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2016 Year in Review: Oceanit's Community Outreach

January 20, 2017

Oceanit senior scientist, Dexter Poon, demonstrates a super hydrophobic coating at the Lacy Veach Day of Discovery.

Oceanit’s staffers ended 2016 on a strong note with big advancements and a positive outlook. The Oceanit ‘ohana (family) continues to celebrate our founder and CEO Dr. Patrick K. Sullivan being named Hawaii Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year and Ian Kitajima’s appointment to the State of Hawai‘i’s Workforce Development Council.

In 2016...

Oceanit participated in numerous student events related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Staffers

The attendance at each event has provided a mutual relationship of support and inspiration, whether it’s to see bright students compete, discuss career paths, or simply carry a friendly conversation in their field of interest. The Oceanit team uses this opportunity to encourage students to stay excited in these industries by imparting as much information and advice to help kids become successful and achieve their dreams.

These local events help bring communities together, building relationships with others, while gaining understanding of the global crisis, keeping a constant reminder of the work that needs to be done.

Lastly, Oceanit continued to amplify the community conversation on innovation with applications of Design Thinking across Hawai’i schools and programs, conducting a multitude of workshops with

The process to learn and practice Design Thinking has proven to be extremely effective in increasing awareness in innovation and enabling companies to become more solution-centric, rather problem-centric, to pave a path to the bigger picture, providing improved solutions to a host of companies, state and federal agencies, and schools. Outside of the workforce, Design Thinking is an applicable methodology for an array of real-life situations, encouraging out-of-the-box thinking for people wanting to improve their problem solving skillset.

Looking forward to 2017, Oceanit hopes to continue our participation in the community and expand upon new ones. If you are interested in having us be a part of your next community event, please complete our Contact Us form. Mahalo for a successful year!

Oceanit at the Hokupa‘a Design Thinking Workshop.