Japan!

Can’t even see where the city ends. Photo by D. Ramos

Last month I took a vacation to Japan but my mind couldn’t stop enjoying and analyzing how everything is efficient. From the train stations to the restaurants, it’s amazing to be reminded what’s possible.

There’s a balance of system and culture all throughout Japan. In this photo, my wife and I are waiting our turn to take a picture with the famous torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine. Balancing tourist, locals, and even a wedding it seems like everyone has a chance to have an experience. Photo by D. Ramos

I really appreciated all the little notes and signs used to inform and make sure everyone is aware of their surroundings. Not only are people informed, but there’s some practicality to it. Check out the bar code below:

It’s all in the detail. There’s function and a little bit of fun when it comes to how bar codes are printed on this bottle of Orangina manufactured in Japan. Photo by D. Ramos

Data/Information is all around us. Its pushing for actions to be made. Take the example below:

One of the most efficient ways to order Ramen in Japan. You even get your own water to refill your cup. Photo by D. Ramos

Are you doing any summer traveling? Have you been anywhere else but the place you reside? Do you find some things done differently that you think is impossible to implement where you call home? Let’s talk story. Holler @ me.

Big Data & Hackathons in Hawaii

Greetings Everyone,

This past month there was plenty of activity in my home base of Hawaii. Check out some of the shots from the events I’ve attended:

Hacking away at a problem. Programming style. Photo by D. Ramos

 

One of my favorite projects out of the dozens of pitches at the ATT Hackathon. A group of programmers created a way to use Augmented Reality (AR) to teach a person how to play the ukulele.

Not only were there awesome ideas at the hackethon, but there were some resources that I did not know exist. For example, I knew blocks of codes can be used as puzzle pieces but didn’t know Google had a library called Blockly. Thanks to Mr. Kuok at OceanIT for introducing this to me. The following is an example of what Blockly looks like:

Here’s a sample of Blockly. You can also play around with it by following this link: https://developers.google.com/blockly/

Another highlight of March that involves big data is the Open Data Day 2018, organized by Burt Lum on Oahu. It’s amazing what kind of data is available out there. Meeting people involved with collecting the data and making it presentable was also a plus.

Before I started my company, I did a little bit of “market research” by digging up data on how many businesses are on Oahu alone. Thankfully I didn’t have to put too much effort. I discovered The Department of Business, Economic Development, & Tourism to justify my existence.

Introducing dashboards that summarize data the government has collected. Depending on your situation, this may be very useful for you or your business. Photo by D. Ramos

Months later, at Open Data Day, many of the people supplying this information were in attendance and shared even more data that would be useful for many different organizations. The amount of resources can actually be a little overwhelming. Like many of the conferences I’ve attended in the past, I share specific information with people who need it.

However, one thing I encourage is to stay active and ambitious about finding out information. It’s a lot of hard work but there’s so much that can be done. I like anything data so it’s easy for me to attend events like the Hackathon or Open Data Day.

If you’reĀ  a newbie, I suggest you should figure out what you’re interested in and THEN put on the glasses I have for data. Maybe you like comic books or maybe you like cosmetics. Just know that there are resources out there. And if you need help interpreting, we can chat. Let’s talk story, feel free to holler @ me.