Burt Lum is Executive Director of Hawaii Open Data, a non-profit dedicated to advancing the principles of open data/knowledge in Hawaii, including policy work and community collaborations. He has more than 30 years in Hawaii's technology and communications sector, is an Instructor at University of Hawaii teaching Intro to Social Media and an Instructor with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center.
At the City and County of Honolulu, he is working with the City Council on their Digital Initiative. Past engagements include a being a founding member of the Innovation Center at HMSA, Senior Product Manager at Hawaiian Telcom, CEO/President of Hawaii data center startup and Marketing Manager at the Maui High-Performance Computing Center.
His online activities include social media, community building, and citizen journalism. Burt was a technology columnist for the Honolulu Advertiser from 1998 - 2004. Since 2008 to the present, he produces and co-hosts a weekly science and technology show on Hawaii Public Radio (NPR Affiliate) called Bytemarks Cafe. He along with Ryan Ozawa also co-host the Geek Beat on Hawaii News Now Sunrise. He also writes a column for Civil Beat called Civil Geeks. For the last 10 years, he has also organized an annual grassroots technology event called the Unconferenz. You can find Burt active on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope and his blog Bytemarks.org.
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.