Upcoming events

    • 04/27/2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Urban Workshop, 365-A Clinton Street, Costa Mesa, CA

    Hi OC Fans of Hardware,  

    OC Worx Speaker Series is back! Always great speakers and you're invited to demo.


    Urban Workshop - UPDATED ADDRESS
    365-A Clinton Street, Costa MesaCA 


    Some changes to our regular speaker event format. While we will continue to feature accomplished and successful hardware tech entrepreneurs, subject matter experts and thought leaders on our ongoing speaker series, the Show N' Tell portion will be all about YOU.  

    Starting this month, we will open the floor to any of you / or your team to come up front for "Show N' Tell" to talk about your hardware tech project or startup. It could be a prototype or finished product, an upcoming Kickstarter launch, or simply something you are working on. 

    You have a total of 5 minutes (2 to demo / pitch another 3 for feedback and Q&A). No powerpoint presentations. Just you and your product. 

    Please note: The OCWorx Demo presentations are not covered by NDA protection like those in the Inventors Forum Members Meetings. Please plan accordingly and do not demo items without proper protection in place.

    To Show N' Tell or demo, please tell us about your product HERE.  

    Guest Speaker: Stijn Vanorbeek 

    Hardware Tech Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor 

    Stijn is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on product development and scaling hardware & media ventures. 

    Most recently, he served as the president of Ross Robotics, a business division of Ross Video, a global company that designs and manufactures products for live television production.

    Beginning in the motion-picture and television industry, Stijn worked in different technical roles and consequently started and sold several business in that arena. 

    His last venture was FX-Motion Inc, an industry leader in the development of robotic and remote-controlled camera systems. His robotic systems are used on TV programs such as American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice, and Britain’s Got Talent, and in leading news broadcast studios, such as BBC, ESPN and ABC. FX-Motion was acquired in 2011 by Ross Video.

    Before founding FX-Motion, Stijn worked as an Assistant Cameraman and Cinematographer on feature films, advertising and music videos.

    Stijn holds degrees in Electronic Engineering, Audio-Visual Technology (RITS, Brussels), Product Development (University of Louvain, Belgium) , Business Administration (Vlerick Management School, Ghent, Belgium).

    Stijn was under consideration for a Scientific Academy Award (OSCAR) in 2003. 

    Today, Stijn is a Venture partner at K5 Ventures and manages K5-Labs, Orange County's premier hardware start-up incubator 

    His specialties include Product Specification, Development and Marketing, Business Planning and New Venture Assessment.

    For his talk, Stijn will talk about his career as founder and CEO of a hardware and robotics start-up, and the ups and downs associated with running a hardware tech company  

    He will also talk about his passion for film and television and how he used this as a starting point for his startup. 

    He speaks fluent Dutch, English, and French.

    • 04/27/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Broadcom, 5300 California Avenue, Building 2, Irvine, CA 92617
    IEEE OCCS Presentation Meeting--Introduction to Arduino - an Open Source physical computing hardware platform

    LATE NOTICE- SIGN UP ASAP, if you want to attend.

    When: April 27, 2015; 6:00 to 8:30 PM
    Where: Broadcom, 5300 California Avenue, Building 2, Irvine, CA 92617 [Registration REQUIRED]

    Fees: Presentation only - free; Light meal -  $10 IEEE member, $15 non-member, Student/Unemployed $7.


    Topic: Introduction to Arduino - an Open Source physical computing hardware platform

    The speaker will introduce audience to the basic design, function, and use of the open source hardware known as Arduino, followed by a demo of an Arduino controlled rover, and a quadcopter. The presenter will further review the opportunities available in the world of physical computing, IoT, service, and education oriented applications.

    The upcoming IEEE OC Section supported workshops on Arduino and Robotics will also be covered.

    Kumar Ramajayam                
    President & Chief Education Officer, Mathobotix.
    Kumar, Founder and Chief Education Officer of Mathobotix, is an educationist, and a social impact entrepreneur. Mathobotix implements his unique vision of K - 12 education linking the 21st century classrooms to workplace. He is actively involved in the research, development, and the educational application of Open Source software and hardware in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning environments. Kumar's prior professional experience includes working for InfoAxiom and IBM FileNet for a decade. Under IBM he designed and delivered Enterprise Content and Process Management systems for several global companies and governments around the world. He established the Services Engineering team under the Global ECM implementation Group. Prior to his IBM career, Kumar developed and taught educational technology and eLearning courses as a faculty and Information Technology consultant at CSU Long Beach. He serves on the Engineering and Technology advisory committees of Irvine Valley College, Saddleback Valley College, Orange Coast College, and Santa Ana College. He is an advisor on the University of California Irvine Rescue Robotics Project. He is the Chair of the IEEE-OC Section STEM Educational Outreach Activities. Under his leadership, Mathobotix has served more than 15000 students through its after-school labs and summer camps since 2006.

