Big Island Tech Meetup

Let’s kick off the new year with the first Big Island Tech meetup! This is a place to meet other techies and help build the local community. How can we bring in remote jobs and create local opportunities?
Some ideas for future meetings: Tech training, demos, community projects.
4:00 – 4:15 Intro
4:15 – 4:30 News, jobs and announcements
4:30 – 5:20 Discussion: Tech in Hawaii – What’s happening, ideas, opportunities.
5:20 – 5:30 Closing

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Honolulu Bitcoin Self-Custody Workshop

The Honolulu Bitcoin group specializes in monthly socratic seminars discussing the latest developments/news in the bitcoin space. **This event will be a special workshop dedicated to bitcoin self-custody.**
Join us on **Thursday, February 16, 2023 at [Entrepreneurs Sandbox]( ([643 Ilalo St]( in the Purple Box room** to take the first step towards secure, self-sovereign ownership of your bitcoin.
Event details and supplemental resources for this workshop are available on our website:
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Are you tired of relying on third-party platforms to hold and manage your bitcoin responsibly? Are you concerned about the security of your assets and the potential for hacking, fraud, or seizure? Do you want to be able to spend your own money without asking for permission? If so, it’s time to take control of your bitcoin keys.
Self-custody, or holding your own private keys, is the most secure way to own and manage your bitcoin. By keeping your keys in your own possession, you eliminate the risk of a third party losing or stealing your assets. You also have full control over your funds, allowing you to make transactions as you see fit. Ultimately, if you don’t hold your own private keys, you don’t really own bitcoin – you just have an IOU.
In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of self-custody and describe various methods for securely storing and managing your own private keys. We will also demonstrate the use of 3 popular hardware wallets (Ledger, Trezor, Coldcard), and cover a few advanced techniques for keeping your keys safe.
The target audience for this workshop is someone who has purchased bitcoin before but is hesitant about taking the next step to private key ownership. Still, even more advanced users can come contribute to the discussion and possibly learn something new.
While this event will be focused exclusively on Bitcoin self-custody, many of the techniques covered are also applicable to the ownership of other digital assets. **However, we won’t be discussing specific characteristics of any altcoins during this workshop.**

This is not a sponsored event, and all expenses have been paid out-of-pocket by our team. In an attempt to recoup some of those costs and ensure our future workshop roadmap is tenable, **there will be an entrance fee to this event. The cost is $20 paid in USD or $15 paid in bitcoin.**
You can use any of the following methods to pay in USD ($20):
* [PayPal]( (can use credit/debit card)
* [Cash App]($RawBTC) ($RawBTC)
* [Venmo]( (@RawBTC)
* Cash at the door
You can generate an invoice to pay in BTC ($5 discount):
* [OpenNode](
**The first 8 people that pay for the workshop in advance (in USD or BTC) will also receive a free physical copy of Bitcoin Magazine’s [Orange Party Issue]( (several copies were donated as a gift for meetup attendees).**
When you arrive, someone will be waiting to let you into the building if the door is locked. Inside, you will be asked to provide proof of payment (a screenshot or email is fine). Street parking may be available, but there is also a dedicated paid parking lot onsite ($1/hour).
Join our [Telegram group]( for important event updates and ongoing Bitcoin discussion. **It’s also the easiest way to get in touch with us**.

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Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

This free, two-part UH Venture Competition workshop series provides participants with the tools to develop a strong business model. In addition, the sessions offer team formation activities for those looking to join or grow a startup team.
While this workshop series is offered as part of the UH Venture Competition, participants do not need to enter the competition in order to attend these sessions. PACE invites anyone in the UH community to take advantage of this free educational opportunity. Prior business knowledge is not required.
Bootcamp 1

Market Research / Market Opportunity
Value Proposition
Competitive Advantage
Customer Validation and Segments
Product Market Fit
Minimum Viable Product

Watch the following free, short videos on Udacity before attending Bootcamp 1

Lesson 2: What We Now Know
Lesson 3: Business Models and Customer Development
Lesson 4: Business Models and Customer Development
Lesson 5: Value Proposition
Lesson 6: Customer Segments

Also, watch Visualizing Your Business Model by Strategizer (4min.)

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A Visit to the Cloud

Where does your software run when you use a cloud service or a hosting center? Where did your company’s computing center go? What does co-location look like? How does our Internet service connect to the global network? What does it take to run a reliable 24/7 service?
This is a field trip to DRFortress.  Come see what is hidden in the cloud. You will need a Hawaii State ID, a driver’s license, or passport to enter the facility.  After the tour, there will be a no-host gathering to continue the conversation at the nearby IHOP (0.3 mi, 3269 Koapaka St, Honolulu, HI  96819, 808-492-1321). If possible, please carpool. Parking is free, but limited to 16 stalls. Parking Map:
DRFortress is Hawaii’s largest carrier-neutral data center with diverse fiber access entry points for multiple carriers, ISPs, and cloud computing service providers. Its mission is to provide operational resiliency, reliability, and scalability for our customer’s mission-critical systems so that customers can focus on their core business.
DRFortress delivers the highest level of physical security with 24 X 7 manned security guards and CCTV surveillance. The facility is equip[ed with advanced, redundant electrical and cooling systems designed to support the latest high-power, high-density servers. In addition, this robust design allows DRFortress to provide customers with a 100% operational SLA. The 55,000 square foot (soon to be 65,000 square foot) data center is located well outside flood and extended tsunami zones and is built to withstand natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes. With 600 cabinets (soon to be 800 cabinets) and private cages available to customers, DRFortres offers world-class customer service and continuous operational reliability to our customers.

