DBEDT NEWS RELEASE: 2nd annual Legislative Innovative Crawl highlights Hawaii tech ecosystem

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

Members of the Hawaii State Legislature will participate in a tour to see the organizations creating the tech ecosystem, which allows local startups to grow and compete in global markets. Hawaii legislators will interact with the state’s brightest tech and innovation companies where high-wage jobs are being created during a half-day tour starting at Manoa Innovation Center (MIC).

High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC)

Innovation Crawl featuring Hawaii tech and innovation companies

Friday, Dec. 4

9 to 10:15 a.m.

Manoa Innovation Center
2800 Woodlawn Drive

Media interested in attending should contact Shauna Goya at (808) 780-0723, or email [email protected].

Legislators will hear presentations by incubator tenants, Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research (HSBIR) award winners and Innovate Hawaii manufacturing clients, as well as visit local accelerator programs Energy Excelerator (at 10:40 a.m.), Blue Startups at (11:10 a.m.) and XLR8UH (at 11:35 a.m.). The tour will conclude with a presentation by HTDC on the Entrepreneur Sandbox project fostering tech and innovation in Kakaako.

Companies who will be exhibiting their cutting-edge technologies for legislators include MIC graduates Blue Planet Software, Terasys Systems, Kamakura, CyberCom, On‘e Technology and HDEP, and MIC tenants Adnoviv, Hawaiian Coolwater, Meeting Sift, DevLeague, HNL.io, HiCap, Hyperspective, Resurgo, Spectrum Photonics. Cardax, Sudokrew, Hawaii Drone and Liko Film.

About HTDC (High Technology Development Corporation)
HTDC is a state agency, attached to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). The agency was established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1983 to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology industry. The state views high technology as an important driver in the diversification of Hawaii’s economy and one that provides quality, high-paying jobs for Hawaii residents.

About DBEDT (Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism)
DBEDT is Hawaii’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages. DBEDT’s mission is to achieve a Hawaii economy that embraces innovation and is globally competitive, dynamic and productive, providing opportunities for all Hawaii’s citizens. Through its attached agencies, the department fosters planned community development, creates affordable workforce housing units in high-quality living environments, and promotes innovation sector job growth.

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Media Contacts:

Robbie Melton
High Technology Development Corporation
Office: (808) 539-3615
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.htdc.org

Christine Hirasa
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Phone: (808) 587-9006
Mobile: (808) 286-9017
Email: [email protected]
Website: dbedt.hawaii.gov