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.

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a broadcast from Hilo to talk to the Internet Society, and participants at the 2019 Indigenous Connectivity Summit. The Summit aims to connect native rural communities to broadband internet and to enable the benefits of accessing online resources for everyone.

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a discussion about a data driven process to learn about the land called ʻĀina-Informatics. ʻIolani High School is leading the charge to develop place-based curricula for genome science centering on local biodiversity and bioethics.

Bytemarks Café: Waysine

Oct 30, 2019
City and County of Honolulu

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a talk with a local company that developed digital signage that is gaining traction on the U.S. Mainland. The company is called Waysine, and we'll learn how they entered the market in Los Angeles before deploying to Honolulu.

U.S. Army photo by Jhi Scott

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a look at an educational tool to help connect students with internships and job opportunities. Learn about the Education Bridge, which is like a match.com service to help students explore the business world, and prepare for a life after graduation.

Servco Toyota Hawaii

On this edition of Bytemarks Caféwhat is the feasibility of hyrdogen powered cars? A panel will discuss how hydrogen is generated, how pumping stations distribute, and what it would take to get more hydrogen cars on the road.

Office of Enterprise Technology Services

On this edition of Bytemarks Caféa discussion with one of the primary organizers of the 2019 Hawaii Annual Code Challenge. A preview of some of the challenge pitches, and tips on how to best form a team and how to build a prototype in three weeks.

October 2, 2019

On this edition of Bytemarks Caféa fall pledge drive extravaganza! Catch the latest updates in Hawaii's tech and start-up scene. 6:30 PM on HPR-1

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a discussion about the growing influence of artificial intelligence and its representation of humanity. As AI algorithms play a bigger role in decision making, how do qualities like ethics, compassion, and inclusion get programmed into the code?

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a talk about the gathering of thought leaders in Hawai‘i to discuss how to move the technology agenda. The event is called TechForce 2019, and its aim is to bring together leaders from key sectors to accelerate tech readiness in our islands. 6:30 PM on HPR-1

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a discussion about a novel new project that projects a 3D hologram from Hawaii to American Samoa. The project is called Holo Campus, and is the delivery of University of Hawai‘i lectures over the trans-Pacific fiber optic broadband network to the Pacific Islands. 6:30 PM on HPR-1

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a catch up on the civic tech scene, and a discussion about the 4th Hawai‘i Annual Code Challenge. A look at how the HACC has evolved to engage government departments along with citizens to tackle pressing problems. 6:30 PM on HPR-1

Mana Up Hawaii

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Mana Up returns. It's a small business accelerator that helps take local Hawaii brands to the next level. Mana Up did a recent launch of their 4th cohort of companies, and a couple of them will join the show to discuss their game plan for success. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a look at the latest developments in coworking in Hawaiʻi. The managers of Impact Hub stop by to talk about their expansion to Hawaiʻi Kai, and plans for another 10 throughout the state. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a look at the impact of artificial intelligence and how students can get involved. A discussion with the team at Oceanit about how they've built a curriculum to help high school students learn about AI and get a jump on this exploding field.

United States Missile Defense Agency

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, we learn about the stratospheric drone project called High Altitude Platform Service. We'll find out not only how this pilot is progressing, but how the community on Lānaʻi will benefit from this technological advancement. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, a talk with the Executive Director of the Department of Housing at the City and County of Honolulu about "What Works Cities." A discussion about how the project leveraged data and evidence to effectively tackle pressing challenges with chronic homelessness. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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