We invited one of our organizers to share her thoughts on why you should attend TechConKona, answering your questions of “What is TechConKona?” , “What’s it all about?” “What’s in it for me?” “Why do I need to participate?” and more. Seriously, this is going to be one of those events people will say helped start the ball rolling on new ideas.
By Cjay Roughgarden, TechConKona advisor
Living in Kona, we see a need for like-minded people to have opportunities to connect and create solutions to the challenges of working here in Hawaii. Especially during uncertain economic times we see a need for expert information and local collaboration to guide organizations and businesses to run in ways that are more efficient and green.
Being sustainable and still being profitable can seem like an insurmountable challenge. If you’re trying to show Aloha, while still meeting your bottom line- this event is designed to give you tools and collaborative opportunities to bring your values into the marketplace, and succeed.
For that, more than information is needed- community solutions are what makes it possible for real change to take root. To bring more people together seeking answers from a holistic perspective- people, planet and profits- we’re hosting TechConKona 2.0.
What’s it all about?
For half of the conference, speakers and panelists will focus on the technologies you can use to reach clients faster, easier, cheaper, and more efficiently than ever before. The other half, speakers and panels will talk about the changing face of being green- and how it’s more possible than ever to have a healthy planet by using new ways to connect, communicate and run business.
What will this solve for you?
Confused about internet marketing? Wondering how to be competitive in a global market? Does social media work? What is search engine optimization and what’s the way to do it? Is the marketing you’re paying for effective? Small businesses may not have the time or expertise to develop a web marketing strategy, or try all of the productivity tools to find the best ones.
Hear from successful entrepreneurs who have navigated the confusing world of internet marketing, digital technology, web applications and small business tools. Save time and struggle by getting the download on the best practices and technologies for you to implement immediately to start saving time and money now.
Don’t see how you can afford to run a sustainable business?
Successful Chefs and business owners will share how they did it- and how working together, you can too. We can do good while doing well!
Feeling tossed about in the storms of the global economy?
Even if you depend on tourist dollars, strengthening our local connections makes us more secure. Local sourcing of materials and labor can build a healthy economy we can all depend on- we’ll be looking at how that can work for us, while making our lives easier. We have speakers and panelists explaining what that looks like- and how it can work for Hawaii.
Feel like you’re the only one trying to make change?
Another goal of the event is to have you meet like minded folks to share knowledge and resources with each other. We have opportunities for networking in the morning, sharing lunch with your favorite speakers, sharing resources with the “gifting tree”, chatting again at the pau hana, and collaborating on your toughest problems in the evening at the “Design Thinking” workshop.
Tired of struggling with the same problem?
Our “Design Thinking” workshop is designed to break into new ways of thinking around the challenges we face, and to come up with some answers that can be implemented immediately. We’re also launching an on-going Meet-up group that will be held locally as well as digitally to invite this forward thinking community to develop a solid set of solutions for our community, Hawaii (and the world).
These islands can be a model for sustainability, green business, and a partnership of planet and profit. We can make it happen here, starting now, and we can do it together.
Why pay for this?
Knoweledge. Do you want to save time, money, and make your business more profitable? You’ll learn how.
Inspiration. There are solutions, even to the things that seem like they will never change. Bask in knowing others are out there working on the tough questions- and finding answers!
This is your community. The internet and books may have all the information there is, but it doesn’t have local context, and it doesn’t bring you face to face with the people who live, eat and work in your community. This is also a chance to share YOUR knowledge, and your perspective on Hawaii’s problems and solutions.
We invite you to come, learn, and share.
TechConKona 2.0. November 2nd, NELHA Gateway center. If you read all of this, you get a prize. $10 off your ticket. Use the TKC promo code. Get your ticket here: