Upcoming SVII Events—>June 28th: Solar Design/Green Building BBQ; July 6th: The Hacker Space Movement; July 12th: Phone Physics

Turning Vision into Value

If you are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, or if you’re visiting, please invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s 2011 Series. If you’re located elsewhere, you can follow live tweeting from @SVIISociety on Twitter (usually with the hashtag #SVII ). Video clips of most programs are now archived on the new SVII blog site.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011: Solar Design / Green Building Potluck BBQ

UPDATE, 6/28/11 — due to rain in the San Francisco Bay Area, this program is being moved indoors, same address and time (please see below).

Passive solar design is quite possibly one of the most efficient building techniques ever. Yet we rarely see the conscious implementation of this timeless way of building structures which are in-tune with the energy balance of their environment.

It’s a perfect example of how innovation is also about the challenge of adoption. Thomas Wagner has met that challenge head on by building a passive solar home in Palo Alto in 1982. He has graciously offered to host a potluck style BBQ and give a tour of his home that keeps warm in the winter and cool in the summer, with little to no active heating or cooling.

SVII will facilitate an Interactive Briefing about solar design and green building. Possible topics include:

-Trend toward green building ordinances in Silicon Valley
-Cost of green building
-CalGreen state green building code
-Title 24 energy building standard
-Energy Upgrade California- program to energy retrofit residential buildings
-Passive House program
-Solar technologies including passive solar, active solar hot water, solar PV, solar cooking
-Green building innovation opportunities

So whether you want to share about your latest green building initiative, or simply learn what others in your community are up to – Don’t miss this chance to network, eat some delicious food and experience passive solar design in action.

Just confirmed, live music will be provided by Neubop! Here’s a video clip of the band in action—you might recognize SVII Founder Howard Richard Lieberman on keyboards:

Cost/Potluck information:

$5 – Bring a dish, recreational beverage of choice, or something to grill for 2-4 people. (Consider a vegetarian or gluten-free option.)
$10 – Bring your Appetite (We’re BBQ’ing shrimp, and other goodies!)

914 Matadero Court
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Registration, a map, and more information can be found on the SVII blog.

SVII “First Wednesday” Innovation Institute Meeting

July 6, 2011
6:00-9:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Bay Cafe & Restaurant
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto (Please see directions below)


The Hacker Space Movement: Life Beyond the Cubicle

The office cubicle simply isn’t the ideal workplace for those who are collaborative creators. This dilemma led pioneers to create a new kind of work place which encourages communication and mind sharing. One such approach has become what is known as the “Hacker Space” Movement.

A hacker space is essentially a community workspace where people can go to work on projects or startups. In hacker space vernacular, the term to “hack” means to build or create, and is not to be confused with to “cracking” the act of breaking a system or breaching security commonly associated with the word “hacker.”

One of the world’s premier hacker spaces has sprung up right here in Mountain View, CA. It is known as the Hacker Dojo. Since it opened two years ago, it has become a hotbed of activity of people working together to create amazing things and ideas. Our guest for July’s dinner is David Weekly, Founding Director of Hacker Dojo. He is also the Founder of PBWorks, a company that was built around the idea of making a Wiki as easy to make as a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. PBWorks currently empowers over 1,500,000 collaboration communities worldwide. He is an advocate for both the physical as well as social architecture that leads to a more productive and satisfying place to work.

We invite you to join the conversation about new approaches to the work environment, if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area then!

Come participate in an interactive program with the guest speakers—and bring your own questions to ask them or discuss with other participants. There are always great networking opportunities with key innovation leaders and consultants from Silicon Valley and the entire Bay Area.

If you’re unable to attend the meeting, you can also participate by following the live tweeting from @SVIISociety on Twitter, using the hashtag #SVII. Video clips of most programs are now archived on the new SVII blog site.

You can read more about the program on the SVII blog.

Pre-Registration Options for this Program:

Dinner + Program (Door opens at 6pm, Dinner begins at 6:45 p.m.): $35

Program Only (Admission after 7:15 p.m.): $20

Program Schedule:

6:00 – Doors open for registration and networking.

