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‘Shakas’ remote work program selects first 50 participants

Movers and Shakas, an initiative to attract former Hawaii residents and other out-of-state professionals to work remotely from Hawaii while volunteering in the local community, has confirmed its first cohort.

The fifty participants work in a wide range of industries, including technology, education, consulting, energy, and financial services, and 65 percent are former Hawaii residents.

Nicole Lim

“We look forward to the contributions of our initial cohort of outstanding remote workers, who will contribute their time and skills to impactful projects with local nonprofits in Hawaii,” explained Nicole Lim, director of Movers and Shakas. “Over the next few months, this group will be engaging with the community in a way that creates a sense of shared stewardship for our natural and cultural resources.

“As a long term goal, this program will help us build resilience in our economy by further exploring remote work opportunities – especially in our tech and innovation sectors,” Lim added.

All participants will attend pre-departure orientations and cultural training provided by the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association. Members of the cohort will arrive in Honolulu over the next few months and each participant is expected to work from Hawaii for at least 30 days.

This initial group will receive free round-trip tickets to Oahu, donated by United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, and will be provided access to special discounts at local hotels. They will receive no additional payment beyond the compensation and benefits they currently receive from their own employers.

“I understand that Hawaii has been hit especially hard by COVID-19 and I appreciate that this program is looking for ways to create a more resilient, less-tourism dependent economy by cultivating an ecosystem of remote workers,” said program participant Olivia Papa, an engagement manager at a global consulting firm who will be moving from Orlando, Florida. “I look forward to creating a deeper connection with Hawaii to truly understand its people, history and culture, something I would not have been able to do in just a short stay to Hawaii.”

“I left Hawaii right after high school, but still consider it my true home,” said Jennica Goo, a full-stack software engineer who works remotely for Zillow Group and was one of the founding members of the company’s Indigenous People’s Network. “I am most excited about the opportunity to volunteer with nonprofits and put my skills to work where I can benefit the local community the most. I want to look for opportunities to connect my work at Zillow with the Native Hawaiian community.”

During their stay, participants will volunteer with non-profit partners such as the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Hawaii Literacy, The Pantry by Feeding Hawaii Together, and Girls Scouts of Hawaii for at least 15 hours a week.

“We are extremely excited to begin our partnership with the Movers and Shakas program to bring new opportunities to our girls – especially in the area of STEM education,” said Shari Chang, CEO of Girl Scouts of Hawaii. “The volunteers will provide extra assistance as we build our STEM Center for Excellence at Camp Paumalū on the North Shore of Oahu, as well as help to craft and deliver virtual programs centered around STEM careers.”

Program organizers were overwhelmed with the response of nearly 90,000 applicants for 50 initial spots. This pilot group will help refine plans for the future as the program looks for ways to grow.

Funding for Movers and Shakas was provided through donations from a variety of founding organizations, with support from the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). This program is not funded by the CARES Act or any government funding dedicated to COVID-19 recovery.

About Movers and Shakas

Movers and Shakas aims to attract socially responsible remote workers to come to Hawaii and actively contribute to the community. The program is rooted in three pillars: people, economy and caring for Hawaii. The mission is to create a more innovative, resilient, and sustainable Hawaii by enabling personal relationships, professional collaborations, and contributions to the community. For more information about the Movers and Shakas program, visit www.moversandshakas.org.

Hawaii to accept Clear Health Pass to skip travel quarantine

Starting February 18, travelers on select flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) through Delta Air Lines and United Airlines can enroll and use the Clear Health Pass system to securely link their negative COVID-19 test results to their verified identity before traveling.

The pilot program, allowing a third party to facilitate pre-travel testing verification alongside the state’s Safe Travels program, will create an easier and more seamless travel experience, Clear said in a press release.

Instead of the mandatory 10-day quarantine, travelers may provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of their Hawaii-bound flight through Clear’s Health Pass app.

