On Thursday, June 1, 2017, Jon Varsano and Dan Perlstein of Silicon Beach Spaces attended the Toolbox LA Event at Cross Campus in DTLA titled “Social Justice: Challenges & Trends.” The speakers and panelists included:
- Ruby Guillen, Founder & CEO of Humanistic Technologies which is a group of professionals who bring together deep knowledge of social services and technology to solve problems of efficiency, and improve the impact of the helping professions.
- Vincent Libretti, Owner & Founder of Akcpt which gives an opportunity to a person who has been neglected by honoring them and fostering their talent. The objective of this company is to employ seasoned local workers to produce apparel in California, and simultaneously train interns to be employed by the company within a set period of time.
- Jason Gurvitz, Co-Founder of Hidden Tears Project which is a media company that partners with non-profits across the country to raise consciousness through media on gender inequality, sexual abuse, and human trafficking, all of which are intrinsically connected.
- Marlon Fuentes, 360° VR Producer at Buzzfeed which is the leading independent digital media company delivering news and entertainment to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
The panel was hosted by Vatche Azirian, a Make in LA Mentor. Silicon Beach Spaces was proud to have participated in this event which focused on Social Justice and the funding sources for these important causes. As part of the start up community and tech sector, Toolbox LA given these worthy issues a platform that will utilize the latest innovations to broaden their reach.