Episode 636: TRUE Initiative + Transform Hawaii Government & Hawaii Kids Can – Nov 4, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Michelle Cheung, David Miyashiro, Christine Sakuda

First up, we have Michelle Cheung from the TRUE Initiative here to tell us about a Gartner webinar on Pragmatic Infrastructure and Cloud Strategy coming up on November 12.

Then, we are joined by Christine Sakuda from Transform Hawaii Government and David Miyashiro from Hawaii Kids Can to talk about civic engagement, tech, computer science in education and the evolving political landscape.

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Episode 635: Hawaii Career Pathways + Blue Startup Cohort 12 – Oct 28, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Alex Harris, Chenoa Farnsworth, Lauren Roth Venu, Jessica Blotter

We start off with a quick update for those of you who’ve had your jobs impacted by Covid-19, Pono Shim from the Oahu Economic Development Board is hosting a 1-hour briefing with Jonathan Weinberger, Founder of GameDevHQ. This is part of the Aloha Connects Innovation program to support the increasing interest in the Game Development Positions. The event takes place on Thursday, Oct 29 from 12pm – 1pm. Connect with this Zoom link using Meeting ID: 811 4307 6084 Passcode: aloha

Next up, we have Alex Harris from the Castle Foundation here to tell us about a new Hawaii Career Pathways resource and the Hawaii Executive Collaborative Talent Roadmap.

Then, we’re joined by Chenoa Farnsworth with Blue Startups, Lauren Roth Venu from 3R Water and Jessica Blotter from Kind Traveler to talk about the Blue Startups cohort 12 experience and the upcoming Demo Day on Oct 29, 2020.

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Episode 634: 5th Hawaii Annual Code Challenge – Oct 21, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Caroline Julian-Freitas, Christine Sakuda

During this special pledge drive edition, we have Christine Sakuda, Executive Director at Transform Hawaii Government and Caroline Julian-Freitas Public Information Officer at Enterprise Technology Services, on the show to tell us about the 5th Hawaii Annual Code Challenge. The HACC kickoff is on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 and you can sign up here.

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Episode 633: Gigerati + Temporary Resident Concept – Oct 14, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Brian Dote, Denise Yamaguchi, Jason Higa, Scott Murakami

First up, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking a location for its new educational telescope to replace the one that was housed in its Maunakea Summit observatory. The new telescope will be used by students for training in modern astronomical observing techniques, developing skills in scientific research, as well as for communicating science to the general public. There is a virtual open house and UH Hilo Educational Telescope at Hale Pohaku is seeking your comments.

Then, we welcome Brian Dote, independent app developer and innovator, here to tell us about a new app for gig workers he and his partners have launched called Gigerati.

Next we welcome Denise Yamaguchi CEO and Founder of the Hawai‘i Ag & Culinary Alliance (dba, Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival), Jason Higa, Chief Executive Officer at Zippy’s and Scott Murakami, Economic Development Coordinator from DBEDT, to talk about a remote work initiative called the Temporary Resident Concept.

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Episode 632: PISCES WiSE + 3.5GHz Frequency Auction – Oct 7, 2020

Photo (l:r) Rodrigo Romo, Sean McLaughlin, Corey Shaffer

First up we have Rodrigo Romo, from the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems to tell us about the Women in Space Exploration talks happening this week, through October 10th.

Then we’re joined by Corey Shaffer from Verizon Wireless and Sean McLaughlin from Access Humbolt to talk about the recent FCC auction of the 3.5GHz frequency and the typical use cases.

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Episode 631: Hydrogen Day + Aloha Connects Innovation – Sept 30, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Rich Wacker, Omar Sultan

First up there is an event coming up on Oct 8th to celebrate and recognize Hydrogen Day. This event will feature virtual tours of hydrogen projects in Hawaii and a panel with leading hydrogen experts to discuss potential for hydrogen in the State.

Then we’re joined by Rich Wacker, CEO of American Savings Bank and Omar Sultan from XLR8HI to talk about the Aloha Connects Innovation program and how this program not only seeks to place unemployed workers into potential jobs but also helps grow the innovation sector.

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Episode 630: AFCEA STEM Grants + Purple Maia – Sept 23, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Alec Wagner, Preston Tran, Joshua Parker

First up we have Sanford Ching, Director of AFCEA, and he’s here to tell us about AFCEA’s STEM grants.

Then we have Alec Wagner, Director of Purple Prize and Kilo Hoku, Preston Tran, co-founder of Box Farm Labs and Joshua Parker recently won the Kipuka Innovation Challenge with Hawaiian Hydropower, talk about native culture and tech innovation. As an added note, Kilo Hoku is taking place this Saturday, Sept 26 and you are all welcome to join. Register for the event here.

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Episode 629: TRUE Initiative + Maestros Vibe – Sept 16, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Michelle Cheung, Karina Hernandez, Juan Espinal

First up, this Friday, Sept. 18, from 10-11 a.m., Elemental Excelerator will host a live conversation with David Schlosberg, Enel X Vice President of Energy Market Operations, to unpack project results and discuss smart charging’s role in grid modernization efforts, electric vehicle adoption in Hawaii, broader clean transportation initiatives for utilities, and COVID’s impact on EV charging behavior.

Then we welcome Michelle Cheung, Director at the TRUE Initiative who tells us about Accelerating Digital Transformation at Servco taking place tomorrow, Sept 17 at 3pm.

Finally, we are joined by Karina Hernandez who teaches at Konawaena High and Juan Espinal who teachers at Konawaena Elementary and we talk about distance learning, Maestros Vibe and engaging students online.

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Episode 628: Altino Update + Blue Startups Cohort 12 – Sept 9, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Ian Kitajima, Ifrah Khan, David Summers

First up we have Ian Kitajima, Tech Sherpa at Oceanit, and he’s here to tell us about a the next iteration of the Altino program. Sign up here for the virtual Altino car program developed by Oceanit.

Then we’re joined by Ifrah Khan from Usit and David Summers from Lead Roommate, both are part of the Blue Startups co-hort 12. They’re here to talk about the new reality of going through the Blue Startups accelerator program in the Covid-19 era.

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Episode 627: PPE Innovation Grant Program + Digital Currency Innovation Lab – Sept 2, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Wayne Layugan, Iris Ikeda, Liam Grist, Andrew Benson

First up the National Day of Civic Hacking is coming up on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Code for Hawaiʻi, Code for America, and the Brigade Network for the 2020 are teaming up to present NDoCH, which brings together civic leaders, public servants, designers, coders, and engaged citizens to partner with local government and community groups to tackle some of our toughest challenges.

Then we have Wayne Layugan, Sr Project Engineer at Innovate Hawaii at HTDC, and he’s here to tell us about a the PPE Innovation Grant program.

Next we are joined by Iris Ikeda from the Division of Financial Institutions in DCCA, Liam Grist from Cloud Nalu and Andrew Benson from River Financial to talk about cryptocurrency, innovation and the Digital Currency Innovation Lab.

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