From left, Hank Wuh of Skai Ventures, Tim Dick of Startup Capital Ventures, Luis Salaveria of DBEDT and Omar Sultan of XLR8UH at the 2015 Future Focus Conference

The Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable and the University of Hawaiʻi will host the second annual Future Focus: The Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative’s Forum on Medical Research, Cybersecurity and More. The day-and-a-half conference will be held on October 5–6, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort.

The forum will feature presentations, interactive panel discussions, “poolside chats,” workshops and a networking reception, offering attendees opportunities to learn more about emerging technologies, medical research and ways to engage in, and contribute to Hawaiʻi’s growing innovation and technology industry.

Presenters include:

  • Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency
  • Akira Hiruma, president and CEO of Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.
  • Randall Holcombe, director of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
  • Jerome Kim, director general of the International Vaccine Institute
  • Scott Spiker, director of global business development and cloud security at Unisys
  • Maj. Gen. Brett Williams (ret), president of operations and training at IronNet Cybersecurity

“This year’s Future Focus forum will bring together some of the top experts in innovation, technology and medical research locally, nationally and internationally,” said Bob Harrison, Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable chairman. “This event offers an opportunity to support an emerging industry that creates and sustains high-quality professions, business partnerships, stimulates economic development and enhances the quality of life in Hawaiʻi.”

UH President David Lassner added, “The strength of our research enterprise impacts many other business sectors. Through our Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative partnership with the Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable, efforts like the Future Focus forum help the entire community understand the opportunities for public and private collaborations to grow our research innovation economy as we address the challenges and opportunities together that are facing Hawaiʻi today and tomorrow.”

Registration information

The registration fee for the conference is $100 ($50 for students), which also includes continental breakfast on both days and lunch and a reception on the first day. For more information and to register, visit the Future Focus website.

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