Category: Events

Hawaii State Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad State Finals on Saturday

When the Hawaii State Science Olympiad began more than a decade ago, only one school — Mililani High School — fielded a team. Now in its 11th year, this “academic track meet” has drawn over 100 teams and has engaged more than 2,000 students from elementary, middle and high schools from across the...

TEDxHonolulu | Photo by Burt Lum

TEDxHonolulu Returns with ‘Paradigm Shift’

The first TEDxHonolulu in 2009 was themed “Shift.” So perhaps it’s fitting that the event returns this year with “Paradigm Shift.” Of course, the look and feel of TED Talks (and their proclamations and exhortations for deep thinking) are so ubiquitous, they’ve completed the full hype cycle from being extensively parodied to having...

Honolulu Mini Maker Faire by Burt Lum

Makers Wanted for Honolulu Mini Maker Faire

The second annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire is three months away, and organizers are putting out the call to Hawaii makers to participate. Like last year, the event will be held at ‘Iolani School’s Sullivan Center on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Who is a maker? Well, you could very well be one. Sure, the...

Michael Kramer | Photo by Tina Stuart and Avi Okin/TEDxKamuela

Shifting from Sustainable to Resilient

Sustainability is a good thing, right? We want to live in sustainable communities, we want those communities to grow via sustainable development, we want to build sustainable businesses, and support them via sustainable investing. Earlier this year, we had a sustainability unconference here in Honolulu to explore all things sustainable. Of course,...

Hawaiian Telcom University

Fourth ‘HT University’ to Study Innovation

An annual gathering of technology professionals called “Hawaiian Telcom University” is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s theme is “The Innovation Universe,” and the free event offers workshops, exhibits, networking, and both a continental breakfast and lunch. I’m not crazy about the “university” branding, but I’ll give Hawaiian Telcom...

HICARES Team at The Nature Conservancy Hackathon in November 2014

College Hackathon to Tackle Business Challenges

Hawaii Pacific University is putting out the call to Honolulu college students to participate in a business-focused hackathon next weekend. The “Laulima Tech Challenge” will take place March 14 & 15 at ProtoHub Honolulu. The free event is designed for students from a wide range of disciplines, from software development to digital...

Design Thinking Workshop on Saturday

It looks like Saturday is the day to think differently in Honolulu. While one group of educators will be exploring “deeper learning” in Manoa Valley, another group of people are gathering to learn about “design thinking” less than a mile away. The “Design Thinking” methodology was developed at Stanford University’s design school and...

Deeper Learning Unconference

Unconference to Advance ‘Deeper Learning’ in Schools

On Saturday, educators will gather at Mid-Pacific Institute to discuss “deeper learning” practices in the classroom: ways to motivate and challenge students to communicate, collaborate, and apply what they have learned in different ways. The half-day event will be an “unconference,” and is being organized by the Deeper Learning Hawaii Network. I’m a fan of...

Geek Day

Saturday is Geek Day at Leeward

geek • n. \ˈgēk\ 1. a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake; 2. a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked; 3. an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity. “Geek” is the simple label...

Pacific New Media Juror’s Award:"Untitled, Mother and Aunt," Jon Shimizu, August 2014

Entries Sought for Contemporary Photography Exhibition

Pacific New Media (part of the UH Mānoa Outreach College) is inviting local photographers to submit their work for their 7th annual “Contemporary Photography in Hawaii” exhibition. And yes, photos that have been posted on Instagram are eligible. I asked. “It’s open to anyone,” PNM Director Susan Horowitz tells me. “Last year we had...

Venture Capital Group Celebrates Success

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA) will hand out a whole slate of awards on Thursday. The “Startup Paradise” community is invited to the Waialae Country Club to celebrate the best of local innovation in the past year. Described as the 15th annual awards gala, next week’s event comes after a...

HICTA ICT 2015

HICTA Reboots Annual Conference

On Tuesday, local professionals in information and communications technology (ICT) will meet at a “first annual” conference to explore the latest technology trends. But anyone who has been in the industry for even a little while will feel a bit of deja vu. The event is being organized by the Hawaii Information...

Image from "Daily Planet" by Discovery Canada

Droning On About UAVs

It seems as if I can’t go more than a few days without writing something about drones. Things are definitely changing quickly in the UAV space. If you’re either a drone pilot or want to become one, there are a couple of notable opportunities coming up to learn more. This Friday, preeminent...

Honolulu Science Cafe Turns Six

The monthly “Honolulu Science Cafe” meetups enter their seventh year this month, with Tuesday’s event featuring Andy Kaufman the University of Hawaii researcher (not Andy Kaufman the late “eccentric American entertainer”). Kaufman is going to be talking about the “Aloha of Plants,” exploring the power of plants in our everyday lives. “Honolulu Science Cafe”...

Mobile Hackathon at ʻIolani School This Weekend

When I heard about this weekend’s WordCamp Maui event, I figured some people might have other plans for Valentine’s Day. Turns out you can also spend Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14 at The Sullivan Center at ʻIolani School at a Mobile App Hackathon. The event, cosponsored by the University of...

Famous Painters in Rap Music

Data Nerds Meet Rap Music in Kakaako

I confess, I’m hopelessly unqualified to fully appreciate rap and hip hop music. But it turns out there’s a way to start with rap and hip hop music, add in some databases and algorithms, and with some serious talent in design and data visualization, generate a whole new level of art. Two...

Swift Programming Meetup on Monday

I’m not too swift when it comes to coding. But a meetup next week has nonetheless piqued my interest. Two years ago, my New Year’s resolutions included “get my ham radio license” and “learn to code.” Last year, I said I wanted to “get my real estate license” and “learn...

Oahu Fringe Festival

Fourth Fringe Festival in February

The fourth Oahu Fringe Festival , a celebration of live performing arts, is set for February 12-15, 2015, and this year, the festival will expand from Chinatown into Kakaako. I’ve followed the evolution of the festival since the first one came together in 2011. Modeled after the Edinburgh Festival, which goes back more than...

Women’s Coworking Space Opens Monday

I’ve enjoyed tracking the evolution of the coworking movement in Hawaii over the years, from the first time Honolulu popped up on the Coworking Wiki in 2008 (I even set up a blog at Lumihana.com, meaning “work room,” now long gone) to a pivotal meeting of the minds at Unconferenz...

Social Media Meets Politics at Wetware Wednesday

One of the more interesting research centers at the University of Hawaii, to me, is the Hawaii Computer-Human Interaction Lab. “We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers interested in understanding how people use information systems and dedicated to informing design based on human performance data,” reads the HICHI (pronounced like “mai tai”)...