Hawaii Geek Meet: Collective Brainpower

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

The collective brainpower at Ala Moana right now is staggering.

–Me, at about 1:30 p.m. April 20, at Ala Moana Park

And I wasn’t exaggerating when I said that. I don’t think there ever was this many technically-minded folk, of so many stripes, gathered at a single place in this state. Bloggers, twitterers, digital photographers, hams, astronomers…and even a politician, all gathered at Magic Island for a big potluck.

I was there, primarily representing the Emergency Amateur Radio Club (I had my callsign on three places on my body and my walkie-talkie on my belt) but armed with a new digital camera around my neck.

What made it all the more fun was not only reacquainting myself with other people with an online presence whom I’ve met before, but also getting to meet, for the first time, other people whom I know only by, say, their username on services like Twitter or Flickr. As much as Web 2.0 has to offer, there’s still something to be said about face-to-face contact.

Here are some pictures I took from the event.  Some are landscape photos to test out the new camera…they turned out pretty darn good.

This may become an annual thing…if so, I can’t wait ’til next year!