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aaron kagawa posted a status
"checkout my latest blog (and my first blog at liveaction) http://liveaction.com/making-students-awesome/"
Apr 10
aaron kagawa and Zehra Abbas Zaidi are now friends
Apr 10
aaron kagawa updated their profile
Apr 10
aaron kagawa and John Sydney Yamane are now friends
Oct 20, 2011
aaron kagawa commented on Austen Ito's blog post HI Capacity's Physical Makerspace opens October 10th
"exciting. congrats!"
Sep 27, 2011
aaron kagawa commented on Kevin Hughes's blog post We've Been Acquired: Local Startup Makes Good
"awesome. who's next?!"
Sep 5, 2011
aaron kagawa is attending Lauren Nichols's event
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"Thirsty Third Thursday" Software Developers Networking Event at P.F. Chang's China Bistro

July 21, 2011 from 5pm to 7pm
"Thirsty Third Thursday" Software Developers Networking Event DATE: Thursday, July 21st 2011TIME: 5pm-7pmLOCATION: P.F. Chang's China Bistro (1288 Ala Moana Blvd.-across from Ward Center) Henk Rogers and HTDC have partnered to host this event for local software developers.This networking opportunity will be taking palce monthly, around Honolulu, to focus on strengthening the current software development community. Free Networking EventFree AppetizersHappy Hour Drink Prices (until 6pm)Validated…See More
Jul 5, 2011
aaron kagawa commented on Marshall Shen's blog post Hello world: it's different, but I love it
"awesome! good luck on your journey."
Jun 22, 2011
George Lee and aaron kagawa are now friends
Jun 17, 2011
aaron kagawa joined Elyse M Petersen's group
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Hale Pilihonua

An energetic group of students from various disciplines at the University of Hawaii competing in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, presenting Hawaii as an incubator of research and development for green technologies
Apr 7, 2011
aaron kagawa might attend Philip Johnson's event
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Jay Corbett, "Google's Megastore: Providing scalable, highly available storage for interactive systems" at University of Hawaii

April 11, 2011 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Megastore is a planet-scale storage system used by many of Google's interactive services. It provides ACID semantics within fine-grained partitions of data, while replicating each write across geographically distributed datacenters to provide extremely high availability.  In this talk, we lay out the many challenges of building storage systems for large-scale interactive Internet services and explain how Megastore addresses them.James C. Corbett is a member of the storage testing group at…See More
Apr 6, 2011
aaron kagawa joined Daniel Leuck's group
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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.
Apr 2, 2011
Tim Parsons replied to aaron kagawa's discussion Different funding sources
"I've was a backer on a few projects last year on http://www.kickstarter.com/   I have a project for non-profits coming up that I plan on using http://www.kickstarter.com/ to raise the capital needed. http://www.mnml.com/ raised close to a…"
Mar 22, 2011
aaron kagawa left a comment for Mark Lee
"greetings. welcome to the group. :)"
Mar 14, 2011
aaron kagawa is now friends with Mark Lee and David Joel Lazaro
Mar 14, 2011
Loren Swendsen replied to aaron kagawa's discussion Different funding sources
"Well, going with "different" as the operative word in this question, have you heard of Kickstarter?   http://www.kickstarter.com/   I think it's semi-new, I've only recently started hearing about it in podcasts and…"
Feb 18, 2011

Profile Information

Occupation:
Manager, Software Developer
Company:
LiveAction
Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
Network Performance Management, STEM, Web2.0, Green energy, software architecture, etc etc
Software Language Proficiencies / Interests:
Flash/Flex, Fortress, Java, Ruby
About Me:
i'm a masters graduate from the UH ICS department. i love to hack, especially on Hackystat. my goal is to be the best hacker in the universe. haha. seriously, it is to learn new things every day. strive to be the best in what i do. and grow the hawaii tech industry to be a huge innovation monster.
Website:
http://kagawaa.blogspot.com
Secondary Website:
http://liveaction.com

Aaron kagawa's Blog

lacy veach day of discovery 2008

(cross posted from http://kagawaa.blogspot.com/)



if you think this is cool we are always looking for help with tech talks and presentations for different events. here is one that we are trying to plan right now for an event at Jarrett Middle School



this past weekend we participated in… Continue

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 9:00am

congratulations to dan leuck for winning 2008 high tech leader award

congratulations goes out to dan leuck for winning one of the high tech leaders awards from the 2008 flavors of technology and technology industry awards sponsored by Technology News Bytes and the Pacific Technology Foundation this past weekend. dan has been be an awesome leader in the techhui community and really well respected throughout our industry. i know i… Continue

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 12:45am — 6 Comments

TopCoder Software Engineering Competition

Exciting news! The University of Hawaii Information and Computer Sciences Department is putting on a coding competition (see http://www.ics.hawaii.edu/news/department-of-information-and-computer...). This is great news and should be a really fun experience for the students.



