Burt Lum

Co-Host, Bytemarks Cafe

Burt Lum is Executive Director of Hawaii Open Data, a non-profit dedicated to advancing the principles of open data and has more than 30 years in Hawaii's technology and communications sector. He is an Instructor at University of Hawaiʻi in the Information & Computer Science Dept. and teaches Intro to Social Media. He also teaches Social Media for Emergency Response and Recovery for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. At the City and County of Honolulu, he is a Community Manager for their Open Data - Citizen Engagement Initiative.

Past engagements include founding member of the Innovation Center at HMSA, Senior Product Manager at Hawaiian Telcom, CEO/President of Hawaiʻi data center startup NetEnterprise and work at the Maui High Performance Computing Center.

His online activities include social media, community building, blogging, video and audio podcasting, content curation, and citizen journalism. For the last six years, he has planned and coordinated a variety of grassroots technology events including CityCamp, Code for Hawaii, and the Unconferenz. He is also on the board of Common Cause and Jodo Mission of Hawaii.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ve heard educators modify STEM to STEAM to include science, technology engineering ART & math. We’ll find out how several science organizations incorporate an artist in residence and what that brings to the program.

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  We’ll dive into the world of creepy crawly bugs and animals, especially the ones with venom. We’ll learn from researcher and author Christie Wilcox how venoms work as a defense mechanism and how these biochemical toxins are created in the first place.

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  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll delve deep into space and follow up on a topic that is near and dear to our hearts: exoplanets. New discoveries of planets orbiting other stars are frequent, so two experts from the Institute for Astronomy will help us understand why they matter.  

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University of Hawai‘i News / Flickr

  We’ll get an update on the second launch of Project Imua from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The project is a collaboration among four community colleges to build a payload with data collecting experiments and their launch date is set for Aug 16th.

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  As we ramp up for the 2016 hurricane season, what new tech can we use to better prepare? We'll go beyond the typical crank flashlight and radio and find out what gadgets you might need to weather the next big storm.

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Robert Elzey / Flickr

  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, with the popularity of model drones and remote camera systems many are considering the business opportunities. We’ll learn about the latest in commercial unmanned aerial systems use and the agencies that regulate them.

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  We’ll learn about the IT modernization project taking place at the Hawaii State government. We’ve invited both the Chief Information Officers of the State and the University of Hawaii to tell us about the benefits and the challenges to IT transformation.

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eutrophication&hypoxia / Flickr

  We’ll find out what plans were made at the recent International Coral Reef Symposium. We’ve invited two of Hawaii’s preeminent coral researchers to detail what can be done to protect this important marine ecosystem? 

  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll talk with a fresh new crop of the latest Blue Startup cohort. These new companies get accelerated with mentoring and a small startup investment. What else will it take to nurture them, and build Hawaii’s ‘Startup Paradise’? 

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  Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll explore the startup world of a band taking their music on the road. How does a band leverage technology to build an audience and growth hack their way through the current state of the record industry. 

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Flickr / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we'll explore the potential for Hawaii to develop an aerospace industry to include rocket launches and Martian simulations. We'll find out what needs to happen to bring this dream to reality. How much will it cost and what is the return on investment?

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Youtube Via CC Search

  We’ll talk to investors in the Hawaii startup scene to get the pulse of our Startup Paradise. We’ll find out what investor dollars are being spent on, the amount of deal flow and what tech companies to watch. 

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  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’re taking the plunge into the pool with the Marine Advanced Technology Education robotics program. We’ll find out about the challenges facing a team determined to build and run a remotely operated vehicle under water.

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  We’ll get a recap on how the tech and startup ecosystem fared in this year’s Legislative session. We’ll talk to the Executive Director of HTDC and the Director of DBEDT to find out about the entrepreneur’s sandbox, accelerators, SBIR and broadband.

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  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll learn how two organizations are using technology to help address the challenges of homelessness. How can technology and innovation be effectively applied to social services? What solutions can make a difference?

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  We’ll get an update on a comet from our early solar system called Pan-STARRS. Named after the telescope that found it, Pan-STARRS comes from the Oort Cloud and could give us clues about Earth’s formation.

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  We’ll learn about a coral nursery program at the Ānuenue Fisheries Research Center. This Division of Aquatics Resources center is experimenting with new ways to quickly grow corals for out planting in damaged reefs. 

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Impact Hub

  An update on the Impact Hub and the work they are doing to spread entrepreneurship. We’ll find out how a new program is being implemented in all the community colleges to encourage the business minded to nurture their startups. 

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  We'll take a view into space through the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System or Pan-STARRS. We'll learn about one of its major goals, to discover and characterize Earth-approaching objects, both asteroids and comets, that might pose a danger to our planet.

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  On Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll find out how STEM is implemented as an initiative in education. We’ll explore how programs like robotics and the extracurricular science events impact graduates and how Hawaii prepares for that incoming workforce.

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John Tann / Flickr

  We’ll talk about the recent impact of the mosquito born virus, Dengue and Zika. We’ll also talk to two local bio-tech leaders about what research is being done here to help fight these debilitating diseases.

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Aaron Patterson / Flickr

  We’ve invited several of the companies recognized at the recent Hawaii Venture Capital Assoc Entrepreneurial awards. We’ll find out what sectors these entrepreneurs are pioneering and how they envision creating new opportunities.

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  We’ll talk about an initiative from the White House called Computer Science for All.  In the CS for All announcements, President Obama recognized Hawaii. We’ll talk to two teachers in the Dept of Education who are making this a reality. 

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Forest and Kim Starr / Flickr

  Have you noticed the dwindling supply of Opihi at recent luau? Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll find out about this disappearing delicacy. We’ll talk to the Nature Conservancy about a program called the Opihi Partnership and their efforts to save the opihi. 

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, join us as we take a voyage to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. We'll talk to researchers on the NOAA vessel Okeanos and learn about their mission and what they expect to discover.

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BuffaloLibrary / Flickr

  You’ve heard from high schoolers about the VEX Robotics Championship. Next time on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll talk with students in middle school. What is the “VEX IQ” robotics competition, and how does it prepares them for future academic success in STEM?

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  We’ll explore the world of the online marketplace. We’ll talk to two local entrepreneurs creating and maintaining this online exchange, one matching people with people, the other matching people with experiences.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we'll dive a little deeper into the mind of an entrepreneur. We'll explore the mental health of an entrepreneur and what drives them to risk it all when the odds for success are stacked against them. 

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   Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll find out what tech policy issues might take center stage at this year’s legislative session.  We’ll have Sen Glenn Wakai, Chair of the Economic Development, Environment and Technology committee along with Robbie Melton from HTDC to give their perspectives.

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