Events @ RocketSpace

RocketStudios is the central gathering place on the RocketSpace campus. With over 6,000 sqf of dedicated event space on the 3rd floor of 180 Sansome Street, we host high quality tech events from happy hours, tech panels, pitch offs, and fireside chats.

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  1. Jul

    1. RocketU Class: Free Intro to Python Web Frameworks
      6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


      Tuesday, July 29th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
      RocketStudios, 180 Sansome St, 3rd Floor, San Francisco

      Ever wondered why so many coders use Python? Come learn all about Web Fundamentals & Python at our FREE event this upcoming Tuesday.
      This class will cover:
      • An overview of web development languages
      • An intro to web frameworks and why we use them
      • Why companies like Pinterest, Eventbrite, and Instagram use Django
      • Information about the 12-week developer bootcamp at RocketU
      No prior coding experience necessary. Drinks provided!

  2. Jul

    1. Business & Beers
      5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Come talk shop and drink beers!

  3. Aug

    1. Trend Panel: Alternative Approaches to Learning
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm



      Whether it’s in a classroom, at the workplace, online, or on the go, people of all ages are engaging with innovative learning models everywhere they look. 

      Spend an evening exploring alternative learning models, and hearing from leaders practicing diverse approaches to 21st century skill acquisition. We’ll talk about approaches to interactive learning, how we choose relevant skills, and what new technologies are making waves in the education ecosystem. 



      6:00pm – 6:30pm – Networking, Light Appetizers + Drinks

      6:30pm – 7:30pm – Welcome and Panel Discussion

      7:30pm – 8:00pm – Q&A

      8:00pm – 8:30pm – Networking


      Diana Stepner VP of Innovation Partnerships & Developer Relations, Pearson 

      Diana is the VP of Innovation Partnerships and Developer relations at Pearson. She helps business units accelerate digital innovation, drives global partnerships with startups, builds relationshps with developer communities, including incubators and startups, and runs the Pearson Catalyst for Education accelerator program.



      Jane Yu Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy, AltSchool

      Jane heads up partnerships and philanthropy for AltSchool. Previously, she worked in Strategic Partnerships for Samsung’s Open Innovation Center and in Marketing Programs and Sales Development at Google. She earned a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


      Nick Almond Vice President of Education, RocketU

      Nick is the head of RocketSpace’s education program RocketU, a web development bootcamp for full-stack python engineers. He previously held senior executive positions at Princeton Review, Kaplan, Disney, and CITI. He has an MBA from UCLA and BA from University of Stirling in the UK. 

      Nick Kappelof Director of New School Development, New Tech Network

      Nick works on the development of New Tech Network schools where he works nationwide with schools, districts and communities to develop innovative public schools that enable students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow. Nick previously worked at the Bronx Lab School in New York City, and he has a Masters in Education Leadership from Columbia University.

      Aaron Vanderwerff Creativity Lab and Science Coordinator, Lighthouse Community Charter School

      Aaron Vanderwerff is passionate about engaging students in “making” and independent inquiry in the classroom, particularly students underrepresented in STEM fields.  Over the past four years, Vanderwerff has integrated making (a combination of engineering practices, science, arts, technology, and crafts) into a class culminating in students exhibiting their independent projects at the Maker Faire.  This year, he has worked with teachers K-12 on integrating making into their classes. Before joining Lighthouse, he taught ninth-grade physics, was science department chair, and coordinated interventions at San Lorenzo High School; and taught math in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso.

      Presented by Pearson:

      Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information, visit and watch our video here. Follow @PearsonLabs and the #PearsonCatalyst hashtag on Twitter to get the most up-to-date news about Pearson Catalyst for Education.

  4. Aug

    1. PANEL EVENT: Open Innovation Power Couples: How corporates and startups partner for success.
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


      Opposites attract, or so goes the adage.  Perhaps it’s no surprise then that corporations and start-ups are increasingly finding not just common ground, but also unique opportunities to team up.

      Start-ups can help corporations amp up their open innovation programs by providing greater access to emerging technologies, highly skilled workforces and reducing R&D costs.

      Corporations can help start-ups get greater access to a wide variety of resources, support scalability, enhance their brand by association and even help gain clients.

      Hear from some “power couples” who have made magic together.  Join us as Michele McConomy, VP of RocketX, RocketSpace’s Corporate Innovation Program, leads an insightful discussion on navigating the waters of open innovation between corporates and startups.

      Panelists will include 3 power couples, the corporate bridgemaker and the startup duos that have partnered together to create win-win relationships.


      6:00pm – 6:30pm – Networking, Food + Drinks

      6:30pm – 7:30pm – Panel Discussion

      7:30pm – 8:00pm – Q&A

      8:00pm – 8:30pm – Networking