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Fuckup Nights Honolulu

*IMPORTANT* Event location is a “speakeasy” near 42 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817. Complete directions will be emailed 48 hours before the event with the entrance and passcode to the speakeasy.
Aloha! FuckUp Nights or FUN is a global movement across 200+ cities in 30+ countries, created by and for entrepreneurs, we hold true to the statement, there is no success without failure. When you signup to a FUN event you agree to the following: 1) Have FUN 2) Be present 3) Respect each other, this is a safe space where we can be vulnerable and share.
FuckUp Nights (FUN) #1 (Oct 2022) was such a blast, it sold out, maxed at 90 and it was FUN! This time we are capping at 80. We have some sweet new speakers… and back by popular demand Love Blast!

Doors Open @5:00pm, Love Squad plays from 6pm until 6:40pm & during intermission
FUN Live Line Up: (not in order) Kai Lawrence, Candace Forney, Brian Lincoln, Tudor Clee, and more!
Open Mic (7 min): If interested, please text Vincent @ 808-291-2080 before Friday 2/3 at 12pm to put your name in the hat.

Questions? Text Vince! @ 808-291-2080

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Startup Hawaii Hilo Social

Join us for a casual pau hana and hear from organizations that are driving innovation and entrepreneurship among Hawaii youth.

Join us at the Hawaii Science & Technology Museum in Hilo (above Jackie Rey’s) for a Startup Hawaiʻi meetup!
What to expect

Meet others interested in tech, entrepreneurship, and diversifying the Hawaiʻi Island economy
Enjoy light pupus as well as a selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks
Hear from Nalukai Academy and NexTech to learn about how they are empowering Hawaiʻi youth in innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology
Continue your conversations downstairs over drinks or dinner at Jackie Rey’s (make reservations in advance for dinner)

About HI Science & Technology Museum
The Hawaii Science and Technology Museum is an educational, federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 2015 dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education on the Island of Hawaii. The museum brings exhibits directly to the students to inspire and spark an interest in STEAM and we are a member of the Hawaii Museums Association. HSTM also serves the Hawaii Island community through its various outreach programs such as Science Camps, math tutoring, after-school programs, student research support, robotics competitions, and special events. We at HSTM believe that every child deserves to receive a solid STEAM education and that the future prosperity of our community and nation depends upon cultivating our next generation of innovators.
About Startup Hawaiʻi
Startup Hawaiʻi is building a technology startup and innovation ecosystem on Hawaii island with the greater purpose of creating a more diverse, equitable and sustainable economic future for the island.
By creating a strong and connected ecosystem foundation we can create a continuous pipeline and feedback loop of talent, ideas, companies, entrepreneurs, and investors.
👉To stay up-to-day with events and news, join Startup Hawaiʻi

Thank you to the HI Science & Technology Museum for hosting us!

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Maui TechOhana with Jen Chiu

Join us as we return to meeting in-person for Maui TechOhana to hear about the “Future of Work” with guest speaker Jen Chiu of Google.

Maui-based guest speaker, Jen Chiu, works on a Design Led innovation team at Google that explores how the future might look in a hybrid/remote work environment through immersive experiences such as virtual reality and more.
In addition to the future of work, Jen will also talk story on her winding and diverse career path to and in tech. Coming from a management consulting, UX strategy & planning, product, creative and entrepreneurial background she has led cross functional teams across tech, start-ups, media and non-profits such as Facebook, HBO, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and government organizations.
“I approach opportunities with creativity, curiosity and a spirit of experimentation combined with measurement and rigor,” says Jen. “I’m equally energized by leading and rolling up my sleeves in planning and execution. I enjoy bringing clarity and organization to ambiguous spaces and building teams from the ground-up.”
Maui TechOhana meetings, organized by the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. , and supported by the County of Maui and Hawaii Technology Development Center (HTDC), provide an informal networking opportunity open to anyone interested in Maui County’s technology industry. Events include a short presentation on a relevant topic in business or technology, followed by the opportunity to talk with others with similar professional interests.
Seats are limited. Livestream tickets available if unable to join us in Kihei.

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Nerd Night: Turd Night

Nerd Nite Honolulu, Hawaii Sea Grant, and Wastewater Alternatives & Innovations presents “TURD Nite” at Anna O’Brien’s, Tuesday February 7, 2023.

“Sea Level Rise: a real storm” by Shellie Habel, PhD
“Cesspools are Poo-pools: so what are we doo-dooing about it?” by Shayla Waiki, MS
“Making Sanitation Sexy Again” by Stuart Coleman, MFA

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Mana Up Cohort 8 Info Session *VIRTUAL*

Calling all Hawai’i product companies!

Mana Up is recruiting the next 10 locally headquartered companies for our Cohort 8 accelerator program! Learn how we can help scale your local products and company globally.
Please join us ON ZOOM on February 8, 2023 from 11AM-12PM. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with Mana Up co-founders Meli James + Brittany Heyd, as well as graduates from prior cohorts to hear about their experiences in the program. Topics that will be covered during the session:
Introduction to Mana Up
Accelerator Program
Annual Showcase
House of Mana Up
To learn more about Mana Up, please watch our “Mana Up 2022 Showcase” video below:

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