Virtual UH conference to explore post-pandemic innovation

Guy Kawasaki, Nainoa Thompson on Hawaii’s economic recovery strategy


The University of Hawaii has assembled leaders from diverse sectors for a four-day virtual conference on “Innovations for the New Normal.”

The event will highlight efforts in vital areas such as health care, resilient food systems and digital infrastructure to help promote economic diversification and stability as Hawaii endeavors to formulate an unparalleled economic recovery plan as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The free series will be held on November 9, 10, 12 and 13 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and is presented by the UH Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and the Hawaii Business Roundtable.

Author, entrepreneur and marketing evangelist Guy Kawasaki will be among the featured speakers, along with Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson. The Thursday session also focuses on digital innovations, with panelists including Creighton Arita, CEO of ʻike and TeamPraxis, and Jason Leigh, Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Visualizations and Applications at UH Mānoa. 

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization Executive Director Carl Bonham, International Vaccine Institute Director General Jerome Kim, and MAʻO Organic Farm Manager Kaui Sana are also on the program.

Innnovations for the New Normal

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.

  • November 9: Resilient Food Systems in the COVID Era 
  • November 10: COVID Propelled Innovations in Health Care
  • November 12: Digital Innovations for the New Normal
  • November 13: Next Steps to a Resilient, Healthy, Innovative Recovery

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