Hackathon to be Sponsored by Industry Leaders

The Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA recently announced that for the first time, Visa and General Motors (GM) will co-sponsor the hackathon at AutoMobility LA, taking place November 25-26, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Focused on reducing congestion, emissions and building in-car payment solutions, both Visa and GM see the hackathon at AutoMobility LA as an opportunity for participants to explore solutions that will improve the overall driving experience.

Hackathon to be Sponsored by Industry LeadersHackathon

As the future of transportation evolves, Visa will utilize the hackathon at AutoMobility LA as an opportunity for participants to explore new in-car payment solutions that can improve the overall driving experience. As the world’s leader in digital payments, Visa believes simple and secure in-vehicle payments are a crucial part of the connected car transformation.

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Meydenbauer Center 's 25 Years Celebration

Meydenbauer Center, a full-service convention center and theatre located in the heart of the greater Seattle tech scene in Bellevue, Washington, is celebrating its 25th anniversary by looking back at what has changed since its beginnings in 1993.

Meydenbauer Center ‘s 25 Years CelebrationMeydenbauer

The highlights of Meydenbauer’s contributions to the city of Bellevue—in response to the growing need to have a central meeting place for business and social activities year-round—are plentiful. For example, since 1993:
· Bellevue’s population grew 59%, from 89,710 to 142,000, while the economic impact of the convention center grew by 365%, to $58 million annually.
· Bellevue’s downtown employment more than doubled, to over 50,000, as new office towers opened and many companies opened offices in the downtown core, utilizing the convention center for meeting space.
· The convention center provided a venue for fundraising organizations to grow. Funds raised at Meydenbauer Center have increased from $2.4 million in 1998 to over $9.1 million today, a 379% increase.
· The makeup of the city moved from majority white to majority minority, and the convention center kept pace, with a mosaic of cultural offerings, a diverse workforce and increasingly sophisticated food.
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Snowflake Lane to Features More Cast!

Snowflake Lane Producer, Greg Thompson, will be taking advantage of last season’s new expanded parade route on Bellevue Way this holiday season by featuring the Snowflake Lane Drummers, Dancers and Color Guard to a much greater degree than in the previous 13 years of the holiday event.

Snowflake Lane to Features More Cast!Snowflake Lane

The nearly mile long loop from NE 4th St. to NE 8th St. will featuring 16 colorful holiday floats and over 250 performers during the 32 days this season.

Thompson plans to put the 50 drummers in the parade itself, allowing them to perform “up close and personal” with the crowds on the sidewalks and will alternate the 50 dancing Jingle Belles with the 42 Snow Flurries Color Guard down the center of NE 8th St. giving them plenty of room to ring in the holidays.
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The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Betty Bowen Committee, chaired by Gary Glant, announced today the five artists selected as finalists for this year’s Betty Bowen Award: Natalie Ball, Amy Bernstein, Bruce Burris, Deborah Lawrence, and George Rodriguez. The juried award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. The award was founded in 1977 to honor the legacy of Betty Bowen (1918–1977), who was an avid champion of artists in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by Bowen’s friends, the award is administered by SAM.

The Betty Bowen Committee—comprising Northwest curators, collectors, and artists—reviewed 461 applications from visual artists residing in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. One of this year’s finalists will receive an unrestricted cash award in the amount of $15,000 and will have their work displayed at the Seattle Art Museum. At the discretion of the committee, up to two Special Recognition Awards of $2,500 may be granted.

Last year’s winner was Jono Vaughan, whose work memorializes transgender individuals whose lives were cut short by violence. Her solo exhibition (April 21–August 5, 2018) featured her ongoing series Project 42, in which she creates handmade garments that are then worn in collaborative public performances.

The winner of the 40th Annual Betty Bowen Award will be announced in September 2018. The award will be formally presented in a free and open to the public celebration at the Seattle Art Museum on November 8, 2018. The winner’s solo exhibition will be on view at SAM in spring 2019.


Natalie Ball – Chiloquin, OR


Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but has since relocated to her ancestral homelands of Chiloquin. As a multidisciplinary artist, Ball positions her work as a reorientation of conversations that shape Native American identities. Through figurative sculpture and assemblage, Ball makes installations that deconstruct dominant narratives to create new texts, new histories, and new manifestations that add to the discussion of a complex racial narrative.

