Digest #279      

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There are three big events this week. Boom, boom, boom. Santa Cruz New Tech's Ubertrends is on May 1, MBEP's 2019 Regional Economic Summit is on May 2, and the 82% Micro Business Summit is on May 3. Get the details about these and lots of other events on our events page.  
We've got a lot of news to share this week. Scroll down and start reading! 
Sara Isenberg
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Santa Cruz Tech Beat

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Top Stories  
Initiated in response to a 2017 FAA call for drone innovation site proposals, DART -- Drone, Automation, Robotics Technology -- continues to gain momentum. Read this article.  
Looker was recognized as one of 50 Highest Rated Private Cloud Computing Companies To Work For. Read this article.  
Western Growers has launched a new interactive directory that acts as a marketplace for agtech startups. Read this article
Trebor Scholz will discuss his book Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy at CSUMB's President Speaker Series. Read this article.  
So, Robin, what was it like to appear on the 'Project Runway' episode focused on female video game characters? Read this article.  
Cruzio powers the "Tech-Savvy Heart of Santa Cruz County with a simplified, future-proof network built on Calix AXOS." Read this article.

Cabrillo becomes the first college in CA to launch Landed, a program already helping K-12 school employees in Santa Cruz County buy homes. Read this article.
Digital NEST is "hatching techies" by pointing youth at viable careers. Read this article.    
Steve Benz began his career while still enrolled at UCSC. Three years after graduating, Benz and his team sold Five3 Genomics to NantOmics. Read this article.   
The Startup Challenge celebrate its 10th anniversary. Since launching, >600 companies have participated, >$300K has been awarded, >150 jobs have been created by 2,200 aspiring entrepreneurs who have raised >$10 million in capital. Read this article.   
Who said this? "I really didn't expect to like riding an E-Bike but now I'm, essentially, not using my car. Today, I own two E-bikes, a commuter and a mountain bike. Here is why I'm a fan." 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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