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April 2014


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Bit Link Solutions

MIC Virtual

Bit Link Solutions is an accomplished IT firm specializing in Data Migration, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Barcoding/Scanning, and custom API and Software Development services.

Contact: Dane Ing
Phone: 801-691-2733


Cultural Intelligence Institute

MIC Virtual

Cultural Intelligence Institute is a leader in culturally-based technologies that help bring cultural research and analysis into the cyber age, from extracting cultural information from texts to applying geolocation to support identification of universals in human behavior, and helping national leaders understand the cultural implications of technology.

Contact: Charlie Ingram
Phone: 808-202-1910




$22 Million CIP Request for a new Innovation Hub

Thanks to your support and testimonies, the Senate Ways and Means Committee (hearing on 3/18/14) included HTDC’s $22 million CIP request to build a new innovation hub in their draft of the State Budget. Remaining in the budget was critical to move our CIP request forward.

Over the next few weeks members from the House and Senate will go into conference to make the final decisions about the budget. We need your help in reaching the following Representatives and Senators. If one of them is in your district, please reach out to them to say you SUPPORT this effort. You may do this by calling, emailing, or visiting them at their offices.

Senate Committee: Ways and Means (WAM)
David Y Ige, Chair
Michelle N, Kidani, Vice Chair
Suzanne Chun Oakland
Donovan M. Dela Cruz
J. Kalani English
Will Espero
Gilbert Kahele
Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran
Ronald D. Kouchi
Russell E. Ruderman
Laura H. Thielen
Jill N. Tokuda
Sam Slom

House Committee: Finance (FIN)
Sylvia Luke, Chair
Scott Y Nishimoto, Vice Chair
Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair
Ty J.K. Cullen
Kaniela Ing
Jo Jordan
Bertrand Kobayashi
Nicole E. Lowen
Dee Morikawa
Richard H.K Onishi
Gregg Takayama
James Kunane Tokioka
Justin H. Woodson
Kyle T. Yamashita
Beth Fukumoto
Gene Ward

The CIP funds will be used to build a new innovation hub equipped with collaborative space and competitive connectivity speeds – amid flexible office space for startups. It will elevate HTDC’s tech incubation program and expand our reach to a broader tech community.

The current lease at the Manoa Innovation Center will expire in April 2015. Without a new location HTDC and the incubation program that was created to support you (our local tech community!) will not exist.

HTDC is vital to Hawaii’s innovation and entrepreneurial community through:

• research commercialization grants
• technical assistance for manufacturers
• tech business incubation programs
• innovation research for the transportation industry and other tech industries
• startup mentoring workshops and conferences

If you have any questions or would like to discuss, please contact Len Higashi (

Mahalo again from the HTDC Staff!

Friday Coffee @ MIC

April 11, 2014

Time: 8:30-9:30am
Location: MIC Front Office
Host: Dev League, MIC Tenant Suite 233

Come join us!


Honolulu Mini Maker Faire

Re-cap: March 15, 2014

Location: Iolani School, Sullivan Center
Time: 12pm-5pm

HTDC was a proud sponsor of the 1st Annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire on March 15th. The faire drew over 700 attendees from all over the community. Various activities for children (such as a soldering station) and demonstrations were provided by the different Makers who shared their projects and inventions. The event was to showcase, educate, and excite our community on the activities happening in our innovation community.

Join us next year!


UH Law School Small Business Clinic

April 11th & 25th

Time: 2:00pm-5pm
See Appointment Availability


The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Clinic of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law in partnership with HTDC & SBDC is offering FREE 45 minute sessions to clients and the public to discuss their legal questions. This is a great opportunity for businesses who are looking for free one-off legal advice.

The sessions will be conducted by law students in the Clinic, under the supervision of Clinic instructor Greg Kim, a licensed attorney who specializes in business law.


Tech Fun Fair

April 26, 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Kahala Mall

HTDC in partnership with the State of Hawaii Department of Education is seeking technology and innovation businesses to exhibit at the upcoming Technology Fun Fair.

Technology has changed the way we live and work and how students learn. HTDC has invited area schools to participate in this event to showcase their STEM projects. Kahala Mall is excited to bring technology to the community. We welcome your participation and hope that you will join us in bringing innovation and tech to the community as well as inspiring future innovators!

It is a FREE event. Exhibit tables will be provided in the mall to feature your latest and greatest technologies, products and apps!

Would you like to help out?

