UCI Alumni from across the bay area attended the inaugural Cocktails & Conversations event that took place at the Catherine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. The event included guest speakers such as Andreas Gal, Ph.D., Former CTO of Mozilla and Founder & CEO of Silk Labs, in addition to Richard Sudek, Executive Director, and Chief Innovation Officer of Applied Innovation. With over ninety people in attendance, Sudek and Gal engaged in conversation on topics ranging from lessons learned from their entrepreneurial pursuits to prevailing trends in the startup world.
Earlier in the day, alumni working at companies such as Google and Uber also connected with Sudek and their fellow anteaters through lunch on the Google campus and a site visit to Uber headquarters. Twenty-six alumni attended the lunch at Google in person in addition to a large population who video conferenced in from across the country. Sudek engaged with attendees on ways to further strengthen the ties between alumni in Silicon Valley and the campus at UCI. Results of the discussion included new volunteers and advocates interested in helping students in whatever they way they could.
Overall, feedback from alumni both as attendees and speakers was favorable and a positive indicator of additional events to come.
To learn more about upcoming UCI Alumni Association Events, click the following link: UCI Alumni Association Events Calendar.
Hai contributes to the Cove as a content writer for both the Currents newsletter and blog. As an alumnus of UCI with a degree in English and a co-founder of a local creative agency, Hai's focus is centered on spotlighting events, stories, and startups within the Orange County community. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and has participated in fast-pitch competitions through the UCI Antrepreneur Center and has co-organized local business and startup groups such as 1 Million Cups and Orange County Young Entrepreneurs.