To help the ICS department we have decided to do two things.

1) form an ICS alumni association

2) lead the organization and planning to support the coding competition by providing mentors and prizes for… Continue

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 11:31pm

interview with lynn fujioka

"Cross posted from http://kagawaa.blogspot.com"



i met Lynn last year and i can barely keep up with the millions of things that she does. the amazing thing is that nearly all of those things are for the betterment of the children of hawaii. and that is really awesome.



lynn is the executive director of isisHawaii. in this interview we learn much more about lynn, isisHawaii, her other organizations, and what really drives… Continue

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 12:04am — 11 Comments

UH ICS and LIS Anniversary Lunch

(cross posted from http://kagawaa.blogspot.com/)



on saturday, march 8th 2008 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the University of Hawaii Information and Computer Sciences department. it was a great day for the department because it was the first time we had an alumni/department lunch in 40 years. hopefully, this will be the start to a lot more things from the department. more activities, events, fund raising, high school/intermediate expos, etc. i plan on helping and even leading… Continue

Posted on March 9, 2008 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

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At 9:44am on December 2, 2010, Doug Forsell said…
What can I say, I have been a little busy!
At 9:24am on December 2, 2010, Doug Forsell said…
Hi Aaron, thanks for the note! Aloha, Doug
At 6:41pm on March 11, 2010, Viil said…
There is a similar project for school of communications. Community building takes time and patience at best :)
At 5:57pm on March 11, 2010, Viil said…
Hi Aaron,

the http://uhicsalumni.org/ website linked in your profile seems to be broken. I didn't even know there was a UH CIS alumni site :)
At 12:04pm on May 25, 2009, Vern Takebayashi said…
Aaron,

Yes, I will be sure to let you know as soon as I hear something. Just keeping my finger crossed.

Thanks for your interest,

Vern
At 7:34pm on May 24, 2009, Vern Takebayashi said…
Aaron,

Sorry, I missed your comment asking about the IT Academy. I was very busy heading a committee to revise our campus' Strategic Plan document, and I just wasn't checking into TechHui enough.

Anyway, we just submitted a NSF grant proposal on May 12. If we get this grant we should be able to start the IT Academy program. Initially, the program would involve two public schools. Instructors from my campus, Honolulu Community College (HCC) would teach some of the lessons in the high schools and also train the high school teachers. The idea is to offer two year-long courses at the high school level. The first course would be an introduction to using basic computer applications (word processor, spreadsheet, database, simple web pages) with an emphasis on math and science applications. This would help schools to fulfill STEM requirements. The second course would be an introduction to programming, that would once again have math and science applications.

At HCC I teach a CS0 introductory programming course using the Python language. Although this course starts off with the basics, it winds up with the students writing a program that does XML parsing to write to either a HTML file or another XML file. If we expand this to a year course (instead of a semester) at the high school level, I would probably have the students write to both a HTML with CSS (as an example of producing formatted text files), and an XML file (for the semester that just ended the students wrote to a Flex .MXML file).

What I would like to do with this Academy model is have the students gain experience with the basic computer applications and with programming so that we can cover more programming (even for students who pursue just a 2 year associates degree). In particular, once the students reach our campus, they would take ICS 111 (Java), a databases course, and then a web programming course (using PHP and probably also Rails).

Anyway, I apologize once again for not being active and not responding sooner. If it looks like we are going to get the NSF grant (I hear it takes 5-6 months to hear anything), I will be asking TechHui members like you what kinds of things to include in an IT Academy program. I would also be asking people to serve on an Advisory committee for that program, but at this point it is premature to be doing either.

I would be happy to discuss things further if you have any questions/comments.

Vern
At 4:56pm on April 24, 2009, Ashish Babbar said…
Thanks Aaron. How are you?
At 4:43pm on February 6, 2009, Kelvin Kakugawa said…
Ha ha, that's true. :-)
At 11:20am on January 14, 2009, Emil Reyes said…
Hi Aaron,
Thanks for the welcome. The companies are just related through me. Hope to meet you at the next get together.
At 9:12pm on January 11, 2009, Fred Baclig said…
Hey Aaron, read your blog let me know if you do more non-profit projects again. I would like to volunteer some time into that sort of thing!
 
 
 

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