REGISTER Today! Email

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Wetware Wednesday

April 23, 2014 (Wed)

Location: TBA

Join us for WWW on April 23rd, Sponsored by the University of Hawaii's Information & Computer Science (ICS) Department, we'll get to hear from Jason Leigh, visualization expert and new faculty member at the UH's ICS Department. We'll be partnering up with Honolulu New Tech Meetup and hear a few pitches.

RSVP today -



HiSBIR Matching Grants Available

if you have received a Federal SBIR Phase I award, you are eligible for the Hawaii SBIR Matching grant fund. Contact Sandy Park at for more information. Next round of application review will be in mid-April.


HI Growth w/ HTDC: ThinkTech

Don't forget to check out our bi-monthly videos with Cindy Matsuki on ThinkTech Hawaii! Newest videos include interviews with: Dev League and LiveAction Network Management Systems!

See it today!


April is Hawaii Foodbank Month @ MIC!

The Hawaii Foodbank Drive is happening this month! We'll have fun activities, guest judges, and great prizes like free parking for one month!

Stay tuned for more info on how your company can join in the fight against hunger in Hawaii!




Looking for parking? Now there’s an app for that

PBN | March 24, 2014, 12:00am HST | Bill Cresenzo

Jason Sewell and Spencer Toyama, two 30-something Hawaii entrepreneurs, founded Sudokrew Solutions last summer, a company that helps businesses solve technology problems.

Now they say they want to do their part to help solve Oahu’s traffic problem.

To that end, they have set up a website,, and are testing it out to find out if there is any interest in helping people rent out spaces in their driveways to drivers looking for parking. The website launched as a beta test on Monday. [ more ]

Sudokrew (MIC Virtual) is also up for a prestigious Pele Award this month on April 26th at the Royal Hawaiian! Congrats on the nomination!



Dev League Announces Scholarships and Tuition-Assistance for Three New Courses

Dev League is announcing two scholarships, as well as partnerships with both a tuition-assistance loan plan and a federally funded workforce development program to help motivated individuals learn professional web development at its coding boot camp located at the Manoa Innovation Center. The graduates of the 12-week boot camp gain access to the company’s 27 employer partners seeking to hire entry-level web developers both here in Hawaii and on the mainland.

To learn more about the scholarships, tuition-assistance programs and to apply, visit the Dev League website. The company has posted three new courses on its web site. These include:

• Part-time 26-week evening course, April 28 to 25
• Full-time 12-week day course, May 27 to August 15
• Full-time 12-week day course, September 2 to November 21


Institute for Astronomy Open House

April 6, 2014 - Sunday

Free admission & Parking
2680 Woodlawn Drive - Right down the road!

Activities for all ages
New discoveries
Displays & Demonstrations
Robotics & LEGO
Hawaiian Astronomical Society
Maunakea Observatories
Bishop Museum
Pacific Aviation Museum


Three Roads to More Profit for Your Small Business

April 19, 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 9am-1pm
Location: MIC Presentation Room
Cost: Members $17 | Non-Members $37

Learn all about online marketing business branding, and mastering time management!

FREE SEATS to the first two (2) MIC Tech Center or Virtual Clients to respond of interest in going! Email

All other MIC attendees are offered a discounted price of $17.



MIC Property Management: Sharon “Shae” Le |

Ph: 539-3600 | MIC Suite 100


State Holidays

April 18th (Friday) – Good Friday

HTDC offices and the MIC front office will be closed all day. A/C will operate as normal for anyone wishing to work on this holiday. All common areas will be locked.


Repairs Update

Spalling and post repair has been postponed for April. We will keep the main noise limited to weekends however there will be some noise during the week. Please expect approximately 2 weeks to complete the project subjected to weather conditions.

Deep carpet cleaning will be preformed in the evening by Kleenco. Please let us know if you have any restrictions. We will notify you of the cleaning schedule once it has been finalized.





Super-Cheap Paper Microscope Could Save Millions

Latest cool news coming out from Stanford University (Manu Prakash, a professor and his students) involves a microscope made out of flat sheet paper, a watch battery, LED and optical units that when folded together, much like origami, creates a functional instrument with the resolution of 800 nanometers – basically magnifying an object up to 2,000 times. On top of that it's virtually indestructible, not much bigger than a dollar bill, water resistant, has a projection feature, and cost between fifty-cents and a dollar per instrument!

Check it out in this video by TED Talks!


To all our hard working entrepreneurs out there, crazy is a compliment!

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