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7th Annual Titans of Tech

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Annual event celebrating the Titans of Tech in Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties.

Every year, Santa Cruz Works honors the people who have contributed to the growth of the local tech and entrepreneurial community. Join us on February 1 to learn more about the incredible journeys and words of wisdom of those who have made a significant impact in 2023. Come enjoy live music, grab a bite, and make connections with local professionals in Santa Cruz County!

2023 Titans of Tech

  • Alexi Sevastopoulos – Founding Member of Santa Cruz Ventures, a $10m venture fund aimed at supporting startups focused on sustainability and planetary health in Santa Cruz and along the Central Coast.
  • Cameron Pye – Co-Founder of Unnatural Products Inc., a biotech company that pairs AI with chemistry to usher in the next generation of molecularly targeted therapeutics.
  • David Lee – Assistant Professor, Computational Media at UC Santa Cruz. David received the Google Scholars Research Award, grants from NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education, and is actively building the holistic-minded future tech workforce by situating his students in real-world work, contributing to community needs, and motivated by curiosity and passion.
  • Ethan RubleeFounder of farm-ng, a cutting-edge robotics company specializing in versatile farm robots designed to facilitate sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Juliane Farrand – Head of People, Joby Aviation
  • Jorian Wilkins – Executive Director, DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION OF SANTA CRUZ. Jorian advocacy for more funding for the downtown district of Santa Cruz is the reason why businesses are still standing today.
  • Marco Rolandi – Co-Founder, Cruz Foam and Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz. Marco developed the world’s 1st compostable/biodegradable foam that replace EPS (Styrofoam) and EPE (Expanded Polyethylene).
  • Shanta Bodhan – Director of CX at Talespin. Shanta is a dedicated leader and rolemodel and is actively shaping the future generation as well as technology for the greater good through her actions and values.
  • Sri Hastuti Kurniawan – Professor of the Computational Media Department, Baskin Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz. Sri is a leading voice in the academic community for assistive and accessible technologies.
  • Susana Ruiz – Co-founder of Take Action Games and Assistant Professor of film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ruiz is applying technologies and digital media in a new way that will allow communities to share our histories, cultures, and other stories using a deeper, immersive experience and thus facilitating higher-impact

Pizza and nibbles are included. Learn more about past awardees here.

Thank You Sponsors!


February 1
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Kuumbwa Jazz
320-2 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States


Santa Cruz Works
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