Digest #267
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If you're a regular reader, you know that Salinas has branded itself as the #agtech capital of the world. The Salinas Valley AgTech Summit 2019 will take place in late March. IBM's Food TrustTM Offering director will talk about block chain technology for food safety at this year's summit. Also in Salinas, The Western Grower Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) is launching The Grower Trial Network (GTN). Learn more about GTN in a Q&A this week with Dennis Donohue, WGCIT's Consulting Director. 
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IBM Food TrustTM Offering Director, Suzanne Livingston, will present on blockchain technology for food safety at the Salinas Valley Ag Technology Summit in March. Read this article
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Created to benefit the agricultural industry as a whole, including farmers, agtech start-ups, venture capitalists, and ag stakeholders, what is the Grower Trial Network and why is it important? Read this article.  
The Monterey Bay Drone, Automation and Robotics technology (DART) initiative unites industry, academia, and government to grow and attract good-fit, clean tech DART companies to the region. Read this article.

Plantronics announces its first entrée into the huddle room video market with its new plug-and-play video bar, Polycom Studio. Read this article.
CruzHacks has established its credibility inside and outside of Santa Cruz. The 36 hours of hacking over one weekend in January were as hectic as they were productive. Read this article.  
Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup will highlight top projects from CruzHacks 2019 at the February 6 event. Read this article.
Note: Dates, times, and locations are all subject to change. Be sure to check the event's website, just in case! 
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