First up, Meli James is here to tell us about what’s new with the next HVCA Luncheon about the future of the innovation economy in Hawaii. Then we hear from Purple Prize winners Sam Murphy from Innovative Iʻa Kilo Practices and Nohealani Hirahara from Native Stories about their projects to leverage technology to advance cultural awareness.
We kick off today’s show learning about ‘Scholar’s App,’ a local tool to help students find financial aid with its founder Traven Watase. Then we talk to Donavan Kealoha, Kamu Enos from Purple Maia about the Purple Prize and Adam Laimana from team Waiwai and Halepili about building apps with Aloha ʻĀina.
To kick off today’s show, we hear about a couple of upcoming events. Darcie Scharfenstein provides us with an update on the Entrepreneurs Foundation fundraiser (Discount code: EFHPartner). Then we have Kenneth Huang here to tell us about the next Startup Weekend in Honolulu. Then, after the break, we find out about an interesting project to bring together tech and Hawaiian culture called Purple Prize. To find out more we talk to Dale Nahoʻolewa from IoT for Wetlands, Nicole Hori from Garden Hui and juror/judge Keola Rapozo.
The word of the day is “Hackathon”. First off, Anees Merzi tells us about an upcoming DisruptArmy event. Then Napali Souza joins us from Purple Maia to tell us about the Purple Prize demo day. Finally, after the break, we hear from some of the winning teams from the recent Hawaii Annual Code Challenge. We’ll talk to Team Cobra, HATS and Local Mocos about what inspired them to participate, and what they built.
We start the hour with the local tech calendar, with two guests here to tell us about upcoming events. Mike Shanahan from Bishop Museum is back to tell us about a new planetarium show called Eyes on Island Earth. Then our good friend Forest Frizzell is here from the Purple Maia Foundation to tell us about the Purple Prize, and Saturday’s launch. Finally, we’ll talk to Robbie Melton from the High Tech Development Corporation and Luis Salevaria from the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism about where the local tech agenda stands following the 2016 Legislative session.