January Tech Social - Lights!

January Tech Social - Lights!

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Ellen Driscoll Auditorium

Havens Elementary

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Please join us for a Lights tech social on Friday, January 20th at 6:30 pm in the Ellen Driscoll Auditorium at Havens. Maria Topete will be discussing the qualities and importance of light in our lives as well as the latest light technologies. Ms. Topete is currently Director of Applications Engineering at Bridgelux -- a light technology company that helps people experience the power and possibility of light. Prior to joining Bridgelux, Ms. Topete held a broad range of leadership positions in product development, manufacturing, and sales and marketing with Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Phillips Lumileds. Ms. Topete holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. Bring your light and glow toys to play with before and after the talk! Social time with your tech friends, a pizza dinner, milk, and cookies for only $5! As usual, bring whatever else you’d like to share!

Please contact the organizers with questions. Registration in advance is strongly advised to allow for us to order enough food!


Date & Time: Friday, January 20th, 6:30-8:30PM

Location: Ellen Driscoll Auditorium, Havens Elementary

Cost: $5 per person includes pizza, milk and cookies


Tech Social is a “roll up your sleeves” event, so bring in your January Tech Bag:

  1. Light or glow toys

  2. Laptop or tablet for games

  3. A musical instrument, if you are interested in jamming

  4. A reusable water bottle


Ayyana Chakravartula, Dion Lim or Noelle Filippenko (techsocial@piedmontmakers.org)

Piedmont Tech Social is sponsored by Piedmont Makers, a non-profit group dedicated to support STEAM education in the district.


6:30-7:00pm: Dinner and catching up!

7:00-7:30pm: A short talk by Ms. Topete on lights and light technologies

7:30-8:30pm: Fun with light toys with cookie break at 8:00pm


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No, this is for all ages. This is not a drop-off event - please have an adult loosely associated with any attendee under the age of 13..

What is the meal going to be?

Dinner will be pizza from Lanesplitter, with water and milk also provided. If you want to bring your own water bottle, so much the better. There will be a cookie break during the self-organizing pod session.

Where can I contact the organizers with any questions?

You can email the organizers at techsocial@piedmontmakers.org. Also consider joining the Piedmont Makers Facebook group!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

As long as you pre-register before 3p the day of the event, there is no need. If you register later, please consider printing your ticket or having a copy on your phone..

What is the refund policy?

We understand that plans change, particularly with families! However, the majority of our costs are sunk immediately (facility and equipment rental), so while we are happy to refund your fee up to 24 hrs in advance of the event, please consider making it a donation instead.

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Havens Elementary

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