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.

PowerPoint & The Office

I was browsing social media the other day and I was reminded of the Office episode where Ryan, the intern, became an executive and started requiring all the branches to adapt to technology.

They weren’t ready.

The future wasn’t ready.

Staff wasn’t ready and clearly, Michael Scott, Manager of the Scranton Branch was not ready.

Ryan Howard is a young, ambitious person trying to change how business operates. This is a clear example of a disconnect between people who have great ideas and the actual stakeholders. In this case, Ryan was suggesting that people use PowerPoint to communicate.

We can throw all the technology at a problem and give people all the training but those are only pieces of solving a challenge. The idea is there, people agree in executing but completely disregards who will be suffering from the change.

On the flipside, Michael Scott was comfortable enough in his position that he took on an extra job.

So what’s the solution to situations like this? It’s going to take getting everyone on the same page without the bias of technology and wisdom.

Questions? Comments? This post is to get a conversation started. Let’s talk story, holler @ me.