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News Roundup - November 16, 2017

By Innovate Pasadena Staff — November 16, 2017

The latest in Pasadena design, technology, science, and innovation community news.

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Pasadena Ranks in the Top 10 of U.S. Digital Cities Its Size

The City of Pasadena again secured a spot in the top 10 digital cities of its size in this year’s nationwide Digital Cities Survey. The survey is conducted each summer by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. READ MORE

OneArroy Survey

The Arroyo Advisory Group (AAG), formed by the City of Pasadena, was established to identify and prioritize projects that will maintain and enhance the Arroyo Seco for current and future generations. The AAG wants to hear from you! Your responses will guide and refine the One Arroyo Vision and will help recommend next steps and ideas for the Arroyo. COMPLETE the SURVEY

Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K Corporate Challenge

Conqur Endurance Group, in partnership with the Rose Bowl Operating Company, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and PIHRA introduce the Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K Corporate Challenge. The Corporate Challenge provides businesses the opportunity to promote workplace wellness, build camaraderie and create friendly competition amongst other businesses. Regardless of size of the organization, companies are encouraged to sign up corporate teams to participate in either the Half Marathon or 5K where the participating teams will compete for bragging rights and a host of cool prizes. LEARN MORE and REGISTER

All Autonomous Roads Lead to Pasadena

The future is much, much closer than most people realize. Driverless cars are almost here, and their impact is already being felt. Anticipating drastic changes brought on by the burgeoning autonomous vehicle and transportation systems industry, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and at least one City Councilmember are now hesitant to consider the idea of building new underground parking garages in Pasadena. READ MORE


ArtCenter Alum Phil Hettema Honored by Themed Entertainment Association

At the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the new slate of TEA Thea Awards recipients – including Phil Hettema, CEO of The Hettema Group based in Pasadena, and the newest recipient of the Buzz Price TEA Thea Award for lifetime achievement. READ MORE

New Matter MOD-t, The World’s Most Elegantly Simple Desktop 3D Printer, Once Again Raises the Bar for 3D Printing

Pasadena-based New Matter, Inc. a leading desktop 3D printing company, announced the MOD-t (2nd Gen). New Matter revolutionized the 3D printing industry only three years ago by crowdfunding and successfully delivering the highest quality, most affordable desktop 3D printer ever seen. READ MORE


Caltech Celebrates Its Newest Nobel Laureates

The Caltech community gathered on October 31 to celebrate the Institute’s most recent Nobel Laureates – Barry Barish, the Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus and Kip S. Thorne (BS ’62), the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus – who on October 3 were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics with a longtime colleague, MIT’s Rainer Weiss. READ MORE

Caltech Launches New Autonomous Systems Research Center

The Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST) will unite engineers and scientists from many disciplines to advance research on robotics, drones, driverless cars, and machine learning. At CAST, researchers from Caltech's Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, and JPL will collaborate to create the next generation of autonomous systems, advancing the fields of drone research, autonomous exploration, and bio-inspired systems. READ MORE

Star Exploded, Survived, and Exploded Again More Than 50 Years Later

An international team of astronomers including Carnegie’s Nick Konidaris and Benjamin Shappee discovered a star that exploded multiple times over a period of 50 years. The finding, published by Nature, completely confounds existing knowledge of a star’s end of life, and Konidaris’ instrument-construction played a crucial role in analyzing the phenomenon. READ MORE


Supplyframe and Hackaday SuperConference 2017

This past weekend was the Hackaday Superconference in Pasadena, a three-day gala of hardware hacking, servos and steppers, VR hardware, and engineering triumphs. This was the Superconference’s third year, and this was the biggest one yet. READ MORE

OpenX Strengthens Technology Leadership with CTO Hire

Pasadena-based OpenX, the global leader in quality programmatic advertising, announced that it has appointed Paul Ryan as Chief Technology Officer. Paul will oversee the growing technical teams at OpenX to foster the development of new, innovative programmatic technology. OpenX operates one of the world’s largest independent advertising exchanges globally. READ MORE

Spokeo CEO Harrison Tang featured in Tech Scenes

Tech Scenes explores what makes tech founders and the cities they live in thrive. Harrison Tang, CEO of Pasadena-based Spokeo sits down with Jeff Martin to talk about what makes Pasadena a thriving tech hub in southern California and the innovation community. WATCH the VIDEO

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