6:45 – Community Dinner

7:15 – SVII business

7:30 – Feature Presentation

9:30 – Closing


Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Phone: 650-856-0999


In Palo Alto, take Embarcadero East past Ming’s restaurant, then turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course driveway; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

You can register and pre-pay for all programs by using PayPal. Although a limited number of tickets are usually available at the door, pre-registration is suggested so that dinner attendance can be planned in advance. For more information, and to register, visit the SVII web site.

SVII News and Upcoming Programs:

The Silicon Valley Innovation Institute is growing in several ways. Our membership and attendance continues to grow. In February, 2011, SVII went from one monthly program to two.

The first Wednesday evening programs at the Bay Cafe in Palo Alto will continue as before with the doors opening at 6PM, but with a 7:15 PM program only option for those who want the flexibility to eat elsewhere, to avoid some traffic congestion, or to simply save some time and money.

Update: If you’re not located in the San Francisco Bay Area, but want to keep up with what’s happening at the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute, the SVII “First Wednesday” programs are now being archived online at: http://svii.net/category/events/event-recaps — the new web site offers features that were not available before to both members and non-members, and you can subscribe to the SVII monthly e-letter and participate in forums there, as well as on social networks (see below for links).

The new luncheon series, Silicon Valley Interactive Briefings, is a brand new innovative, evolving format intended to maximize the participation of those who attend by giving them the opportunity to “brief” each other about program related insights and information.

The next PhonePhysics program will be Tuesday, July 12, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Synergia, 702 Marshall, Suite 510, in Redwood City, and it’s FREE!

The smartphone is a shining example of the rapid technological advancement that continues to expand the possibilities of how we interact and experience life. Yet at the same time, our social systems are not keeping pace. Our education system operates largely in the same way as it did 20 years ago, before anyone was walking around with 1 Ghz mobile laboratories in their pockets.

PhonePhysics is an initiative to unleash human potential by leveraging mobile technology to provide joyful innovation experiences early on, which stimulate creativity and reward the natural tendency toward innovation. The goal is to develop a software discovery environment that uses real time music to teach science and how to program cell phones.

Former Jazz musician Michael “Doc” Ray has graciously offered the use of the conference of his company, Synergia, in Redwood City, to host this upcoming Interactive Briefing. Join an inspired group of edutainment pioneers as we work towards our goal is to unleash human potential early on and build innovation resilience.

Keep watching the SVII blog for updated information.

Ongoing Education Initiative:

The SVII Education Initiative began at the July 7th, 2010 Silicon Valley Innovation Institute event, which featured an excellent, in-depth panel discussion on technology and innovation barriers in K-12 education. Our expert panelists discussed some of the barriers that prevent modern classrooms from utilizing the vast technological resources currently available, and what we might do to reduce those barriers. Based on the exciting and challenging dialog that resulted, SVII has started work on an Education Initiative that will tackle some of the problems discussed at the July 2010 meeting, and afterward.

The SVII Education Initiative is off to a great start, and you can still join the effort and contribute your ideas! Members have used Ken Ketch’s Group Mind Express tool to create a collaborative space to work on this initiative. If you attended the session and had further insights to add, head over to the SVII Collaboration Center and make your voice heard. We will be adding more tools to that space as the initiative develops, so stay tuned.

Building on the insights gathered, SVII members hope to make a concrete, positive contribution to the world of education in the Silicon Valley. If you’d like to receive all updates about the education initiative, please email friends@svii.org to be added to the list.

Help Us Shape SVII’s Fall 2011-2012 Program!

As we work on planning content for our 2011-2012 monthly meetings, we would love to hear your input! If you have thoughts about speakers, topics, format, or anything else related to meeting content, email us at friends@svii.org.

Connect with the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute Community…

You can now follow SVII on Twitter @SVIISociety

Join the new SVII Facebook group and the LinkedIn group.

You can also use Eventbrite to register.

Stay in Touch…

For more information, and to join the e-list, email friends@svii.org. Plan to join the SVII Innovation Society each “first Wednesday” of the month.

Keep checking here for program updates, archives and summaries of past meetings. Even if you’re not based in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can receive SVII e-letters and keep up with past program discussions.

SVII is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.

Cathryn Hrudicka, Founder, CEO and Chief Imagination Officer of Creative Sage™, is a member of SVII.

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