June 25, 2014: Google’s Plan to Get Women to Tech Events, How the Electric Daisy Carnival Needs to Change, George Lucas Museum Chooses Chicago

By Beth Kormanik June 25, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

1. GOOGLE’S PLAN TO GET WOMEN TO TECH EVENTS: Trying to make the tech industry more welcome to women and minorities, Google is offering scholarships and discounts to attend its own Google I/O developer conference as well as other tech events. TechCrunch: “Still, for a company with a ~$380 billion market cap, these early efforts seems fairly weak. Sure, sending 100 women to a conference is a step in the right direction, but that’s less than 2 percent of the 6,000 people who are expected to attend Google I/O this week. Google has told TechCrunch that it expects 20 percent of those in attendance to be women this year, so another 100 is kind of only nudging the needle.”

2. HOW THE ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL NEEDS TO CHANGE: The massively popular Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas has no problem attracting fans—about 400,000 attended last weekend—but the experience could be better if organizers added multiple stages and rethought traffic patterns, the amenities, and cell service. Los Angeles Times: “The areas for music at EDC are well-spaced and perfectly organized. … Everything else, though, is kind of randomly scattered around the track's interior. This not only led to big bottlenecks between stages but it also meant that getting a drink or dinner wasn't the respite from all the raving that it should have been. There is a closed food courtyard on the track, but it didn't sell much and was kind of an afterthought. Insomniac should create more devoted, out-of-the-way areas for folks to rehydrate and take a breather.”

3. CHICAGO WINS GEORGE LUCAS MUSEUM: Chicago beat San Francisco and Los Angeles in a bid to house a collection of art and memorabilia from Star Wars director George Lucas. The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is slated to open in 2018. Chicago Tribune: “According to a source, two factors weighed in Chicago's favor. One was that the city draws far more tourists than San Francisco. Chicago set a record in 2012 with 46.37 million visitors while the city of San Francisco attracted 16.51 million visitors that year, according to the San Francisco Travel Association. In addition, the site [Mayor Rahm] Emanuel offered is near the Museum Campus, home to the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium. Lucas hopes to collaborate with his prospective neighbors, the source said.”


P.M.M.I., the Association for Packaging and Processing Technology, which produces the Pack Expo, announced the death of A.J. Janosko, director of expositions.


COAST TO COAST:  The N.B.A.’s largest mobile basketball experience, NBA Nation presented by Sprint, begins its eighth summer tour June 21 at the Washington, D.C., Safeway Barbecue Battle. Other cities on the tour include Philadelphia, Sacramento, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Indianapolis, and Detroit.

CHICAGO:  The Hyde Park Art Center will host its 75th anniversary “BBQ Block Party Bash” on September 13. The event will include interactive artist performances and workshops.

LAS VEGAS:  Las Vegas Review-Journal: “The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority authorized spending $150,000 to fund and promote the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas. But not everybody is on board with details of the event, which is expected to draw 50,000 out-of-town visitors to the city and generate an estimated $35 million in nongaming economic impact.”

LOS ANGELES:  The third annual street vendor competition the Vendy Awards will join up with L.A. Weekly’s Tacolandia, which will feature tacos from more than 40 Southern California and Mexico vendors on Saturday at El Pueblo de Los Angeles downtown.

David Bernahl, co-founder of Coastal Luxury Management, the Monterey-based hospitality management firm behind the production of food and wine events such as Pebble Beach Food & Wine and Los Angeles Food & Wine, has partnered with Charles and Ali Banks, founders of Terroir. They will be working more closely with CLM, focusing on strategic growth opportunities.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

NEW YORK:  Union Square Cafe, the landmark restaurant from Danny Meyer, will leave its location at the end of 2015 and move to a to-be-determined space. Meyer said rising rents in the neighborhood are forcing the move after nearly 30 years. The New York Times:

The “H” in Harlem, a public art installation by Bentley Meeker, debuts tonight at 125th Street and 12th Avenue. CNN’s Don Lemon will preside over a ceremonial lighting of the piece, which features two types of lights illuminating a giant letter H surrounded by an oval aluminum truss. DJ Stormin’ Norman of Harlem’s Sundae Sermon will provide music, and catering will come from Harlem Shake, Dinosaur BBQ, and Carvin’s Mini Donuts.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Wet ‘n Wild Orlando has opened Aqua Drag Racer, a water-based racing attraction that is six stories tall.

TAMPA:  Le Méridien Tampa is now open, occupying a historic former federal courthouse in downtown Tampa that has undergone $26 million in renovations. The new hotel has 130 rooms and 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a ballroom for 150 people.

TORONTO:  As part of WorldPride, the Toronto Botanical Garden will host a free group wedding for L.G.B.T.Q. couples on June 25. Dubbed “My Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding,” the event will include a ceremony and a South Beach-inspired reception.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  AT&T Best Of Washington from Washingtonian magazine is July 16 at the National Building Museum. More than 1,800 guests are expected to attend the event, which includes tastings from 100 restaurants, a silent auction, and activations from sponsors such as BMW.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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