“Safe travel is important for our residents and visitors, and this pilot program is another step forward in achieving this goal,” said Hawaii Gov. David Ige. “I thank Clear and its airline partners who are working together to provide a convenient pre-travel testing option for both returning residents and those who are coming to Hawaii for work or vacation.”

“Clear is about making life easier and safer. That is why we are thrilled to team up with Hawaii to help create a seamless and safe travel experience as they continue to welcome back visitors,” said Clear CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker. “Whether it is with sports, work or travel, our innovative Health Pass solution is helping people get back to what they know, love and miss.”

Clear says its Health Pass will help generate economic impact through tourism while helping to maintain the health of the local community, safely bringing people back to what they know and love while helping reimagine the future of sports, work, and travel.

Health Pass is a free, mobile experience by Clear, which securely connects a person’s verified identity to multiple layers of COVID-19 related insights, including vaccination results, to reduce public health risk. Clear offers passengers traveling to Honolulu additional lab options for Hawaii’s Safe Travel COVID-19 test requirement.

Health Pass users will be able to find a convenient testing option, among Clear’s large nationwide network of healthcare entities, labs and at-home testing options.

Trust and transparency is Clear’s number one priority, and with Health Pass, users are always in control of their health data. More than 35 organizations are currently using Health Pass to create safer environments, including the National Hockey League, MGM Resorts, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and many more.

Hawaiian Telcom receives $24 million to bring broadband to rural Hawaii

Hawaiian Telcom has been awarded $24 million from a Federal Communications Commission fund dedicated to “bridging the digital divide.”

The funding, part of the $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, will go toward deploying fiber broadband service to homes and businesses in unserved and underserved rural areas in Hawaii on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island and Molokai.

Hawaiian Telcom will be connecting 8,000 locations with 1 gigabit-per-second download and 500 megabit-per-second upload speeds by the end of 2027.

One gig speed, or 1,000 Mbps, is 100 times faster than the average Internet speed in the U.S., according to Hawaiian Telcom. One gig enables multiple connected devices to run bandwidth-intense applications like streaming video, cloud-based services and video conferencing simultaneously without sacrificing quality.

A 2019 Deloitte study found that the average U.S. household supports 11 connected devices including seven with smart screens to view content.

“The Internet has become an indispensable platform for innovation, education, healthcare and economic opportunities that’s critical to our quality of life,” said Su Shin, President and General Manager. “Hawaiian Telcom remains committed to helping to bridge the digital divide here in Hawaii by extending our fiber-powered broadband service to as many locations as possible as quickly as possible.”

Hawaiian Telcom will reach out to customers when their locations have been enabled for fiber services. Residents can also visit hawaiiantel.com, click “Check Availability,” and submit their address to see what speed their location qualifies for.

A company spokesperson notes that the federal funding doesn’t cover all of Hawaiian Telcom’s costs to deploy broadband infrastructure in these rural areas, but that they “believe in investing in our communities.”

Since 2010, Hawaiian Telcom has invested more than 500 million dollars in expanding its statewide fiber network. The company has successfully deployed broadband service across 178,000 locations including 10,000 homes and businesses in rural areas.

About Hawaiian Telcom

Hawaiian Telcom, established and headquartered in Honolulu since 1883, offers a full range of services to business and residential customers including Internet, video, voice, wireless, data network solutions and security, colocation, and managed and cloud services – all supported by the reach and reliability of its next generation fiber network and 24/7 state-of-the-art network operations center. For more information, visit hawaiiantel.com.

Hawaii scholarship matching site goes national

Scholar’s App, an end-to-end virtual scholarship platform serving students, schools, and scholarship programs, announced last week that it was expanding from the Hawaii market to the entire country.

The national launch follows a major milestone for the startup, which was founded by then-student CEO Traven Watase in 2015. The company says that it connected students with more than $20 million in college scholarships across 5,000 participating schools in 2019.

