Digest #268
Based on the variety of articles I'm sharing today, last week was a news-rich week. Among other things, I learned that Eventbrite's CEO has an early connection to Santa Cruz. The source article is behind the NY TImes paywall so if you're not a subscriber, I hope you still have some freebees left.
Find out more about Bud Colligan, learn about the Passive Cleaner Boat Bot, and kudos to Digital NEST for gaining some national attention. As usual, there's more, so scroll down and starting reading
Sara Isenberg
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"Maybe it was growing up in Santa Cruz or maybe I was just born with it, but human energy, I just feel it so much," says Julia Hartz, Eventbrite CEO. (There's an Ugly Mug connection, too). Read this article
When Bud Colligan was in college he founded Vital Vittles which grew into one of the largest student-owned businesses in the country. It was a sign of things to come. Read this article.
Let's keep microplastics out of our oceans. Passive Cleaner Boat Bot is an autonomous boat and net system that would drift along coastlines and collect garbage . Read this article.  
Digital NEST has the rare opportunity to be featured on a vast, national platform and help shift the narrative around the potential of youths in farming communities like Watsonville and Salinas. Read this article.

"Let's help ensure that this tech community we've created here in Santa Cruz is one that welcomes women." NextSpace presents a Women in Tech panel on March 5. Read this article.
Designing for emotional humans can be a daunting task. Designers often approach this by simplifying the problem and finding ways to group users together into easily identifiable traits. If only it were that easy. Read this article.  
Western Digital, UCSC Genomics Institute, and Baskin Engineering have entered into a joint R&D agreement to accelerate genomics sequencing workflows. Read this article.
A major data release includes detailed maps of thousands of nearby galaxies. It's a huge stellar library. Read this article.  
A novel ruthenium-based catalyst developed at UCSC has shown markedly better performance than commercial platinum catalysts in alkaline water electrolysis for hydrogen production. Read this article
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