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SAN DIEGO, California (November 21, 2016) – The Child’s Primary School (TCPS) of San Diego, California, today announced that they are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11).
The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the tech industry.

With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code and President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

At TCPS, we are using Hour of Code to build on the coding projects we have done all year in every grade. We have technical professionals from Qualcomm, Intuit, Ocean Aero, United States Navy, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, City of San Diego, Microsoft and other great organizations coming in participate in hands-on activities with our students and to give talks on the real-world applications of coding.

On Friday, December 9th from 2 pm to 3pm, we are inviting the community to attend our Hour of Code assembly at TCPS. Visitors can see the coding activities our students worked on during Hour of Code/Computer Science Education week and meet members of some of the fine organizations that are helping us. Please join us.

When: Friday, December 9, 2016 from 2 pm to 3 pm
Where: 3811 Mt. Acadia Blvd., San Diego, CA 92111
Contact: Jen Clark, Marketing Director, (858) 212-2808

About The Child’s Primary School (TCPS)
Founded on the belief that The Child Is Primary, TCPS maintains a commitment to preparing students for the future so that they may be successful in high school, college, and in life. The “future” that faces our students is one that will require them to do more than prepare for the next test. They will be called on to address challenging and complex issues. For over 30 years TCPS has been committed to a philosophy that emphasizes teaching the process of learning, of problem solving, and of critical thinking. Along with a challenging academic program, TCPS mindfully demonstrates to students how to develop the individual and interpersonal skills that will allow them to develop into leaders in the emerging global community. To learn more, please visit our website at www.tcps.org.

The Art of Marketing conference, hosted by the San Diego chapter of the American Marketing Association (San Diego AMA), has announced three keynote speakers for the annual event. Held on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar, from 7:30 am – 6:30 pm. The Art of Marketing will feature Aaron Carpenter, CCO of HubNami and former VP of Global Marketing at The North Face; Chris Goward, Founder and CEO of Widerfunnel; and Rob Fugetta, CEO of Zuberance.

With a theme of “Closing the Loop,” the 6t h annual Art of Marketing (#SDAOM) will bring together experts across industries to share knowledge on how to attribute efforts, track consumer interactions throughout the funnel, and continuously iterate on marketing strategies – insights that are critical for allocating a marketing budget and utilizing assets to create the most success.

Carpenter is the Chief Customer Officer and co-founder of HubNami, a social media intelligence platform for global retailers. Carpenter is also the CEO of ACV Consulting where he advises global outdoor brands and technology startups on brand strategy, digital marketing, ecommerce, user experience, sales, and demand generation. Carpenter has 18 years experience in digital marketing, ecommerce, site design, and sales. He was most recently Vice President of Global Marketing at The North Face. Under his marketing leadership, it was the first brand in the VF Corp portfolio to break the $2 billion in revenue barrier.

Goward founded WiderFunnel with the belief that marketing agencies should prove their value. When companies like Google, IBM, Magento, and 1-800 Flowers want to improve their marketing results, they call Goward. He is the brain behind the LIFT Model® and Infinity Optimization ProcessTM , conversion optimization strategies that consistently lift results for leading companies. He wrote the book “You Should Test That!” which redefined conversion rate optimization and has spoken at more than 300 events globally, showing how to create dramatic business improvements.

Fuggetta is founder/CEO of Zuberance, a leading advocate marketing company, and author of the book, “Brand Advocates: Turning Enthusiastic Customers into a Powerful Marketing Force.” Fuggetta was formerly CMO at Genuity, a Verizon spin-out. He also was a partner at Regis McKenna, Inc., the legendary high tech market communications firm in Palo Alto, CA, where he co-led the global Apple account. Fuggetta has spoken on brand advocacy at Ad Tech, TedX, the Word of Mouth Marketing Summit, the Online Marketing Summit and others. The Online Marketing Summit has named Rob one of the Top 40 Digital Marketers in the U.S.

