The Aloha State has some degree options to offer. To get you up-to-speed, we’ve put together a guide to earning a data science degree in Hawaii. It has details on research and scholarships as well as startups and salary numbers.
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Studying Data Science in Hawaii
Hawaii has a long history of ties with the Navy and is home to the U.S. Pacific Command. There’s a lot of money in military research and 21st century science . For example, the Pacific International Center For High Technology Research (PICHTR) works with the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Naval Research. What’s more:
- Younger generations are heavily involved in the intersection of technology with renewable energy, green transportation, sustainable tourism, and efficient agriculture.
- The state is swarming with enthusiastic tech communities and has two major research parks – the Manoa Innovation Center and the Maui Research and Technology Park. Booster organizations such as the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation are always pushing for change.
- A “Startup Paradise” is being championed by accelerators like Blue Startups and Elemental Excelerator, venture capitalists as in Hawaii Venture Capital Association, Sultan Ventures and Startup Capital Ventures; and investment networks like Hawaii Angels.
There’s only one major university system, and there are few data science labs and institutes.
Data Science Research & Initiatives at Hawaii Universities
The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) System has a few research initiatives:
- At UH Mānoa’s Department of Information and Computer Sciences, you’ll find research labs in areas like machine learning, computer-human interaction, and advanced visualization.
- The Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications (LAVA) is an important one, because it’s designed to act as the core lab for a High Performance Computing and Informatics Institute.
But data visualization isn’t the only area of data interest for UH. It has also:
- Used a hefty NSF grant to create the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Hawaii and the ʻIke Wai Integrated Knowledge Environment (IKE) – a study that will generate data and models to tackle issues surrounding water sustainability. UH Hilo hopes to invest some of the grant money into new faculty members and data science programs.
- Developed XLR8UH, an award-winning startup accelerator. XLR8UH has some fascinating portfolio companies.
Online Data Science Programs in Hawaii
You’ll have limited options when it comes to distance learning in Hawaii, though both HPU and UH have offerings. If you need some help assessing quality, have a look at our short checklist on what to look for in an online data science program.
Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science
We have compiled a directory of programs offered by respected schools throughout the country: Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science. Hawaii residents are able to enroll in and complete many of these programs right in their home state.
Data Science Scholarships in Hawaii
For this section, we focused on departmental assistantships & tuition waivers. However, the Graduate Studies Office will have advice on general scholarships, outside scholarships, and alternative financing options. Talk to your friendly advisor!
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
- Information & Computer Sciences (ICS) Research Assistantships: ICS supports several graduate students through these assistantships. Research assistants typically work 20 hours of work per week in exchange for a tuition waiver.
- Information & Computer Sciences (ICS) Teaching Assistantships: The department offers a limited number of teaching assistantships to well-qualified graduate students each semester. In return for 20 hours of work per week, students receive a full tuition waiver.
- Information & Computer Sciences (ICS) Tuition Waivers: Each year, the ICS Graduate Chair receives Achievement Scholarships funds to allocate to ICS graduate students who pay tuition out of pocket. Full or partial tuition waivers are granted to current students based on academic merit and progress.
Data Science Events in Hawaii
Data Science Meetups & Communities in Hawaii
Meetups with a pure data science focus? A couple. Meetups devoted to new technology, startups & entrepreneurship (e.g. Honolulu New Tech), and the latest in academic research? A lot!
- Honolulu New Tech: Sponsored by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA), this meetup comes together four times every year to chat about the latest happenings in Oahu’s tech and startup scene.
- Maui Techies Meetup: Open to anyone who works in tech, this meetup is typically held at the Maui brewing company. It’s not very active, but you may be able to kickstart it.
- PyHawaii: Billed as the “Pacific’s Premier Python Users Group,” PyHawaii is a popular Honolulu community that welcomes all levels of Python users – from beginner to advance. Members meetup regularly for tutorials, workshops, projects, and activities.
Bonus Round: We found so many organizations devoted to supporting tech enthusiasts that we felt they merited their own list. So without further ado:
- TechHui: Along with those useful links to meetups & communities, TechHui’s online forum can help you network with tech geeks, find employees and contractors, promote your startup, and more.
- High Tech Maui: Created by the Maui Economic Development Board, High Tech Maui organizes workshops & networking events, posts news about the latest developments, and maintains a directory of high-tech businesses on Maui.
- ThinkTech Hawaii: ThinkTech Hawaii is the NPR of Hawaii’s tech community. It provides coverage of the latest news & events through radio and video presentations.
Data Science Conferences & Workshops in Hawaii
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers was in Honolulu in 2017 with its IEEE International BigData Congress (and its co-located conferences). Island-based conferences include:
- East Meets West (EMW): Sponsored by Blue Startups, EMW brings together investors and entrepreneurs from Asia, Hawaii, and North America. The conference includes a Pitch-off, a Startup Paradise Demo Day, and a Global Entrepreneurs Bootcamp.
- Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS): Organized by UH Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business, HICSS is a well-known conference on information systems. Conference tracks focus on many areas of research, including decision analytics, IT in healthcare, electronic government, and more.
- Pacific Operational Science and Technology (POST) Conference: POST is intended to help the U.S. government (e.g. DOD, DOE & interagency labs) and partner nations understand operational challenges in the region. Every year in March, you’ll find Asia-Pacific tech experts who are working on issues like disaster relief, maritime security, data fusion, counter terrorism, and more.
Data Science Jobs in Hawaii
There are data science openings in Hawaii. For example, analyst opportunities often exist at regional offices of big internationals (e.g. Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte) and healthcare institutions (e.g. AlohaCare, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), and Hawaii Pacific Health).
Other companies you may wish to consider include:
- Oceanit, which is one of the largest engineering and technology firms in Hawaii and is working on fascinating projects in life sciences, advanced materials, aerospace, info systems, etc.
- Referentia, which develops mission-assured cybersecurity solutions for defense and homeland security.
- Akimeka, which is a subsidiary of VSE Corporation that provides IT solutions to federal, state, and local government clients.
Plus there are the companies that are using specific technologies to wrangle the digital world. In your search, you may run into:
- AlgorithmHub, which allows users to find, share, and run algorithms in the cloud. Born from XLR8UH, its clients have included the UH Cancer Center and the NSA.
- Smart Yields, which employs real-time monitoring, data analytics, and digital agronomy to help farmers protect crops, optimize operations, and increase yields.
- Kapalya, which has developed a mobile app that encrypts data on endpoints, corporate servers, and cloud servers.
Bonus Round: In addition to the usual sites, you can try Tech Jobs Hawaii, which is run by the High Technology Development Corporation. Or you might wish to contact some of the cool Hawaii tech businesses in the TechHui Directory.
Data Scientist Salaries in Hawaii
According to 2018 data from CareerOneStop, computer and information research scientists (including data scientists) in Hawaii average $122,840 in salary. The top 10% of jobs earn $189,780.
Data Science Programs in Hawaii
We found 1 university in Hawaii offering Masters of Data Science programs (and/or closely related programs, like MS in Analytics / Masters in Business Analytics).
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