LA Innovation Week 2015


There are hundreds of students, faculty and staff dedicated to optimizing the startup ecosystem at USC.  We have a plethora of resources, programs, centers, schools and institutes working together to ensure that we provide every resource imaginable for members of the Trojan Family.

USC Innovation Week brings together entrepreneurial organizations from USC’s global network to help students, faculty, and staff explore concepts and build products from their ideas.

In partnership with the Los Angeles countywide Innovation Week(s).  Learn more at the LA Innovation Week Website

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SoCal Innovation Forum

Oct 3 – 4, 2015 – Los Angeles

SoCal Innovation Forum (SIF) is the most influential cross-border forum integrating Chinese and American resources in Southern California’s entrepreneur community. SIF not only gathers top ventures and entrepreneurs, but also celebrates LA tech, entertainment and startups with panels, keynotes, mixers, and more. The goal of SIF is to connect the best of China and LA’s entrepreneur ecosystem, including VCs, startups, and talents.

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Silicon Beach @USC

October 7, 2015, USC Campus, Los Angeles California

Led by USC’s Marshall School of Business, the University of Southern California will host its fourth annual Silicon Beach conference on October 7th on the USC campus. The conference features over 500 game-changers and thought leaders from Hollywood studios, technology startups, and academia. In addition, we will host the final round of the $50,000 Silicon Beach Awards venture competition (sponsored by USC’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies) during the event. Watch some of LA’s most innovative startups compete to win up to $25,000!!

Pitch Yourself! For the first time this year, early registrants will have a chance to sign up for a very special pitch session. Participants will have one minute to pitch their startup, skills, or resources so that we can connect them with what they need: developers, marketers, mentors, money, and more.

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Futurethon Finale

October 7, 2015, 12pm (noon) Basement of Ronald Tutor Campus Center (RTCC) at USC, Los Angeles California

Come hear the results of the first ever Futurethon which aims to solve problems around the drought. Guests include the Futurethon Winners, Mayor’s Office, LADWP, and others.

The Futurethon is an annual civic engagement program that combines a hackathon with a fellowship to solve city challenges. For this year’s challenge over 60 students and creative professionals brainstormed solutions to the drought over the course of a weekend at LADWP Headquarters. Challenges focused on turf removal, water awareness, and water conversation. The winning student team created, a website that lets people visually experiment with different turf options for their property and then directly connect with a local garden shop or contractor. The winning professional team developed a humorous marketing campaign based on crowdfunding mechanics and celebrities. The Futurethon is a collaboration between Deutsch LA, Global Shapers, and the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. More came be found at and

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Sandbox Sumit

October 12-13, 2015, California Science Center, Los Angeles California

Sandbox Summit idea forums address how technology affects the ways kids play, learn and connect. By strategically mixing disciplines and viewpoints, it encourages collaboration and innovation between thinkers and doers; between academia and industry. The goal is to create better, smarter, more effective products for 21st century kids. Sandbox West forges an exciting new partnership with University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, bringing the interdisciplinary Sandbox strategy to the West Coast.

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Kairos Society

October 13, 2015, Hollywood California

An invitation-only event to showcase the most daring young startup founders to a network of investors, business leaders and media. We bring together young entrepreneurs who are solving significant problems with corporations, influencers, and strategic investors. There has never been a better time for young entrepreneurs to solve problems.  Kairos knows that it takes a peer network and a long-term commitment to help young founders grow and succeed. Since 2008, our global community has supported each other in building high impact companies, and our leadership has amplified that effort by providing exposure and investor introductions.

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Startup Equinox – General Assembly Workshop

October 6, 2015, 8:00 – 10:00pm ASC G34, USC, Los Angeles California

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9th Annual Body Computing Conference

October 9, 2015, USC Town & Gown Ballroom, USC, Los Angeles California

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Corpus Callosum Concept Show

October 9, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm Annenberg West Lobby + Blackstone LaunchPad, Los Angeles California

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Recess Presented by Spark

October 14, 2015, 10:00AM – 3:00pm EQuad or Mcarthry Quad, Los Angeles California

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Stevens Center’s annual Student Innovator Showcase competition

October 23, 2015, 9:00AM – 3:00pm Trousdale Parkway next to Hancock Foundation Building, Los Angeles California