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See how technology is changing Hawaii’s workforce at the TechForceHawaii Conference & Expo Sept. 26

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Technology is creating more job opportunities for Hawaii families and now you can join industry leaders at the TechForce Hawaii Conference & Expo at the Hawaii Convention Center on Thursday, September 26. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is with Alan Ito from the CIO Council of Hawaii and Jay Andrews of Oceanit, two of the conference sponsors, to learn more about the event.

“It’s an opportunity to bring together top local leaders in education, business, government and the nonprofit sectors to look at how technology is changing the way we work and think about how we can all begin to operate and collaborate in new ways that weren’t possible before,” Ito says. “We’ll cover topics like culture, competencies, communication and co-opetition — a blend of cooperation and competition.”

The conference also features national speakers like Jaime Casap, the Chief Education Evangelist from Google, to look at how Hawaii can capitalize on this wave of digitalization to prepare the next generation. Scott Godwin, the general manager of the national security directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will also be there, speaking about the multidisciplinary skills needed for the workforce today. In addition to the speaker sessions, there will also be an expo of more than 30 exhibits and hands-on opportunities to experience the latest cutting-edge technologies.

Oceanit developed an artificial intelligence toolkit called the Aloha AI Network, which attendees can experience at the expo’s Design Thinking Playground.

“We’ll be giving attendees an opportunity to experience this tool that encourages design thinking — a process that allows people to tap into their unlimited creativity and work collaboratively with others,” Andrews explains. “The tool was designed for students as young as the fourth grade to inspire them to use computer science to improve the world around them.”

The TechForce Hawaii Conference & Expo is an all-day conference and starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. Register for the conference here: bit.ly/335Vea0