As we welcome in the New Year 2010
, I always like to look back at the previous year and celebrate the memorable moments that helped to define that year. As we transition from one year to the next I find it a good habit to acknowledge and be respectful of the past and to look with hope into the future.
I usually post my Top 10 memorable moments as a blog post but this year I tried something a little different. I went out to Twitter and asked others to participate using the hashtag of #2009Top10. It was fun to see others recollect the year in review and come up with their significant moments. Mahalos go out to bitershark, Melissa808, NathanKam, PHOTOluluTV and CindyBlanknship for participating. If you are interested in reading the tweet stream just do a search on #2009Top10 or click here. If over time Twitter does not archive this tweet stream I've saved it as a Google doc.
If you feel inspired to create your Top 10 memorable moments for 2009 please do. I encourage you to use the hashtag #2009Top10 and I will update the Google doc. Also as 2010 unfolds make every moment a special moment. The following is my reverse chronological thread of my Top 10 memorable moments in 2009. Wishing you all the best in 2010 - The Year of the Tiger!
This week is chock full of events. In my previous post I mention the Wayfinder Lectures
coming up on Thursday, July 23th at Hawaii Public Radio. On Friday, July 24th at the Academy of Arts, Linekona the fifth installment of Pecha Kucha Night
will take place. The Pecha Kucha
presentation format started in Japan with designers, graphic artists and architects getting together and adopting this short 20 slides, 20 seconds each format. That limited the preso to 6 minutes and 40 seconds. So, if anything bored you, not to worry, it would be over in no time. Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) 4.0 took place in Honolulu last March. I was planning to present but decided instead to capitalize on a trip to SXSW 2009. Now that PKN 5.0
is here, I got no excuses. My presentation is entitled: Top 20 Social Media Geeks
. You can guess who might be on the list but for me the hardest part was deciding who to trim from the list. No hints, the big reveal is this Friday. Hope to see you there.
It was quite an emotional scene at the last Manoa Geeks meetup on Thursday, June 4, 2008. Aaron Dragushan (@dragushan) is moving from Hawaii to Washington D.C. He announced that this would be his last attendance at Manoa Geeks, at least in person. The Manoa Geeks meetups have evolved from small gatherings at Starbuck's in Manoa to standing room only crowds in downtown Honolulu tech companies. The companies, in this case Oceanit
, have been gracious to offer up meeting space, wifi access and food! Attendees are encouraged to share an event, showcase a web project or demo a product. It is all quite social and interactive largely due to Aaron's infectious personality. He is always smiling from ear to ear. We are going to miss his positive energy. At this month's meetup, @Phlatphrog (Patrick Kelly) demo'ed his ride sharing website, Ride4all
, @SethLadd showed his crowd wisdom (I stole that from Peter Kay) site at Whateverisfinewithme
and Curtis Kropar shared a project that is really striving to make a differenct at Hawaiian Hope
. Aaron Dragushan topped the evening off by reviewing the latest developments to his Ask500people
project. That site has come a long way and I am glad to have gotten to watch its evolution. Aaron will be one of our first guests on Bytemarks Cafe and I am dying to ask him some questions about how he came up with the idea. It is great to see projects like these get their start here in Hawaii. Thank goodness, the Manoa Geeks legacy will continue with @Hawaii who got the baton handed to him from Aaron to keep the meetups happening. @Hawaii wrote a great blog entry
with copious notes and twitter contacts. You can also view the current and past photos of Manoa Geeks
on Flickr. Stay tune to the next Manoa Geeks meetup coming to a conference room near you.
Everyone has their passion and for Ron it's Amateur Radio
. Ever since I've known Ron, now going on close to 18 years, he's been the ham radio guy. But that's what a geek is, someone who is extremely interested in something almost to the point of obsessive. Normal people might find this peculiar but deep down inside we all have our geek tendencies, if you don't then you just might be a tad boring. So whether it was Ron and his mobile ham radio rig, Paul with his solar telescope,
Bob with his talking pulse meter, the medieval warriors with their broad swords, Helen with her rockets or Team Twitter Hawaii with their customer tees, what made the 1st Annual Hawaii Geek Meet such a success was the unity in diversity. It was such an interesting cross section of nearly 100 attendees. You were bound to find something captivating or learn something new in the process. I took a bunch of picture but so did everyone else. You can find all the Hawaii Geek Meet photos here
. You can also read the Twitter conversation by going to TweetScan.com and scan for #geekbbq. That Sunday went by super fast. The only thing I wish for was a three day weekend. Since Monday was a work day, I am ending this post here and getting some sleep before Tuesday sneaks up on me.