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Unconferenz 2016 #UNZ16

Unconferenz_Logo On Saturday, March 5, 2016, in it's 9th year, the Unconferenz will bring together individuals from across the community to foster sharing and interaction amongst its participants. The Unconferenz is attendee driven and is all about your participation. The Unconferenz is a crucible for brainstorming ideas, its mantra is to Create : Collaborate : Catalyze. This year the Unconferenz will have a strong civic tech focus as we are holding it in conjunction with Code Across America and International Open Data Day. Our grand plan is to introduce our government partners to civic technologists and engage citizens to reverse pitch, collaborate and co-create solutions for a 21st century government. We use the Unconferenz to catalyze a movement and would love to have you be a part of it. Feel free to join the conversation and suggest your session topics for 2016. Eventbrite - Unconferenz 2016

Fashion + Tech with Anouk Wipprecht

anoukpromo-p This rare opportunity to directly experience the nexus between tech and fashion is coming to Hawaii featuring Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht. Sixteen local fashion designers will create Fashion+Tech designs with Anouk Wippprecht during the workshop event.
  • Workshop dates: Nov. 10, 11 & 12, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Manoa Innovation Center, Ideation Room
Organizers are looking for volunteers able to support teams with programming hardware like arduinos or other devices (teensyoctoneopixelsxbee), coding and soldering. Contact HiCapacity (Aisis Chen or Noah Hafner) if you can assist.
  • Fashion show will follow: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015
  • Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Location: Modern Hotel
These events are free. Additional information about the workshop and fashion show can be found here.

Memorable Moments of 2012

As I look back at 2012 I can honestly say it was a good year. The year of the Dragon was a dynamic year with lots of changes going on all around. It was the confluence of many events that came together in 2012 and will set the course for 2013. Here are some of the memorable moments of my 2012, in somewhat chronological order:
1. The first Civic Hackathon resulting from CityCampHNL was held in conjunction with the City and County of Honolulu.
CityCampHNL Hackathon
2. Unconferenz 2012 was  memorable not only because of the topics and attendance (Tim O'Reilly, Jen Pahlka, Kirk Caldwell, Kym Pine, etc.) but it also debuted Code for America to the Honolulu community.
Unconferenz 2012
3. Geeks on DaBus was the culmination of an idea that sprung from CityCampHNL and the Civic Hackathon. We used DaBus app and converged on Kaka`ako to talk transportation with Mayor Carlisle and folks from TheBus.
Geeks on DaBus  
4. Transparency Camp and the folks from Sunlight Foundation. I never thought Washington D.C. could be so much fun.
Transparency Camp 2012
5. Getting the chance to visit a floating hospital on the high seas is always a memorable event. Here is a helicopter landing on the USNS Mercy in the waters off O`ahu.
Embark to USNS Mercy
6. Visiting Midway Atoll for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway was incredible not only for its historical significance but for the experience of seeing thewildlife reclaiming the island.
Midway Atoll
7. This large golf ball shaped radar has become a regular feature in the Pearl Harbor view plane. Few get to visit and tour the insides of the SBX.
SBX-1 Tour
8. Have you ever felt like you are part of a bigger movement? I felt that way when attending the Code for America Summit. Open Government and Open Data is making great strides thanks to the efforts of CfA.
Code for America Summit 2012
9. Visiting South Korea was an awesome experience. I have a much deeper appreciation for Korean culture and people. It is a place I will return to soon.
Korea Ceramics Tour 2012
10. We capped the year of Open Data with a demo day called Hon*Celerator. It was a code contest of applications built around data from and This is just the beginning...

Memorable Moments of 2011

As 2011 becomes a thing of the past, I often contemplate the memorable moments in the wee hours of new years eve. Here are my memorable moments as I tweeted them before midnight Dec 31, 2011. It was certainly a fun year and one to remember.
1st memorable moment of 2011
Unconferenz 2011
2nd memorable moment of 2011
iPad2 Launch - Ala Moana
3rd memorable moment of 2011
zen brushwork
4th memorable moment of 2011
Google campus
5th memorable moment of 2011
Day 4: Last day in Osaka
6th memorable moment of 2011
Flight over O`ahu with Moore Air
7th memorable moment of 2011
Trip to Portland/Astoria OR
8th memorable moment of 2011
soul food
9th memorable moment of 2011
CityCamp Honolulu
10th memorable moment of 2011

