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Cronuts, Swag Bags, Airlines! A Recap of the OfficeNinjas Tech Event in Santa Monica

Well, let’s just say Office Ninjas nailed it once again.

This past Thursday they kicked off their first Santa Monica OfficeNinjas Tech Event. Office Admins of all kinds (from organizations like Assn Celebrity Personal Assistants, IAAP San Fernando Valley Chapter, IAAP Pasadena Chapter, IAAP Citrus Valley Chapter, Estate Managers Coalition) came out to hear first hand from tech vendors showcasing all they got.  Companies included Chewse, CLASH, Crowdtilt, Eventbrite, Felt, Homejoy, IdeaPaint, Poppin, ShipTropolis, Uber and Delta Air Lines.

OfficeNinjas Admingling in Santa Monica

The event was held at Cross Campus, a coworking space. Trend Alert! Hosting events at coworking spaces is officially in! Spaces like this tend to be more affordable and way less formal, creating a cool trendy vibe. It’s also a great way to give back to your community as these spaces are hosts to hard-working independent professionals, startups and entrepreneurs making their marks in the world.

The event started with office admins scoping the scene, mingling with one another, drinking a glass of wine or two and munching on some Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres. At 7pm, the vendors kicked off their presentations. An hour later, attendees took a stroll down vendor lane (this is where folks got the opportunity to grill vendors on their products/services). Afterwards, the closing came with some swweeet raffle prizes!

The highlights of the night:

MistiLynn Lokken, the fabulous event MC!

Misti, introed the event with a fantastic icebreaker. She asked everyone to introduce themselves to the person sitting next to them and share their favorite tech tools. I especially loved this b/c at events like this it can be intimidating to let loose and chat up the stranger sitting next to you. Having Misti come out strong really set the mood for a fun and interactive event.

Not Your Grandma’s Scavenger Hunt!

CLASH‘s  presentation was absolutely awesome. Joe closed out the evening’s presentations with a mini scavenger hunt. The crowd (in teams of two) were given five minutes to complete ten “simple” tasks, which required teams to use a smartphone to capture things like a photo of someone’s open-toed shoes, a split of some sort, and jumping in the air. Best part? The first team to complete all tasks within the allotted time won a ChubbyChecker Jammypack (a.k.a a florescent colored fanny pack with a built-in jambox). No joke! Needless to say the winners of this hunt were super stoked beyond belief. I was definitely jealous. I seriously need a jammypack in my life.

OfficeNinjas passing out their signature swag bags!

I heard a lady in the crowd say “This is just like being on the Oprah show – you get a bag and you get a bag!”. Too cute! The signature swag bags were filled with goodies from the attending companies plus Knock Knock, KRAVE Jerky, Hello Products, TaskRabbit, Abacus Marketing, CM Events, Postable, Peter’s Kettle Corn and Good Bites. And, if you’ve ever attended an Office Ninja event – you know these bags are legit. P.S. if you’ve never been to an Office Ninjas event, GO!



Okay – if you have never tried a Cronut (croissant + donut), you are seriously missing out. I heard them being described as being similar to a churro (west coast) and a doughboy (east coast, specially Rhode Island). Cronut shops are popping up everywhere with insanely long lines. They are deliciously unhealthy and worth every calorie. ;)

Delta Air Lines Grand Raffle Prize!

Crowdtilt’s Executive Assistant taking home the grand prize. This was extra special b/c their EA also presented and worked the vendor table! True ninja form! It was so cool to see a fellow EA take up the challenge of presenting on stage and nail it. To top it off, not only did Delta Air Lines give away one round trip ticket to anywhere within the U.S. – they gave away two(!) round trip tickets for the winner to share with whomever she chooses. #winning

For full coverage of the festivities, check out the facebook album here.

So enough about what I thought – what did you think of the event? If you attended, please comment on this post. I’d love to hear your favorite parts of the evening!



  1. So jealous! I want Office Ninja’s to come to Orlando, FL! Not only do the events look like great fun, but being able to share ideas and learn about the cool tech stuff would be amazing and having all those great minds in one place would be the cherry on top! Hope to see you in 2014~

    1. Hi Lisa! Orlando is one of the most requested cities so it’s definitely on our roadmap. Be sure to follow us on facebook and linkedin group for updates!

  2. This was absolutely the highlight of my week. Been so busy since coming back but had to take a moment to say Office Ninjas rock!

  3. Would love to see you in July 2014 at the IAAP convention in Milwaukee. We hope to get our Canadian IAAP colleagues across the border for this event!

    1. EFAM Anaheim was so much fun! We will try to attend Milwaukee, Carol!

  4. I think you should do one of your events in San Diego. How about in January or February when the rest of the country is either freezing or shoveling snow!

    1. We <3 San Diego! That sounds like a great idea. Would you be interested in helping with the planning? ;)

  5. Nashville, TN would be a perfect location for an Office Ninjas event!

    1. We’re adding it to our list, Karen! We have your email and will message you when we make it there!

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