Amy Bernstein – Portland, OR


Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Amy Bernstein is an artist and writer living and working in Portland, Oregon. Bernstein’s abstract paintings encourage the viewer to reposition themselves in relation to who they are, what they see, and where the body exists in time and space. The works vacillate between the histories of philosophies, art, and design, searching for the space in which we will discover new vision and thus new thinking.

Bruce Burris – Corvallis, OR

Bruce Burris has worked at the intersection of art and cultural equity for marginalized groups for over 35 years. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Burris has served as founder, director, or owner of a number of agencies and programs in Kentucky and Oregon noted for creating innovative supports that enable people to assume roles of significance in their communities. Burris’ current work of collage and found objects stems from observations of class and philosophical divides between those who are proponents of dying industries, including coal and logging, and those who are adamant that these industries must adapt.

Deborah Lawrence – Seattle, WA


Deborah Faye Lawrence uses the medium of collage to analyze, categorize, and make meaning. She boldly reports and comments on social, historical, and current events through the process of cutting, manipulating, and composing found information. Her appropriation and re-contextualization of found images, including maps and flags, points to a tradition of politically engaged collage, while satirically and incisively addressing contemporary concerns.

George Rodriguez – Seattle, WA


George Rodriguez was born in El Paso, Texas and currently lives and works in Seattle. As a sculptor, his large-scale ceramics are a celebration of the individual against the backdrop of community and the modern world against the backdrop of the ancient. Through the creation of guardian figures, tomb sculptures, and shrines, Rodriguez depicts his community current and forthcoming. His most recent works explore themes of protection, inclusion, and sanctity using the Chinese Zodiac as framework.

Gary Glant (Chair), Mark Calderon, Mike Hess, Denzil Hurley, Sonal Khullar, Isaac Layman, Mark Levine, Catharina Manchanda, Llewelyn Pritchard, Greg Robinson, Norie Sato, Bill True, Maggie Walker, Dan Webb, and Merrill Wright.

Cascade Bicycle Club Organizing for World Record Ride and Expo

Cascade Bicycle Club(CBC) invites everyone to join the Ebike World Record Ride & Expo powered by Rad Power Bikes on Saturday, September 15 from noon to 3 p.m.

Cascade Bicycle Club Organizing for World Record Ride and Expo


The growing availability and improved technology of ebikes is reflected in the current demand. According to a late 2017 report by the NPD Group, ebike sales have nearly tripled since 2014. The world record ride is a celebration of the growing ebike market as part of the broader bicycling community.

The free event consists of a light two-mile parade around Seattle’s Magnuson Park in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for most ebikes on a ride. Also on site will be a free ebike expo with vendors showcasing a variety of new ebike products and accessories.

Riders who own or have access to an ebike are encouraged to ride them to the event; interested bicyclists who do not have access to an ebike will be able to borrow one while supplies last, courtesy of LimeBike. Registration for the event is free and also includes a commemorative t-shirt.

Cascade Bicycle Club Executive Director Richard Smith said, “Ebike popularity is exploding throughout our region. People who wouldn’t have considered riding a traditional bike are taking to ebikes to help them overcome potential obstacles like physical limitations, distance and hills.” Smith continued, “the innovative technology of ebikes is helping more people discover the joys of bicycling.”

Event sponsor Rad Power Bikes is a major supporter of Cascade’s efforts to incorporate more ebike friendly riding opportunities.“The Seattle biking community is growing, and this event is just one way that we can unite all cyclists,” said Rad Power Bikes Co-Founder and CMO Ty Collins. “We will earn this title together!”

While the event is free, participants are asked to pre-register online here.

Ride details:
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Magnuson Park, Lot E-5; Seattle
Ebike World Record Ride: 2 p.m.
Ebike Expo: 12 – 3 p.m.

More information at cascade.org/E-world-record-attempt.

