It was a Wednesday night after work and the topic was Internet bills before the Legislature — on the surface, pretty technical stuff.

And yet more than 60 people packed The Green House in Kakaako. The conversation was led by local tech entrepreneurs Burt Lum, Peter Kay and Daniel Leuck.

It was part education part vent-session. Tech and social media leaders learned that they have to shake a bad reputation at the Ledge and that they ought to form a tech consortium to advise lawmakers before bills are written.

In the end, the event was a shot in the arm for Hawaii’s fragmented tech and social media community. Everyone left with a clear idea of how to mobilize as a group to fight bad bills dealing with Internet privacy, broadband and technology — and craft their own legislation in the future.

They even formed a Facebook group called the Hawaii Innovation Alliance where you can keep up with the latest.

Here’s a snapshot of the some the chatter, organized by the social application Storify.

The town hall was also live streamed. Watch a recording of the event here:

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