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. From dial-up BBSes to the shiny new "Web 2.0" frontier, 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 website he hasn't explored. Ryan especially enjoys linking traditional and new media, going from managing a daily newspaper to producing audio and video shows in his den. A lucky husband and proud father of three, he holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Hawaii.

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Bytemarks Café, we’ll get a chance to catch up with Team Magma, the FIRST Robotics Team from Kalani High School. The team won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award in South Carolina and just completed the Hawaii State Regionals. We’ll find out if they’re headed to the World Championships. 

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Jeff Kubina / Flickr

Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll find out about the March for Science taking place on Earth Day 2017. The March for Science pulls together groups from across the State to celebrate Earth and the importance of science to frame our understanding of our environment.

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JÉSHOOTS / Pexels

Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll find out about the next generation wireless service called 5G. With no industry standard defining what 5G is, we’ll find out what specs are proposed and the infrastructure necessary to achieve them.

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www.purplemaia.org

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll learn how Purple Maiʻa has taken the concept of the Hackathon and given it a new twist. We’ll find out how Hawaiian culture plays a key role in the hackathon process and guides teams toward the Purple Prize.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll hear from two startups developing applications to improve our medical conditions. How is the XLR8UH accelerator program helping these companies prepare for the crowded, competitive health sector?

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Wikipedia

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll explore what aspects of last year’s Aerospace Summit have gain traction in the legislature. From launch opportunities and drone application to simulated lunar settlements, what are the next steps to creating this reality?

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  We’ll catch up with the latest batch of Mars explorers in Hi-SEAS, or the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. With a new crew spending 8 months on Mauna Loa, we’ll find out what new experiments are on their manifest during this long-duration mission.

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Wikipedia

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll talk about the STEM pathway from high school into college especially for Native Hawaiians. We’ll talk about a program at Chaminade University that provides scholarships and mentoring to STEM students.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll get an update on the XLR8UH Accelerator program and learn how it’s evolved. We’ll also hear from two companies in the latest cohort who are focused on the agriculture sector and find out what makes this sector so popular.

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  We’ll explore what’s possible using a supercomputer at the University of Hawaii. Researchers tackle topics in astronomy to genomics. What problems are supercomputers uniquely qualified to solve?

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Jim Bowen / Flickr

  Join us today on Bytemarks Café for our annual tech policy preview. We’ll find out what issues might take center stage for the upcoming 2017 legislative session. Fresh from ‘opening day’ at the state Capitol, Robbie Melton from the HTDC and Representative Mark Nakashima will share their predictions and perspectives.

Maritime RobotX
Maritime RobotX

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we find out about a new robotics competition called Maritime RobotX. Teams come together from all over the world every two years to test their autonomous marine vessels on a complex obstacle course.

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Christiaan Colen / Flickr

Next time on Bytemarks Café, exploring the latest in the field of artificial intelligence and its impact on the future of work. As machine learning and Big Data are leveraged to make better decisions, how does the knowledge worker of the future stay relevant? Wednesday afternoon at 5 on HPR-2.

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Christiaan Colen / Flickr

We'll explore the latest in the field of artificial intelligence and its impact on the future of work. As machine learning and Big Data are leveraged to make better decisions, how does the knowledge worker of the future stay relevant?

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Kārlis Dambrāns / Flickr

Today on Bytemarks Café, talking to two companies in the latest Blue Startups cohort, building apps for properties. What do these apps do and how are these businesses evolving through the accelerator program?

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aotaro / Flickr

  We’ll find out what opportunities exists for tech startups in the Asia marketplace. With the East Meet West event coming up in January we will talk about how Hawaii companies can differentiate and compete.

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Petr Kratochvil / Public Domain Pictures

  Time flies when you're a geek! Once again we'll review some of the latest gadgets to hit the market, just in time for the holidays. We’ll chat with a couple of gadget geeks who will share their favorite stocking stuffers, and we’ll take your calls for help in building your technology shopping list.

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  We’ll explore what happens when groundwater enters the coastal reef ecosystem. We’ll learn about the effects of land-based pollutants, such as fertilizers and chemicals in wastewater, as they find their way to the ocean.

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  We’ll learn about a new partnership between the Polynesian Voyaging Society and an international robotics organization. We’ll explore how this partnership raises awareness of the maritime environment and how technology can be used to care for and better understand the ocean.

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If you had the chance to redesign the Ala Wai watershed, how would you go about doing it? We’ll talk to the organizers of the Ala Wai Design Challenge to explore that very question and to see if this is fact or fantasy.

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Wikipedia Commons

We’ll find out how the State and startup community are looking to leverage tech in the AG sector. We’ll explore how tech can disrupt (improve) the agriculture supply chain from the growing, to storing, to the delivery of product to the market.

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We’ll explore efforts in workforce development and the IT Works Apprenticeship Initiative. What is the job demand for IT workers, what employers are hiring and how is the apprenticeship program helping?

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ryan harvey / Flickr

  We’ll delve into the world of eSports and fantasy football. We’ve invited two startups going through the Blue Startup accelerator program to find out how they plan to make money and how big is the business opportunity.

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  We’ll explore the intersection of culture, technology and the hackathon. What happens when you immerse the participants in the cultural experience of Aloha ʻĀina and how does this influence technology?

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Maurizio Pesce / Flickr

Burt and Ryan explore how new technology can support the tourism industry. From virtual reality to facial-recognition, what tools are the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority tapping to reach tomorrow's travelers?

Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll take a listen back to some of our favorite segments from the last 6 months.

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University of Hawaii

We’ll hear about the recent National Science Foundation award to UH to study Hawaii’s freshwater aquifer. The project is called Ike Wai or Knowledge of Water and brings together scientists, educators and the community to better understand and safeguard this precious natural resource.

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Christiaan Colen / Flickr

Today on Bytemarks Café, at the first Hawaii Annual Code Challenge, the State asked the tech community to help make government better. We’ll talk to some of the prize-winning teams about their projects and how their applications help citizens better interact with government.

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We’ll find out what challenges face tech startups looking to grow their market. With entrepreneurial and accelerator initiatives in full swing what choices do companies have after they graduate?

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www.soest.hawaii.edu

We’ll catch up with the latest cohort of explorers in Hi-SEAS or Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation.  This Mars simulation involves a yearlong stay in the Big Island habitat. We’ll find out how the crew dealt with the long duration mission.

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