Oceanit’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Patrick Sullivan, joined host Lyla Berg on Island Focus to discuss Oceanit and our efforts in the technology community, schools, and coastal sustainability. Their discussion ranged from Oceanit’s origins as an ocean engineering consultancy to our efforts to bring computer coding to all of Hawaii’s teachers – and subsequently to its students.
Island Focus is a monthly television series, produced by ‘Ōlelo Community Media, that focuses on issues important to Hawai’i and its residents. The show features exclusive interviews with guests from government, business, education, and community sectors who join to talk about their passions and the impacts of their projects and work.
Dr. Sullivan’s interview was filmed at the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center. Oceanit has done past work with NOAA, both via our Science & Technology and our RiSE teams. Much of the conversation focused on Oceanit’s efforts over the past two decades to bring to light the importance of coastal resilience and impacts of climate change. Within Oceanit’s Resilient and Sustainable Engineering (RiSE) team, coastal engineering has emerged in the past several years as a primary focus and our islands begin to experience the beginnings of sea level rise.
Watch the full interview below.