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TechConKona 2.0 Eyes Business Solutions

Posted October 2, 2013, 03:50 PM HST Updated October 2, 2013, 05:22 PM HST
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Contestants have until March 10 to enter Sam Choy's Third Keauhou Poke Contest. File photo.

TechConKona 2.0, a full-day conference teaching business technology and sustainability solutions to business owners — aimed at boosting the bottom line — will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 2 at the NELHA Gateway Center.

Sonny Bhagowalia, the state of Hawaii’s first chief information officer and champion of island-wide wifi access; Sam Choy, “Food Network” star, author and restaurateur; and Henk Rogers, who helped create one of the world’s first commercial computer games, Tetris, and founded Blue Planet Foundation, will be featured speakers at the conference.

Attendees will learn how technology and sustainability intersect for business success, focusing on new systems, ideas, resources and information led by experts in the fields of food sustainability, digital marketing and internet technology, according to a media release.
The conference will address local food, labor and resources, saving money using web technology and productivity tools, and working together to find systems that benefit the island and local business.

A fundraising pau hana will follow from 4-6:30 p.m. to benefit the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.

Toyama, who passed away last November, was a local environmental and sustainability innovator who helped found the event last year. A memorial fund was set up in his name to fund scholarships for students in the fields of environmental sustainability.

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Tickets to the event are $75; VIP tickets are $100. Those registering receive full conference access, including refreshments, the post-event networking fundraising reception benefiting the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund and access to exhibitors. More at www.TechConKona.com

Companies interested in being exhibitors may contact Julie Ziemelis, Ziemelis Communications, 808-854-6769 or email julie@ziemelis.com.

The conference is sponsored by the County of Hawaii, the Small Business Development Center, Mac Made Easy, Natural Investments, Ziemelis Communications and Hafner Creative Communications.

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