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Destination Nevada County

Premium visitors magazine for Nevada County produced by the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Uniting the Tech

Uniting the Tech Community One of NC Tech Connection’s goals is to unite the local tech community. Our website hosts a directory of local businesses and talent, as well as local tech initiatives, giving them more visibility and the opportunity to cross-pollinate. To bring the tech community together in person, we produce events like the Nevada County VR Meet Up and the Free Code Camp. We also support and promote tech events hosted by other local organizations, like Curious Forge’s Nerd Night Meet-up and Tahoe Silicon Mountain’s monthly networking events. Below is a small sampling of what’s happening in our County. Nevada County Tech Eco-System ACME ROBOTICS: ACME Robotics is an independent robotics team for 8th through 11th graders from various schools in Nevada County. Students build and program robots, and compete with other robotics teams around the country. TALENT CONNECTION: This Nevada County Economic Resource Council initiative works to recruit, develop and retain talent for local companies that rely on technology to support their business. TAHOE SILICON MOUNTAIN: Tahoe Silicon Mountain is the hub for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, tech and other professionals who live, frequently visit, or own a second home in the Truckee-Tahoe region. THE CURIOUS FORGE: “Nerd night” is a public meet-up that happens on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Curious Forge, a makerspace in Nevada City. TRUCKEE ROUNDHOUSE: The Truckee Roundhouse is a nonprofit makerspace that supports the teaching, learning, and practicing of a wide variety of crafts, skills, technologies, and arts in the Truckee-Tahoe community. GIRLS WHO CODE: The Girls Who Code Clubs Program, hosted by Nevada City School District, teaches computer science to 6th-12th grade girls. It enables girls in the community to access fitting and challenging resources. VIRTUAL REALITY MEET-UP: NCVR meets every Wednesday at the Connected Communities Academy. It’s a “hacking” session where participants bring ideas and technology related to AR and VR to work on projects and talk about them. NEVADA COUNTY HACKERS: Nevada County’s programmers, software developers, and scalable tech business founders get together for hackathons, help, support, and fun. FREE CODE CAMP: Nevada County Free Code Camp is an open source community that helps participants learn to code. They practice by building projects for nonprofits. Local professionals run this peer learning group which is hosted by a different tech business each month. THE COMPUTER CLUB: A social network for kids and their parents in the Sierra Nevada Foothills area who have an interest in computers, programming, technology and science. NEVADA COUNTY DIGITAL MEDIA CENTER: NCTV (Nevada County TV) boasts a state of the art Green Screen Recording and Digital Studio available to the community thorough membership. They host a monthly “All things Digital” meet-up. 190 DESTINATION Nevada County

The Green Institute • Nevada County • Digital Media Center Green Screen Institute (GSI) GSI is another important component of our local tech ecosystem. The concept of GSI as a Tech-Hub was developed after a year-long feasibility study conducted by the NCERC. It came to fruition as a for-profit center with the goal of spurring innovation in the emerging VR and AR markets. The Institute hosts a co-working and office space as well as an accelerator and investment program for startups. Through its tenants GSI makes available a state of the art broadcast studio with a green screen, a creative lab, and Virtual Reality Lab. Since it’s inception GSI has become home to many innovative technology start-ups, the NCERC, Sierra Business Council’s satellite office, Nevada County Digital Media Center and Connected Communities Academy. We believe extraordinary creativity occurs in peaceful, natural environments. For more information visit: greenscreeninstitute.com. Nevada County Digital Media Center (NCDMC) Located at the Green Screen Institute, NCDMC is a creative space for video & film. It offers a 20x20 Cyclorama Green Screen and Creative Lab that has a variety of tools for video/audio editing, color correction, graphics creation and a live multicamera switching environment. The tools range from HD to 4K and is a great place for a beginner to learn from industry professionals, in addition to being a great place for experts to hone their skills and learn new ones. The Center also offers a variety of classes and workshops. Everything from acting & screenwriting to editing and lighting. Photos courtesy Nevada County TV and Sierra Business Council The Nevada County Digital Media Center is home to NCTV, the local Public Access station, where it operates 3 channels 24/7 as well as live internet and VOD streams. NCTV has been in operation for 20 years and continues to be the voice for its community. For more information, visit: nevadacountytv.org Sierra Business Council (SBC) Another valuable asset hosted within GSI is the Sierra Business Council. SBC’s goal is to help clients build their business, find capital, create jobs and contribute to a prosperous economy in the Sierra region. Their FREE consulting services are focused on helping clients create a feasible business model, assess business opportunities, determine financial needs, identify potential sources of financing, and design an effective strategy to market and grow. Sierra Business Council is about getting the knowledge, skills and tools for success. For more information visit: sierrabusiness.org DESTINATION Nevada County 191