Burt Lum

Co-Host, Bytemarks Cafe

Burt Lum is Executive Director of Hawaii Open Data, a non-profit dedicated to advancing the principles of open data and has more than 30 years in Hawaii's technology and communications sector. He is an Instructor at University of Hawaiʻi in the Information & Computer Science Dept. and teaches Intro to Social Media. He also teaches Social Media for Emergency Response and Recovery for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. At the City and County of Honolulu, he is a Community Manager for their Open Data - Citizen Engagement Initiative.

Past engagements include founding member of the Innovation Center at HMSA, Senior Product Manager at Hawaiian Telcom, CEO/President of Hawaiʻi data center startup NetEnterprise and work at the Maui High Performance Computing Center.

His online activities include social media, community building, blogging, video and audio podcasting, content curation, and citizen journalism. For the last six years, he has planned and coordinated a variety of grassroots technology events including CityCamp, Code for Hawaii, and the Unconferenz. He is also on the board of Common Cause and Jodo Mission of Hawaii.

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We’ll find out how the State and startup community are looking to leverage tech in the AG sector. We’ll explore how tech can disrupt (improve) the agriculture supply chain from the growing, to storing, to the delivery of product to the market.

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We’ll explore efforts in workforce development and the IT Works Apprenticeship Initiative. What is the job demand for IT workers, what employers are hiring and how is the apprenticeship program helping?

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ryan harvey / Flickr

  We’ll delve into the world of eSports and fantasy football. We’ve invited two startups going through the Blue Startup accelerator program to find out how they plan to make money and how big is the business opportunity.

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  We’ll explore the intersection of culture, technology and the hackathon. What happens when you immerse the participants in the cultural experience of Aloha ʻĀina and how does this influence technology?

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Maurizio Pesce / Flickr

Burt and Ryan explore how new technology can support the tourism industry. From virtual reality to facial-recognition, what tools are the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority tapping to reach tomorrow's travelers?

Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll take a listen back to some of our favorite segments from the last 6 months.

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We’ll hear about the recent National Science Foundation award to UH to study Hawaii’s freshwater aquifer. The project is called Ike Wai or Knowledge of Water and brings together scientists, educators and the community to better understand and safeguard this precious natural resource.

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Christiaan Colen / Flickr

Today on Bytemarks Café, at the first Hawaii Annual Code Challenge, the State asked the tech community to help make government better. We’ll talk to some of the prize-winning teams about their projects and how their applications help citizens better interact with government.

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We’ll find out what challenges face tech startups looking to grow their market. With entrepreneurial and accelerator initiatives in full swing what choices do companies have after they graduate?

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www.soest.hawaii.edu

We’ll catch up with the latest cohort of explorers in Hi-SEAS or Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation.  This Mars simulation involves a yearlong stay in the Big Island habitat. We’ll find out how the crew dealt with the long duration mission.

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DLNR

  We’ll explore how the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources is helping to re-establish native insect populations.  

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  With the World Conservation Congress in full swing, we’ll find out how the community can get involved in conservation efforts? We’ll explore how projects using smartphones, internet access and data, can assist citizen scientists in finding solutions.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ve heard educators modify STEM to STEAM to include science, technology engineering ART & math. We’ll find out how several science organizations incorporate an artist in residence and what that brings to the program.

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  We’ll dive into the world of creepy crawly bugs and animals, especially the ones with venom. We’ll learn from researcher and author Christie Wilcox how venoms work as a defense mechanism and how these biochemical toxins are created in the first place.

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  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll delve deep into space and follow up on a topic that is near and dear to our hearts: exoplanets. New discoveries of planets orbiting other stars are frequent, so two experts from the Institute for Astronomy will help us understand why they matter.  

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University of Hawai‘i News / Flickr

  We’ll get an update on the second launch of Project Imua from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The project is a collaboration among four community colleges to build a payload with data collecting experiments and their launch date is set for Aug 16th.

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  As we ramp up for the 2016 hurricane season, what new tech can we use to better prepare? We'll go beyond the typical crank flashlight and radio and find out what gadgets you might need to weather the next big storm.

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Robert Elzey / Flickr

  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, with the popularity of model drones and remote camera systems many are considering the business opportunities. We’ll learn about the latest in commercial unmanned aerial systems use and the agencies that regulate them.

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  We’ll learn about the IT modernization project taking place at the Hawaii State government. We’ve invited both the Chief Information Officers of the State and the University of Hawaii to tell us about the benefits and the challenges to IT transformation.

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  We’ll find out what plans were made at the recent International Coral Reef Symposium. We’ve invited two of Hawaii’s preeminent coral researchers to detail what can be done to protect this important marine ecosystem? 

  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll talk with a fresh new crop of the latest Blue Startup cohort. These new companies get accelerated with mentoring and a small startup investment. What else will it take to nurture them, and build Hawaii’s ‘Startup Paradise’? 

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  Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll explore the startup world of a band taking their music on the road. How does a band leverage technology to build an audience and growth hack their way through the current state of the record industry. 

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Flickr / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we'll explore the potential for Hawaii to develop an aerospace industry to include rocket launches and Martian simulations. We'll find out what needs to happen to bring this dream to reality. How much will it cost and what is the return on investment?

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Youtube Via CC Search

  We’ll talk to investors in the Hawaii startup scene to get the pulse of our Startup Paradise. We’ll find out what investor dollars are being spent on, the amount of deal flow and what tech companies to watch. 

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  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’re taking the plunge into the pool with the Marine Advanced Technology Education robotics program. We’ll find out about the challenges facing a team determined to build and run a remotely operated vehicle under water.

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  We’ll get a recap on how the tech and startup ecosystem fared in this year’s Legislative session. We’ll talk to the Executive Director of HTDC and the Director of DBEDT to find out about the entrepreneur’s sandbox, accelerators, SBIR and broadband.

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  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll learn how two organizations are using technology to help address the challenges of homelessness. How can technology and innovation be effectively applied to social services? What solutions can make a difference?

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  We’ll get an update on a comet from our early solar system called Pan-STARRS. Named after the telescope that found it, Pan-STARRS comes from the Oort Cloud and could give us clues about Earth’s formation.

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  We’ll learn about a coral nursery program at the Ānuenue Fisheries Research Center. This Division of Aquatics Resources center is experimenting with new ways to quickly grow corals for out planting in damaged reefs. 

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Impact Hub

  An update on the Impact Hub and the work they are doing to spread entrepreneurship. We’ll find out how a new program is being implemented in all the community colleges to encourage the business minded to nurture their startups. 

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