Save the date for Unconferenz 2015

The date for Unconferenz 2015 is set. Mark your calendar:

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Iolani School, Sullivan Center

Stay tuned for signup information. You can submit session and idea suggestions here.

Aerial footage over #UNZ14


During our session on drones we had the opportunity to capture some aerial footage over Unconferenz 2014 at Windward Community College. It was quite impressive to see 3 UAV models flying overhead.

UNZ14 Session Notes

Here are the links to the session notes. Some sessions had diligent notetakers who were “live blogging” through the session. Other session notes could use some post-event recollection. If you were there, please feel free to add your notes to the doc.

Directions to Hale Akoakoa @ WCC

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If you haven’t been to Windward Community College in a while, you are in for a treat. It is a beautiful campus nestled in the back drop of the Ko`olau Mountains. Here are the directions to Hale Akoakoa where we will hold the Unconferenz. There is plenty of parking, and it’s free!

Ignite STEM @ Unconferenz

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We started to do Ignite talks at Unconferenz 2012 and found it to be one of the most popular features of the event. The format is simple, 20 slides, 15 seconds a slide for a total of 5 minutes. The challenge for the presenter is to deliver a compelling talk in that rigid structure. It makes for a very entertaining 5 minutes.

The Ignite motto is: Enlighten Us, But Make it Quick.

This year we are continuing the tradition and featuring presentations from key members of our community of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) enthusiasts. Our list of presenters include:

Ignite STEM celebrates science and technology in our community and is just a sampling of the interesting projects going on here in Hawaii.

Ideas for Session Topics

UserVoiceThe Unconferenz takes on a new flavor every year. Ideas for session topics are participant driven which makes every Unconferenz an interesting mix of new tech, current interests and leading trends. This year is no different making the Unconferenz a unique snapshot of our community. Here is a list of the session ideas so far. Feel free to vote on the ones you like and suggest new ones if you don’t see your favorite. These ideas are early suggestions and we are still accepting new ideas. We will do a quick poll on the morning of the Unconferenz to then populate the grid of 15 time slots. If you haven’t already registered you can do so here.

Code Across 2014

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The Unconferenz 2014 is participating in CodeAcross 2014, a weekend of events taking place in cities around the world. There will be events hosted simultaneously in dozens of cities all around the globe on the last week of February. Coinciding with International Open Data Day, the goal of CodeAcross is to activate the Code for America network and inspire residents everywhere to get actively involved in their community.

Location: Hale Akoakoa WCC

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This year the Unconferenz 2014 will be in the beautiful Hale Akoakoa building. We held the Unconferenz here a couple of years ago and the spacious rooms, 101, 103, 105. This year we have the same rooms with the inclusion of rooms 107 and 109 for additional breakout rooms and our Ignite sessions. Please join us for great day of brainstorming and collaboration at Windward Community College, nestled on the slopes of the Koolau Mtns.

Webcast of Ignite STEM

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Ignite STEMIgnite STEM will be presented at 3 p.m. at Windward Community College during Unconferenz 2013. If you can’t make it to the Imaginarium, watch the live video stream here!

We’ve got a great lineup of presenters, all from our local community!

Scheduled presenters include:

  • Brian Shiro – Life on Mars
  • Jim Crisafulli – International Lunar Research Park
  • Angel Yanagihara – The Science of the Sting
  • Jake Hudson – It’s only Rocket Science
  • Royce Jones – There’s a Map for That
  • Scott Robertson – Open Data Education
  • Lindsea Kemp-Wilbur – Internet Society