The full lineup of speakers and workshops will be announced in October 2016. Attendees will also have the chance to learn from and connect with these marketing industry thought leaders:

● Shanda Maloney , Director of Digital Marketing and Social Media, UFC
● Wayne Partello , CMO, San Diego Padres
● Mark Weslar, VP of Marketing, Karl Strauss
● Frank Cowell , President, Elevator Agency
● Gary Ware , Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Tower 33 Digital
● Dr. Kenneth Wilbur , Professor, UCSD Rady School of Management

“I’m very grateful for the caliber of accomplished marketing professionals from world-renowned brands who are joining us at the Art of Marketing conference in San Diego,” said David Palmer, president of San Diego AMA. “This conference is fast becoming the San Diego marketing community’s can’t-miss marketing event for mid to senior-level marketers. Attendees will be able to directly apply valuable information about how to drive traffic more efficiently and effectively, convert customers into long-lasting relationships, and more.”

Tickets are on sale now for $299 for non-AMA members. Attendees can save on the cost of registration by becoming an AMA member and purchasing tickets for $149. Professional development discount packages are available for companies interested in sending multiple representatives. For more information on the Art of Marketing conference, including sponsorship opportunities and registration, visit sdama.org/aom.

About San Diego AMA
The San Diego Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) is a professional organization that is committed to developing powerhouse marketers within the San Diego business community. For high-performing marketers who are serious about furthering their careers, San Diego AMA is the only education- and networking-focused organization that provides information, resources, international presence, and valuable connections in a fun, approachable environment where its members can achieve their personal development goals. For more information, please visit www.sdama.org.

San-Diego-AMA-Art-of-Marketing-Conference-Closing-Loop-624x374SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2016) – The 6th annual Art of Marketing conference (#SDAOM), hosted by the San Diego chapter of the American Marketing Association (San Diego AMA), will be held Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. Featuring local and national marketing experts as keynote speakers, panel discussions, and solution-finding breakout sessions, this full-day conference will draw 250 to 350 integrated marketing professionals from across the region.

This year’s theme is “Closing the Loop,” which acknowledges the importance of continuous learning and applying measurement insights to optimize marketing campaign performance and conversion rates. The conference will bring together experts from across industries to share knowledge of how to attribute marketing efforts, track consumer interactions throughout the funnel, and create an iterative strategy – all insights that are critical for allocating marketing budget and effectively utilizing resources, resulting in the best return.
“This conference is a fantastic learning and networking opportunity for mid to senior-level integrated marketers in San Diego,” said David Palmer, President of the San Diego AMA. “We are planning an incredible lineup of speakers and facilitators who will bring innovative, practical solutions and ideas that marketers can directly apply to enhance their campaign performance.”

Attendees will learn practical strategies and ideas to make smarter marketing decisions, drive traffic more efficiently and effectively, convert customers into long-lasting relationships and create a culture of continuous innovation. Session topics include how to measure and determine KPIs of a campaign, micro-moment trends in social media, marketing automation best practices, tips to create compelling video content, and more. Keynote and session speakers will be announced in early October.
Tickets are on sale now, and attendees can save over 50% on the cost of registration by becoming an AMA member. Professional development discount packages are available for companies interested in sending multiple members of their marketing teams. For more information on the Art of Marketing conference, including sponsorship opportunities and registration, visit sdama.org/aom.

SAN DIEGO– San Diego-based start-up WowYow has partnered with Myspace to provide viewers with an all-new video experience. Myspace viewers are now able to discover more about the things that interest them in a video.

WowYow’s exciting and innovative online video technology discovers what is in a scene for the viewer to explore. The people, fashion, gear, music, locations, and more can now be explored within select Myspace videos.

This application of interactive video technology is an industry first and the beginning of an all-new video strategy.

“Myspace adopted WowYow’s video plugin to increase engagement and monetization and we are excited to have them in our Top 8,” said WowYow executive, Jarett Boskovich.

