Episode 567: Hawaii Conservation Conference & the State’s IT Strategic Plan

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Doug Murdock, Christine Sakuda, Sam Gon III

First up, we talk about the Mark Leon VEX Robotics Invitational which will be held on July 15-18, 2019 at St. Louis School. The event is organized and hosted by the St. Louis Robotics program and designed as an official Robotics Education and Competition Foundation Signature event. It will directly qualify 3 teams to the VEX World Championships in April 2020. The event will feature 50 teams including those from Hawaii, China, Colombia, California, Texas, Minnesota, and Connecticut playing the new game challenges, VEX IQ Squared Away and the VEX EDR Tower Takeover.

Then Sam Gon III, Senior Scientist from the Nature Conservancy tells us about the upcoming Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference. We round out the show with Doug Murdock the State’s CIO and Christine Sakuda from Transform Hawaii Government who join us to tell us about the IT Strategic Plan.

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Episode 566: Office of Tech Transfer and Coralpalooza

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Rafael Gacel-Sinclair, Christina Jayne

First up on the news calendar, the next Machine Learning Meetup features the Summer Study Session #1. Then, Rafael Gacel-Sinclair from Univ of Hawaii’s Office of Technology Transfer tells us about the upcoming entrepreneur workshops, featuring “Scratch Your Niche” Entrepreneurship & Start-Up Course Series at Honolulu Community College, “Trademark Basics: What Every Small Business Should Know”at Kapi’olani Community College, and “Introduction to Patents and Other IP Options”at the UH Manoa iLab. Email uhott@hawaii.edu or call 808-956-9024 for more information.

We round out the show with Christina Jayne, Coral Specialist at the Coral Restoration Nursery to tell us about the rare coral out planting and Coralpalooza.

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Episode 565: #CSforHI Coalition and Oahu Resilience Strategy

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Josh Stanbro, David Miyashiro

First up, David Miyashiro tells us about the upcoming CSforHI coalition meetup on July 1st at Sultan Ventures. Then, we have Josh Stanbro from the City’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency join us to tell us about the Oʻahu Resilience Strategy.

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Episode 564: Mini Maker Faire, Twitch Hawaii and Hurricane Season 2019 – June 19, 2019

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Coralie Matayoshi, Tom Travis, Mari Castagna, Ross Mukai

Ross Mukai from Oahu Makerspace tells us about the upcoming Mini Maker Faire 2019 happening this weekend. Then Mari Castagna tells us about a Twitch Hawaii Community Meetup. Then, we have Coralie Matayoshi from the Hawaii office of the American Red Cross and Tom Travis from Hawaii Emergency Management Agency join us to tell us about this year’s hurricane season and how to best prepare.

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Episode 563: Internet Society, Pacific New Media and Waikiki Yokocho

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, David Ulrich, Frank Clark

First up, the Internet Society – Hawaii Chapter is having its inaugural meetup on Thursday June 20th at Sultan Ventures at 5pm. The Internet Society is dedicated to keeping the Internet open and accessible to all. They will also be holding the Indigenous Connectivity Summit here in Nov. 2019. Then David Ulrich tells us about the Contemporary Photography in Hawaii exhibit call for entries. Finally, we feature Frank Clark from Waikiki Yokocho tell us about the web series which starts with the Emmy award winning video Ramen Yokocho.

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Episode 562: Startup Grind HNL and Drone Bootcamp

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Meghdad Abbaszadegan, Ted Ralston

First up, the Mana Up Summer Showcase is tomorrow, Thursday, June 6 at T Galleria by DFS Hawai‘i in Waikīkī. The showcase will feature pitches from 10 trending local product companies, followed by a marketplace with 25+ vendors and a party. Next up Meghdad Abbaszadegan tells us about the revival of Startup Grind Honolulu. Then, we have Ted Ralson from UH’s Applied Research Lab here to talk about Unmanned Aerial Systems and the drone bootcamp.

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Episode 561: PyHawaii and Mana Up Summer Showcase

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Zak Noyle, Chalmer Lowe, Amber Thibaut, Meli James

First up, Chalmer Lowe tells us about the upcoming PyNight Python Programming Competition and Chalmer’s Last Lecture. Then, we have Meli James co-founder of Mana Up, Amber Thibaut from Coco Moon, and Zak Noyle from HAYN give us a preview of what is happening at the Mana Up Co-hort 3 Summer Showcase.

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Episode 560: 12th Annual Geek Meet and ʻIolani’s Ala Wai CAT – May 22, 2019

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Victor Chang, Tessa Nishida, Shane Matsushima, Ryan Ozawa

First up, you’re invite to Bytes and Flights, the 2nd Annual Purple Maiʻa Fun-raiser, an evening of dinner and demos to benefit the growth of their educational programs for the 2019-20 school year. This takes place on Sun, May 26, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Bishop Museum, Great Lawn. Then Ryan Ozawa, uber Geek tells us about the 12th Annual Geek Meet.

Finally, we have the team from ‘Iolani School, Tessa Nishida – Project Manager, Victor Chang – Mechanical Lead, and Shane Matsushima – Programming Lead, tell us about the Ala Wai Catamaran and measuring the water quality in the Ala Wai. The Ala Wai Catamaran will be showcased on the 3rd Floor of the Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership at ‘Iolani School on May 23, 2019. Find details here.

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Episode 559: Ecoponics and UH Innovation Center – May 15, 2019

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Susan Yamada, Ame Arakaki (aka Ame Masutomi)

First we start with a few announcements:

  • On Friday May 17th Purple Maiʻa haumāna (students) will showcase their project work at Hālau ʻĪnana from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM HST
  • Mana Up will host the Native Hawaiian female founders panel on Tuesday May 21st, 5-8pm at Hālau ʻĪnana, Meli James will moderate.
  • Finally, the Entrepreneurs Sandbox has their open house this week from 8am – 4:30pm. Also Wetware Wednesday on 5/22, featuring collaborative robots, 4:30pm to 7pm. You’ll have to attend to find out more.

Then Ame Arakaki, entrepreneur and inventor tells us about Ecoponics. Last but not least, we have Susan Yamada, Director of UH Ventures tell us about establishing the UH Innovation Hub/Center and progress with the Atherton YMCA renovations.

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Episode 558: PACT Makery and Nalu Scientific

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Kris Keahiolalo, Chris Bock, Isar Mostafanezhad

First up, Blue Startups will have an open house on Wednesday May 15, 5:15 PM – 8:00PM. This is your chance to meet the companies of Cohort #11. Sign up here to join the fun. Next, Kristopher Keahiolalo, from the non-profit Parents and Children Together tells us about their Makery Program. Call 808-842-7093 for more info. Then, we have Isar Mostafanezhad founder and CEO of Nalu Scientific tell us about starting a technology company and how his company got recognized as Most Innovative by Hawaii Business.

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