Category: Technology

Are you looking for coworking in Nevada City? High speed internet in Nevada County? Just a really great place to work?

Sierra Commons is Nevada County’s best coworking space. We have some of the best and brightest of Nevada County under our roof. Nevada County’s remote workers and freelancers work at Sierra Commons.  We house Software Engineers, Film Makers, Journalists, Writers, Lobbyists, Copy Editors, Small Business Owners, and more.  Sierra Commons has been a staple of the Nevada County community for 7 years. In 1999, when founded, we were one of the first rural coworking spaces in all of the United States. Now we have partnerships all over Northern California and in the Tahoe/Truckee area.


We are the destination for weekenders from the Bay Area and Sacramento and we offer tourists and locals drop-in rates, day use, high-speed internet, and a fun place to work. Enjoy our beautiful summer patio. Come for the high-speed internet and stay for the community.

We are located in Nevada City on Searls Avenue.  We are next to Wild Mountain Yoga and we are central to Three Forks Bakery and Brewery, Matteo’s Public, Lefty’s Grill, the National Hotel, Broad Street Inn and the Inn Town Campground.

One or two months from now you will be thinking about the goals you set for 2016 and, if you are like most people, you will be wondering where the time went and what you could have done differently to help yourself be more successful. Let Sierra Commons help “Future You” by offering advice to “Present-Day You”: Get together with a community of people who have a drive to succeed. Stay actively involved with a support system and a team of people who keep you accountable.  Dedicate a schedule to allow for setting goals and meeting timelines.  Coworking may offer you the support in a structured environment that you are looking for.

Sierra Commons, Nevada City’s Coworking Space, offers desk rental, membership, classes, workshops, mentoring and a community of fun, determined people who work in a professional environment with a friendly and casual atmosphere.  Come for the high-speed internet.  Stay for the community.  To find out more about coworking, call 530-265-8443 or click here.

2014 TechEdge

Advancing our innovation economy
Celebrating our technology sector
Succeeding in Sacramento

Friday, March 7, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Image from TechEdge 2013

Each year TechEdge is the place where the Sacramento tech community convenes to share and celebrate the successes of the past 12 months, and to gain insight and inspiration from the TechEdge speakers and from each other.

More than 500 tech companies, more than 650 total attendees, 3 great local CEO speakers, 1 high-energy keynote speaker in Andy Miller – there’s no better place to be in Sacramento in 2014 to capture the energy and drive of this critical part of our economy.

Don’t just take our word for it…check out video from last year’s TechEdge!

Keynote Speaker

Andy Miller, Leap Motion
Andy Miller
Leap Motion™

Succeeding in Sacramento Speakers

Cate Dyer, StemExpress Michael Miille, Bayer CropScience Robert Winkler, 5th Planet Games
Cate Dyer
Founder & CEO
Michael Miille
Head of Strategic &
Business Mgmt,
Bayer CropScience
Robert Winkler
Co-Founder & CEO
5th Planet Games

Register now – early-bird registration is available only through February 21, and moreover this event will sell out!  Gain the clear benefit of registering early, and eliminate the potential cost of waiting too long!

What: Grow your Business Through Blogging and other Social Media outlets
Who: Coryon Redd and Erin Thiem
When: Wednesday, January 15th, 6:30-8pm
Cost: $25
Presented by Coryon Redd/Internet Marketing Guru and Erin Thiem, InnSide Nevada City Blogger

blogimageA blog is a comprehensive medium that provides detailed information about your business, services and products and Business Blogging is fast becoming a vital part of any online strategy. When utilized effectively, a blog can be a valuable asset for your company. Erin & Coryon will give you some tips and ideas for launching your own blogging site so you can increase your community presence and customer base.

If you haven’t visited Erin’s fabulous blog, check it out!  Or check our for Coryon’s tips and advice on internet marketing.



Howdy Sierra Commoners,

Glad you are coming to our party this Thursday, Sept.19.  From 5:30 -8:30pm.

First off, I want to give a big shout out to our sponsors


ol republic logo

 Miner Moe's Pizza

Now let’s get down to business.  Here is what you need to know:

  • No need to RSVP, just show up.  Directions
  • Come on time.  Salon sessions start promptly at 5:30.
    • Technology discussion in main building downstairs.  Ask for Abe.
    • Social Entrepreneurship in main building upstairs.  Ask for Vanessa
    • Current world trend in main building.  Ask for Hilary.
    • Lean LaunchPad -How to Build a Startup in the studio. Ask for Robert
  • Schedule of events goes like this:

5:30: Come
5:31: Get a drink and think
5:32: Eat Miner Moe’s Pizza
5:32 – 6:32: Pick a salon topic- technology, social entrepreneurship, start ups
6:33: Get a drink and think. Eat some more pizza
6:32 – 7:12: Presentations- Robert Trent, Benji Brown Studio B Flat, Jim Harte from Ol’ Republic Brewery
7:12-8:30: Free Play

Other important things to know and do:

Even More information:

The Union Article from Today’s Paper

Come. Drink. Think.


