Annual Future Focus Forum to feature emerging technologies, medical research

Hawaii Business Roundtable and University of Hawai‘i host Future Focus Forum
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Business Roundtable (HBR) and the University of Hawai'i will be hosting the second annual Future Focus: The Hawai'i Innovation Initiative's Forum on Medical Research, Cybersecurity & More. The day-and-a-half conference will be held on Oct. 5 - 6, 2016 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

The forum will feature presentations, interactive panel discussions, "poolside chats," workshops and a networking reception, offering attendees opportunities to learn more about emerging technologies, medical research, and ways to engage in, and contribute to Hawai'i's growing innovation and technology industry.

"This year's Future Focus forum will bring together some of the top experts in innovation, technology and medical research locally, nationally and internationally," said Bob Harrison, Hawaii Business Roundtable chairman. "This event offers an opportunity to support an emerging industry that creates and sustains high-quality professions, business partnerships, stimulates economic development and enhances the quality of life in Hawai'i."

University of Hawai'i President David Lassner added, "The strength of our research enterprise impacts many other business sectors. Through our Hawai'i Innovation Initiative partnership with the Hawaii Business Roundtable, efforts like the Future Focus forum help the entire community understand the opportunities for public and private collaborations to grow our research  innovation economy as we address the challenges and opportunities together that are facing Hawai?i today and tomorrow"

The event will also feature local and national speakers/panelists in the areas of cybersecurity, big data/data visualization, entrepreneurship, federal resources and technology transfer.

The registration fee for the conference is $100 ($50 for students), which also includes continental breakfast on both days and lunch and a reception on the first day.

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