Virtual Conference: Innovations for the New Normal, Nov 9-13, 2020

A Virtual Conference

November 9, 10, 12 and 13, 2020

VIEW Conference videos, panel discussions and Q&A answers

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Hawai‘i will be hosting, Innovations for the New Normal, a virtual innovation conference that will highlight our efforts in the areas of resilient food systems, health care and digital infrastructure — vital areas for the state in its recovery and economic diversification efforts.

Sponsored by the University of Hawai`i Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.


Session 1: Resilient Food Systems in the COVID Era

Monday, November 9, 2020; 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Session 2: COVID Propelled Innovations in Health Care

Tuesday, November 10, 2020; 8:00 – 9:35 a.m.

Session 3: Digital Innovations for the New Normal

Thursday, November 12, 2020: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Session 4: Next Steps to a Resilient, Healthy Innovative Recovery

Friday, November 13, 2020; 8:00 – 9:55 a.m.

*Speakers, content, dates and times subject to change.


Free. Limited to the first 1,000 registrants.

*Registration is for all four sessions.


View/download the conference agenda (as of 11/10/20) (PDF)


Steve Blank
Steve Blank
Entrepreneur, Catalyst of the “Lean Startup” Movement
Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki
Chief Evangelist of Canva, Creator of “Remarkable People” Podcast

Jerome Kim
Jerome Kim, MD
Director General, International Vaccine Institute

Mr. Moretti
Enrico Moretti
Professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley

Nainoa Thompson
Nainoa Thompson
President, Polynesian Voyaging Society

Participating Panelists/Speakers

  • Admiral John C. Aquilino, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • Creighton Arita, CEO, `ike and Team Praxis
  • Steve Auerbach, Int. Director, UH Office of Innovation and Commercialization
  • Carl Bonham, Exec. Director, UHERO
  • Chad Buck, Owner, Hawai`i Foodservice Alliance
  • Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs, JABSOM
  • Peter Dames, Exec. Vice President for Distribution, Marketing, Digital, Technology, Servco Pacific, Inc.
  • John De Fries, President and CEO, Hawai`i Tourism Authority
  • Kamuela Enos, Director, UH Office of Indigenous Innovation
  • Dr. Aimee Grace, Director, Office of Strategic Health Initiatives, UH System
  • Bob Harrison, Chairman, President and CEO, First Hawaiian Bank
  • Christina Higa, Co-Director, UH Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center, UH Mānoa
  • Matt Koenig, Medical Director of Telehealth, The Queen’s Health Systems
  • David Lassner, President, University of Hawai`i
  • Chris Lee, Director, Academy for Creative Media, UH System
  • Jason Leigh, Director, Laboratory for Advanced Visualizations and Applications, UH Mānoa
  • Noa Lincoln, Assistant Researcher, Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, CTAHR, UH Mānoa
  • CAPT Kurt Mole, Commander, National Security Agency – Hawai`i
  • Albie Miles, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems, UH West O`ahu
  • Kaui Sana, Farm Manager, MA`O Organic Farms
  • Vassilis L. Syrmos, Vice President for Research and Innovation, University of Hawai`i
  • Rich Wacker, President and CEO, American Savings Bank
  • Dr. Kris Wilson Chief Information Officer, Hilo Medical Center
  • Paul Yokota, President, FCH Enterprises, Inc.

Emcee: Marc Arakaki, UH Office of Communications