- - Friday, April 4, 2014

Even though Pasadena, Calif., has no shoreline, some people are beginning to call it “Silicon Beach East” — a reference to the western part of Los Angeles known as Silicon Beach, where more than 500 high-tech start-up companies call home.

Last month, Innovate Pasadena — a social network of business leaders, government officials, educators and technologists — held a four-day “Connect” event focused on business-to-business innovation that brought together various designers, developers and managers, as well as computer programmers and even hackers.

A key Connect event was the two-day “Hack for Pasadena” session that aimed to “re-imagine the way the Web, applications, technology, and community participation will shape the future of the City of Pasadena,” according to its website.

Another featured session was the “Ruby on Rails Workshop for Girls and Women,” a two-day crash course in computer programming and Web applications designed to initiate female novices with hands-on instruction and training.

Several panel discussions were held on a variety of topics, including bio technology, clean technology and digital media. And interactive events, competitions and social mixers provided an entertaining aspect.

“We spent the last year creating networking events to connect the tech and design minds of Pasadena with each other, but we’ve always envisioned offering a series of events brought together by a collaborative group of leaders and organizations throughout the area. These events are a great way to bridge the people, places and ideas that make Pasadena a fantastic source of innovation,” Innovate Pasadena co-Chairman Andy Wilson told the Crown City News.

Eric Duyshart, Pasadena’s economic development manager, noted that city has more than “100 tech and design companies changing the way we live, work,connect and play,” according to the Crown City News.

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