November 2012

Sierra Commons is celebrating the launch of over a dozen new businesses. Join us as we celebrate the transformation of aspiring entrepreneurs… to inspired business owners!








Our Ignitor Course graduating students are putting on the ritz at a gala Showcase Party on Dec. 19th, from 2-6pm. This is a free community event, everyone is welcome, bring a friend or associate.

There will be demonstrations, products, food and good times.

After you've met our graduates, discovered what new businesses are being launched, and sampled some treats, stroll downtown to Nevada City's Victorian Christmas.

Download flyer HERE.

The Nevada City Hackaton team has been working hard to create the best event possible for its participants.  Their hard work is paying off.  Nevada County’s tech community has pulled together to showcase our local talent and highlight our technology oriented businesses. 

With support from IT companies such as No Problem and Clientworks, to growing tech startups qatab, and Studio B Flat, the hackathon is creating a flashpoint for a new wave of technology-based activity in our region.  ForeclosureRadar, a growing Truckee startup, is currently looking to fill two local job openings and is the hackathon’s newest sponsor. All of this activity has attracted the attention of Microsoft, who is now onboard and providing a great speaker and Xbox 360 for a prize.

With over 20 registrations to date, the event promises to be robust and exciting.  Discussions on the Meetup site Nevada County Hackers is focusing on the types of projects people will be working on, including new applications for local deals and offers and working with public datasets. Others are hoping to meet developers to work on projects that already have funding and waiting customers.

The hackathon opens on Saturday morning, Dec. 1st, with a series of short talks, starting with living as an independent game developer and ending with a presentation from Matt Harrington of Microsoft on developing applications for Windows 8.

In addition to the Nevada City Hackathon, the local tech community is invited to attend the monthly TechTalk series at Sierra Commons.  On November 14th, Benji Brown, local iOS Developer and owner of Studio B Flat Games, will be giving a tech talk on the current mobile app development ecosystem, how it has evolved and what it takes to build an idea into a great app that can take advantage of the current online marketplaces and possibly be profitable


Dates:        Saturday December 1st, 8am-late and Sunday, December 2nd, 8am-6pm

Location:   Sierra Commons, 107 Sacramento Street, Suite 300, Nevada City, CA 95959

Cost:            Suggested donation $15-$30



Register: Http:// The event is open to people of all skill levels.

TechTalks:Visit Sierra Commons focus group page to keep posted on other TechTalk events coming in 2013.

Create the Next Big App at the Nevada City Hackathon

Dec. 1st, 8am-late and Dec. 2nd, 8am-6pm

Sierra Commons is excited to announce the inaugural Nevada City Hackathon.  The goal of the event is to strengthen our local community of tech-savvy professionals and enthusiasts by bringing together programmers, and graphic and interface designers during this weekend event.

The hackathon includes a presentation on cutting-edge technologies, plenty of time for development, food, and collaboration.  The event culminates with demonstrations of participant’s work and an award ceremony where products will be judged in the Attendees’ Choice, Most Marketable, and Hyperlocal categories.

Benji Brown, owner of Studio B Flat Games and Sierra Commons member, is helping organize the event. “After going to the iPadDevCamp 2010 hackathon and winning Best Open Source, I continued to participate in various hackathons.” states Benji, “These events allowed me, over the course of just a couple days, to practice my rapid prototyping skills, meet and work with great talent, and all the while working on building something from the ground up that was totally exciting. It’s pretty fun having a cool idea become reality in just 48 hours.”

Sponsors of the event include: No Problem Associated Techs, Clientworks, Microsoft, ForeclosureRadar, Sierra Commons, Studio B Flat Games, Environmental Consumer, qatab

A hackathon is a gathering of designers and developers. Participants come together for a few days to meet other professionals, start a new project, get ideas and inspiration, learn new skills, race and compete on a theme, and visit a new place. The Nevada City Hackathon is focused on software projects primarily, but other than that, what you make is up to you.

Registration is by donation (suggested $15-$30).