Innovating for the global community is an important part of our work, but so is actively participating in our local communities. Oceanit believes that access to education, connectivity, and technology is a necessity in today’s world, and we dedicate time to building initiatives and supporting students and community efforts to empower education and imagination around Hawaii.
The global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and the cultural, economic, and social impacts that it precipitated were unprecedented in our lifetimes and made contributing to our community all the more important. While in-person events went virtual and social distance became the norm, Oceanit and our Ohana strove to continue making impactful contributions in our communities.
We rebuilt the Oceanit Research Foundation to advance many of these education and imagination goals. The Oceanit Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on positively impacting our community—and all of humanity—through lifelong learning, innovative curriculum, community outreach, and STEM missions that benefit all students – young and old.
We continued our work to build a broader technology industry in Hawai’i by coaching teachers and students in robotics, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, while also participating and supporting foundations, charities, and events that are close to our hearts.
Oceanit is committed to providing support for humanitarian organizations to help further scientific research, rebuild affected communities, and assist families in need. From groundbreaking projects and research, to sustainable activities in our communities, Oceanit and its employees have participated in fundraisers, donation drives, community activities, job fairs, and much more. Additionally, Oceanit has provided a sustainable working atmosphere by developing products and technologies that are eco-friendly and implementing business practices that could help reduce and manage our own environmental impact and risks.
Between 2019 and through 2020, Oceanit’s Ohana…
· Launched www.altinocoding.com including online only classes with a virtual car, and over 20 free lessons for the Hawaiian educational community
· Coordinated and sponsored the Hawaii state fundraiser for the Oral Cancer Foundation
· Sponsored and hosted workshops for the virtual 2020 Lacy Veach Day, including a virtual tour, trivia game, and technology demonstrations
· Participated in the virtual Annual Girl Scouts of Hawaii STEMFEST, including virtual demonstrations of electrolysis (https://youtu.be/RiCIAPXr8Mc) and a how-to video on building your own sun oven
· Attended and sponsored multiple career and job fairs across the island and in virtual space, like the UH Engineering Career days (https://www.eng.hawaii.edu/events/) with a focus on kama’aina employment
· Hosted the UH Shidler group on an extensive virtual tour, and mentored the group for future success
· Gave presentations on the future of Hawaii coastal sustainability and involved the community in our efforts to find solutions for the Ala Wai Flood Mitigation plan. https://youtu.be/uR4tSrBegAQ
· Volunteered to judge the second annual Congressional App Challenge
· Hosted STEM resume workshops and Q&A sessions
· Volunteered for the increased need of the holiday season at the Hawaii Foodbank
· In response to COVID-19 PPE needs, fabricated and distribute hundreds of cotton face masks and face shields via the creation of Aloha Mask Co and working with Iolani Schools
· Sponsored and participated in the 2020 Hawaii Book and Music Festival
· Financially supported the Pearl City Parent Teacher Student Association
· Hosted education Aloha AI and Career Inspiration sessions for HTA
· Volunteered with Moana Surfrider for beach cleanup, access, and protection
· Participated as industry leaders in artificial reef design workshops with the Nature Conservancy
· Judged in the Annual Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair
In the spirit of Ohana, let’s continue to serve and build our communities!