Innovation Days Hawaii

The Innovation Days Hawaii run in parallel to the Global Tourism Summit. In line with the summit’s theme – Charting the Course – our challenges focus on balancing the power of tourism’s popularity with its impact on residents and communities. Join us to shape the future of tourism in Hawaii by pitching your idea and prototype solutions in 48 hours.



ABC Stores

How might we enhance the resilience of Hawaii’s tourism industry to catastrophic natural disasters?

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Hawaii Tourism Authority

How might we address the concentration of visitors at popular places to sustain Hawaii’s natural resources and facilitate compelling experiences for both visitors and residents?

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Outrigger Hotels and Resorts

How might we and our guests contribute to coral reef preservation and the health of our ocean?

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Why join?

As an Innovation Days participant you get the chance to…

collaborate with other participants with different backgrounds

receive mentoring by experts from high-profile companies

work on important challenges and potentially transform your idea into a new venture

get support from company partners to make your idea happen

learn from keynote speakers while experiencing  the Global Tourism Summit

Need to justify your attendance? You can download support letters from Deans (HPU College of Business, UH TIM School) to share the benefits of attending the Innovation Days with your professors.

To learn more about the event, join an upcoming brainstorming workshop.

How it works



Companies share their innovation challenge. Participants brainstorm ideas.


Idea to Prototype

Participants pitch ideas and build prototypes. Companies mentor teams and evaluate solutions.



Companies provide collaboration incentive. Participants get support to implement solution.

Watch process video


Day 1: Ideate

7.30 Registration & breakfast

10.15 Welcome to the Innovation Days

10.30 Pitch your idea

11.30 Team up

11.45 Register your team

12.00 Global Tourism Lunch

1.15 Identify customers & Design value proposition

5-6 Mentoring

6.00 Progress update

Day 2: Prototype

7.30 Registration & Breakfast

8.45 Morning update

10.45 Mentoring

11.30 GTS Luncheon

12.45 Build realistic prototype

5.00 Progress update

5.30 Mentoring during GTS Aloha Reception

7.30 – Open end Work on your prototypes

Day 3: Validate

7.30 Registration & Breakfast

8.45  Improve prototype & prepare presentation

9.45 Set up booth & Submit pitch deck

10.00-11.30 Prototype expo

12.00 Presentation winning solutions during GTS General Session

See the full schedule here.



Get support from mentors from our company partners and other experts.

Monica Salter
Vice President Corporate Communications at Outrigger Hotels and Resorts

Neil Ishid
Director of Employee Services at ABC Stores

Caroline Anderson
Tourism Brand Manager at Hawaii Tourism Authority

Kalani Kaanaana
Director of Hawaiian cultural affairs at Hawaii Tourism Authority

Doris Masser
Lecturer at the Shidler College of Business

Frank Haas
Principal Marketing Management at KCC

Wendy Lam
Associate Professor at HPU

Jerry Agrusa
Associate Professor at School of Travel Industry Management

Shannon McKee
President at Access Cruise

Katarina Poljakova
Venture Associate at Sultan Ventures

Tarik Sultan
Managing Parter at Sultan Ventures

Keone Kealoha
Executive Director at Kanu Hawaii

Nicole Brodie
Founder & CEO of Green Current

Stephanie Nojima
Sr Account Executive and Business Transient at Outrigger Hotels and Resorts


Thanks to the Global Tourism Summit presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority for hosting the Innovation Days at the Hawaii Convention Center.

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