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SC New Tech Meetup, Wed, March 7, 6:30pm, Cruzio Building

From: Sara I.
Sent on: Sunday, March 4, 2012 5:59 PM


The Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup is this Wednesday, March 7, 6;30pm in the Cruzio building. This is a joint event for MakersFactory Meetup and Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup. We have a great lineup of speakers this month.

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1. Bathsheba Grossman, found of Bathsheba Sculpture, is an artist who explores the region between art and mathematics. She writes: "My work is about life in three dimensions: working with symmetry and balance, getting from the origin to infinity, and always finding beauty in geometry." She will talk about 3D Printing and Steel Sculpture, and will also bring some of her work to show. Read more about Bathsheba Grossman at

2. Connected Community Projects -- a panel discussion with Steve Blum, Peter Koht, and Joel Staker. Several initiatives are underway to expand information access, upgrade broadband service and encourage Internet adoption in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties. Peter Koht will give an update on the city's Code for America project and broadband master plan. Joel Staker and Steve Blum will talk about the $450,000 planning grant that the CCBC received from the California Public Utilities Commission. The grant will be used to map broadband assets in the three-county region, develop model policies to encourage broadband deployment and use, and fund community broadband adoption events.

Peter Koht is the economic development coordinator for the City of Santa Cruz. His job is to foster economic development in the City with an eye towards preserving the cultural and environmental aspects that make this Central Coast community so unique. 

Joel Staker is the chair of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium and network administrator for the City of Watsonville. He's been a partner in a cafe in San Luis Obispo and and a telecoms specialist for The Grid. As chair of the CCBC, he's guided the organization through several infrastructure grant applications for a 300-mile fiber optic network for the central coast region and the recently awarded CPUC planning grant.

Steve Blum is president of Tellus Venture Associate, a Marina-based management and business development consultancy specializing in community broadband projects. He's a board member of the CCBC and has served as project manager for the organization's infrastructure and planning grants. He serves as a consultant for the community fiber optic networks in San Leandro and Palo Alto, and has worked on other municipal fiber and wireless networks throughout California.


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