“We are excited to grow to public and private high schools throughout the U.S., especially during this time when virtual services are more important than ever,” Watase said.

All scholarships are fully screened by counselors prior to posting to prevent fraud and reduce data mining scams.

“This allows everyone in the process – from students to counselors to donors – to feel comfortable in a trusted virtual platform that removes traditional barriers in the system,” Watase explained.

In its first three years, Scholar’s App achieved 100 percent public high school participation in Hawaii, including at Hawaii’s largest public high school James Campbell High School, where each student is offered access to a Scholar’s App account starting in their sophomore year.

“Scholar’s App provides access to a growing number of scholarships in one easy-to-use format for our students, complete with personalized reminders that encourage the completion of each application – that is a big help for our busy students,” said Eleyne Fia, career/college counselor at James Campbell High School. “Scholar’s App is a trusted resource for us that provides enhanced protection to ensure student privacy and vet only the best scholarship opportunities.”

Benefits of Using Scholar’s App:

  • Students: Easily register, search, track and submit scholarship applications online, without printing, collecting and submitting forms from multiple sources. Student data is never sold or provided to third parties, and all scholarships are sorted and verified to ensure students don’t sacrifice time or privacy to receive the support they need.
  • Counselors: Streamline and automate the entire scholarship application process and tailor preferences for each student, while tracking progress to ensure timely completion. Enjoy time-saving tools such as electronic transcript submission and e-signature capability, and review applications at a glance from one easy-to-use dashboard portal.
  • Donors: Don’t let another call for scholarships go unanswered. In minutes, donors can customize each scholarship to reach the right students and ensure that they are connected with multiple high-quality applications. We make it so easy that Scholar’s App donors are inspired to expand their scholarship giving by an average of 5-10 percent.
  • Parents: The new Scholar’s App account for parents allows for convenient communication between school counselors and parents, and provides an easy way for parents to monitor each step of their child’s scholarship process.

To learn more and get started, visit scholarsapp.com.

About Scholar’s App

Founded in 2015, San Francisco-based Scholar’s App is expanding to serve high schools throughout the U.S. with a trusted and verified online platform that streamlines the scholarship application process for students, school counselors and donors. Scholar’s App is the leading U.S. end-to- end virtual scholarship service, ensuring college students receive the support they need. Scholar’s App is a Blue Startups technology company, selected to participate in the tenth cohort of the Hawaii business accelerator. For more, visit scholarsapp.com.

Hawaii ready to expand cryptocurrency pilot

The State of Hawaii’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab (DCIL) is inviting additional cryptocurrency companies to join its “digital currency sandbox.” The program launched in August 2020 with 11 participants, and the lab is looking to build a second cohort.

The lab was formed through a partnership between the Division of Financial Institutions (DFI) under the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC).

“Despite the pandemic, the DCIL had a strong start and we have experienced positive traction with the first cohort of companies,” said DFI commissioner Iris Ikeda, commissioner. “We are ready to grow our program and welcome established digital currency companies to join us in enabling financial innovation.”

The second cohort will join the 11 companies of the program’s inaugural group: Apex CryptobitFlyer USABlockFi TradingCEX.IOCloud NaluCoinmeErisXFlexa NetworkGemini Trust CompanyNovi Financial, and River Financial.

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Newly admitted companies gain the opportunity to conduct business in Hawaii without the need to obtain a state money transmitter license through June 30, 2022. This is made possible with the issuance of a “no action message” by DFI, which will not take any action against these companies during the two-year period of the program.

The companies, however, will still be required to comply with other sections of the money transmitter laws.

“The feedback we obtained from participating companies and consumers regarding the DCIL is encouraging,” said Len Higashi, acting executive director of HTDC. “While the pandemic undoubtedly affected the local development of activities utilizing digital currency that we were initially hoping for, the excitement around its potential in Hawaii has not been dampened.”

