Innovation Ecosystem

In February, we partnered with Kamehameha Schools, Queen Liliuokalani Trust, and the Harold KL Castle Foundation to convene a series of conversations on what it might look, feel like, and take to support the development of an innovation ecosystem in Hawaii and the implications for education. These initial conversations included representatives from the local startup community, higher education, and existing social enterprises that bridge innovation and education work. As a result, we generated a summary and proposed next steps for how we might partner across organizations to move our education and economic systems into the next century, while grounding in Hawaii’s history of  innovation.

Future of Learning unPanel

On Wednesday, January 24, we partnered with Punahou School’s Luke Center for Public Service to host an unPanel. This event brought together thought leaders across the education, innovation, entrepreneurship, culture, and social impact sectors to pose questions to invited youth and share thoughts and ideas about what the Future of Learning may look like in Hawaiʻi and beyond. Panelists included: Ted Dintersmith, Dawn Lippert, Kealohi Reppun,  Miki K Tomita, Tony Wagner, John Francis, Christian Talbot & Viktor Venson, Ian Kitajima.

Quotes from the evening
"Adults should be there to contribute to you solving the problem, not to make all the decisions for you."
“School needs to restructure itself centering around the world we are in instead of the academics we are taught”

Hawaiʻi Investment Ready

Education Incubator was invited to join the third cohort of Hawaii Investment Ready (HIR). HIR is a cohort-based accelerator that works to support the growth and development of social impact enterprises here in Hawaii. Through this experience, we honed our mission and vision and deepened our development to strengthen our work.