technology

UCSB gets new BIFROST laser facility

Jul 3, 2018
David Weld/UCSB

In Norse mythology, the Bifrost is the rainbow bridge connecting the realm of the gods to Earth. At the University of California at Santa Barbara, it is also the name of a new laser facility.

Ryan Vannucci/ Cal Poly California Cybersecurity Institute

More than 100  high school students from around the state took part in a two-day digital forensics challenge at San Luis Obispo's California Polytechnic State University this week. The California Cyber Innovation Challenge was designed to replicate threats that cybersecurity professionals face.

photo by Vanessa Plakias / SLO Life Magazine

Kristen Hazard, the owner of San Luis Obispo software company, Suntoucher, talks about her shift from consulting to selling her own, self-funded app, and what it took to "bootstrap" a startup product. She shares why helping other women in tech is important, and gives some tips to women who want to enter the industry. And she describes her philosophy of generosity in business and why her company donates one percent of its profits to conserve local land.

Broadcast date: 1/28/16

For almost 20 years, Softec has been the Central Coast’s premier software and technology association. 

Broadcast date: 11/5/15

The mission of Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) is to transform motivated students into resourceful, entrepreneurial and innovative leaders. 

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College students looking to land a job in Silicon Valley are off to a good start if they attend either Cal Poly or UC Santa Barbara.

Digital Democracy aims to revolutionize how we track Sacramento politicians

May 6, 2015
Brittany Graham

Scientists at Cal Poly will launch a free system Wednesday that could revolutionize the way Californians keep track of politicians in Sacramento. It's called Digital Democracy and it's something lawmakers haven't had to contend with—until now.

Enchanted Objects

Nov 14, 2014

Broadcast date: 11/10/2014

Twelve years ago, David Rose designed a frosted glass sphere programmed to track any kind of data.  He called it the Ambient Orb.  Now he provides insight into the promise of tomorrow’s technology in his book, Enchanted Objects.

Broadcast date: 10/14/14

In spite of emerging research exposing the negative impacts of too much technology in our lives, the onslaught of high tech tools are not going away any time soon. How can we learn to interact with our screens in ways that enhance and improve our lives instead? Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett. 

UCSB Plastic research

Aug 15, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/13/14

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara are on the verge of creating a plastic that repairs itself when exposed to wet conditions.  Researchers have dreamed of this self-healing technology for decades -- but it could soon become reality. KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with one of the scientists behind the technology about how it might work, and the multitude of uses it could potentially have.

Although many may think traditional libraries have outlived their purpose; these evolving institutions are seeing a resurgence as cornerstones of education, innovation, somewhere to access new technology, and a place to create community. Nowhere may this be truer than on the Central Coast where libraries are thriving. According to the California State Library, between 2010 and 2011 in San Luis Obispo County a total of 2,432,510 items were checked out.

Silicon Valley draws thousands of young programmers hoping to strike it rich in the tech industry. Problem is, it's a rather exclusive club, favoring top-notch graduates from prestigious universities. But a new program in the Salinas Valley is challenging that formula, by helping the children of farm working families become programmers and engineers -- in just three years.

The California’s Report's Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis says a lot is on the line for these students…and their families.