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TechHui in 2013: 3,000 Strong and Counting

We enter the new year with over 3,000 members, a full event schedule, a newly reinvigorated blog, active job boards and plenty of great discussion about everything from STEM Visas to why the US spends more for slower internet access*.

Having emerged from the ashes of 2009-2011 (a faltering economy, Act 221 fallout, etc.), 2012 saw the emergence of a new set of scrappier startups, a slew of co-working / maker spaces (The Box Jelly, HI Capacity, Maui Makers, HI Green House, and MIC's shared office space program), as well as incubators such as Henk Rogers' BlueStartups, Mike Prasad’s Kinetiq Labs and Darius "Bubs" Monsef's Nalukai Foundation. The Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC), an agency of the state, invested $1.6M in support of these accelerators with considerably more funding allocated in the Governor's proposed budget. New regular events such as Startup WeekendWetWare Wednesdays and Ignite demonstrate the energy of a new generation of developers and interactive designers while Unconferenz and Hawaii Geek Meet continue their tradition of providing a venue for stimulating conversation and geeky socializing.

Highlights from December/January Blog Posts

Remote Debugging Mobile Web Apps by Mike King

How I Learned to Love (Some) Interruptions by Tzyh Ng

Developers: Learn Something New in 2013 by George Lee

Two-Factor Authentication in your Rails App with Devise & Yubikey by Chris Sass

Ubuntu for Phones by Douglas Ching

America Spends More Money on Slower Internet by Marcus Sortijas

Time to Buy Apple? by Joseph Lui

Football Stats Analysis with Ruby and R by Daniel Nishimura

Upcoming Events

WetWare Wednesday at Yogur Story, Wed., Jan 23 at 6pm

HVCA Entrepreneur and Deal of the Year Luncheon at Pioneer Plaza, Thurs., Jan 24 at 11:30am

Git Workflows at The Box Jelly, Thurs., Jan 24 at 7pm

Responsive Web Design for the Mobile Web with Ka’a Kihe at UHM Saka..., Feb 9 at 9am

Don't miss the great classes and workshops from UH Pacific New Media and HPU posted in the calendar.

As TechHui enters its fifth year, we hope the site can continue to improve as a community facilitator. As always, your comments, questions, ideas and creative insults are welcome :-)

* On a related note, if you know something about broadband in Hawaii and want to help a UH researcher working in this area, consider participating in the Future of Broadband in Hawaii Study.

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