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Coming Up: Box Jelly Community Day (1/5 and 1/6)

Aloha to our Jelly community! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and we wish you a Happy New Year. Since this is the season of community and coming together, we felt like kicking off 2013 by hosting a Community Day here at the Box Jelly. Renovations on the property are about 80% complete, but we need your help making it to the finish line! If you’re interested please stop by Saturday (1/5), Sunday (1/6) or on both days anytime between 11 am and 4 pm. We ask that you please wear shoes and clothes that you’re comfortable painting in. Non-members are welcome as well, and food and drink will be provided on both days.
If you have any questions please contact us at or at 808-769-6921.

Event Report: Manoa Futures Symposium

On Friday, November 30th, 2012, the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies ( & @HRCFS) hosted the Manoa Futures Symposium at The Box Jelly. As one of the first gatherings for graduate students pursuing studies in Futures, the conference brought together young scholars from Australia, Finland, Germany, Canada, Bahrain, and across the U.S. representing Regent University, University of Sunshine Coast, the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), JAMK University of Applied Sciences, the University of Southern California (USC), the University of Houston, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

More details about the event can be found here:

The symposium was supported by the Department of Political Science at UH-Manoa as well as the Association of Professional Futurists (APF), who coordinated a live stream and recording of the event, and it was organized completely by graduate students at UH-Manoa who also serve as researchers at HRCFS.

The recording are available for viewing through the APF’s adobe connect platform.

Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions

Afternoon Session & Keynote

Jose Ramos (@actionforesight) gave an inspiring keynote that served as a call to arms for emerging futurists! A referred symposium is planned for the Journal of Futures Studies, and there has already been some talk about future(s) symposia!

On Saturday, December 1st, 2012, HRCFS ran its Gaming Futures platform, which leverages both experiential scenario-based gaming dynamics with augmented reality and geo-spatial scavenger-hunt-esque components. Home base for the game was The Box Jelly!

12 gamers were marched through 4 alternative futures run by 8 actors and 4 facilitators. For more information about the game and how it acted as the capstone for a grant-funded HRCFS research project on the impact of communication technologies upon power relations within past, present, and futures context, please visit:


Coming Up: Everything Is Jake Gallery Show (12/7/2012)

Starting this Friday, The Box Jelly will be home to a series of quarterly events showcasing local artists, beginning with Nick Kuchar–creator of Everything Is Jake. We’ll be showing off Nick’s retro surf-inspired art for 8 weeks, and we’re kicking it all off with a free reception this Friday, the seventh. If you’re in the area for First Friday, or just want to check out some killer art, stop by from 6-8pm.
Where: The Box Jelly
When: Friday the 7th between 6pm and 8pm
More about Nick Kuchar:
Nick is from Florida and received a degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University. He enjoys vintage advertisements, listening to Muddy Waters, challenging his friends to marbles tournaments, driving his VW microbus, and generally killing two stones with one bird. If he were elected president his first order of business would be to make amusement park rides 60 minutes long and the wait in line 2 minutes, instead of the other way around. He does not enjoy splinters, baking soda volcanoes, or sea monsters and is indifferent regarding sporks.

Coming Up: Hon*Celerator (12/1/2012)

What: The City & County of Honolulu and Hawaii Open Data are kicking off a code contest called Hon*Celerator. The purpose of the contest to create more ways to engage with government through technology, by bringing together Hawaii’s best coders, designers, app developers and entrepreneurs. On this coming Saturday, Hon*Celerator participants will publicly share their products and projects at The Box Jelly.
This event has been organized by Forest Frizzell, Deputy Director of IT, City and county of HNL and Burt Lum of and
When: Saturday December 1st from 9am to 2pm
Where: The Box Jelly main room


Code for America w/ Jennifer Pahlka and Tim O’Reilly

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A couple of days ago we had Jennifer Pahlka Founder of Code for America and Tim O’Reilly from O’Reilly Media visiting Hi-Capacity for a talk. They were both very different people but cool in there own way. O’Reilly reminded me a little of Doc from back to the future but a little more centered. Jennifer a true visionary. Both speakers were on top of their game regardless of a lack of sleep due to traveling, much respect.



Mozilla Firefox and the Hawaii Advantage

Recently we had a team from Mozilla come to The Box Jelly for the week to build and release Firefox 10.0.1 (amongst a few other things). It was a really exciting experience for our team and a chance to step our game up.

I have a lot of people ask me (borderline scolding me) why didn’t you tweet the sh*t out of them being there. Well I’ll tell you. Respect and the Hawaii Advantage.

1. I have a lot of Respect for their G.S.D. (get sh.. done) The purpose of their trip here was to deliver. In our position (as the box jelly) we have to think about what is best for our community and guests. I made a conscious choice not to heavily publicize their presence till after they left so they could work without distractions. If you’ve updated your Firefox browser you know that the mission was accomplished. Yes we plan on working with them to share the Mozilla movement with the island community in the future.

2. The “Hawaii Advantage” is something I’ve been striving to understand since we embraced the journey of creating Hawaii’s 1st cowork space. The Mozilla team choose Hawaii for two reasons, location and price. Hawaii made logistical and financial sense plain and simple. Yes I too was surprised to hear that in a hyper connected world, global teams need to meet face to face from time to time. After the initial shock it made complete sense. Their visit here was inspiring and renewed my resolve to keep pushing coworking in Hawaii.

Mahalo Mozillans for sharing your time here with us. It was fun.