Visit https://myspace.com/pages/wowyow for more information about the partnership and to experience the all-new video strategy.

Contacts
WowYow
Jarett Boskovich, 844-496-9969
jarett@woyow.com

December 17, 2015 — San Diego, CA — Pixite LLC announced today the release of Pigment 1.0 for iPhone and iPad. With built-in support for Apple Pencil, 3D touch, and a wide assortment of coloring tools, Pigment is the only coloring book app to support freehand coloring, and is the closest thing digitally to coloring on paper. Pigment also stands out with its hundreds of hand curated, professionally drawn illustrations, 8 different kinds of pencils, markers and brushes, and an unlimited number of colors to choose from.

Research has shown that coloring and doodling on paper have substantial therapeutic effects by lowering stress and anxiety, and improving relaxation and concentration. By allowing artists to color using strokes of their finger, Apple Pencil, or a third-party stylus, Pigment can offer those same therapeutic effects on the iPhone and iPad. In fact, Pigment is the only coloring book app that allows freehand coloring, while the rest of the apps are tap-to-fill.

By varying the strokes, the coloring tool, and tool characteristics, each piece of artwork takes a life of its own like never before. The size and opacity of the tools like the colored pencil can always be adjusted using the intuitive onscreen controls. 3D Touch enabled iPads and iPhones, and the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil take the controls to the next level by allowing the user to change the opacity using pressure. Using the Apple Pencil, the user can even control the shape of the tip by changing direction and tilt. The outcome is the most realistic coloring experience on a digital device.
Color selection is often a challenge for the coloring book artist, especially when there is an unlimited number of colors to choose from. Pigment’s innovative approach is 14 hand selected palettes of 9 colors, with a shade control for each. The palettes offer a cohesive combination of colors, a great starting point for anyone. In addition, by using Pigment’s shade control, artists are able to select any shade of any color in the palette instantly. Not only does the shade control save time in selecting similar colors, it lets the user access an unlimited number of colors in the simplest way possible.
Although coloring is often done to fulfill personal needs, Pigment also makes it easy to share work with friends and family. The available sharing options are email, SMS text, Facebook, and other social networks.

Pigment is a free app with an optional subscription to the Pigment Premium Access service, the key to the entire library of 200+ professionally drawn illustrations and updates to new books. Premium Access also unlocks the saving of non-watermarked, high-resolution images of artwork, up to 4096×4096 pixels.

Features
Pigment is the only coloring book app that lets you color in without tapping-and-fill 200+ professionally illustrated works to color 8 kinds of coloring tools — colored pencil, marker, paint brush, fill, airbrush, circle brush, linear gradient, and radial gradient
Fully supports finger, Apple Pencil, and third-party stylus input
Unlimited number of colors using the professionally curated palettes and the innovative shade control

App Details
Supports iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 and above
Free universal app with in-app subscription
App Store page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pigment-only-true-coloring/id1062006344?ls=1&mt=8&pt=14691&ct=medium&at=11l4HQ
Links, Photos, and Screenshots
COMPLETE PRESS KIT including images below: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hytk6qvtbox61f2/AADebYRU3doRga8DGwW8csI3a?dl=0
Website: http://pigmentapp.co
Video: https://vimeo.com/148680379
Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pigment-only-true-coloring/id1062006344?ls=1&mt=8&pt=14691&ct=medium&at=11l4HQ
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pigment_app
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pigment_app/

GuruSAN DIEGO (Oct. 16, 2015) – Today, The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, launched an audio-guided indoor mapping app, powered by Guru, a new experiential technology company that creates apps and solutions for cultural institutions. Through Guru’s cutting-edge technology, sightseers are now able to easily navigate the Museum and further explore never-before heard information about specific exhibitions. The San Diego Museum of Art’s app is free and easily downloadable on iOS and Android devices, full content access is available for $5, and empowers people to rediscover the institution’s many treasures with convenience.
“We are thrilled to partner with The San Diego Museum of Art to help transform and enhance the learning experience for all visitors. This world-renowned museum features well-known American and international exhibitions and now, with this new app, visitors can elevate their experience like never before,” said Paul Burke, founder and CEO of Guru. “By providing people a platform that empowers them to take charge of their own learning adventure through educational games, fun facts, and customized tour options, we are reinventing the way people interact with cultural institutions.”