    • 04/28/2015
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Back Bay Conference Center 3415 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA
    OCHACKERZ is partnering with AT&T for an Internet of Things Hackathon

    VENUE:  Back Bay Conference Center 3415 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA
    • In preparation for our next hackathon, OCHackerz is partnering with AT&T to put on this awesome FREE workshop. Use the links at the bottom to save your spot.

      Interested in the Internet of Things (IoT)? Want to collect and retrieve data from Internet-connected sensors? Subject matter experts from AT&T’s Plano Foundry Innovation Center, the hub of AT&T's leading-edge IoT research, will be teaching two free hands-on coding labs on AT&T’s RESTful M2X Data Service APIs, including working with the TI CC3200 SimpleLink LaunchPad, which will be yours to keep. In addition, we will have a drawing at each event for an Arduino Starter Kit from Arduino and a copy of “Exploring Arduino: Tools and Techniques for Engineering Wizardry” by Jeremy Blum! 

      2 Sessions Available: Afternoon or Evening



      Session 1: Tuesday, April 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (registration & lunch Noon to 1 p.m.)   

      Session 2: Tuesday, April 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (registration & dinner 5p.m. to 6 p.m.) 

      Cost: Free 
      Tools: Using cURL for the lab exercises. Bring your laptop!  

      In addition to three hours of hands-on learning via structured lab exercises, including working with an Internet-connected sensor, this event will also provide a great opportunity to network with AT&T experts and your fellow developers. Seating is limited so sign up soon. (Note that the content of both workshops is the same.) Want to avoid the traffic AND have some fun? Then come early or hang around late and enjoy the many activities within walking distance. Go bowling just downstairs at Irvine Lanes. Or walk over to Boomers, right next door, and enjoy an afternoon or evening of miniature golf, go carts, bumper boats, and much more. So come on over to learn about IoT and have a great time, all while missing the traffic! 

      These are not AT&T marketing pitches, but rather 3-hour, hands-on coding workshops in which we walk through coding examples then provide help as you go through the lab exercises yourself. So come and discover what made the 145 attendees in New York a few weeks ago so enthusiastic! Please join us for an afternoon or evening of learning, coding, socializing, and eating! AFTERNOON M2X APIs Workshop (same content as evening)

    • 05/08/2015
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Norman P Murray Community Center 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

    SCORE Workshop

    The Big Event:

    Tools To Grow Your Business

    Friday May 8, 2015

    Venue:    Norman P Murray Community Center   

    24932 Veterans Way,  Mission Viejo, CA 92692   

    An all-day series of one-hour sessions. All the pieces are here. Choose which fit your needs.

    Learn how to get a big return on your marketing investment.


    During this day you will learn how to:

    • Create a more effective message - no matter what media you use- social or paid media
    • Sell
    • Get potential customers to find you on the internet
    • Run marketing campaigns on-line
    • Set up your website for easy changes using WordPress
    • Convert your website to an income generator
    • Market using social media
    • Brand your website
    Choose your time in the morning or afternoon for any of these eight different one hour workshops.

    9:15 - 10:30 AM -and- 1:30 - 2:45 PM

    "The Secrets Of Selling"
    Presented by Barry McKinley, SCORE Mentor

    "Marketing Without Money - Messaging" 
    Presented by John Pietro, SCORE Mentor

    "Social Media Big 3"
    Presented by Bridget Ayers, Get Smart Web Consulting

    "WordPress For Marketing"
    Presented by Victoria Byrne, Creative Marketing Services

    10:45 AM - 12:00 PM -and- 3:00 - 4:45 PM


    "Social Marketing Campaigns" 
    Presented by MJ & David Finstrom, HUTdogs

    "Website Branding"
    Presented by Mark Raymond, Luminys

    "Search Engine Optimization"
    Presented by Jared Smith, Talent Evolution

    "Monetize Your Website"
    Presented by Jerome Chiaro, SCORE Mentor

    4:15 - 5:00 PM
    Microsoft Raffle, Closing Comments & Networking


    Check-in:     8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

    Workshops:  8:45 AM - 5:00 PM



    Norman P Murray Community Center 

    24932 Veterans Way      Mission Viejo, CA 92692

    (Cross Street - La Paz) 



    $49 Online After 04/24/15
    $59 At the door
    (Cash or check only)
    Click Here to pre-register



    Parking, Morning Coffee & Box Lunch  

    • 05/08/2015
    • 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange, CA 92869

    Inventors Forum: Speaker Series

    Anurag Bist on IP Strategies for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

    Chapman University:  Argyros Forum Room 202

    Anurag Bist from Ashmar IP will be discussing IP Strategies for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs.  This discussion will cover specialized research reports that are available, why they might be beneficial to early stage startups, and how they can be used to create an intellectual package that increases the value of your business or concept acquisition.