Startup Weekend Honolulu

The first official Startup Weekend took place over a period of 54 hours on Sept. 16-18, 2011. Danielle Scherman, one of the organizers, invited me to attend and being curious about how events like this actually take place, I could not turn down the offer. The process of bringing 70-100 people together to pitch ideas, form teams and prototype a business in a short weekend intrigued me. Looking back at it now, I realize it was much more than that. When I first decided to go, I was on the fence whether to observe or participate. What triggered it for me was a warmup exercise Maris McEdward used to stimulate idea flow called Half Baked. A bunch of seemingly random words were put on the white board. Then we were assigned to teams to pick two words and do a quick one minute pitch for this fictitious business idea. A good example of this was John Garcia's impassioned  delivery of his team's choice: Fresh Underwear. He then went beyond the requirement and overnight developed the website you now see, essentially creating a business overnight. It's amazing what one creative individual can do. I love the web page. If it wasn't for the fact that he was a judge, I would have snagged him to be on my team for his obvious skill set. But now I am getting ahead of myself. My motto has always been, life is not a spectator sport, so when it came time to pitch a real idea, I took a number. Everyone who picked a number had 1 minute to do a pitch. I pulled #7 so had about 6 minutes to come up with an idea. Around the time #5 was completing his pitch, I came up with a name for my idea: Heart My City. The next moment of truth was whether or not your idea progressed to the team development stage. There were 23 ideas in total which got paired down to 8. The selection process was very organic. Everyone got 3 postit notes and voted for the ideas they felt they liked. Since my idea was #7, I held a paper with a big #7 on it. Now imagine 70 people, all in a room, standing and moving like random particles, placing these postits on your number. It was wild. When the dust settled, Heart My City had about a dozen postits on it. Enough to get me to the team formation stage. Get ready for another seemingly random event. 70 people now coalesce around the idea of their choice, coupled with your efforts to recruit a team amongst people you may or may not know. Some teams were as big as eight or as small as one. I was fortunate to snag two smart guys, Jason Axelson and Patrick Kelly, the Heart My City team. The rest of the time was spent in heads down mode focussed on business development and prototyping. The key benefits of a Startup Weekend is the dedicated time and space to work on a project, facilitators that manage the time and keep things moving. mentors and coaches that are available for advise, a positive, supportive environment to try out new ideas and last by not least, feedback on the strengths and weaknesses in your proposal. Looking back at Startup Weekend, I can say it was a challenging but very rewarding experience. But as challenging as a 54 hour weekend might be, it is nothing compared to what comes next, turning your Startup Weekend idea into a real business. We'll talk to several of the winners on the October 26th edition of Bytemarks Cafe and ask them what their experience was like and what is next for their startup idea. Hope you can tune in for that.

Opening Day at Legislative Session 2011

The 2011 Legislative Session kicked off on Jan. 19 at the State Capitol with an air of optimism but with the realization that hard work needs to be done to cut the budget. At least in the Senate, the presentations reflected a festive mood. This year I got invited by Senate Carol Fukunaga to join her and a few guests on the Senate floor, a first time for me from this vantage point. This video was shot, edited and posted all from my iPhone, something Nani Daniels, local Apple rep and guest might appreciate.

August Bytemarks Lunch

August Bytemarks LunchWhen you get a bunch of geeks together a lot of information gets pass along very quickly. Luckily this month's lunch attendance was small where the six of us, @pineapplejuice, @hawaii, @exbor, @carolyhi59 and @madmarv, could claim a table at La Pizza Rina. Even so, there is no way I can record all that info. So what I did this month is try to curate my notes. Here's what we came up with: Websites:
  • If you want to find out about what is happening in the social media scene you must check out @Hawaii's new website Hawaii Social You'll find up to date highlights on events, workshops and the occasional provocative article about SM in the local media.
  • And if it's the bon dance schedule you are looking for go to @champuru's
  • Carolyhi59 brought up A creative group collaboration that chronicles the adventures of Domo.
  • Madmarv reminded me about Unconferenz 2011 and the fact that it is only 5 months away. Tentatively we are looking at the 3rd week in Feb 2011. I will be more specific as soon as I hear back from KCC.
  • We also talked about the end of Metromix and the rise of Nonstop Honolulu. They are going to give TGIF in the Star-Advertiser a run for their money. Nonstop Honolulu has strong sociable personalities whereas TGIF is pretty nondescript. I'm not even sure who is behind their Twitter account.
  • Madmarv remembers we talked about DVR to DVD recording. Fringe. Social media in politics. Furloughs. A smidgen of gadget geeking. Civil beat.
  • Carolyhi59 tweets us: My DVR is a Toshiba HDD/DVR model # RD-XS52SU. It's at least 5 yrs old. I found it on 🙂
  • Hawaii said he advocated just getting a DVD recorder, available at Costco and Walmart. Otherwise, TiVo all the way!
  • Pineapplejuice recalls us talking about: Mufi's flyer, and how that self-described social media expert said that no (political) campaign was using social media effectively, general mobile device show-and-tell, and geolocation services - Foursquare, Gowalla, and now Facebook Places - and how FP doesn't work on my phone for some reason.
  • Exbor tweeted the fact that we got into deep conversations with the group. He also reminded me that we talked about Google's new Phone Service and suggested this Lifehacker tip.
That's it for now. If you are interested in finding out about the next Bytemarks Lunch, just sign up for the Bytemarks Yahoogroup and you will get the notifications. Some of you might think Yahoogroups is old school but back in 2003 when we started the group, Yahoogroups was it! Mahalo to @hawaii for these lunchtime photos.

