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Newbie Quiz: Vince Caminiti

General BAVC | Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

By Matt Sussman, Communications Manager
 
Meet Vince Caminiti, BAVC's new Tech Career Specialist. Vince brings with him extensive experience in consulting and professional development, having worked to train or plan trainings for hundreds of individuals over the course of his career. He's also a super-talented guitarist, raising the number of musicians on staff to a point where we could really have an in-house band (...

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Newbie Quiz: Roula Seikaly

General BAVC | Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

By Matt Sussman, Communications Manager
 
Meet Roula Seikaly, the latest addition to our ever-expanding Training Department. As our Job and Internship Coordinator Roula will help make sure TechSF-ers are getting matched to internship and employment opportunities that best suit their abilities and interests. When she's not going to bat for our participants, Roula writes visual art reviews for...

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In Conversation with the Grande Dames

Youth Programs | Posted on: Monday, August 18, 2014

By Matt Sussman, Communications Manager
 
We always love following what people get up to after they've come through BAVC, and the all-female blogging collective The Grande Dames is no exception. Comprised of BAVC's Next Gen media production program alumnae, along with friends and fellow travelers, the Dames aim to provide an...

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Finding the Story in the Stats: A Conversation with Wes Grubbs of Pitch Interactive

Gig Union | Posted on: Thursday, August 14, 2014

By Mwende Hahesy, Training Strategist and Innovation Manager
 
Wes Grubbs, founder of data visualization studio Pitch Interactive, invited me to his new studio space in Oakland's Chinatown for an early morning chat in anticipation of his August 19th presentation at BAVC.  I learned that Wes took a long and...

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MediaMaker National: An Experiment in Review at Six Months

MediaMaker Fellowship | Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By Jason Jakaitis, Director of Independent Media
 
BAVC’s first national iteration of our MediaMaker Fellowship program has reached its halfway point this month – and this milestone, coupled with a burst of accolades and achievements among its Fellows – warrants a mid-year report on the successes of the program, the participants and the lessons BAVC has learned thus far. 
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TechSF Superstar: Leslie Chen

Training and Education | Posted on: Thursday, August 07, 2014

By Arya Zarrinkelk, Career Specialist

We fell in love with Leslie's design eye but she said she needed to improve her tech chops to get gigs. She enrolled in our Responsive Design Bootcamp, while never letting up on her job search. Her willingness to connect with people and leave no stone unturned impressed the HECK out of us. And she got great results. Read on to hear the rest of Leslie’s story.

What did you do before...

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Watch: A Decade of the Factory

The Factory | Posted on: Monday, August 04, 2014

 
By Matt Sussman, Communications Manager
 
The Factory, BAVC's advanced video production program for youth, is turning ten! Factory student films have screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival,...

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SF Stories at the San Francisco Women’s Jail

Independent Media | Posted on: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Carol Varney, Executive Director
 
With support from the James Irvine Foundation's Exploring Engagement Fund, BAVC is collaborating with local social service agencies to provide a series of digital storytelling workshops to San Francisco-based individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity to tell their personal, important stories....

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Newbie Quiz: Lydia Blanco

General BAVC | Posted on: Monday, July 14, 2014

By Matt Sussman, Communications Manager
 
Lydia Blanco brings a background in student journalism and broadcast media and a passion for helping folks tell their stories to her role as BAVC's new SF Commons Associate. Get to know Lydia in our Newbie Quiz!
 
1. The story of your life starts out with which 10 words?
 
 There's no benefit in doubt-...

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Recap: Sound-Maker Institute's Industry Panel

Youth Programs | Posted on: Thursday, July 10, 2014

By Gabriela Quintana, Next Gen Intern
 
BAVC’s Sound-Makers Institute (SMI) is a Next Gen summer program open to San Francisco residents 14 to 17 years of age interested in music production. The institute teaches students all aspects of digital music production and the intricacies of the music industry through hands-on classes and career and portfolio workshops. At the end of this free program, students are paired with a paid...

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