Join us for our first members presentation night!

Hosted by Rob Sheldon, No Problem


Steve’s scan converter card after debugging.

Steve Knapp has been working on a remote “call home” electronics project that works over the plain ol’ telephone service. There’s some more information about it at

Steve has a solid amount of electronics experience, including prototyping his own boards and surface-mounting ICs. He also came up with a creative solution for squeezing an 8-bit bidirectional IO bus out of a board with only 10 data pins. (Steve, is that right? I’m guessing you did some bitmasking magic?)

A good event to attend for those getting started in component electronics, and a chance to hear about a really neat home-brewed home automation setup. Social time from 6:30 to 7, then Steve’s the boss from there on out.

RSVP and meetup contact info here.

Hack Night Returns to the Commons

Thursday, May 2, 5-8pm


Knock out Background Projects and Meet other Devs

For all of you who are interested in tinkering, we'll have a few Arduino Learning Kits on hand to play with.

Come to Sierra Commons – bring a computer – and work on whatever project you're excited about in a social, but productive atmosphere. There will be no awards or prizes, just a place to work on a project, meet and catch up with other developers, find project partners, and have an evening out.
Community welcome, attendance is by donation.
Click HERE for more information, and to register.
Sponsored by No Problem

Sierra Commons is proud to be co-sponsoring this event.

CleanStart PowerUP, presented by SARTA

You’ll be able to connect with your colleagues, pitch your product or company in your very own promotional video (included in the attendance fee), receive feedback on your clean tech product ideas and possibly win the 4 minute video raffle prize — good luck!   

  • Learn what your colleagues are doing and tell the crowd what you’re up to. If you have a new product or program, come share it with the community!
  • Pitch your product or company with your very own promotional video, included in the attendance fee.
  • Meet investors, entrepreneurs, service providers, researchers and more.
  • Learn about the Clean Tech Open and how to participate in 2013.
  • Receive feedback on your clean tech product ideas.

Date:  Tuesday, June 26, 2013

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Esterly Hall | 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Cost: General Admission: $30; SARTA Members: $15, Students: $10


CleanStart is an initiative of SARTA designed to accelerate the development of clean technology ventures within the greater Sacramento region. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital and connections that are critical to creating a successful new business.

  • CONNECTING Sacramento region’s clean tech community through The Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase, Clean Tech Executive Breakfast forums and regional CleanStart Advisory Committee meetings
  • PROMOTING the Sacramento region’s clean tech economy in the annual CleanStart Progress Report, Sacramento Region Clean Tech Cluster interactive map, at The Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase, on social media & news outlets and at statewide and national events
  • EDUCATION Clean Tech business leaders through our Leadership Series: Clean Tech Track offering industry specific content for executives and entrepreneurs

Tech Talk

Wednesday, Mar. 13th, 6-8pm

Rich Javascript visualizations: D3 and Maps

Javascript and HTML5 have turned web browsers in to capable platforms for visualizing data. Join Nelson for a technical exploration of D3, a Javascript library that uses SVG to create powerful interactive visualizations. We'll explore various complex applications built using D3, then look in detail at Javascript source code for simpler examples to learn some of the basic concepts of using D3. Particular attention will be paid to d3.geo and integrating with Leaflet, two ways of working with map-based data.
To see examples of what D3 can do, please visit
Nelson MinarNelson Minar is a software engineer and recent newcomer to Nevada County. From the Santa Fe Institute to the MIT Media Lab to Google, Nelson's interest is complex and beautiful software systems. Recent themes include rich browser applications, geographic data, and presenting unexplored information in interesting ways. He keeps a weblog at
Attendance is by donation, public welcome.

Please RSVP here.

Tech Talks take place at Sierra Commons second Wednesday of every month, 6-8pm

This monthly series, moderated by Robert Trent, was created to inspire the Nevada County technology community and act as a catalyst for collaboration. Informal networking takes place at 6pm, followed by lecture at 7pm (with an incentive for early arrival).