Future Focus Conference 2019

Sustainability and Resilience:

A focus on efforts to combat sea level rise and other climate change issues through science, engineering, cybersecurity and innovation


October 15, 2019:

  • Check-in and breakfast: 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.*
  • Sessions: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
  • Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. *

October 16, 2019:

  • Check-in and breakfast: 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.*
  • Sessions: 8:00 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.*

* times subject to change


Hawai‘i Convention Center



Program Day 1 (updated 10-10-19)

Program Day 2 (updated 10-10-19)


“Poolside Chats” with the experts:

Day 1

The Seas are Rising – Really?  Now What?

A Climate Change Conversation Among City Leaders

Artificial Intelligence is Here: What Does Future Work Look Like?

From Tsunami, Hurricane to Cyber Disaster — How to Prepare and Respond

Day 2

Social Impact Funders – An Evolving and Expanding Opportunity

Linking Innovators and Adopters

Spotlight on New, Innovative Sustainabilty-Connected Companies

Designing for the Future – Harden, Adapt and Mitigate

Designing for the Future — Harden, Adapt and Mitigate

Social Impact and Venture Capital Investors

New, Innovative Sustainability Connected Companies

Interactive Breakout Panel Discussions

Day 1

Facing the Future – Jobs of the Future

Deeper Dive – Honolulu Team Shares Infrastructure Lessons Learned from Boston, Charleston and Miami

Case Study: Resilient Public-Private Partnership:  U.S. Army – HECO 50 % Biofuels Power Generation — A Model for Others?

Disruptive Technologies in Disaster & Resiliency Management

Baking in Cybersecurity into Resiliency Plans

Are We Climate Ready? Business Risks and Realities

Day 2

Startup Roadmap

Capital Comes In Many Forms

Indigenous Innovation and Investment

Deeper Dive — Ala Wai Flood Control and Mitigation Initiative

Case Study on Coastal Erosion – North Shore of Oahu

  • TED Talks
  • Student spotlights
  • and more …


  • Alex Bitoun, CEO, Health Personas & Co-Founder, Livongo
  • John Cabeca, Director, West Coast Region, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Glenn Hernandez, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge
  • RADM Kevin Lunday, Commander, 14th District, U.S. Coast Guard


  • Roy Amemiya, Managing Director, City & County of Honolulu
  • Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST), UH Manoa
  • BG Moses Kaoiwi, Director of the Joint Staff, Hawaii National Guard
  • Derek Kawakami, Mayor, County of Kauai
  • Brennon Morioka, Dean, UH Manoa College of Engineering
  • Scott Murakami, Director, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, State of Hawai‘i
  • Marla Nelson, Professor, University of New Orleans
  • Josh Stanbro, Resiliency Officer, City and County of Honolulu
  • and more…

**subject to change


$200.00 per person
$ 75.00 per student with student ID

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on both days, and networking reception on October 15th.




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