Digest #166

Here's the news you need to know.

Inboard is still gliding on the momentum of their visit to Shark Tank. Monarch Media shares a case study about pepnet2, a national nonprofit that provides support to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. They've developed a thriving site where users learn and support one another. If you what to be in the thick of AgTech, you'll want to know about the THRIVE Innovation Forum. Learn about Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a regional project among local government agencies to provide electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties.

Are you a freelancer? County of Santa Cruz Supervisor Ryan Coonerty asks if we want The Freelancers Wage Theft Protection Act here in Santa Cruz. Heck, yeah. He's collecting war stories, so now's a good time to weigh in.

And, there's more, so scroll down and start reading!

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Top Stories

Shall we bring the "Freelance Isn't Free Act" to Santa Cruz? Of course! New York was the first city to pass The Freelancers Wage Theft Protection Act. Let your elected official know we want to pass it here, too. Read this article.

In this case study from Monarch Media, learn the secrets of success in creating a participatory online community of more than 16K users. Read this article.  

"For a first-generation product, the Inboard M1 gets a lot right." Still, TechCrunch found some things to critique in their review of Inboard's M1. Read this article.  

The THRIVE Innovation Forum is Feb 1 in Menlo Park. If you're interested in AgTech, this where corporate executives, investors, farmers, and startups will be discussing technologies that are changing the way we'll grow food in the future. Read this article.

A team of UC Santa Cruz graduate students led by computer science professor Marilyn Walker has been chosen by Amazon to compete in the inaugural $2.5 million Alexa Prize Challenge competition. Read this article.

Nineteen local governments have signaled their interest in joining Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a regional project to provide electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Read this article.

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