Robots, Cannabis Head List of Panels’ Discussion Topics

Two January events in Santa Barbara may be key harbingers of things to come in 2019. 

Commercial robots and cannibus are sure to be some of the hottest business and technology topics in the New Year. 

On Jan. 16, the MIT Enterprise Forum Central Coast presents “Robots Are Taking Over: From Space to Inside Your Home and Everything in Between,” at the Santa Barbara Women’s Club, 670 Mission Canyon Road. 

A buffet dinner and networking start at 5 p.m. with a panel discussion running rom 6 to 8 p.m. The panel includes: Paul Willard, of Storm Ventures; Tim Lebeau, of Seek Thermal; and Yasamin Mostofi, UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering. Jon Morra, vice president of data science at ZEFR, will moderate. 

Cost is $30 online before Jan. 14 or $40 at the door. student cost is $15. To register, see 

The following week on Jan. 24, the Quarterly Cannabis Workshop and Networking event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m at the downtown Impact Hub, 1117 State St. 

The panel discussion will include topics such as; land-use issues in Santa Barbara County; an upcoming hearing on “hoop houses;” brand protection; and DNA plant testing innovation. 

Attendees will be able to network with South Coast cannabis industry professionals. Cost to attend is $15. Ticket price includes drinks and appetizers. See


SB Verde, Delta Leaf Labs, 805 Cannabis Society and the Law Offices of Brownstein Farber Hyatt Schrek are sponsoring the event. 

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