Connecting Things is an event series that promotes the ideas, collaborations and knowledge that make us creatives and doers great.

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Orange County, CA

Colorado Springs, CO

Louisville, KY

Denton County, TX

Upcoming Events


Alex Sparks & Bret Hawkins – Founders of Keep Exploring and GnomeCones


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Connecting Things Orange County: Business for Social and Sustainable Good Panel

Panel: Business for Social and Sustainable Good


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Past Events

Connecting Things Orange County June Event: Collaboration Panel with Russ Rommelfanger, Renee Granillo, and Vicki Tan

Collaboration, Inclusion, & Teamwork Panel

Orange County

June, 2017 • at FLDWRK

Our June event was a hit at Fldwrk Costa Mesa. Our panel event on Collaboration, Inclusion, and Teamwork included an amazing lineup of panelists: Vicki Tan (product designer at Headspace and formerly of Lyft), Renee Granillo (Director of Design at Column Five), and Russell Rommelfanger (Founder and Executive Creative Director at We Are Envoy). Topics of discussion included fostering an inclusive, diverse, healthy and happy team; how to check our ego and embrace the critique, and tips and tools for collaboration from our guest panelists. Panel was moderated by our hilarious co-founder Josh Ariza.


Meredith Crawford, Blogger/Writer/Social Media Guru

Denton County, TX

June 7, 2017 • at MCL Grande

Our speaker is blogger, writer and social media guru Meredith Crawford One Social Girl. Her topic: Vulnerability isn’t weakness, it is creating the opportunity to be seen by others. After experiencing the freedom that is found in vulnerability, Meredith has gone from sheepish to social in both her business and personal life. Check out some of Meredith’s work at Free coffee provided by the wonderful crew Edison Coffee Co.

May 2017 Connecting Things with Mark Brickey of AID podcast

Mark Brickey – AID Podcast Creator

Orange County

May 3, 2017 • at FLDWRK • Sponsored by Vitamin T

AID Podcast continually ranks in the top 10 design podcasts on iTunes thanks to the diligence and passion of creator and host Mark Brickey. He’s interviewed creatives ranging from Paul Gaudio (Global creative director at Adidas), to Mike hammer (of Violent Gentlemen Hockey Club), to Julie Anixter (Executive director of AIGA), to Benny Gold, Johnny Cupcakes and more. Across 400 interviews with successful people, Mark has gathered insight into everything from creative block, inspiration, freelance, entrepreneurship, pricing, failure and more. He’ll share his favorite lessons.

connecting things meet up

Join us the first Wednesday of every month for:

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Food & Bevs

Free snack and drinks provided by our generous sponsors. 

people talking

Good Conversations

Mingle with old friends, meet new ones, talk shop, connect.

Talk or Panel

Featured speaker(s) takes the mic to drop some knowledge.

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Once the gig is over, login to social media and connect with your new friends.