Silicon Valley Innovation Institute, October 5th: Green Housing and Community Innovation; and October 25th: Mobile Musicians’ SIG

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 2011-2012 Series of innovation programs on various topics. If you’re located elsewhere, you can follow live tweeting from @SVIISociety on Twitter (usually with the hashtag #SVII ). Video clips or photos of most programs are now archived on the new SVII blog site.

At the October 5, 2011 SVII dinner meeting, we’ll focus on the creation of a Green Community Center in North Fair Oaks, CA. Activist architect Morton Frank will present a social venture to manufacture green certified, prefabricated housing units, onsite, in the community, and for the community. The aim to demonstrate a scalable model of neighborhood improvement through energy efficiency.

Elements of this multifaceted vision include: creating livable and eco-friendly low income housing, green jobs training, energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, community communications infrastructure, and bridging socioeconomic divides in Silicon Valley.

Three SVII members will act as “lenses” to guide a group dialogue:

David Allen Foster — Multifarious Designer and Parallel Entrepreneur

Gary Shamshonian — Corporate Green Building Champion

Bill Veltrop — Architect of Generative Change

Come join us in person, or via Twitter, as we explore the prospects for an actual brick-and-mortar regional metamorphosis project!

Green Housing + Community Center Dinner
The Bay Cafe (by the Palo Alto Golf Course)
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, California

Schedule :
6:00 p.m. PDT — Doors Open (Networking)
6:45 — Dinner is Served
7:15 — Program Begins
9:00 — Wrap-up


$35 – Dinner + Program (6:00 p.m. PDT doors open, 6:45 p.m. dinner starts)
$20 – Program Only (7:15 p.m. PDT admission)

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. For more information, visit the new, extended SVII blog site.

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.

mobile devices music iOS peripherals

Silicon Valley Interactive Briefings — PhonePhysics:

There are finally several ways to get high quality audio signals in and out of iOS devices (for instance, via Apogee, Alesis and Sonoma Wireworks peripherals.) Performers can now integrate these multipurpose devices into their performances without apology for sound quality.

The cost of music apps running on an iOS device is at least an order of magnitude less than the equivalent hardware purchases (10x bang for your buck!).

For those of us in Silicon Valley, there’s the unique opportunity to be part of the iterative feedback loop between musicians and developers as the core of musicians’ innovation ecosystem.

Mobile Musicians SIG (Special Interest Group)
Tuesday, 10/25/11, 4:00-7:00 p.m. (PDT) — FREE pizza provided!

Serena Software
1900 Seaport Blvd, 2nd Floor
Redwood City, California

For updated information and registration, please visit the SVII blog.

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.

Join an inspired group of edutainment pioneers as we work toward our goal to unleash human potential early on and build innovation resilience.

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 programs are now being archived online at: — 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 series, Silicon Valley Interactive Briefings, is an 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.

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 to be added to the list.

Help Us Shape SVII’s 2012 Program!

As we work on planning content for our 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

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.

Stay in Touch…

For more information, and to join the e-list, email 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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