Ryan Ozawa

Co-Host, Bytemarks Cafe

Ryan wears the label "geek" with pride. He's immersed himself in new technologies and online communities since the days before the web. Ryan has long embraced and evangelized the ways in which technology can bring people together. There's nary a gadget he hasn't tested, nor a site or app that he hasn't explored. Ryan especially enjoys linking traditional and new media. He is the Communications Director of local real estate tech firm Hawaii Information Service, and co-founder of the nonprofit Hawaii Open Data and the ag-tech firm Smart Yields. A lucky husband and proud father of three, he holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Hawaiʻi.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Ryan and Burt will explore ways to reinvent education and whether artificial intelligence can pave the way. Joining the guys will be Mid-Pacific Institute's Brian Dote and renowned educational philanthropist Ted Dintersmith to explore whether A.I. can put Hawaii students on the path to most likely succeed.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will talk to a couple of the teams that won at the recent AGathon.

They'll talk about how Hawaiʻi's first "ag hackathon" brought together members of the tech community to help solve some of the most challenging problems of the state's agriculture industry.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will find out how a local bank is helping to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The guys will hear about the KeikiCo Business Plan competition and how student teams can win up to $25,000 for their school.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will find out about a brand new retail and value-added food accelerator called "Mana Up."

They'll learn how they plan to build the next generation of Hawaiʻi CEOs earning more than $1M in annual revenue.

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Todd Cromar / U.S. Air Force - Hill AF Base

  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will discuss the accessibility of the digital age with experts from the University of Hawaii's Center on Disability.

How can everything from gadgets to websites be improved with adaptive and assistive technology, and what still needs to be done.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, the guys will learn about Hawaii's agriculture industry, the challenges it faces and how farmers can stay competitive in the 21st century.

Burt and Ryan will talk to key ag stakeholders to find out how technology can play a role to help Hawaii become food self sufficient.

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Negative Space / Pexels

  It's time once again to convene the annual roundtable of gadget geeks to review some of the best tech available this holiday season.

From big upgrades to stocking stuffers, Burt and Ryan will share their picks and ask the experts to help fill out your shopping list.

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NIAID / Flickr

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan find out about some important work being done on finding a cost effective vaccine for the Ebola virus.

They'll find out about a unique partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi's John A. Burns School of Medicine and local company Hawaiʻi Biotech seeks to develop a robust, scalable solution.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll learn about an educational organization called Project Lead the Way. We’ll find out how their instructional design centers and real-world project focus helps students succeed in college, career and beyond.

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Nalukai Academy / nalukai.org

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll learn about a student program on the Big Island called Nalukai Academy. We’ll talk to the organizers about how they enable students with the tools and skills to become entrepreneurial problem solvers and digital storytellers.

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rjmcsorely / Pixabay

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll talk to a couple winners of the Purple Maiʻa Purple Prize which integrates the concept of the Hackathon with Mālama ʻĀina. We’ll find out from the winning teams in the startup category how they’ve leveraged technology as diverse as machine learning and audio podcasting to reconnect with the land.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll hear how computer science and computational thinking are making their way into K through 12 curriculum. We’ll talk to code.org and their partners Women in Technology to find out how coding skills prepare our students for the 21st century workforce.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll hear about communities in Hawaiʻi and Okinawa that are living longer than the average life span. We’ll talk to researchers working to isolate the healthy aging gene and see how this might be activated in the general population.

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www.bluewaikiki.com / Flickr

Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll hear about programs enabling citizen scientists to help map Hawaiʻi’s natural resources. Equipped with mobile applications we’ll talk about a training program to develop citizen foresters and another project to adopt a breadfruit tree.

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skeeze / Pixabay

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll learn about the challenges of doing business in China. We’ll talk to iTRAV-Local and find out how they’ve broken into the Chinese market and opening the doors for other local businesses.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, the guys will hear about the Schools of the Future Conference - bringing together private schools and public schools to improve education. Funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Conference highlights best practices and learning environments to prepare our students for the future.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll hear about a new wireless broadband network built exclusively for first responders. This Public Safety network will enable first responders like police, fire and emergency management to communicate seamlessly and securely with each other.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll hear about the formation of a new organization called the Computer Science Teachers Association. We’ll hear from the organizers about the importance of computer science and the role it plays in the future of our students.

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Blue Coat Photos / Flickr

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll find out about a new organization focused on providing cyber security threat mitigation, education and economic development. We’ll hear from the organizers of Cyber Hawaii whose mission is to develop and enhance Hawaii’s cyber security capabilities.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we find out about some of the latest advancements in virtual reality gaming. We’ll get an update on commercial business efforts to incorporate VR and find out what the consumer reaction is to this new technology.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll catch up with Hawaiʻi’s Project Imua who recently launched their third mission from NASA’s Flight Facility in Virginia. We’ll find out what lessons were learned on this project to send a payload carrying data collecting experiments into space. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

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Keith DeMello

Today on Bytemarks Café, Governor David Ige and Chief Information Officer Todd Nacapuy will join us to talk state government tech. We’ll get an update on efforts to upgrade IT infrastructure and increase the pace of innovation inside the state government.

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EvanLee / Pixabay

Today on Bytemarks Café, a project that brings together traditional knowledge and storytelling with game design. The project is called Skins and it's part of the initiative for Indigenous Futures Partnership to create new culturally-based stories.

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  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll talk about civic tech and take you inside planning for the second Hawaii Annual Code Challenge. We’ve invited two departments to give us a preview of their challenge pitch and find out what problems can the tech community help them solve.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll learn why the State of Hawaiʻi is dusting off their nuclear disaster preparedness plans. With the nuclear threat from North Korean Intercontinental Ballistic Missile tests, what can citizens do to prepare for the unthinkable.

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Richard Unten / Flickr

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll find out about a new program called AERo or Aeronautical Engineering and Robotics. Starting in high schools this STEM program is a new take on robotics with a focus on unmanned aerial systems or drones.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, we'll find out how drones are being used by botany researchers to find new native plant communities. We'll learn how these unmanned aerial systems with high resolution cameras are able to identify the rarest plants in very remote areas.

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lmonk72 / Pixabay

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll learn about a system for teaching computer programming to teachers. We’ll hear about Altino the autonomous robotic model car that makes coding concepts easy and fun.

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We’ll explore what steps are being taken to fight the devastating Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. We’ll learn about new survey and detection tools being used to fight the outbreak allowing scientist to identify areas for treatment.

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Tumisu / Pexels

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll talk to Your Front Desk and Tripidee, two companies in the latest Blue Startups cohort. We’ll talk to the company execs to find out what they learned during their accelerator experience and what’s next after graduation.

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