Digest #219

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It doesn't seem too long ago that I attended a then-new meetup event at the SCPD Community Room but now it's time to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup. We also have news about free wifi in Watsonville, UCSC's annual hackathon, Titans of Tech, Paystand, Plantronics, invention disclosure at UCSC, and exceeding expectations at Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology.

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Under Doug Erickson's capable tutelage, Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup has played a unique role in our tech ecosystem for TEN years. Celebration coming Feb 7! Read this article.  
Santa Cruz Fiber, partnering with City of Watsonville, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Digital NEST, will provide free high speed WiFi in Watsonville Plaza. Read this article.  
Santa Cruz, a hotbed of creativity and ingenuity, "owns its brand" at Titans of Tech. (And, find out why Matthew Swinnerton did the worm across the Dream Inn floor.) Read this article
Paystand has been named in 35 Companies That Are Dominating The Bitcoin Industry. Read this article.
Darrin Caddes, VP of Corporate Design at Plantronics, shares thoughts on creativity, soundscaping, and why he prefers Santa Cruz over Silicon Valley. Read this article
CruzHacks, the 5th annual UCSC Hackathon, widened its scope with 53% first time hackers, 47 majors, and 32 racial and ethnic backgrounds represented at their 2018 event. Read this article.  
Aimed at meeting rising industry demands for a workforce trained in fabrication, Cabrillo Makerspace opens its doors to students and the community. Read this article
More than 50 startups now work with Salinas-based Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology. Those startups have raised more than $26M, and created around 140 jobs. Read this article.
UCSC's invention disclosure form is the first step in the tech transfer process. The Office of Industry Alliances and Technology Commercialization has simplified the process. Read this article.  
Plantronics introduces its first bluetooth neckband headset with earbuds. Read this article.   
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