Digest #168

I took a break over the holidays, but continued to publish news on our website. If you're ever in need of a fix and don't want to wait until Tuesday morning when this weekly digest typically ships, go to our website, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news.

In case you missed it, you can still review our SCTB Highlights of 2016.

Here's the news you need to know since our last digest.

Steve Blum reports on some of the Santa Cruz companies that were at CES. New York Times publishes a nice feature article about Pearl. Bud and Rebecca Colligan establish the Colligan Presidential Chair in Pediatrics Genomics at UCSC. Digital NEST and the Salinas Public Library launch a youth tech program. Think: Second NEST location. Applications are open for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay 2017. Find out what Steve Blum (again) says about Trump's FCC. FORA (Fort Ord Reuse Authority) shares the results of their coworking market feasibility study. Nathan Dorn (#AgTech) comments on waiting for farm robotics. And, Mobile Ranger announces they're going on pause for 2017.

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

Sara Isenberg
Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief
Santa Cruz Tech Beat


Top Stories

Bud and Rebecca Colligan have established the Colligan Presidential Chair in Pediatric Genomics with matching funds from the UC Office of the President. Read this article.

NY Times: At Pearl Automation, former Apple employees are blending their old employer's high quality standards with less paranoia and more openness. Read this article.

Santa Cruz companies at CES? Veterans and startups alike represent at this huge annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Read this article.

Julia Gaudinski, Chief Ranger at Mobile Ranger, announces that Mobile Ranger will be taking a hiatus in 2017. Read this article.

Nathan Dorn, CEO and cofounder of Food Origins, talks about farm robotics (#agtech). Read this article.

Steve Blum says, "Trump's FCC takes shape, and it looks like a power tool." Read this article.

FORA (Fort Ord Reuse Authority) and CSUMB share their regional coworking space market feasibility report. What did they learn from the study? Read this article.

Applications are open for the 2017 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay new venture competition. What are the key dates? Read this article.

Digital NEST is establishing a pilot program at the Cesar Chavez Branch Library in Salinas. Read this article.

Here are some visions from "the meetup" aka the green-tech-themed January Santa Cruz New Tech Meeup. Watch the videos.

Over 1000 students have applied to participate in Hack UCSC 2017. The coding marathon kicks off January 20. Read this article. Read this article.

SVG Partners announces that Driscoll's has joined the THRIVE Accelerator ecosystem as a corporate partner. Read this article.

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