December 5, 2023


Hawaii Tech Events archives from the Hawaii Hui network, including from, the Hawaii calendar.


Technical Workshop: Creating Assistants With OpenAI’s API

**Important Disclaimer:** This event will go over OpenAI’s assistants API, which is currently a beta feature. **Please be aware that usage of assistants API requires payment to OpenAI based on usage.** **This event is not sponsored or affiliated with OpenAI in any way. To get the most out of this workshop, you will need a laptop, an OpenAI account (you do not need ChatGPT+), and at least $1 in your account.**
**Description:** During OpenAI’s Dev Day, OpenAI released Assistants API, a new, powerful feature that completely upends the multi-billion dollar AI economy. Assistants API allows you to customize ChatGPT to your use case by allowing for:
* Persistent threads
* Multiple tool usages
* Custom instructions
* Access to files for knowledge retrieval
**Registration:** Spaces are limited, so be sure to register early to secure your spot.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your technical skills, understand how you can leverage AI assistants, or simply network with like-minded individuals, this AI Meetup in Honolulu is an event you don’t want to miss!

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Incident Response: Cyber Pro Panel

Sponsored by Hub Coworking Hawaii and HTDC!
In the rapidly evolving realm of cybersecurity, staying well-informed is paramount, especially when it comes to incident response. Our Cyber Pro Panel offers you a unique chance to acquire valuable knowledge and engage directly with experienced cybersecurity experts. They will not only share their expertise and personal experiences but also offer valuable insights into the field, including incident response strategies.
Date: November 30, 2023
Doors Open: 5:30pm
Event Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Entrepreneurs Sandbox, 643 Ilalo St, Main Event Space, Honolulu, HI 96813
Nov 30, 2023 05:30pm HST – Nov 30, 2023 07:30pm HST

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Holiday Tech Job Fair

Join us for Hawaii’s premier Tech Job Fair! Meet with leading technology, engineering, and defense employers for jobs, internships and apprenticeships. Free resume evaluations with HR professionals.
DECEMBER 21, 2023
4 PM – 8 PM

4:00 PM — Doors open, resume evaluations by HR professionals, professional headshots, workshops.
8:00 PM — Fair Ends

Validated parking is $15 in the structure, street parking also available.
For more information, please contact Umma Berkelman (
If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, contact Dave Molinaro at 808-539-3806 or as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible have a greater likelihood of being fulfilled. Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats.

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TRUE Use Case: Better Customer Experiences with AI/ML and Generative AI

During this hosted lunch & learn, explore how AI/ML and Generative AI can revolutionize customer experiences.

Better Customer Experiences with AI/ML and Generative AI
Join TRUE for an exciting lunch and learn at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox.
Generative AI, or ML systems that create new content and converse in natural language, have been all over the news this year. But how can you use them to improve your business? In this session, you will learn how to apply the latest AI/ML and generative AI techniques to improve business KPIs like customer satisfaction and conversion rate. You will hear about the state of the art in Generative AI and how it can improve your personalization and customer engagement systems. We will share some stories of how other companies like are using generative AI, and highlight emerging best practices for getting started with your own solutions.
Don’t miss out on this engaging opportunity to explore the future of customer experiences. Register now and secure your spot!

Randy DeFauw, Sr. Principal Solutions Architect, AWS
Justin Muller, Sr. Principal Solutions Architect, AWS
Randy DeFauw is a Sr Principal Solutions Architect at AWS. He holds an MSEE from the University of Michigan, where he worked on computer vision for autonomous vehicles. He also holds an MBA from Colorado State University. Randy has held a variety of positions in the technology space, ranging from software engineering to product management. He entered the Big Data space in 2013 and continues to explore that area. He is actively working on projects in the ML space and has presented at numerous conferences including Strata and GlueCon.
With13+ years of experience in natural language processing and 3 years in generative AI, Justin Muller currently works as a Sr Solutions Architect at AWS. In this role, he has helped over 20 AWS customers explore generative AI solutions from proof of concept to production. Previously, Justin founded and owned an IoT prototyping company, worked for 3 years as a patent attorney, and managed a team of prototyping engineers at Cisco.

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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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Build Your Custom Generative AI Chatbot

This workshop will explore how Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) can help improve the use of LLM-generated responses. LLM models know the probability of the connection between words, but there is no knowledge about the meeting of the words. LLM does not know what is grounded to reality. The RAG attempts to ground the output to facts and reduce nonsense (hallucinations).
This is a hands-on workshop geared to the software developer.

Please bring your notebooks.
Tools for the workshop: Python and Google Colab.
Suggested readings:

Meta: Retrieval Augmented Generation: Streamlining the creation of intelligent natural language processing models
IBM: What is retrieval-augmented generation?

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Circular Design Internship – Cohort 02 Hōʻike Final Presentations

Celebrate the apps and products designed by Cohort 2 interns and mentors of the Circular Design Internship! Drinks and pupus provided.
Over the past eight weeks, 10 Hawaiʻi-based emerging designers, along with their mentors, have collaborated with Blue Startups companies and other local startups to deliver implementable solutions.
* 3:30 – 4:00 PM — Check-in
* 4:00 – 5:30 PM — Intern Presentations + Demos
* 5:30 – 7:00 PM — Mix & Mingle over pupus and drinks
Drinks and pupus will be provided.
[Register]( on Eventbrite. Space is limited.

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