TechHui, the social network of Hawaii's tech community is hosting a conference this Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the Univ. of Hawaii, Art Auditorium. I spoke to Dan Leuck, organizer of the event, earlier today and asked him what makes this conference different from other tech conferences in Honolulu. For starters, it features speakers from local tech companies who are pioneers in their fields. This includes people like Kaz Hashimoto, Avatar-Reality; Jeff Mikulina, Blue Planet Foundation and Moriba Jah, Advanced Science & Technology Research Institute for Astrodynamics. This diversity of topics extends into the sessions that cover everything from alternative energy, social media, 3D CG & Animation, User Experience Design to Star Trek Tech. Another unique feature of this conference is that it is aimed at the tech geek and intends to delve deeper into the subjects than your typical conference. In a session I am moderating called Star Trek Tech we'll have companies including Think Rapid who has system that is able to replicate 3D objects over the network. Imagine having a 3D widget on O`ahu, digitizing it and sending over the network to be replicated in Guam. This can be done with plastics and metals. In the same session Dr. Stefan Moisyadi will talk about projects involving transgenic modifications, think glowing mice. There's a lot to choose from and all representative of work being done in Hawaii. It's quite an impressive assortment. For more information check out the TechHui Conference event page. This is well worth the $15 admission.
A couple of Friday's ago, while I was standing in line at the Empty Bowl fundraiser for Hawaii Potter's Guild at Art at Mark's Garage, Lesa Griffith comes up to me and hands me this flyer. I was already in sensory overload with my bowl in had, Mochi on her leash, people everywhere and me trying to find the soup line. I had about 5 seconds to look over the flyer and ask Lesa what Wikipedia had to do with Art (and the Honolulu Academy of Arts)? I remember her saying, "look at the flyer" before disappearing. That is typically how I find out about things. Luck for me, I crumpled the flyer and stuck it in my pocket. At home I looked at it more discerningly and noticed the Flickr url for the Wikipedia Loves Art group. There is also a detailed posting of the rules for the scavenger hunt on Wikipedia. I also contacted Lesa and asked if she wanted to send someone to our show, Bytemarks Cafe, to talk about the event that ran Feb. 14, 15 and 27. The lovely Sabrina Valezquez joined us to give us the details for the event. So fast forward to today (2/15) and I thought I would check out the photos posted to Flickr of the art pieces. If you go to the group and follow the tag cloud you can see the photos posted for HAA (Honolulu Academy of Arts) or simply click here. Looks like they now have a few few shooters but could use a few more. Either that or they are slowing uploading their photos to Flickr. I know how that is. There is one more day on Feb 27th to continue the game. Also wanted to mention an upcoming workshop that fellow geek Ryan Ozawa and I are doing at Kapiolani Community College this coming next two Saturdays, Feb 21st and Feb 28th. It is a basic workshop to establish your online presence. Those of you reading this blog are already familiar with the social media tools like blogs, Google docs, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, etc. This workshop is gear to those wanting to get on but due to time and inclination have not yet done so. We are going to help kickstart that process. If you know of anyone interested in participating in this workshop please send them our way. The price is reasonable due to the generosity of the High Tech Development Corp.
It's amazing how fast time flies by. It didn't seem like one year had gone by since the first Unconferenz took place. The Unconferenz is Hawaii's grassroots tech gathering, organic and self-organized by its participants. On Feb 7, the Unconferenz 2009 materialized at JAIMS where 65+ attendees convened to discuss topics that ranged from Hawaii's broadband future to video streaming. As spontaneous as I might make it sound, the Unconferenz is really a participatory event that is planned over the months preceding the date. The primary discussion takes place at Unconferenz.ning.com where session topics are proposed. As usually is the case there are sessions that you have to choose between. My morning session choices were Second Life, Broadband in Hawaii and Dev. iPhone Apps. The afternoon sessions were split between New Media in News and Gadgets - Show and Tell and wound up with Video Streaming. You can get a sense of the place by checking out the Flickr set by @Quilldancer and the set by @Beegkahuna. I posted my set here. Another great place to experience the flow of events is from the Twitter stream at hash tag #unz. People ask me what is the purpose of the Unconferenz? It is really about collaboration, participation and sharing. It's value to me is to bring people together to interact on topics of interest and to create an environment where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. I cannot help but feel that for this the Unconferenz was a great success. A big Mahalo goes out to all the attendees since the Unconferenz is a direct reflection of all who participated. MAHALO!
The State of Hawaii Dept. of Education and Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism have successfully implemented various robotics competitions and now getting widespread participation throughout Hawaii and beyond. The VEX Robotics Competition is the most recent event taking place in December. Here are some of the highlights:
- The Pan Pacific VEX Robotics Championship is from December 4 through 6, 2008, at the Hawaii Convention Center.
- It is Hawaii's first international robotics competition.
- Currently, there are 67 teams from Hawaii, 11 teams from China, 1 from Japan, and 5 from the mainland U.S.