Nintendo Switch with Three Hot Nindie Games

(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nintendo of Europe has just released a video focusing on upcoming Nindie launches on the Nintendo Switch system. During the video, it was revealed that three new indie games awere launched. Starting on August 20, 2018, Bad North from Raw Fury, Morphies Law from Cosmoscope and Prison Architect: Nintendo Switch Edition from Double Eleven/Introversion Software are all available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch with Three Hot Nindie GamesNintendo

All of these games offer interesting takes on their respective genres, offering a little bit of something for everyone. Bad North combines real-time tactics and roguelite strategy as players defend against Viking invaders. Morphies Law is a team-based shooter where your size affects your abilities, but bigger isn’t always better! And in Prison Architect, you have to overcome the challenges of constructing and managing a maximum-security prison – not the typical focus of a simulation game.
To view the video in its entirety, visit https://youtu.be/qNUSrhEEvL0.
Nintendo Switch is full of creative indie games from talented Nindie developers – with more games coming to the system every week. To help keep up with all the recent Nindie news, here are some additional updates about indie games on the way, games that recently released and fun news about the world of independent game development you might have missed.
Recent Nindie News:

  • Indie publisher Devolver Digital has been launching multiple games on Nintendo Switch this summer – or as the hip kids are saying on social media, the #SummerofDevolver. To close out the summer, Broforce fist bumps its way to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 6, while The Messenger delivers its slick 8- and 16-bit action on Aug. 30.
  • People love Hollow Knight. And now people are about to get even more Hollow KnightHollow Knight – Godmaster, the upcoming free content pack that adds more bosses, music and quests, launches on Aug. 23. (The full game is required to access the DLC.)
  • You don’t need to roll a 20-side die to get the free update for Enter the Gungeon. You just have to download it! The currently available “Advanced Gungeons and Draguns” expansion adds hundreds of new rooms with dozens of new weapons, items, enemies and ammo types. (The full game is required to access the DLC.)
  • If your Nintendo Switch backlog is not already long enough, some recent notable indie launches on Nintendo Switch include Overcooked! 2 from Team17, Dead Cells from Motion Twin, Minit from Devolver Digital, Salt and Sanctuary from Ska Studios and Flipping Death from Zoink Games.

Nindie Extras:

  • A tasty episode of Nintendo Minute cooked up some fresh gameplay and spicy tips for Overcooked! 2.
  • The developers of Overcooked! 2 were interviewed about their chaotic and fun new game on a recent episode of the Nintendo Power Podcast.
  • Kill. Die. Learn. Repeat. That’s your motto when playing the challenging Dead Cells, and this animated video does a good job of illustrating it.

For more information about all the great Nindies on or coming to Nintendo Switch, visit here.

T-Mobile Elevated Rock-Star Customers

On August 15, 2018, at Un-carrier NEXT, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) brought in the noise … and also the funk … with upgraded music experiences for Un-carrier customers. Through a new partnership with Pandora, the #1 music streaming service in the U.S., T-Mobile customers now get exclusive access to a free Pandora Plus subscription all year long – courtesy of T-Mobile. And when your favorite artists come to town, you’ve got the magenta hookup. In another first for the Un-carrier, T-Mobile announced an exclusive multi-year partnership with Live Nation, the world’s largest live entertainment company, giving Un-carrier customers rock star status at Live Nation amphitheater and arena concerts, including access to last-minute reserve seats in sold-out sections and discounted tickets. And starting next year, your T-Mobile phone will unlock more exclusive benefits just for T-Mobile customers!

