Episode 669: Foundher + Beyond Van Gogh – June 23, 2021

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Darien Siguenza, Mathieu St-Arnaud

First up, we have Darien Siguenza Program Manager at Purple Maia here to tell us about a new entrepreneurial accelerator program for women called Foundher. Applications for cohort #1 are open until July 1, 2021.

Then, we are joined by Mathieu St-Arnaud from Normal Studios in Montreal, Quebec, whoʻs here to tell us about the tech behind the upcoming Beyond Van Gogh Honolulu production happening at the Hawaii Convention Center on July 2 to Aug 15, 2021.

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Episode 669: Foundher + Beyond Van Gogh – June 23, 2021

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 626: Purple Maia Salesforce + Next Century Cities Digital Equity – Aug 26, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Keahi Selhorst, Francella Ochillo

First up, the next installment of the Manoa Heritage Center’s Virtual Kahaukani Conversations features guest speaker is Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon III who will be discussing the similarities and differences between Hawaiian and Western knowledge systems, and the future of collaborative knowledge and sharing to benefit us all. It’s free and takes place on Thursday, August 27, time: 5:00 pm. It’s free, register here.

Next we welcome Keahi Selhorst from Purple Maia, here to tell us about an opportunity to up skill Salesforce Certification Training. Don’t delay, registration closes on Friday, August 28.

Then we’re joined by Francella Ochillo from Next Century Cities to talk about digital equity, digital inclusion and why the US needs to rethink its policy of digital access.

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Episode 599: HVCA Entrepreneur Awards + Purple Maiʻa, Indigenous Innovation – Feb 19, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Alec Wagner, Meli James, Manu Mei-Singh

First up, I want to let you know about the Spring break Altino Coding training for teachers. There are two 3-day 3-credit introduction to coding workshop for teachers, during spring break starting March 16 for the Campbell Kapolei Complex and Maui Complex starting March 19th. There are only 30 seats per 3 day training. Teacher can take the class for 3 credits. They can sign up via the Dept of Education’s professional development PDE3 website – search for “Altino”. Mahalo to sponsors Kamehameha Schools, Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, Toyota Hawaii, and the State of Hawaii legislature so teachers can attend for only $25 for a 3-day 3-credit class. Sign up here before it fills up.

Then, Meli James from the Hawaii Venture Capital Association joins us to tell us about the upcoming HVCA Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Finally, we’re joined by Alec Wagner from Purple Prize and Manu Mei-Singh from Purple Maiʻa, to talk about Ka Maka ʻInana, Purple Prize Application 2020 and Indigenous Innovation. Stay tuned to the Purple Maiʻa Instagram for updates on youth JavaScript Class and for the Purple Maiʻa Summer Programs: instagram.com/purple_maia/

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Episode 572: XR Meetup + Impact Hub – Aug 14, 2019

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Sherrie Richman, Anne Weber

First up, the Indigenous Technology Prototype Showcase is taking place on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the Impact Hub. You will be able to check out 12 technology concepts creating value for our community and the ʻāina.

Then we have Sherrie Richman on the show to talk about XR and the XR Meetup Group. Finally, we have Anne Weber from the Impact Hub Honolulu to talk about coworking in Hawaii, how the space has evolved and Impact Hubʻs expansion plans.

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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 447: Purple Prize – March 22, 2017

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Adam Laimana, Kamu Enos, Donavan Kealoha, Traven Watase, Ryan Ozawa

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.

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Episode 427: Purple Prize – Nov 2, 2016

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Darcie Scharfenstein, Kenneth Huang, Nicole Hori, Keola Rapozo, Ryan Ozawa

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.

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Episode 384: Age Friendly Initiative – Jan 6, 2016


We kick off the show with a couple of news guests. Sheryl Matsuoka from Oahu Online Business is here to tell us about an upcoming meetup. Then Kelsey Amos from the Purple Maia Foundation will preview their upcoming student workshops to build mobile apps. Finally, after the break, we’ll find out about the Age-Friendly Initiative. We have Gary Nakata from DCS, City and County of Honolulu, Barbara Kim Stanton from AARP Hawaii, and Cullen Hayashida from the Saint Francis, Liliha Kupuna Village to discuss how we can make our cities “age friendly.”

Photo: (l:r) Burt Lum, Gary Nakata, Kelsey Amos, Sheryl Matsuoka, Cullen Hayashida, Ryan Ozawa, (missing: Barbara Kim Stanton)

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