Companies interested in joining the second round should apply through the HTDC website by February 26, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (HST).

For more details on the application and DCIL pilot program, visit the HTDC website at www.htdc.org/programs/#dcil-section.

Remote work program appoints director

Movers and Shakas,” a public-private initiative to recruit out-of-state professionals and former Hawaii residents to work remotely from Hawaii while volunteering in the local community, has named Nicole Lim as its director.

Lim, A graduate of Iolani School, herself had returned home to work remotely. She will lead and provide strategic direction to the program as it prepares to welcome its first cohort of 50 participants over the next few months.

“We all envision a future for Hawaii with a more diversified economy,” said Lim. “I’m grateful to be chosen to lead Movers and Shakas, as we seek to reduce dependence on tourism by cultivating sectors like technology and encouraging remote work.

“I look forward to working with the team and with the first group of participants who will be volunteering in our community and cultivating a sense of shared stewardship for Hawaii’s culture and natural resources,” she added.

Lim is a consultant and executive coach with more than 15 years of international experience in finance and technology. She previously worked as a senior manager in corporate strategy and global expansion for eBay, and as a management consultant for L.E.K. Consulting in Los Angeles and Sydney.

Lim holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Nicole is a prime example of someone who took the pandemic as an opportunity to come home, reunite with family, work remotely and contribute to our economy and community,” said Lynelle Marble, executive director of the Hawaii Executive Collaborative, one of the organizing partners of the Movers & Shakas program. “We are excited to have Nicole lead the initiative, as she embodies everything that we would hope for from an M&S participant – talented and committed to making Hawaii a better place.”

After its widely-covered launch last month, the Movers and Shakas program attracted thousands of applicants, including many former residents, interested in working remotely from the islands. In addition to contributing to the local economy, participants are expected to share their expertise and professional connections to support the community and nurture local talent during their time in Hawaii.

The initial group chosen for the program will receive a free round-trip ticket to Oahu and access to special promotions and other benefits.

After a competitive application and interview process, the program selected 200 finalists and expects to confirm the first cohort of 50 participants in the coming weeks.

About Movers and Shakas 

Movers and Shakas is an initiative to recruit purpose-driven remote workers to help build a more resilient economy in Hawaii and create a reimagined model of tourism where visitors are actively involved in giving back, caring for our land, and restoring our island home. The program aims to increase resilience in our economy by bringing back former residents, as well as out-of-state individuals, to boost Hawaii’s growing entrepreneurship and innovation sectors. Participants will receive exclusive promotions and will give back to the community by volunteering with local nonprofits and participating in knowledge, skill and cultural exchange. For more information about the Movers & Shakas program, visit www.moversandshakas.org.

6,000 Hawaii household batteries to create ‘virtual power plant’


Behind-the-meter solar-powered home batteries will be deployed to approximately 6,000 residential customers to create aggregated “virtual power plants” (VPP) on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island under a $25 million contract approved today by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

Swell Energy, Inc., a California-based energy and smart grid solutions provider, today announced the approval of its partnership with Hawaiian Electric for the delivery of various grid services.

The Hawaii program will deliver more than 25 megawatts of solar power paired with over 80 megawatts of batteries and 100 megawatt hours of stored energy, delivering capacity and frequency response to the three island grids while also reducing bills for participating customers.

Swell’s VPPs are based on an aggregated network of distributed energy resources that provide a variety of benefits to utilities and their customers. The company says this large-scale commercial VPP is Swell Energy’s largest VPP to date, and represents an important advance in battery technology and capability.

The contract was awarded in response to Hawaiian Electric’s request for dispatchable energy storage and renewable generation through distributed energy resources along with capacity and ancillary services to ensure adequate supply and power system reliability across the Hawaiian Electric service territory.

Swell Energy will augment Hawaiian Electric’s energy supply by relieving the grids of excess renewable energy as production spikes and absorbing excess wind energy when needed, thereby reducing peak demand and providing 24/7 fast frequency response to balance the grids. The renewable energy storage systems will collectively respond to grid needs dynamically, moment-to-moment.

