Santa Cruz Works Adds Tonée Picard to Board

SANTA CRUZ, CA - October 17, 2019 - Today Santa Cruz Works announces a new board member: Tonée Picard. Picard is the EVP/Chief Development Officer at Bay Federal Credit Union. She has been involved in the Santa Cruz community for over 30-years, including a long stint in the technology industry. Picard has direct responsibility for the credit union’s strategic planning, information technology, marketing, human resources, and facilities business units.

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Doug Erickson
Discovery: Whatever Happened to Bump

Last week, we asked readers if they had knew the backstory on the tragic loss of Bump: a smartphone app that allowed iOS and Android users to exchange virtual business cards by simply bumping their phones together. And we offered a free pass to Startup Grind Global Conference 2020 to the person who had the answer. David Kim rose to the challenge...

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The Impossible…Possible in Photos

Thank you to everyone who came out to The Santa Cruz Works New Tech event this week - The Impossible…Possible featuring Marc Randolph, Mayor Martine Watkins, Shiv Sikand, David Silverglate, Kyle Doerksen and more. We are looking forward to sharing the videos of the event produced by Owl Eye Media but until then here are some pictures from the night.

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Matthew Swinnerton
Whatever Happened to Bump?

Do you remember Bump? It was a great iOS and Android app that allowed users to "bump" their smart phones together to exchange their digital business card. Why carry business cards around if your smartphone can do it for you? Why did Google acquire Bump, and shut it down? Is there an alternative? Tell us why, and one person will win a FREE pass to Startup Grind Global Conference.

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Doug Erickson
UC Santa Cruz Girls In Engineering Program

UCSC Girls in Engineering announced their 2020 program. 7th- and 8th-grade girls, primarily from low-income families in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, are invited to attend a full week of hands-on workshops at Baskin Engineering...for free. In these workshops, the girls create their very own robots, imagine themselves as computer scientists and engineers, and explore the careers and educational opportunities available to them in STEM fields. There are 25 students per weeklong cohort. And this is where they could use support.

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Doug Erickson
Businesses Who Look Forward: Episode 2 with Looker

Downtown Forward, a community movement that advocates for initiatives and projects that will make life in Downtown Santa Cruz better for residents, workers and visitors; is proud to present a new series of videos promoting a vision from the perspective of local business. For their second video they have Stacey Nagel, Senior Global Workplace Manager for Looker….

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Matthew Swinnerton
UCSC Ranked #2 for Social Mobility

Economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college, even when controlling for other characteristics. But some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. UCSC ranked #2 in the nation. Details at: Top Performer

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Doug Erickson