Category: Technology

Hackathon Draws Developers to Build with Uber

Uber, the disruptive startup turned global tech firm, built its massive success by hacking the transportation ecosystems of cities around the world. Now developers in Honolulu and elsewhere are being invited to hack Uber. Sort of. Uber has partnered with Honolulu-based coding bootcamp DevLeague to host a hackathon later this month. Developers...

Blue Startups Announces Sixth Cohort

Blue Startups, Hawaii’s first and longest-running technology venture accelerator, is hosting an Open House event at its downtown Honolulu headquarters tomorrow to introduce the members of its latest and largest cohort of early stage startups… including one I co-founded. There are ten companies in this sixth accelerator round, five of them...

First HI2 Forum to Connect Research and Business

The Hawaii Innovation Initiative — the one focused on research at the University of Hawaii launched in 2013, not former Gov. Linda Lingle’s policy plan from 2007 — will host its first forum next week. Co-sponored by the Hawaii Business Roundtable, the two-day event will focus on energy and cybersecurity. The Hawaii...

Hawaii Snapchat Story Draws 3.8 Million Views

Millions of Snapchat users were treated to a montage of scenes from across Hawaii. The Aloha State was one of the global locations featured in a “One Week of Islands” series of “Live Stories,” drawing more than three million views. With the median age of a Snapchat user hovering around...

Big Island Crowdfunder Makes Magic with Magnets

I hesitate to admit how many times I’ve dropped my iPhone on my head in bed, and people I know have actually sported bruises inflicted by falling iPads. Finding better ways to hold our space-age devices is a common struggle of clumsy humans everywhere. Enter the Dundabunga, an amusingly named accessory from the equally amusingly...

Hawaii Drone Operators Seek, Secure FAA Approval

While the media fans the flames of outrage prompted by drone pilots who are certainly behaving badly, there is some encouraging news this week for UAV enthusiasts committed to doing the right thing. Drone Services Hawaii has received its coveted Section 333 Exception from the FAA, allowing it to operate commercially. Meanwhile, the...

Sunny Solar iPhone Case Relaunched on Kickstarter

A solar-powered charging and battery case for the iPhone 6 first announced in May re-launched its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter yesterday. “Sunny,” described as “the only solar battery case that actually works,” hopes to raise $10,000 in just one month to enter mass production. The Kickstarter reboot comes after a...

Sweeping California Drone Law Has Hawaii Roots

If California enacts one of the nation’s strictest regulations on drones, you can thank a quadcopter pilot in Hawaii. Both advocates and critics of drones across the country are watching a bill now sitting on the desk of California Gov. Jerry Brown, which would create a “no-fly zone” over private...

Civic Hackers Chat with Open Government Guru

Civic hackers in Honolulu will have a chance to talk with and learn from a fellow open government advocate in California. Steve “Spike” Spiker, founder and executive director of Open Oakland, will share his story with Code for Hawaii on Wednesday and talk about his organization’s work as an official “Brigade” for Code for...

Panel to Parse ‘Perfect Storm’ of Energy Opportunities

On the surface, Hawaii’s energy sector seems poised for growth. But a Thursday panel discussion will dig deeper, assessing the state’s true prospects in industries that are innovating and growing quickly. This year alone, the state set an ambitious goal to run entirely on renewable energy within 30 years, Henk Rogers made international headlines with...

Makerspace Hosting Ladies’ Night on Tuesday

HiCapacity, one of Hawaii’s first makerspaces, is hosting its first social mixer for women with “Ladies in Tech Night.” The Tuesday night meetup is being organized by HiCapacity intern and UH engineering student Jessica Grazziotin, who was featured earlier this month for her presentation at the ‘IKE Student Symposium. “It’s just...

Developer Meetup to Highlight Manufacturers

Next week’s Wetware Wednesday mixer for software developers will introduce the local programmer community to Hawaii’s manufacturers. The HTDC says it hopes to “keep the collaborative juices flowing and meet up with another industry,” echoing last month’s “Foodware Wednesday” by renaming the August gathering “Hardware Wednesday.” Tbe upcoming meetup is cosponsored...

Report: Hawaii Loves Surfer, Rainbow, Pineapple Emoji

Smartphones are exacting revenge on cranky and crusty technologists who declared, in the ’90s, that “textspeak” signaled the death of the English language, and perhaps even the decline of western civilization. At least back then, when fliphones lacked keyboards and writing messages required convoluted button-mashing combinations like T9, you might...

Gallery: Drones Plus Opens Honolulu Store

Dispelling any doubt that drones have gone mainstream, Honolulu is now home to a brick-and-mortar retail and service shop dedicated to the flying machines. Drones Plus Hawaii, located across the street from the Hawaii Convention Center (1695 Kapiolani Blvd.), is one of nine Drones Plus stores in the U.S. and...

New Astronomy App Celebrates Keck Observatory

The W.M. Keck Observatory is the launching point for a new astronomy education app that helps stargazers explore the sky from its perspective at the 14,000-foot elevation of Hawaii Island. While much attention has been focused on a telescope that has yet to be built, Maunakea is already the home of the...

Solar Impulse Extends Island Stay

After days of deliberations and globe-spanning conversations, the Solar Impulse team announced at 1 a.m. Hawaii time this morning that it would be suspending its ambitious around-the-world flight until next spring. The news quickly spread across the world, from CNN to the BBC to Gizmodo. But seven hours earlier, my Hawaii...

Workshops Launched for Drone Racing

Flying a drone to take pretty pictures is nice and all, but it doesn’t take long before quadcopter pilots want to take things to the next level. Drone racing is the Formula 1 sport for geeks, eschewing the silky smooth stability of UAV-based photography and videography for high-speed, agile flying....

Public Invited to Tour “Technology Petting Zoo”

Not many companies in Hawaii have research labs where scientists experiment with novel tools and techniques in areas ranging from computer systems design to medical sensors to material science. I suspect only one company in Hawaii designates part of its research facilities the “Technology Petting Zoo.” Fortunately, that one company...

Gallery: 8th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet

A wonderful mix of creators, designers, thinkers, teachers and seekers turned out today for the Hawaii Geek Meet, despite an early storm threat and a less than stellar weather forecast (provided personally by Dan Cooke). This year, two dozen different groups were represented — some by one person with smiles and business...