The San Diego Museum of Art app features 150 audio tour stops, full mapping of the museum, hours of video, various themed tours and more for both seasoned and first-time visitors to further immerse themselves into the art experience. The app features full beacon enabled technology, including a focus on creative, captivating and approachable content that automatically appears on a smartphone as you walk up to the items, highlighting the history behind the museum’s wide range of collections. Guru integrates consumable knowledge and entertaining factoids within the app breaking down any possible barriers and solely focusing on the stories by serving up pieces of information visitors can easily understand in the most educational and interactive way possible. In addition, users can collaboratively interact with others by posting tips for future visitors, sharing where they have been and mapping visits ahead of time.

“In today’s society, more than half of our visitors carry a smartphone, which makes it essential for us to change the way we distribute information and leverage the advanced solutions of technology,” said Dieter Fenkart-Fröschl, chief operating officer of The San Diego Museum of Art. “We are thrilled to offer our visitors this app, powered by Guru. It allows visitors from all ages to learn more about compelling content surrounding our works of art, exhibitions and the institution’s history. We hope to encourage art education in new ways by offering a solution to our visitors that is accessible from the palm of their hands.”

Once logged in, the app’s technology is able to instantly pinpoint a person’s location as they explore. As users pass through each exhibition, the app lights up with information regarding artists, history, inventors and other hidden secrets waiting to be unveiled.
Guru is in the process of partnering with other museums and organizations locally and internationally to unlock other treasures and mysteries that follow behind each piece or place.

For more information on Guru, please visit: www.theguru.co.
For more information on The San Diego Museum of Art, please visit: www.sdma.org.

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About Guru:
Guru is an experiential technology company that creates apps and solutions for scenic attractions including museums, parks, aquariums and zoos to change the way attendees experience learning at cultural institutions. Guru’s educational platform utilizes cutting-edge solutions to help users easily navigate and explore a specific exhibit or city attraction in seconds by providing exciting information and various tour options fitting for everyone’s interests. The app, customized for each institution, is easily downloadable and available on iOS and Android devices and serves as an expert tour guide to encourage users to take ownership of their own experiences in a modernized way. The Guru team seeks to bring a fresh perspective on how to approach learning at large establishments and assist individuals in rediscovering historical hidden gems that come with exploring well-known attractions.

Website: www.theguru.co
Facebook: theguruapp Twitter: @yourguruapp

About The San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum of Art is located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego, Calif., 92101. General Information, (619) 232-7931, Group Sales: (619) 696-1935, Website: http://www.sdmart.org/art-alive-2015 Twitter: @SDMA, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheSanDiegoMuseumofArt

Providing a rich and diverse cultural experience, The San Diego Museum of Art houses the world’s finest art in America’s Finest City. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned collections include Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings including the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings, and 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculptures. The Museum regularly features major exhibitions of art from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. At The San Diego Museum of Art, exhibition text is always in English and Spanish.

CONNECTSAN DIEGO (October 7, 2015) – CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with an autumn-themed soiree on October 29. The event is an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the growth of San Diego’s innovation community over the last 30 years, as well as look to the future of San Diego’s technology and life sciences sectors. The evening is free with pre-registration, open to all, and will highlight some of the hottest start-ups and growing companies in San Diego.

