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Hawaii Cloud Innovation Summit Conference 2023

Connect with Hawai’i’s top cloud innovators and learn how leaders are digitally transforming Hawai’i and strengthening our future.


The Hawai’i Cloud Innovation Summit is a premier conference dedicated to exploring and promoting innovative technologies, digital transformation, and enabling the local workforce. This year’s event is focused on the theme of Laulima: Working Together To Future Proof Hawai’iʻs Economy” with a goal to bring together all sectors of the economy and highlight the importance of collaboration to drive growth and success.  

The objective of the event is to connect businesses, technology leaders, healthcare leaders, education, government officials and defense leaders to exchange ideas, best practices, and insights on digital transformation. Through engaging keynote presentations, informative panel discussions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities, attendees will gain valuable knowledge and practical strategies to leverage digital transformation and innovation to drive economic growth and protect the local economy. 

The summit will also focus on the importance of enabling the workforce to meet the demands of the digital age, highlighting the need for continuous learning and development to stay competitive in today’s fast-paced business environment. With a strong emphasis on uniting to protect our local economy, the summit aims to bring together stakeholders from all sectors to explore innovative solutions that promote growth, sustainability, and prosperity for all of Hawai’i. 

Keynote speakers include:

  • Sylvia Luke 

    Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawai’i

  • Maurice “Mo” Ramsey 

    Disaster Response and Humanitarian Leader, AWS

  • Angela A. Shippy 

    Senior Physician Executive and Clinical Innovation Lead, Nonprofit Healthcare, AWS

  • Steve Comstock 

    Enterprise Technologist, AWS

For more information


Leilani Farinas

Executive Director TRUE

Main Event

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration Check-In

9:00 – 9:10 am

Leilani Farinas, Executive Director, TRUE
Christine Sakuda, Executive Director, Transform Hawaii Government

9:10 am – 9:15 am

Hawai’i’s Terraformation: Creating & Sharing Tech Solutions to Combat Climate Change
Kate Logan, Head of Business Development, Hawai’i, Terraformation

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Shaping Hawai’i’s Future Through Digital Transformation
Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke, State of Hawai’i

 9:30 am – 10:20 am

The Role of Hawai’i’s Leaders in Driving Digital Transformation
Moderator: Christine Sakuda, Executive Director, Transform Hawai’i Government
Peter Dames, Executive Vice President, Servco Pacific, Inc.
Brigadier General Mark D. Miles, Director for Command, Control, Communications & Cyber U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
Connie Mitchell, Executive Director, Institute for Human Services
Ed Sniffen, Director, Dept of Transportation, State of Hawai’i
Suzanne Vares-Lum, President, East-West Center

10:20 am – 10:45 am

Fostering Innovation, Upskilling & Addressing Workforce Challenges
Dr. Angela Shippy, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Senior Physician Executive

10:45 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 11:25 am

Re-inventing Hawai’i’s Business Landscape: Driving Innovation & Equality for a Sustainable Future
Steve Comstock, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Enterprise Technologist

11:25 am – 11:50 am

Building Resilience & Collaboration in Disaster Response: Harnessing Technology for Hawai’i’s Preparedness & Recovery
Mo Ramsey, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Global Leader, Disaster Response & Humanitarian Affairs

11:50 am – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch & Tech Village

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Afternoon Track Sessions: Technical Track, Business Track, & Workforce Enablement Track
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4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pau Hana/ Networking/ Tech Village


Technical Track Business Track Workforce Enablement Track
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Edge & Hybrid Computing – Enable AWS Cloud Computing Anywhere
Walt Whitecotton, Business Development Manager Gov Cloud, AWS

Protecting People & the Planet (Data Privacy & Sustainability in IT)
Rick Hopfer, CIO HMSA
Woody Evans, Vice President, Value Engineering,, Delphix

Education & Training for Companies Transitioning to the Cloud
Rich Uhl, Solutions Architecture Leader, AWS
Steve Sakata, eWorld Enterprise Inc.
Sharece Silva, DevIslandSchool
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Democratizing Data Analytics
Pranav Khadilkar, Solutions Architect, AWS
Kelli Gonsalves, Data Scientist, DataHouse
Jeff Masumoto, Vice President, Solutions & Consulting Services, DataHouse
Cloud Adoption through Digital Innovation at First Hawaiian Bank
Ben Schuster, Vice President, Engineering & DevOps, First Hawaiian Bank
Training Your Existing Workforce
Shaun Winter, Training & Certification Leader, AWS
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm  Accelerate Security & Compliance in the Cloud
Anna Kropf, Sr Security Partner Strategist, AWS
Marie Yap, Principal Solutions Architect, AWS

Charting the Future of Customer Experience: Amazon Connect & Contact Center Modernization
Yasser El-Haggan, Chief Product & Technology Officer, Morse

Train the Future Workforce
Dr. Salvatore Aurigemma, PhD Lecturer, Information Technology Management, Shidler College of Business University of Hawai’i at Manoa
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Using Innovation to Help Protect & Defend the Indo-Pacific Region
Wendy Marotta, Deputy Program Director for USINDOPACOM, SMX

Migration Journey from Mainframe to the Cloud
Pranav Khadilkar, Solutions Architect, AWS
Stason Rodriguez, Solutions Architect, AWS
Jeff Masumoto, Vice President, Solutions & Consulting Services, DataHouse

Digital Transformation & Life-long Learning
Alan Ito, IT Workforce & Regulated Policy Lead, University of Hawai’i
Bennette Misalucha, Executive Director, Hawai’i Workforce Development Council
Clyde Shiigi, Chief Innovation Officer, DataHouse

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