Pecha Kucha Night 8.0

pecha_kuchaCheck out the next Pecha Kucha Night in the courtyard of the Academy Art Center @ Linekona for Pecha-Kucha 8.0. Admission is free, refreshments served as usual! Friday, April 2, 2010. 6:00pm - 9:30pm. Hope to see you there. Presenters
  • Debra Drexler: Chair, Drawing and Painting UH "20 years in 20 slides"
  • L.P. "Neenz" Faleafine: Editor "20 Hawaii Traditions"
  • Tamara Moan: Artist "The Art of Travel"
  • Jeannie Randall: Visual Artist "Money Shots"
  • Liz Bowen
  • David Rockwood: Architect "Team Hawaii's 2011 Solar Deathlon Entry"
  • Dorothy Feibleman: Ceramic Artist and Designer "various works"
  • Grady Gillan: Blogger "Three Frames"
  • Maika'i Tubbs: Artist "Now Playing"
It's a lively, fast-paced presentation format, 20 slides, 20 seconds each. Total presentation time is 6:40 as in 6 minutes, 40 seconds. If that isn't fun enough, the free beer certainly is.

2nd Annual Geek Meet

The 2nd Annual Geek Meet was this past weekend at Ala Moana Park on Magic Island. Although several days have passed, I could not let this event go without a blog post. Of all the tech/geek related events that take place over the course of the year, like Unconferenz, Manoa Geeks, Flickr meetups, Bytemarks Lunches, tweetups, HSTC Breakfasts, Dual Use Breakfasts, etc. the Geek Meet picnic is the most family (and pet) friendly. It's a great time getting out in the sun, sharing a pot luck lunch and gabbing about tech toys. It was the most concentrated assortment of tech at the beach I have ever seen. The Emergency Amateur Radio Club brought out radio gear, Paul Lawler had his solar telescope, Tony Barnhill set up an assembly line for his Altoid USB Solar power rechargers, Andy Bumatai had his laptop on hand to demonstrate Mogulus, even the 501st Pacific Outpost light saber crew struck a pose. It was almost like a science fair on the beach. I was quite impressed that even Michael Okuda of Star Trek fame and Roz Savage solo Pacific Ocean rower show up. It was relaxing, exhausting and stimulating all at once. You can get a sense of the group fun from these photos. Too bad we have to wait a whole year for the next one.

Digital Imagery Exhibit

I just got word of an upcoming show called Digital Imagery in Hawaii 2009 featuring local photographers. The show is juried by David Ulrich and Jerry Omo, Jr. and will be held at the Canon Gallery, 210 Ward Avenue, Suite 701. The exhibition is sponsored by Pacific New Media and is designed to provide a snapshot of the "state of the art" of digital media in Hawaii. According to the requirements, you must have taken the image digitally; i.e., cell phone, digital camera, or scanner. Image must have been created within the past two years and not previously exhibited. The show runs from March 2nd to March 31st. The exhibit opening is on Monday, March 2nd from 11am to 2pm. Several friends of mine are in it including Craig Ellenwood, Lisa Hoang (@windwardskies) and Carrie Matsunaga (@oreogirl). It sounds like a cool show and certainly a great way to spend a lunch hour getting lost in the imagery.