Digest #265
It was a treat to share "why I do what I do" with 220+ supportive and enthusiastic people from our community at Titans of Tech last week. (In fact, your support and enthusiasm are two of the many reasons I do what I do.) 
Our region has a variety of special tech events in the works. CruzHacks just wrapped up on Sunday night. Techstars Startup Weekend, !!Con West, and the Salinas Valley AgTech Summit are coming up. See a list of upcoming events in this weekly digest (look below the news). To view the most complete and up-to-date list of events, go to our events page.  
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Sara Isenberg
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Santa Cruz Tech Beat

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Top Stories   
!!Con West ("Bang Bang Con West") announces a diverse range of speakers for their two-day celebration of the "joy, excitement, surprise of computing." Read this article
Chris Neklason: "My needs as a citizen to understand how something works in my community are represented exactly nowhere in the attention economy." Read this article.
The DART vision is to establish & operate a world-class Drone, Automation, Robotics Technology testing & development cluster in the Monterey Bay region. Read this article.  
The 2019 Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit is March 26-27. The event will highlight how industry players can leverage innovation for increased productivity and strategic advantage. Read this article.

At its 3rd anniversary celebration, Western Growers tech incubator discussed the state of the agtech industry, and unveils Grower Trial Network and Crop-Collaborative Initiative. Read this article.
Plantronics launches Calisto 3200 and Calisto 5200, two new portable USB speakerphones for mobile and remote workers. Read this article.  
Buoy makes the (TV) news. Did you know that some smart home devices may help you save on some homeowners insurance? Watch the video.
Nick Caldwell shares his wisdom on preparing for a mentoring relationship. "Mentoring isn't a one-way street, it's a super-highway." Read this article.  
PredPol celebrates its 7th year as a company. However, its origins stretch back much farther than their incorporation in 2012. Read this article
Note: Dates, times, and locations are all subject to change. Be sure to check the event website, just in case! 
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