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  1. Incorporating ethics & ecology into money

    Money is the 'organizing principal' of modern society. It is a 'meme' which promotes to the highest levels of power and authority in business and government those individuals most preoccupied with the creation of more money, to the exclusion of ethical and ecological values. Hence our economy is on a collision course with the ecology of Earth. How might one build ethical and ecological values into a monetary system, in addition to purely material, economic ones, in order to promote humanity's prospects for survival and quality of life?

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    • Building a Digital Media Arts Industry

      The Hawaii Association of Media Arts (HAMA) is made up of a diverse mix of filmmakers, game developers, digital artists, photographers, marketers, and more -- all working to build a digital media arts industry here in Hawaii. HAMA's goal is to create a strong industry with great job opportunities that bolster Hawaii's established industries, such as tourism and military.

      What are the advantages and challenges of creating this industry in Hawaii? How can HAMA best work with similar efforts within the broader entrepreneur community? And how can HAMA ensure that the industry that it does build is as beneficial to…

      22 votes
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      • Using technology to subvert hierarchy

        Although the population of O'ahu is highly transient, an island seems like a good place to test out new applications for bringing power back to a local level. What kinds of projects can we think of to make collaboration between neighbors on this island more direct.

        local/crypto currencies
        distributed contracts
        reputation systems
        private transport/ride share ideas
        free ad-hoc specialized markets (used cars, crafts, veggies)
        reusing abandoned public space

        14 votes
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        • SpaceGAMBIT - International Hackerspace Space Program

          Maui Makers (Maui's Makerspace) has a federal grant to create an international program funding hackerspaces to promote humanity's long term survival and expansion into space. Our initial Call for Projects is out for $5k-$20, 3-4mo projects. Come talk about this and other Makerspace initiatives in Hawaii.

          15 votes
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          • Everyone is a Maker

            Humans evolved because we are makers - changing the world to better fit ourselves. Somewhere in last 40yrs much of that got lost in throw away culture of debt. Now it has re-emerged as the Maker Movement.
            And a recognition that we are all makers -
            We are Makers. We Make Stuff. We Make Stuff Happen.

            10 votes
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            • Tech + Journalism

              How can data be used by journalist to tell a story? What is the role of social media in journalism? Where does journalism end and blogging start? Let's discuss.

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              • Sunlight, transparency, eDemocracy.

                What more can we do to create a more open government? How do we organized to make our voice heard? What are some of the current "good government" bills moving through the legislature?

                9 votes
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                • Inventors and Inventing : The path from idea to SUCCESS!

                  I've got the great idea, now what?

                  We have the Hawaii Inventors Association here on Oahu, made up of about 120 inventors. But the success of an invention requires so much more than just the skills of the inventor. It needs a team that can pull together the money, the development tools, the prototyping, the marketing, the web site and a host of other talents. How can we bring those all together? How can we identify those inventions that have the best potential for success and work towards making it happen?

                  7 votes
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                  • Taking the next step in renewable energy

                    Between the high price of electricity (and rising) and the state and federal tax credits, solar power has really changed Hawaii. Aside from a utility scale solution, what are the next steps to getting to 40 - 50% of our energy from renewable power...

                    21 votes
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                    • Reverse Pitch Competition

                      Pitch yourself, your technology, or your opportunity to build support. No one has everything they need. But maybe if we put our marbles on the table, we might be able to make a game of it. Five minute pitch. Nothing fancy. Just tell us your story in 5 minutes.

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                      • Creative coding with the Proce55ing family of frameworks

                        For more info on Processing, see http://processing.org. The family includes frameworks such as: Processing, OpenFrameworks, Rajal.

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                        • Let's co-create the My Honolulu mobile app

                          The City and County of Honolulu is thinking of creating a mobile app all about our favorite city, Honolulu. What would you like to see in this app? What features and functionality should it have? It will rely on open data so what data could this app draw from?

                          9 votes
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                          • An iOS-focused meetup for cooperative learning.

                            Is there interest in getting a group together to share in the effort to tackle the longer-term learning goals that iOS developers may have? For example, larger topics, such as CoreImage, Automated Testing, Auto Layout, OpenGL, Core Text, etc.

                            12 votes
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                            • Connecting with tech groups on the neighbor islands

                              There is a fair amount of activity within pockets of neighbor island tech groups (Hilo, Kona, Maui). Nobody wants to island hop every month for a meetup. Are there better ways that we can connect?

                              25 votes
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                              • How do you find a Chief Technology Officer?

                                In order to be considered for a spot as a startup accelerator you need a technical cofounder or chief technology officer. How do you find someone that resonates with your ideas and personality? Does speed dating for a partner really work? Let's discuss other options.

                                11 votes
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                                • Health apps using Open Data

                                  Can data help us lead a more health life? What datasets are available and what can we do to better utilize our health care dollar. Let's brainstorm on health applications and see if this could lead to a larger Health DataCamp.

                                  25 votes
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                                  • Enlisting Corporate Partners to the Entrepreneurial Community

                                    When meeting startups at mainland incubators/accelerators, I've always been impressed by the brand name beta customers/partners they have, even in their early prototype stages. Whether its Nike, Amazon, Coca-Cola, I see them investing in their regional innovation economy. How do we replicate that here?

                                    13 votes
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                                    • Shoestring Marketing

                                      My website is functional but to make it great takes time and money. The straps on my boot are worn out. I can barely afford the 99 cent menu at McD let alone budget for ads or adwords pay-per-clicks. Am I alone? Can we string our shoestring budgets together and create a descent marketing campaign?

                                      7 votes
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                                      • Maker Faire: Makerspaces unite! Let's do a Maker Faire in Hawaii

                                        There are many makerspaces popping up, HiCapacity, the Makery, Kalani High School and Iolani School come to mind. Is there enough community support for a Maker Faire. Let's discuss...

                                        53 votes
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                                        • Open Government Data

                                          What would you like to see happen with the open data initiative with government, either City or State? What datasets do you want to see? Do you want more DataCamps, Hackathons, Code Contests? Let's hear your thoughts on sustaining this movement.

                                          38 votes
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