Ryan Ozawa

Co-Host, Bytemarks Cafe

Ryan wears the label "geek" with pride. He's immersed himself in new technologies and online communities since the days before the web. Ryan has long embraced and evangelized the ways in which technology can bring people together. There's nary a gadget he hasn't tested, nor a site or app that he hasn't explored. Ryan especially enjoys linking traditional and new media. He is the Communications Director of local real estate tech firm Hawaii Information Service, and co-founder of the nonprofit Hawaii Open Data and the ag-tech firm Smart Yields. A lucky husband and proud father of three, he holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Hawaiʻi.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Ryan and Burt will find out about the 40th International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. They will learn about the latest in biomedical engineering and hear about the student medical device accelerator program.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will learn about how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is leveraging some new digital tools. They will find out how 3D printing helps to better understand corals and digital initiative to map Hawaiʻi's coastlines.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will find out how the renewable energy sector is getting kickstarted by going through Elemental Excelerator. Companies in this sector are using sensors, data and analytics to minimize the carbon footprint and help Hawaiʻi meet its clean energy goals.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will find out how Hawaiʻi has secured the first Wood Innovations Grant from the U.S. Forest Service.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will learn about an international coding cotest called "e-ICON" that originates from Korea. e-ICON brings students from around the world to compete and collaborate on apps that improve the international educational environment.

Blue Startups

On the next Bytemarks Café, Ryan and Burt will catch up with a few companies from the latest Blue Startup cohort - #10. These companies uniquely started on the mainland, but have roots here in the islands. The guys will find out why these kamaʻāina are returning home. 

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will talk to Elemental Excelerator about a report they commissioned called Transcending Oil. The guys will find out how the plan lays out a path for Hawaiʻi's clean energy economy and how everyone in Hawaiʻi can participate. 

Department of Land and Natural Resources

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will find out about a fast-growing coral that the Department of Land and Natural Resources uses to repopulate the reefs. They will hear how these corals are given the 5-star treatment and then out planted as coral pyramids.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will get an update on the technology connecting Hawaiʻi's classrooms, and how it's evolving to prepare our keiki for the future. The Chief Information Officer for the Department of Education, Brook Conner, joins the show to share his vision for ed-tech in Hawaiʻi.

Kapiolani Community College Culinary Innovation Center

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan go behind the scenes and delve into food science. They'll learn about Kapiʻolani Community College's Culinary Innovation Center, and how science enhances the life and flavor of foods.

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Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will talk with the University of Hawaiʻi's Chief Innovation Officer, David Ai, about his plans for the Office of Technology Transfer.

They will discuss his goals in supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and new venture initiatives. And a program he calls the Hawaiʻi Entrepreneurial Network Developers or HI-END.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk about the startup ecosystem and explore issues of diversity and inclusion. They will find out from the founders of Sultan Ventures and XLR8HI what they've learn through their workshops and their thoughts on improving the environment.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan get an update on cryptocurrency, Blockchain and the opportunities these technologies offer.

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On this episode of Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan talk to the organizers of one of the largest STEM conferences in Hawaiʻi. They will find out why the conference moved from Maui to Honolulu and how they've incorporated a wide variety of STEM activities for thousands of students and teachers across Hawaiʻi.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan get an update on the Creative Lab Hawaiʻi which include immersive programs, ideation workshops, and public programs.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan talk to the Boy Scouts not only about including girls in the troops, but evolving the Makahiki into the Onizuka Day of Exploration.

The Onizuka Day of Exploration, or O.D.E., combines STEM exhibits and VEX Robotics giving the Boy Scouts and attendees a day to experience Science and Technology.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will learn about the upcoming Maui Energy Conference; now in its fifth year. They will find out how the conference has helped policy makers and businesses pave the path to the state's goal of achieving 100% clean energy by 2045. 

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will hear about the long running AT&T Hackathon and its unique relationship with the University of Hawaiʻi.

The AT&T Hackathon brings together students from UH and gives them the opportunity to stretch their imagination and build some cool applications. 

Hawaii Technology Development Corp.

  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan invited Robbie Melton, Executive Director of HTDC back to the show to talk about the future of the Mānoa Innovation Center.

They'll find out how the relationship between the Hawaiʻi Technology Development Corporation and the University of Hawaiʻi is affecting the operating budget of the center.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will hear about a new co-working space off the beaten path in Wahiawa.

The new space is called Pineapple Crate and is located in Whitmore Village. Entrepreneurs now have a business friendly place outside of urban Honolulu. 

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will talk about the resurgence of breadfruit, or ulu, as a natural food source in Hawaiʻi.

They'll find out how the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is using agro-forestry techniques to re-establish Hawaiʻi's breadfruit crop.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Ryan and Burt will explore ways to reinvent education and whether artificial intelligence can pave the way. Joining the guys will be Mid-Pacific Institute's Brian Dote and renowned educational philanthropist Ted Dintersmith to explore whether A.I. can put Hawaii students on the path to most likely succeed.

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Wikimedia Commons

  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will talk to a couple of the teams that won at the recent AGathon.

They'll talk about how Hawaiʻi's first "ag hackathon" brought together members of the tech community to help solve some of the most challenging problems of the state's agriculture industry.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will find out how a local bank is helping to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The guys will hear about the KeikiCo Business Plan competition and how student teams can win up to $25,000 for their school.

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Wikipedia

  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will find out about a brand new retail and value-added food accelerator called "Mana Up."

They'll learn how they plan to build the next generation of Hawaiʻi CEOs earning more than $1M in annual revenue.

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Todd Cromar / U.S. Air Force - Hill AF Base

  Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan will discuss the accessibility of the digital age with experts from the University of Hawaii's Center on Disability.

How can everything from gadgets to websites be improved with adaptive and assistive technology, and what still needs to be done.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, the guys will learn about Hawaii's agriculture industry, the challenges it faces and how farmers can stay competitive in the 21st century.

Burt and Ryan will talk to key ag stakeholders to find out how technology can play a role to help Hawaii become food self sufficient.

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Negative Space / Pexels

  It's time once again to convene the annual roundtable of gadget geeks to review some of the best tech available this holiday season.

From big upgrades to stocking stuffers, Burt and Ryan will share their picks and ask the experts to help fill out your shopping list.

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NIAID / Flickr

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt and Ryan find out about some important work being done on finding a cost effective vaccine for the Ebola virus.

They'll find out about a unique partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi's John A. Burns School of Medicine and local company Hawaiʻi Biotech seeks to develop a robust, scalable solution.

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  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll learn about an educational organization called Project Lead the Way. We’ll find out how their instructional design centers and real-world project focus helps students succeed in college, career and beyond.

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