Episode 438: RobotX Competition – Jan 18, 2017

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Cindy Matsuki, Brennan Yamamoto, Song Choi, Bob Lietzke

We kick off the show with a couple of news guests. Cindy Matsuki from the High Tech Development Corp is here to tell us about the next Wetware Wednesday. Then Bob Lietzke joins us from Booz Allen to tell us about the 2nd Annual Ideas Festival. Finally, we talk about a recent robotics competition called Maritime RobotX. I’ve invited two key members of the UH robotics team that participated, Song Choi, Assistant Dean of the College of Engineering and PhD candidate, Brennan Yamamoto.

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Episode 437: AI and the Future of Work – Jan 11, 2017

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Jim Dator, David Chin, Helen Cho, Matt Gonser, Ryan Ozawa

We kick off today’s show with a quick recap of CES 2017. Then we hear about a couple of cool projects. Helen Cho will join us to tell us about this month’s Startup Grind meetup, which includes a wildcard East Meets West pitch competition. Then, with the official kick off of the Ala Wai Challenge, Matt Gonser from Sea Grant returns to share the details. Then, after the break, we talk to futurist Jim Dator and ICS Professor David Chin about artificial intelligence, a topic that is getting a lot of attention — not only in its implementation, but also in the impact that it will have on the future of work.

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Episode 436: Real Property/Estate Apps – Jan 4, 2017

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Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Jason Sewell, Kory Payne, Rexford Hibbs, Bello Silitshena, Ryan Ozawa

We kick things off with Jason Sewell from Dev League who’s here to tell us about the upcoming Global Game Jam. Then Kory Payne is here to tell us about Ujoin.co, a site to help online organizing for grassroots advocacy campaigns. Then, after the break, we talk about to a couple of startups building new tools for real estate and property management. Joining us are Bello Silitshena from the Condo App and Rexford Hibbs from RealtyReturns, both members of the latest cohort of Blue Startups.

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Episode 435: Asian Tech Connection – Dec 28, 2016

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Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Casey Lau, Rich Pyle, Bree Duros, Blake Benso, Rob Haak, Ryan Ozawa

We kick off today’s show with a couple of announcements. Bree Duros from TEK System starts things off with the next TEK Talk Story Pau Hana. Then Rich Pyle from the Bishop Museum will tell us about the new specie of coral fish named after President Obama, Tosanoides obama. Then, after the break, we talk about the upcoming East Meets West conference and what it takes to break into the Asian marketplace. Joining us are Casey Lau from Blue Startups and Rob Haak from Insight interAsia.

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Episode 434: 2016 Gadget Show – Dec 21, 2016

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Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Eric Nakagawa, Brian Dote, Ricky Li, David Oyadomari, Anna Leonid, Ryan Ozawa

We kick off the show with a couple of upcoming events. Anna Leonid starts things off with a new “Creative Coding 4 Kids” holiday camp in Hawaii. Then Sandy Park from HTDC tells us about the upcoming Holiday Tech Job Fair. We then switch gears to talk with David Oyadomari from Bank of Hawaii to tell us about their “Cardless Cash” mobile banking app. Then, after the break, we dive into our geeky gift bag with a couple of fellow gadget lovers, Ricky Li, Brian Dote and secret guest Eric Nakagawa. We’ll talk about our favorite tech gifts for last-minute holiday shoppers.

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Episode 433: Maui Groundwater Study – Dec 14, 2016

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Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Joe Karlsson, Paige Donnelly, Henrietta Dulai, Craig Glenn, Celia Smith, Ryan Ozawa

To kick off today’s show, we jump into the tech calendar. Paige Donnelly from the Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures joins us to tell us about the TAP (Technology Art Politics) Wikipedia-edit-a-thon. After that, Joe Karlsson from DevLeague tells us about an upcoming hackathon called Stupid… Stuff Nobody Needs. Then, after the break, we go back to the watershed well and dive deeper into how submarine groundwater affects marine life and coastal ecosystems. We talk with Craig Glenn, Henrietta Dulai, and Celia Smith from the University of Hawaii.

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Episode 432: PVS and Robonation – Dec 7, 2016

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Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Miki Tomita, Janelle Curtis, Cindy Matsuki, Ryan Ozawa

To kick off today’s show, we talk to Meli James from the Hawaii Venture Capital Association about an upcoming luncheon featuring Governor David Ige. After that, Cindy Matsuki joins us for an update on the Tech Hire initiative called TechHire.Careers. Then, after the break, we learn about a unique partnership between the AUVSI Foundation and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Janelle Curtis and Miki Tomita are here to tell us all about Robonation and the RobotX Competition.

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Episode 431: Ala Wai Design Challenge – Nov 30, 2016

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Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Matt Gonser, Matt Lynch, Nicholas Aldi, Blaine Kashiwaeda, Ryan Ozawa

To kick off today’s show, we talk a little about Computer Science Education Week, which is coming up next week, and the worldwide ‘Hour of Code.’ Then, Blaine Kashiwaeda tells us about the upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition. After that, Nicholas Aldi, CEO of Mobi PCS, gives us an update on the local wireless carrier. Then after the break, we talk to Matt Lynch and Matt Gonser, both from UH, to talk about the “Make the Ala Wai Awesome” Student Design Challenge.

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Episode 430: Ag-tech – Nov 23, 2016

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Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Shane Asselstine, Brendan Brennan, Robbie Melton, Cindy Goldstein, Ryan Ozawa

To kick off today’s show, we hear about a couple of projects. Shane Asselstine is here to tell us about the upcoming international Hour of Code and then Brendan Brennan will tell us about a disruptive vision for education called the Moonshot Incubator. Then, after the break, we talk to Robbie Melton from HTDC and Cindy Goldstein from Ag Matters about the intersection of tech and agriculture.

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Episode 429: IT Apprenticeship – Nov 16, 2016

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Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Katy Hintzen, Carol Kanayama, Maya Walton, Cortney Chambers, Preshess Willets-Vaquilar, Ryan Ozawa

To kick off today’s special edition “Victory Drive” show, we hear about a citizen science program called Snap the Shore with Katy Hintzen and Maya Walton from the UH Sea Grant program. Then, after the pledge break, Preshess Willets-Vaquilar from Honolulu Community College’s PCATT program and Carol Kanayama with the Dept of Labor, Workforce Development Division are here to talk about the IT apprenticeship program and workforce development.

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