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“Our customers get treated like rock stars with Team of Experts, and we believe they ought to be treated like that everywhere they go,” said Mike Sievert, President and COO at T-Mobile. “Music connects us, so we’re connecting our rock star customers with exclusive magenta extras at Live Nation events and with Pandora. Now, when they turn on their tunes or head to a show, they’ll get an elevated experience, just for being with T-Mobile. We’re always looking to thank our customers in bigger, bolder ways…this latest move is no exception – and we won’t stop!”
All the Music, All the Time
Pandora pioneered music streaming. Now, T-Mobile customers score a free subscription to Pandora Plus! That’s unlimited ad-free music and higher quality audio for some serious ear candy, all year long. Now, account holders will get unlimited skips, replays, personalized stations and offline listening — and no ads — just for being magenta.
“We are committed to creating exciting new opportunities for more people to find, share, and listen to the music they love,” said Pandora CEO Roger Lynch. “Through this exclusive offer, we will give T-Mobile’s massive customer-base access to one of our most in-demand offerings – Pandora Plus. This is just the first step in a larger strategic partnership between T-Mobile and Pandora. Expect to hear more.”
Customers can snag a code to unlock their free Pandora Plus subscription in the T-Mobile Tuesdays app for iOS and Android on August 28th, so mark your calendars now!
Magenta Carpet Treatment at Live Shows
Live Nation is the hands-down leader in live music and, your concert experience is getting a serious upgrade.
“T-Mobile and Live Nation are creating new ways for our fans to enjoy live concerts with exclusive access and perks only this partnership could make possible,” said Russell Wallach, Global President Media & Sponsorship, Live Nation. “As fans experience this new level of access, word will quickly spread, because the power of live music is contagious and can’t be matched.”
The latest Un-carrier gives T-Mobile customers the ability to get last-minute reserved tickets to sold out sections and get into great shows at a great price. Just identify yourself as a T-Mobile customer, and you’ll unlock:
Tickets to Sold-Out Reserved Seating. Forgot to get tickets when they first went on sale? Calendar freed up and your favorite artist is in town? While others are scrambling to find tickets and paying more than list prices, customers can get last minute seats at first day prices. Coming soon, customers can exclusively unlock reserved seats in sold-out sections to hundreds of concerts on LiveNation.com … you ballers. Just look for the T-Mobile Reserved Seats icon, starting 30 days before select shows.
Discounted Tickets. Get two $25 tickets for you and a friend to select Live Nation amphitheater shows, and that’s $25 ALL IN, taxes and fees included, a price only available to T-Mobile customers.* Starting August 21st, discounted tickets will be made available in the T-Mobile Tuesdays app for some of the summer’s hottest concerts including Charlie Puth, Counting Crows, Dierks Bentley, Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker, Niall Horan and hundreds more. Act fast because these tickets are available first-come, first-served and while supplies last. And when amphitheater show season ends, new discounts begin! On Tuesdays, Un-carrier customers get at least $10 off tickets to select shows all across the nation.
Plus, more exclusive perks at select amphitheater shows starting next year, just for the magenta fam:
Magenta Fast Lane Entry. Skip the line with a free Fast Lane at select Live Nation amphitheaters across the country, an especially valuable perk where general admission seats are first come, first served.
Magenta Concessions. Exclusive concession line just for T-Mobile customers, so you can get back to the music as soon as possible. And, customers can snag a Signature Magenta Cocktail available at select locations.
Magenta Lawn Chairs. T-Mobile customers get lawn chairs for free, so they can watch in style at no extra cost, while supplies last.
T-Mobile is all in on customer love and has always taken a radically different approach – rather than making you buy your way to better treatment, they give it to you – just for being a customer. T-Mobile ONE customers get Netflix included on family plans, Gogo Wi-Fi on domestic flights, freebies and deals with T-Mobile Tuesdays, your own dedicated Team of Experts and so much more. With today’s upgrades, every customer’s magenta status Just. Went. Platinum.
For more on Live Nation and Pandora, head here.
For more on Team of Experts, head here.
Limited time offers; subject to change. *Live Nation: $25 Tickets: qualifying service required; limit 2 tickets per code, 1 code per customer. Fees included for digital tickets. Seat type varies by venue. Cannot be combined with any other promotions. Codes expire. See Offer Terms for details. Pandora: Claim in T-Mobile Tuesdays App by 8/29 4:59 a.m. ET and redeem with Pandora by 9/4 at 4:59 a.m. ET for 12 mo. subscription. Limit 1/account. New Pandora account may be required. Pandora terms apply. If you cancel the service, free subscription ends. Images are for illustrative purposes only.

Help TechCity Bowl Celebrate 60 Years on Saturday

TechCity BowlTechCity Bowl, Kirkland Washington’s premier independent bowling center, is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 between the hours of 12PM and 6PM.

The public is invited to join the celebration which will be held at the bowling center located at 13033 NE 70th Place in the Bridle Trails neighborhood of Kirkland.  During the event we will be rolling back bowling pricing and featuring $1 game and $1 shoes.  We will have local spirit and brewery tastings, as well as offering small bites of our new food menu.  So bring the family, grab some friends and come join the fun.

Billboard Partners With Nissan Kicks for Hot 100 Music Fest.

Billboard, the world’s largest voice in music announced on July 17 they will be partnering with Nissan Kicks at the 2018 Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival taking place on August 18 and 19 at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. The partnership will include an immersive in-vehicle experience for attendees plus a groundbreaking, collaborative special guest performance sponsored by Nissan Kicks.

BillboardBillboard Partners With Nissan Kicks for Hot 100 Music Fest.

The collaboration performance, taking place on Sunday evening, August 19 at the Main Stage, will be in partnership with Nissan Kicks. They will bring together an inspiring musician, who will be announced prior to the festival, and a groundbreaking visual artist to create a boundary pushing set at the festival inspired by Nissan Intelligent Mobility. The performance will be unlike anything seen before at the Hot 100 Festival, giving fans an unforgettable musical experience.

