If you want to get a sense of exciting possibilities for the future, there may be no better place than Honolulu’s Unconferenz.
I don’t usually like giving up my Saturdays, but this weekend’s event at Kapiolani Community College was well worth the time. Watch the video by Ryan Ozawa below and I think you’ll see what I mean.
A few takeaways for me:
I came away energized by the group, encouraged that creative uses of technology are being explored across so many fields here. I saw people I already knew, but I also met many new people.
One of the cool things about an Unconferenz is that the participants decide the agenda by suggesting and voting on topics for discussion. There are no leaders for the session, which are group conversations. And, believe it or not, in most cases that really works out. Or it sure seemed to this weekend.
I attended workshops on start-ups, gadgets, internet activism and the Hawaii Innovation Alliance. But perhaps the best part of the day was talking to folks outside the sessions and at lunch about various possibilities going forward.
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