Burt Lum

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.

NASS Hawaii Field Office / U.S. Department of Agriculture / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, catching up with the Department of Agriculture, and find out about key initiatives to advance agriculture in Hawaii. Also, a discussion about the upcoming Western Area State Dept. of Ag conference to find out how counterparts in other states share best practices. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

Daniel Ramirez / Flickr / CC by 2.0

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a revisit of how the State is progressing with their IT modernization projects. Burt invited the Chief Information Officer and Transform Hawaiʻi Government to share the IT strategic plan, and discuss the key initiatives to move the State forward. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

Upsilon Andromedae / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Burt learns about a rare coral that was successfully grown in the lab, and outplanted in Kāneʻohe Bay as part of Coralpalooza. Find out how lab cultivation helped to accelerate their growth and how they will be monitored once established in the wild. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

ken lund / flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a look at the City and County of Honolulu's Oʻahu Resiliency Strategy. Find out what went into the development of the plan, and what actions can be taken to build a more resilient island community.

Jeff Schmaltz / NASA

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a look at what the upcoming hurricane season has in store for the state. A discussion with disaster preparedness experts on what to consider when power is disrupted, fuel is in short supply, and food becomes scarce. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

ITU Pictures / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a look at what it takes to create an Emmy-winning web series. A talk with the Executive Producer of the series, and founder of, Waikiki Yokocho on how they captured the rich ambience of the yokocho (or food alley). 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

Airman Eugene Oliver / U.S. Air Force

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Burt will get an update on the latest projects involving unmanned aeiral systems at the University of Hawaiʻi. Also, a discussion about the university's drone boot camp, where participants can learn best practices for flying -- including safety issues and legal guidelines. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

Daniel Ramirez / Flickr / CC By 2.0

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, we'll find out how Cohort 3 has progressed through their Mana Up experience. We'll also find out how the companies prepared for the Summer Showcase, honed their pitches, and are ready to grow to the next level. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

Daniel Ramirez / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a discussion with the student team at ʻIolani who developed something called the Ala Wai CAT. CAT is short for catamaran, and we'll find out how it's been modified to become a sensor delivery vessel to measure water conditions in the Ala Wai. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

Ann0611 / CC BY-SA 4.0 / Wikimedia Commons

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, an update on the renovations of the Atherton YMCA to create a new innovation center. We'll find out how the University of Hawaiʻi envisions it to be a place to mentor entrepreneurs and incubate new startups.

Parents and Children Together

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk to Parents and Children Together, and learn about their Economic Development Center and Makery program. They will discuss the Makery design and fabrication program, which provides a six week certification course on CAD, product design, and finishing. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

Janice Wei / National Park Service

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk to Shaka Guide, a local startup that produces trips and guides around Hawaiʻi. Also, a discussion about out how they've grown to incorporate new technologies as well as expand to new markets, beyond Hawaiʻi. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

Stem Works

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will find out what is planned for the upcoming annual statewide STEM Conference. He'll talk to the organizers of the special three-part hackathon for students featuring citizen science, coral hack, and the voyaging song challenge.

ddegrandpre / Pixabay

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk to Hawaiʻi Green Growth as they mark the fifth anniversary of the Aloha+ Challenge. Also, a discussion about their Local 2030 Islands Hub, Local Action Day at the State Capitol, and the Islands of Innovation Summit. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

The special pledge drive editions of the show!

Purple Prize

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will circle back with the organizers of Purple Prize to see how the teams are developing. Purple Prize has just completed the Connection Phase and are now entering the Building Phase. We'll find out what teams have learned so far. 

Oceanit

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Burt will find out how a programmable car called Altino is used to introduce students to coding. With computer science becoming a standard in schools across Hawaiʻi, we'll learn how Altino makes the learning experience fun and engaging.

Nalukai Foundation / Facebook

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will catch up with Nalukai Academy, learn about their program and new partnership with Purple Prize. He will also talk to organizers about previous projects, how students were influenced by Nalukai, and how they see nurturing projects after the program.

Hawaii State Capitol

Today on Bytemarks Café, as we approach crossover in the legislative session there are several bills to keep an eye on. Burt will talk to Transform Hawaiʻi Government, and learn about bills to advance government data, establish a Chief Data Officer, and commit to an IT strategic plan.

Seanbatty / Pixabay

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will help dispel some of the fear factor around artificial intelligence and machine learning. He'll find out how one local company built a tool that gives high school students an easy way to train their computers for specific tasks. 

Mana Up / Facebook

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will catch up with Mana Up, the small business accelerator that helps take local Hawaii brands to the next level. Mana Up has just announced their third cohort of companies and a couple of them will be on the show to discuss their game plan for success. 

Nick Yee

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, with the legislative session in full swing Burt will talk about bills that impact automatic voter registration. We've all heard about "Get out the Vote" campaigns, but what about getting people registered? This edition will help shed some light on bills that will help facilitate this.

XLR8 UH

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Burt will catch up with the organizers of XLR8UH and find out what they have in store for their next cohort. A couple of the startups from the program are invited to join the show to discuss how they're using the acclerator program to kickstart their companies.

Catherine Cruz

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk to the organizers of the HART Sustainability Mobility Lab. Also known as the SuMo Lab, this project is a community oriented effort to co-create solutions for multi-modal transportation throughout Honolulu.

Airman Eugene Oliver / U.S. Air Force

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will catch up on the pilot project to establish unmanned aerial vehicle operations in Hawaiʻi. The interest in drones and UAVs continues to grow, for use in disaster recovery, crop surveys, and entertainment. He'll explore Hawaiʻi's drone future.

NASA

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Burt gets an insider’s view of NASA’s New Horizons flyby of Kuiper belt asteroid Ultima Thule. He’ll be joined by the Canada France Hawaii telescope personnel to find out how a telescope in Hawaii played a key role in locating and plotting a path to the asteroid.

FirmBee / Pixabay

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a rebroadcast of the December 26th episode where Burt gets a chance to find out about one of Hawaiʻi's best kept secrets: the Pacific Telecom Council's annual conference. This conference not only brings together the international community of telecom and internet professionals, but it also is the place to learn about the latest tech trends.

https://eastmeetswest.co/

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk about East Meets West, one of Hawaiʻi's premier tech startup conferences. East Meets West brings investors and entrepreneurs from both sides of the Pacific - from Asia, Hawaiʻi and North America to network and build the tech ecosystem.

FirmBee / Pixabay

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt gets a chance to find out about one of Hawaiʻi's best kept secrets: the Pacific Telecom Council's annual conference. This conference not only brings together the international community of telecom and internet professionals, but it also is the place to learn about the latest tech trends.

Tookapic / stock.tookapic.com

Today on Bytemarks Café, it's that time once again to convene the annual roundtable to review some of the best tech available this holiday season! From little drones to big robots, Burt and friends will share their picks and ask the experts to help fill out your Santa list.

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