Executive Director, President
Burt has more than 30 years in Hawaii’s technology and telecommunications sector. He is an Instructor at University of Hawaii in the Information & Computer Science Dept. and works as a Legislative Analyst for the City & County of Honolulu City Council. His online activities include social media, community building, blogging, video and audio podcasting, content curation and citizen journalism. Burt currently produces a weekly science and technology show with co-host Ryan Ozawa on Hawaii Public Radio called Bytemarks Cafe. For the last 9 years he as also planned and coordinated an annual grassroots technology event called the Unconferenz. He is also a key organizer for Hawaii Annual Code Challenge.
Jared’s professional experiences run the gamut in technology. His educational background started in biomedical engineering with work experience in application programming and software design, focusing on health care. That shifted to management of a small programming department, a jump into broadcast technology, and as the application development lead for a leading payroll outsourcing company. Jared now works at Oceanic Time Warner Cable, developing its on-demand platform and finding ways to integrate web technologies.
Ryan has worked in independent media and publishing for more than two decades, establishing Hawaii’s first online news service in 1994 and today running a network of Hawaii-focused websites. He consults, teaches, and speaks regularly on citizen journalism, new media, and the social web. He is an obsessive media maker and a passionate community builder focused on Hawaii’s technology and media scene. Ryan has been an advocate for open data policies and practices since studying and practicing journalism at the University of Hawaii. He set up the Hawaii Open Data Project in 2011, then co-founded the non-profit Hawaii Open Data the following year.
Wei Fang is Treasurer of Hawaii Open Data and a principal and founder of Interisland Terminal, a Honolulu-based non-profit organization who’s mission is to present programs in contemporary art, design and film, and to advance the role of the arts in innovation. Since its inception, Interisland Terminal has been working to grow relationships between Honolulu’s creative community, and it’s tech-sector. Wei holds a BA in Visual Studies from Brown University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.
Ben Trevino is an executive, entrepreneur, and technologist working to build a more equitable Hawaii. He most recently launched Biki, a 100 station and 1000 bike, municipal bike sharing system in Honolulu as its President and Chief Operating Officer. He is also a co-founder of Interisland Terminal, an arts and innovation non-profit which launched two public innovation spaces, R&D Bookstore & Cafe and the Kaka’ako Agora, and has produced over 50 public programs since 2009. Prior to launching Biki, he was with the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) where he was the architect of the UHERO Dashboard Project, a community data visualization portal for Hawaii data and was heavily involved in civic technology and working with public data. He has held previous positions with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, the Hawaii International Film Festival and Google.
Trevino holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Shidler School of Business at University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was recognized as a member of the Pacific Business News Forty under 40 Class of 2016. He serves on the advisory boards for Common Cause Hawaii, Hawaii Open Data, The SEEQS Foundation and the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii.