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


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


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


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


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.

Save the Date for Unconferenz 2014

The date for Unconferenz 2014 is set. Mark your calendar:

Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Time: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Place: Windward Community College, Akoakoa

The session topics page is open for your suggestions. Feel free to add a topic and vote for the ones you want to participate in.

Webcast of Ignite STEM


Video streaming by Ustream

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

Makers Meet at Unconferenz

Jerry Isdale by Phillip BurgessThe sixth annual Unconferenz is four days away, but it’s not too late to register!

The Unconferenz is a unique local gathering of technologists, thinkers, teachers, creatives, entrepreneurs… people from all walks of life looking to share, learn, and collaborate. Instead of keynote speakers and sponsor-filled pitches disguised as panels, the attendees drive the agenda, and everyone has the opportunity to speak. You can check out the most popular session topic suggestions, and submit your own.

And while the final list of topics won’t be set until ten minutes before the first sessions begin, the current top vote getter is “Makerspaces unite! Let’s do a Maker Faire in Hawaii!” It’s fair to say the maker movement will be one of the highlights this year.

We’re fortunate to have members of HiCapacity, the Honolulu Makerspace, joining us, including co-founder and long-time Unconferenz collaborator Jason Axelson. But this will be a maker confab that’s statewide in scope. Coming in from Maui, Jerry Isdale (@MauiMaker) of Maui Makers will represent the Valley Isle. And Don Kosak from the Big Island will also be there. Don is not only a maker, but a managing partner of the Nalukai Foundation.

(Startups and venture accelerators are also likely topics at Unconferenz.)

If you’re a maker, just maker curious, or simply want to spend a day with interesting, innovative people, be sure to join us at Windward Community College on Saturday.

Photo of Jerry Isdale by Phillip Burgess on Flickr.