2009 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit

The 2009 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo will be held on August 31-September 3, 2009, in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Sheraton Waikiki resort on world-famous Waikiki Beach.  Organizer of this conference is the state of Hawaii, in cooperation with the Defense Energy Support Center and U.S. Pacific Command.


Darren T. Kimura at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit – Honolulu, HI

Technology Track: Solar Energy
Moderator: Maria Tome, Renewable and Transportation Energy Program Manager, Hawaii State Energy Office, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, State of Hawaii
• “The Development of Large Scale Solar PV & Energy Storage,”
Mike Allman, CEO, Sempra Generation, San Diego, CA
• “Renewable Energy Grid Integration Systems – Lanai Project,” Juan Torres, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
• “Concentrated Solar Power: Opportunities and Advantages for Hawaii ,” Darren Kimura, President and CEO, Sopogy, Honolulu, HI
• “Hawaii’s Solar Energy Market: Drivers and Constraints,” Dr. Mark Duda, President, Hawaii Solar Energy Association, Honolulu, HI

Darren at Think Tech Talks – 10/29/09 8:30AM – 1:30PM

ThinkTech Talks – Rebuilding in 2010
A Tech Prospective Approaching the 2010 Legislature

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Anthology Theatre, 8th Floor, Pauahi Tower
1003 Bishop Street, Honolulu


What can we do to rebuild the tech initiative in the 2010 Legislature?

Some measures that might be considered and what might happen to them.

The tone and tenor of the Legislature and how the coming election will affect it.


8:30 am – Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – WAKEUP KEYNOTE, to rouse your interest

IS TECH IN HAWAII KEEPING UP WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD?

Brian Schatz – Chair, Democratic Party of Hawaii


9:30 am – THE ASPIRATIONS PANEL, followed by Q&A

HOW FAR HAS HAWAII COME DURING THE LINGLE ADMINISTRATION?

Moderator Chenoa Farnsworth – Hawaii Angels
Ian Kitajima – Oceanit, Inc.; Rob Robinson – Kolohala Ventures;
Dan Leuck – Tech Hui;  Mark Gilbert – Commercial Data Systems


10:30 am – THE METHODOLOGY PANEL, followed by Q&A
WHAT TECH MEASURES SHOULD THE 2010 LEGISLATURE CONSIDER?

Moderator Larry Gilbert – Sennet Capital
Bill Spencer – Hawaii Venture Capital Association; Kelly King – Pacific Biodiesel;
Darren Kimura – Sopogy, Inc.; Jason Suapaia – Film and Video Association of Hawaii


Noon – Luncheon

12:30 pm – THE LEGISLATIVE LANDSCAPE PANEL, followed by Q&A
WHAT TECH MEASURES IS THE 2010 LEGISLATURE LIKELY TO ADOPT?

Moderator Bob Toyofuku – Hawaii Advocates
Sen. Colleen Hanabusa; Sen. Carol Fukunaga; Rep. Angus McKelvey

1:30 pm – Pau


Presented by ThinkTech Hawaii; Pacific New Media at the University of Hawaii;
Anthology Marketing Group; Tech Hui; the Hawaii Venture Capital Association

Cost per person – $55
Continental breakfast and delicatessen lunch included.
Parking is not provided.  Public parking available at Alii Place.
Seating is limited.  Email pnm@hawaii.edu or call 956-8400.
http://outreach.hawaii.edu/pnm/programs/Rebuilding2010.asp

Best customer service!

I recently had some trouble with my Mac Book Air.  Despite the fact they had to send the MBA back to Cupertino to get it fixed, I had a great experience at the Genius Bar.  The “genius” was somewhat knowledgable but extremely pleasant and went the distance to be helpful.

With my MBA out of town, I synched my iPhone to my office PC and had some trouble w/ the iTunes library.  After an email to Apple they had it quickly fixed up.

Of course this could have been avoided entirely if the MBA worked but the experience has been a truly pleasant one.

For your reading pleasure here’s a copy of an email I got from the customer service representative:

Hey Darren,

Alex here again with the iTunes team.  You’re very welcome!  Nothing makes Apple happier than knowing that our customers are receiving the best possible customer service and I’m really glad I could help.

Remember, if you ever have any questions or concerns, we’re always available to address them for you.

Thanks for writing in again and have yourself a fantastic day!

Sincerely,

Alex
iTunes Store Customer Support

Thank you Alex and everyone at Apple.