“CONNECT is the very definition of a community organization – a place where people come together to make San Diego a better place,” said Greg McKee, CEO of CONNECT. “We’re looking forward to gathering with our friends and fellow San Diegans to mark this special milestone to celebrate our legacy, as well as our future – a continued and renewed commitment to the growth of innovation companies in San Diego.”

Guests at the event will get a first look at CONNECT’s new office space located at 4790 Eastgate Mall, Suite 125 in the UTC area of San Diego. Designed by bkm OfficeWorks and Hollander Design Group, the new CONNECT office physically reflects the organization’s mission of growing the innovation community through collaboration. At the event, CONNECT will also formally debut its new website, redesigned in partnership with MJD Interactive, which highlights the stories of entrepreneurs past and present.

From 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, CONNECT Springboard companies, alumni, and mentors; a deep guest list of innovation luminaries; a host of San Diego dignitaries past and present; and those who support innovation in San Diego will be in attendance. A Halloween theme, live DJ, food trucks, and craft beer will set the stage for celebration while attendees enjoy lawn games, hear company pitches from the best and brightest of San Diego’s growing companies in tech and life sciences, and chat with a veritable who’s who in San Diego’s innovation community.

CONNECT invites the public to pre-register to attend the free event via this link.

For more information about CONNECT, visit connect.org.

ABOUT CONNECT
CONNECT is a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. By creating an environment in which entrepreneurs and C-suite executives have access to the people, capital, and technology resources they need for success, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies since 1985. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful organizations linking entrepreneurs and C-suite executives with the resources they need for the commercialization of innovative products and services; our program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world.

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SAN DIEGO (Sept. 28, 2015) – Guru, a new experiential technology company that creates apps and solutions for cultural institutions, transforms and revolutionizes the way people experience and learn from museums and popular scenic attractions including parks, aquariums and zoos through its interactive and audio-guided indoor mapping technologies. Guru’s one-of-a-kind educational approach utilizes cutting-edge technology to help individuals easily navigate and explore spaces and city attractions in a personal way. This essential tool encourages modern and non-traditional storytelling for people to gain knowledge of various facets such as history, arts, science and more.

“I created Guru to make learning more fun and change people’s current perception of cultural institutions and tours,” said Paul Burke, founder and CEO of Guru. “Guru helps both parties, the attendees and attractions, to elevate the level of user interactivity as we work with establishments to find a solution that speaks to their audience in a modern and digestible way. We are passionate and determined to present a new way for visitors to interact with museums, parks and attractions and remind consumers to not be afraid to merge learning and entertainment. In addition, Guru strives to empower users to take ownership of their cultural experiences, now easily accessible at the palm of their hands.”

Users can access guided tours through a specific institutions’ group-friendly tour app, powered by Guru, or choose to explore on their own by creating a personalized and customizable tour. Easily downloadable and available on iOS and Android devices, each easy-to-use app is able to pinpoint a person’s location via Bluetooth capability and lights up with engaging information and factoids as an individual walks by a specific exhibit. Guru powered apps have multiple features allowing visitors to make the most out of tours, including virtual augmented reality capabilities and time-saving functions that allow visitors to map out tours ahead of time, in addition to other various educational and useful tools.

Currently, Guru is partnered with Balboa Park, San Diego Museum of Art and USS Iowa Museum. Most of Guru’s apps are free for everyone and features over 120 audio tours stops, various themed tours, numerous language translation options and more advanced technology solutions specific to a particular institutions’ needs.

Guru is in talks with a variety of other museums and organizations across the country and worldwide to unlock other treasures and mysteries that follow behind each piece or place.

For more information on Guru, please visit: www.theguru.co.

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About: Guru is an experiential technology company that creates apps and solutions for scenic attractions including museums, parks, aquariums and zoos to change the way attendees experience learning at cultural institutions. Guru’s educational platform utilizes cutting-edge solutions to help users easily navigate and explore a specific exhibit or city attraction in seconds by providing exciting information and various tour options fitting for everyone’s interests. The app, customized for each institution, is easily downloadable and available on iOS and Android devices and serves as an expert tour guide to encourage users to take ownership of their own experiences in a modernized way. The Guru team seeks to bring a fresh perspective on how to approach learning at large establishments and assist individuals in rediscovering historical hidden gems that come with exploring well-known attractions.

