Oakland’s community has an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit.

By Minoo Akbarian (Steering Committee Member, 2.Oakland)

Like most people, I used to hear about the city of Oakland’s exciting restaurants, blooming arts & culture, and hot nightlife all the time. BUT it was not until about a year ago that I learned about the growing array of technology firms that call Oakland home.

Oakland’s tech companies (Pandora, Sungevity, Xantrion, LiveScribe and Bright Source Energy to name a few) are lured to Oakland by short commutes, temperate weather, great public transportation and freeway access, a centrally situated Bay Area location, attractive real-estate prices and an enthusiastic, business-friendly community with an entrepreneurial spirit.

I learned this by attending an event at the Den at the Fox Theater that was promoted by Two Point Oakland (formerly known as InOak) and sponsored by DBL investors, a woman-led VC firm. That event changed my whole perspective on what this city is all about!

Two Point Oakland will hold the “2.Oak Tech Innovator Awards” event on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the beautiful Kaiser Rooftop Garden. This event is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other hundreds of Oakland and East Bay technology innovators.

The evening will include a special meetup for tech company CEO’s, Innovator and People’s Choice Awards, sponsor and tech exhibit areas, music by Pandora DJ’s, and plenty of food and drink from Oakland food community. This year, 2.Oakland has announced “innovator” nominees in four categories: Clean Technology, Digital Technology, Investment, and Open Data. Winners will be announced at the event.

We anticipate a vibrant mixture of tech innovators, entrepreneurs and business professionals attending this event and we invite you to be part of it as well. To learn more about Two Point Oakland and the Tech Innovator Awards event, click here – and like us on Facebook.

Women 2.0 readers: Who is interested in the events of Two Point Oakland uniting tech companies and startups in Oakland?

Photo credit: Jeff Rosen on Flickr.

About the guest blogger: Minoo Akbarian is a Steering Committee Member for 2.Oakland. She has worked at several technology companies where she held engineering and product management positions. She was a mentor at the Technovation Challenge 2011 and now is a 2.Oakland steering committee member. She is currently advancing her programming skills while leading the development of a web product that combines her passion for food and technology. Minoo holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from USC.