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October 2018

We are happy to announce Peter Weigt as our newest GABA board member!  Peter is currently Senior Director, Corporate Development M&A at SAP. We are looking forward to his contributions to GABA and are excited to welcome him to our community!

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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Main Events

Electric Vehicles: At the Tipping Point or Tipping Over?
Tuesday, October 9 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Exponent, 149 Commonwealth Drive, Menlo Park

GABA invites you to explore the future of electric vehicles together with our panel of experts featuring automotive OEMs, suppliers, and infrastructure providers. It would seem that EV's are closer than ever to reaching the "tipping point" of consumer adoption. This is the point where not just early adopters but the far more numerous "pragmatists" are considering purchases. Please join us to find out more!

From Mobile-First to Video-First: Keeping Up With Consumer Trends
Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Smaato, 240 Stockton Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco

At our event, you will gain an overview of the current mobile video space and the trending topics that are gaining importance this year. We will also include an audience Q&A, so others can share their experiences regarding successful campaigns on mobile. Join us at Smaato's office in Union Square to learn from industry thought leaders and explore practical solutions and best practices over cocktails and sushi at what is sure to be a memorable and insightful evening.

Countdown on European Medical Device Regulation (MDR)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WilmerHale, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

The implementation of the new Medical Device Regulation(s) MDR (& IVDR) in Europe has reached a critical momentum. With only 20 months left on remaining transition period Medical Device Manufacturers, who want to place Medical Devices on the EU market after May 26, 2020 are in a hectic and time-consuming preparation to implement those new regulatory requirements. 
NoCal Stammtisch Meetings
Come mingle and network in the casual environment of the GABA supported Stammtisch meetings, no registration needed, feel free to attend. 

San Francisco Stammtisch 
Monday, October 1, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Wirtshaus
Thursday, October 4, 2018 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wirtshaus LA, 345 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles

Come and celebrate Oktoberfest with us at our next LA Stammtisch business mixer at the traditional German Restaurant and Biergarten Wirsthaus! Enjoy over 35 German beers as well as German and Austrian wines. The menu includes various versions of schnitzel, sausages, potato pancakes, currywurst and pretzels. Enjoy great company and bring your friends, family or colleagues for some fun-filled networking! 

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Kaiserhof
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kaiserhof, 2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego

We welcome you to another fun GABA business mixer at Kaiserhof - a German American restaurant! Come relax on Kaiserhof's outdoor patio with outdoor heating while enjoying great German beers and authentic German food! Kaiserhof is celebrating Oktoberfest with Oktoberfest draft beer for the entire month of October.

Navigating the Workplace after #MeToo
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 06:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Dickerson Insurance Services, 1918 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles

"No Hugs? No Jokes? No Fun?" How should Employers and Employees create a safe Environment in the #MeToo Era? Our expert panel will share legal and managerial thoughts about the current climate in the workplace, creating a reporting culture, and what to do when complaints occur.

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Oktoberfest
Sunday, October 21, 2018 02:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, VIP tent "OC München Bier Hall", Newport Beach

Join us at the GABA OC Oktoberfest Stammtisch/Mixer in the VIP tent "OC München Bier Hall" at the beautiful waterfront location "Newport Dunes" in Newport Beach. Have fun mingling with new and old friends, as well as networking with interesting business contacts, all while enjoying imported German Beers, original German food and authentic live music from Germany.
O'zpaft is!

Partner Events

Perspectives on Cybersecurity
Monday, October 1 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rocketspace, 180 Sansome Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco

GABA is partnering with EIT Digital for an evening all about Cybersecurity.  Please join us for this event to launch National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the Bay Area.

Webinar: "Smart City Parking Solutions: Insights from Germany to the Middle East"
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The city of Bad Hersfeld, Germany, implemented a more streamlined approach to parking management with the help of smart parking IoT solutions. In this webinar, Bad Hersfeld's Mayor, Thomas Fehling, will share how the city deployed this new technology. Register here.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
BMW Group Technology Office
VW Test Center California

Lever X

Individual Members:
Shahira Badran
Christiane Beyer
Jasmin Birke
Alexander Conrad
Torsten Gliewe
Arch Hoffman
Joyce Lau
Sabine Purps
Helmut Schott
Peter Schrennen
Olaf Zoellner

Interest Groups

GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest:

Automotive IG
Clean Technology IG
Cyber Security IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Industry 4.0
Innovation IG
International IG
Life Sciences / Healthcare IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Newcomers IG
Software IG
Wireless / Mobile IG
Women in Business 
Young Professionals IG

Member News

VEM Tooling
VEM Tooling, a global tooling and injection molding company, has added to their medical molding capabilities with the construction of a class 100k cleanroom at their Thailand facility. This will enable VEM to expand their relationship with current medical customers by offering production capabilities, in addition to, the high-precision, multi-cavity, SPI class 101 tools VEM is known for. German owned VEM now has facilities in China, India, and Thailand with plans to add two more locations by 2022.

Alto International School - Open House
Please joins us for our open house events on October 20 and December 1, 2018, to learn about our German-immersion programs. Alto is located in Menlo Park and offers German-immersion preschool and elementary school programs as well as a bilingual, international-minded curriculum for middle and high school students. Alto has provided a German education in Silicon Valley for 30 years and is the only school in the Bay Area to offer the worldwide recognized International Baccalaureate from preschool through high school. Visit to register.

Job Board

Yes Partners - Head of Sales (PCB) USA - San Jose, CA
The company is a technology leader in the PCB industry: Core businesses are Mobile Devices, Automotive, Industrial, Medical, Aviation and Advanced Packaging. The Worldwide HQ is in Europe. More Info here.

Taylor Wessing - Office Manager
Taylor Wessing is looking for an Office Manager for our US office in Menlo Park, California. This role requires a dynamic, flexible and resourceful self-starter who is capable and willing to undertake a wide range of activities to ensure the success of this growing venture within an established organization. The role offers a varied workload and, for the right candidate, an exciting opportunity to develop the role itself. More Info here.

Culture Selection

Goethe Institute - Dance Performance
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3:00pm
101 Zellerbach Hall, #4800, Berkeley

Together with 13 dancers, Sasha Waltz visualizes the inner and outer appearances of the human body, its beauty and ugliness, its mortality, and the dream of the perfect body. What is the body? What does it consist of? The human organism is shown as both a unified system and a fragmentation of its individual parts. The represented anatomy joins perfectly in the geometry of the room. This event is part of Deutschlandjahr. Deutschlandjahr is a year-long campaign of the German government with the goal of presenting today's Germany to people across the entire U.S. More info here.
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