My TechConKona partner-in-crime, technology and sustainability, Guy Toyama, passed away on November 12, 2012. We are celebrating his life at a Memorial Service this Friday, November 30th. Guy, myself and Hazel Beck, SBDC met on November 5th to discuss TechConKona 2.0, over craft beer, his favorite.
Guy’s vision for the event was to focus on business technology solutions that could impact and improve a small business immediately. He wanted the “lean forward in your seat” kind of interest that he saw at the TechConKona event in August when the presenters were discussing tools and apps for business.
We talked about making TechConKona 2.0 a half day event to lower the price to allow more people access to the “must-have tech tools of today”. We laughed and said the best part of the day was the “Pau Hana” reception where most of the networking took place and our exhibitors really had a chance to connect with the attendees.
Guy and I worked on TechConKona for over a year, met weekly and near the date of the event, almost daily, together. He taught me how to use Google Docs and Skype more efficiently to plan the conference with our two contributing friends from Hilo. Guy was my cheerleader when I was seeking sponsors and exhibitors. He tapped into all of his vast connections to help push attendance and support for this first time event. I miss him.
We did not know if we were going to to do TechConKona 2.0 until November 5th. Then we started talking excitedly about productivity applications, emerging technology for small businesses and possible speakers. Then we lost Guy. But we did not lose his spirit. He would want us to continue working on putting the conference together. But we can’t do it alone. Will you join us in memory of Guy or for the joy of getting a group of really smart and motivated folks together to contribute an amazing learning opportunity to Hawaii?
If so, email me at Julie@Ziemelis.com. I hope to see you at the Memorial. A hui hou, Guy.