October 9th Meetup – Of Boolean Logic, BBSes, Berkeley, and Burning Man

Of Boolean Logic, BBSes, Berkeley, and Burning Man: Early ‘90s startup culture in the East Bay

Our speaker this month will be Maggie Duval. Maggie is a technology, web, marketing, strategy and development consultant, educator and event producer whose work supports holistic, personalized approaches to learning. She is an expert in creating, curating, and producing unique, immersive workshops and conferences where business, technology and arts dialogue in innovative ways. Her work includes research, development, creation and production of multimedia, participative learning approaches and projects for experiential education such as the SXSW-related events, Plutopia (The Future of Play, The Science of Music, Living Systems) and Cyberpunk 2014: A Retrospective, as well as The Spectral Panopticon, Showdown at Unobtainium: Tesla vs. Edison, STEAM3: The Future of Experiential Learning, and NextECon. Maggie brings her multidimensional vision and expertise in both virtual (website and user interface) and physical (events, workshops, happenings) experiential design. A gifted connector, she also serves to foster collaborative alliances between the Austin community, and beyond.

Maggie will take us on a rollicking journey through her pre “dot.com” days at a logic synthesis software design startup based in Berkeley, California (across from Fantasy Records, Creedance Clearwater Revival’s record label). At the epicenter of the confluence of emergent tech and the World Wide Web, counterculture, art, and social activism, she shows us how the unique corporate culture she moved in, cultivated by an enlightened CEO (a brilliant computer research scientist and ‘60s activist) set the stage for and encouraged her to pursue an entrepreneurial path. She highlights her years as her own web development start up and mom (complete with baby on hip as she met with clients) in a small town in West Virginia, and ending on her move to Austin in 2005, helping foster “Jelly Coworking” culture, which laid the rich ground of being for numerous coworking, apps dev, and other businesses to emerge. Spiced with copious amounts of meticulously curated materials from the era(s), including her stint as co-manager of media relations at Burning Man in 1996, it is designed to provide an enjoyable experience of the promise and possibilities of entrepreneurial life.

Join us for the discussion from 6:00PM-8:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 8:00PM-9:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St). Note the change of time – this is due to Capital Factory’s schedule during Startup Week.

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $16 to $5. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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April 22nd – EFF-Austin Hosts A Performance Of Robot Masterpiece Theater!

EFF-Austin supporter Tal Leeds is presenting his latest New Media theatrical project this Saturday night at 11:30pm at ColdTowne Theater. A choose-your-own adventure play voted on by the audience featuring an arduino-controlled robot on the stage! We encourage all of our followers with an interest in digital art to check this out.

Advance tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/robot-masterpiece-theater-tickets-32139022682?ref=ecal

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EFF-Austin Hosts A Performance Of Robot Masterpiece Theater!

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 11:30 PM

ColdTowne Theater
4803-B Airport Blvd Austin, TX

3 Activists Went

EFF-Austin supporter Tal Leeds is presenting his latest New Media theatrical project this Saturday night at 11:30pm at ColdTowne Theater. A choose-your-own adventure play voted on by the audience featuring an arduino-controlled robot on the stage! We encourage all of our followers with an interest in digital art to check this out.Advance tickets: …

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Attend a screening of The Trolls with EFF-Austin

EFF-Austin board member Andrew Donoho will be on a panel for the film The Trolls on Wednesday, October 5th at The Stateside Theater. If you want to learn more about Patent Trolls, this is an event you shouldn’t miss.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-austin-forum-presents-advance-screening-the-trolls-tickets-26954109467

What is a patent troll? How do they infringe on technology innovation? Can you protect your intellectual property (IP)? You’re invited to an advanced screening of THE TROLLS, written & directed by Austin filmmaker, Lex Lybrand (SUMMER LEAGUE, MEET ME THERE), starring Rob Gagnon (GOOD NIGHT, TX), Lisa Friedrich (MEET ME THERE), Pat Dean (VICE), and Katie Pengra (PRETTY AWFUL), and executive-produced by Cesari & Reed, LLP.

THE TROLLS chronicles a fictional Austin start-up taking on the patent troll industry. Fresh off of breaking Kickstarter’s fundraising record, they lose everything they’ve built to an East Texas troll.

Their revenge plot? It’s simple. They plan to troll the trolls.

Using a centuries-old legal loophole, the scrappy start-up obtains a patent for being a patent troll. This allows them to – you guessed it – troll the trolls.

Following the screening, learn more from the expert panel about the effects of patent trolls on technology businesses and inventors. Pat Dean, Actor, Kirk Cesari, IP attorney, and Andrew Donoho, of EFF-Austin, will share their thoughts on patent trolls — persons or companies who buy existing patents on the cheap from inventors and small companies instead of creating new products or ideas. Trolls profit by threatening and/or filing legal action unless the alleged infringer agrees to pay an expensive licensing fee. Learn how companies and inventors can protect their IP and their innovative ideas from these malicious practices.