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Hackers, Investors, Designers and Youth to Collaborate at Super Happy Block PartyInnovation Corridor Hosts VC Office Hours, Popup Innovation Parking Lot, Soap Box, Silent Disco Zome, Hack the Future Tent for Hacker Spawnlings, and Tech Petting Zoo (March 28, 2012)
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/12 -- In celebration of the ideas built by the community of Silicon Valley, Super Happy Block Party, hosted by Innovation Endeavors, Talenthouse, and Institute for the Future, is giving full access to the minds of innovators. From teaching youth how to code, to investors holding office hours in an alley, this event is an interactive experience where everyone is welcome. Super Happy Block Party Hackathon is an experiment to create an innovation playground in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Launching in Palo Alto on March 31, 2012 from 1pm-1am, Super Happy Block Party is taking over one of the busiest streets in Palo Alto and transforming it into a collaborative playing field for all to enjoy. Artists, designers, and creatives from Silicon Valley will join hackers and software engineers in a multimedia mashup conversation. In addition to fleets of the Bay Area's best food trucks, there will be indoor Hack Spaces, VC Office hours, a Silent Disco Zome and even a Tech Petting Zoo housing the latest robots.
"As we watch our community evolve with the technology and innovation created by our own hands, it's events like these that allow us to pause, look around, and see how much of an impact one idea at a time can make. Super Happy Block Party intends to be a place where it all comes together," says Dror Berman of Innovation Endeavors.
"Super Happy Block Party will foster new ideas and collaboration across the Silicon Valley technology community," says David Krane, Partner at Google Ventures. "Much of the community will come together for this weekend in the Palo Alto Innovation Corridor -- from the aspiring entrepreneur, to the hacker coding in a friend's basement, to the VC that simply loves disruptive ideas."
The Innovation Corridor will include an alley reserved for Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists who will hold Office hours in the Alley. Aspiring entrepreneurs and startups will have full access to more than 20 of Silicon Valley's top investors. Investors will be providing office hours from 2:00 - 7:00 pm and give interactive feedback in a friendly and open forum. Entrepreneurs can reserve a spot by signing up in advance.
"One block, one day, dedicated to our future. This is innovation at its best!" says Pejman Nozad, Angel Investor. With the enthusiasm of the Mayor of Palo Alto, Super Happy Block Party is a celebration of innovation where the culture of creative chaos and boundless ideas are accessible to the public for their own pursuit. Participatory street murals will be on the street and Talenthouse will have various blank canvases to paint. Seen as a playground for boundless opportunities for people to come together with full support of the community, this event is an opportunity to engage with all levels of Silicon Valley.
"Events like Super Happy Block Party are the best places to get a first look at the leading-edge startups we'll all be hearing about in a few months, and to meet some of the smartest engineers around. It's also a great opportunity to get out and connect with the community here in Palo Alto. Throw in music, and gourmet food trucks, and now you've got a new and categorically different prototype Silicon Valley event, and an awesome way to spend a day." - Josh Goldman, Norwest Venture Partners.
"Having a full on block party dedicated to hacking is one of the coolest ideas I've seen in a while," says Thomas Korte of Angel Pad. "Having a back-alley full of investors doing Office Hours on a Saturday... only in Silicon Valley! #awesome"
Super Happy Block Party is hosted by the Innovation Endeavors, Talenthouse, the Mayor of Palo Alto and Institute for the Future. For more information on Super Happy Block Party, be super happy, at www.superhappy.be. Sign up for Investor Office hours here http://bit.ly/GWDvmo - Hashtag #shbp.
About Innovation Endeavors
Innovation Endeavors empowers the best and brightest to connect and launch game-changing ventures. Founded in 2010 and backed by Eric Schmidt, the fund has backed over 100 entrepreneurs and more than 45 early stage companies. With its open space office in Palo Alto, Innovation Endeavors is changing the way venture capital firms and entrepreneurs interact, embracing fun, accessible, and design driven entrepreneurship - www.innovationendeavors.com
Talenthouse is the leading platform for creative collaboration, providing life-changing opportunities for the creative community. Talenthouse embraces artists at every level of their career, as well as all supporters of the arts. Attracted by the potential for discovering, collaborating with and mentoring emerging talent, many acclaimed industry icons and global brands partner with Talenthouse by hosting projects and initiatives known as 'Creative Invites.' Artists and brands choose Talenthouse to engage with their audience in a targeted, relevant and credible context - www.talenthouse.com
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