UH students help launch esports, tech lab in Waipahu

Jul 19, 2022 | News, News Coverage, Programs, TRUE ESports + Tech Lab

Members of the UH Manoa and UH West Oahu esports teams played an exhibition match against HPU.

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A new state-of-the-art technology facility that will help build valuable game and software development skills for Hawaiʻi’s residents in the skyrocketing esports industry was launched by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and UH West Oʻahu esports players.

The TRUE Esports + Tech Lab at Waipahu Public Library by the Technology Readiness User Evaluation (TRUE) initiative of the Hawaiʻi Executive Collaborative was unveiled at an event on July 14. To promote the lab, players from UH Mānoa and UH West Oʻahu showcased their talents through an exhibition match against Hawaiʻi Pacific University (HPU), which was televised live on ʻŌlelo Community Media.

“Participation by the UH esports teams highlights how vital our university’s program is to broader community planning for esports,” said Nyle Sky Kauweloa, a spring 2022 communication and information sciences PhD graduate and head of the UH Mānoa Esports Task Force in the College of Social Sciences. “The TRUE esports initiative will collaborate with the UH esports program by our providing instruction, mentorship and support to students from the Waipahu community, many of whom are underserved, with the technologies industry and through the relationships built between students who may never have imagined that they could attend college through esports.”

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