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Could Wearable Sensors Keep Essential Workers Safe?

"We will not be shy about shutting down construction sites that do not comply, so comply."

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has vowed his administration will crack down on construction sites that don't enforce social distancing for their workers. Meanwhile, at a site in Chatsworth, new technology is being tested that could lay the groundwork for a sensor-based system to track just that — and deliver real-time data to managers. Will it catch on? Senior Reporter Ben Bergman reports.

Join us tomorrow for our latest strategy session. We'll be looking at investing in uncertain times with some of L.A.'s most influential VCs. The event is free, but space is limited!

Coming to a Construction Site Near You: Hard Hat Sensors

Los Angeles-based WorkerSense wants to make construction safer by embedding microchips in workers' hard hats to track social distancing. The system even allows crew members to turn the process into a game, scoring points for keeping the worksite safe. Read more >>

Fandango Buys Into the Streaming Wars

Selling movie tickets is a lot more difficult in the coronavirus age. Beverly Hills-based Fandango is getting into the streaming world by acquiring Vudu, the video-on demand service owned by Walmart. Read more >>

A Crowdsourced Map of COVID-19 Test Centers

An all-volunteer staff of developers, data scientists, content writers, social media producers and marketers have created Get Tested COVID-19 to streamline access to testing information. Enter your zip code to find test centers close to you, as well as their operating hours and requirements. Read more >>

Accelerator Grants to Stem COVID-19 in Kids

A medical device accelerator, the West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics, is offering grants of up to $15,000 in an effort to manage the health impacts of COVID-19 on children and stem its spread. While cases of the novel coronavirus tend to be less severe in the very young, experts fear children can spread the deadly virus, and those with special needs are particularly vulnerable to infection. See their website for details >>

Join Us For Tomorrow's Virtual Roundtable on 'Investing in Uncertain Times'

The venture capital landscape has changed dramatically, with the balance of power shifting from founders to investors for the first time in years. How are investors changing their strategies to adapt to the new reality? What sorts of companies will emerge from this era? Please join us tomorrow, April 21st @ 11 am PST as dot.LA senior finance reporter Ben Bergman leads a virtual roundtable with an all star lineup of VCs. Register here; space is limited!

Speakers Include: Kara Nortman, partner at Upfront Ventures, and Carter Reum, cofounder of M13. Read more about them here.

Sign Up To Watch Our Next Startup Pitch Showcase

Join us for dot.LA's next virtual pitch showcase featuring emerging startups in the gaming space — Thursday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m. PST. Register here!

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