Orange. First person there, please request a table for 10. Thanks. We'll be playing the Disrupt game this meeting.

    Address: 1550 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867

    Google Calendar: https://goo.gl/maps/TOajH


    • 11/14/2014
    • 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chapman University in Orange

    Our topic is

    2014 Success Story Night


    Be sure to bring your friends.... 

    Chapman Students... you get in free to this meeting.


    Standard attendees are $10 per person

    IF members are $5 

    • 12/25/2014
    • not sure yet

    Our speaker is

    Warren Tuttle 


    Ins and Outs of Licensing to a Major Kitchenware Company

    Warren is a well-known product scout responsible for many major product successes and is the current president of the United Inventors Association. He addressed us in-person three years ago and will be back by Skype.



    Be sure to bring your friends.... 

    Chapman Students... you get in free to this meeting.


    Standard attendees are $10 per person

    IF members are $5 

Past events

09/27/2014 Urban Workshop BBQ Halloween Preview
09/26/2014 September Member's Only Meeting
09/26/2014 From Recipe to Retail: An Entrepreneur’s Workshop on Strategies for Success in Bringing a Food Product to Market
09/15/2014 Intellectual Property Fundamentals For The Start-up
09/12/2014 Inventing Tips from a Professional Inventor
09/12/2014 IF IP Entrepreneur Mixer @ Chapman University
08/29/2014 August Member's Only Meeting
08/14/2014 Western Plastics Trade Show
08/08/2014 Eric Karich & Cynthia Kirkeby on Branding, Trademarks, & Copyrights
07/25/2014 July Member's Only Meeting
07/25/2014 Urban Workshop Grand Opening
07/11/2014 Burke Franklin, author of Business Black Belt and creator of BizPlanBuilder
06/23/2014 Hardware Show N' Tell #2
06/13/2014 How to Get Your Product on Direct Response TV?
06/03/2014 Crowdfunding
05/30/2014 Member's Only Meeting
05/09/2014 The Life of a Patent Application - what to do when you get a letter from the USPTO."
04/28/2014 Hardware Show and Tell #1
04/25/2014 Member's Only Meeting
04/23/2014 Crowdfunding
04/15/2014 B Ready for Big Money
04/11/2014 "So You Have a Great Idea, Now What?"
04/09/2014 Web Marketing For Success
03/14/2014 Inventing 101 -- The basic steps to inventing and following through
02/28/2014 Member's Only Meeting
02/14/2014 Crowdfunding for Your Invention
01/31/2014 Member's Only Meeting
10/11/2013 Your Invention - It Matters What It Looks Like
09/27/2013 Member's Only Meeting
09/13/2013 Market Validation - Inexpensively
08/09/2013 Marketing and Advertising for Inventors
07/12/2013 Do Your Own Novelty Search (for patentablity)
06/14/2013 Get it made in Orange County!
05/10/2013 3 Keys To A Winning Invention
04/12/2013 "The Sourcing Lady" Sourcing from Asia for Inventors
03/08/2013 First-to-File and Submitting your own Provisional Application
02/08/2013 Inventing 101 -- The basic steps to inventing
11/09/2012 Success Stories !
10/12/2012 Stephen Key
09/14/2012 Free help for Inventors !
08/10/2012 Plastics for Inventors in a Nutshell
07/13/2012 Funding Your Invention
06/08/2012 Inventing on a Shoestring
05/11/2012 Seminar on Trademarks and other non-patent legal issues
04/13/2012 Patents 101 1/2 -- Three Topics in Patenting
03/09/2012 Rapid Prototyping. Speaker is Ken Burns of Growit3D based in Lake Forest.
11/11/2011 Kellie Oliver - Is a TV Shopping Channel Right for your Product? How do you do it?
10/14/2011 Success Stories, Minna Ha, Henry Adams, Mark Weber, Rich Ernst
09/09/2011 Do-it-Yourself Patent Search with Theo G. Kafantaris, JD
08/12/2011 Robert Price - Roadmap To Entrepreneurial Success
07/08/2011 Matthew Spark - Who are Patent Examiners and what do they really do?
06/10/2011 Chris Pegula - Started Successful Business from Scratch - Learned On-the-Job - All about Product, Brand, Perseverance and Customers
05/13/2011 Stephen Key - One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work
04/08/2011 Warren Tuttle, UIA President - How to Work with Major Manufactures and Brands
03/11/2011 Ellsa Grossman - The business of invention: Assessing start-up feasibility
02/11/2011 Michael McEntee, JD - Inventing 101 - The five basic steps to inventing, and an overview of IF's 5-Star Method
11/12/2010 How I Did It -- An In-Depth Case Study of a Successful Inventor
10/08/2010 Success Stories
09/10/2010 Financing for Inventors
08/13/2010 Direct TV Sales Primer
07/09/2010 How to Find and Negotiate with a Licensee
06/11/2010 Market Research: Why You Need it & How it's Done
05/14/2010 Write & File Your Own Provisional Patent
04/09/2010 Do-it-Yourself Patent Research
03/12/2010 Rapid Prototyping
02/12/2010 Inventing 101 -- The five basic steps to inventing, and an overview of IF's 5-Star Method
11/13/2009 Success Stories
10/09/2009 Taking Your Invention Business Seriously
09/11/2009 Rapid Prototyping
08/14/2009 So you've got a great idea! Now what?
07/10/2009 Infomercials, QVC, and Direct Response TV
06/12/2009 Write your own Provisional Patent
05/08/2009 Branding and Social Media Marketing
03/13/2009 What Not to Do when Inventing
02/13/2009 MONEY SAVING TIPS AND TRICKS FOR INVENTORS DEVELOPING AND MARKETING THEIR INVENTIONS DURING THE RECESSION
11/14/2008 Michael L. Schack - Current Issues in Financing for Inventors
10/10/2008 Success Stories
09/12/2008 Terry Price - Cerritos College - Plastics for Inventors
08/08/2008 Salesmanship 101 -- Cold Calling & Other Sales Skills
07/11/2008 Write your own Provisional Patent
06/13/2008 Inventions – from Idea to Prototype to Production
05/09/2008 Rapid Prototyping
04/11/2008 What Every Inventor Needs to Know About Non-Patent IP (Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets)
03/14/2008 Patent Panel of Experts; Question & Answer Session
02/08/2008 The First Steps to Invention - Research

 

 

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