Public Interest Technology University Network Grant Program Info Session

The Public Interest Technology University Network’s annual Network Challenge funding program is open for submissions. The Network Challenge seeks to encourage new ideas, foster collaborations, and incentivize resource- and information-sharing among network members. The broad goal is to fund projects that help train a new generation of graduates who have both technological literacy and a rigorous foundation to navigate the societal, ethical, legal, policy, and equity implications of technology by offering a systematic way of studying technology as a tool for
addressing social problems in the world.

One year project funding is available in three tranches: up to $45,000, up to $90,000 and up to $180,000.  Applications are open to all PIs on UCSC Campus. An initial campus limited submission process will select up to three projects that will be submitted to the network committee. For more information, join us for a Zoom Info Session, Tuesday, May 12th from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Please RSVP at:

Applications can be submitted at:

Contact Michael Matkin, Assistant Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Santa Cruz with any questions:

4th Annual Women in Tech Symposium:

4th Annual Women in Tech Symposium - Reimagining Cybersecurity for All

Reimagining Cybersecurity for All
Friday, March 6, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley
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The 4th Annual Women in Tech Symposium is one month away. Join CITRIS and the Banatao Institute on Friday, March 6, for a day filled with keynote speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. Be a part of #Cybersecurity4all. See you there!

Keynote Speakers

  • Window Snyder
    Chief Security Officer at Square
    Fireside chat with Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean of the College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • Wendy Nather
    Head of Advisory CISOs, Duo Security, Cisco Systems
    Keynote: “Democratizing Security: From Control to Collaboration”


  • What’s at Stake? Global and Systemic Cyber Threats – Cybersecurity is no longer just a concern for the IT department — vulnerabilities in our digital services and infrastructure could create havoc for all of us.
  • Platforms and Personal Risk: Protecting our Identities and Assets from Stalkers, Trolls, and Hackers – What happens when digital technology is used to threaten our individual identities?

Breakout Sessions

  • Cyber Career Tips & Tricks
    Led by Kavya Pearlman, Cyber Security Strategist, Wallarm & Deidre (Day-Dree) Diamond, CyberSN/Secure Diversity
  • Tools and Tech for Cybersecurity
    Led by Gio Kao, Research and Design Manager, Sandia National Laboratories and Ervinna Lim, VP Global Customer Success, Jumio
  • Cybersecurity and the Health Sector
    Led by Heather McPherson, Kaiser Permanente & Serena Villalobos, Senior Consultant, Quasar I.T. Solutions
  • Cyber and Blockchain/Fintech
    Led by Karin Bauer, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative & Lauren Weymouth, Senior Manager, University Partnerships, Ripple

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Athena Award Winners

  • Executive Leadership:
    Rama K. Akkiraju, IBM Fellow and Distinguished Engineer at IBM
  • Academic Leadership:
    Alice Agogino, Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley
  • Early Career:
    Joy Buolamwini, Founder, Algorithmic Justice League
  • Next Generation Engagement:
    Girls Who Code


Following the event, join us for a reception in Sutardja Dai Hall’s Kvamme Atrium. An art installation of the CLTC Cybersecurity Arts Contest winners will be on display in the CITRIS Tech Museum.

Aging in a Digital World Conference, April 1-2


Due to coronavirus travel restrictions, the conference has been postponed.  New dates will be announced shortly.

Join UC Davis Health, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, and the Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network for the Aging in a Digital World Conference on April 1-2, 2020 at Betty Irene Moore Hall, 2570 48th St., Room 1000.

The two-day conference brings together international thought leaders in aging, technology, and health care policy research, with the common goal of identifying gaps in these areas that delay the adoption of innovations to support aging in a digital world.

Keynote speaker Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor of California, will discuss California’s commitment to care for an aging population.

Conference Topics
This interactive forum and networking opportunity will focus on:

  • Understanding the current challenges of implementing new models of health promotion and care for older adults and family caregivers.
  • Exploring novel methods for connecting clinical research and tech innovation.
  • Examining the barriers to deploying evidence-based digital health solutions to older adults in all care settings, including the home.
  • Discussing forward-thinking public policy that addresses the complex demands of an aging world.

Registration Information

$75 (UC Davis Health Faculty and Staff)
$25 (UC Student)
$275 (Early Bird Rate, ends February 15)
$400 (General Admission)

CITRIS/CPSRC Seminar: Andra Keay


Speaker Name: Andra Keay

Speaker Title: Managing Director

Speaker Organization: Silicon Valley Robotics

Start Time: Thursday, Jan. 9th, 2020 – 1:30pm

End Time: Thursday, Jan. 9th, 2020 – 3:00pm

Location: E2-599


This seminar is a review of the latest investments into the robotics industry, and how difficulties in the categorization of the robotics industry in the U.S. and overseas hinders awareness of emerging robotics technologies. In 2014, the robotics industry hit two tipping points. One was a huge increase in funding going into new areas of emerging robotics industries, and the other has been the move away from traditional market analytics based on sales figures to predict future growth, towards the much more complex analysis of disruption, market cycles, and effectively trying to read the entrails of the investment industry.


Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, the non-profit industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of the Robot Launch Global Startup Competition, Robot Garden Maker Space, and Women in Robotics. She is a mentor, investor and advisor to startups, accelerators and think tanks, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI. She joined CITRIS People and Robots Research Group as a Visiting Scholar.

Three More Tech For Social Good Student Info Sessions

Due to demand we have added three more Tech for Social Good Program student info and matchmaking sessions at the following campus locations and dates:

  • Wed, Oct 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Rachel Carson College, Red Room
  • Thurs, Oct 17, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Arts Department, Seminar Room D101
  • Fri, Oct 18, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Social Sciences 2, Room 47

Come out to learn more about the program and application process. If you have an idea and need team mates, come prepared to give a short pitch of your idea and the skills you’re looking for in partners. If you have skills but no idea yet, show up to hear the pitches and find a team you’re interested in joining.

The CITRIS Tech for Social Good Program provides competitive funding support to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, groups, teams or organizations developing hardware, software, events or programs that explore solutions to society’s pressing challenges. Receive up to $5000 for your team’s project idea and up to $1000 for an event or programming you’d like to run. Learn more here.

Tech for Social Good – Student Info and Matchmaking Session

Start Time: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – 4:00pm
End Time: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – 6:00pm
Location: Engineering 2, Room 180
Organizer:  CITRIS and the Banatao Institute / Institute for Social Transformation

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Tech for Social Good program at UC Santa Cruz, cosponsored by the Institute for Social Transformation. The program will provide competitive funding for student research projects and events, encouraging students across all campus divisions to participate and form cross-disciplinary teams.

The Tech for Social Good program supports student-led learning and technology development for healthy, sustainable, connected, and equitable livelihoods in the United States and abroad. Join us for an information and matchmaking session for students on Tuesday, October 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Engineering 2, Room 180.

The program is open to teams of graduate and undergraduate students and has two competitive tracks, one to support technology development and another to support student-led events on campus. Through the technology track, students can apply for funding of $500 to $5,000 for tech-focused projects that promote social good by supporting healthy, sustainable, prosperous, and equitable livelihoods in the United States and abroad.

The events track will provide between $200 and $1,000 for individual students, student organizations, or student groups at UC Santa Cruz to develop events or programming that improve and support technological innovations that support healthy, sustainable, and connected communities.

CITRIS Tech For Social Good Program – Faculty and Staff Info Session

Speaker Organization: CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Start Time: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 4:00pm

End Time: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 5:00pm

Location: E2- 180

Organizer: Michael Matkin

This Fall term, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and co-sponsor the Institute for Social Transformation are launching a new program, Tech for Social Good (TSG), to sponsor student research projects and events here on UC Santa Cruz campus.
All faculty and staff are invited to an information session on September 18th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in Baskin Engineering 2, room 180. The purpose of the session is to give you a clear understanding of the program in order to promote and encourage your students to apply – we’ll also have coffee and snacks. Please click here to RSVP if you can attend in person or via Zoom or can’t attend and would like more info.
TSG is open to teams of graduate and undergraduate students and has two competitive tracks, one that supports technology development and the second to support student-led events on campus. Through the technology track, students can apply for funding of $500 – $5,000 for tech-focused projects that promote social good by supporting healthy, sustainable, prosperous, and equitable livelihoods in the United States and abroad. Through the events track we provide between $200 – $1,000 for UC Santa Cruz individual students, student organizations or student groups to develop events or programming that improve and support technological innovations that support healthy, sustainable, and connected communities.
TSG is a program that CITRIS has successfully run on the UC Berkeley and Davis campuses for several years, funding and supporting a wide range of successful student-led projects and events – examples of which you can review here:

Thursday, June 6th – Humanity’s Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence

An Evening With Nicanor Perlas, Right Livelihood Award Laureate

Thursday, June 6th, 2019, 7:00 PM
UC Santa Cruz, Kresge College Seminar Room

Lecture with Nicanor Perlas, followed by panel discussion with Anthony Aguirre, Associate Professor of Physics; Lise Getoor, Professor of Computer Science; and, Sikina Jinnah, Associate Professor of Politics. This event is free and open to the public.


Click here for details and to RSVP. Nicanor Perlas is also teaching the Right Livelihood Summer Institute on July 8-12, 2019. Click here for details.

CITRIS Seed Funding Information Session – Jan. 9th – 12:30 PM – E2-180

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute has $600,000 available through its 2019 Core Seed Funding Program for research that aims to create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges. Individual grants range from $40,000-$60,000 and are open to researchers at all CITRIS campuses: UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health and UC Merced. Projects must include at least 2 PIs from different CITRIS campuses.

Join us on Wednesday January 9th at 12:30 pm in Baskin Engineering, building E2, room 180 (the Simularium) to learn more about the program and have all your questions answered.

RSVP if you can attend in person, would like to attend via teleconference (a link will be sent to you via email) or simply would like further information. The RSVP form is here.

For questions, contact Michael Matkin, Assistant Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Santa Cruz – mmatkin (at) ucsc (dot) edu.