    Learning to essemble a compelling package is essential when looking to sell or license your products and concepts.  The better the package; the better the deal you'll be able to drive. Come and learn the essentials from an expert, and how you can do it without breaking the bank in the process.

    About Anurag Bist:

    Anurag is Founder and CEO of Moxair a technology start up that has developed solutions for low power display technology for Tablets, Smartphones and other mobile devices. Anurag is also founder of Ashmar, an Intellectual Property Analytics firm. Anurag brings years of entrepreneurial, leadership and IPR domain experience to the founding team of Ashmar. In 1999, Anurag co-founded VxTel, a successful fabless semiconductor company providing silicon solutions for VoIP infrastructure. Anurag led the worldwide firmware team at VxTel and helped grow the company from 5 people to over 160 in 2 years. In 2001, Intel acquired VxTel for $550 Million in cash. Anurag has held various technical and management positions in companies such as Intel, Conexant Systems, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems and AT&T Bell Labs. He holds over 15 US patents and has over 15 other patents pending, and is a past recipient of IEEE Capocelli award for paper in Data Compression Conference. He is a Charter member of TiE Southern California. He is also a member of the Pan-IIT Leadership Council and a recipient of 2008 IIT Kanpur Alumni Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Technology Innovation. 

    Anurag received an B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, his M.S. degree from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Hawaii, all in Electrical Engineering. 

    • 05/09/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Irvine Valley College 5500 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA

    The third OC Mini Maker Faire is sure to be a great time for all!

    Early Bird Tix Available

    About Maker Faire:

    Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

    Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

    The original Maker Faire event was heldin San Mateo, CA and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagshipevent, has grown in three years to 700+ makers and 70,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Trondheim, Oslo, Rome, Newcastle (UK), Shenzhen and Tokyo are the home of “featured” Maker Faires (200+ makers), and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Orange County.

    Maker Faire is organized by Make: magazine and supported by Maker Media.

    • 05/29/2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 1 University Avenue, Orange, CA Chapman University, Argyros Forum Room 202

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

    Bring the ideas that have been percolating in your brain, and give them a jump start!

    WHERE: May 29th in Argyros Forum, Room 202, Chapman University Orange, CA

    Maps & Directions: Map to Argyros Forum and a Chapman Parking Map is available under "Venue"

    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 meeting. 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. Hangout, have a cup of coffee, or dinner, or dessert first... Get reacquainted with your fellow inventors.  

    Norms Address: 1550 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867

    We'll take a head count at the meeting to see how many will be coming.

    Norms is usually quite busy, so if you say you're coming please show up.

Past events

04/24/2015 April Member's Only Meeting
04/11/2015 NASA Space Apps Challenge @PeopleSpace
04/10/2015 Stephen Key presents "How to License an Idea With or Without a Patent"
04/09/2015 Introduction to the OC Startup Community
04/08/2015 Eureka FEST ($15-TONIGHT) This is not INTRO to Startups
03/27/2015 March Member's Only Meeting
03/19/2015 Develop a Winning Business Plan
03/18/2015 Top 5 Website Revenue Streams
03/13/2015 Shelly Ehler - ShowNo Towel
03/12/2015 Social Media Marketing
03/09/2015 Intellectual Property Fundamentals for the Startup
02/27/2015 February Member's Only Meeting
02/25/2015 Get Started OC
02/13/2015 Inventing 101 -- The basic steps to inventing and following through
02/10/2015 SCORE Workshop - Top 5 Website Revenue Streams Anyone Can Activate
02/08/2015 Anaheim Convention - 8 Manufacturing Trade Shows
02/04/2015 David & Goliath Marketing -FREE
01/30/2015 January Member's Only Meeting
12/25/2014 Warren Tuttle - the Ins and Outs of Licensing to Major Kitchenware Company
12/08/2014 Hardware Show N' Tell #4
11/14/2014 2014 Success Story Night
11/12/2014 Plastics Engineers - PLANT TOUR & DINNER
10/24/2014 October Member's Only Meeting
10/22/2014 Webinar - Startup Fundraising 101
10/18/2014 Silicone Mold Making Class
10/15/2014 Design 2 part Show
10/10/2014 Idea to Invention with author Patricia Nolan-Brown
10/02/2014 Lean Coffee Workshop with OCHackerz
10/01/2014 106 Miles Speaker Series - Chris Guillebeau's The Happiness of Pursuit Book Tour
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 Lean Market Validation
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
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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