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Innovation Economy Workforce Development

This is a group for those interested in technology workforce development. In particular we are interested in the type of technologists needed by companies who are innovating (i.e. creating IP) and/or interactive content creators.

Location: Hawaii
Members: 105
Latest Activity: Feb 28, 2020

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek on Workforce Development

Harold L, Sirkin, writing in Bloomberg BusinessWeek says U.S. labor force development is a both/and situation: we need both expanded STEM education in the U.S. and more visas for high-skilled…Continue

Tags: OPT, H-1B, visa, Student

Started by John Robert Egan Dec 3, 2013.

STEM Education v. STEM Visas: conflict or complement? 6 Replies

I recently blogged on Tech Hui on the prospects for High Tech Visa reform in the coming 2013…Continue

Tags: graduate, international, H-1B, technology, Tech

Started by John Robert Egan. Last reply by J. David Beutel Jan 12, 2013.

Software Skills Panel Forum 15 Replies

This was my initial impression from the WDC's Software Skills Panel Forum. If you attended what were our thoughts? I am looking forward to the resulting reports and any actionable items. We need to…Continue

Started by Burt Lum. Last reply by David B. Fisher Apr 15, 2011.

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Comment by Ryan Esaki on April 11, 2011 at 10:08pm
I also was at the industry development panel as part of the gaggle from Kauai. Hope to start some group think things here on Kauai. I am probably the least experienced out of everyone there but it was nice meeting people. Looking forward to continuing the discussion.
Comment by Jerry Isdale on April 6, 2011 at 10:07am

UH Manoa is setting up a "Makery"(tm) at Kehei Charter School to teach middle/high school kids.  Very exciting project.

Comment by Jerry Isdale on April 6, 2011 at 9:14am

Hackerspaces are indeed an emerging force in developing tech workforce and businesses. There are a number of $mil companies that have spawned from such places - and serve them as communities (SparkFun, AdaFruit, Makerbot Industries, etc).


There are two hackerspaces in development here in Hawaii - Maui Makers and HiCapacity.  The first is located on Maui, recently found a home sharing facilities with Community Work Day in Pu'unene.  The latter is based on Oahu and is looking for a home (see their ggroup for info on the hunt).

MauiMakers is currently competing in the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge to build an educational project using microcontroller and portable power source.  Our project is the Chill Box - a demonstration of cold soil agriculture. So far the ed aspect is us learning stuff. :-)


Making and learning together is the core value for Maui Makers. We seek to educate ourselves and community in high and low tech ways of making - from lasercutters & 3d printing to wood turning, metal bending and sewing.  Agriculture and sustainability are also of great interest to us. We see a close relationship between Ag and 21st century fabrication tech - and sustainability means more than just growing food and renewable energy. It means making and re-making things we need.


Comment by Les Vogel on April 5, 2011 at 6:30am

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