Burt Lum is Executive Director of Hawaii Open Data, a non-profit dedicated to advancing the principles of open data and has more than 30 years in Hawaii’s technology and communications sector. He is an Instructor at University of Hawaii in the Information & Computer Science Dept. and teaches Intro to Social Media. He also teaches Social Media for Emergency Response and Recovery for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. At the City and County of Honolulu, he is a Community Manager for their Open Data – Citizen Engagement Initiative.
Past engagements include founding member of the Innovation Center at HMSA, Senior Product Manager at Hawaiian Telcom, CEO/President of Hawaii data center startup NetEnterprise and work at the Maui High Performance Computing Center.
His online activities include social media, community building, blogging, video and audio podcasting, content curation and citizen journalism. For the last 6 years he as planned and coordinated a variety of grassroots technology events including CityCamp, Code for Hawaii and the Unconferenz. He is also on the board of Common Cause and Jodo Mission of Hawaii.
There are also numerous informal meetups that take place around the US, and you can find out more about when and where these are taking place here.