“An agreement of this scale and scope was required to support Hawaiian Electric’s clean energy goals across the three islands,” said Swell Energy CEO Suleman Khan. “Providing this level of capacity and ancillary services establishes a new standard for virtual power plants and builds on Swell Energy’s deployments across the mainland United States.

“This fleet of dispatchable energy resources benefits the utility and allows customers to save money and come together to form a more resilient grid,” Khan added.

The program is available to Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island customers who are seeking solar energy with a home battery for back-up capability, as well as those who already have solar systems with storage installed.

This is one of several VPPs that Swell Energy is launching with other investor-owned utilities and community-choice aggregation programs in the U.S. These VPPs offer a variety of customized grid services determined by the needs of the communities and utilities they serve.

“Our islands have small, stand-alone grids with a high-level renewable generation, which makes them sensitive to supply and demand imbalances,” said Yoh Kawanami, Hawaiian Electric customer energy resources co-director. “This project is an important opportunity for Hawaiian Electric and Swell Energy to develop an innovative portfolio of customer-sited resources that meet a variety of grid requirements, while providing additional choices and benefits for our customers.”

Swell is launching the first phase of its VPP program in partnership with RevoluSun, the leading residential solar company in Hawaii. Homeowners interested in adopting solar and storage solutions and enrolling in the Hawaii program can sign up for announcements on the Swell Energy website at https://www.swellenergy.com/nalu.

About Swell Energy, Inc.

Swell Energy is creating a greater grid for the greater good. The energy management and smart grid solutions provider is accelerating the mass adoption of distributed clean energy technologies by making it easy for consumers to take control of their energy use, achieve energy security and save costs. The company provides homeowners and businesses with financing and educational resources and partners with trusted local solar and solar storage companies for seamless, high-quality product installations. By creating a critical mass of dynamic and responsive clean energy resources within utility service areas across the United States, Swell Energy is also delivering resilient virtual power plant networks and grid-balancing services to utilities, which are fundamental to our future, carbon-free, distributed renewable energy system. Learn more at www.swellenergy.com.

About Hawaiian Electric

Since 1891, Hawaiian Electric has provided the energy that has fueled Hawaii’s development from a Polynesian kingdom to a modern American state. Hawaiian Electric serves 95 percent of the state’s 1.4 million residents on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, Lanai and Molokai. Hawaiian Electric is committed to empowering its customers and communities with affordable, reliable, clean energy and achieving a 100 percent renewable energy future for Hawaii. In 2020, close to 35 percent of the energy used by Hawaiian Electric customers came from a diverse mix of renewable sources including waste-to-energy, biomass, geothermal, hydro, wind, biofuels and solar, both utility-scale and customer-sited rooftop systems. For more information, visit: www.hawaiianelectric.com.

ClimbHI connects public school students to career resources

Students at public high schools across the state can now connect with career opportunities through an online portal.

Under a new partnership between the Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii workforce development nonprofit ClimbHI, the ClimbHI Bridge directly links students and teachers with career, internship and mentorship opportunities at Hawaii businesses and nonprofits.

Participating companies and organizations can create a free account within minutes and post opportunities for students, as well as answer questions and participate in school activities. Students and teachers can review and apply, and track progress through the portal. 

Opportunities include guest speaking and teaching, judging and coaching, mentorships, advisory boards, job shadowing, teacher externships, project-based learning, internships, career fair participation, site visits and job-readiness activities. 

“This strategic partnership will enable students to access and acquire the skills needed to advance them toward career readiness and employability, including high-demand, specialized careers unique to Hawaii,” Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto said. “It demonstrates what’s possible when dedicated business and industry partners are truly invested in the future talent produced by our public schools.”

Support is provided by the nonprofit Hawaii Executive Collaborative, which has committed to funding the program for five years. ClimbHI Bridge was conceived at the 2018 Hawaii Executive Conference and originally funded by 17 local businesses and nonprofits.

“We’re pleased to be able to support this innovative platform that will help to give students the opportunity to learn directly from professionals in our community,” said Duane Kurisu, board chairman of the Hawaii Executive Collaborative. “Our hope is that by connecting with local businesses, nonprofits and individuals, our youth will discover the potential and their ability to build successful careers in Hawaii.”

ClimbHI is working with the Department to provide virtual training for teachers and administrators and is also encouraging participation from businesses and nonprofits statewide. ClimbHI Bridge will roll out at all HIDOE high schools by the end of 2021, reaching thousands of students.

“ClimbHI Bridge connects our schools with workforce opportunities safely and efficiently, inspiring our keiki from all districts to achieve economic self-sufficiency through the exploration of careers and entrepreneurial opportunities,” ClimbHI President Julie Morikawa said. “Creating awareness around viable career paths in Hawaii is of critical importance to helping the next generation thrive right here at home.”

More than 200 Hawaii businesses and nonprofit organizations are currently offering over 200 opportunities to participating schools on ClimbHI Bridge.

“Participating in ClimbHi Bridge provides us with another way to connect with teachers and students across Hawaii. Our hope is that through our participation, we inspire students to discover the wide range of rewarding opportunities and careers in health care,” Jill Hoggard Green, president and CEO of The Queen’s Health Systems, said.

HIDOE Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Coordinator Fern White recently used the ClimbHI Bridge portal to host a virtual career fair for students on Hawaii Island. She nearly doubled her initial goal of 10 participating speakers and had approximately 200 students register.

“Educators can now easily access business and nonprofit leaders throughout the state, all in a seamless virtual format,” said White, who is a  West Hawaii Complex Area CTE district resource teacher. “This new tool represents a huge step forward for what we can accomplish together in preparing our students for their continued education and career success.”

For more information and to participate, visit climbhi.org/portals or e-mail info@climbhi.org

About the Hawaii State Department of Education

Hawaii’s public school system was founded on Oct. 15, 1840, by King Kamehameha III. It is the oldest public school system west of the Mississippi and one of the largest in the country – 294 unique schools on seven islands, with more than 22,000 full-time and 20,000 part-time/casual employees serving about 180,000 students, their families and the community. Learn more at hawaiipublicschools.org.

About ClimbHI
Founded in 2011, the Hawaii-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit ClimbHI seeks to inspire students to finish high school and proceed to post-secondary education or employment by exposing them to future career paths and the steps necessary to achieve those goals. For more, visit climbhi.org

Paubox raises $4 million in Series A funding

Hoala Greevy

Paubox, a secure email provider that specializes in the healthcare industry, today announced $4 million in Series A funding.

Launched in 2014, Paubox grew out of Pau Spam, an email filtering service founded in Hawaii more than a decade earlier. Today, the company has more than 3,000 paying customers, and is a a leader in the HIPAA compliant email space.

“The timing of our Series A funding is impeccable,” says Hoala Greevy, Founder and CEO of Paubox. “We will continue to provide market leadership in the HIPAA compliant email space, as more Americans than ever depend on their healthcare providers to provide secure and frictionless communication.”

The funding round was led by Minneapolis-based Arthur Ventures, which specializes in B2B software companies outside Silicon Valley. Arthur Ventures Partner Patrick Meenan will join the Paubox board of directors.

“We think Paubox is the best product on the market,” says Meenan. “High NPS (Net Promoter Score) and terrific customer retention is a fantastic combination and we’re excited to be partnering with them.”

Paubox helps healthcare organizations meet complex email security and compliance requirements in the U.S. Unlike incumbent solutions that force recipients to login to a portal to read a secure message, Paubox allows recipients to read a secure, compliant email in their inbox, just like a normal message.