Webpass has been a driving force in changing the Internet and they’ve recently expanded services to Mission Valley. Webpass entered the San Diego market in 2013, with the idea of making people rethink their Internet. They did this by designing a product that was better and less expensive than what competitors could provide, making Webpass one of San Diego’s newest disruptive innovators. Their business model has proven successful through the simplicity of set-up, absence of contracts, blazing fast speeds and personable customer service.

“We anticipate our first building will be turned on in late July. We look forward to sharing our services with the businesses and residents of Mission Valley”, stated Charles Barr, President of Webpass. They’ll be offering residential and business services with plans to initially focus on business as there has been strong demand the last several years in Mission Valley. Soon thereafter, they will deploy their residential service to multi-family buildings built after 1995 with 10 units or more.

SAN DIEGO (May 13, 2015) – Today, PIZICATO, the digital donation platform for musicians powered by fans, launched a mobile app for iOS. This app and technology is the first of its kind and unites the musician and fan through digital and social platforms, allowing users to directly impact the musician’s career path and quality of life. Music fans can now donate to any artist or band when they are most inspired to, whether it is at a concert or when they hear a new song for the first time. This innovative new app acts as a digital donation jar, empowering anyone to take a stand on sustaining the music industry instantly from the palm of their hand.

Currently, the app is equipped with a user-friendly search tool for fans to identify their favorite musician or band. Once a musician or band signs up they receive a unique QR code to freely use on their promotional and marketing materials. The QR code feature takes users to the musician’s PIZICATO profile page to make it even easier to donate and support. The app also has a flashlight to use when in dim venues or at night festivals and concerts. The platform works by using Facebook’s application programming interface (API) to connect the fan to the musician’s Facebook Page. This allows the fan to donate directly to the artist, band, or musician of their choice via PayPal. The donations are all tax-free to the artist, and the artist receives 82 percent of the donations made. The rest goes back to PIZICATO.com to cover PayPal fees and operational costs to ensure continued donating, thereby creating a more sustainable music industry.

“Being a lifelong music fan, I love how easy it has become to listen to my favorite music and discover new artists through online streaming sites; however, I am disappointed with how these changes have impacted the way artists are compensated. The launch of this app is a very important component to our business model because it enables fans to give back to music with a press of a button while they are in the moment at live shows,” explained Jeff Storm, longtime entrepreneur and co-founder of PIZICATO. “Music is such a personal, visceral experience and some of it resonates so deeply that I’d like to personally say thank you to the artists and share how they’ve impacted my life. We believe PIZICATO.com and our new app are effective ways to make a difference,” stated Jeano Erforth, co-founder of PIZICATO.

The digital platform and app are currently only optimized for donating to musicians and bands. Profile support is not yet available in the app, but musicians and fans can create an account at www.PIZICATO.com. The minimum donation is four dollars and artists are able to send a personalized note to their fans after receiving the donation, allowing for a deeper sense of community and connection.

For more information on how to sign up or to learn more, please visit: www.PIZICATO.com
or download the free app now in the App Store.

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About PIZICATO
pizzicato 1 |ˌpitsəˈkädō|
adverb [ no obj. ]
(Often as a direction) plucking the strings of a violin or other stringed instrument with one’s finger.

PIZICATO is a new digital platform and app, available for iOS, which allows fans to donate directly to musicians. Join the PIZICATO revolution and pull your own music strings. For more information on PIZICATO, please visit www.PIZICATO. Become a Facebook fan at Facebook.com/WeArePIZICATO, join our circle on Google+ or follow PIZICATO on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Spotify at @WeArePIZICATO.