Monthly Archives: July 2012

Scenes from the Civic Write-a-Thon in Honolulu

Thanks to the +Code for America team (including +Sheba Najmi), city leaders like +Forest Frizzell, and grassroots geeks like +Burt Lum for organizing the first-in-the-nation civic "write-a-thon" for the launch of Honolulu Answers, a way to help real people find real value via online government resources.

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Code For America Write-a-Thon
The first civic "write-a-thon" bringing together government, citizens, and geeks to help make government services more accessible.

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Exploring 21st century learning spaces with Iolani School

Today at 5 p.m. on +Bytemarks Cafe on Hawaii Public Radio (HPR2 89.3FM), after our weekly roundup of local sci-tech headlines, +Burt Lum and I will have a brief chat with Gail Haraguchi from the City & County of Honolulu to discuss Saturday's Honolulu Answers Write-a-Thon.

Then, our main discussion will focus on building the future of schools. We'll be joined by Dr. Timothy Cottrell, the newly appointed headmaster of Iolani School, and dean of instruction +Carey Inouye to talk about their ambitious plans for the new Sullivan Center, a new facility scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013.

What should the classroom of tomorrow look like? What do you need in a physical space, and how could it interact with virtual spaces? We'd love your comments and questions as part of the conversation, so feel free to comment below, or — even better — listen live and call in at (808) 941-3689.

No radio? Tune into the livestream online:
http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/streaming

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Sullivan Center | ‘Iolani School
About · Head of School's Welcome · School Philosophy · History of 'Iolani · Archives · Campus Highlights · St. Alban's Chapel · Dr. Sun Yat-Sen · History Timeline · 'Iolani Songs · Fac…

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City & County of Honolulu expands open data access

City & County of Honolulu expands open data access

Reshared post from +Hawaii Blog

The new Data.Honolulu.gov site takes the city’s transparency efforts “to the next level,” expanding upon the "CAN-DO” portal it unveiled last March.

There are over 50 datasets available at launch, including city budget and spending data, and basic information on neighborhood boards and land zoning. some of the data formed the basis of the the three new city apps announced earlier this month, developed by +Code for America Honolulu fellow Mick Thompson.

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City Launches Open Data Portal
Data.Honolulu.Gov. “We've finally got our new data portal up and running,” announced Forest Frizzell, Deputy Director of Information Technology for the City and County of Honolulu, in a Facebook post …

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Saturday 'Write-a-Thon' to help city answer common questions

From +Sheba Najmi, a Code for America 2012 Honolulu fellow:

Have you ever gotten lost on a government website, or been confused about how it's organized? We have. So we're launching a new government website for the citizens of Honolulu that's simple, clean, and resident-focused.

Honolulu Answers will be as easy to use and accessible as asking a real person a question.

Be part of the first ever civic write-a-thon. Join us to write simple, easy-to-understand answers to your common questions, such as:

– Where do I get a camping permit?
– When is my garbage pick-up?
– How do I renew my driver's license?

At the workshop, you'll write short answers (1-2 paragraphs) to some of the most common questions from city residents. You don't need to be a writer to contribute. Answers will be non-technical and written as if you were answering a question asked by your neighbor.

We'll provide food, tools to help you write, and expertise from local Honolulu writers. So please join us Saturday, July 28th, to improve Honolulu government! 

Register below!

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Honolulu Answers Write-a-thon
Got questions about your city? Write the answers, your way!
Have you ever gotten lost on a government website, or been confused about how it's organized?
We have. So we're launching a new government…

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+Jennifer Ozawa and I got to see Melissa Etheridge in concert tonight, thanks to…

+Jennifer Ozawa and I got to see Melissa Etheridge in concert tonight, thanks to a Twitter contest by KPOI and +Fernando Pacheco.

What a voice. What a fiery energy. What humor, despite being jet lagged arriving from Australia before she left. She mused on "aloha," paid tribute to Elvis Presley (slipping a few stanzas from "Suspicious Minds" into other songs, which fit remarkably well), filling the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall with solid rock and roll for nearly two hours.

It was a great evening. I say with all sincerity that seeing so many rapturously happy lesbians in one place in Honolulu made me happy and hopeful. And it was also the first time we'd heard Melissa Etheridge's cancer survivor song, "I Run for Life," which had an earnest simplicity that made for some unexpectedly moist eyes.

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TechConKona is next week!

There is a lot of innovative technology on the Big Island, but few opportunities to celebrate it. Next Thursday brings TechConKona, an open and diverse conference covering everything from alternative energy to online marketing, as well as entrepreneurship and small business strategies.

I'll be among the geeks offering thoughts on social media, but we're a dime a dozen. More notable speakers include Paul Hawken (notable author and environmental businessman), Jane Sawyer of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Dustin Luther from Dun and Bradstreet, and local businessman and Hawaiian cultural expert Ramsay Taum.

If you're looking to move your business online, find funding for your next big idea, or curious about how the energy industry is transforming everything, you should be at TechConKona. If the speakers and topics don't win you over, I hope you're at least as excited as I am to see Big Island tech taking centerstage. The type of people drawn to this conference are the type of people I want to get to know better.

Some of my favorite topics on my favorite island? How could I refuse? I hope to see you there!

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TechConKona — Business solutions using technology

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I'm generally not one for memes (Google+ or otherwise), but if +Bobbi Jo Woods'…

I'm generally not one for memes (Google+ or otherwise), but if +Bobbi Jo Woods' #UnalteredBeauty  campaign can draw hundreds of brave beautiful women as well as great guys like +Louis Gray, then I'll jump in. Here's me and my wife +Jennifer Ozawa, who is more amazing and beautiful to me during this unforgettable year than she's ever been, even after 18 years together.

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