With HITRUST CSF certification and a NPS of 80 for its core products, the company has uncovered strong product-market fit in the healthcare vertical. Paubox currently employs 34 people out of its headquarters in San Francisco.

About Paubox

Paubox provides secure email for modern healthcare. Right out of the box. Paubox leads the HIPAA Compliant Email industry in three categories of the G2 Winter 2021 report: Best Email Encryption Software, Best HIPAA Compliant Messaging Software, and Best Secure Email Gateway Software. Coupled with its HITRUST CSF certification, customers can trust Paubox to provide them with seamless, secure, and compliant email solutions. 

About Arthur Ventures

Founded by Doug Burgum, Arthur Ventures leads investments in B2B software companies in every region across North America and Western Europe.

DevLeague, Kingsland University partner for $1 million in scholarships

DevLeague, Hawaii’s only immersive technical training program for software engineering and cybersecurity professionals, has announced a strategic partnership with Kingsland University, a leading organization that provides social impact through education.

The new alliance includes $1 million in scholarships that will be immediately available to 400 veterans and Hawaii residents to help build Hawaii’s tech workforce through the latest, job-ready skills training that provides accelerated career opportunities and re-careering pathways.

“This partnership will help prepare those in Hawaii for high-tech jobs in the digital workforce,” Governor David Ige said. “I want to thank Kingsland University for making this investment in Hawaii’s future, and I am grateful that DevLeague will be able to mentor and train even more of Hawaii’s best and brightest for careers in technology.”

Led by industry experts, tech practitioners and educators with real world experience, Kingsland University focuses on preparing students for the most in-demand, highly paid career paths within emerging technologies such as software engineering, cybersecurity, and blockchain development with starting salaries typically ranging from $55,000 to $70,000 a year.

“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the economy and the people of Hawaii,” said DevLeague co-founder Russel Cheng. “However, it has also accelerated the transition to the digital economy and increased opportunities for Hawaii residents to access well-paying, high-growth, tech jobs without having to leave for the mainland.

John Souza

“DevLeague’s exclusive partnership with Kingsland will bring new and improved curriculum, expanded in-demand career offerings, and accreditation for its programs, as well as access to a larger global network and access to all neighbor islands – such as Kauai, Big Island and Maui,” he added.

“The DevLeague team has built a strong community and industry network here in Hawaii. We want to continue that growth,” said John Souza, CEO of Kingsland University. “Our goal is to greatly increase accessibility to top quality skills training so that people of all backgrounds can take advantage of the vast career opportunities.”

Founded in 2013 by local entrepreneurs Jason Sewell and Russel Cheng, DevLeague has helped more than 300 graduates’ transition into new career paths in the technology sector at companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple, Nike, Accenture, Riot Games, Booz Allen, Hawaii Pacific Health, eWorld, Hawaii Resources Group, DISA Pacific Command, State of Hawaii and City and County of Honolulu IT enterprise divisions.

DevLeague is excited to announce the launch of new classes, powered by Kingsland University, starting on January 25, 2021. For more information and to sign up, visit devleague.com/scholarship.

About DevLeague

Located in Hawaii, DevLeague is the premier technical boot camp in the Pacific, designed to provide mentorship and training to motivated individuals seeking a career path in modern technology. We teach in-demand technical skills such as Software Engineering and Cybersecurity to help our students transition into a new career path in technology.

About Kingsland University

Founded in 2009 and based in Atlanta, Kingsland University is a leading organization that provides social impact through education and addresses the generational crisis in the industry with a new type of education model.  The accredited institution provides individuals with access to training opportunities, career exploration and preparation, development, apprenticeships, and more for the most in-demand and highest paying jobs within emerging technologies. Kingsland University has successfully delivered global education programs to some of the world’s most respected companies, universities, government agencies, and not-for profits, amassing over 175,000 students worldwide. To learn more, visit kingslanduniversity.com.


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