Throughout the weekend, an immersive in-vehicle experience will be set up for concertgoers in the General Admission area. The activation will tease the collaboration performance. The installation will surround fans with visuals from the upcoming set while the performing talent’s music plays. Continue reading “Billboard Partners With Nissan Kicks for Hot 100 Music Fest.”

ToyMakerz Created By Former Stuntman

ToyMakerz Created By Former Stuntman. People often find themselves in jobs where they know they don’t want to be for years to come. Yet many of those people are unsure what to do about it in order to move forward in the direction of a career of their dreams. For one former stuntman, he didn’t sit idly by and wish for a position he would be passionate about. Combining his passion for car shows that stemmed from his childhood with his ingenuity, he was able to take steps to create a career path that led to him having a hit television show building unique one-of-a-kind custom hot rods and cars for adults.

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“I had to realize that being a stuntman wasn’t a long-term career. It was too hard on my body,” says David Ankin, inventor and star of the hit show ToyMakerz. “I decided to turn my passion into a career that I could grow in and others could also enjoy. Creativity is something that helped me get started in this field and remains a constant. Now the challenge is constantly coming up with something new and unique.”

Ingenuity, which is having the ability to be clever, original, or inventive, is what has propelled Ankin to the top of his field. But it’s not something that came to him overnight. In fact, he has been on the path since he was a child. Growing up without a lot of money, he wasn’t able to go out and buy the latest toy or car. But he also didn’t want his vehicles to look just like everyone else’s. That motivated him to learn to build his own. With his father as his inspiration, he hung out at his shop and watched in awe at the things that his dad could do.

As a child, Ankin also spent a lot of time being dedicated to bike and car shows. In fact, his idea of a vacation was working late into the night for six weeks to get ready for a bike or car show, then traveling halfway across the country and meeting up with other fabricators. When he wasn’t doing that, he was struggling to get his car or bike ready to win a race. At the end of the day, the factors that really influenced him on his journey are the industry itself and all the people and fabricators who no one will ever meet.

Today, his ingenuity has led to his company, ToyMakerz, where the toys are made, and has also been turned into a hit television show, where people can tune in and see him work his magic. Here are 5 ways that ingenuity can help fuel your business:

  1. Gets you noticed. With your business being set apart by being original, it will help get you noticed. People have become immune to everything being the same and they crave things that are different or stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s a restaurant, clothing line, or something else, being different will open the doors to a whole new audience.
  2. Helps with longevity. Those business leaders who are unique will be in a better position to roll with the punches. They don’t mind adapting and changing as the market demands. Rather than close up, they will be able to keep re-inventing themselves in order to keep thriving.
  3. Fuels decision making. Being able to come up with creative solutions to problems will help take a business to the next level. Those with ingenuity are not afraid to put their ideas out there, no matter how out of the box they may seem. Ultimately, that’s exactly what is needed to help grow their business.
  4. Offers drive. Business leaders with initiative have drive and determination. They are not afraid to take risks and they don’t wait around for someone else to make something happen. They come up with their own unique plans and put them in action to keep moving forward.
  5. Helps carve out opportunity. Whether fueled by your childhood passions or noticing what is missing in your city and wanting to make improvements, those with new ideas will create their own opportunity. They find a way to make things happen in the business world.

“The journey hasn’t been short or easy,” added Ankin. “It started as a childhood dream and has evolved over time. I happened to come across the right location to set up shop in Reidsville, NC, where the town and the people have been so supportive. Then, using ingenuity, I started assembling my team to help me grow my vision of ToyMakerz, and it’s still evolving today.”

ToyMakerz partnered with Source Digital to develop an app, which is helping fans connect with the show. Enhancing the viewer experience with new digital brand integrations, the ToyMakerz app lets fans connect with the cast, score exclusive deals on anything they see on the screen while they are watching the show live, and sharepictures of their own rides!

The ToyMakerz TV show, which is just weeks away from a major announcement, is currently re-airing episodes from season 2 On Demand on Velocity. ToyMakerz season one is also available on iTunes and Amazon. ToyMakerz is produced by Los Angeles based production company, Lucky13Cinematic. For more information about ToyMakerz, visit the site at: www.toymakerz.com.